Frederick Thoma a native of
Bavaria, Germany, was born June 24, 1832. In 1847 he
embarked at Havre de Grace, France, for America, and
landed at New York. He worked at the boot and shoe trade
with his uncle in Ohio eleven months, then came to
Clayton County and located in Garnavillo. In 1866 he left
Garnavillo and settled on section 9, Grand Meadow
Township, where he owns 440 acres of fine farming land.
He was married on the 13th of October, 1855, to Catharine
Pooch *. She is of German nativity, born Sept. 27, 1835.
Their union has been blessed with seven children--
George, born Feb. 27, 1859; Anna, Jan. 26, 1861; Maggie,
June 17, 1864; Conrad, Jan. 5, 1869; Savina, April 10,
1872; Frederick, Sept. 20, 1874; and John, Jan. 24, 1877.
Anna married Charles Schultz, and resides in Grand Meadow
Township. The family are members of the Lutheran church.
Mr. Thoma votes the Democratic ticket.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 835-836
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