1. John Meredith1 Thomas(5255) was born in Medina Co, Ohio February 1841.
He married twice. He married Tobitha Ellis in Appanoose, Iowa, May 23, 1861. Tobitha was born in Indiana 1847. Tobitha died about 1890. He married Mary Elizabeth Lenegar in VanBuren Co, Iowa, October 16, 1894. Mary was born in Snyder Mill, KY October 31, 1850. Mary(5256) was the daughter of Runnels Lenegar and Catherine Sellers. Mary died January 16, 1933 in Keosauqua, Van Buren Co, IA, at 82 years of age. She is buried in Bethel Cemetery, VanBuren Co, Iowa On February 17th, 1892, Mary E. Godown resident of Leando, VanBuren Co, Iowa aged 42 years, applied for war pention. Her husband Thomas died in Leando, Iowa of Broncitis disease of the throat and lungs and heart.
In the 1930 census Jackson Twp, VanBuren Co Iowa page 238, Mary Thomas (age 79, widow) is recorded with John Robison (age 69) his wife Ella (age 61), J.Wilber (age 40), and Mary (age 34). John is a farmer born in Ohio. In the 1870 census Des Moines, Van Buren Co, Iowa page 228, John (age 29) is recorded with his wife Tobitha (age 23), and William (age 1). John is a farm hand probably helping out on the Daniel Thomas (age 66) farm right next door.
In the 1880 census Des Moines, Van Buren Co, Iowa page 513, John (age 38) is recorded with his wife Tobitha (age 33), William (age 11), John (age 9), Elias (age 6), George (age 3), and Cemathy (age 1). John is a farmer.
In the 1900 census VanBuren Twp, VanBuren Co Iowa page 134, John (age 59) is recorded with Mary (age 49), William (age 31), John (age 29), and Louis (age 15). They have been married for 5 years. Mary has had 8 children with 5 living at the time of the census. John works in a Livery Barn.
In the 1910 census Market Street VanBuren Twp, VanBuren Co Iowa page 151, John (age 69) is recorded with Mary (age 60). They have been married for 16 years. Mary has had 5 children. John is a Livery Barn Manager.
John Meredith Thomas and Tobitha Ellis had the following children:
2 i. William D2 Thomas was born Iowa August 1868.
3 ii. John W Thomas was born Iowa November 1870.
4 iii. Elias Thomas was born Iowa 1874.
5 iv. George Thomas was born Iowa 1877.
6 v. Cemathy Thomas was born Iowa 1879.
7 vi. Louis R Thomas was born Iowa July 1884.
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