Thomas W. De Lancey devotes his time to the operation of a farm of two hundred
and one acres in Milo township, which he owns, and is one of the native sons of
the county who has achieved success here. He was born on the 6th of February,
1876, his parents being David and Margaret (Wilson) De Lancey. The mother was
born in Ireland and came to the United States with her parents many years ago.
Further details concerning the family may be found in the sketch of William
Wilson, which appears elsewhere in this work. Mrs. De Lancey was married in this
county and became the mother of eight children, four of whom died in childhood.
Those living are: Mary S., the wife of James Starr, a resident of Woonsocket,
South Dakota; Gertrude A., who married S. K. Peters and also resides in
Woonsocket; David Ellsworth, a resident of Woonsocket; and Thomas W., of this
review. Both Mr. and Mrs. David De Lancey are living and make their home in
Woonsocket. During his active life the father was a farmer.
Thomas W. De Lancey was educated in the public schools and when a young man of
twenty-one years began his business career. He cultivated rented land for four
years and then purchased one hundred and sixty acres in South Dakota, farming
that place for one year. He then sold his quarter section and rented land for
three years, after which he bought three hundred and twenty acres near
Woonsocket and farmed there for two years, after which he sold his land and
returned to this county, buying two hundred and one acres on section 28, Milo
township. It is well located, being but six and a half miles from the county
seat, and is in all respects a desirable property. Mr. De Lancey raises graded
stock extensively and the sale of his cattle and hogs adds materially to his
income. He is always willing to adopt any new method that promises to increase
his efficiency and is recognized as one of the alert and enterprising
agriculturists of the county.
Mr. De Lancey was married on the 30th of November, 1899, to Miss Nellie Peters,
a daughter of Harry and Rose (Connor) Peters, and they, now have five children,
Dorin D., Harry, Edith, Cecil and Donald, all at home.
Mrs. De Lancey is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. De Lancey is a republican
in his political allegiance and at present is township trustee, which office he
has held for four years. While in South Dakota he was trustee of his township
and was also president of the school board. He has ably served as school
director in his district in Milo township and is at all times heartily in favor
of improving whenever possible the public school system. His untiring industry
and his excellent judgment have been rewarded by material prosperity, and the
honesty and integrity which have characterized his life have gained him the full
confidence and respect of his fellow citizens.