True Light Baptist Church (Colored)

52 COKE HILL
PREACHER - REV. JOHN H. THOMAS


Submitted by Harrison Thomas LaTour

John H. Thomas was an African-American preacher in Fort Smith Arkansas in the late 1890's and early 1900's. He was born in Tennesse, May 1859. He married a woman by the name of Emie ????, not sure of the last name.

1897 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRCTORY
Thomas, John (c), Preacher, Residence Reserve Addition.

1898 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY
Thomas, John (c), Preacher, Residence St. L & S F Ry. 1 n of s K.

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Emie Thomas
Home in 1900: Fort Smith Ward 4, Sebastian, Arkansas
Age: 44
Estimated birth year: abt 1856
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife
Spouse's name: John
Race: Black
Household Members: Name Age
John Thomas 41
Emie Thomas 44
Minnie Calvin 16
Francis Thomas 14
John Thomas 12

1907 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY
Thomas, Rev. John (c), Residence Room 1107 South 4th.
Thomas, John B (c), lab., Residence Boarder 1107 South 4th.
Thomas, Minnie (c), Cook, Residence Boarder 1610 North 13th.

1910 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY
Thomas, John B. (c), lab., Ft. Smith Compress Co., Residence Room 12 W Ft. Smith.
Thomas, John H. (c), lab., Ft. Smith Cotton Co., Residence Room 1 West Ft. Smith

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: John Thomas
Age in 1910: 23
Estimated birth year: abt 1887
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Spouse's name: Viola
Home in 1910: Fort Smith Ward 3, Sebastian, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
John Thomas 23
Viola Thomas 20
Lillian Thomas 2
Osborne Thomas 4/12

1911 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY
Thomas, John (c), lab., Residence Room 12 Cohens Row (W. Ft. S.).
Thomas, John H. (c), Pastor True Light Baptist Church,Residence Room 1300 South 4th.
Thomas, Minnie (c), dom., Residence Boarder 2102 North Qst.
True Light Baptist Church
52 Coke Hill,
Pastor, Rev. John H. Thomas
Residence, Room 1300 South 4th.

1914 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY
Thomas, Fannie (c), laundress, Residence Room Rear 214 North 20th.
Thomas, John (c), lab., Residence Room 12 Red Row.
Thomas, John H. (c), Residence Room 1301 South 4th.

1919-1920 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY
Thomas, John H. (c), farmer, Residence Room 11 Red Row.