AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: Thomas Lucas and Nathan Lucas
In Response To: Thomas Lucas and Nathan Lucas ()
Hi GiGi, I needed a break from my own research and took a quick Ancestry.com look for Thomas Lucas aka Fuller and first found his 2 pension records, which you have. Both pension records acknowledge that one or the other surname is an alias. I couldn't seem to find his actual Civil War record. Where was he mustered in and out? The muster in date and location could possibly place him in another NC county. The muster out date, possibly another state and help track his movements and return to NC.
I found his 1850 census where his surname was transcribed as Locust and 1860 transcribed as Locus. Both records put him in Lenoir county.
The 1880 census shows Thomas, born 1850 and Beady aka Beadia, Beadie Fuller living in Contentnea Neck township of Lenoir Co. The first child listed, born in 1871 is Lamb Fuller. Guilford, another son is born in 1878. Lamb is important in relationship to the 1900 census. There are other children. There are no other Thomas Lucas, Locus...etc or Fuller's in the 1880 census within Thomas' age time frame.
The 1900 census shows Thomas and Beady still in Contentnea Neck Lenoir. That census states that Beadie is the mother of 6 children with 6 living and this couple married in 1877. Guilford is listed at 23 years living in their household along with Katy or Reta Edwards 106 years old. She is listed as Grandmother to HOH Thomas. Lamb has left the household. Does the 6 children of Beady listed include both marriages of Thomas or was she also previously married?
The 1910 census is the first census I looked at. Beady is listed as wife of Thomas but with the surname of Wooten. It states they have been married for 32 years(1877 or 1878), with 4 kids born and 2 living. Researchers, as well as enumerators, have a tendency to misread this 1910 census question. I know I have! What is the significance of Wooten versus Coward, with respect to Beady and their marriage and the number of children stated in both 1900(6/6) and 1910(4/2) census? The Lamb Lucas/Fuller question comes back! Both the 1900 and 1910 census places Thomas and Beady's marriage around 1877/78 yet Lamb is born about 1870/71. He is probably a son of Thomas' first marriage. Find Lamb and you maybe able to find Thomas' 1870 NC residence. I use the term NC residence because Thomas may not be living at home. Given the time frame, 5 or 6 years removed from the War, reconstruction period is about to end and his pre war occupations, he may be anywhere looking for work, while his spouse and children reside in Lenoir Co. In 1870 being a FPOC is no advantage in family research unless you owned land or ran a business before the war.
Other notes: During my search for Thomas in 1870 with Ancestry.com's African American filter, first in Lenoir County, I found 9 Loc*, No Lac* No Luc*, 7 Ful*, 100 Woot*. In the state of North Carolina at large, 1040 Loc*, 106 Lac* and 430 Luc*. None of those searches produce enough results in the birth years of 1845 to 1852 to conclude that one of these individuals could be Thomas.
I did not check the 1850 to 1880 Mortality Index for pre 1880 Fuller deaths, Googled "Thomas Fuller"+USCT for his Civil War military record yet or perused any interment dates in Lenoir county AA Cemeteries. I'll think of other "Outside the Box" online research options to try and pass on any info found to you. It may be time for a Road Trip to Lenoir County Courthouse or NC State Library!