Biography of Enoch Thomas
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





ENOCH THOMAS was born in Hardin County, Va., July 30, 1814, son of Owen and Sophia (Hansom) Thomas, natives of Wales and Virginia respectively she of mixed nationality. His father enlisted in the Revolutionary war, but did not serve; was a carpenter by trade and the father of twelve children, two living, Rebecca and Enoch. He died in. 1838, aged seventy nine years; the mother in 1836, aged fifty six years. Our subject was educated in the very common schools of the Old Dominion, attending one year, there being no free schools at that time. He resided with his father till March 1, 1838, when he came West, traveling on horseback a distance of 450 miles, crossing the Alleghanies without any roads, and arriving in Franklin County, Ohio, in fifteen days. He came to Marseilles, Marion Co., Ohio, at once, and purchased eighty acres, where he now resides; has bought and sold till he now has 119 acres of good land, well improved, drained by Tymochtee River, valued at $60 per acre; made all the improvements, and has cleared over one hundred and twenty five acres of forest land. He married, in 1842, Mrs. Jane Thomas, widow of David M. Thomas, and daughter of John and Sarah Farmer. They were the parents of four children; William C., George C., David M. and Margaret (deceased), wife of Levi Hildebrand. His first wife dying, Mr. Thomas was married again, in 1857, to Mrs. Sarah A. Bates, by whom he had two children, Owen and Osweld, the former now deceased. Mr. Thomas was born with but one arm, began life with $125, but by his industry has gained a competence of $8,000. He is a Republican. He and Mrs. Thomas are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to whose support they contribute liberally. Mr. Thomas has served as Trustee several years; also as Assessor and Land Appraiser, in 1870.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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