Thomaston ancestors migrated to Coffee and Covington Counties

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 13, 2019

This writer has often wondered whether there might be a connection between the Thomaston
family of Coffee County, Ala., and his own Thomasson lineage. A recent inquiry from a
Thomaston descendant who is researching his lineage has prompted today’s story. And
according to these family lines have a common ancestor in George Thomasson
(1703-1783), who was born in Virginia and died in Louisa County, Va. George was married to
Mary Pollard, daughter of Richard Pollard and Martha Fleming. At the time of his death in
Louisa County, Va., George Thomasson owned more than 1000 acres of land located on both
sides of Christopher’s Run in Trinity Parish.
Records indicate George’s oldest son, William Thomasson (1720-1800), may have chosen to use
the Thomaston spelling for his surname. The other nine children appear to have used the
Thomasson name. However, the name is often spelled Thomason and possibly other forms.
William was married first to Sarah Turner (1720-1782), and he later married Mary Easter/Estes.
Although it is not known which of his wives is the mother to his children, it is most likely the
first wife.
The second oldest son, Thomas Thomasson (1737-1818), was born in Virginia, but he died in
Granville County, N.C. He married circa 1762 Anne McAllister/MacAlester, and they were the
parents of 11 children. One of them, William Pollard Thomasson (1763-1818), and his wife,
Mary Reeves, are the ancestors of this writer. William Pollard was a patriot in the Revolutionary
The lineage of William Thomasson/Thomaston will be followed in this narrative. He was the
father of a son named William Thomaston Jr. (1750-1825) who was married to Elizabeth “Betty”
Conner (1750-1840). They were the parents of John Conner Thomasson who was born in 1776
in Louisa County, Va., and died in 1862 in Troup County, Ga. This meant he was born during the
Revolutionary War of which his father was a patriot and died during the early stages of the War
Between the States. He married Narcissa Jane Lewis (1775-1849), and they were the parents of
a son, John Barnett Thomaston.
John Barnett was born in 1801 in Hancock County, Ga., and died in 1883 in Harris County, Ga.
He was married to Susan Lavinia Downs (1805-1867), and they were the parents of William
Lomas Thomaston who was born in 1834 in Georgia and died in 1880 also in Georgia. He was
married to Emmaline “Emily” Edwards who was born in 1837 in Georgia. They were the parents
of William Henry Thomaston who was born circa 1854 in Harris County, Ga.
William Henry Thomaston is the ancestor who moved the family into Alabama. He died in 1928
in Tallapoosa County, although one record listed Macon County. He married Sarah Elizabeth
Meigs who was born in 1847 in Alabama and died in 1930 in Tallapoosa County. She was the
daughter of James H. Meigs (1815-1856) and Mary Rushing (1816-1889). Both of her parents
were natives of North Carolina.

William Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Thomaston were the parents of the following children:
Carrie E., b. 1874, d. 1965; William Henry Jr., b. 1876, d. 1957, m. 1895 Ruth Evie Phillips; John
Thomas, b. 1878, d. 1966, m. Roberta Izilla Daugherty; Fannie, b. 1881; Robert Jackson, b. 1884,
d. 1936; Barbara Jane, b. 1884, d. 1936; Otis L., b. 1887, d. 1968; James Harvey, b. 1890, d.
1907; and Don.
The second oldest son, John Thomas Thomaston was born in 1878 in Alabama and was married
in 1899 to Roberta Izilla Daugherty (1878-1953), daughter of David McDaugherty and Frances
Jones of Tallapoosa County. John Thomas died in 1966 in Andalusia, and he was buried in the
Rhodes Schoolhouse Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Roberta died in 1953 in Kinston, Coffee
County, and was buried beside him. They were the parents of the following children: William
David, b. 1899, d. 1970, m. Lena F. Harrison (1898-1938); Minnie Lessie, b. 1901, d. 1937, m.
Jesse James Powell (1897-1984); Jasper Deloney, b. 1903, d. 1986, m. Pearl Stevens (1905-
1991); Lumus Wilborn, b. 1905, d. 1972, m. Marietta Margaret “Macie” Carnley; Albert Lee, b.
1907, d. 1973, m. Anna Mae Stringfellow (1907-1974); Alton DeLunie, b. 1911, m. Olene Bowdin
(1914-2006); Elvie LaVera, b. 1911, d. 1970, m. (1) Lester Howard Gatlin (1906-1953) (2) John
McCary Smith (1898-1985); Velma Frances, b. 1913, d. 1991, m. David Gardie Davis (1911-
1979); and Bertie Mae, b. 1916, d. 2000, m. A.C. Davis, brother to David Gardie Davis.
The oldest daughter, Minnie Lessie Thomaston, was married to Jessie James Powell, son of
Joseph Martin Powell (1852-1917) and Emma R. Thornton (1847-1902). Minnie and Jessie lived
some in Clay County, Covington County and later Baldwin County, Ala. They were the parents of
the following seven children: Herman, b. 1918, d. 1953; Ethridge James Sr., b. 1921, d. 2001, m.
Dora Luverne Langham; Alton Looney, b. 1923, d. 2005, m. (1) Marie Teal (2) Eloise Hutchinson;
Elmer, b. 1928, d. 1974, m. Gladys ? (1928-2007); Dorothy Mae, b. 1932, d. 1995, m. Don Tuttle;
Janie Pearl, b. 1936, d. 1992, Harvey Crum; and James Jesse, b.&d. 1940.
Next to the youngest daughter, Velma Frances, was born in 1913 in Tallapoosa County and died
in 1991 in Elba of Coffee County. She was married to David Gardie Davis, son of Leroy Green
Davis (1870-1959) and Ava Cora Wilson (1879-1939). They were the parents of the following
children: Hugh Warren, b. 1932, d. 1993, m. (1) 1955 Willie Dean Hyatt (1938-1972) (2) ca 1973
Ann (Hughes) Morris; Fred Donald, 1935, d. 2007, m. Patricia Diane Holland; Bobby Joe, b.
1936, d, 2011, m. (1) Opal ? (2) Tracey Werker; and Frances Edna, b. 1938, m. Francis William
“Billy” English. Hugh Warren served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. Fred Donald and
Bobby Joe both served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam conflict.
Many of the descendants of these families lived in locations between Elba and Opp. They were
near the Rhodes Primitive Baptist Church, and many were buried in the church’s cemetery.
The sources for today’s story include and personal records of Michelle (Powell)
Kelly, descendant of Bertie Mae (Thomaston) and A.C. Davis and Mack Davis, son of Hugh
Warren Davis and Willie Dean Hyatt of the Elba area. Appreciation is expressed to Mack for
inspiring this story and sharing his records.

Anyone who might find an error in the above or who is able to share additional information on
this family is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson, at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road,
Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-804-1442; or Email: