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John Richard THOMAS

Male 1838 - 1916  (78 years)


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  • Name John Richard THOMAS  [1, 2
    Born 16 Jan 1838  Richmond, Madison, Kentucky, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Witness 1895  Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • He witnessed the marriage of his daughter, Ora, to Fred TRACY on 19 May 1895; he appeared as John R. THOMAS.
    Witness 1901  Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • He was most likely the witness, John R. THOMAS, at the marriage of his son, William, to Tracey CARTER on 11 November 1901.
    Address 1910  Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • He was living beside his son, William and his wife.
    Military Service
    • John R. THOMAS served as a private during the Civil War in Company 1 of the 7th. Illinois Cavalry on the side of the Union.
    Died 15 Nov 1916  Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 7
    • ANSWERED THE LAST ROLL CALL: Comrade John R. THOMAS died Wednesday morning, November 15th, 1916, at 6.30 o'clock. Comrade THOMAS was an honored member of the Oklahoma Post, No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, and had filled every office in the Post. He served the Union well during the Civil War; was brave, honorable and truthful in war and peace, and was honored by his fellow citizens. He met death bravely, as he has met the foe on the field of battle, and death was the first foe to whom he ever surrendered.

      There are now only six members of Oklahoma Post No. 4 alive, on the rolls, namely: J.R. Quinn, - - Carter, L.W. Hall, David Miller, Lawrence McCabe and the writer. These are all that are left to listen to the Taps when a brave comrade is laid to rest. Comrades, let us see to it that taps is sounded and that the last salute to the dead is fired over his grave. We shall soon follow him.

      A short biography will appear in the Herald next week.

      P.S. Drummond
      Adjutant Post


      Published in the Beaver Herald, November 16, 1916
    Buried Beaver Pioneer Cemetery, Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    • JOHN R. THOMAS PASSES AWAY: There comes a time in the life of each of us when our responsibility and duty reaches a point where we feel that we are unable to meet it. Such a time came once before in the life of the writer, when, nearly seven years ago, it became our duty to prepare an obituary for our dear mother. We find ourselves in the same position today. This time it is our father, John R. THOMAS, who had passed away.

      During the fifteen years that we have published The Herald, we have written many, many tributes to somebody's loved one, who had passed away, and it has never been an easy task. How much harder then must it be when the sting of death has been brought to our own home?

      The things are many that we might say, and in doing so would but voice the sentiment of a legion of friends who have known our father all down through the years since pioneer days, and who have respected and revered him as a man among men, one who met everybody on the square, and exemplified the teachings of the Golden Rule in his everyday life. He was a man of great endurance and one possessed of wonderful physique. He endured hardships and privations without a murmur, and knew no such words as "I can't". His life from early manhood was characterized by his firm determination and ability to overcome every obstacle. "I will" was the keynote of his life, and he lived up to that standard until his life was spent.
      Since 1869, when he received his first commission as postmaster at Green Ridge, Missouri, he has been in government and public service the greater part of the time. Twelve years of continuous service as postmaster at Green Ridge, Missouri, and sixteen years similar service at Beaver, is a government record few men attain. During all that time his record stands as an open book, without a single mark of discredit.
      He served for four years during the Civil Waar, and his love for his country and the flag was one of the strong principles of his life. It was at this request that, when the end came, his casket was draped with the flag he loved so well, and fought to save.

      He had lived the life of a pioneer practically all his days, being among the early settlers of Illinois, Missours, Kansas and Oklahoma. He knew what it was to "rough it," and underwent the privations of a pioneer in a new country, but he never gave up, in fact he like the free and broad life of the pioneer and was known by all as a man of fearless, dauntless character, one of whose word was as good as his bond, and who ws kind, honorable, broadminded and generous to a fault.

      When he was called to answer the last roll call, November 15th, 1916, he went to his reward, a man ripe in years, one who was loved and cherished by his family and honored and respected by all who knew him.
      The obsequies were in charge of the Masonic Lodge, of which order he had been a worthy member for more than forty years, and the large number of Masons, together with the legion of friends who attended the funeral service, attested of the high esteem in which he was held in the community where he had made his home for nearly thirty years. As a further respect to his memory, all business houses of the town were closed during the hours of the service.

      The funeral sermon was delived at the Christian Church Thursday afternoon, by Rev. L. L. Shaw, Pastor, and interment made in the Beaver cemetery, beside the companion who had shared his joys and sorrows for fifty years and by whom it was his expressed desire to be laid to rest.
      Published in The Beaver Herald, 23 November 1916.

      Original article can be viewed here:
      The Beaver Herald

      THOMAS Family marker: C3 8. John Richard THOMAS, born 16 January 1838, died 15 November 1916, Father; location C3, 11. Buried with his wife. There is a metal marker which says Grand Republic Army and GAR is engraved on each headstone. The TRACY family is beside them.

      The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War; it was among the first organized interest groups in American politics. (Wikipedia)
    Notes 
    • "John Richard THOMAS was born in 1838, at Richmond, Kentucky, married Mary Jane COOMBE in 1861, at Macon, Illinois, and died November 15, 1916, at Beaver, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Congregational Church and the Masonic Lodge. His wife, Mary Jane COOMBE, was born at Newton Abbot, Devonshire, England, and came with her parents to the United States when she was twelve. She was confirmed in the Church of England and later became a member of the First Christian Church in Beaver.

      To this union were born ten children; John Coombe (died in infancy); Louella Mary Elizabeth; Clara Belle; Annie Laurie; Selina Almira; Nettie May; Margaret Aronia (Ora); William Hayes; Arthur Garfield, and Maude Omega.

      The family moved from Illinois to Missouri, where they operated a hotel and store. When these were destroyed by fire they moved to Kansas, and from there to Beaver in the spring of 1887. The five youngest children accompanied them to Oklahoma while the four eldest remained in Missouri.

      In 1869 Mr. THOMAS was commissioned postmaster at Green Ridge, Missouri serving as postmaster for twelve years and holding the same office at Beaver for sixteen. He served in the Union Army for four years during the Civil War and was a member of General GRANT's personal bodyguard at Vicksburg. His love for his country and the flag was one of the strongest principles of his life.

      He lived the life of a pioneer practically all of his days, being among the early settlers of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. He knew what it was to undergo the privations of a pioneer, and for a time he had to make a living for his family by hunting game for the wholesale market with his two young sons, but he never gave up and was known by all as a man whose word was as good as his bond. He was kind, honorable, broadminded and generous to a fault.

      His wife, Mary Jane, was a typical pioneer mother. Her genial, friendly manner and motherly nature won the good will and affection of all who knew her. Ties of friendship were close in those days when the early settlers had to depend on each other in times of trouble. Her cares and prayers were not in vain for she lived to see her family of boys and girls grown to manhood and womanhood, well educated, respected and successful citizens". Written by Eleanor Tracy. [2]
    Person ID I5420  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2015 

    Family Mary Jane COOMBE,   b. 20 Mar 1838, Newton Abbot, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1910, Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1861  Macon County, Illinois, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address 1870  [10
    Washington Twp., Pettis, Missouri 
    • They were living right beside Mary's brother, Elijah COOMBE.
    Address 1880  Green Ridge, Pettis, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Address 1890  Beaver County, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Address 1900  Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Children 
     1. John Coombe THOMAS,   b. Abt 1862,   d. Abt 1862  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Louella Mary Elizabeth THOMAS,   b. Abt 1864, Illinois, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1 Mar 1910  (Age ~ 46 years)
     3. Clara Belle THOMAS,   b. 1 Dec 1865, Macon, Macon, Illinois, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1916, Green Ridge, Pettis, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     4. Annie Laurie THOMAS,   b. 28 Oct 1867, Illinois, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1927  (Age 59 years)
     5. Selina Almira THOMAS,   b. 27 Sep 1869, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1946, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Nettie May THOMAS,   b. 7 Feb 1872, Green Ridge, Pettis, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1942  (Age 70 years)
     7. Margaret Aronia "Ora" THOMAS,   b. 27 Mar 1874, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1958  (Age 83 years)
     8. William Hays "Will" THOMAS,   b. 11 Nov 1876, Green Ridge, Pettis, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1961, Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     9. Arthur Garfield THOMAS,   b. 1878, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 54 years)
     10. Maude Omega THOMAS,   b. 23 Jan 1881, Green Ridge, Pettis, Missouri, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1956, Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F274  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    THOMAS
    THOMAS
    THOMAS
    THOMAS

    Father
    JOHN RICHARD
    Jan 16, 1838
    Nov 15, 1916


  • Sources 
    1. [S306] Biography: COOMBE, Joseph Coombe, (15 March 1909 in McIntosh, Florida, at the home of George Norsworthy; copy rec'd from Mike Norsworthy, July 2005.).

    2. [S480] Book: History of Beaver County, Volume 1, (1970.).

    3. [S823] Vital Statistics - Oklahoma, U.S.A.

    4. [S204] Census of U.S.A., 1910, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T624).

    5. [S327] Archives: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

    6. [S216] Cemetery Transcripts.

    7. [S217] Newspaper.

    8. [S209] Photograph.

    9. [S162] Website.

    10. [S399] Census of U.S.A., 1870.

    11. [S226] Census of U.S.A., 1880.

    12. [S471] Census of U.S.A., State of Territorial Oklahoma, 1890.

    13. [S206] Census of U.S.A., 1900.


  

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