____________________________________________________________________________ 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 Church. ____________________________________________________________________________ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, page 341. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.