Jackson Thomas

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JACKSON THOMAS, of Plum Creek township, Armstrong county, was born Feb. 29, 1844, son of Garrett and Sophia (Harkelroad) Thomas, the former of whom was of English extraction and the latter of German origin. His grandfather was John Thomas, and his grandmother's maiden name was Mackin. Christopher Harkelroad, the maternal grandfather, died Oct. 11, 1848, aged fifty-nine years, two months; his wife, Mary, born in June, 1792, died Nov. 10, I879, aged eighty-six years, five months.

To Garrett and Sophia (Harkelroad) Thomas were born six children, namely: John, who died in infancy; Mary Jane, who married Finny Templeton, a farmer of Cowanshannock township, Armstrong county; Margaret, who died in infancy; William, a farmer of Plum Creek township, who was twice married, his wives being sisters, named Parker; Jackson; and Rebecca, deceased.

Jackson Thomas passed his early life on the old homestead in Plum Creek township and received his education at Squiversburg. He is now engaged in farming in Plum Creek township, where he has passed all his life.

On Jan. 4, 1871, Mr. Thomas married Rebecca Jewart, daughter of William and Marjorie ( Patterson) Jewart, of Armstrong county, who had five children. Twelve children, six sons and six daughters, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, one son and one daughter dying in infancy; William, a farmer of Plum Creek township, married Carrie Nelson, and has two daughters, Mary Edna and Marjorie; Anna married Harvey Calhoun, a merchant of Gastown, Armstrong county, and has two daughters, Virginia R. and Marguerite S.; Harvey married Gertrude Venatti and has two sons, Harry Jackson and Wilbert Dale; Albert, a farmer at Cochran Mills, Armstrong county, married Ida Woodside, and they have two sons, Charles Edgar and George Jackson; Margaret married Morris Timblin, a farmer in Plum Creek township, and they have three daughters, R. Fries, Thyra Luella and Vera Laru; Maud is the wife of Silas Miller, a farmer of Plum Creek township, and has three children, Kenneth, Rebecca and an infant son; Marjorie married Lee Miller, also of Plum Creek township, and has three children, Mary Helen, Jacob Edgar and Lucila May; Mellon, a farmer of Plum Creek township, married Blanche Miller and has three children, Mildred Gale, Lawrence Miller and Vernon Clare; Emma lives at home; James Jackson, born in March, 1895, on the old family homestead in Plum Creek township, lives there with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and their family attend the Reformed Church.

Mrs. Thomas's parents were of Irish and German descent, respectively. Her mother was a native of Cowanshannock township.

Source: Page 756, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed February 1999 by Doris Rizza for the Armstrong County Beers Project
Contributed for use by the Armstrong County Genealogy Project (http://www.pa-roots.com/armstrong/)

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