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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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WILLIAM THOMAS, farmer, P. O. New Madison; resides on Sec. 23. The history of Harrison Township would be incomplete without a sketch of the Thomas family; William is a son of Jonathan Thomas, who was one of a family of thirteen children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, and all but one were married and raised a family; he was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 8, 1792, raised in Virginia, and came to Darke Co. in 1816, “entered” one-fourth of Sec. 24, Harrison Township, in connection with his brother Solomon, who is now a resident of Preble Co., and 90 years of age. Jonathan was married to Agnes McClure Sept. 9, 1819; she was born in Kentucky Dec. 23, 1800, and came to Darke Co. with her parents, who were the first settlers of Harrison Township; about a year after their marriage, they removed to Sec. 23, the place where William now lives; William was born, raised, and now lives on the old homestead; his birth occurred March 30, 1830; he was married to Julia Brodrick Feb. 26, 1852; she was born in Darke Co. April 7, 1834; her parents settled in Harrison Township in 1822; soon after their marriage, they commenced life on a farm in Sec. 22, where they lived about 14 years, then purchased and removed to the old homestead, where they have lived ever since; the farm consists of 239 acres, in a good state of cultivation, with fine improvements. Mr. Thomas is a self-made man, and has contributed his share to the substantial growth and improvement of Harrison Township; is a quiet, unassuming man, respected by all; in politics, is a Republican. His father, who is now 87 years of age, and quite feeble, has his home with and is cared for by, William and his kind-hearted wife, his mother having died Sept. 24, 1877, at his sister’s; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are the parents of seven children, five of whom are now living, viz.: Florence A., now Mrs. Thomas Eubanks, of New Madison; Roscoe E., Willie L., Oliver H. and Frank E.; all except the oldest are at home; the names of the deceased are Horace W. and Eugene E.

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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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