Joseph Thomas, Co. H, 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. By J. H. Battle. Philadelphia, PA., Chicago, Ill: A. Warner & Co., Publishers, 1887.

JOSEPH THOMAS, M.D., banker, P.O. Quakertown, president of the Quakertown National bank, was born in New Britain township, Bucks county, June 13, 1829, and is the great-grandson of Albin Thomas, a native of Wales, who emigrated to this state at an early day and located to Plumstead township. His son Albin succeeded him and located at Danborough, and to him was born Elias, the father of our subject. He married Sarah, daughter of Frederick Snyder. The fruit of the union was Joseph, who was reared to farming and left home at the age of seventeen, having received the best school advantages offered. He soon began teaching which vocation he followed until 1854, when he began the study of medicine. He was graduated in 1856 from the University of Pennsylvania, and began the practice of his profession in Applebachsville, Haycock township, six miles from Quakertown, when he continued until 1861, when he organized a company and was commissioned captain, and assigned to the Pennsylvania Reserve corps. In the autumn of 1862 he was appointed surgeon of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was subsequently made surgeon-in-chief of the field hospital, which position he held until the close of the war. On his return to peaceful pursuits he located at Applebachsville, where he remained until 1866, when he was appointed assistant assessor of internal revenue, and removed to Quakertown. In 1871 he organized the Quakertown Savings bank and was appointed its cashier, and in 1877 when the bank was closed, as an evidence of its successful management, after paying all the liabilities of the institution, there was a residue left, paying the share-holders $4.00 for ever $1.00 invested. The Quakertown National bank, with a capital of $100,000, was then organized and established, and since its organization Mr. Thomas has been its President. Politically he is a republican, and in 1878 was elected to the state senate by a majority of four hundred and fifty. April 3, 1861, he married Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Elias (Fluck) Ott. They have one son Byron, who is teller in the bank. The doctor has been a successful business man and while he has partially retired, yet has his capital judiciously invested, and is at the enjoyment of his home and family. He has given considerable attention to ornithology and natural history. He is past master of Quakertown lodge, No. 512, A. Y. M.: also a member of the Chapter of Commandery; of the I.O.O.F., No. 714; of Peter Lyste post, 145, G.A.R.; and also of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

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