Does Thomas really belong to James & Mahala? He was born 2 years before they married.
Residences & events:
1850 Where was Thomas that year at census time? He was not with his mother and step-father.
11/4/1860 Valley of the Platte, Arapahoe Co, KS Territory. Listed in the census as T Purvis, 28, he lived with 2 other men, neighborrs were also men. Since all occupations were miner they were probably counted in the mining camp.