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Marion Friends Cemetery ~ John S. Thomas ~ part of the Marion County Cemeteries of Oregon
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Thomas, John S.
LAST: Thomas FIRST: John MID: S.
BORN: 4 Dec 1859 DIED: 5 May 1914 BURIED: 8 May 1914
OCCUPATION:  Farmer and Rancher
BIRTH PLACE:  Ystalyfera, Wales
DEATH PLACE: Marion Co., Oregon
OSBH DC (Marion County 1914) #1213 - John S. Thomas, married, rancher, b. Dec. 4, 1860 in Wales, d. May 5, 1914 in Marion, Oregon at the age of 54 yrs 6 mos 22 days, name of father Samuel Thomas (b. Wales), maiden name of mother Mary Price (b. Wales), interment Marion Cemetery 8 May, undertaker Rigdon-Richardson, informant Mrs. John Thomas.
1870 OH CENSUS - John Thomas, age 11, b. Wales, is enumerated with Samuel, age 32, occupation coal digger, b. Wales, and Mary, age 30, b. Wales, along with Ellen, age 13, b. Wales, David, age 5, b. Ohio, and Elizabeth, age 2, b. Ohio.
1880 IN CENSUS - John Thomas, age 21, occupation miner, b. Wales, is enumerated with mother Mary, age 40, widowed, b. Wales, along with David, age 16, occupation miner, b. Ohio, Elizabeth, age 13, b. Ohio, Anne M., age 11, b. Ohio, Sarah, age 8, b. Michigan, and Ebenezer, age 5, b. Indiana.  Also enumerated with the family is a boarder, N. Galasgoritch, age 30, occupation miner, b. Sweden.
1900 OH CENSUS - John Thomas, age 39, occupation keeper at furnace, b. Nov 1860 in Wales, is enumerated with his wife of 15 years, Elizabeth, age 34, b. Oct 1865 in Wales, along with Samuel, age 13, b. Nov 1896 [1886] in Indiana, Della M., age 6, b. Pennsylvania, John, age 4, b. Apr 1896 in Ohio, and Ralph, age 1, b. Nov 1898 in Ohio.
1910 MT CENSUS - John S. Thomas, age 49, occupation farmer, b. Wales, year of immigration 1865, is enumerated with his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth, age 44, mother of 17 children, 7 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Wales, along with Samuel, age 23, b. Indiana, Bella M. [Della], age 15, b. Pennsylvania, Ralph, age 12, b. Ohio, Mary V, age 9, b. Montana, William, age 7, b. Montana, Amie, age 4, b. Montana, and Edward, age 3, b. Montana.
DISCREPANCY - DC and 1900 census give year of birth as 1860, marker as 1859.

BIOGRAPHICAL (Contributed by Don Thomas):
John S. Thomas b. 4 Dec 1859 in Ystalyfera, Wales.
Name of Father - Samuel Ashton Thomas (b. 1 Jan 1835 in Wales - d. 1 April 1878 in Knightsville, Indiana)
Name of Mother - Mary (Price) Thomas (b. 30 Nov 1836 in Carmarthen, Wales).
Preceeded in death by 2 children - Margaret and John D. Thomas.
At the time of his death he and Elizabeth had been married 29 years.  
Survived by wife; and by children Samuel J. Thomas, 27, and wife Nellie (Richard) Thomas of Montana; Della M., age 19, of Marion; Ralph, age 19, of Marion, Mary V., age 13, of Marion; William, age 11, of Marion; Amie, age 8, of Marion; Edward, age 7, of Marion; and Laura, age 2, of Marion. Also survived by siblings David Thomas, age 49, of Montana; Elizabeth Johnson (Edward), age 46, of Arkansas; Anna Burries (George), of New Mexico; Sarah Davies (John), of Pennsylvania; and Ebenezer Price Thomas (Mary), of Montana.

PHOTOGRAPH- The picture of Elizabeth and John was contributed by Don Thomas.  The notation on the back of the photo inicates it was taken at the time of their wedding on Jan. 20th, 1885 in Knightsville, Indiana.
The funeral of John Thomas will be held this afternoon at 1:30 from the church at Marion.  Member of the I. O. O. F. lodge at Jefferson will officate.  The burial will take place at a Marion cemetery.
Oregon Statesman 8 May 1914 5:2
1859 – 1914
(shares marker with Elizabeth)
1870 OH CENSUS (Trumbull Co., Hubbard., FA #131)
1880 IN CENSUS (Clay Co., Van Buren, ED 226, pg 367C)
1900 OH CENSUS (Trumbull Co., Brookfield, ED 99, sheet 7B)
1910 MT CENSUS (Powell Co., Ophir, ED 77, sheet 14B)
OS 8 May 1914 5:2
SPACE: 49  

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