On this day, 25 September 1784, Hans Michael Thomas passed away. He was my 6th great-grandfather.
Born 3 October 1719, in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Hans Michael Thomas was the son of Johannes (Hans) Michel Thomas and Anna Veronica Lang.
When he was ten and a half years old, Hans Michael Thomas, his parents, and siblings boarded the ship, Thistle of Glasgow, under the direction of Captain Colin Dunlop, and sailed from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Dover, England. There were 77 families or single persons on board for a total of 260 passengers. The ship departed Dover on 19 June 1730, bound for Philadelphia. On 29 August 1730, the Thistle of Glasgow arrived in the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, father Johann (Hans) Michel Thomas was ill on arrival; however, he was able to sign his name on List B of the 29 August 1730 qualification at the Philadelphia County Courthouse.
The Thomas Family left the Philadelphia area for the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area. They remained in Lancaster County for some time; however, the family eventually migrated to western Maryland (in the area of modern-day Washington County). The western portions of Maryland were incorporated into Prince George’s County in 1696. Over time, Prince George’s County was subdivided into six current counties. The first new county to be subdivided from Prince George’s County was Frederick County in 1748. Washington County was formed on 6 September 1776, by the division of Frederick County.
In 1742, Johann Michel Thomas is numbered among the first settlers in what would soon become Frederick County, Maryland.
In 1744, Hans Michael Thomas married Barbara Klopper (also spelled Clopper or Klotter) in what is now modern-day Washington County, Maryland.
Together, the couple would have nine known children. The first son was Johannes Thomas, born circa 1745. Son Jacob Thomas was born on 14 June 1747. (He was my 5th great-grandfather.) Their third child, Michael Thomas, was welcomed to the family on 3 March 1749. Son Christian Thomas was born in 1752. A daughter, Mary Ann Thomas, arrived in 1755. In 1757, son Peter Thomas was born. On 11 March 1761, the couple welcomed twins Conrad and George Thomas to their family. Their final known child was Gabriel Thomas, who arrived on 4 January 1768.
Sometime in early 1784, son Christian Thomas died. We know this because on 3 May 1784, Hans Michael Thomas wrote a codicil to his will, indicating that his son Christian had passed away.
A few months later, on 25 September 1784, Hans Michael Thomas himself died in Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland. Like his son, Christian, he was buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery, an early burial ground for the United Brethren Church.