John C. Thomas


JOHN C. THOMAS, a worthy citizen of Mingo was born December 25, 1847 in South Wales. His grandfather, Edward Thomas, Sr., a native of South Wales, was a farmer by occupation and died in 1857. His son, Edward Jr. was married about 1843 to Ann Evans, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Evans. Her father was killed in a railroad accident about 1869, but the mother, who was born about 1796, is still living. Edward and Ann Thomas had five children, three boys and two girls, four of whom are living. The father met his death March 10, 1852, in company with twenty-six others, in a coal mine in the county of Caermarthen, Wales. Two of the children came to America, a daughter who lives in Dakota, and John C., the subject of this mention. The latter, after receiving his education in the old country, found employment in the mines, and was so occupied for several years, subsequently being engaged in silver works, where he had the position of smelter. In 1870 he came to America, and made his home in Jefferson county, In 1874 he went to Wales, but in the following year returned to his American home. He came to Mingo in 1882 and began work in the iron works, as a heater, and is still so engaged. In 1876 Mr. Thomas was married to Mary, daughter of Benjamin and Ruth Thomas, of South Wales and to this union have been born ten children: Edward F., Benjamin, Llewellyn, Isaac, Eliza J., Ruth, Anna Belle, Arthur G., and two who died in infancy. Mr. Thomas is a member of the Masonic order, being a Knight Templar and also was a member of the I. O. O. F. of South Wales. He is a valuable citizen and is highly spoken of by his many acquaintances.

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