Thomas J. England
The life of Thomas J. England has been filled with some very interesting experiences. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has seen much of the world. For many years he has been engaged in farming in Madison township. Fayette county, Ohio, owning a fine farm of two hundred acres on the White Oak road near Cook Station. He is a man of great energy and ability and has been very successful as a tiller of the soil, ranking with the most progressive farmers of his township.
Thomas J. England, the son of Lorenzo and Sarah (Darby) England, was born May 24, 1851, in Ross county, Ohio, near Chillicothe. His father was born and reared in the same county and had a family of ten children. A.W., Alice, Demetrius. John. Thomas J., James. Scioto, Eftie, Emma and Ella. The last four children are deceased. Lorenzo was the son of John England, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a blacksmith by trade.
The education of Thomas J. England was received in the schools of Ross county and when he completed his education he was seized with a desire to see the world. The subject's son, Orie, then enlisted in the United States navy and first spent five months on the "Nevada,"' a training ship in Norfolk harbor. After completing his training he was assigned to the battleship "North Carolina"" and served for three years on this ship, during which time he saw considerable of the world.
Mr. England was married in 1881 to Elizabeth Roer. the daughter of Thomas R. and Francis (MacLean ) Roer. To this union there have been born six children: Charles, John M.. Ore T. and three who died in early childhood. Charles married Inez Parrett and has three children, Elloise, Thomas K. and Glenn. John M. is manager of the Standard Electric Company of Wilmington, Ohio. Ore T., the youngest son. is at home and is now managing the home farm.
Fraternally, Mr. England is a member of the Knights of Pythias, while his son. John M., is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The family are consistent members of the Presbyterian church in whose welfare they are deeply interested and to whose support they are liberal contributors.
From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)