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William Thomas
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Birth: Jan. 9, 1809
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1894

William Thomas was born in Fayette County, Ohio, January 9, 1809. William has been a farmer all his life and had very little schooling. He was married in Ohio, to Julia DeWitt, and came West in the fall of 1831, with wife and one child. They came in a four-horse wagon and with three loose horses, which they rode part of the time. In good weather his wife rode his little pacing mare and carried the baby. He had very little money left when he crossed the river at Beardstown. He took up a homestead, and, not being able to deed it, sold out his improvements and then had enough to enter 120 acres, for which he obtained a Government deed, and then had eighty acres under the plow and an orchard and two good hewed-log houses. There he lived from 1837 to 1860. He traded it for 160 acres of his present farm and moved upon it. There was an old log house into which he moved until he could build a good log house, and in 1866 or 1867 he built a part of his present frame house. In 1882 he built his good barn, and in 1884 he built the frame addition to his house. There is not a man living in this section that was living here when Mr. Thomas first came.

Mr. Thomas lost his first wife in March, 1855, by whom he had seven children, Drusilla Shield, deceased; John M., deceased; James, deceased; Sarah C., a maiden lady at home with her parents; William A., a merchant in Cooperstown; Peter A., farmer close by; Parmelia Ann Gibson, living on the homestead; Eliza Jane Garnett, in Arkansas. Mr. Thomas was married again, to Mrs. Nancy Brown, nee Clayton. She died, aged seventy-eight years, in 1884, after having been his faithful wife for twenty-four years. He is a Master Mason and organized the Versailles Lodge, of which he is the last living member. He believes in moral reform in politics.

Schuyler and Brown Counties, pg 571; Researched by Betty Hunt, 1999
also from U.S. International Marriage Records 1560-1900 married to Julia Dewit in 1830;
Birth year 1809
Birth place Ohio 
 
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 Parents:
  John Thomas (1751 - 1831)
  Catharine Putman Thomas (1769 - 1813)
 
 Spouse:
  Julia De Witt Thomas (1808 - 1855)
 
 Children:
  Drusilla Thomas Shields (____ - 1874)*
  James C. Thomas (____ - 1839)*
  John Marion Thomas (1833 - 1870)*
  John Martin Thomas (1836 - 1869)*
  William A. Thomas (1840 - 1896)*
  Peter C. Thomas (1842 - 1925)*
  Parmielia Angeline Thomas Gibson (1846 - 1918)*
 
 Siblings:
  Norris Thomas (1803 - 1854)*
  Elizabeth Thomas Barker (1804 - 1846)*
  Benjamin F. Thomas (1808 - 1902)*
  William Thomas (1809 - 1894)
  Malinda Thomas Graham (1818 - 1910)**
  Samuel Thomas (1820 - 1874)**
  Matilda Thomas Graham (1824 - 1888)**
  Thomas M. Thomas (1826 - 1853)**
  Azriah Thomas (1830 - 1907)**
  Jesse Thomas (1830 - 1912)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Cooperstown Cemetery
Cooperstown
Brown County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Chris Nelson
Record added: Jan 24, 2007
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William Thomas
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