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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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JOHN L. THOMAS, retired; P. O. Arcanum; to the subject of this sketch we are pleased to accord a place in the advance guard of the early pioneers of Darke Co.; he was born in Greene Co., Ohio, Feb. 16, 1827, and removed with his parents when in infancy to German Township, in Darke Co.. where his parents settled in 1827; his early boyhood days were spent at home, and, at the age of 16, he began life for himself and did carpenter work for fifteen years, when he commenced the study of medicine at the Allopathic College in Cincinnati, where he prosecuted his studies with much energy; he was engaged in money-loaning and doing a general brokerage business for a number of years, and in 1878, he with his son opened a bank in Arcanum. He celebrated his marriage with Sarah A. Emerson, in June, 1849; she was a daughter of Gen. Henry Emerson, President of the Farmers’ National Bank of Greenville; four children were given to this union, viz.: Francis V., deceased; Alonzo S., Joseph E., Sarah J.; Mrs. Thomas departed this life Jan. 30, 1867, leaving a large circle of friends to mourn her departure; a kind wife, an affectionate mother, are the tablets erected to her memory by her husband and children. He was again united in marriage with Nannevine Ballard, Nov. 29, 1871; one child has been given to this union, viz., John Volney.

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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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