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Surname: THOMAS, JONES, HART, WOODS, FITZER
Jonathan Thomas, section 8, Washington Township, postoffice, Derby, Iowa,
is among the pioneers of Washington Township worthy of a place in the history
of Wayne County. He was born in South Wales, March 12, 1822, and was a
son of Henry and Elizabeth (Jones) Thomas. He was the third of a family
of nine children. He was reared and educated in his native country, spending
his youth on a farm. He came to America in 1843, and first settled in Pennsylvania,
where he lived about twelve years, working the most of the time at farming.
In 1855 he came to Iowa and has since lived in Wayne County, where he has
one of the best farms in Washington Township, which contains 535 acres
of land, both timber and prairie, with a good residence, large barn and
other farm buildings, a fine orchard and also small fruit of various kinds.
Mr. Thomas was married October 23, 1863, to Mrs. Elizabeth Hart, widow
of K. M. Hart, and daughter of John and Mary (Woods) Fitzer, who located
in Wayne County in 1855. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have been born five children-Henry,
Laura, Josephine, Lizzie and Minor.
Biographical and Historical Record of
Wayne and Appanoose Counties P-336
Interstate Publishing Co.