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1850 US Census (District 94, Shelby County, Missouri). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Thomas P. Lair (age 45, b. KY), wife Catherine M. [Anderson] (age 40, b. KY) and children Elizabeth A. (age 16, b. Missouri), Sarah E. (age 12, b. Missouri), James H. (age 10, b. Missouri), Emily G. (age 8, b. Missouri), Elmira (age 6, b. Missouri), Catherine (age 5, b. Missouri), Martha (age 4, b. Missouri) and Margarett (age 2, b. Missouri), living in Shelby County, Missouri. Thomas is listed as a "farmer." Thomas also appears on the 1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedule as the owner of three slaves [a male aged 60, a male aged 19, and a female aged 13].