Allen  Thomas

          Allen Thomas, a prominent farmer of Addison Township, is a native of Marion Township, this county, where he was born, August 15, 1824, being the fourth son of a family of ten children, born to  William and Mary (Reece) Thomas, who were natives of Maryland and Ohio, respectively.  They were among the early settlers of the county, having come about 1818.  They remained residents of this county until their death.  Allen remained with his parents until they both died, which took place when he was about fifteen years of age.  He was thus early thrown upon his own resources, and had to fight his own way in the world.  He received such an education as was to be afforded in the log school-houses which then existed. February 17, 1848, his marriage with Nancy Hewitt was solemnized.  To them were born two children, one only now living,  Martha J. Parker.  About six years later, Mr. Thomas suffered the bereavement of losing his wife.  November 10, 1854,  marriage with  Rebecca Nail, daughter of  Samuel Nail, was celebrated.  To the latter union have been born eleven children, seven of whom are now alive:  Samuel, who married  Marietta Hankins,  Nancy A., unmarried,  Alice, wife of  George SandersDora,  Charles,  Augustus  and  Zella.  Farming, with the exception of a few years, has been Mr. Thomas' business.  Those few years excepted, were spent in the grain business in Fairland, Ind.  He has been very successful, and now owns one of the finest and most valuable farms in Shelby County, comprising about 250 acres.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.  In politics, Mr. Thomas is a Republican.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Addison [Township] Sketches," page 601-602.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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