Dr. I. A. Thomas

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
September 12, 1871, page 2
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A Good Citizen Gone.—While reading our noon dispatches yesterday, we were startled by noticing in the account of the collision on the Louisville and Nashville Road that “Dr. James Thomas, of Rome, Ga., was fatally wounded.”  We supposed at first that it was Dr. Jas. D. Thomas alluded to, but found that he was in Chattooga county at present.  We then supposed it must be Dr. I. A. Thomas.

A little later the following dispatch was handed to us, which was received at 2 o’clock, P. M.:

Louisville, Ky., Sept. 8, 1871
Maj. B. F. Jones: --Dr. Thomas was killed in a collision last night.  Will send his body by express.—R. M. Jones.

Still later Mr. Green received a dispatch from the Superintendent of the road which settled all doubts as to the identity of the dead man.  It was Dr. I. A. Thomas.

His family are in Cartersville at present.  Mr. Green telegraphed to them and they ordered the body to be sent to Cartersville.

Dr. Thomas had a large lot of New York exchange with him.  They with all his other effects are safely stored in the city infirmary.

The whole city will be shocked at the news of this sad accident.  Dr. Thomas was one of our leading men and respected by all who knew him.—Rome will feel his loss very sensibly. Rome Commercial.

No nicer nor cleverer gentleman have we ever known than Dr. I. A. Thomas.  Pious and exemplary in life, honest and upright in his dealings, benevolent, kind to the poor, sympathetic in heart, charitable towards benevolent institutions, agreeable in conversation, hospitable and courteous at his board and in the family circle, affectionate in all his relationships, and truly devoted, in extraordinary degree, to his wife and children, which was equally reciprocated by them.  In the midst of life and hope, he has been gathered to his Father’s in Heaven.  His family and friends weep not as those without hope.


September 12, 1871
Page 3.

A large concourse of people followed the remains of Dr. I. A. Thomas, son-in-law of our fellow townsman, Peter Marsh, Esq., and who was killed a few nights since by a collision on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, to his last resting place, on Sabbath morning last.  He was buried with Masonic honors.  Dr. Thomas was highly esteemed by all who knew him.  His bereaved and grief-stricken wife has our heart felt sympathy.  May the white-winged angel of Mercy speak peace to her troubled soul, for
“Why should we mourn departed friends,
Or shake at death’s alarm,
‘Tis but the voice that Jesus sends,
To call us to his arms.”


September 22, 1871
Page 2.

Cartersville Lodge No. 1010, F. & A. M.
Cartersville, Ga., Sept. 15th, A. D. 1871
A. L. 5871.

In the providence of Almighty God, our brother, I. A. Thomas, has been stricken down in the midst of his usefulness and active benevolence.  We bow in humble submission to this sad dispensation by which our Order has lost one of its brightest jewels and brought sorrow to his bereaved widow and mother, deem it therefore proper that we should offer them our heartfelt sympathies; Be it therefore
RESOLVED, That, in the death of brother Thomas, the Lodge has lost a true and zealous Mason, the Church one of its brightest ornaments, and society one of her best citizens, a kind and devoted husband and an affectionate father.
RESOLVED, That we, as a Lodge, deeply sympathize with his widow and sorrowing relatives, in this sudden dispensation of providence.

“He rests from his labors, farewell for a time;
Through the last ceremonials solemn, sublime;
Of that higher degree you have now passed before,
We must soon follow, must pass through the door
Of death, into scenes most enchantingly bright,
To the throne of Jehovah, whose presence is light.”
RESOLVED, That the Jewels and furniture of the Lodge be draped in mourning 30 days and a blank page upon the minutes be inscribed to his memory, and a copy of these resolutions be furnished his widow and mother, and that they be published in the Cartersville papers.



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