Emelia Thomas (1859 - 1946)



Emelia Thomas’s biography is built and maintained by people like you. Create an online profile of Emelia so that her life is remembered forever. If any factual information is incorrect, please edit Emelia’s biography.

Emelia Thomas Biography & Family History

This genealogy profile is dedicated to the life and ancestry of Emelia Thomas and her immediate Thomas family. Add to Emelia Thomas's genealogy page to share your memories & historical research with her family and other genealogy hobbyists.



Newport, Australia

Cause of death

There is no cause of death listed for Emelia.

Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of Emelia Thomas? Add burial and funeral information.


Last Known Residence

Newport, Australia

Average Age

Life Expectancy


Father: Hastings Henry Thomas
Mother: Elizabeth Clarke Thomas


Did Emelia finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did Emelia attend? Add education.


Share what Emelia did for a living or if she had a career or profession. Add Profession.

Military Service

It is unknown if Emelia Thomas is a military veteran.

Middle name

Unknown. Add middle name

Maiden name

Unknown. Add maiden name



Unknown. Add Emelia's ethnicity.


Unknown. Add Emelia's nationality.


Unknown. Was Emelia a religious woman? Add Emelia’s religion



Family Photos

Pictures really do say a thousand words. Add photos of Emelia during various points of her life.


1859 - In the year that Emelia Thomas was born, on February 27th, US Congressman Daniel Sickles shot and killed Philip Barton Key - a US. District Attorney and son of Francis Scott Key, writer of the national anthem, for having an affair with his wife. Sickles claimed temporary insanity - the first to do so - and was acquitted.

1871 - At the age of only 12 years old, Emelia was alive when on October 8th, 4 major fires started on the shores of Lake Michigan - in Chicago (Illinois), Peshtigo (Wisconsin), Holland (Michigan) and Manistee (Michigan). The Chicago fire is the most well known of them because it left almost 100,000 people homeless. But the Peshtigo Fire killed around 2,500 people. The casualty count made it the deadliest fire in US history.

1904 - Emelia was 45 years old when the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

1933 - Emelia was 74 years old when the day after being inaugurated, the new President, Franklin Roosevelt, declared a four-day bank holiday to stop people from withdrawing their money from shaky banks (the bank run). Within 5 days of his administration, the Emergency Banking Act was passed - reorganizing banks and closing insolvent ones. In his first 100 days, he asked Congress to repeal Prohibition (which they did), signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed legislation that paid commodity farmers to leave their fields fallow, thus ending surpluses and boosting prices, signed a bill that gave workers the right to unionize and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions as well as suspending some antitrust laws and establishing a federally funded Public Works Administration, and won passage of 12 other major laws that helped the economy.

1946 - In the year of Emelia Thomas's passing, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

Emelia Thomas Family Tree

Who was Emelia’s parents? Did she get married and did they have children? Share Emelia’s family tree to share her legacy and genealogy pedigree.

You can add or remove people from Emelia's family tree by clicking here.


This obit of Emelia Thomas is updated by the community. Edit this biography to contribute to her obituary. Include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

Emelia Thomas passed away in 1946 in Newport, Australia at 87 years old. There is no known cause of death. She was born in 1859. She was born to Hastings Henry Thomas and Elizabeth Clarke Thomas, and we currently have no other siblings in her family tree.


What do you remember about Emelia Thomas? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about her. Or just leave a comment to show the world that Emelia is remembered.

Write a comment

Other Records of Emelia Thomas


Other Biographies