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Surname: THOMAS, BECKWITH, GRIMES, RIGGS, HOWERY, YOUNG, VANBUSKIRK, ROWAN,
John L. Thomas, was born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1821, a son of William
Thomas, a native of Virginia, who subsequently settled in Ross County,
Ohio, where he lived till his death. John L. Thomas was married in his
native State to Susan M. Beckwith, by whom he has five children-Mrs. Ellen
E. Grimes, Mrs. Mary Riggs, Mrs. America Howery, Alexander, and Mrs. Eliza
Young. Mr. Thomas removed to Illinois in 1853, and in 1857 to Missouri,
where his wife died in 1858. In 1859 he married Louisa A. Van Buskirk,
and of the six children born to this union four are living-Olive J., Ira
A., Alma and Meade. Their two eldest children, Mrs. Laura Rowan and Mrs.
Belle Morrison, are deceased, the former leaving a daughter-Luella. Mr.
Thomas remained in Missouri till 1877, when he removed with his family
to Wayne County, Iowa, and since 1878 has resided on his present farm located
on section 11, Warren Township, just outside the limits of Allerton, buying
the land from the Allerton Town Company. No improvements had been made
on this land when purchased by Mr. Thomas, but by his untiring industry
and excellent management he has his farm all under good cultivation, and
has erected a commodious residence and substantial farm buildings. Among
other improvements he has a fine young orchard of eighty apple and cherry
trees. His farm contains 201 acres, part of which is located on section
2, Warren Township. Mrs. Thomas was born in Henry County, Indiana, January
30, 1845, a daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Van Buskirk, her parents being
natives of Virginia and Ohio, repectively. They removed to Missouri when
Mrs. Thomas was in her ninth year, where her father died in 1873. Her mother
died in Allerton in 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are the only members of their
respective families who are living in the State of Iowa. Both Mr. Thomas
and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Allerton.
Biographical and Historical Record of
Wayne and Appanoose Counties P256-257
Interstate Publishing Co.