Name: Alice Mariah Holman THOMAS
Birth: 18 OCT 1853
Death: 14 MAY 1920 in Raleigh Co, Beckley WVA, Wildwood Cemetery
(from Ruth Snead papers)
Alice Mariah Holman Thomas, may have been named "Mariah" for her grad Aunt, Mariah Shores, sister of her grandmother, Allie Shores. Mariah Shores married Martin Tutwiler and lived at the hold home on Seven Islands. Martin Tutwiler and Daniel Stone were executors of Thomas Shores’ will. (Bothers-in-law)
Alice Thomas had nine half-sisters and brothers. (Her father A. Thomas had been married twice before he married Sarah Stone, all of his three wives were women of well-to-do men, who inherited land and slaves). Of his second marriage with Mary Kent, widow of James Kent, there were no children. The nine half-sisters and brothers were of his first marriage with Sallie Seay, of Louisa County. Their names were: George William Thomas (Lucy Wood’s grandparents), Margaret, Harriet, Sallie Ann, Amanda, Mary Caroline, Granville, Peter and Henry Thomas. All of these children were married by the time Alice Thomas was born. Their marriage Records were recorded in Louisa County, so probably they lived in that county, however, there was a Henry Thomas, who lived on Secretary Road, Fluvanna County and some of them bought part of their father’s plantation in Amherst county, when it was auctioned in 1869 (after Civil War). These children disliked their stepmother (Sarah Stone). They thought their father was too old to marry the last time, consequently, they would have little love for Little Alice. Verta Sclater Shumate says, "They never came to see Aunt Alice, she used to tell me about them." Probably she never knew them. There was hard feelings between them. It was reported that any property that Archibald Thomas was able to keep (after the war) was inherited by these children and that Sarah Stone and Little Alice had nothing but what was left Sarah by her father, Daniel Stone (one eighth of D. Stone’s property). This property had a house and buildings on it. When Sarah Stone died in 1894, Alice Thomas who had married Samuel Kent and moved to West Virginia, sold this land and built her home in Beckley with the proceeds. (Grandfather sold the mineral rights to pay for the farm and Grandmother sold her Fluvanna property to build her house). Leona Moore says, "Cousin Alice received $1500.00 for this property."
Alice Thomas was a lonely child, had no one to play with, except the slave children on the place. She had two slaves of her very own, one to dress and take care of her clothes and the other to fan and play with her. Grandmother says she never knew her father to whip but two slaves, one woman, because she was impertinent to her mother (something about handing a night gown on the back of the bed. In those days, the head of those large wooden beds, reached almost to the ceiling and made a good place to hand clothes) and the other, a field slave for some misdemeanor. Archibald Thomas was a rough man but took good care of this most valuable property, his slaves. After they War, they would have stayed on the place, if they (Archibald and Sarah) had been able to care for them. After the slaves were gone, they had only the land and $1700.00 in gold they kept in the house. All of the rest of his money was Confederate Currency, which was worthless. They had thousands of dollars of it. Grandmother bought a trunk full back to West Virginia.
(During the War, when they say the armies coming, they kept a slave watching all of the time. They would drive all of the livestock to the swamps until they were gone. The armies took all of the food they could find, hams, chickens, grain and hay for their horses. They only food they could keep, was what they succeeded in hiding. There was much fighting in that section. Archibald Thomas says Overton Kent, his grandson, furnished four teams of horses for the war, after it ended, three of the teams were returned to him, he turned them out to pasture, freed them as he did the slaves. In 1952, there was still living an old Negro man, Decker Coles, who was born 1864, and had been a former slave of Sarah Thomas, and had been born on her place. I saw this old man but did not know who he was and after Leona Moore told me, I did not have a chance to see him again. He was very anxious to see me, said, "he remembered Miss Mabel"??? Probably he did, she spend a year with her Grandmother Thomas, helping to care for her, before she passed away, about 1893).
(Back to the War, General Lafayette, on his Triumphal March through the state of Virginia, went through Fluvanna County. He spent one night at Columbia, the next day in Wilmington, where that night he attended a dance in the Frye Home, which was then a tavern, the third floor was a ball room, with a stage for music at one end, then to Palmyra over the Albemarle County line and onto Charlottesville, Va. British General Tarleton, the enemy, also marched through Fluvanna County and rested under the large oak treestill standing in the Frye side yard). I mentions these bits of history to show how very close the War was to all of our ancestors, the Stone, Thomases, Shores and Kents. All living within a few miles of each other.
Grandmother recalled one time, she was a small child, some white man passing, raped one of the Negro slaves, and the white men of the community, catching him, and emasculating him as punishment.
Father: Archibald Fleming THOMAS b: 1792
Mother: Sarah "Sallie" STONE b: 1808
Samuel Henry KENT b: 11 JUN 1849
13 FEB 1873
in Fluvanna Co, VA
- Mabel Claire KENT b: 1 FEB 1879 in Fluvanna Co VA
- Bessie Sarah KENT b: 13 APR 1884 in Beckley, WVA
- Overton Zeldor KENT b: 19 MAR 1893 in Beckley, WVA
- Ray KENT b: 23 FEB 1901