Notes from Waycross Journal Herald
Written by Eugenia F. Thomas
Edmund Thomas' Sacrifice
Edmund was Pierce County's first tax collector from 1858-59, and crossed the Satilla River on a ferry to reach Blackshear, the county seat. In 1861 he was a first lieutenant The Farmer's Guard and in 1862 at the age of 37 he joined Company A of the 50th Georgia Regiment. His wife, Martha Dowling Thomas, gave birth to their eighth and last child. They had five daughters and three sons. The Confederates had advanced up a few states when Sgt. Thomas was capturedby Union soldiers. He died during captivity on September 25,1862.
Whenever I, his great-greatgrandaughter, hear "Dixie," I think of men like Edmund Thomas who hated no one, but evidently defended the South because Georgia was in danger of invasion. The Words of our Lord Jesus are remembered "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend."
This comes from the book : The Story of Brantley County, Georgia.
#673 Edmund Thomas
Edmund Thomas, son of Judge Banner Thomas and Mary Mixon Thomas, was born in McIntosh County, Georgia in 1825 and moved with his family when he was a toddler to land that is now Blackshear, Georgia. The family later lived in Schlatterville, and he married Martha Dowling.
The couple settled on a farm between Hickox and Hoboken where their eight children were born.Among his offspring was Banner Thomas who was born on February 9, 1857.
Edmund was the first tax collector of Pierce County, and he later joined the Confederacy during The War Between the States. The Satilla Ranger was captured in 1862 and died a few weeks later in a Maryland hospital. His forefather was James Thomas, Veteran of The American Revolution, and he was a pioneer of Ware(now Pierce) County.
If you inspect the historical marker in front of the courthouse (in Blackshear) you will find two Thomas names Edmund Thomas , son of Banner, was the first Tax collector, and James Thomas, younger brother of Banner, was the first Coroner.