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Thomas, Charles Randolph

Thomas, Charles Randolph

Male 1895 - 1960  (65 years)

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  • Name Thomas, Charles Randolph  [1, 2
    Birth 19 Oct 1895  Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 3942 
    Death 27 Nov 1960  [4
    Burial Highland Burial Park, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3891  Caswell County
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Father Thomas, Walter Lea,   b. 10 Apr 1865, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 Oct 1929, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Dixon, Mary Elizabeth,   b. 1868   d. 1920 (Age 52 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 11 Nov 1891  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 29674 
    Family ID F2078  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hayes, Sudie Elise,   b. 1903, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1953 (Age 50 years) 
    Marriage 27 Jun 1923  Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 29716 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas, Charles Randolph Jr.,   b. 15 Mar 1925, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Mar 2003 (Age 78 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +2. Living
    +3. Thomas, Hayes Napier,   b. 9 Mar 1930, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Feb 2022, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 91 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F2085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Family 2 Moore, Carolyn McLin,   b. 13 May 1915, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 10 Jul 2006, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 91 years) 
    Marriage 15 Apr 1952  [2, 4
    Reference Number 29809 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    Family ID F2086  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Oct 1895 - Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 27 Jun 1923 - Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Highland Burial Park, Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Charles Randolph Thomas and Daughter-In-Law Willie Carolyn Ellerbe Thomas
    Charles Randolph Thomas The Big Store 1944
    Womack Mill
    Charles Randolph Thomas World War I.

  • Notes 
    • Charles Randolph Thomas (1895-1960)

      The Big Store 1944

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      Charles Randolph Thomas and Daughter In Law Willie Carolyn Ellerbe Thomas  from Jim Upchurch

      Charles Randolph Thomas (1895-1960) World War I

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      Third Photograph: Charles Randolph Thomas with Daughter-in-Law Willie Carolyn Ellerbe Thomas
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      Charles Randolph Thomas owned the "Big Store" in Danville, Virginia, which sold the items listed in the above 1944 advertisement and everything else under the sun: clothes, groceries, etc. The building served as a Union prison during the Civil War. Huge beams are exposed on the upper floors, and the building still stands on the street corner with a historical marker on the street. The advertisement appeared in The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 17 August 1944.

      Six Danville, Virginia, tobacco warehouses and factories were converted into Confederate prisons beginning in late 1863. Only one of these buildings remains: Prison No. 6. William T. Sutherlin owned the warehouse and arranged for the Confederacy to use the building to house Union prisoners of war. The six facilities held just over 7,000 Union soldiers including black troops captured at the battle of the Crater near Petersburg. More than 1,000 of these soldiers ultimately died in prison from smallpox and dysentery. Today, Prison No. 6 is much altered from its original appearance. It is located at 300 Lynn Street, at the corner with Loyal Street in Danville's Tobacco Warehouse District.

      Historical Marker in Danville, Virginia (Q5,H: Confederate Prison): Constructed in 1855 as a tobacco factory by Major William T. Sutherlin, this renovated structure housed Union prisoners during the Civil War, 1861-1865. It was one of six Danville Confederate prisons in which as many as 7,000 Union soldiers were confined. (Located at the city of Danville, at the intersection of Loyal Street with Lynn Street).
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      R. L. Dibrell was ten when Richmond was burned by the fleeing Confederates on April 3, 1865. His father's tobacco warehouse went up with the flames. He was eighteen when in 1873 he and his elder brother left Richmond headed for the same small town on the banks of the Dan to which Jefferson Davis had fled. A history of the tobacco firm states, "unlike Davis, who was fleeing from defeat, the Dibrell brothers were pursuing success." It was a journey that eventually carried R. L. Dibrell to travels in Canada, Europe, China and Japan, and the company he built to virtually every country in the free world.

      In 1879 their [Dibrell brothers] tobacco firm was on the corner on Union and High streets. An 1881 Danville directory lists them on the corner of Lynn and Loyal streets. According to Dr. James I. Robertson, Danville native and Civil War historian, in his article "Houses of Horror," on Danville's federal prisons, this factor in which Dibrell Brothers was later located was Prison No. 6, "a brick turreted structure as ominous in appearance as the Bastille." Today the building with a new facade houses the C. R. Thomas Store across the street from the new city courts-jail building.

      Source: Cahill, Mary and Grant, Gary. Victorian Danville, Fifty-Two Landmarks: Their Architecture & History. Danville (Virginia): Womack Press, 1977. Print.
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      World War I veteran whose biographical sketch was published in Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men, George A. Anderson, Compiler (1921) at 162-164. See: Caswell County in the World War.
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      1930 US Census
      Name: Randolph C Thomas
      Age: 34
      Estimated birth year: abt 1896
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to head-of-house: Head
      Spouse's Name: Elise Hays Thomas
      Race: White
      Home in 1930: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Anderson, George A., Compiler. Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men. Raleigh (North Carolina): Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1921.

    2. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 529-530 (Article #720, "The Caswell County Thomases" by Marian Thompson Thomas).

    3. Details: Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men, George A. Anderson, Compiler (1921) at 162-164.

    4. Details: Obituary of Carolyn McLin Moore (1915-2006).