THOMAS Family

First Generation

1. Riley Bundrant1 Thomas was born in Medina Co, Ohio January 15, 1848. Riley died May 31, 1920 in VanBuren Co, Iowa, at 72 years of age. Burial: Bethel Cemetery Birmingham, Van Buren Co, Iowa

He married Tabitha Jane Ellis in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA, June 13, 1869. Tabitha was born in Centerville, Appanoosa Co, IA April 24, 1850. In the 1870 census, her birth place is recorded as Indiana.

Tabitha died July 27, 1937 in Bonaparte, VanBuren Co, IA, at 87 years of age. In the 1870 census DesMoines Twp, Van Buren Co, Iowa page 239, Riley (age 23) is recorded with his wife Lobitha (age 20), and William (age 2m), Riley is a farm laborer.

In the 1880 census Van Buren Twp, Van Buren Co, Iowa page 427, Riley (age 32) is recorded with his wife Lobitha (age 30), William (age 10), Jesse (age 8), Mary (age 5), Riley (age 2) and Robert (age 4m). Riley is a farmer.

In the 1900 census Van Buren Twp, Van Buren Co, Iowa page 37, Riley (age 52) is recorded with his wife Lobitha (age 50), Riley (age 22), Robert (age 20), Lee (age 18), Grover (age 15), Albert (age 12), Elmer (age 9), Jennie (age 6), and Vance (age 4). Riley is a farmer and they have been married for 30 years and have had 11 children with 10 living at the time of the census.

Riley Bundrant Thomas and Tabitha Jane Ellis had the following children:

child 2 i. William Butler2 Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA April 1870.

child + 3 ii. Jesse Michael Thomas was born September 20, 1872.

child 4 iii. Mary Elizabeth Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA 1875.

child 5 iv. Riley Walter Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA March 1878.

child 6 v. Robert Arthur Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA 1880.

child 7 vi. Lee Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA March 1882.

child 8 vii. Grover Cleveland Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA February 1885.

child 9 viii. Albert Homer Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA August 1887.

child 10 ix. Willis Elmer Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA September 1890.

child 11 x. Virginia Belle Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA October 1893.

child 12 xi. Vance Wilson Thomas was born in DesMoines, VanBuren Co, IA April 1896.

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