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View Tree for Ephraim ThomasEphraim Thomas (b. Bet. 1771 - 1780, d. Abt. Dec 1840)

Ephraim Thomas (son of William Thomas and Deborah ?) was born Bet. 1771 - 1780 in probably Franklin Co, Virginia, and died Abt. Dec 1840 in Thomasville, Ripley (today Oregon) Co., MO. He married Maria Catharina 'Caty' Teal on Feb 01, 1791 in Franklin Co., Virginia, daughter of Adam 'Johann' Diehl, Sr. and Mary Magdalena 'Maria Modelany' Burkhardt.

 Includes NotesNotes for Ephraim Thomas:
Name: -Many researchers list Ephriam with a middle initial of D - though I have seen no proof that he did in fact have a middle initial D.

Birth -So far the only actual source that I have found for Ephriam's birth comes from the 1830 - 1840 census. Know most researchers list him as being born 1765-1769. If you should have a SOURCE for another time frame - PLEASE E-MAIL ME!!!

Parentage -MOST researchers believe Ephriam to be the son of William and Deborah. More research needs to be done to clarify David's relationship to Ephraim and William? There is no doubt from the Franklin Co., records that David is closely related to the other two.

1796, Feb
Marriage Bonds of Franklin Co., Virginia 1786-1858 page 56
Cassetty, Thos. and Sarah Thomas, dau. Wm. and Deborah, Feb. 25, 1796. Sur. Ephrem Thomas.

Note: This is our Ephrem/Ephriam who is surety. This doesn't prove that he is s/o William and Deborah - but does prove that there was a close connection and that our Ephriam Thomas was in Franklin Co, VA in Feb 1796!!!

1799 -Franklin Co., VA Tax List (listed as Ephriam Thomas) There is also a David and a William Thomas listed on this same Tax List.

Following comes from Research of Loranna L. Gray:
1800-1810 -lived Smith Co, TN with father-in-law
-in 1801 this same land became Jackson Co, TN
-Mr. Teal settled on Wartrace Creek - a tributary to the Cumberland River. They built a mill on Wartrace Creek. Adam Teal is buried near it.

1815-1817 -lived Chester, Illinois

1818 -moved to Thomasville, Missouri

1830 -Wayne Co, Mo Census

Oregon Co.,'s Three Flags--Ephriam is mentioned as one of the early settlers of Oregon Co., (pre 1840) on the Upper Eleven Point River, along with John, William, Ridley and Abrahm Thomas. At the time of the 1840 Census Oregon was part of Ripley Co.,MO.

1840 -Ripley Co, MO Census
Ephriam's Death (Note from Jeff Thomas Aug 1999)

"...many people in our line make the blanket statement that Ephraim died in 1847. He did not. He died Nov or Dec of 1840. The 1847 date comes from a Sheriffs deed .... and I think the deed is the most important document that relates to Ephriam Thomas that I know of. ... notice that his estate is being settled in Ripley Co.,. His estate is bing settled in Ripley Co., because Ephraim died before 1845, when his land came under the jurisdiction of Oregon Co.,

Oregon Co.,MO Deed Abstracts 1845-1868
Ephraim Thomas - Heirs and Land Sale

(Note: The two list of heirs is slightly different.)

To All to whom these presents shall come I William S. Allen Sheriff of the Co., of Oregon in the State of Missouri - send greeting. Whereas on the 20 May 1847 an order of sale was decreed in the Ripley Co Circuit Court upon a petition brought by John Thomas one of the heirs and legal representatives of Ephrum (sic) Thomas deceased against
David Thomas
Absalum Thomas
Milly Prichett formally Milly Thomas
Mary Humphrey formally Mary Thomas
Martin Ivy
Ridley B Thomas
Andrew J Thomas
Patsy Thomas intermarried with John Lasley
Elizabeth Thomas who intermarried w/ Walter Bellah
Jane Thomas who intermarried with William McIntire
Milly Thomas who intermarried with one Hollinsworth House
Ephrum (sic) Thomas
John Thomas
George Thomas
Abraham Thomas
Nancy Thomas

Upon which an order issued from the Clerk's office of said Court in favor of John Thomas heir and legal Representative of Ephraim Thomas deceased against the said defendants dated the twentieth day of May A.D. 1847 directed to the sheriff of Oregon Co., and to me the sheriff of the Co., of Oregon aforesaid delivered a copy whereof is hereto annexed and makes part of this deed which is in words and figures as follows to wit
State of Missouri Co., of Ripley in the Circuit Court May Term 1847

Among the proceedings and records of said Court were the following. John Thomas one of the heirs and legal reprative (sic) of Ephram (sic) Thomas deceased
David Thomas
Absalum Thomas
Milly Prichett formally Mary Thomas
(Mary Humphrey is not listed)
Martin Ivy
Ridley Thomas
Andrew J Thomas
Patsy Thomas intermarried with John Lasley
Elizabeth Thomas intermarried with Walter Bellah
Jane Thomas intermarried with William McIntire
and Milly Thomas who intermarried with Hollinsworth House and
Ephrum Thomas
John Thomas
George Thomas
Abraham Thomas
Martin Thomas (he is not included in list above)
and Nancy Thomas.

This day comes West Maulding, Willie Howell, and Thomas E. Old, the commissioners appointed to make partition of the real estate mentioned in the plaintiffs petition filed in this ca?? and reported that the said real estate is not susceptable of division which report is acceptable by the Court. It is therefore considered by the Court that partition of said real estate cannot be made without great prejudice to the owners of the same and it is therefore ordered that the Sheriff of the Co., of Oregon do sell the real estate in the plaintiffs petition mentioned at the Court House door within and for the Co., of Oregon on the first Monday after the fourth Monday in September next to wit in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty seven during the term of the Circuit Court for the said Co., of Oregon aforesaid at public auction to the highest bidder for cash in hand after first giving notes according to law and it is further ordered and adjudged by the court that the proceeds of the sale of the said real estate be apportioned amongst the parties in??tt?? thereto in proportion to their respective rights and interest. And it is further ordered by said courth that the Sheriff of said Co., of Oregon make and execute a deed of conveyance for the said real estate in the plaintiffs petition mentioned to the purchaser thereof according to law. I William Parker Clerk of the Circuit Court of the Co., of Ripley do hereby certify that the foregoing contains a true copy of the proceedings orders and judgements made in the ???? mentioned cause at the may term of the Circuit Court of Ripley Co.,.....(etc. etc. I did not quote the remaining boiler plate 20 May 1847.)

By virtue of which said Parker I the said sheriff did on the (4 October 1847) having twenty days previous to the fourth day of October aforesaid given due notice thereof between the hour of nine in the forenoon and five in the afternoon of that day agreeable to said advertisement and during the sitting of the October term of the Oregon Circuit Court at the Courthouse door in the town of Thomasville within and for the Co., of Oregon aforesaid expose to public sale at public auction for cash in hand all the right title claim and interest of the parties aforesaid to the following described real extate in the plaintiffs petition mentioned to wit:

SW1/4 SW1/4 Section 32 T25N R5W (40 acres)
and John Thomas being the highest and last bidder for said real estate at the price of three hundred dollars the same was stricken off and sold to the said John Thomas for that sum. (Deed signed by Sheriff 18 Feb 1848. Deed recorded 18 June 1848).

1) Research of Loranna L. Gray (June 1999)
A) Wilma Smotherman; Birch Tree, Missouri, - "Branches off the Thomas Family Tree" ( April 1985)
B) Loren L. Taylor, Kansas City, Kansas
2) Oregon Co, Mo Deed Abstracts
3) Oregon Co., Three Flags Co., Book
4) Research of Rita Hallett [] (info from GENserv HALB7NE database)
5) Research of Jeff Thomas
A) Sheriff Deed of Sale of Ephriam Thomas Estate
6. Exerpts of Thomas (THOMAS'S OF THOMASVILLE) book by Evelyn L. Convey as sent to me by another Thomas Researcher

More About Ephraim Thomas and Maria Catharina 'Caty' Teal:
Marriage: Feb 01, 1791, Franklin Co., Virginia.

 Includes NotesMarriage Notes for Ephraim Thomas and Maria Catharina 'Caty' Teal:
Marriage Bonds of Franklin Co., Virginia 1786-1858 page 222
Thomas, Ephraim and Caty Teal, dau. Adam and Mary,Jan. 19, 1791. Sur. David Thomas. 52.

Children of Ephraim Thomas and Maria Catharina 'Caty' Teal are:
  1. +Jane Thomas, b. 1811, Probably Smith or Jackson Co., TN, d. Bet. Oct 04 - Dec, 1847, Oregon Co., MO.
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