WILLIAM LAFAYETTE THOMASSON
EVELINE ELIZABETH WATSON FISH 1851-1906
Married 26 Dec 1867 Lincoln County, Ark
PIONEER SETTLERS OF LINCOLN COUNTY, ARKANSAS
(Donald Earl McKinney Jr)
William Lafayette Thomasson's mother Elizabeth Gordon Jackson was the daughter of David & Elizabeth (Gordon) Jackson, who were born and raised near Bethel, York County, SC. According to family tradition, William's maternal grandfather, David Jackson Jr, who was the son of Scotch-Irish immigrants David & Mary (Morrison) Jackson of County Antrim, Ireland, was a cousin of President Andrew Jackson, whose parents also came from County Antrim, Northern Ireland & settled in the same area of South Carolina. Young Andrew also fought in the same battles of the Revolutionary War, Hanging Rock & Sumpters Defeat, etc as did David Jackson Sr. After the war, young Andrew attended school in Bethel, York County SC, which was very near the David Jackson place.
As a child, during the 1850's, William Thomasson settled near Cornerville, Drew County, Arkansas with his father and step mother. This later became Lincoln County. William's mother Elizabeth had died in 1852 while they were in Conway County, Arkansas and his father Passins married Almira Jones who became his step-mother.
During the Civil War, William served as a Corporal in the Confederate Army, Company A, 26th Arkansas Infantry, Morgan's Regiment of General McRae's Brigade. The day after Christmas in 1867 he married EVELINE ELIZABETH WATSON FISH, the daughter of Jason Samuel & Ann Eliza (Goings) Fish. Her father also served with the 26th Arkansas Infantry during the Civil War. She was called Elizabeth by family and friends. William & Elizabeth had 14 children all born in Lincoln County.
During the 1890's William was Captain of Camp Ben McCulloch of the United
Confederate Veterans and served as Commander of that organization for several years.
He owned a valuable estate comprising over 1000 acres of prime cultivated land and
became a well known and prominent farmer in that area. He and his family were active
members of the Baptist Church. His wife Elizabeth died August 8, 1906 and William died
March 3, 1908. Both are buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery near Cornerville, Arkansas.
The father of William and the parents of Elizabeth are also buried there. (See notes on
Eveline Elizabeth Watson Fish for more on her ancestors)
Elizabeth's father Jason Samuel Fish, was born in Fairfield Co SC in 1826 and was the son of Elias & Cynthia (McCants) Fish who left that area of South Carolina about 1834 and settled in Georgia. Elias Fish was born in New York, but resided in Connecticut in his youth before settling in South Carolina during the 1820's. Sometime during the 1830's, they left Georgia & moved on to Pickens County in northwestern Alabama, however, they drifted further west into the Itawamba & Tishomingo County area of northeast Mississippi during the 1840's. Jason's parents returned to Harris County, Georgia by 1850, eventually settling in northeast Texas.
Elizabeth's father Jason however, remained in Oktibbeha County, MS and married Elizabeth's mother, Ann Eliza Goings in 1848. Mother Ann Eliza was the daughter of Drew & Elizabeth Goings, also from northern South Carolina, who settled in Pickens County, Alabama during the 1830's. Ann Eliza's Great-Grandfather was Revolutionary War veteran Drury Goings of Chester County, SC. Ann's parents evidently later moved across the state line into Mississippi where Ann married Jason.
When Elizabeth was about 5 years she came with her parents to Mill Creek Township, Drew County, Arkansas, what is now Lincoln County, becoming prominent farmers in that area. They were all members of the Missionary Baptist Church where her father was a deacon. He later served several terms as Justice of the Peace.
During the Civil War, Elizabeth's father enlisted in the Confederate Army and was assigned to Company A, 26th Arkansas Infantry (Morgan's Regiment). After the war, Elizabeth married WILLIAM LAFAYETTE THOMASSON, who had served in the same outfit as her father. They raised 14 children, all born in Lincoln County.
Elizabeth (Fish) Thomasson died 8 Aug 1906 & ten days later, her father Jason Samuel
Fish died. Elizabeth's mother Ann Eliza had died in 1894. Almost two years later in
1908, Elizabeth's husband William Lafayette Thomasson died. All are buried near each
other in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Lincoln County, Arkansas.
Children of William & Eveline Elizabeth (Fish) Thomasson:
Child 1: JAMES ROBERT THOMASSON
Child 2: HENRIETTA BELL THOMASSON
Born: 23 Mar 1872 Cornerville(Lincoln) AR///Died: 31 Jul 1947 Magazine(Logan) AR
Married: Ada Owen
Child 4: WILLIAM LAFAYETTE THOMASSON, Jr
Child 5: ADA WATSON THOMASSON
Child 6: GUY DEXLEY THOMASSON
Child 7: BENJAMIN WEAVER THOMASSON
Child 8: JASON SAMUEL THOMASSON
Child 9: CHARLES ERNEST THOMASSON
Child 10: MATTIE MAY THOMASSON
Child 11: Twin THOMASSON
Child 12: HARVEY WERDNA THOMASSON
Child 13: JOHN ALVIS THOMASSON
Child 14: WALTER ROY THOMASSON