Biography of Emanuel Thomas
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Emanuel Thomas, who lives retired in Salem, is among the highly esteemed and widely known citizens of Columbiana County. He was born at Westville, Columbiana County, July 9, 1857, the son of Uriah and Elizabeth (Barkley) Thomas.

Uriah Thomas was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1820, and in 1856 removed to Columbiana County. He became a successful farmer and stockman and operated a large and well improved farm in Knox Township for many years. He later lived in Carroll County, Ohio, and died in Salem in 1907. His wife died in March 1894. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas: James, died while in service during the Civil War; William, lives retired at Sebring, Ohio; Andrew W., lives at Lyons, Ohio; Lydia, died in 1914; Maggie, married Frank Currie, lives at Minerva, Ohio; Emanuel, the subject of this sketch; Joseph, died at Springfield, Mo., in 1919; John, lives at Minerva, Ohio; and Sherman, lives at Minerva.

Emanuel Thomas spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the district schools of Columbiana and Carroll counties. He was always interested in general farming and stock raising and for a number of years was associated with his father. In 1888 he purchased a farm of 119 acres in Columbiana County and in 1920 removed to his present home in Salem, where he lives retired.

On June 5, 1888, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Mayhew of Hancock County, W. Va. They have five children: James Uriah, lives in Salem Township; Wilfred E., lives in Butler Township Mary E., married Paul Yates, lives in Salem Township; Walter A., lives at Columbiana; and Roland B., lives at home. There are five grandchildren.

Mr. Thomas is favorably known in Columbiana County and has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He is a Democrat.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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