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David Oliver Thrasher
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1848
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1912
Dade City
Pasco County
Florida, USA

Pioneer of Pasco County, FL. Husband of Ellen E. Thrasher. Secretary of the group (including Jefferson Hendley and Richard C. Bankston) that split off and named Pasco County. Superintendent of Pasco County schools (1896-1905).

David Oliver Thrasher (1848-1912) Barton Conway Thrasher were Atlanta natives and sons of a prominent Atlanta merchant and railroad builder who was also one of the founders of that city. Their father, John James Thrasher (1818-1899), built the first railroad through the village originally known as "Thrasherville" and then "Terminus" and "Marthasville" before it was officially incorporated as "Atlanta" in 1845. John J. Thrasher had lost his wealth and his home during the Civil War, which forced the family to leave and seek their fortunes elsewhere. (For a biography of John J. Thrasher, see "Everybody's Cousin: John J. Thrasher was one of Atlanta's Founders and Most Colorful Figures" by David E. Sumner in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Summer 2000, pp. 295-307.)

The exact date of Barton and David Oliver Thrasher's move to Dade City isn't known, but it was probably during the 1870s. Their move was followed by their father's move to Dade City—probably in the 1880s. Other children of John J. Thrasher and Margaret Scaife Thrasher (1826-1898) included: Jesse Scaife (1845-1927); John Joseph (1853-1962): Margaret V. (1843-?); Mamie D. (1857-?); Ellen B. (1859-1894; and Willis Edgar (1862-1934). David Oliver, Barton, and John J. Thrasher are all buried in the Dade City Cemetery.

David O. Thrasher became county judge in 1887, the third superintendent of schools for Pasco County in 1896, and was elected Dade City mayor on Feb. 6, 1905. The 1907 directory of the College Avenue Baptist Church (now First Baptist) lists him as a deacon. Barton Thrasher became a pharmacist and drug store owner. Little else is known about Barton or his family. David O. Thrasher's daughter, Frankie Thrasher (1880-1922), married my grandfather David Edwin Sumner in 1897. I have a copy of their marriage license, which was issued by County Judge J. K. Davis on Feb. 24, 1897. Other children of D. O. Thrasher included: Marguerite Warren Thrasher (1869-1919); John Wylie Thrasher (1870-1891); David LeLand Thrasher (1872-1953); Robert Toombs Thrasher (1881-1945); and Ellen M. Thrasher (dates NA). 
 
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 Parents:
  John James Thrasher (1818 - 1899)
  Margaret Bethuel Scaife Thrasher (1820 - 1898)
 
 Spouse:
  Ellen Elizabeth Mason Thrasher (1850 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Marguerite Warren Thrasher Garner (1869 - 1919)*
  Johnny Wylie Thrasher (1870 - 1891)*
  David Leland Thrasher (1872 - 1953)*
  Ellen Mason Thrasher Daiger (1874 - 1943)*
  Willie Thrasher Seay (1877 - 1910)*
  Frankie B Thrasher Sumner (1880 - 1922)*
  Robert Toombs Thrasher (1881 - 1945)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jesse Scaife Thrasher (1845 - 1927)*
  David Oliver Thrasher (1848 - 1912)
  Marguerita Virginia Earnest (1850 - 1924)*
  John Thomas Thrasher (1853 - 1863)*
  Mary Darnell Thrasher Rowe (1859 - 1896)*
  Willis Edgar Thrasher (1862 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dade City Cemetery
Dade City
Pasco County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Patricia Thrasher Waller
Originally Created by: Rattlebox
Record added: Jun 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9016615
David Oliver Thrasher
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