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Benjamin Thomas

Benjamin Thomas

Male 1741 - 1816  (75 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Thomas  [1, 2
    Born 1741  Prince George's Cty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Revolutionary War - 2d Lt. 
    Died 29 Jun 1816  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Buried Otho Thomas (English) Family Cem, Point Of Rocks, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I317  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2012 

    Father Mark Thomas,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth Wimsatt,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Nov 1738  [5
    Family ID F250  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elenor Wells,   b. 1748,   d. 31 Dec 1812, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 1771  [1, 3, 6
    Children 
     1. William Thomas,   b. 1772,   d. Bef 1816  (Age 44 years)
     2. Elias Thomas,   b. 1773, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1816  (Age 43 years)
     3. Richard W. Thomas,   b. 23 Jun 1773,   d. 7 Jul 1826, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     4. Samuel H. Thomas,   b. 14 Sep 1777,   d. 28 Aug 1857, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Sarah E. Thomas,   b. 12 Feb 1778,   d. 12 Jan 1850, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Mary Thomas,   b. 22 Jul 1779,   d. 18 Sep 1823, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     7. Benjamin Thomas, Jr,   b. Abt 1781,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Otho B. Thomas,   b. 15 Nov 1788, Adamstown, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1865, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     9. Archibald Thomas,   b. 26 Aug 1784,   d. 18 Feb 1825, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     10. Robert Levin Thomas,   b. 1786,   d. 17 Dec 1842, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     11. Dorcas Thomas,   b. 1 May 1790, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1821, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     12. Elizabeth Thomas,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F91  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 168 (1928), states:
      "Benjamin Thomas, son of Mark Thomas and Elizabeth Winsett [sic], born 1741, in St. Mary's County, Maryland, married in 1771, Eleanor Wells, daugher of William and Susanna Norman Wells of St. Mary's County, Maryland. Removed to Frederick County, Maryland and received his commission in the middle district of Frederick County as 3rd [sic] Lieutenant of the 34th Battalion, June 18, 1776. (Recorded in Maryland Archives of Journal and Correspondence Folio 171-475-476.)"
      Writing about the "old Thomas burying ground in the southern end of Carrollton Manor..." Grove (Ibid, at 168-169) reports: "I find on many of the tombstones is cut a tree, cross, bird, lamb, coffin or a figure of some kind. The following names appear on the stones: 'In memory of Benjamin Thomas, who departed this life on the 29th of June, 1816, age 73 years.' 'In memory of Elinor [sic] Thomas.... [These are not precisely accurate readings of the headstones.] They are the parents of Captain Otho Thomas, who succeeded his father on the home farm where he lived all his life."

      G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, p. 7 (1956), writes:
      "Benjamin married Eleanor, daughter of William Wells and Susannah (Wareman)[sic: Mareman or Maryman] Wells of St. Mary's County. They moved to Frederick County and Benjamin received his commission in the Middle District of Frederick County as 2nd Lieutenant and was added to the 34th Battalion June 18, 1776. Maryland Archives of Journal and Correspondance, Folio 171, 475-476."

      According to Frederick Cnty, MD, Equity Records, Book JS-1, p. 63,
      "Benjamin Thomas Sr. of Frederick C., Md d/ Jun 1816 intestate." The records list his survivors as follows: "ch/ Richard W.; Mary; Samuel H.; Sarah Renenberger; Elizabeth (Edward Thomas); Archibald; Levin; Otho; Benjamin; Darkiss (George Snouffer); Notley; William, dec (ch/ Mary & Elias, minors - Berkley Co, Va); Elias, dec (his ch/ Eliza, Richard & William Thomas, minors in Ohio)."
      Disposition of the estate is summarized: "Land - part Res. on Hazzard (by Thomas & Martha Peter of DC by his father Robert Peter); part Thomas' Profit; part Mad Wife (350 acres together); Samuel S. & Elizabeth Thomas to Benjamin Thomas Sr.; William & Edward Thomas, separate parts to Robert Peter, then to Thomas Peter."

      Benjamin is buried in the Thomas family cemetery, 1.5 miles East of Point of Rocks, MD. His tombstone, as of 12 Oct 2006, the top of which is broken, reads: "[broken] | Mem [broken] | of Benjamin Thomas | who DeParted this Life | on the 29 of June 1816 | in the 73rd Year of | his Age".

  • Sources 
    1. [S51] Tombstone - WCS |, Cemetery Memorial Stone , (Personal Inspection by Wm. C. Snouffer), Oct. 2006.

    2. [S482] MD Hist Trust|, Maryland Historical Trust, Site # 5-1-141, "Otho Thomas House & Cemetery (English)" (15 May 2001), (www.mdihp.net : Apr 2011).

    3. [S31] Thomas, G.L.|, George Leicester Thomas, GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, (G.L.Thomas, Adamstown, MD : 1956), pp. 7, 30.

    4. [S483] Frederick Cnty, MD, Equity Records, Anonymous, Reinhart vs. Masonheimer (Mar 1817), (Frederick Cnty, MD, Equity Records. See www.midmdroots.freespace.com/Frederick/EquityJS01.htm : accessed 12 Jun 2004), Book JS-1, p. 63.

    5. [S31] Thomas, G.L.|, George Leicester Thomas, GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, (G.L.Thomas, Adamstown, MD : 1956), pp. 1, 7.

    6. [S30] Carrollton Manor|, William Jarboe Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, (Marken & Bielfeld, Inc., Frederick, MD : 1928), p.168.