I am looking for additional information on Thomas Earl, my gggrandfather.
My grandmother was Vernice Lucille Earl (b. 1/17/1900, Elkhart, Indiana; d. 4/17/1977, Culver, Marshall, Indiana).She married Millard Hosimer, 9/16/1916.
Her father was Thomas Richard Earl, (b. ~1859 , New York or Indiana; d. 1/12/1933, Wakarusa,Elkhart, Indiana).He married Julia Ann Holderead 11/7/1880.Their children are Vernice, Chester (1894), Edward (1895), Ella (1899), Nina (1890), Norman (1904), and Pearl (1897)
His father was Thomas Earl, (b. Dec 1831 or 1830, England; d. 1/27/1918, Wakarusa, Elkhart, Indiana).He married Mary Ann Stevenson of Sussex, England, about 1857.Their children are Thomas R., William O., Wallace U., Everisseand Edward.
He was the subject of this obituary in the Wakarusa Tribune.http://www.wakarusa.lib.in.us/historical/OBITdetail.asp?item=101788http://www.wakarusa.lib.in.us/historical/OBITdetail.asp?item=101788
I would very much like to know more about Thomas.He seems to have spent most of his life in Indiana (found in census of 1860, 70, 80, 1910), but may have also lived in New York State when he first immigrated.If you are a descendent or know anything about him or Maryann, please let me know.
Source Date: Thursday, February 07, 1918
Source(s): The Wakarusa Tribune
"The subject of this sketch was born near London, England, in 1830.He was one of the youngest of a large family and unfortunately he lost his father by death in his babyhood.The big family and the meager supply of earthly goods, previously accumulated, his mother was forced to part with him, placing him in a home for the poor.His mother was not the only one who suffered pain from this separation from her child, but he also endured hardship, as shown by the fact that as soon as he felt himself to be old enough to make his own way in life, he ran away, that he might be responsible for his own success or failure.He made a mistake, however, in selecting the proper time for such an adventure, since he left the farm in the fall and found it was impossible to succeed in the winter alone.He was thus compelled to return of his own accord.
After an elapse of a period of time, he again, being impelled by an indomitable will and indetermination to win for himself, left the poor farm in the same way, but this time never to return.That was a new epoch in his life, as from that day, without the aid of mother, father or state, he walked thru life cutting his own path thru dense forests and meeting the obstacles which has not infrequently crossed his path, as only the pioneer settlers of our land have been able to do.
He remained in England until about his 21st year, when at the suggestion of a friend, he decided to sail to America.The fact that he studied over the matter but one day before he prepared to sail, reveals quite clearly a characteristic phase of his life.All who knew him testify that he was firm in his decision and was not easily moved by opposition.
He spent practically all of his time after his 21st year in the States, although he crossed the ocean five times.
He was married to Mary Ann Stevenson of Sussex, England, about 1857, and to this union was born five children, Thomas R., William O., Wallace U., Everisse Edward.Three of which survive, Thomas R., Wallace U., Everisse.
His wife preceded him to her heavenly abode, in 1903.He was united in marriage the second time to Sarah Goss of Nappanee, in 1907, she also preceded to the eternal home in 1915.
After an unusual life, having endured the hardships of a good soldier, acquitting himself nobly as a soldier, acquitting himself nobly as a pioneer and to whom this and all following generations must give thanks for the purchase price of their freedom and advantages paid by this class of men, who stand alone.
He died at his home, Sunday, Jan. 27, 1818, aged 87 years.
Funeral conducted by Rev. P. V. Harris at Christian church, Wednesday forenoon.Interment at North Union.
Feb. 7, 1918"