Thomas Thomas

Rev. Thomas Thomas, Click to enlarge photo

 

REV. THOMAS THOMAS, a justice of the peace of more than ordinary celebrity, having served as such almost thirty years at Sharon, Pennsylvania, is a native of Wales, where he was born March 16, 1840. He is a son of Thomas and Ann (Harris) Thomas, both natives of Wales, and both died in that country, the former aged sixty-three years and the latter eighty-six years. They were the parents of nine children, Thomas Thomas being the youngest child, and the only one now living. By trade, the father was a shoemaker. In their church faith the parents were Baptists.


Thomas Thomas, of this notice, was educated in Pontpool College, in Wales, with the view of becoming a minister of the Gospel. He graduated in 1865 and was ordained the same year, as a minister in the Welsh Baptist church. His first charge was at Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, in the autumn of 1868. He resigned this charge and then came to America, locating at Ashland, Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where for four years he was in charge of the Baptist church, from which he resigned and took charge of the Baptist church in Ebensburg, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, where he was located three years, then resigned and went to Sharon, Pennsylvania, and was minister in the Welsh Baptist church for five years. He resigned this and on the first Monday in May, 1881, was elected as a justice of the peace to which office he has been elected every five years, having been elected the last time. Monday, May 1, 1906, making his service, when he completes his present term of office, thirty one years in the same public position. He has his five commissions as justice of the peace hanging in a frame within his office, and it goes without saying that he is quite proud of his public record as an administrator of the law. Politically, he is a Republican.

Rev. Thomas Thomas' autograph

He has been twice married, first to Miss Mary Ann Evens, in 1870. she being born in Danville, Pennsylvania; she died in 1884. By this union there were five children born: Annie, wife of J. N. Wilson, residing near New Bedford, Pennsylvania; Ida; David, who married Anna Hendrickson, living in Youngstown, Ohio; Henry. married Helen Speers; Claudie. For his second wife, Mr. Thomas married Mrs. Anna N. Reese, nee Davies, born in Ohio.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, pages 588-589.

 

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