1881 census information for Thomas family

1881 census entries for Thomas family in Deseronto
NameGenderAgePlace of birthReligionOriginOccupation
Thomas, George M 53 USA Church of England African Labourer
Thomas, Hannah F 48 USA Church of England Irish -
Thomas, George M 14 Ontario Church of England African -
Thomas, Louisa F 8 Ontario Church of England African -
Thomas, Frances E. F 6 Ontario Church of England African -

 George Thomas died suddenly in Deseronto on 25 December 1881, leaving his wife, Hannah, and their three children to survive him.

Death registration of George M. Thomas, 1881

At the time of the 1891 census, the younger George Thomas was working as a labourer in the Rathbun Company's sawmill in Deseronto. In that year he married Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ackerman (formerly Moore) in Picton, on 26 September. The couple were still in Deseronto in 1901, but they left Canada for the United States in 1906 and in 1910 George was working as a motorman on the street railway in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1917 George filled out a Declaration of Intention form to become a citizen of the United States. It is interesting that he described himself as White, and that he was missing part of a finger on his right hand: presumably as a result of his time in the sawmill!

1917 declaration of intent to become a citizen for George Henry Thomas.


George's wife, Lizzie, died in St. Louis in 1937, aged 70.

Louisa Thomas, George's sister, married Archibald McPhee in Russell, Ontario, on 25 August 1890. The couple had nine children and Louisa died of an ectopic pregnancy on 27 March 1917 at the age of 44. Her younger sister, Frances, married Joseph Mountney on 5 June 1893 in Napanee. She died on 11 September 1940 in the Belleville General Hospital.