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Guide to the James M. Thomas Photographic Collection, 1859-1895

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Title

Guide to the James M. Thomas Photographic Collection

Date

1859-1895

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Lexington, Kentucky 40506

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Guide to the James M. Thomas Photographic Collection, PA48M40, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 30 items

Biography/History

James Mason Thomas was born in 1833 at Fort Rock, Kentucky and married Anne Elizabeth Rogers in 1953. Thomas raised the 1st Kentucky Mounted Rifle Battalion for the Confederate States of America in 1861 and was commissioned as the battalion captain. Many of Captain Thomas' relatives also joined the war on the Confederate side, including his brother-in-law, Captain William Skillman Rogers (1819-1895) and his nephews, Captain James Thomas Rogers (1841-?), Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), and Private Hugh Rogers (1848-1891). All of the Rogers served with Lexington General John Hunt Morgan in some capacity.

After Thomas mustered out of the war in 1862, he traveled to Windsor, Canada and engaged in the lumber business. After the end of the Civil War, he returned to Kentucky and started successful lumber businesses in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Thomas amassed a large fortune and used it to build churches and schools throughout Eastern Kentucky. Thomas and his wife Anne had two sons, William Rogers Thomas and Robert Lee Thomas, both of whom followed him into the lumber business. Thomas served as a Kentucky State Senator in the 1890's for the area encompassing Bourbon, Clark, and Montgomery counties. James M. Thomas died in 1905.

Scope and Content

The James M. Thomas Photographic Collection, 1859-1895 consists of twenty-eight albumen cartes de visite, some identified as family of James M. Thomas. The bulk of the identified photographs are his wife's cousins, members of the William Skillman Rogers family of Bourbon County, Kentucky. The photographs were originally organized in an album, from which they were removed due to preservation issues. The album has been kept intact.

Subjects

  • Breckinridge, John Cabell, 1821-1875
  • Rogers, Hiram C., 1845-
  • Rogers, Hugh, 1848-1891
  • Rogers, James Thomas, 1841-
  • Rogers, Samuel, 1853-
  • Rogers, William Skillman, 1819-1895
  • Thomas, James M., 1833-1905
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial works
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Portraits

Related Material

, 48M40, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

, 1F52M-65, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Collection Inventory

Captain James Mason Thomas (1833-1905), C.S.A., 1st Kentucky Mounted Rifle Battalion [visual match to known source], [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 1] browse
Captain William Skillman Rogers (1819-1895), C.S.A., 5th Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, [n.d.]
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Captain James Thomas Rogers (1841-?), C.S.A., 3rd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, Co. D, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 3] browse
Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), C.S.A., 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 4] browse
Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), C.S.A., 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 5] browse
Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), C.S.A., 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment [visual match to known source], [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 6] browse
Private Hugh Rogers (1848-1891), C.S.A., 13th Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, Co. D, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 7] browse
Samuel Rogers (1853-?), [n.d.]
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"Nannie Hawkins / Mortonville / JES" handwritten on back in ink, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 9] browse
Nannie Hawkins; "My ideal of a true woman" written in faint pencil on the front; large amount of penciled information erased from back [visual match to known source], [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 10] browse
Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified woman, [n.d.]
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Unidentified woman, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified infant, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified woman, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified man, [n.d.]
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Unidentified woman, [n.d.]
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Unidentified woman, [n.d.]
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Major General John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875), C.S.A.; Kentucky State Representative; two-term U.S. Congressman; U.S. Vice President under James Buchanan; U.S. Senator; Secretary of War, Confederate States of America, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 26] browse
Burdett Twins; Major Burdett and his twin sister Fannie Burdett, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 27] browse
"Twin brothers, Tony & Willie Lowande, Boy Wonders" printed along bottom of backing card, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 28] browse

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