Sylvester  Thomas

          Sylvester Thomas  was born in Marion Township, March 1, 1827, being the sixth in a family of ten children, born to  William  and  Mary (Reece) Thomas,  who were natives of Maryland and Virginia, respectively.  They emigrated to Indiana and Shelby County in the spring of 1821, and settled in what is now Marion Township; they continued residents of this county until their deaths, the father dying in 1836, the mother in 1845. Our subject after his father's death lived with his brother-in-law for three years.  He worked around in the neighborhood, receiving a common school education such as was to be obtained in the primitive log school-houses of those days.  February, 1848, his marriage with  Colista Kitchel  was solemnized, and to their union eight children have been born:  Jane, now  Mrs. Leander BillmanMary, wife of  Leander FortinerMilretta,  consort of  Alvin MyerRebecca,  wife of  Gilbert HartlessEllen,  now  Mrs. John Vought*Laura,  wife of  Douglas HouseAlbert,  who married  Alice Engle,  and  George.  Mr. Thomas has always made farming his occupation, and has been quite successful.  He now owns 660 acres of well improved land, all the accumulation of his own industry and good management.  In politics he is a Republican.  Mrs. Thomas was also a native of Shelby County, the daughter of  Percy and Mary (Fox) Kitchel.  She was born in 1824.
Brant and Fuller's  History of Shelby County, Indiana,  1887,  "Marion Township Sketches", p.712.
Submitted by Anne Ruby

Note from Anne:  Colistia Kitchel  was the daughter of  Piercy Kitchell  and  Mary (Polly) Butler  m. June 4, 1823, Shelby Co. Indiana.

* Also spelled Vaught

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