Rufus Norman Thomas

Salisbury, Addison, Vermont, United States

The Life of Rufus Norman

When Rufus Norman Thomas was born about 1828, in Salisbury, Addison, Vermont, United States, his father, Nathan A. Thomas, was 35 and his mother, Eliza Green, was 28. He had at least 2 daughters with Catherine or Kate C. Beedle. He lived in Vermont, United States in 1870. He died before 1909, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Rufus Norman Thomas
Catherine or Kate C. Beedle
Hattie A. Thomas
Mary E Thomas

Spouse & Children



Parents & Siblings

  • Nathan A. Thomas


  • Female1800–1875Female



  • Matilda Thomas


  • Male1828–1909Male

  • Ellen E. Thomas


  • Catherine Thomas


World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 6

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

Age 35

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Hebrew: According to some authorities, the name of the apostle is derived from a Syriac word of Hebrew origin, "tham," meaning to doubt, because of his doubting, and they say he was on that account called in Greek a word meaning of 2 hearts. But the Hebrew "tham" is a twin, and the Greek name Didymus has the same meaning. Tammy, Tammie, Thomasia, Thomasina, Thomassine, Thomazine, Tamasine, Tamsen, Tamzin, Tamzine, and Tamzzin are female names from Thomas. Tomas and Tamhus are Gaelic forms. Tubby is a Cornish form of Thomas. Tamlane and Tam are Scottish forms. Tom is abbreviated from Thomas and is sometimes found as a female name. Toume is an Anglo-Norman form of Thomas.

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Sources (3)

  • Norman Thomas in household of Nathan Thomas, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rufus Thomas, "United States Census, 1870"
  • R Norman Thomas in entry for Kate C Thomas, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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