Hans Michael Thomas

Schifferstadt Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

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.

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  1. John Frederick Thomas 3rd

    Very interesting these are also my great grandparents

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  2. Robert Thomas

    Salem United Methodist Church is actually the third church, being built on Main Street in 1870.


  3. Robert Thomas

    Do you have any Revolutionary War records on Jacob Thomas, our 5th great-grandfather? Any records when the Thomases left Lancaster for the Frederick, MD area?

    My wife and I just visited the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Keedysville. With the aid of a map of this cemetery from the Salem United Methodist Church, we were able to identify about ten Thomases buried there, included Jacob and Susanna Thomas (our 5th great-grandparents). We had previous photos of their tombstones, but I never had seen a clear map of this cemetery until now. (We had visited Mt Hebron in 2010 with not much success then.)

    Where did your side of the family (from George Thomas, your 4th great-grandfather) eventually settle?


  4. Howdy cousin! Nice to “meet” you. Through which child of Jacob do you descend? My 4th great-grandfather was Jacob’s son, George Thomas (1893-1957).

    Some places that might have additional records on our family are the Washington County Historical Society kinship Family Heritage Research Center, http://www.washcomdhistoricalsociety.org/research-center.php; the Washington County Free Library, http://www.washcolibrary.org/?q=genealogy; the Western Maryland Historical Library, http://www.whilbr.org/categories.aspx?idCategory=3; and the Maryland State Archives, http://www.msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/online_records.html.

    Unfortunately, I do not know who owns the land on which this cemetery is located. I do not believe that the original church remains; however, you could contact the United Methodist Church General Commission on Archives and History, http://www.gcah.org/research/travelers-guide/united-brethren-founding-sites-cluster, for information on Mt. Hebron Cemetery and its original United Brethren Church.

    I hope these resources prove helpful in your genealogical research. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear what you find out about our shared kin!


  5. Robert Thomas

    My name is Robert Thomas. Hans Michael Thomas is also my 6th great grandfather! Jacob Thomas is my 5th Great grandfather as well. My sister Kathy Thomas Will has done extensive genealogical research on Ancestry.com under the Thomas-Will Tree.

    We started a road trip a few days ago and are currently in Pittsburgh but will be heading east towards western Maryland and Baltimore in a few days. We visited Mt. Hebron Cemetery in 2010 but had a very difficult time reading the names on the tombstones.

    Do you know the person or persons who own that private property, as well as a map of that cemetery? Do any of the remaining churches or town halls or libraries have any records? Our oldest son visited Schifferstadt, Germany a few years ago.

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