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Thomas, J. M.

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Thomas, J. M.
March 04, 2007 04:56PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 803.
[Bourbon County] [Paris and Precinct]

J. M. THOMAS, dealer in lumber and general merchandise, Paris; was born
at Flat Rock, Bourbon County, Ky., Sept. 5, 1833. He was named James
after his maternal grandfather and Mason after the family of his
maternal grandmother. The father of our subject, Esquire David Thomas,
died when J. M. was but fourteen years old, and the lad being delicate,
he was not forced in his studies, but had a natural fondness for books.
He received the rudiments of his education training under Hugh B. Todd
at his academy in Mt. Sterling. He began housekeeping before he was
eighteen years of age, and joined the Christian Church about the same
time. In July 1853, he married Annie E. Rogers, the youngest child and
only daughter of Esquire William Rogers of Cambridge, and settled at
Cambridge where he lived as a farmer until the war, when, his sympathies
being with the South, he raised a company and entered the service of
the Confederate States. He and company were under Generals Humphrey
Marshall and John S. Williams until they were mustered out, some two
years after entering the service; was in several engagements in Kentucky
and Virginia. After being mustered out in 1862 and returning home, he
went to Canada, where his family joined him; remained in Canada in the
lumber business, in Windsor, until 1866, when he returned to Paris, where
he has continued in the lumber, general merchandising, and manufacturing
and building interests. Mr. Thomas has always thrown his influence on
the side of religion, education and the material interests of his native
county. He has five children living; William Rogers, Richard Philemon,
Robert Lee, Mary Windsor and Baby Tom. Mr. Thomas is an elder of the
church of which he is a member, superintendent of the Sunday-school, and
chairman of the city Board of Education
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