Davis County, Iowa
Des Moines: Iowa Historical Company,
Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
OWENS, THOMAS, a stock-raiser and farmer, owns one of the best stock farms in the county, consisting of 440 acres, in section 8, with a good house, barn and orchard of six acres. he was born October 22, 1825 , in Indiana , being a son of James H. and Sarah C. Owens. He resided in Posey county, Indiana, until he was twenty-four, receiving his education in the common schools. In 1849 he went to McLean county, Illinois , and in the winter of 1868 he came to this county. he was married, September 18, 1847 , to Nancy W. McReynolds of Posey county, Indiana. They have had eleven children, Sarah J., James L., Huldah E., Elizabeth A., Mary E., Hannah M., T. B., Nancy C., Flora Belle, Fanny Susan and John F. Mr. O. is extensively engaged in stock-raising, his sales during the last year amounting to over $2,000. Mrs. Owens died in January, 1876, and Mr. O. was married again in September, 1876, to his present wife, a very estimable lady. Mr. O. is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has been a ruling elder for sixteen years. He is a man of intelligence, and always ready to assist in whatever tends to advance the interests of his neighborhood. His postoffice is Savannah.