GEORGE S. THOMAS, a well-known grocer of Steubenville, was born in Mason county, Ky., February 20, 1833. His parents, Stephen and Susan (Sellers) Thomas, were natives of the same county, He is the youngest of four sons, the two eldest of whom died in early life. The older brother, Thurston, emigrated to Colusa county, Cal., in 1854, where he engaged in wheat growing. George S. was reared to the age of twenty-one in his native county, finding employment at farm work. He then went to Ripley, Ohio, and there worked a while at the carpenter's trade. After having remained there about one year, he went to Cincinnati, but soon afterward emigrated to California, locating first at Placerville, in 1854. He remained in that state about eight years, in mining, and in employment connected with a hotel, and at work upon a steamboat. During the greater part of the time, he was in the lone valley. In the spring of 1862, he came to Steubenville, which he has made his permanent home. Here he was married April 28, 1862, to Margaret Fugate, who was born and reared in the city. In the latter part of August, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Fifty-second Ohio volunteer infantry, with which he served until May, 1865, when, in the battle of Averysboro, N. C., he was wounded in the right hand, and made unfit for duty. His regiment belonged to the army of the Cumberland, under Gen. Sherman. He was in the battles of Perryville, Rome, Resaca, Buzzard's Roost, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, and he was on the march to the sea. He was mustered out of the service at Camp Denison, Ohio, in July, 1865. After the war, for nine months, he held the position of watchman at the Pan Handle bridge. For a period of thirteen years following this, he was the owner of an express line. In October, 1880, he engaged in his present business to which he has since given his attention. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and the G. A. R., and in politics, is a devoted republican, having cast his first presidential vote for John C. Fremont.
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