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Subject: THOMASONs of SC 1700-1800
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 06:33:22 EST
The following quotes are presented in order to focus a search in SC for these
History of Arkansas, 1887, p. 252,
"HUGH FRENCH THOMASON **** is of Huguenot extraction. His Protestant
ancestors, to escape the bloody persecution of the Catholics, emigrated from
France in colonial times, and settled in South Carolina, and there
intermarried and crossed the fiery impetuosity of the Frenchman with cooler
blood of robust English stock".
>From The Encyclopedia of the New West, Speer, Ed., 1881, p. 48-
"Hon. HUGH FRENCH THOMASON ***His father, Colonel Daniel THOMASON, was a
native of Warren Co., Tennessee, ***His father [the grandfather of General
Thomason)-HH] was a native of South Carolina.
Hugh French THOMASON was born 1826 in Smith Co., TN and died in 1893 in Van
Buren, AR. His father Daniel THOMASON was born in 1801, in an area that
became Warren Co., TN. Daniel's father was William THOMASON about whom
little is known. In a biography of a grandson William is described as "of
Given that we are talking about grandparents of Hugh French THOMASON there
are four possible families from whom to select as the those of SC origin.
The known names are William THOMASON, Jane FRENCH, John DENTON and, possibly,
Sarah MULLINS. It is known that the DENTONs came from NY to VA and on to
NC/SC. The FRENCHs were of NJ before they came to SC, It appears that the
MULLINS were of VA. The THOMASONs remain undiscovered, the comment that
Colonel Daniel THOMASON's father was a native of SC seems clear enough.
Since the information is from a secondary source (reference books), the
accuracy of the statement is subject to question. Given the detail in the
references and the dates of publication, it is likely that the authors source
was Hugh French Thomason himself who was an educated man (lawyer).
Hugh French Thomason was a prominent man in a regional sense, as he was
elected to attend the early sessions of the Confederate Congress as a
representative of Arkansas. He was against secession, so ultimately was over
ruled. and returned to Arkansas where he remained active in politics in
Arkansas until his death.
Little else has been uncovered that helps with the ancestry of this THOMASON
family. There are THOMASONs in SC during the late 1700s and the early 1800s,
but a link has not been established.
Would appreciate hearing from anyone who can add to this saga.