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Charles E. Thomas, Albert Clarence Thomas, David S. Thomas, 1 South 43 West

In 1880 Pottawatomie County, Kansas, John Thomas is 50, born in Indiana, Eliza 47 Delaware, have Charles E. 19, David S. 17, John H. 15, Wm. 13, Clarence A. 11, daughters F.A. 8 and E. A.6 - all these kids born in Indiana, and daughter H.A. 2 born in Kansas.
In 1885 Pottawatomie County, John and Eliza have John H. 19, Wm.E. 18, Albert C. 15, Emma A. 11, and Hattie A. 6.
John Thomas died Aug 4, 1904, aged 74, and is buried in Onaga, Pottawatomie County # 131537009.
Eliza died May 16, 1897, age 64, and is buried in Onaga # 8936512.

Nellie Blanche Porter, born Sept 2, 1867, married Charles Edward Thomas on April 11, 1888. They had Hattie Irene Jan 12, 1889, marrying Henry Paulsen, Clyde Porter Thomas Jan 6, 1890, Gladys Evelyn Thomas January 21, 1896, Minnie Iona Thomas July 31, 1898,a nd George Albert Thomas Feb 18, 1907.

Charles proved up a quarter in 22, 1S 43W in 1893 . In 1900 Charles is back in Pottawatomie County, married 12 years to Nellie B. Sept 1867 Ohio. They have Hattie Jun 1888 Colorado, Clyde P. Jan 1890 Colorado, Gladys E. Jan 1896 Kansas, M Iola July 1898 Kansas - father John born Dec 1829, widowed, is living with them.
In 1910 Pottawatomie County, Charles and Nellie have Clyde P., Gladys E. 14, Iona M. 11, and George A. 3.

Charles and Nellie died in Clayton, New Mexico - Nellie on February 12, 1926.
Nellie # 16508469 is buried in Clayton "Nellie passed away at the the home of Bruce Kennedy.

She was the daughter of J.S. Porter, b. OH and Phoebie B. Meek, b. OH.

When Nellie was 18 years old her parents moved the family to Wray, Colorado. In March of 1921 she moved to Long Canyon, near Folsom, Union, NM.

She married Charles E. Thomas on April 11, 1888 in Wray, CO.

She is survived by 5 children: Mrs. Hattie Paulson, Clyde P., Mrs. Gladys Grutzmacher, Mrs. Iona Gurtler, Osage, KS and George A., Folsom, NM; and by 2 sisters: Mrs. G.W. Brooks, Central Point, OR and Mrs. J.A. Brown, Medford, OR. "

"THOMAS, Charles E. b. 20 Nov 1860, IN. d. 10 Jan 1932, St. Joseph's Hospital, Clayton, Union, NM; 71 yr 2 mo. Wife: Nellie Blanche PORTER of Wray, CO; md. 1888; she d. 6 yr ago. Parents: John THOMAS, b. IN and Louisa TAYLOR, b. IN. Survived by children: Mrs. Hattie PAULSEN, Clyde P. THOMAS, Mrs. Gladys GRUTZMACHER, Mrs. Ione GURTLER, all of Onaga, KS and George A. THOMAS, Farley, NM; 2 sisters: Mrs. George DEGRAN, Onaga, KS and Mrs. Emma MYERS, Gray, WA; 2 brothers: Clarence and David, Wray, CO. Burial: 22 Jan 1932; informant: Clyde THOMAS, Onaga, KS; cemetery inscription; Winchester 2:169; Union County Leader, 21 and 28 Jan 1932, Clayton, NM; d. cert. "
Charles is buried in Clayton # 16508459.


David proved up a quarter in 27, 1S 43W in 1892. He was a witness for the 1902 claim of brother-in-law John W. Smith in 1S 43W.
In 1900 Glendale precinct, David born Feb 1863 has been married seven years to Clara S. July 1874 Nebraska, with no children.

His wife was Clara Levesta Smith
In 1920 Yuma County, David is 56, born in Indiana, widowed, farming, living by himself.
Next household is Albert C. Thomas 49, Indiana, married to Gladys born in Illinois. Mildred Robert 6, Mary 4, and Velma 1 were all born in Colorado.
When Herman Renzelman filed for a claim in 1N 45W in 1922, witnesses included Clarence Thomas and David Thomas of Wray.
David Thomas 1873-1939 is buried in Wray # 81634258.

"Albert married Gladys Irene Jane BURTON on 22 Apr 1909 in Westmoreland, KS. Gladys was born on 6 Aug 1891 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, died on 25 Feb 1974 in El Cajon Valley, CA, at age 82, and was buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, CA."
In 1910 Yuma County, "Clarence" is 40, Gladys 19, married one year.

Albert filed for land in 35, 1N 45W in 1914, witnesses including David S. Thomas.
In 1920 Yuma County, Albert is 49, Gladys 25, Illinois, Mildred 8, Robert 6, May 4, and Verna eighteen months, all four kids born in Colorado.
In 1930 Wray, Albert C. is 60, Gladys 35, with Mildred 19, Robert F. 16, May 14, Velma 11, and Iven D. 7.
Albert Clarence Thomas 1870-1934 is buried in Wray.

In 1937, living at 346 9th street in Wray, Gladys has Robert, May, Velma, Violet, and Ivan.

In 1940 Weld County, Gladys is widowed, 48, with Ivan 17 and Violet 8. All were in Yuma County in 1935.
Mildred Thomas married Cecil P. Rooker December 16, 1933, recorded in Yuma County.
Cecil Rooker, born Mar 4, 1909, died July 1987, last residence Stockton, Rooks County, Kansas.

Cecil Rooker, 78, Stockton, died Saturday, July 4, 1987 at his home. Mr. Rooker was born March 4, 1909, at Glen Elder. He had been a resident of Stockton since 1957, moving from Russell. He was a laborer at farms, lumber yards and oilfields. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion of Russell and Stockton.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred of the home; three sons, Fred of Stockton, Robert of Denver and Lester "Boyd" of Norfolk, Va.; three daughters, Betty Young of Wichita, and Fern Mattheyer and Dorothy James, both of WaKeeney; two brothers, Wayne of Republic and Orva of Hunter; a sister, Elizabeth Sackhoff of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Smith-Moore Funeral Home, Stockton, the Rev. Mel Shepherd officiating. A service will be 4 p.m. Monday at the Athens Cemetery, Ionia. Visitation is at the funeral home until service time.
Cecil is buried in Jewell County, Kansas # 40304266.
So is Mildred Ann Rooker 1911-1991 # 40304270
Mildred Ann Rooker, 80, WaKeeney, died Saturday, March 16, 1991, at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. Mrs. Rooker was born Mildred Ann Thomas on Feb. 16, 1911, at Wray, Colo., and had been a WaKeeney resident for years, moving from Stockton.
She was a homemaker and attended the Christian Church in Stockton and Ogallah. Her husband, Cecil P., died in 1987. Survivors include three sons, Fred of Stockton, Robert of Denver and Boyd of Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Betty Young of Wichita and Fern Mattheyer and-Dorothy James, both of WaKeeney; three sisters, May Stevens of Denver, Velma Gordan of Douglas, Wyo., and Violet Carriker of Port Ortord, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at the Ogallah Christian Church, the Rev. Wayne L. Lofton officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Athens Cemetery, Ionia. Memorials may be made to the Trego County Hospital Memorial Fund. The Morell Funeral Home, WaKeeney, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert F. Thomas, born May 8, 1913, mother's name Burton, died Nov 13, 1961 in San Diego County, California.
He served in the 152nd Port Co, TC, US ARMY 1942-1945.
FindAGrave # 3435290 has him buried in Fort Rosecrans National, San Diego
His widow was Mrs. Ella Thomas of Vista, California,
May Ruth Thomas, born Sept 21, 1915, married Robert Murry Mitchell Sept 10, 1940, per one tree, and died July 18, 1999.
"May Ruth Thomas Stevens of Federal Heights, a retired Gates Rubber Co. employee, died July 18, 1999 at Elms Haven Nursing Home. She was 83. Graveside services were Wednesday in Highland Cemetery. She was born Sept. 21, 1915, in Wray. In January 1974, she married Albert Stevens in Denver. He preceded her in death. She is survived by two sisters, Velma Gordon, Douglas, Wyo., and Violet Carriker, Coos Bay, Ore. "

Velma Belle Thomas born June 2, 1918, married Laroy Gordon.

No funeral services for Velma Belle Gordon, 94, will be held per her request.
Velma Gordon died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Shepherd of the Valley Care Center in Casper, Wyoming.
She was born June 21, 1918, to Albert Clarence and Gladys Irene (Burton) Thomas in Wray, Colo.
She was married to LaRoy Marvin Gordon on Aug. 7, 1937.
Velma worked for a number of years as a nurse’s aide at the Converse County Hospital in Douglas and as a school crossing guard for Converse County School District #1. She was a member of TOPS for 35 years and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her two children LaVella (David) Squires of Neenah, Wis., and Roy T. (Jan) Gordon of Douglas; sister Violet Carriker of North Port, Ore.; grandchildren Carl Squires and Dennis Squires, both of Wisconsin, Jacki Bonham and Dorothy Jean Callen, both of California, Cheryl Lasher of Denver, Rob Mitchell of Laramie and Debbie Kornegay of Glendo; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 69 years, Roy, on Feb. 26, 2007; siblings Robert, Ivan, Mildred and Mary; grandson Bradley Squires; and great-grandson Jeremiah Bonham.
FindaGrave 94951730
Thanks to Jim Thomas for the real story of Ivan Dale Thomas !
Ivan Dale Thomas, born August 12, 1922 in Wray, Colorado, married Virginia Alberta Cooper, born February 26, 1921, in Little River, Kansas. It is unknown when their wedding date was. (Jim added that they were married in 1942, but the exact date was currently unknown.)

Ivan and Virginia's children were Ellen (dob 4-12-43), Milton (2-04-47), Ethel (8-24-50), Everett (9-28-52), Estol (9-25-54), and James (12-23-55). All of the children are still alive. After the military, Ivan worked as a farm laborer. At some unknown point in time, Ivan was offered a job by Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. Virginia, already having some children, didn't want to move to the city. Ivan succumbed to her wishes and declined the job offer.

Declining this job offer evidently proved to have a negative effect on Ivan. His oldest daughter Ellen, at a later time, recalled that his declining that job offer ate away at him and eventually, he left the family in 1955 and went to the state of Washington. He left without knowing that Virginia was pregnant with their sixth child (James). It was learned 13 years later that Ivan, now known as John Fourn, had went to the state of Washington and illegally changed his name and started another family. He had managed to keep quiet to his second wife for 13 years that he had a family in Kansas. Something happened that his wife in Washington learned he had another wife and family and demanded he get a divorce. Thus, he contacted Virginia after 13 years of missing for that very reason. In 1955 when he first went missing, Virginia had the Navy and the Social Security Administation seach for him. After a one year search came up with no results, both the Navy and the Social Security Administration granted Virginia his government pension and his Social Security benefits. After he reappeared 13 years later requesting a divorce, Virginia was advised by legal counsel to reverse the suit and file divorce charges against him. The matter was brought to the attention of the Navy and the Social Security Administation. Without knowing any of the details of what transpired, the Navy and the Social Security Administration were to deal with Ivan (aka John Fourn) on two counts: paid out benefits and illegally changing his name.
It is unknown exactly where Ivan lived in Washington or if he is still living to this day.

Violet Chloe THOMAS was born on 31 Mar 1932 in Wray, Yuma Co., CO. Violet C. Minor married William Edward CARRIKER on 28 Sep 1959 in Clark County, Nevada.
William Edward Carriker, spouse Violet, born 1924, died 1993 in Curry County, Oregon.
Violet was still alive in 2012, per Velma's obituary.

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