a successful dairyman and farmer of Delaware county, owning and operating one
hundred and twenty acres on sections 7 and 8, Delaware township, was born in
Somersetshire, England, January 17, 1842, a son of William and Sarah (Bryne)
Andrews, who were likewise natives of that country. The parents spent their
entire lives in their native land and both are deceased. They had a family of
four children but our subject is the only one living.
Thomas Andrews was reared and educated in the
land of his birth and after reaching mature years was there married to Miss
Elizabeth Bryne, a daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (Shepard) Bryne, who were
lifelong residents of England. Mrs. Andrews is the youngest in their family of
eleven children and only two of the number now survive.
It was in 1879 that Thomas Andrews and his wife
set sail for the United States, for he had heard reports from this country that
led him to believe that better opportunities waited him here than he could enjoy
in his native land. During the first two years after his arrival he lived in New
York but at the end of that period he made his way west, choosing Delaware
county, Iowa, as his destination. For six years he was employed by one man at
farm labor, and then rented the farm which he conducted for fifteen years.
During this period he saved his earnings and
eventually invested in his present farm, which is now a well improved property
and nothing is ever neglected which will add to the appearance or value of his
place. He gives much time to dairying, keeping good grades of stock for this
purpose. As previously stated, Mr. Andrews was married to Miss Elizabeth Bryne
prior to his emigration to America and this union has been blessed with one
daughter and three sons: Mary Ann, the wife of Tony Wassink, who makes her home
in Minnesota and who is the mother of four children; William, a resident farmer
of Buchanan county, Iowa, who is married and has five children; Francis, at
home; and John, who died when only a year old. Mr. Andrews gives his
political allegiance to the republican party. In all the relations of life his
actions have conformed to the highest standards and he is ever loyal to the best
interests of his adopted country.