Thomas, Gilbert L.

Born: 1825-07-03 Binghamton, New York

Died: 1914-03-05 Muscatine, Iowa

Flourished: 1849 to 1864 Tazewell County, Illinois

Gilbert L. Thomas was a resident of Chicago when he married Maria Logan in 1849. The pair moved to Pekin, Illinois, that same year, where Thomas worked as a druggist, stationer, and bookseller. He served as an alderman in Pekin in 1855. At the time of the 1860 census, Thomas described himself as a farmer. In 1862 he relocated to the nearby town of Washington and continued to work as a druggist. Thomas moved permanently to Iowa in 1864, living most of the remainder of his life in Columbus City. He was survived by five children.

U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Pekin, Tazewell County, IL, 108; History of Tazewell County Illinois (Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman, 1879), 614; William H. Grigsby to Lincoln & Herndon; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Tazewell County, IL, 86; The Muscatine Journal (IA), 10 March 1914, 6:7.