THOMAS HORTON, a popular merchant of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, was born in Chester, Penn., June 24, 1822. At seven years of age he came to Ohio with his father's family, and settled in Belmont county and he worked at the pottery business with his father until he was of age. He then learned the carpentry trade, which he followed seven years, until he was crippled by being struck on the ankle by the fore-foot of a horse, which caused white swelling. He has been a cripple ever since and has been engaged in merchandise. He removed from Belmont county to Mt. Pleasant some fifteen years ago. He was married in 1848 to Rebecca Street, by whom he had three children: Jonathan S.; Joseph N., deceased at the age of twenty-two; Elizabeth A., who married Jesse K. Vicars, of Washington county, Ohio and died at the age of twenty-five. The mother died in 1860, at the age of thirty. She was a member of the Hixite Friends. Mr. Horton was married in 1865 to Phebe Maris, of Morgan county, Ohio, daughter of Lewis and Sidney Maris, natives of Delaware county, Penn. Mr. Horton is a son of Joseph H. and Agnes (Malin) Horton, natives of Delaware county, Penn. The father was a volunteer in the war of 1812. He was a potter and carried on that business quite extensively. He died in 1851 at the age of sixty years. He was a member of the Friends His wife died in 1877 in the eighty-sixth year of her age. They had five children: Elizabeth, died August 1886, aged sixty-five; Thomas; Joseph, who married Anna Murdick and has three children: Rebecca A., Irene and Lizzie, wife of Ellis Cannon; Malin, who married Catherine Wells, and has five children: Jesse L., Mary A., Addie E. and Ross and Winchell, deceased. Lewis and Sidney Maris, parents of Mrs. Horton, had eight children: David, who married Mary D. Purviance, and died in September 1851, aged thirty-two; Rachel H.; James D., who married first Elizabeth Worall, and on her decease, Hannah Tedrow; Phebe; Deborah, deceased; Mary, deceased; Jared, who married Isabella Fletcher, now deceased, and then Margaret Adams, of Lebanon, Ohio; Thomas C., who married Susan Jennings. The father, Lewis Maris died in 1876 aged eighty-three years and his wife died in 1879 aged eighty-seven years. John Salkiln, the maternal great great-grandfather of our subject was a Quaker minister who came from England with William Penn. He was a very able as well as eccentric divine. He had a son John who married and had a daughter Agnes, who married a Winchell. They had a daughter Grace, who married Thomas Malin. Their daughter Agnes was the mother of our subject. Benoni Griffith, the maternal great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Phebe Horton, came from Wales. His son Nathan had a daughter Mary, who married Isaac Hooper, whose daughter Sidney married Lewis Maris.
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