Name: * Elijah THOMAS
Given Name: * Elijah
Birth: ABT 1795 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
Death: 1880 in Davie Co., NC
Burial: Hunting Creek, Davie Co., NC
Additional information on the Thomas family.
Change Date: 25 Feb 2012 at 00:00:00
Elijah Thomas, the son of John Thomas1 and wife Nancy was born about 1795 in that part of Rowan County, North Carolina that became Davie County. He appeared in the 1820 Rowan County census. On 18 October 1823 he had a marriage bond with Betsy Black for which "Ryla" (Riley) Etcheson [Betsy's brother-in-law] was the bondsman.2 Elizabeth Black had been born in what became Davie County on 4 October 1804,3 the daughter of Jacob Black and wife Susanna.4
On 21 November 1823 Elijah Thomas gave a bond of 500 pounds with Thomas Smith and James Tomlinson as security to indemnify the county "for a child begotten on the body of Elizabeth Adams, of which he is the reputed father."5
Elijah and his wife Elizabeth at one time perhaps contemplated a move from North Carolina, possibly to Indiana where some of her brothers and sisters moved. In her father Jacob Black's estate file, their residence was given as both Rowan County and "out of state."6 All children were born in Davie County. If a move was planned, it was never completed. Elijah lived his life in Davie County as a farmer.
In 1850 Elijah Thomas owned 3 horses, 2 milch cows, 1 other cattle, 7 sheep and 24 swine. He produced 28 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of Indian corn, 150 bushels of oats, 4 pounds of wool, 50 pounds of butter, 2 tons of hay, 50 pounds of flax and 3 bushels of flax seed. The value of homemade manufactures was $50 and the value of slaughtered animals was $46.7
Elizabeth died on 9 April 1856.8 Elijah survived her for 24 years, dying in 1880 after the time of the 1880 census. At that time, he was living with his daughter Elizabeth Saunders.
Sallie (Call) Horn wrote the following in 1956 about her great-grandparents:9
"Elizabeth was born in 1804 married when quite young. She was well educated, very attractive (I have seen her picture) active in all church affairs, and helpful in her community, as well as made a good and kind wife and mother to her children. She died in 1856 but had lived a full life in her 53 years. She was buried in the Old Baptist Timber Ridge Meeting House burying ground, which is in the lower left hand side of the Bethlehem Church grave yard. Her tombstone is still there with her birth and date on it. I went to see her grave on Sun. Oct. 19, 1952 alone with my husband J. M. Horn our daughter Irene "Horn" Young and her husband, Dr. Clyde Wells Young.
My Great Grand Father Elijah was 9 years older than his wife. After her death and when he grew too old and feeble to live alone he lived around with his children. He was at the home of his youngest daughter Frances "Thomas" Cartner at the time of his death. The weather was bitter cold road frozen and distance so far to carry him to Bethlehem to be buried along beside his wife so he was buried in Frances, Church burying ground near Hunting Creek. He had also lived 24 years after the death of his wife. He had also lived until Camilla (Call) Minor (my sister) was a baby, for he went to see her as a tiny baby and gave her a piece of money."
Camilla (Call) Minor wrote the following about Elijah in an undated letter:
"Elija didn't speak the English language too plainly and as he grew to be deaf he talked very loud, there fore the youngsters of that day were more or less afraid of him."
1. Rowan County, North Carolina Deed Book H:135.
2. Elijah Thomas-Betsy Black marriage bond, alphabetical by groom, FHL microfilm 0,500,956.
3. Elizabeth Thomas headstone, Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Davie County, North Carolina. Photo in my possession taken November 1998 by Lisa Stewart.
4. Jacob Black original will, alphabetical by testator, Rowan County, North Carolina original loose wills, North Carolina State Archives, FHL microfilm 1,578,691.
5. Rowan County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, November 1823 term.
6. Jacob Black estate file, Rowan County, North Carolina loose estate papers, North Carolina State Archives, FHL microfilm 1,605,331, frames 191-211.
7. Steven E. Murdock, The 1850 Federal Census and Supplementary Schedules of Davie County, North Carolina, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Forsyth County Genealogical Society, 1987).
5. Sallie (Call) Horn, family record written in 1956. Photocopy in my possession.
8. Elizabeth Thomas headstone.
9. Sallie (Call) Horn, family record written in 1956. Photocopy in my possession.
Father: * John THOMAS b: BEF 1766 in NC
Mother: * Nancy -?- b: in NC
were not married; bastardy bond 21 Nov. 1823
in Rowan Co., NC
- unknown ADAMS b: ABT 1823 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
* Elizabeth "Betsy" BLACK b: 4 Oct 1804 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
bond 18 Oct. 1823
in Rowan Co., NC
- Elijah THOMAS
- Mary "Polly" C. THOMAS b: ABT 1825 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
- * Nancy J. THOMAS b: 10 Sep 1826 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
- Elizabeth S. THOMAS b: ABT 1829 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
- Frances Ellis THOMAS b: 19 Nov 1830 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
- Evan Jackson THOMAS b: 12 Dec 1832 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
- David H. THOMAS b: ABT 1837 in Davie Co., NC
- John THOMAS b: ABT 1839 in Davie Co., NC
- Daniel William THOMAS b: 11 Jan 1841 in Davie Co., NC
- Emanuel S. THOMAS b: ABT 1844 in Davie Co., NC