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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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DAVID THOMAS. Jonathan Thomas (grandfather) was a resident of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, living all his life in Upper Dublin township. Among his children was Isaac Thomas, father of the subject of this sketch, who was born in 1792 and died in 1874. The homestead farm on which he was born has been in the possession of the family from the time of William Penn.

Isaac Thomas married Tacy L. Lukens, who died in 1876. After farming for some years he opened a general store, and was appointed postmaster, which position he held for many years. The children of Isaac and Tacy (Lukens) Thomas; Layman, deceased, born 2d mo. 11, 1818; Deborah L., deceased, born 12th mo. 9, 1819; Anna L., deceased, born 8th mo. 24, 1820; Hannah J., deceased, born 3d mo. 25, 1822; Joseph L., born 3d mo. 18, 1824; Susan P., born 12th mo. 15, 1826; Della G., born 7th mo. 6, 1827; George J., born 1st mo. 15, 1831; Jonathan, born 12th mo. 12, 1832, and David, born on the homestead, 8th mo. 6, 1838. Isaac Thomas was one of the leading business men of his neighborhood, and his counsel was sought in many matters of importance.

David Thomas was educated in the public schools and then entered a private school in Philadelphia. On leaving that institution he went into a wholesale dry goods store in Philadelphia as a clerk. After remaining several years in that capacity he opened a store on his own account, and conducted it very successfully for some years. He then removed to his present residence in Whitemarsh township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. He has a very fine farm, stocked with fine horses and cattle, and lives a retired life. He was engaged for twenty-one years as assistant steward at what was known as Kirkbride’s Hospital for the Insane, in Philadelphia.

Mr. Thomas married, in 1860, Miss Margaret G., daughter of William and Eliza (Scheetz) Acuff. William Acuff was a farmer of Upper Dublin township. Mrs. Thomas’s mother was a member of the old Scheetz family of Revolutionary fame. Her great-grandfather was one of the first paper manufacturers in America. Their children: James H. married Clara Roberts, they having three children; William A., married Florence Scheetz, they having three children. David Thomas inclines to the Society of Friends in his religious bias. He is a Republican in politics, but has declined township offices. He has all the qualifications that make a man esteemed in the community in which he lives.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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