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Who were the ancestors of Peter Thomas?

Peter Thomas was born in 1822 or 1823, probably in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  In the early 1850s, he moved to Butler County, PA. According to the accounts of his 50th wedding anniversary, he came with his parents.  However, I have not been able to find any record of them in the 1860 Butler County Census.  I have also not been able to connect him to anyone in the Wilkes-Barre area in 1850 or earlier. His death certificate names his parents as Nathaniel Thomas & Nancy Lutz, but I have found no census records for a Nathaniel that would match the family situation in 1830.

Peter married Sarah Dufford, a woman of German descent, which raises the possibility that his ancestors were also German, not English or Irish, as I had previously thought. Of their children, Philip is named after Sarah's father and Elizabeth after Sarah's mother. No Nancy or Nathaniel to be found. Considering the order of their children's births, this would make George or James a good candidate as a name for Peter's (step)father if his parents died early.

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Updated: 2008-01-15