Biography of Byron Thomas
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Thomas, Byron, was born in Berlin, Rensselaer county, December 12, 1843. The family came to Newark in 1857, where our subject received his education in the Union school and the academy. He first taught school, and later was a clerk in the postoffice. He then entered the First National Bank of Newark as a clerk, was promoted through the several grades to the position of cashier, which he held for a number of years. In 1884 he was elected county clerk, and removing to Lyons, took possession of the office January 1, 1885, serving three years. He was also trustee of the village of Lyons two years, clerk of the village of Newark, and trustee also of the railway commissioners of the town. May 23, 1871, he married Ellen C. Smith, of Newark, and they have one daughter, Martha A., a student in Utica. Rowland, father of Byron. was also born in Berlin, February 23, 1807. He went to Hancock, Mass., where he read medicine with his cousin, Dr. P. H. Thomas, then took a course in Berkshire Medical Institute at Pittsfield, the medical department of Williams College, graduating in 1831. He then attended lectures in Albany for three years, and began practice at Petersburg, N. Y., with Dr. Hiram Moses, remaining nine years. Returning to Berlin, he practiced with distinguished success until 1857, when he removed to Newark for the purpose of educating his son. He was always interested in educational matters, and was a member of the Board of Education for a period of twelve years. He was a Repubhcan in politics. His wife was Adelia M. Hinsdill, of Bennington, Vt., and their children were: Byron, and a daughter, who died in infancy. He died June 13, 1892, and his wife, June 7, 1893. A sister, Martha, now 85 years of age, survives him and resides with Byron at the old homestead in Newark.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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