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"William & James Thomas of Bedford Virginia 1776-1865"

Updated December 25, 2003

Claude Anderson Thomas Jr

I am searching for the ancestors of William Peter THOMAS. He was born in 1827, died 1918 in Liberty (now Bedford) Virginia. William Peter served in the 28th VA Regiment, later the Bedford Artillery under Jubal Early, and finally in the 58th VA Infantry at Petersburg during the Civil War. William Peter's father, James THOMAS was born in 1792 in Bedford, VA. James was married in 1817 to Maria Elizbeth ANSPACH, born in VA 1797 (AUNSPAUGH, ANSBACH), daughter of Johann Peter ANSPACH, an immigrant in 1788 from Saxony (Germany), who first went to PA before going to Bedford Co. VA as the tanner. A picture of his log house on Main Street is in the town museum. The ANSPACH grave marker and family plot remains in Bedford. The THOMAS family graveyard has a marker for James THOMAS, Kyles Division, War of 1812.

The father of James C. Thomas was William THOMAS, who lived in Bedford Co, VA at the time of the American Revolution. There is a marker in the Bedford family cemetery "VA Troops, Revolutionary War". He was married to Mary CAFFERY, daughter of John CAFFERY and Elizabeth CANDLER. I seek information on the birth, immigration, revolutionary war and marriage records for William Thomas.

My family tree was submitted to the World Family Tree on 9/26/98. I am the 3 great grandson of William THOMAS and Mary CAFFREY. I am the great-great grandson of James THOMAS and Johann Peter ANSPACH. My great-grandfather was William Peter THOMAS born in Bedford in 1827. My grandfather was Claude Carner THOMAS, born in Bedford VA 1868. My father was Claude Anderson THOMAS, born in Knoxville, TN 1906.

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