I am a descendent of William Owen
Thames and Rachel Taylor. William & Rachael moved to Henry County, GA
- Fayette County - which later became Clayton
County before 1829. He is recorded to having been received into
Sharon Baptist Church 1829. William was elected to serve as clerk of
Sharon Baptist Church, Henry County, GA until 1837. 1841 William & Rachael
were received into Tanner's Baptist Church. He served as clerk of
Tanner's from 1852 until 1865. He was ordained to the ministry and
served for about six (6) months at Tanner's. Tanner's Baptist still has a
viable congregation and still has some of the original building visible.
William and Rachael lived in Henry, Fayette & finally Clayton County and
never moved. William was a farmer and his home stood until 1954 when
the property was sold to the Railroad-then to Ga. Power-then to the State
of Georgia. The Ga. State Farmers Market was then relocated from
Murphy Ave., SW Atlanta to Forest Park, GA. 1954 the road in front
of the market was named "Thames Road". Forest Park elected a new
mayor and he decided the road needed a more sophisticated name so it
became "Forest Park Way". What a loss. There is a marker that
stands just off GA Interstate 75, South, that marks where his home stood.
They lived in Clayton City and attended Tanner's Baptist Church.
William and Rachael had ten (10) children.
1. Mary A Thames (b 12 April 1815 d before 1850)
Mary A Married Abner Ellis
2. Joseph Gray
Thames ( 10 Jan 1817 Jasper County, GA
Sept 1863 Greenville, Butler County, Ala.
Bethany had seven (7) children
Emert of Wasington State is a descendent of
Gray Thames & Bethany Sweeney. Joseph had migrated to
Greenville, Butler County, Ala. There he became a successful
3.Sarah Tillman Thames (b 18 Jan 1819, Jasper County, GA
d 7 Oct 1885 Greenville, Butler County, Ala.
Sarah Married William Hampton Flowers and moved to Greenville Butler
County Ala. They had twelve (12) children.
4. John T. Thames (20 June 1821 Ga., although he has one son, James T
Thames, and one daughter Ida Lula Thames Head that says that
he was born in SC. d 10 Feb 1909 and is buried at College Park Cemetery,
College Park, GA)
8 Dec 1842 John T Married Mary
E. Parker (13 Aug 1821 2 March 1857 and is buried at Enon Baptist Church,
Stonewall Tell Rd., S Fulton County, GA
they had six children:
James J. Thames (b.31 Dec 1844 ,Clayton
County, GA d.3 April 1925 Hapeville, Fulton County, GA buried Red Oak
Cemetery, Red Oak Cemetery, Fulton County, GA)
1 Nov 1877 - James
married Mary E. Mollie Trimble (b1 Feb 1854, Campbell County/Fulton County,
GA d 9 Jan 1934, Hapeville, Fulton County, GA buried Red Oak Cemetery,
Red Oak, Fulton County, GA )
William Leander Thames (b. 31 Dec 1846,
d. 17 Oct 1847, buried at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery, Stonewall Tell
Rd., S Fulton County, GA with his mother and Parker grandparents.
Mary Elizabeth Thames (b. 26 Dec 1848,
d. 22 July 1908 and is buried at Red Oak Cemetery with her mother and
father. She never married)
John A Thames (b. 20 June 1851 , d.
7 Feb 1934, grave marker says he was born 1857. Funeral book in
possession of his g grandson, Alan Thames of Douglasville, GA. gives his
birth as 1851. His mother died March 1857.)John A buried at Union
Christian Church Cemetery, Union Rd., S Fulton County, GA)
1881 John A Married Columbia A Trimble (b 25 Sept 1858, Fulton County, Ga d
7 March 1937 Campbell County, now Fulton County, GA, buried Union Christian
Church, S Fulton County, GA)
Cynthia Thames (b. 11 Oct 1855 Campbell
County, GA, d. before 1909 Alabama?)
Cynthia married John Dodd and
moved to Alabama.
After Mary Elizabeth died, John T Thames,
20 Oct 1861, married
Louisa Justice from Barbour County, Alabama and moved back to Red Oak
Georgia where he had 10 more children:
George Morgan Thames (b. 9 Aug 1862,
Alabama, d. 3 Jan 1932, Fulton County, GA. He is buried at Red Oak
Cemetery, Red Oak, GA Hwy. 29, Fulton County, GA) George Morgan and Emma
Jean were divorced in 1921 and he returned to East Point, Fulton County, GA.
There he lived with his niece, Lavada Paterson until his death.
Nov 1883 George Morgan married Emma Jean Wallace b 6 Feb 1867 Campbell
County, GA d 21 Feb 1951 Big Springs, Texas. George Morgan and
Emma Jean were married in Texas and their descendants still live there. They
had 12 children-Roland Thames of Round Rock Texas is grandson and Kenneth
Thames of Bay City, Texas is g grandson of George Morgan & Emma Jean Wallace
Samuel C. Thames (b. 7 Aug 1864,Clayton County, GA d. 10 Dec 1922,Fulton
County, GA and is buried at Enon Baptist Church, Stonewall Tell Rd., S
Fulton County, GA
24 Nov. 1899 Samuel married Mattie Barefield (b
ca 1878 Clayton County-as of this date, 2003 I have been unable to find
furthur record of this family. They had one son that is recorded. )
Ida Lula Thames (b. 13 Feb 1867 Campbell County, GA , d. 18 July
1950. Ida Lula was struck by a trolley when she stepped off the
sidewalk curb into the path of the bus. She died at Grady Hospital,
Altnata, GA 18 July 1950. She is buried at Mt. Olive Baptist Church,
Washington Rd., East Point, Fulton County, GA.
8 May 1888 Ida Lula married Brewer G. Head (b13 July 1862 Clayton
County, GA d 29 Sept. 1900 Fulton County, GA and is buried at Mt.
Olive Baptist Church, Washington Rd., East Point, GA
Ida Lula and Brewer had seven (7) sons. Brewer G Head,
Jr is buried at College Park Cemetery, College Park, Fulton County, GA
Joseph Blanche Thames (b. 15 Aug 1869,Clayton County, GA d.18 March 1939
Fulton County, GA) Joseph is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Cascade Rd.,
Fulton County, GA
It is said by his g grandson, Joseph Scott
Thames, of Columbus Ga that he died while visiting his brother in Red Oak,
Joseph Scott Thames married Cora Hemperley ( b 15 July 1873 Fulton
County, Ga d 29 July 1952
Eula Thames (b. 1871, d. 1894) Cora is buried at Greenwood Cemetery,
Cascade Rd., Fulton County, GA) Joseph and Cora had one son Horace
Castle and he is buried at Greenwood Cemetery also.Nellie Pearle wife of
Horace Castle is also buried there.
Eula Lee Thames (b 28 Jan 1871 d ?? have been unable to trace,
17 July 1913 Eula Lee Thames married Albert Reeves b ca 1868 d
ca 1950, book researched by Aubrey Morris of WSB Radio. They had two
sons. Unable to trace either of them. Marriage certificate for
Martha (Smithie) Thames (b.8 Mar 1874, d.18 Nov 1960, buried Mt.
Olive Baptist Church, Washington Rd., East Point, Fulton County, GA
9 Jan 1890 Martha Smithie married John R Stone, ( b 17 Jan 1862 d 18 May
1940 and is buried at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Washington Rd., East Poin
it and there is now a park there named, Stone-Hogan Park.
Pink Lester Thames (b. 1 Sept 1876 Fulton County, Ga, d. 21 Oct 1918
Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, and is buried at West View Cemetery, Atlanta,
Fulton County, GA )
30 January 1897 Lester married Bessie
Waddy, his cousin andgrandaughter of Lorena Sirena Thames, who was his
aunt. Bessie (b 22 Aug 1876 d 31 Dec 1899 and is buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery, Jonesboro, Clayton County, GA with her mother and grandmother.
They did not have any children.
1900 Pink Lester married Mary Carraway (b 1 May 1879 d.7 Nov 1954 and
is buried at West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA. Uncle
Lester and Aunt Mary are buried with two infant sons and a son that was
killed WWII. Other son buried at Crestlawn, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA
William McIntyre Thames (b. 25 June 1879 Fulton County, GA d 31 May
1941 Jacksonville, Duvall County, Fla. buried Jacksonville, Duvall County,
Fla.) Information from g grandaughter, Joye White, Alpharetta, GA
1903 William, Uncle Mack, married Sophie Louise Lattimer, b 17 Dec 1881 d 6
Aug 1949 Augusta, GA, buried Jacksonville, Duvall County, Fla.
Flora Mae Thames (b.5 June 1882 Fulton County, d. 28 Dec. 1945,
Butner Rd., Fulton County, GA)
(Flora Mae is my grandmother) She
died from (Lymphoma)at her home on Butner Rd. Grandma is buried Union
Christian Church Cemetery, Union Rd., S Fulton County, GA.
18 Nov 1899 Flora Mae married John C. Derrick (b 8 Feb 1876
Campbell County, GA d 27 Dec 1962. Flora and John had 6 children.
Forest Ray Derrick who is my father.
John is buried at Union Christian Church, Union Rd., S Fulton
County, GA. He has a son and a daughter that is buried there also.
Grandpa also died at his home on Burner Rd., S Fulton County, GA
Seaborn Thames ( b. 12 Dec 1884, Fulton County, GA d. Dec 1971,
Jacksonville, Duvall County, Fla. He married a lady from Canada and
they did not have any children. I remember Uncle Seaborn when he would come
to visit grandma. He had beautiful white curly hair.
I lived with most of the children of this family and some of the
children of John T's first family. I am also in contact with both
children, g-children & great grandchildren of both of John T's
families. Some of us lived in the same community and went to school and to
church together. I suppose you could call it the community of
Union-that is what the church was known as and at one time this community
had a school. Union Christian Church, 2003, still has a viable
congregation and the 6th generation of "Thames" family attends. Ben
Thames, son of Alan Thames, minister of Union Christian Church and grandson
son of Hayward Thames, great grand son of T. E. Thames and gg grandson of
John A Thames, g g g grandson of John T. Thames and g g g g grandson of
William Thames, Clayton County. You cannot seperate the 1st family of John T
& Mary Parker Thames and the 2nd family of John T and Louisa Justice Thames.
We are all one. 2003 we now live in Georgia, Texas, Tennessee,
Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina and other states that I possibly
do not know about. William Thames was in the War of 1812, grand sons
in the Civil War, g grand sons in WWII, g g grandsons in Korea .
We are a proud family and consider our men considered it a privilege to
serve. It was considered a disgrace not to be called and accepted to serve.
None of our cousins wanted to be left behind.
A grandson of William Thames, James A Thames and a g grandson Hewlett
Donald Thames were successful dairyfarmers. In the early 1950's when
the Govt. made the dairymen begin to pasteurize our milk Hewlett was one of
the founders of "Atlanta Dairies Co-Operative" in Atlanta, GA. He sat
on the board of directors until his death. 1954 Hewlett sold his
dairyfarm in Forest Park and moved to Fayette County, McDonough Rd., GA
and his son Hewlett, Jr operates a farm today. We have three
ministers, that I know of, one of the Christian Church, one a Church of
Christ and the other Baptist. There are: Barbers, antique dealers,
detectives, Mechanical Engineers, Nurses, Computer Programers, Airline
Mechanics, Architects, School Teachers, Funeral Directors, Farmers, Roofers,
Carpenters, Store owners and many other vocations that I am not aware.
We are still honest, hard working, God Fearing family. We had good
ancestors that persevered thru many hardships to bring us to this year 2003.
Thank GOD for their determination.