JOHN THOMAS, an active and enterprising agriculturist, is a native of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, born in Fairfield Township, April 22, 1841, a son of WILLIAM THOMAS, one of the old and respected pioneers who is still a resident of the county. When the subject of this sketch was an infant his father removed with his family from Fairfield to Tippecanoe Township, and here he was reared to manhood. He enlisted in the war of the Rebellion in February 1865, in Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Indiana Infantry, serving until the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge and returned to his home.
He was married April 4, 1866, to MISS ARMINTA SHAW, a daughter of HIRAM SHAW, and a granddaughter of JOHN SHAW, who came from Henry County, Indiana, to this county in 1828, and entered the whole of section 4, Burnett Reserve, Tippecanoe Township. Here JOHN SHAW and wife made their home until their death. They reared five children--MARGARET, JAMES, SOLOMON, MAHALA and HIRAM.
HIRAM SHAW was born in Henry County, and was but a boy when brought by his parents ot this county. He married FINETTA PATTERSON, and to them were born nine children, seven of whom yet survive--ARMINTA, JAMES O., MELVIN F., FRANK M., and JOHN H. ALBERT and ALICE P. are deceased.
MR. and MRS. THOMAS are the parents of three children--EVERETT P., DORA E. and MINNIE G. After his marriage MR. THOMAS settled on his father's homestead, on section 17, Tippecanoe County[sic], and cared for his father until his death. In 1882 he removed to Warren County, remaining there one year, when he returned to Tippecanoe County, and located on his present farm in Tippecanoe Township, which is known as the SHAW homestead. He has a pleasant home, and is the owner of a well improved farm of ninety-six acres, the entire surroundings of the place showing him to be a thorough, practical farmer. He is a member of the Grand Army post at Battle Ground. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party. MR. THOMAS is one of Tippecanoe County's representative men, and always takes an active part in whatever tends to the best interests of the community in which he lives.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 720-721
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888