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Thomas, William H.

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Thomas, William H.
March 04, 2007 05:01PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 494.
[Bourbon County] [Paris City and Precinct]

WILLIAM H. THOMAS, farmer and distiller; P. O. Paris, born in Middletown
precinct, Jan. 20, 1818; son of George Thomas, who was born Aug, 7, 1798,
in Bourbon County; he was a son of Moses and Elizabeth (Whaley) Thomas,
both of Virginia, to whom were born: James, Mary, Annie, GEorge, Elizabeth,
Robert, Harry and Sallie, all of whom lived to be grown. The mother of
W. H. was Susan Strode, born in Middletown, daughter of James Strode.
W. H. was the eldest of his father's children; James, Elizabeth, Alfred
B. were next in order; James resides in Saline County, Mo.; is a farmer;
Elizabeth resides in Missouri, wife of F. M. Hutchinson; Alfred B.
married Mattie Talbot, and resides in this county; George W. is a farmer
and resides in Oregon; W. H. was brought up a farmer; on Dec. 1, 1838,
he married Nancy Keller, born March 5, 1821, in this precinct; she is a
daughter of Captain Abram Keller, who commanded a company in the war of
1812; he married Margaret Anderson, daughter of William, who married a
daughter of Colonel Hinkson. Abram Keller was born 1777, in
Pennsylvania, son of Solomon, the Indian fighter. In 1844, Mr. Thomas
settled on the James Talbot farm, where he remained until 1849, when he
located on the farm he now owns, call the Jacob Spear's farm. Mr. Thomas
began on nothing; his wife had twenty-five acres of land; he now owns
700 acres and a distillery, which he has been running since 1851. The
house Mr. Thomas resides in, was built by Thomas Metcalf, who after
became Governor of the State. The father of W. H. died March 22, 1852;
he was a race-horse man, and carried on farming; he at one time owned
two of the fastest horses in Kentucky; "Brown Kitty" was one of the most
celebrated. Mr. Thomas has four children living, viz: Keller, Doniphan,
Ida G. and George. Margaret died 1858; she was the wife of John B.
Talbott; she left one daughter, Nannie, who married John C. Morris; Anna
deceased, she married T. W. Anderson; Clay died at twenty-four years
of age in 1878.
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