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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami 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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L. A. THOMAS, florist, Troy; is the fifth son of William I. Thomas, an old and prominent settler, whose sketch appears in this work; he was born in Troy in 1842; his education was received in the schools of the place, and though his father and brothers were ambitious in professional aspirations, L. A. expressed a fondness for agriculture, and the study of plants and flowers, a talent and taste which are perfectly natural, and which have been cultivated until he is a proficient in the art. In 1875, he constructed the ground-work of his now almost perfect establishment, which is rapidly approaching completion, already having more room and a greater variety of plants and flowers than the combined houses in the county. He is a gentleman well versed in his business, his experience and knowledge, being fully recognized by the lovers of plants and flowers, who give him, a hearty support. Feb. 15, 1866, he was married to Kate Lee, a lady of culture and refinement, whose exquisite taste makes their beautiful home a pleasant place; to them five children have been born, three of whom are living— William W., Guy L. and Llewellyn; the deceased were Stanley O. and one dying in infancy. Mrs. Thomas, was born in Hancock Co., Ind., in 1848, and when quite young came to Troy. Both are members of the Presbyterian Church, with which they have been connected several years.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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