Guide to the James M. Thomas Photographic Collection,

Descriptive Summary

Title
Guide to the James M. Thomas Photographic Collection,
Creator
Thomas, James M., 1833-1904
Extent
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 30 items
Subjects
Breckinridge, John Cabell, 1821-1875
Rogers, Hiram C., 1845-
Rogers, Hugh, 1848-1891
Rogers, James Thomas, 1841-
Rogers, Samuel, 1853-
Rogers, William Skillman, 1819-1895
Thomas, James M., 1833-1905
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial works
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Portraits
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Jason Flahardy; machine-readable finding aid created by: Christian Trombetta
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James Mason Thomas was born in 1833 at Fort Rock, Kentucky and married Anne Elizabeth Rogers in 1953. Thomas raised the 1st Kentucky Mounted Rifle Battalion for the Confederate States of America in 1861 and was commissioned as the battalion captain. Many of Captain Thomas' relatives also joined the war on the Confederate side, including his brother-in-law, Captain William Skillman Rogers (1819-1895) and his nephews, Captain James Thomas Rogers (1841-?), Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), and Private Hugh Rogers (1848-1891). All of the Rogers served with Lexington General John Hunt Morgan in some capacity.
After Thomas mustered out of the war in 1862, he traveled to Windsor, Canada and engaged in the lumber business. After the end of the Civil War, he returned to Kentucky and started successful lumber businesses in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Thomas amassed a large fortune and used it to build churches and schools throughout Eastern Kentucky. Thomas and his wife Anne had two sons, William Rogers Thomas and Robert Lee Thomas, both of whom followed him into the lumber business. Thomas served as a Kentucky State Senator in the 1890's for the area encompassing Bourbon, Clark, and Montgomery counties. James M. Thomas died in 1905.
Scope and Content
The James M. Thomas Photographic Collection, 1859-1895 consists of twenty-eight albumen cartes de visite, some identified as family of James M. Thomas. The bulk of the identified photographs are his wife's cousins, members of the William Skillman Rogers family of Bourbon County, Kentucky. The photographs were originally organized in an album, from which they were removed due to preservation issues. The album has been kept intact.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

Captain James Mason Thomas (1833-1905), C.S.A., 1st Kentucky Mounted Rifle Battalion [visual match to known source], , [n.d.]

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Captain William Skillman Rogers (1819-1895), C.S.A., 5th Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, , [n.d.]

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Captain James Thomas Rogers (1841-?), C.S.A., 3rd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, Co. D, , [n.d.]

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Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), C.S.A., 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, , [n.d.]

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Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), C.S.A., 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, , [n.d.]

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Private Hiram C. Rogers (1845-?), C.S.A., 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment [visual match to known source], , [n.d.]

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Private Hugh Rogers (1848-1891), C.S.A., 13th Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, Co. D, , [n.d.]

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Samuel Rogers (1853-?), , [n.d.]

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"Nannie Hawkins / Mortonville / JES" handwritten on back in ink, , [n.d.]

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Nannie Hawkins; "My ideal of a true woman" written in faint pencil on the front; large amount of penciled information erased from back [visual match to known source], , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified woman, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified woman, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified infant, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified woman, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified man, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified woman, , [n.d.]

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Unidentified woman, , [n.d.]

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Major General John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875), C.S.A.; Kentucky State Representative; two-term U.S. Congressman; U.S. Vice President under James Buchanan; U.S. Senator; Secretary of War, Confederate States of America, , [n.d.]

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Burdett Twins; Major Burdett and his twin sister Fannie Burdett, , [n.d.]

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"Twin brothers, Tony & Willie Lowande, Boy Wonders" printed along bottom of backing card, , [n.d.]

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For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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