Monday, January 28, 2013

1880s Photo of Francis Marion Thomas & Wife Ann (Bishop) Thomas of Malvern, Iowa

Cabinet Photograph of a married couple identified on the reverse as F. M. and Ann Bishop Thomas.  The photograph was taken by the McGregor studio of Malvern, Iowa.

For a clue as to the date the photograph was taken, Ann (Bishop) Thomas died on 26 June 1888, so I'm dating it to the 1880s.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome!]

Francis Marion Thomas was born 24 May 1831 in Rush County, Indiana, the son of James and Elizabeth (Thornberry) Thomas, who were born in Kentucky and Tennessee respectively.

F. M.'s paternal grandparents were Ephraim and Elizabeth Thomas.  His maternal grandparents were Richard and Agnes (Asher) Thornberry.

On 16 November 1854 at Albia, Iowa, F. M. married Ann Bishop, daughter of Samuel Dennis Bishop and Huldah (Daniels) Bishop, who were born in Connecticut and New York respectively.  Ann was born 25 October 1834 at Bedford, Indiana.

Ann's paternal grandparents were Nathaniel and Mary (Covert) Bishop.  As for her maternal grandparents, I found conflicting sets online, so I will leave that to a knowledgeable reader who will hopefully leave a comment.

F. M. and Ann farmed at Malvern, Iowa.  Several of their children died young, but at least three lived to adulthood.

As mentioned above, Ann (Bishop) Thomas died on 26 June 1888 at Malvern, Iowa.  Francis Marion Thomas died 3 May 1917 at Trenton, Nebraska, where he had moved to live with his son.

If you have corrections to the information above, or additions to it, please leave a comment or contact me directly.   Thanks!

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