James, here's what I've got for Iley Thomas. He was my great grandfather by way of Ollie Elford Pullen, your mother's half brother.As far as I know, he had five children from his first marriage, two from the second (both died young), and two from the third.
b. 15 Nov 1872, Arkansas d. 12 Nov 1924, between Mt. Ida and Hot Springs, Ark. Buried at Mt. Gilead Cem., Black Springs, Ark. Occupation: peddler He was married to (1) Laura Udora (Dora) Miller, (2) Unknown, and (3) Lilly Buston (your grandmother).His children by Lilly Buston were: James C., born in Black Springs, AR, date unknown, died ca. Feb. 1979 in California; and O'Dessie (Helen), born Black Springs, AR, date unknown, married Charles Dodson.My grandmother, from whom I get this information, writes: "These children were under school age when their father died, and both children were adopted.Jim ran away and lived with a man named FOX, whose name Jim claimed as his own.He was injured in service, later died about the first of Feb. 1979 in California."I hope this is helpful.I realize it's not very much.