James S. Thomasson

James S. Thomasson. In writing the biographies of prominent citizens of      
Pike County, mention should certainly be made of the gentlemen whose name    
heads this sketch. His father, William B. Thomasson, was born in 1824, in    
South Carolina, and in 1847 was united in marriage at Summerville, Ga., to   
Miss Mary A. Stewart, a native of New Jersey, born in 1827. The result of    
this union was the birth of (ten) children, - (nine) boys and one girl -     
eight of whom are still living, viz., James S., Walter S., Horace J.,        
Charles R., William B., Nicholas T., Mary A., Joseph B., Robert L. and       
Samuel J. Mr. Thomasson is a lawyer and planter by occupation. He has        
practices law for thirty-three years, and has been prominently identified    
with the interests of the communities in which he has resided at various     
times. During the (Civil) war he served in the Confederate army as captain   
of Company I, Forty-first Regiment, Georgia Volunteers. In 1872 he emigrated 
from Georgia to Arkansas, locating in Clark County, where he resided three   
years, and them emigrated to Pike County, where he is still living. His wife 
is a members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The immediate subject 
of this sketch was born in Franklin, Heard County, Ga., on April 21, 1848,   
where he was reared and received his education. In 1864 he ran away from     
home and enlisted in the Confederate service in Beall's battalion, McCoy's   
brigade, and served until the close of the war. At the surrender he was at   
Doctortown, Ga., and immediately after that event took place he returned     
home and resumed his studies at school for three years. November 15, 1874,   
he was married to Miss Jane C. Waldrop, a native of South Carolina, and to   
this union have been born eight children, viz., Laura, Blanche, Oscar,       
Emily, Mary, Hugh, and Joseph. The eighth child died in infancy. Our subject 
is a planter by occupation, and owns 400 acres of good land, with eighty     
acres under cultivation. Mr. Thomasson has served as county examiner for two 
years, and as county surveyor for nine year, in which latter capacity he is  
still serving. He is actively interested in educational and religious        
matters, and is a good citizen. Both he and wife are members of the Baptist  
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 341.                                                                    
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