Sylvester Thomas, Co. C, 6th Pennsylvania Reserves

Commemorative biographical record of northeastern Pennsylvania: including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early settled families by J.H. Beers & Co, 1900.

SYLVESTER THOMAS, now residing in Starrucca, is one of the representative citizens of Wayne county, where he has made his home since 185 1. He was born July 27, 183 1, in Orange county, N. Y., and belongs to a patriotic and loyal family, which has been well represented in the wars of this country. The Thomas family is of Irish origin, and its members have been prominently identified with the history of Sullivan county, N. Y. One of them lost a leg in battle with the Indians near Lackawack, New York.

William G. Thomas (our subject’s father), who was a soldier in the war of 1812, was born about 1796 in Orange county, N. Y., a son of John Thomas, also a native of that county. William G. married Miss Sarah Covart, of the same county, a daughter of James Covart. who when a lad of fifteen years joined the Continental army (hiring the R evolutionary war. and was with Gen. Washington when he crossed the Delaware river into Trenton, N. J. To Mr. and Mrs. William G. Thomas were born the following children: Margaret; Ira, who was killed in the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia; John, who was a Union soldier in the Civil war, and died’ in Kansas; Aaron; Sylvester; and Mary. Throughout his active business life the father followed “agricultural pursuits, and in politics was a Jacksonian Democrat. He died in 1849; his wife, who was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, departed this life in 1837.

In the country of his nativity Sylvester Thomas was reared and educated, and also learned the mason’s trade, at which he continued to work until the outbreak of the Civil war. He had come to Wayne county in 1851, and in May, 1861, enlisted in the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves, under Col. Wellington H. Ent, and Capt. John S. Wright. During his three years of arduous and faithful service, he participated in many important engagements, including the battle of Drainsville, the second battle of Bull Run, Bristoe Station, the seven-days’ fight, Gainesville, Bethsada Church, and Gettvshurg. When his term of enlistment expired, in 1864, he was honorably discharged, and returned to his home in Berlin township, Wayne county, where he continued to reside until his removal to Melrose, Penn., in 1875. Later he lived in Scott township, Wayne county, for a time, and then located in Starrucca, where for two years he engaged in the butchering business.

Mr. Thomas married Miss Eliza J. Brown, of Berlin township, Wayne county, a daughter of Richard and Anna Brown, in whose family were two sons, Mark and William, who were soldiers in the Civil war. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were born six children: Mrs. Amanda Marks; George R., now a resident of Lebanon township, Wayne county; John and Frank, of Scott township ; Ira, of Rotterdam, N. Y. ; and Angie I., wife of George Glover, of Starrucca. In the exercise of his elective franchise Mr. Thomas supports the principles of the Republican party, and takes quite an active and prominent part in political affairs. He has filled a number of local offices, being assistant burgess one term, constable three years, and assessor at the present time. Socially he is a member of Capt. Oliver Mumford Post, and in its early days was an energetic worker in the same.

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