Lanier, Hankins, Hopkins & Taylor Families

(ca 1802-)
(ca 1807-)
Margaret E. THOMAS
(ca 1836-1876)


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Margaret E. THOMAS 1856,1858
  • Born: ca 1836, Georgia 1859,1863
  • Marriage: John R. PETTY on 20 September 1857 in Whitfield County, Georgia 1856
  • Died: 28 July 1876, Hopkins County, Kentucky about age 40 1864

  More Information:

1850 United States Federal Census, Jesse Thomas household, Lumpkin County, Georgia 1863: Margaret was living with her parents. She was listed as Margaret Thomas, age 14, born in Georgia. She had attended school within the year.

1860 United States Federal Census, J. R. Petty household, McMinn County, Tennessee 1859: Margaret was living with John and their 2 children. She was listed as Margaret Petty, age 21, born in Georgia.

1870 United States Federal Census, John R. Petty household, Logan County, Kentucky 1201: Margaret was living with John and their 6 children. She was listed as Margaret Petty, age 29, born in Georgia.


Margaret married John R. PETTY, son of John PETTY and Unknown, on 20 September 1857 in Whitfield County, Georgia.1856 (John R. PETTY was born ca 1835 in Tennessee 1859.)



Wedding Ceremony: 20 September 1857, Whitfield County, Georgia. John and Margaret were married by Justice of the Peace Fredenburg Thompson.

Residence: ca 1861, Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia. The family moved from McMinn County, Tennessee to Dalton sometime between 1860 and Apr 1861 when their daughter, Samantha, was born in Dalton. Molly and Daniel were also born in Georgia in 1865 & 1867 respectively.

According to a newspaper article about Samantha written in 1941, shortly after the Civil War, the family moved from Georgia back to Tennessee and then later to Kentucky. If census records showing the state of birth for the Petty children are correct, they could not have moved to Tennessee until after Daniel was born in 1867 and then moved to Kentucky before Joseph was born there in 1869.

Residence: bet. 1867 and 1869, Logan County, Kentucky. The family moved to Kentucky sometime between 1867 (when Daniel was born in Georgia) and 1869 (when Joseph was born in Kentucky). Since they were in Logan County in the 1870 census, it is assumed that is where they settled when they arrived in Kentucky, although, Samantha told that they lived in Hopkins County. Perry, Nathaniel and John were also born in Kentucky between 1871 - 1874 but it is unclear if they were born in Logan or Hopkins County.

Residence: 1874, Hopkins County, Kentucky. 1865 Their son, John Franklin, was born in Hopkins County in 1874.

1880 Not Found in Census: John Petty has not been found in the 1880 census. Margaret died in 1876 and most of their minor children were living in Forsyth County, Georgia with Margaret's sister, Mary and her husband, James Echols so it is possible that John died before 1880. It's also possible John had deserted the family prior to Margaret's death.

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