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Capt John Blackwell Thomas
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1847
Lumpkin County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 1911
Dawson County
Georgia, USA

My great great grandpa.
John B. Thomas, journalist, Dawsonville, Dawson Co GA. Son of William H. (b-North Caroline) and Mary Stegall Thomas.
His middle name Blackwell comes from his grandfather on his mother's side, Blackwell Stagell.
Was born in Lumpkin Co. GA. March 28, 1847.
Husband of Martha J.White Thomas Chandler.
Father of 11 children:
Mary Burt(1880-1965)
William (1882)
Annie (1885)
Maude Howard (1890-1961)
Mattie (1890)
John R.(1891-1891)
Ruth (1893)
Leonard (1896-1896)
Manilla Anderson (1898-1985)
Estill (1901-1902)
Tynie (1904-1906)

Grandfather of John David Burt.
Great grandfather to Mary Frances Burt McFarland.
Aged 63 years.

He was of Scotch-Welsh desent, and his parents were natives, respectfully, of North Carolina and Georgia. His father was a farmer and a pioneer settler of North Georgia, and died in 1868: and his mother in 1884.
To them eight children were born: Elizabeth; Sarah' William C.; John B. the subject of this bio; California; Martha J., wife of Joseph W. Woodward; and Henry H.
Mr.Thomas learned the printer's art when a mere boy, and worked at the trade until just after the beginning of the war between the states. In 1862, when not quite sixteen years of age he enlisted in Company C (Capt. R.R. Ashbury, Fifty-second Georgia regiment, and was the Co. drummer boy and went to the front. The regiment was ordered to Knoxville, accompanied Gen. Bragg in Kentucky campaign, and participated in the battles of Tazewell, TN., and Frankfort, Kentucky. He was at the siege of Vicksburg, and the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. His regiment was with the army from Dalton toward Atlanta, and took an active part in the campaign. At Kennesaw mountain he was captured and sent to Camp Chase, Cincinnati, and was confined there until the close of the war.

After his release he went to Kentucky where he stopped awhile, and then went to Mississippi, where he was foreman of a bridge gang about a year. Returning to his Lumpkin County home he engaged in the newspaper business in Dahlonega. In 1872 he went to Utah, and after engaging in mining fours years returned to Dahlonega and resumed the newspaper business. In 1888 he sold out and embarked in minning in Lumpkin County, and followed two years,when he came to Dawsonville and traded a Gold watch for a printing office and material, and had devoted his time and attention since to the permanent establishment of the "Dawson County Advertiser". He was also an agent for the Dawson county Georgia immigration bureau. John was energetic and progressive, well posted and public spirited, and all the time on the alert to advance the best interests of Dawson County. John was married Oct 8, 1871 to Miss Julism daughter of Thomas H. Kilgore, by whom he had one child which died in infancy - and July 27, 1782, the mother died. In 1879 he contracted a second marriage, with Miss Martha J., daughter of Benjamin T. White, a union which was blessed with five children: Mary F., born Jan. 9, 1880; William T., born Dec 5, 1883; Anna J., born march 21, 1885; Maude born in 1889; and Ruth born Sept. 30, 1893. He was a memberof the IOOF, and a master Mason, and himself and wife were members of the Methodist Church.

Atlanta Constitution, 9 January 1911, Mortuary.
Editor Thomas,Dawsonville.
Dawsonville,GA.,January 8,1911
Mr.J.B.Thomas, editor of The Dawsonville Advertiser,and for 20 years a prominent citizen of Dawsonville, died Saturday morning. He was a prominent Mason, a confederate veteran, and a pioneer citizen of Georgia.

** Thomas, John B.- Private Apr.15, 1862. Appointed Musician Dec. 1862; Regimental Drummer in 1863. Discharged, under-age, July 1863. Appears on roll of prisoners of war in charge of Provost Marshal near Marietta, Ga., captured June 22, 1864, "a deserter, retained, discharged." (Born in Ga. Mar. 28,1847. Died in Dawson County, Ga. Jan. 7, 1911.)

He was a drummer boy in the Civil War at age 16 - stayed in 2 years.
He said " If I ever get home - I'll never die in debt to my stomach" He always had a full table.
He said " I never want to see another black eyed pea!"
He fired a gun one time during the Civil War but didn't see who he shot - he closed his eyes when he pulled the trigger. He had no gun of his own and grabbed someone else's when he had to shoot.
He was Editor of Dawson County Advertiser from age 19 until his death at age 78 in 1911.
Family links: 
  Henry William Thomas (1816 - 1863)
  Mary Ana Stegall Thomas (1824 - 1884)
  Julia Kilgore Thomas (1857 - 1871)
  Martha Josephine White Thomas Chandler (1865 - 1950)
  Mary Julia Thomas (1871 - 1871)*
  Mary Frances Thomas Burt (1880 - 1965)*
  William F. Thomas (1882 - 1910)*
  Annie Thomas Holmes (1885 - 1945)*
  Maude Thomas Howard (1889 - 1961)*
  John Robinson Thomas (1891 - 1891)*
  Leonard E. Thomas (1896 - 1896)*
  Manilla M. Thomas Anderson (1898 - 1985)*
  Estill Thomas (1901 - 1902)*
  Tynie Thomas (1904 - 1906)*
*Calculated relationship
Dawsonville City Cemetery
Dawson County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Row 8 Grave 23
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Record added: Jul 08, 2005
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Merry Christmas GG grandpa.
- Donna
 Added: Dec. 19, 2015
God Bless all the musicians of the War of Northern Aggression.
- Birdgirl
 Added: Dec. 8, 2015

- Maureen (Dacus) Blackburn
 Added: Sep. 21, 2015
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