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Payne P. Thomas

  • Birth 2 Aug 1850 Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 12 Oct 1915 Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 105936931

Oct 1915
Princeville Telephone


Concerning the life of Payne P. Thomas, well known in Princeville who accidently shot himself in Wyoming recently, the Post Herald had the following:

The links that connect the present history of Wyoming with the settlement of this place are fast disappearing. This is especially true as to the direct descendants of General Thomas as, the founder of this city, and who gave it the name of the beautiful Pennsylvania valley from whence he came. Of the three grandson of the general, one passed away under tragic circumstances on Tuesday of last week.

Payne P. Thomas, the second son of James M. and Ellen R. Thomas, was born in Wyoming, Illinois, on the second day of August, 1850, and died on the twelfth day of October, 1915. Mr. Thomas was united in marriage to Nancy Colwell on February 22, 1877. Mrs. Thomas died on June 16, 1904, since which time Mr. Thomas remained a widower, always keeping his home intact with the assistance of Miss Helma Olson, who has been in his family as one of them since her childhood.

For the greater part of his life Mr. Thomas was a successful farmer in this county, and about thirteen years ago left the farm and resided in this city following various kinds of business, but mainly that of buying and shipping stock.

As a citizen the deceased was quiet and law abiding; as a friend, steadfast, loyal and true; as a brother he rejoiced in the brothers' prosperity, in adversity his love and sympathy was evidenced by more that filial affection. Like all men he had his faults, which we bury with him, while his many virtues we cherish and revere. We mourn his tragic untimely death.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his brothers, Frank, county judge of this county, residing in Toulon and James M., who lives at Denver, Colorado.

The funeral service preceded by a prayer at the house was conducted at the Congregational church at two o'clock on Friday afternoon by the Rev. David McLelsh, pastor of the Methodist church. Avery large congregation, which more than filled the main audience room, assembled to show their respect for one who for so many years has been identified with the history of this city and vicinity. Instead of a choir, Mrs. Dean W??n rendered very beautiful two solos, "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and "Abide With Me." Miss Edith Walters accompanied on the pipe organ with much expression and taste. The pall bearers were George S. Rakestraw, M. H. Teets, P. B. Colwell, Mayor W. H. Hartz, Dr. W. H. Hewitt and D. Colgan. The interment was in the local cemetery.

Those who attended the funeral form out of town were:

Will Thomas and wife, of Denver, Colo.; Ward Thomas of Chicago; Mrs. Seewalt, of Terre Haute, Ind.; Mrs. Patton, of Peoria; Mrs. Frank Nickols and mother-in-law, Mrs. Porter Nickols, of Galva, and Mrs. Nelson Steer of Peoria.

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  • Originally Created by: Mike McMullen
  • Added: 28 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105936931
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