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John L. Thomas, Sr.

Male 1833 - 1914  (80 years)


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  • Name John L. Thomas 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 3 Apr 1833  Allegheny City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1840  Unity, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 26 Jan 1914  [1
    Merchant & Banker 
    Died 26 Jan 1914  521 Vine St, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Angina Pectoris; Arteriosclerosis 
    Buried 29 Jan 1914  Grandview Cemetery, 801 Millcreek Rd, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I34697  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 

    Father John Philip Thomas,   b. 11 Jan 1799, Stein, Sudliche Weinstrasse, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1879, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Maria Elisabetha Memmer,   b. 26 Dec 1802, Stein, Sudliche Weinstrasse, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1887, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 15 Nov 1824  Gossersweiler, Sudliche Weinstrasse, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Documents
    1840 U.S. Census
    1840 U.S. Census
    PA, Westmoreland, Unity, P. 172, George Joseph Memmer & J. Philipp Thomas families(1 of 2)
    1840 U.S. Census
    1840 U.S. Census
    PA, Westmoreland, Unity, P. 172, George Joseph Memmer & J. Philipp Thomas families (2 of 2)
    Family ID F6695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Reighart Griffith,   b. 27 Apr 1833, Jenner, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1916, 521 Vine St, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1860  Jenner, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. William R. Thomas, Sr.,   b. 3 Mar 1860, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1932, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
    +2. James Philip Thomas,   b. 10 May 1863, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1929, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     3. Anne Thomas,   b. Abt 1865, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Died in infancy  [natural]
    +4. Harry Dick Thomas,   b. 6 Mar 1867, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1954, Lee Hospital, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
    +5. Warren Berkley Thomas,   b. 23 Feb 1870, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1947, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     6. Charles B. Thomas,   b. 24 Mar 1872, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1937, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
    +7. Katherine C. Thomas,   b. 8 Dec 1874, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1964, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
    +8. John J. Thomas, Jr.,   b. 2 Feb 1876, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1940  (Age > 65 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F13041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1840 - Unity, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Feb 1860 - Jenner, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Angina Pectoris; Arteriosclerosis - 26 Jan 1914 - 521 Vine St, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 29 Jan 1914 - Grandview Cemetery, 801 Millcreek Rd, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963
    1914-01-26 John Thomas Sr.

  • Notes 
    • From History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania

      John Thomas, third son and child of John Philip Thomas and Eliza-
      beth Memor, his wife, founder and head of the mercantile house of John
      Thomas & Sons, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, one of the organizers and
      present president of the Johnstown Trust Company, and withal one of
      the foremost business men of Cambria county, is a native of Allegheny
      City, Pennsylvania, born on the 3rd of April, 1833. His young life was
      spent on his father's farm, where he was brought up to work, and he
      was sent to the common schools of the township and there acquired a
      good elementary education. At the age of eighteen he started out for
      himself and from that time has made his own way in life. In the begin-
      ning his capital consisted of a good physical constitution and a determina-
      tion to succeed, and this he invested to good advantage when he worked
      for a year and a half on the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad
      east of Greensburg. In 1852 he came to Johnstown and learned a good
      trade, that of plasterer, and worked at it steadily for thirteen years.

      Of frugal habits he saved his wages during these years of hard work
      as a mechanic, and with that as a money capital he started a general store
      in 1865 in a little sixteen by thirty feet building on Main street in Johns-
      town, which then was considered quite an enterprise, but which now
      would be regarded as hardly a fractional part of the great department
      store of John Thomas & Sons, which stands on the same site and is in
      fact the outgrowth of the venture of forty or so years ago, and which
      some men in Johnstown then said was a doubtful undertaking for the
      young mechanic. But Mr. Thomas himself did not take the same view
      of affairs, and went straight forward, adding to his stock and increasing
      the size of his establishment until he became proprietor of one of the
      largest mercantile houses between Pittsburg and Philadelphia. As his
      sons came to their majority they were taken into the partnership, and
      for many years the firm name of John Thomas & Sons has been well
      known in all business circles in southern Pennsylvania. The destructive
      flood of 1889 damaged the building and much of the stock and en-
      tailed a loss to the firm of more than one hundred thousand dollars, but
      after the excitement of the period had passed, there still remained abun-
      dant capital with which to rebuild and restock on a larger scale of opera-
      tion than ever before.

      Besides the business house of which he is the head, Mr. Thomas for
      many years has been variously identified with other interests of Johns-
      town and Cambria county. At one time he was president of the Citizens'
      National Bank. He was one of the founders of the Johnstown Trust
      Company and succeeded Mr. C. S. Price as president of that institution.
      He also has extensive real estate and coal interests. His capacity
      as a business man has been fully shown in his success during the last
      fifty years of his active life, and in all business circles he enjoys the
      reputation of being a man of the highest integrity and moral worth.
      For more than forty years he has been a member of the United Brethren
      Church, and throughout that period has served in various official capaci-
      ties in the church and its society.

      On the 9th of February, 1850, John Thomas married Mrs. Mary
      Griffith, daughter of William and Lucinda (Reighart) Griffith, and widow
      of the late Isaac Griffith, of Somerset, Pennsylvania. William Griffith
      was born in Bedford county, and his wife, Lucinda Reighart, was also
      born there. By her first marriage Mrs. Griffith had one son, Isaac Grif-
      fith, who is now head bookkeeper of the firm of John Thomas & Sons.

      Children of John Thomas and Mary Griffith, his wife: 1. William, mar-
      ried Nettie Brenheiser. 2. James Philip, married Elizabeth Siter. 3.
      Anne died in infancy. 4. Harry, married Susan Groff, now deceased;
      married, second, Emma Keiper. 5. Warren, married Elnora Dibble, now
      deceased; married, second, Edith Creamer. 6. Charles, married Kath-
      erine Brinker. 7. Catherine, married Richard Kumler, and lives in
      Dayton, Ohio. 8. John, Jr., married Martha Newcomb of Westerville,
      Ohio.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S605] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963.

    2. [S807] Storey, Henry Wilson, History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, b4223134., 3, 751.

    3. [S225] 1840 U.S. Census, PA, Westmoreland, Unity, P172.

    4. [S301] Familienregister zu den Kirchenb├╝chern der Katholischen Pfarrei Gossersweiler 1806-1875, Bernhard Braun, (Name: Pirmasenser Arbeitsgemeinschaft f├╝r Familienforschung; Location: Pirmasens, Germany; Date: 2005;), Family 2083.