Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Thomas, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO

>From "History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Published 1881, St. Joseph
Steam Printing Company, Printers, Binders, Etc., St. Joseph, Missouri.

Robert H. Thomas was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1839. In
1844, his father, Robert B. Thomas, moved to Jackson County, Missouri,
and thence in 1846 to Buchanan County, where he bought a farm and
raised his family to work. The county being new, the facilities for
obtaining an education were limited. Robert H., however, succeeded
in obtaining a common school education. His father is one of the re-
spected old settlers of the county, and was married to Miss Mary Ann
Ewalt, of an old and highly respected family of Bourbon County, Ken-
tucky. Not long since he moved to Platte County, Missouri, where he
purchased a fine farm. Robert H., married in 1863, Miss Rebecca
Foster, daughter of Thomas Foster, Esq., of Platte County. They have
six children: Amon, John W., Emma, Henry L., Franklin Everett and
Kelley. Mr. Thomas purchased a farm of 160 acres in Crawford Town-
ship, and for the past fifteen or twenty years has been improving this
property and dealing largely in live stock. In 1880, he was elected
by a large majority Sherrif of Buchanan County, a position the duties
of which he continues to discharge with ability.

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