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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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J. QUINCY THOMAS, M. D., was born November 22, 1874, at the old family homestead where his grandfather, Garrett Hunsicker Thomas, had resided. The first American ancestry of the family arrived in this country from Wales in the early part of the seventeenth century. Garrett Hunsicker Thomas, the grandfather, was born in Lower Providence township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and in his youth attended the common school through the winter seasons, while in the summer months he worked upon the home farm. He early gained comprehensive and practical knowledge of farming methods, and throughout his entire life he was identified with agricultural interests. Honored and respected by all, he lived in harmony with his fellow men, being straightforward in business and reliable in citizenship.

John R. Thomas, the father of J. Quincy Thomas, was born in Lower Providence township in 1844. He received very good educational privileges for that period. At an early age he accompanied his parents when they crossed to Mifflintown (there being no railroads at that time) and in that locality he assisted his father in farming. After about four years, however, he returned to the old home place, where he continued to engage in the work of the fields and meadows until he retired from active business life. He is yet living in the enjoyment of a well earned rest, and at all times has enjoyed the confidence and good will of his fellow men. He married Miss Mary Hunsicker, of Montgomery county, who is still living and their children are Wilbur, Allen, Morgan and John Quincy.

The last named was a pupil in the public schools of his home neighborhood in his early boyhood days, and subsequently continued his studies in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after which he entered the West Chester State Normal School, where he remained for several terms, thus acquiring a broad liberal education as a preparation for his professional training. Early in life he determined to become a physician and on leaving the normal school he entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed the regular course and was graduated with honors in the class of 1898. He then served for one year as resident physician in the hospital at Norristown, after which he came to Conshohocken, where he is now living. He has secured here a large and constantly growing practice, having early demonstrated his skill and ability. He is a member of the County Medical Society, of the American Medical Society, and a charter member of the John Dever Society of Philadelphia. His interest in his profession, both from a scientific and humanitarian standpoint, is deep and sincere and has led to his investigation of everything that tends to promote the efficiency of the physician’s labors in securing the best results in the administration of remedial agencies for the alleviation of human suffering.

Like his father, Dr. Thomas is a Republican in his political views. He was married in 1901 to Miss Lottie Trumbower, of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and to them has been born a daughter, Eva K. Thomas.

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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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