From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Grant, Thomas and Amanda

(born: 1848) 

Born in Germantown, KY in 1848, Thomas Grant was a member of the U.S. Army Colored Soldiers. According to the U.S. Civil War and Soldier Records and Profiles, Grant enlisted with the U.S. Colored Troops in Lexington, KY on March 4, 1865. He was stationed in El Paso, TX in 1870 and at Fort Davis, TX in 1880.

Grant arrived in Tuscon, AZ in 1892, remaining there after he retired from the 10th Cavalry. He was one of the five African American pioneers in the Arizona Territory [Arizona became the 48th state in 1912].

Grant was a stationary engineer and lived on North Main Street in Tucson, AZ, according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. In 1910, he was employed as a hotel porter. He was the husband of Amanda G. Grant (b. 1870 in TX).

Amanda's parents were former enslaved people born in Kentucky. Both her daughter Rita Wellis and her granddaughter Christina Wellis lived with Amanda and Thomas Grant in Tucson, where the family lived on West 22nd Street at 11th Avenue. Grant was still alive in 1933 when he was included in J. W. Yancy's thesis on African Americans in Tucson.

For more see In the Steps of Esteban: "Pioneers", by the University of Arizona Library; and The Negro of Tucson, Past and Present (thesis), by J. W. Yancy.

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