Thomas Whitfield Barrington, son of Marshall Matthews Barrington and Lavisy Lunsford was born in Claiborne Parish, Louisana on March 30, 1849. Thomas married three times and from what I have found, fathered possibly as many as 21 children of which I have listed 16. Thomas first married Permelia Ann Markham. Permelia was a daughter of John Bunyon Markham and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Upshaw, born in Noxubee County, Mississippi in 1844. Permelia’s parents were married September 03, 1843 in Noxubee County, Mississippi and later moved in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. John Markham died about 1856 in Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana and in 1867 Sarah and her children including Permelia Ann and her siblings Emily, Tabitha, James Monroe, and John Bunyon, moved to Holland in Bell County, Texas. Permelia had previously married James “Jim” Adams on November 03, 1861 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana and had one child Jamie Ann Virginia Adams who was born in Bienville Parish about 1862. After Jim died Permelia married Thomas Whitfield Barrington, possibly in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. After Permelia’s family moved to Bell County, Texas she and Thomas settled in nearby Williamson County were they had several children in addition to Permelia’s daughter Jamie. These children were John, Henry, Allen, Ben, Robert E., born about 1878, Robert Lee, born in 1881 and one daughter Mamie. Permelia died after 1881in Holland, Bell County, Texas and was buried in Coleman County.
1870 Federal Census, Williamson County, Texas
Township of Georgetown
After researching the Williamson County, Texas census records I find Thomas and Permelia in the 1870 census, listed on page 35 of the 168 pages for Georgetown. In this census, Thomas is listed as 21 years of age, being born in 1849 in Louisiana and is a farm laborer. Permelia is listed as age 25, born in Mississippi. Also listed in the census are two children. James Barrington, age 7, born in Louisiana and John, age 1, born in Texas. Living next door listed is Henry Barrington age 17 and Martha Barrington age 29, born in Georgia and both children ofMarshall Matthews Barrington and siblings of Thomas. They are listed living in the home of Dan Huggins, age 78 years and his wife Lavise, age 51, born in North Carolina. Marshall Matthews Barrington married Lavise Lunsford who was born in North Carolina and died in Williamson County, Texas. After Marshall's death Lavice married Daniel Huggins in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana on September 26, 1864. After her marriage it appears she moved to Texas about the same time as Thomas.
On July 05, 1887 Thomas Whitfield Barrington married Amanda Jane Pate in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas. Not much is known about his marriage to Amanda but it is believed they were married about five to six years and may have had as many as four children. Thomas and Amanda’s first child was William H. Barrington, born after 1887 in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas. I have not been able to find the names of the other possible three children. In the 1880 Federal Census for Grayson, Texas what is believed to be Amanda Jane Pateis living with her Uncle, her age is listed as 22 and was born in Georgia. Amanda probably died before the third marriage of Thomas before 1890.
This third and last marriage was to Jane Jency Ida Smith, a daughter of a John Wesley “Bill” Smith and Caroline Wooten, originally from Georgia, born May 02, 1867. Thomas and Jane married prior to 1890, possibly in Williamson County, then moved to Llano County, Texas where they had at least nine children. Thomas died in 1906 and was buried on the family ranch in Llano County. After his death, Jane remarried to a Shockley after 1910 and moved to Big Springs, Howard County, Texas where she died on February 18, 1958 at the age of 90.
1900 Federal Census, Dallas County, Texas
Precinct # 8
Texas, Dallas County, Roll 1626 Book 2, Page 273
Thomas Whitfield Barrington, his wife Jane Jensie Ida "Dee" Smith and family, are listed in the 1900Federal Census for Dallas County, Texas. Thomas is listed as being born in Louisiana in March 1849, age 51, occupation "blacksmith". Ida is listed as born in Georgia 1864 and is 35 years of age. They are reported as home owners and not farm owners. The children listed at home are William H., born April 1887, age 13 (Son of Thomas Whitfield and his second marriage to Amanda Pate); Joseph H., born July 1891, age 8; Peyton A., born January 1893, age 7; Marshall M., born January 1896, age 4 and Edward, born January 1899, age less than 1.
1910 Federal Census, Llano County, Texas
Precinct # 1 Township of Llano
In the 1910 Federal Census for Llano County, Texas, Jane "Jensie" Barrington, the widow of Thomas Whitfield Barrington, is living in the Township of Llano in Llano County, Texas. At home are six children. Jane is listed as "Dee" Barrington, age 41, born in Georgia. Her parents are also listed as being born in Georgia. The children living at home are Payton who is listed as 14 years of age. Payton was born, according to the 1900 census in January 1893. The other children are Marshall age 12, Eddie age 10, Willis age 8, Fannie age 6 and Wesley age 3. All children were born in Texas.