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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROBERT C. THOM, a prominent citizen of Clark Township, and native of Decatur County, Ind., was born February 22, 1824, being the third son in a family of twelve, viz.: Joseph, John, Margaret (deceased), who married Samuel Travis, Elizabeth (now Mrs. Thomas Scott); Robert C., Thomas H. (deceased); Mary (deceased), who married Nicholas Luke, Nancy (deceased); Alexander C. (who was killed at Fredricksburg, in the late war); Wm. W. (deceased); Sarah J., and Samuel (deceased); born to Robert and Lydia (Moorhead) Thom, natives of Pennsylvania, where they were married. They came to Indiana in 1822, and settled in Decatur County, and six years later returned to Pennsylvania, where they reared their family and remained until their deaths. They were Presbyterians and Methodists. The father was a prominent farmer and citizen. Our subject remained at home until the age of seventeen, having received a good common education. At this age he commenced to learn the carpenter and millwright trade, which he made a special business until he came to Indiana in 1865. Since coming here he has only made it a secondary business, but has built several mills in Indiana. He now makes farming and stock-raising his business. He owns 227 acres of good land. On September 7, 1861 he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was under Gen. McClellan in his peninsular campaign, and acted as mail and express agent for his regiment until taken prisoner at Plymouth, N. C., in April 1864. He was in prison eight months in all, at Andersonville, Charleston and Florence. He was discharged at Pittsburgh, Penn., April 12, 1865. He was united in marriage to Miss Matilda, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Miller) Callen, of Westmoreland County, Penn., July 11, 1850, and to this union eight children have been born: Samuel C. (deceased), Robert W., Albert H., Arthur L. (deceased), Mary E. (deceased), Theophilus M., Winfield R. and Oscar T. Mrs. Matilda Thorn was born January 15, 1826. Mr. Thorn and wife belong to the Presbyterian Church. He is a Republican in politics, and served the people as justice eight years.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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