Biography of John Thomas





Thomas, John, was born in France, January 23, 1848. His father, Peter Thomas, was a native of France and came to the United States in 1854, settling in the town of Sheldon, Wyoming county, and was a harness maker; he died in 1884. John Thomas was educated in the common s.hools, and in 1863 at the age of fifteen years, enlisted in Co. G, 8th N. Y. H. A., and took part in the battles of the Army of the Potomac after the battle of the Wilderness, to the close of the war. He then returned to Batavia and entered the employ of R. O. Holden, and in 1869 organized the dry goods firm of Stone & Thomas; in 1878 he sold his interest and established his present business of hats, caps, trunks, robes, etc In 1881 Mr. Thomas married Mary, daughter of Charles Hogan; they have two sons: John F., born June 11, 1882, and James Elaine, born September 28, 1884. Mr. Thomas is one of the self-made men of Genesee county He served as town clerk in 1876; village collector in 1877; and county treasurer from 1885 to 1891. He was elected supervisor of Batavia in 1892, and is now serving his fourth term.



Source:
Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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