William Henry Thomas
b. 11 June 1861, d. 25 November 1942
- Father: Charles Henry Thomas b. circa 1834, d. 12 June 1862
- Mother: Amanda Eliza McCaleb b. circa 1840
- William Henry Thomas was born on 11 June 1861 in Montgomery County, Texas.
- Benjamin L. Wright and Amanda Eliza McCaleb appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Calvert PO, Robertson County, Texas. Other members of the household included William Henry Thomas, William S. Wright, Emma Lou Thomas, Emily Abbott and Charles A. Abbott. Eliza's children from her first marriage are identified as Thomas and Emma Wright.
- Benjamin L. Wright and Amanda Eliza McCaleb appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Robertson County, Texas. Other members of the household included William Henry Thomas, John Meeks Wright, Kate E. Wright, Mary Zill Wright, Benjamin Boone Wright, George McCaleb Wright, Emma Lou Thomas and Marion Adam Dowdy.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1880 census.
- The following appeared on 7 June 1936 in The Abilene Morning Reporter-News: (Merkel, June 6) Mrs. Emma Lou Dowdy, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. C. Matthews, in Mulberry Canyon Friday night, was interred in Rose Hill cemetery here Saturday, following funeral service in the First Baptist church. Rev. C. R. Joyner, pastor, conducted the service. Mrs. Dowdy had been a member of the Baptist church since 1895.
Mrs. Dowdy was born in Montgomery county in 1862, marrying Adam Dowdy of Robertson county in 1881. The couple moved to Merkel in 1905, later settling in Mulberry Canyon.
Survivors include two children, Mrs. Matthews, and C. I. Dowdy of Fort Worth; a brother, William Thomas of Franklin; two half brothers, Ben Wright of Franklin and George Wright of the state of Colorado; a half sister, Mrs. Mary Leaman of Trent; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Dowdy died 27 years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Matthews, parents of W. C. Matthews, son-in-law of Mrs. Dowdy both succumbed last Sunday, death coming to the couple within a 17-hour period.
- William Henry Thomas died on 25 November 1942 at age 81 in Bald Prairie, Robertson County, Texas.
- He was interred at Bald Prairie Cemetery, Bald Prairie, Robertson County, Texas.
- Last Edited: 25 Jun 2013