The Thomas Family Website

From Wales to America
1795-2012

The Line of John J. Thomas
Brynmawr, Breconshire to Scranton, Pennsylvania

copright © by Jeffrey L. Thomas
jltbalt1@verizon.net

This genealogy of the Thomas family lists the known descendants of John J. Thomas and Elizabeth Davis of Brynmawr, Wales and Scranton, Pennsylvania. Brynmawr is a small community in southern Breconshire (today Blaenau Gwent) that was transformed in the mid-19th century by the iron and coal industries into a thriving industrial center. In 1848 John, Elizabeth, their baby daughter Elizabeth, and John's mother and brothers and sister, decided to leave their native Wales and seek a better life in the anthracite-rich community of Hyde Park/Scranton in Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania. The pages that follow then, tell the story of the Thomas family in Wales and America, and are based on my own research which began in late 1986. Much of that research is presented in several sections found below, using a combination of essays, photographs, documents and vital records.

As with virtually every family genealogy, it is likely that errors have been made, and I therefore encourage anyone who finds an error or omission, or who would like to contribute additional information to this record, to contact me at the e-mail address below. This is by no means a final account of the descendants of John J. Thomas, as it is my intention to update this record from time to time. I would also like to take this opportunity to mention the Thomas family genealogy that was compiled some years ago by the late Wilfred Harris of Scranton, Pa., husband of my great aunt Blanche Thomas. Uncle Wilfred's work formed the basis of my own research, and has therefore been a valuable asset in discovering the story of our Thomas ancestors. I hope you enjoy what you find here, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jeffrey L. Thomas
jltbalt1@verizon.net

 

Genealogy and Family Records
 
Genealogy of the Thomas family (PDF file)
Thomas Family Census Returns, Brynmawr, Wales and Scranton, Pennsylvania
Thomas Family Source Records and Other Research Notes, including maps, passenger records, immigration records, marriage and death certificates, directory listings, obituaries and cemetery photographs.
 
John J. Thomas & Elizabeth Davies of Brynmawr, Wales & Scranton, Pa.
 
John J. Thomas (1823-1876), of Brynmawr, Wales and Scranton, Pennsylvania
Discovering the Origins of the Thomas Family in Wales
The Davies Family of Brynmawr, Wales and Scranton, Pennsylvania
Discovering the Origins of the Davies Family in Wales

The Children of John J. Thomas & Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Thomas(1847-?)          
Hannah Thomas (1848-1886) Essay Descendants    Obituary buried Washburn Street Cemetery
John J. "Drummer" Thomas (1850-1923) Essay Descendants Death Certificate Obituary Cemetery Plot - Forest Hill Cemetery
David O. Thomas (1852-1923)   Descendants Death Certificate Obituary Cemetery Plot - Washburn Street Cemetery
Thomas J. Thomas (1854-1909)   Descendants Death Certificate Obituary buried Washburn Street Cemetery
Jeremiah Thomas (1856-1891) Essay Descendants Death Certificate Obituary Cemetery Plot, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Mary Thomas (1858-?) died young          
Hosie Thomas (1861-1932) Essay Descendants Death Certificate Obituary Cemetery Plot - Abington Hills Cemetery
William Henry Thomas (1864-1947) Essay Descendants   Obituary Cemetery Plot - North Chilchilla Cemetery
Benjamin Franklin Thomas (1868-1925)     Death Certificate Obituary buried Washburn Street Cemetery
Daniel Thomas (1872-1888) Essay   Death Certificate Obituary buried Washburn Street Cemetery

Aligned and Other Family Essays

The Hares Family of Somerset, England, Brynmawr/Nantyglo, Wales and Scranton, Pa.
George Hares (1834-1867), of Somerset, England, Brynmawr/Nantyglo, Wales and Scranton, Pa.
William C. Williams (1815-1888), of Monmouthshire, Wales and Scranton, Pa.
Daniel Thomas (1888-1916), Carnegie Medal Recipient, son of Hosie Thomas.
Isaac B. Morgans (1828-1899), later husband of Elizabeth Davies Thomas (above)

Brynmawr, Wales - History & Culture

Visit the Brynmawr Wales History - Genealogy project
History of Brynmawr by Hilda Jennings.
Photographs of Brynmawr and surrounds, April 2004, by Jeffrey L. Thomas.
Pigot's 1844 directory of Brynmawr and Llanelly Parish.
Visit Brynmawr Scene, the official Brynmawr town website.

Scranton, Pennsylvania - History & Culture

     

Hyde Park/Scranton History, with an emphasis on coal mining & labor disputes.
Excerpts from an 1859 edition of the Scranton Republican
Lackawanna County, PA GenWeb Project - Genealogy resources for Scranton/Hyde Park.
Lackawanna County, PA Rootsweb Mailing List
Some prominent Welshmen of Scranton
Learn about the connection between Scranton and Brynmawr, Wales

Washburn Street Cemetery burials (Hyde Park)

Details of the Avondale Mine Disaster of September 6, 1869

Diamond mine accident (Scranton), December 9, 1914 (Tripp's Slope)
Mine casualty Daniel Thomas (1888-1916), Carnegie Medal recipient

General Genealogy Links

Ancestry.com - Commercial service offering access to thousands of genealogy source records.
Genealogy.com - Commercial service offering access to thousands of genealogy source records.
LDS Family History web site - Free access to the IGI Index, 1880 U.S. Census, 1881 U.K. Census, and a searchable listing of LDS resources and library locations.

 

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