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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA

 

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Micajah Alexander Thomas, 15 December 1846 GA-29 July 1912
Co. C, 12 Battl’n GA Light Artillery CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (K-11, Lot 4, NW)
(Confederate)

 

ASSESSOR THOMAS ANSWERS LAST CALL – County Assessor M. A. Thomas passed away last Monday, July 29, about 2 o’clock in the afternoon at his home in Ukiah, succumbing to heart complications which had assailed him about 18 months ago and which had baffled the efforts of the most skillful physicians that could be procured.

            With the passing of Mr. Thomas went one of our pioneer settlers as well as one of the most faithful servants of the people that ever entered the court house.

            He was born at Macon, Georgia, December 15, 1846, and was the son of Dr. J. R. and S. R. Thomas. The privileges of school were denied him by reason of the war of the Rebellion, which broke out when he was 14 years old. At the age of 16 he enlisted as a private in the service of the Confederacy and served until wounded and taken to the Union prison hospital in Washington City, where he remained until the close of the war. He was then taken to Savannah, Ga., from which place, though still suffering severely from his wound, he walked to his home in Macon.

            In December, 1867, he came with his parents by way of Panama to California where he resided in Solano county until the fall of 1868, when he moved to Redwood valley in this county, where he engaged in general ranching with his father.

            In February, 1876, he was married to Martha E. Hughes and from this union were born six children, of which three daughters and two sons are living – Mrs. Mary Todd, Misses Kate and Ruth Thomas, Dr. Robert Thomas, of Ukiah and Attorney Anderson Thomas, of San Francisco.

            In 1898 Mr. Thomas was the nominee of the Democratic party for the office of county assessor, to which he was elected and which he held as the result of three successive elections until the time of his death. He was one of the best official that the county ever had in that capacity, and that his administration was appreciated by the people is amply attested by the fact that he was returned to office so regularly.

            The funeral service was held Wednesday at the M. E. Church, South, being preached by Rev. J. E. Moore, who rendered the deceased a high tribute. The service at the grave was under the auspices of Abell Lodge, F. & A. M. A large concourse attended both services.

            He was a member of the Knights Templar and the Improved Order of Redmen. Dispatch Democrat 2 August 1912.

1860 U.S. census, Newton County, Georgia, population schedule, Rocky Plains & Oxford post office, p. 598, dwelling 83, family 81, James R. Thomas; NARA microfilm publication 653, roll 133.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Calpella township, ED 58, p. 215-A (stamped), dwelling 131, family 131, Micagah Thomas; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 49, p. 208-A (stamped), sheet 6, dwelling 128, family 130, Micajah Thomas; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 70, p. 377-A (stamped), sheet 15, dwelling 281, family 281, Micajah A Thomas; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Confederate Army.