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Washington Co, Iowa
THOMAS W. THOMAS, a farmer and stock-raiser, on section 8, Washington
Township, is a native of South Wales, born Aug. 31, 1830, and is a son of Christmas
and Margaret Thomas, both natives of Cardiganshire, South Wales, who emigrated
to the United States in 1842, and settled in Licking County, Ohio. They were
the parents of eight children, three of whom are living: Evan and David,
residing in Licking County, Ohio, and Thomas W., the subject of this sketch. Both
parents died in Licking County, Ohio. They were reared in the Episcopal faith,
but at the time they came to America, not finding a church of that faith in the
vicinity of their home, they united with the Congregationalists.
Thomas W. Thomas was twelve years of age when he came with his parents to
this country. In 1854 he left Ohio and came to Iowa, and located upon the big
prairie in Des Moines County, and was among the first to leave the timber and
settle upon the rich prairie land. At the time of his location in Des Moines
County, wild game was abundant, and there was no trouble in procuring all
necessary for family use. In the spring of 1855, he broke some sod and planted corn.
the following fall the wild geese took it all before he had time to gather it.
Mr. Thomas was married in Des Moines County, July 8, 1856, to Miss Ann Jones,
a daughter of Benjamin Jones. She was born in London, England, in 1840. By
this union there are eleven children: Hattie E., born March 23, 1857; Judson P.,
april 25, 1859; John W., Oct. 10, 1860; Evan E., March 14, 1862; Mary F., Nov.
18, 1863; Benjamin F., Aug. 15, 1865; Sarah E., April 11, 1867; Edwin S.,
Jan. 24, 1870; David A., Oct. 20, 1872; Charles S. Nov. 30, 1876; Cleveland L.,
Jan. 18, 1885.
In 1881, Mr. Thomas came to Washington County, and purchased the Bodkin farm
on section 8, known as the Rose Hill farm, where he has since continued to
reside. The farm consists of 140 acres of land adjoining the city of Washington
and valued at $75 per acre. He also owns 254 acres in Des Moines County, which
is under a high state of cultivation, and valued at $50 per acres. Roscoe
Station on the B. & W.R.R. is situated on this land. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are
members of the Baptist Church. Politically he is a stanch supporter of the
Commencing life on the lower rounds of the ladder, he has mounted step by
step, until he occupies a secure position, surrounded by the comforts of his
later days. The toils and privations of the past, the family experienced to the
fullest extent, but now plenty abounds.