In 1801, Thomas Day was born into a free Black family in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Day's father John Day, Sr., was a cabinetmaker of relatively high status. In 1817, the Day family moved to North Carolina, where John Sr. went to work for a man named Thomas Reynolds.
In 1821 Thomas Day moved from Nutbush, which was then Warren County but is now Vance County, to Hillsborough. He opened a furniture-making shop, which he described in an advertisement as a “Stand,” where he produced walnut and mahogany furniture.
Day moved to Milton
, in Caswell County, sometime between 1823 and 1825. He died circa 1861 in Milton, as is believed to be buried
on his former property.
April 27, 1825 ad from The Hillsborough Recorder