Biography of David J. Thomas
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

DAVID J. THOMAS, son of the well known foundryman of Pittsburg [sic], was born in Pittsburg [sic] October 13, 1832, son of David D. and Rachel (Jones) Thomas, both of whom were natives of Wales and who came to America in 1832, bringing one child, Daniel, with them. The other two children were born in this country. They settled in Pittsburg [sic] immediately upon their arrival in this country. Before coming here, in his native country he had been engaged at farming and also followed the butcher's trade, but upon coming here he with others engaged in mining at Minersville, Pennsylvania, and subsequently at mines on the South Side, Pittsburg [sic], where he was an operator in mines until 1861.

Of his large family of children only three now survive. They are as follows: 1. David J., of this notice. 2. Reese, who now lives in Texas; he was in the Civil war, a member of Company B, One Hundred and Second Pennsylvania Volunteer. Regiment. He volunteered as a private at the first call, serving in the "three months' men," then re-enlisted and remained throughout the war. Mary, wife of John Stevens.

David J. Thomas, sen. of David D. and Rachel (Jones) Thomas, learned the trádè of a potter and followed the same until twenty one. years of age, when he engaged in the foundry business. In 1870 he engaged in this industry on his own account and is still pursuing it with much success He has ma& all 'he pOssesses by unceasing toil, frugality and industry of the type which always sndceeds in. this country.

He was united in marnage to Susana Edwards, born in 1833, and died in 1882. By this union were born five children, as follows: 1. Hannah, wife of Thomas D. Chantler, an attorney of Pittsburg [sic]; their children are: Mary, Everett Rachel and Drummond. 2 Margaret, wife of James G Strain, a ker of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Washington, Pennsylvania; their children are Margaret and James. 3. Catherine, Wife of Edward A. Spencer, and their children are: Edward Allen and Catherine Susanna. 4. Shalisha E. now a practicing physician in New York, unmarried. 5. Reba, wife of Joseph W. Adams, of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; their two children are John and David.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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