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Thomas Neal McArthur
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1864
Death: 1937

Thomas worked at his father Joseph P. McArthur, Sr.'s wheelwright shop at Bailey and Jefferson Streets in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Marriage license no. 58870:

Thomas Neal McArthur
Born September 15, 1864
Residence: 2450 Columbia Ave.
Occupation: Wagonbuilder
Not previously married.

Laura H. Marple
Born: December 21, 1867
Residence: 2540 Franklin St., Phila.
Not previously married.

Rev. Robert Graham, March 29, 1893.

On September 27, 1893, Thomas N. McArthur and his wife Mrs. Laura H. McArthur were admitted "By Profession" to the Hebron Memorial Presbyterian Church. This church, at 25th and W. Thompson Streets in Philadelphia, was later renamed the Robert Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Thomas seemed to have an interest in hunting in Gloucester county, New Jersey. In 1894, the following newspaper article appeared, "Since the bear excitement down in Franklin township, Thomas McArthur, an old bear hunter, has been out in the woods daily. He is positive one of these animals has been around, and is almost dumbfounded because he cannot get a tail" (Inquirer, July 24, 1894).

In 1898, the family sold the wheelwright shop (but retained the property) and moved to Iona, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. In 1900, he was listed as a farmer.

In March 1908, Thomas and his brother Joseph, Jr. were indicted by a grand jury for election bribery. Thomas had run for Franklin Township committee and was charged with his brother Joseph, Jr. for providing whisky to voters.

On September 27, 1909, Thomas' wife Laura died at Iona, NJ. In the Fall of 1909, Thomas ran again for Franklin township committee and won.

In 1910 (census), Thomas was a house carpenter, Iona, NJ.

In August 1911, Lee T. Halleck, a wealthy Philadelphia manufacturer who was elected Franklin township tax collector (Republican) in 1909, alleged improprieties with his predecessors. At that time, it was remembered that Thomas ran for township committee on a platform to investigate the irregularities that spanned many years prior.

On August 31, 1912, Thomas married Mary "Mame" E Buri, the daughter of a coppersmith, in Berlin, NJ.

The following year, Thomas' political career soured. In February 1913, Thomas McArthur was indicted along with former tax collector Lee T Hallock and the other members of the Franklin Township committee for defrauding the township. It was claimed that these defendants lowered taxes for their friends. The matter died down but the grand jury was recalled in May 1913 when the charges were made public.

On July 25, 1913, Thomas' father Joseph P. McArthur, Sr. died and left him as executor.

Thomas and his wife had their first child Mary Elizabeth on August 29, 1913.

On September 22, 1914, Judge Cole in Woodbury, NJ cleared all defendants of all the charges, including conspiracy and malfeasance. Thomas promptly set out to start his life over again. On February 21, 1915, the Inquirer advertised, "TWENTY ACRE FARM WITH GOOD 8-room house, barn and other outbuildings. 25 miles from Philadelphia, on the electric road; must be sold See McArthur Iona, N J."

After selling the farm, Thomas moved back to Philadelphia. Thomas chose to settle in Southwest Philly instead of his old neighborhood in North Philadelphia. He lived at 1645 South 54th Street. He returned to working the wheelwright trade, and had two more children (Lucetta G. on December 11, 1916 and Thomas H. on August 27, 1918) with his wife Mary.

1920 Census: Wheelwright, street cleaning company, Philadelphia

1930 Census: Wheelwright, city wagon shop, Philadelphia

 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph P McArthur (1833 - 1913)
  Mary Neil McArthur (1837 - 1910)
 
 Spouses:
  Laura H Marple McArthur (1867 - 1909)
  Mary E Buri McArthur (1877 - 1953)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Elizabeth McArthur Boblasky (1913 - 1970)*
  Lucetta G McArthur (1916 - 1995)*
  Thomas Henry McArthur (1918 - 2002)*
 
 Siblings:
  Andrew McArthur*
  Annie Jane McArthur Michener (1859 - 1944)*
  James A McArthur (1862 - 1908)*
  Thomas Neal McArthur (1864 - 1937)
  Joseph P McArthur (1866 - 1917)*
  Robert N McArthur (1868 - 1869)*
  John McArthur (1870 - 1871)*
  John Andrew McArthur (1872 - 1872)*
  Edward C Knight McArthur (1873 - 1873)*
  William McArthur (1876 - 1876)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Apr 06, 2009
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Thomas Neal McArthur
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Thomas Neal McArthur
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Thomas Neal McArthur
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May GOD Bless you as you have blessed us kin all so very well!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Mar. 13, 2014
 
 
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