Thomas Lineage


John Thomas

known as a substantial citizen of Cecil County, Maryland as early as 1720.
m. Ann Gailshiott
Children:         Gilshot Thomas, R.S. (b. 1734, d. 1809)
 

Lt. Gilshot (Guildshot) Thomas, R.S. (b. 1734, d. 1809)
migrated from Cecil County, Maryland and settled in the Province of Georgia sometime prior to 1756, this being the year he made his first petition for land; he received a Royal Land Grant in St. George's Parish (Screven County, GA); served in the Burke County Patriot Militia, 2-3-1778.  He served under Colonel John Thomas; he died in Screven County, GA.
Children:         James Thomas, R.S. (b. 1760, d. 1835) - m. Sarah Banner
                          Elizabeth Thomas (b. 2-11-1769)
 

James Thomas, R.S. (b. 1760, m. 1783, d. 1835)
Born in Screven County, GA. James and his father, Gilshot, both served in the Revolution and fought together in the same company in the SC State Militia. This company was commanded by Lt. Jacob Buxton and Colonel Alexander Garden. James moved his family to Liberty County about 1807 and is listed in the tax digest there until 1828. He and Sarah were among the first members of Jones Creek Baptist Church on April 22, 1810. He served as clerk of the church from March 23, 1822 to December 22, 1822. Buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA. The John Floyd Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorated his Revolutionary War Services at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery on April 22, 1979.
m. Sarah Banner
Children:         Peter Banner Thomas (b. 1785, d. 1865) - m. Mary Mixon
                          Absalom Thomas (b. 1787) - m. Rebecca Lowery
                          Lewis Thomas (b. 1789, d. 1860) - m. Elizabeth Mixon
                          Harriet Thomas Crawford (b. 1793) - m. James Crawford
                          James R. Thomas (b. 1801, d. 1875) - m. Rebecca _____
 

Lewis Thomas (b. 1789, m. 1809, d. 1860)
born in Beaufort County, South Carolina; moved to McIntosh County, GA in 1790; drew land in the lottery of 1820; baptized into Jones Creek Baptist Church in 1822; withdrew his membership in 1825; moved to Ware County, GA about 1829. He settled on lot 174 near Bristol; he was a member of Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church; served briefly in the Indian wars; buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA.
m. Elizabeth Mixon (b. 1795, m. 6-18-1810)
Born in SC and died in Ware County, GA.  She married in Liberty County, GA.  Buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA.
Children:         Redding Thomas (b. 1810) - m. Susannah Cason
                          James Ransom Thomas (b. 3-25-1811, d. 7-6-1884) - m. Martha Leggett
                          Marantha Thomas Chancey (b. 1822, d 1890) - m. William Chancey
                          Martha Thomas Cason (b. 1822, d. 1862) - m. David E. Cason
                          Sarah Thomas Dyal (b. 1825) - m. Thomas Dyal
                          Absalom Thomas (b. 1827, d. 1885) - m. Elizabeth Walker
                          Lewis Thomas, Jr. (b. 10-8-1830, d. 8-28-1893) - m. Prussia Ann (Prucie) Eason
                          Banner Thomas (b. 1-10-1833, d. 9-15-1885) - m. Mary Walker
                          Elizabeth Thomas Nettles (b. 1835) - m. Martin Nettles, Jr.
 

Martha Thomas (b. 1822, d. 1862)
daughter of Lewis Thomas and Elizabeth Mixon; Martha was born in McIntosh County, GA.

m. David E. Cason (b. 1813, d. 1864)
born in Tattnall County, Georgia, he grew up in Appling County, GA; served as a Pvt. under Capt. James Walker, Ware Co. Militia (Indian War) 6/9/1838 to 8/19/1838 and under Capt. William Cone, Camden Co. 9/10/1838 to 9/18/1838. Also served under Capt. James A. Sweat 8/19/1840 to 11/15/1840.  He bought land in Ware County from Silas Hilliard for $150 on 3-29-1841.  This was located in Lot 156, 8th District.  He sold the land to his brother, Hillery, for $150 on 4-20-1847.  The 1850 Census lists David as a farmer living in Militia District 583, Appling County, GA.  His farm was valued at $300.  The 1860 Census lists David living in Pierce County as a farmer and BPM.  The value of his farm is $50 and his personal property is $125.  There was a Salt Issue in 1864.  On September 26, 1864 Governor Brown supplied families of soldiers with a salt ration.  On that list were the orphans of David Cason.  Martha’s name was not under the list of wives of soldiers now in service nor under the list of names of widows of deceased soldiers.
Children:         Frederick L. Cason (b. 1842)
                          David J. Cason (b. 1843, d. 1926) - m. 1) Mary F., 2) Ardelia Davis (m. 4-3-1880)
                          Winfield (Winnie) Cason Carter (b. 1845) - m. --------Carter
                          Shadrack Cason (b. 4-22-1850, d. 7-23-1922) - m. Mary Elizabeth Westberry
                                buried in Enon Cemetery, Pierce County, GA
                          Mary Cason Hurst (b. 1853) - m. John F. Hurst
                          Martha Cason Carter (b. 1855) - m. John Carter
                          Prush Ann Cason Douberly (b. 3-30-1856, m. 9-12-1878, d. 8-14-1927) - m. John S. Douberly (b. 1-23-1860, d. 12-31-1937)
                          Lydia Ann Cason Davis (b. 1858, m. 10-4-1883) - m. Emmett Davis
                          Jesse C. Cason (b. 12-2-1861, d. 6-16-1931) - m. Flewella Johnson (b. 7-27-1873, d. 12-16-1912)
                          Sarah Rebecca Cason Gill (b. 7-19-1862, m. 11-11-1887, d. 12-3-1909) - m. William Thomas Gill, Jr.
 

Sarah Rebecca Cason Gill (b. 7-19-1862, m. 11-11-1887, d. 12-3-1909)
born in Pierce County, GA, in 1862; in the 1870 and 1880 census of Pierce County, she is living in the household of her aunt and uncle, William and Marantha Chancey, along with her sister, Martha; buried in Mill Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA where her church membership was recorded; her epitaph reads: "She welcomed death as the fruition of her eternal hopes."
m. William Thomas Gill, Jr. (b. 1-13-1864, m. 11-11-1887, d. 9-3-1946)
born in Ludowici, GA; buried in New Home Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA, where his church membership was recorded.  In the 1910 Census for Pierce County, GA, William is age 46 and widowed.  He is a farmer and can read and write.  His Mother Sarah S. Gill lives with him.  In the 1920 Census of Pierce County, GA, he is married to Serena Johns and is living in Walkersville in Militia District 1609.  In the 1930 Census of Pierce County, GA, he is living on Blackshear Steel Bridge Road.
Children:         Martha Jane Gill Crosby (b. 1888, d. 6-2-1984) - m. Barney W. Crosby
                          Lula Safronia Gill Manning (b. 4-17-1891, m. 4-26-1908, d. 1-28-1956
                                m. George W. Manning
                          Mary Ellen Gill Lee (b. 5-9-1892, m. 2-5-1911, d. 11-13-1982) - m. Frank Albritton Lee (b. 2-14-1886, d. 1-5-1964)
                          Susie E. Gill Lee (b. 11-9-1894, m. 4-23-1911, d. 1-24-1930) - m. Burie Gard Lee
                          Daniel Robert Gill (b. 3-10-1897, m. 12-2-1915, d. 3-3-1951)
                                m. 1) Delia Courson (b. 1896, d. 1919)  2) Ethel Elma Little
                          William T. "Willie" Gill (b. 2-9-1899, d. 10-21-1960) - m. Marie Clark
                          Sarah Belle Gill Manning (b. 1901, d. 1923) - m. Virgil Manning (b. 1895, d. 1941)
                          Lizzie M. Gill Chancey (b. 1903, d. 1986) - m. Vann Chancey
                          Ida Mae Gill (b. 6-29-1907, d. 7-3-1907)
                          Pearl Lavada Gill Brauda Strickland Dubose (b. 1909, d. 8-22-00)
                                m. 1) Henry Brauda 2) Elzie Nathaniel Strickland (b. 1899, d. 1972)
                                     3) Irvin Dubose
 

Mary Ellen Gill Lee (b. 5-9-1892, m. 2-5-1911, d. 11-13-1982)
Mary Ellen was born in Pierce County, GA, and raised on a farm.  Her mother died before she was grown, and being the oldest girl, she dropped out of school to help raise her younger sibling Pearl.  However, she had received enough education to teach school in Pierce County before she married.  She died in the hospital in Eastman, Georgia, and is buried in New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Hickox, GA.
m. Frank Albritton Lee (b. 2-14-1886, d. 1-5-1964)
He was born in Charlton County, Georgia, on a farm.  He was taught to read and write.  Musically inclined, he taught music to local young people and also taught Mennonites to “walk off hymn music.”  He died at home in Fernandina Beach, FL, and is buried in New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Hickox, GA. 
Children:         Ephriam Osborne Lee (b. 12-14-1912, d. 2-3-1974) - m. Annie Mae Johns
                          Thomas Eli Lee (b. 6-7-1915, d. 7-24-94) m. Louise Henderson
                          Nola Vergalene Lee Drawdy (b. 9-27-1917, m. 10-31-1934, d. 10-2-2007)
                                 m. 1) Burris Daniel Drawdy, 2) John Earl Lee
                          Flora Alene Lee Barber (b. 7-17-1921, d. 5-17-2004) - m. Only James Barber
                          Barnwell Franklin Lee (b. 11-9-1924, d. 1-31-1983) - m. Rose Hiller
                          Delia Geneva Lee Wynn Williamson (b. 9-9-1928, d. 3-1-1982)
                                m. 1) Archie P. Wynn, 2) James Williamson
                          Margaret Ellen Lee Dixon (b. 7-6-1935, d. 12-30-2016)
                                m. 1) Sam Ray, 2) Jay E. Dixon
 

Nola Vergalene Lee Drawdy (b. 9-27-1917, m. 10-31-1934, d. 10-2-2007)
born in Pierce County, GA; buried in Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA.
m. Burris Daniel Drawdy (b. 12-17-1910, d. 8-2-1985)
born in Wayne County, GA, buried in Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA.
Children:         Virginia Alene Drawdy Robinson (b. 11-3-1935, d. 1-22-2018) - m. Richard Robinson
                          Henry Edward Drawdy (b. 12-5-1937, d. 11-29-2013) - m. Lois Marie Everett
                          Joan Drawdy Davis (b. 5-20-1940) - m. 1) Julius C. Davis, 2) James Lee
                          Nola Mae Drawdy Carter (b. 4-29-1943) - m. Warren Roger Carter
                          James Daniel Drawdy (b. 9-28-1946) - m. Gloria Bowen
                          Jo Allen Drawdy (b. 6-28-1948, d. 1-9-1949)
                          Ellie Jane Drawdy Loudermilk (b. 9-9-1949, m. 6-22-1968) - m. William A. Loudermilk
                          Linda Drawdy Griffis Hayden (b. 11-1-1951)
                                m. 1) Melvin Griffis, 2) Lee Hayden
                          Glenda Drawdy Lee (b. 11-1-1951) - m. Larry Lee
                          Ronald Austin Drawdy (b. 6-4-1955, d. 6-10-2000)
                                m. 1) Mary Ann Griner, 2) Beverly Ennis
                          Joseph Franklin Drawdy (b. 2-23-1961) - m. 1) Dara Mathis, 2) Karen Anderson

 

Ellie Jane Drawdy Loudermilk (b. 9-9-1949, m. 6-22-1968)
born in Ware County, GA
m. William Alex Loudermilk (b. 2-27-1949)
born in Birmingham, AL
Children:         Jason Wayne Loudermilk (b. 1975, m. 6-12-2004) - m. Margaret Courtney McCammon
                          Sherri Lynn Loudermilk Underwood (b. 1978, m. 6-8-2002) - m. Chris Underwood
                          John David Loudermilk (b. 1985, m. 10-25-2008) – m. Sarah Beth Williams
 

 

Bibliography:

E. L. Darling Funeral Home Records.
The Thomas Story by Aaron Thomas.
History of Pierce County Georgia, Vol. 1, by Dean Broome.
1860, 1870, 1880 Census Records of Pierce County, GA.
Book A, Pierce County, GA, Marriages

Mill Creek Primitive Baptist Church, New Home Primitive Baptist Church, and Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemeteries

Census Records (if available) and maps for Charlton, Pierce, Appling, Brantley and Ware Counties

Candler-Colonial Records of Georgia, Volume VII, Page 816.