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FLOWERS, THOMAS, was born in Rapho township, Lancaster county, Pa., May 5, 1830. He is a son of Henry and Catherine (Davis) Flowers. Henry Thomas was born in Berks county, Pa., and was a farmer. His wife was Catherine Davis, and was born in Lancaster county, Pa. They had twelve children, six of whom are living: John; Henry; Catherine, wife of Jacob Lehman; Jacob, Thomas, and Christian. Their deceased children are: Marian, died aged seventy-six; Fannie, deceased, was the wife of Daniel Messerman; Henrietta; and three who died in infancy. Mr. Henry Flowers died in July, 1856, aged seventy-five years; his wife died in 1847, at the age of fifty-five. They were members of the Catholic church. Both died in Lebanon county.

Thomas Flowers was educated partly in Lancaster and partly in Lebanon county; but his school advantages were limited. He left school young, and until he was eighteen years old was engaged in chopping wood at the Clearbrook furnace for Mr. Coleman, after which he was for three years engaged in farming. At the age of twenty-one he left Lebanon county and came to -Dauphin county, where he continued farming. After his marriage Mr. Flowers farmed for some time in Conewago township, and then bought a small farm near Campbellstown, Lebanon county, on which he lived for twelve years. Then for seven years he was engaged in farming at Chambers Hill, Swatara. township; thence he removed to Stoverdale, where he lived retired for seven years. In 1896 he purchased the large farm lately owned by J. Allwine, in Swatara township, where he has resumed the active life of the farmer. Thomas Flowers was married, at Hershey's church, August 15, 1855, to Miss Leah, daughter of Samuel and Barbara (Minich) Shoop. Their children are: Meno, and Leah, wife of Henry P. Etmoyer.

Mrs. Flowers was born April 6, 1832. Her parents were natives of Dauphin county, and were farmers. Three of their seven children are living: Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Crum, deceased; Leah, Mrs. Flowers; and Samuel. Their deceased children are: Polly, died April 28, 1894, aged seventy-three; Barbara, died February 2, 1854, aged twenty-three. Mr. Shoop, the father of Mrs. Flowers, died October 23, 1872, aged seventy-six years; and Mrs. Shoop died November 18, 1876, at the age of eighty; both died in Dauphin county.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001

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