Thomas Wilgus, farmer; P. O. Conover; born in New Jersey, Sept. 18, 1807; is a son of William and Mary (Wright) Wilgus, natives of New Jersey; the grandfather, Samuel, was also a native of New Jersey, and the grandmother, McCabe, was of Irish descent. William was born Feb. 29,1776; he and his wife and family removed from New Jersey and came down the Ohio River, landing at a point near Cincinnati June 9, 1815. The, subsequently, located in Warren Co. where they lived and died; he departing this life March 9, 1866, being 90 years of age and his wife in Sept., 1843. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom seven are living. viz., Thomas, William, James, Daniel (now living in Xenia, Ohio), Mary (now Mrs. Joseph Nedry, living in Warren Co.), Lydia (now Widow Dunham, living in Illinois), and Harriet (now Mrs. Sabin, living in Warren Co). Mr. Wilgus, our subject, was united in marriage Oct. 29, 1830 with Anna Hunt, daughter of John and Jane (Phillips) Hunt, natives of South Carolina and early settlers of Ohio; they had three children, now all deceased; Anna, the wife of Mr. Wilgus, departing this life Oct. 29, 1834. Mr. Wilgus and wife had two children - John H. and Mary (now Mrs. J. Babb). June 16, 1836, our subject was united in marriage with Hannah Robinson, daughter of Richard and Lydia Robinson, natives of New Jersey. By this marriage, Thomas and wife had four children, of whom three are living - William, Michael R. and Thomas. Mr. Wilgus, after his first marriage, lived in Warren County two years, then moved to Miami County on the place where he now resides; this farm, upon which only 25 acres were cleared when he located, with a log cabin, in which they lived for several years, now has 130 acres in cultivation; in 1855 he erected a large frame house, which enabled them to live in comfort; in 1862, his fine house was destroyed by fire but, with his accustomed energy and industry, he went to work and in a short time erected his present large house; at about the same time, he purchased 250 acres of land adjoining his farm on the south; constituting a farm of 570 acres of excellent land; this he has accumulated by his own labor and industry. Mr. Wilgus and wife have been members of the M. E. Church for twenty-five years.
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