Anna Johnson Thomas

Born: Weare, MI – 23 Mar 1869

Died: Huron, SD – 30 Jun 1921

Father: Peter Johnson

Mother: Cynthia Aleatha Gloyd Johnson

Spouse: William Clinton Thomas

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Great Grandmother Anna Mary Johnson Thomas

Anna Mary Johnson was born in Weare Township, Oceana County, Michigan on March 23, 1869 to her father Peter Johnson and mother Cynthia Aleatha Gloyd Johnson. She had 10 children and 7 lived to maturity. Anna Mary was the 2nd child and the first girl.

About 1880 Peter and Cynthia Johnson and family moved to Dakota Territory and settled in Kingsbury and Miner County. Anna moved with them and was 11 years old.

There wasn’t an 1880 Federal census in South Dakota because Dakota Territory wasn’t a state until 1889.

The Territory of Dakota was an organized incorporated territory of the United Stats that existed from March 2, 1861, until November 2 1889, when the final extent of the reduced territory was split and admitted to the Unions as the states of North and South Dakota.  Per – Dakota Territory

I do not know how Anna and William Thomas met but they lived in adjoining counties in the late 1870’s and into the 1880’s and there were very few towns in the area. Perhaps their parents owned farms in the same area. I do know that they did meet and on December 26, 1886 Anna Mary Johnson, age 17, and William Clinton Thomas, age 27, were married. I believe they were married in South Dakota and very probably in Miner County or possibly Lake County.  I have not found any marriage records in either county’s courthouse.

By the 1900 Census William and Anna had 6 kids, Mable A 12, Charles M 11, Maude I 8, Francis S 6, Roy Dewey 2, and Hazel A 2 months old. The family was living on a farm in Walworth Township, Walworth County, South Dakota.

In 1910 William was a teamster and the family had relocated to Huron, South Dakota and were living at 1150 Simmons Ave. William 57, Anna 41, Mable 22, Charles 20, Maud 17, Frank 15, Roy D 11, Hazel 9, Howard 3, and Edith 1.

In 1920 William and Anna and family were still living at 1150 Simmons Ave in Huron, SD with Edith, Frank, Roy D, and Howard.

Anna Mary Johnson Thomas died June 30, 1929 in Huron, South Dakota.  She is buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Huron.


Recollections from her grandson, LeRoy Murray:

“Gma Annie had a brother who was born in a sod shanty. When her father finally got horses the kids scrubbed the barn for them.”


William Clinton and Anna Mary Johnson Thomas had 8 children:

Mable E, 21 Nov born 1887 in SD, died before 1930

Charles Marion, born 10 May 1889 in Mankato, MN, died unknown

Maude Isabelle, born 21 Jul 1892 in Carthage, SD, died 8 May 1985 in Pipestone, MN

Francis Scott, born 14 Apr 1894 in Hudson, SD, died 6 Feb 1960, location unknown

Roy Dewey, born 18 May 1898 in SD, died after 1925

Hazel Aleatha, born 3 Apr 1900 in Miller, SD, died 4 May 1979 in Slayton, MN

Howard Clinton, born 13 May 1907 in Beadle County, SD, died 5 Sep 1967 in Hawthorne, CA

Edith M, born 1 Feb 1909 in South Dakota, died 29, Dec 1976 in Murdo, SD

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