Gone To Texas
I have discovered that all my ancestors, for whatever reasons, seemed to have migrated to Texas. And most of them, as well as their descendents, lived and died there. A few of us living "Texan" children
are now seeking to discover all the places from whence they came, and the many circumstances of their lives that led them to come to this great state.
My name is William Clifford THOMAS, the first of three generations with this name, born in Houston, Texas, March 4th 1929. My father, August Lafayete THOMAS, was born in West Point, Texas, June 3rd, 1903, the second son of I. D.(He never used his given names, Israel Daniel) THOMAS AND Emma JAKOBEIT who were married 6 May, 1900 in LaGrange, Texas. August L. (TOM) THOMAS married, my mother, Nellie Marie MARTIN, daughter of Margaret Daniel SCOTT and Leroy Dallas MARTIN of Smithville, Texas, 30 Oct., 1927. My father worked in the furniture shop at Rice University in Houston, Texas during the depression years. He was also a Naval Reservist and served in The Navy Seabees during WWII. After the war he was the locksmith in the Humble building, where he was empoyed by The Humble Oil Co. until he retired in 1968.
So now we have all of my grandparents living within a few miles of each other in Bastrop County, Texas, and all of them were first generation Texans because their parents were born in other states. Daniel T. THOMAS was born in Shelby County, alabama, about 1835. He came to Texas with all of his siblings about 1855, and all (8)resided in the household of "J" THOMAS(single may be relative)(1860 Wash. Co.Census). My guess is that this family break-up was an economic move since this was a share cropping family and times were hard in the 1850's in Alabama. Daniel married Emilia (Mellie) Ann FOWLER, 20 Jan, 1861 in Washington (now Lee) County, Texas and are the parents of I. D. THOMAS. Daniel died mysteriously while his 3 children were quite young and Millie then married Jesse L. Frost of Cauldwell County Texas. Daniel's father was Israel THOMAS, born about 1807 in that part of The Mississippi Territory that is now Alabama. He married Mary SCOTT, 8 Dec. 1831 in Bibb County, Alabama. Israel enlisted in the Alabama Infantry when he was 53 yrs of age, fought in several major battles in Tennessee during the Civil War, was discharged because of wounds and received a land grant of about 160 Acres in Walker Co. Alabama after the war. I have not been able to find anything about his parents. The 1850 census list his father birthplace as Virginia and his mothers as Georgia.
On my mothers side, Grandfather Leroy D. MARTIN was born, 9 March, 1864 in Rains County, Texas. He was the son of Samuel L. MARTIN, born about 1824 in Kentucky. From there I have no futher information except
census gives his fathers birthplace as North Carolina. Grandmother MARTIN'S father was Eugene D. SCOTT, born 8 Sept., 1846 in Woodstock, Oglethorpe Co., Georgia. Eugene married Mary Emilie (Mollie) SINGER, 9 May 1867 in Fayette Co., Texas. He was the son of John SCOTT, born 25 Jan, 1821 in Wilkes Co., Georgia. John married Martha Ann DANIEL 13 Nov., 1845 in Greene Co., Georgia. There is some disagreement among
researchers as to the SCOTT ancestry going back the next generation.