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Thomas A. Williams

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Thomas A. Williams (1910-1981)

Thomas Alexander Williams was born 9 August 1910, to parents Jeremiah “Jerry” Philpott Williams and Joanne “Joan” Elizabeth MacPhail. Jerry and Joan lived in Point Tupper, Richmond County, Nova Scotia with their 8 children: Thomas Alexander, Angus McPhail (1912-1968), Muriel Catherine (1913-1995), James Steven “Morrow” (1915-1986), Edmund Shires (1917-2004), John Robert (1921-2008), Jeremiah Philpott (Jr.) (1919-1942), and George Henry (1923-1995).

During World War Two, five of the Williams sons were serving, Thomas: Canadian Artillery Forces; Morrow; Edmund: Royal Canadian Air Forces; Jeremiah Jr.; and George: Flight Sergeant. You can view the five brother's photos from Point Tupper War Memorial. “We Will Remember” War Monuments in Canada, under World War II.

Thomas would go on to graduate from Mount Allison University with a B.A. and an Engineering certificate.

In 1942, Thomas’ younger brother, Jeremiah Jr., passed away from Pulmonary Fibrosis; he was 23 years old.

In the later 1940s, Thomas would attend and graduate from Law School at Dalhousie University. His Dalhousie graduation yearbook biography, from 1948, states: “Teaching the three “R’s” after having learned them ; “some time” in the Permanent Force: B.A. and Engineering Certificate from Mount A,: two years with N.S. Dept. of Highways: “several” years in Northern Ontario mines; World War II and five years in Europe: Pacific Volunteer in 1945. Tom was side-tracked into Law when the latter zone of operations was atomized. His extensive experience will be an excellent combination with LL.B. for success.”

It would seem Thomas’s time in the Pacific and witnessing an atomized attack, lead him to leave the military and become a lawyer.

After graduation, Thomas was articled to L.W. Rudson in Port Hawkesbury. Thomas would become a solicitor for Richmond County, Port Hawkesbury and Mulgrave. He would also became the Crown Prosecutor for Richmond County.

In 1977, a war memorial was constructed in Point Tupper for veterans. Thomas would become a trustee and his niece, Angus’s daughter, Yvonne would donate land for it, “A donation of land was received from Mrs. Yvonne Williams Doyle, niece of trustee, Thomas Williams. The land in question had been the site of a store owned for many years by the late Angus Williams, father of Yvonne. This land was situated at the corner of Paint and Tupper Streets, facing the main road.” (Point Tupper War Memorial).

On Sunday, 12 July 1981, Thomas Alexander Williams, Q.C. died in his home at age 71. He was placed in Southbrook Cemetery, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

The UPEI Provenance Collection's copy of The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott, has a bookplate stating it was presented to St. Peter's High School St. Peter's, N.S. by Thomas A. Williams, Point Tupper, N.S. Thomas also signed the book, “Thomas A. Williams".

Sources:

1911 Census of Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2007. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460.

1921 Census of Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

Vital Statistics Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, compiler. "Birth Registrations: 1864-1877." Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/Births.aspx)

Vital Statistics Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, compiler. "Delayed Birth Registrations: 1836-1907." Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/Births.aspx)

Vital Statistics Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, compiler. "Birth Registrations: 1836-1907, 1908-1910." Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/Births.aspx)

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911–1915. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

MacDonald, J. (2000). T.A. Williams, Q.C. NS-Cape-Breton-L Archives. Retrieved August 8, 2017.

Point Tupper War Memorial. “We Will Remember” War Monuments in Canada. Retrieved August 11, 2017.

Pharos: Dalhousie University Yearbook 1948. Item MS-1-Ref, Box 196. Archives Catalogue and Online Collections. Retrieved August 11, 2017.

Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Jeremiah Philpot Williams, died 1942 in Kentville, Kings County. Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Retrieved August 23, 2017.

Photo:
From Point Tupper War Memorial. “We Will Remember” War Monuments in Canada.

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