Obituary – Uriah Thomas
Contributed to Genealogy Pit Stop
By Jayson A. Smith
THE VALLEY ECHO
Volume XI #13 Page 1 [pages aren’t numbered]
East Palestine, Ohio
August 2, 1888 [Thursday]
DEATH OF URIAH THOMAS
Another Prominent Pioneer Passed Away
We learn with sorrow of the death of Uriah Thomas, the noted pioneer, at his home in Middleton Township, on Tuesday.
The remains were buried near Mt. Zion church on Thursday, and the funeral was attended by a very large number of neighbors and members of the G. A. R., of which order he was an honored member.
Uriah Thomas was an exceptionally intelligent and energetic man in his time, and preserved his powers to a ripe age. He aided in organizing the Pioneer society of Columbiana County, and contributed much valuable history and relics.
He was also a member of Co. C. 104th Regiment O. V. Although too old for duty, he persisted in following the company and was finally enlisted as forage master, where he did much valuable service. He was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. The news of his heath is too meager to give a complete account of his death, but he has been a sufferer for years from diseases of the kidneys and it is presumed this was the cause of his demise.
[NOTE: Uriah’s death record is at the Columbiana County Court House at Lisbon. It states that he died August 1, 1888…aged 75 years 1 month 16 days. Using this information his date of birth is calculated to be on June 16, 1813. His date of death, August 1, 1888, falls on a Wednesday, not a Tuesday as listed in one of his obituaries.]