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Cadiz Record

Fall In May Proves Fatal To Lady Who Formerly Lived Here. A Real Mother To Number Although She Never Had Any Children Of Her Own.

Mrs. Aurora Thomas former Trigg county lady who had been away from the county of her birth for more than forty years, died last Monday at a hospital in Owensboro as the result of injuries sustained by a fall at her home in Owensboro on May 19th. Mrs. Thomas was born in Trigg county eight-eight years ago, the first of last September, and was a daughter of John Dillard Wimberly, her mother being a Miss Barnes. Reaching young womanhood, she was united in marriage, on February 24, 1859, to the late Perry Thomas. While no children were born into this home, yet it had proven a real home to more orphan children than perhaps any other home in the entire county. Eight persons bereft of their parents in their youth were brought up to manhood and womanhood there, and two others spent a few years under its roof.

Among these were Mr. Henry Kennedy, for a number of years past a resident of Cadiz. Miss Pop Boyd, who afterward married King Cunningham, and the mother of Esq. N.G. Cunningham and Carr Cunningham, was another. Miss Fannie Boyd, a sister, became the wife of Bart Cannon, and she was the mother of James R. Cannon, who resides near Cadiz. A third of the Boyd sisters, Miss Lou Boyd, married Nathan Allace and moved to Tennessee. Willie Batts is now a resident of St. Louis, and Miss Eliza Guier, who married Will Gregston, of Caldwell county, many years ago, now resides in Texas. She is a sister of Edwin Guier, west of Cadiz, and she and a son were back on a visit of some weeks last summer. Miss Mary Cayce and Miss Alice Cunningham are still members of the home and were with Mrs. Thomas in her declining years. Miss Cayce has been a member of the home for fifty years perhaps, and Miss Cunningham is the daughter of Mrs. King Cunningham, who herself resided in the Thomas home in Trigg county when a girl. Emma Thomas Batts, taken into the home at the age of one year, died three years later at the age of four. Willie Barnes spent some three years in this home in his youth. In the year 1889 or 1890 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas moved to Owensboro. Mr. Thomas had been appointed to a position in the government revenue service, which he held for a number of years. After the death of Mr. Thomas, which occured on October 13, 1903, the wife continued to reside in the Daviess county city. Until her health began to fail, she came back to the county often on visits, but she had not been here for some years. Mrs. Helen Noel and Mrs. Nannie Wadlington, now residents of Cadiz, are first-cousins of Mrs. Thomas and she has a number of other relatives in Trigg county. During the many years she resided in this county, no home within its borders dispensed genuine hospitality more bountifully than did the Thomas home, and in the death of the good old woman who presided over it, many will pause to drop a tear in loving memory of one who had spent her life very largely in going about doing good. Burial took place in Owensboro. The husband was an uncle of Hon. G .P. Thomas, County Attorney of Trigg county, and when Rev. E. M. Keelor, now pastor of the Cadiz Methodist church, was a resident of Owensboro some years ago, he boarded in the home of Mrs. Thomas. She was a member of the Baptist church and had been for many years, and her devotion to her church was just as sincere and genuine as her life had been in the care of orphan children at the tender age when the care of real mothers had been denied them. There are but very few left in the county who were her associates and companions when she lived here years ago, but their children and their grand-children are here, and the brief story of her life has been told to them to the extent that many feel a real bereavement in her death, although many had never seen her.


Miss Josephine Thomas, last surviving daughter of Perry and Elizabeth Thomas, deceased, died 26 April 1933. She was born 7 Jan 1846 at the old Thomas homestead where she died. She was a granddaughter of James Thomas, soldier of the Revolutionary War, who came to Ky and settled near the present Thomas homestead in 1806. She is survived by one brothers, Starkie D Thomas, of Marshall county, Ky now in his 91st year, and by numerous nephews, nieces and their descendents. She was never married and during the last years of her life was an invalid.


Cadiz Record
Jan 12, 1933

Former Trigg Countian Loses Young Daughter
Bereavement Comes To Home Of Claude Bridges In Lyon County

Bereavement and sorrow came to the home of a former Trigg countian on Wednesday night of last week when death took the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Bridges, of Lyon county. Margaret was ten years of age, and a bright and charming little miss, with hosts of friends and admirers. The father moved from Trigg county a number of years ago, and a brother Blueford Bridges and a sister, Mrs. Amoss Guier, reside in Trigg county. Mr. Bridges is a rural mail carrier out of Eddyville. Funeral and burial took place last Friday afternoon at Woodson's Chapel in Lyon county, with a large crowd present. Mr. Amoss Guier and little daughter, Virginia and Mr. Harry Lancaster are the Trigg county relatives who went to Lyon county to attend the funeral and burial.


Eura Wesley Thomas, a prominent farmer of near Cadiz, and a member of one of the largest and oldest families of this county died at his home near Cadiz Monday. Mr Thomas had been sick with pneumonia for several days preceding his death. The deceased was born in Trigg county December 4, 1887 and was one of the children of Wes Thomas and the late Eliza Thomas. He was married to Miss Pearl Lawrence, who survives him. Besides his widow, who is ill, he is survived by three children, Mrs Edward Rogers, Misses Virginia and Doris Lawrence, and one grandchild, Charles Rogers. Funeral services were conducted at the Dyer's Chapel church Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Lawrence graveyard.


Cadiz Record
Jan 1940

J.M. "Bud" Thomas Died December 29
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, 1939 for J. Milton "Bud" Thomas 77, who died Friday after a brief illness.

A Kidney ailment was attributed the cause of his death. "Uncle Bud" as he was commonly known, was born Jun 23, 1862, the first son of Carroll and Margaret Reid Thomas. He spent his childhood and early manhood on Donaldson Creek on his father's farm. In 1888 he was married to Miss Lou Shelton and to this union were born five children namely: Albert S. Thomas, Bowling Green, Ky; Mrs Julian Jones, Hartford, Ill, Mrs Bryan Cockerel, Philadelphia, Miss and Robert E. Thomas, Hartford, Ill. All survive except one, John who was killed several years ago in an accident in Mississippi. At various times the Thomas family has resided in Starville, Mississippi and Seneth, Missouri, however, since 1922 they have resided on the Donaldson Creek section of Trigg county. Mr Thomas was a prominent farmer up until a few years ago when he retired from active work and operated a small retail store near his home. Burial took place at the Carroll Thomas burial ground near the spot where the deceased was born, with only a simple service being performed. Pall bearers were: Herschel Thomas, James Robert Thomas, Odell Thomas, D.B. Redd, Perry Thomas, Bayliss Sumner. All surviving children were present for the funeral with the exception of Mrs Bryan Cockreil who arrived the following day.

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