Clinton P. Hartmann

THOMAS, NATHAN (1809–1881). Nathan Thomas, early settler and legislator, was born in Tennessee in 1809. After serving as a colonel in the Tennessee militia, he came to Texas in 1837. He returned to Tennessee and brought his wife, the former Mary Phelps, to Texas in 1838, settling at Victoria. In 1838 or 1839 he moved to Austin County, which he represented in the House of Representatives of the Fifth Congress, 1840–41. On July 1, 1845, he bought land near Cuero, which he sold in 1872 to the Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific Railway. The community and railroad station were called Thomaston. Later Thomas moved to Ingram's Prairie in Fayette County. In 1866 he represented Washington and Fayette counties in the Eleventh Legislature, where he served on the federal relations committee. In 1879 his wife died, and in 1880 Thomas married Olivia Ledbetter. They moved to Waxahachie, where Thomas died in 1881.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

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