Two well-known and respected Charles Thomases lived on Green Street in East Wilson in the first half of the twentieth century. Charles S. Thomas (1877-1937) was a South Carolina-born barber-cum-insurance agent. Charles “Charlie” Thomas (1869-1945), a Wilson native, was a long-time employee of P.D. Gold, publisher of the Wilson Daily Times and other newspapers.
Wilson Daily Times, 6 September 1937.
Wilson Daily Times, 2 July 1976.
In the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Sarah Thomas, 25; Caroline Thomas, 21; and Sarah’s children Charles, 5, Maggie, 2, and Ama, 1.
In the 1880 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Pine Street, Sarah Thomas, 60 [sic], Charles, 16, and Maggie, 12.
On 25 January 1888, Charles Thomas, 23, son of Sarah Thomas, married Sarah Best, 21, son of Lewis and Harriet Best. Missionary Baptist minister J.T. Clark performed the ceremony at Lewis Best’s in the presence of Charles Barbry, Wyatt Studaway and Charles Williamson.
In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Charlie Thomas, 38, pressman for printing office; wife Sarah, 33; and children Elton, 9, Louis, 8, Elizabeth, 6, and Hattie May, 2.
On 9 May 1907, Charlie S. Thomas, 28, son of J.W. and Mary Thomas of South Carolina, married S. Blanche Hairston, 27, of Winston, daughter of W.M. Hairston. Noah Tate applied for the license, and A.M.E. Zion minister N.D. King performed the ceremony in the presence of Levi Jones, C.L. Darden, Chas. Holland, and S.H. Vick.
In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Charlie Thomas, 49, laborer for printing office; wife Sarah, 44; and children Elton, 20, Lizzie, 18, Louis, 15, Hattie M., 11, Mary, 5, and Sarah, 1 month.
In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Clarence Dawson, 23, barber; wife Elizabeth, 22; and daughter Eris, 2; widower father-in-law Charley Thomas, 59; brother-in-law Clifton Venters, 24, his wife Hattie, 20; and in-laws Elton, 29, Marie, 15, Sarah, 10, and Beatrice Thomas, 8.
In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: barber Charles Thomas, 40; wife Blanche, 38; and lodger Josephine Battle, 60.
In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 619 East Green Street, printing office laborer Charlie Thomas, 65; daughter Elizabeth Dawson, 32; son-in-law Clarence Dawson, 31; and grandchildren Eris Dawson, 11, Naomi, 9, Clarence, 7, and Thomas V. Dawson, 3; and daughters Sarah, 19, theatre ticket seller, and Beatrice Thomasn, 17.
In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: 719 East Green Street, barber Charlie S. Thomas, 48; wife Blanch, 48; nephew-in-law George W., 22; and adopted children Cora, 22, and LeRoy, 11.
Charles S. Thomas died 5 September 1937 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 12 October 1877 in Bennettsville, South Carolina, to John and Mary Thomas; worked as an insurance agent; and was married to Blanche Thomas, who was informant.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 619 Green Street, Charlie Thomas, 74; daughter Sarah Bryant, 29, movie theatre cashier; her husband Willie, 29, bicycle shop repairman; and children Jean, 6, and Fay G., 5; daughter Beatrice Neal, 29; her husband Willie, 28, retail grocery delivery boy; and grandsons Clarence Dawson, 17, and Thomas Dawson, 13.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 719 East Green Street, widow Blanche Thomas, 59, teacher; son Leroy, 21, hospital orderly; and lodger Lionel Daughtry, 22, an insurance agent.
Charles Thomas died 22 August 1945 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born in 1869 in Wilson and was married to Sarah Thomas.