BIOGRAPHIES OF EMMONS COUNTY
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THOMAS PAUL TWIGGS

"Tommy" was a pioneer of the present day Sioux County area. He was born on 6 February 1848 in England. He immigrated in 1867 from Liverpool, England to New York, New York on the ship City of Paris and later became a naturalized citizen. Thomas, his first wife Bessie (unknown surname, born in March 1858, Dakota Territory, believed to be Sioux based on later recording that Thomas Jr's mother was Sioux) and son Thomas, Jr. (born about 1878 in Dakota Territory) were recorded as living in Dakota Territory in 1880. In about 1891, Thomas marries Mary (maiden surname unknown; born 18 April 1867 in Minnesota, believed to be Sioux based on later recording that Lilie's mother was Sioux) and starts his ranch in Township 131. Mary was married before Thomas to Colonel George White and with him had at least the daughter Lilie White born in South Dakota in July 1883. Thomas, Jr. died on 29 March 1924 and is buried in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Mary died on 6 August 1947 in Morton County but at the time was residing in Grant County. She is buried at St. James's Catholic Cemetery. Thomas died on 15 May 1924 and is buried at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. See Burial Memorial.