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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  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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FRANK W. THOMAS, tobacco raiser, P. O. Augusta, Ky., is a son of C. L. Thomas, who was born July 28, 1806, in Saxony, Germany, where he received his education, learned the trade of shoe-making, and served five years in military duties. In 1831, he came to the United States, and stopped at Philadelphia, where he married in the year 1840, but subsequently located in a colony, near Point Pleasant, Va. As the colony did not prove successful, he only remained a short time, and in 1844 came with his family to Augusta, Ky., all the while continuing his trade. About 1850, seeing the need of having employment for his boys, he purchased fifty acres of land in Lewis Township, and soon after located on it, and started a wine garden. In this he was, as well, as in his trade, successful, and manufactured a fine quality of wine, for which he will long be remembered. In 1873, he buried his wife, who had born to her nine children. On May 14, 1878, he, too, entered his final rest. Their children are all now living. F. W., the fourth, was born January 15, 1848, in Augusta, Ky., where he received his education mostly, but reached his manhood in Ohio. Since his majority, he has given most of his time to the raising of tobacco, of which he raises annually about 3,000 pounds. His marriage was celebrated May 14, 1874, with Lena Struve, who was born in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1847, but was brought to America in infancy. She is now the mother of six children, four of whom are living.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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