Hampton Boyd and Marilyn Thomas

Hampton Boyd and Marilyn

This is a photograph of Hampton Boyd (Uncle Bubba) and Marilyn Thomas taken December 22, 1948 in Hastings, Michigan (this information was found on the back of the photograph).   Hampton was born 1904 in Montgomery, Alabama to Orange Sr. and Peggy Thomas. A short time after his birth, his mother,Peggy Hampton died. Hampton's youngest sister, Hannah Thomas Corellus-Webb, is my grandmother.  Their other siblings were Celie Ann, Annie,  Rebecca, Emma and Orange, Jr. 

During the 1930's or 1940's, Hampton married Marilyn and moved to the "Black Bottom" section of Detroit, Michigan.   I was often told that Marilyn was White, but after carefully reviewing the photograph, Marilyn is Black, but very light in complexion. 

During the early 1900's, Orange Thomas, Sr. owned a farm, along with the possessions (geese, hogs, smoke house, etc) that gave him the title of a "big shot"; owning 2 buggies, one for everyday use and one for Sunday's.  He was also a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Montgomery.  Like his father, Hampton had a keen business sense.  Based on family accounts, Hampton prospered in real estate.  Only one member of the family ever had close contact with him,  my Aunt Johnnie (Sarah) Corellus-Glenn, who would visit him in Detroit from time to time.  Her encounters with Marilyn were quite tense and neared the physical.  Marilyn was extremely protective of my uncle and the money as well.  However, Aunt Sarah persevered and would get to spend time with him despite his wife's continual objections.  He was last seen around the late 1960's or early 1970's.

Update: In July 2011, I visited my grandmothers niece (child of her oldest sister Celie) in Columbas GA. She informed me that Hampton was still living when Hannah Thomas died in 1990.

If you have any information on Hampton Boyd Thomas, please contact me at dhargrove7@aol.com.