John Enoch Thomas, Justice of the Peace of Spencer District, resident in the city at time of this writing. Of this family we are told the following:
Enoch Thomas, a Connecticut Yankee, while a young unmarried man, left his parents in New England, came seeking his fortune and settled in the south end of Jackson County about the year 1818, 1819 or 1820; married Annie or Anna Carney, daughter of William [should be Thomas] Carney and sister of Charles Carney, a pre-war sheriff of Jackson County. She was also a sister of Delilah Roach, fo Reedy, of Hannah, wife of Levi Casto, of Mill Creek, and of Dorcus, wife of James Brown.
[paragraph omitted and placed in notes of Wm Riley Randolph]
Enoch and Anna, with their family, became owners of large acreages of lands in Jackson County which he improved. He was a prominent citizen of Jackson County for more than thirty years.
To Enoch and Annie (Carney), his wife, were born and by them reared the following children:
Elizabeth (“Bettie”), George, Jesse, Malinda, Hiram, Elias A, and Nehemiah M.S., who was elected by the people and served three terms as Justice of the Peace of Washington District, of Jackson County.
Elias A Thomas, of above family, married Miss Harriett Shiverdecker, of a family of that name near Raymond City, on Kanawha. They reared five sons and one daughter, their names: Jerry M, John Enoch (first mentioned), George Custer, Samuel Robert, Yuluia Ann, and Elsworth D.