May 19, 1849 Jefferson City Cole County Missouri, USA
Nov. 7, 1890 Pettis County Missouri, USA
Thomas Benton Price, born in Jefferson City May 19, 1849, was educated in Jefferson in a select school in Pennsylvania, and in St. Louis University. As a member of the transcontinental surveying corps under General Palmer, he spent the year 1867 in the west where his party skirmished with Indians and chased buffalo. November 18, 1872, he married Miss Ada C. Bear of Virginia, daughter of Col. Adam C. Bear and Susan Long Bear. Isaac Long, maternal grandfather of Mrs. Price, owned a large plantation in the Shenandoah Valley. Thomas Benton and Ada Bear Price had two children, Lawson Clark Price (July 15, 1873-March 24, 1941) whose name was changed to Thomas Lawson Price in the Cole County, Missouri Circuit Court around 1910, and Celeste Bolton Price (July 2, 1878-April 10, 1953). Celeste married Cecil Thomas. See her sketch under �Thomas.�
Thomas Benton Price established a beautiful country estate, Avondale, Pettis County, Missouri, on which he lived. Its acreage was devoted chiefly to blue grass and forest, with only enough land in cultivation to supply its needs. Here he created a fine herd of Shorthorns and a famous line of saddle horses. He loved the country and had large real estate interests in this and other states. He died in an accident November 8, 1890, and his wife moved to Jefferson City.
The father of General Thomas Lawson Price was Major Price, 1779-1829, a Virginia tobacco planter and large slave owner. Major Price was the son of William Price who entered the Revolutionary War a lieutenant and advanced to the rank of major. The founder of the Price family in America was John Price, born in 1584, who left England for Virginia in 1610 or 1611.