Thomas was raised in Overton. He was the oldest of 4 children, with his sister Effie being 2 years younger, brother William being almost 8 years younger and brother Charles being 18 years younger. The amount of schooling he received is not known but his education level is listed as being able to read and write.2
Thomas with Grandchildren (1929)While her father arrived in 1881, Emma arrived at the age of 5 with her mother in 1883, two years after her father.3 It was very common for married men to arrive by themselves and work to establish a new life prior to the arrival of their wife and children. The Beieler family had officially settled in Wayne county, Ohio by 1888 when father John was naturalized.4
Emma grew up in Wayne county, Ohio and again, her amount of schooling isn’t exactly known but she was able to read and write and is noted as being able to speak French & English.
Thomas and Emma started out their lives together living in Smithville Village in Green, Wayne, Ohio where they rented a home and Thomas worked as a Day Laborer.6 Emma gave birth to two sons, Welker & Glenford, while they were living in Smithville.
By 15 Jan 1920, Tom & Emma were living at 658 Belmont Ave. in Wooster, OH with their children Welker & Glenford. Tom was no longer farming and was back to work as a machinist in the machine manufacturing industry.8
Emma wrote in her day book that on the 16 Nov 1924 Tom suffered a stroke in Wooster, Wayne, Ohio. He would recover, however Tom and Emma spent the next few years moving between relative’s houses while nursing Tom back to health.9
Funeral Notice in Wooster Daily Record (1944)By 03 Apr 1930, Tom and Emma were living at 646 Nold Ave. in Wooster with his mother Catharine, who he’s charging $15 rent. Tom has recovered by this time and lists that he is working as a farmer and machinist for own business while Emma is working as Servant for a private residence.10
Tom passed away on 9 Dec 1944 in Wooster at the age of 73 years old after 2 weeks of heart trouble. He had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease just over two years prior and that was determined to be the official cause of death.1 He was buried on 12 Dec 1944 at the Overton Church of God Cemetery (5575 Mechanicsburg Road) in Wooster, OH.11
A No current footnotes to add to Thomas at the moment.