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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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J. H. THOMAS, dentist, New Madison; the subject of this sketch is the son of J. H. Thomas, M. D., who was a graduate of the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, and came from Oxford, Ohio, to Darke Co., in 1843, and practiced in this county most of the time for thirty-three years; he was somewhat of a rover, but practiced at New Madison for fifteen successive years during his first residence, and five years each at two other periods. His decease occurred at Palestine Oct. 25, 1876. J. H. was born in New Madison in 1851; he received the benefit of such educational advantages as the common-school afforded; during his youth, he worked on a farm by the month in summer, and attended school in winter until 19 years of age, the last summer being spent in Michigan; in the fall of 1870, he began to learn dentistry, at which he has been engaged ever since; he has worked in Bradford Junction, Covington, Miami Co., Winchester, Ind., Galion. Decatur and Buchanan, Mich.; at some of these places he had an office, and at others worked for more experienced dentists, which has given him advantages enjoyed by but few dentists of his age; he resumed dentistry in New Madison in 1877, first working by the piece for his uncle S. A. Thomas; afterward bought his uncle out and located permanently; after seven years of practice and diversified experience, is gradually building up a good business; unlike most young men operating in the country towns, he has experience in his work, as well as knowledge of material, and where to get his supplies so as to secure the best at the lowest possible price; he is thus prepared to do first-class work at prices which are inadequate for the more aristocratic city dentists.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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