Sarah (Schlosser) Thomas

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On this day, 16 November 1882, Sarah (Schlosser) Thomas passed away. She was my 4th great-grandmother.

On 13 December 1804, Sarah Schlosser was born in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland to parents John Schlosser and Elizabeth Painter.

On 6 December 1806, brother Simon Schlosser was born in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland.

In 1810, Sarah Schlosser’s family was enumerated in Marsh Hundred, Washington County, Maryland. Living in the household were two free white males under the age of 10 (Simon and possible unknown brother), one free white male age 26 to 45 (father John Peter Schlosser), two free white females under the age of 10 (Sarah and possible unknown sister), one free white female age 16 to 26 (unknown), one free white female age 26 to 45 (mother Elizabeth), and one free white female over the age of 45 (unknown, possibly her widowed grandmother, Susan (Regnas) Schlosser).

Brother Joel Schlosser came along soon after the census was taken. Joel was born on 11 November 1810, in Washington County, Maryland.

On 24 October 1814, brother David Schlosser was welcomed to the family’s home in Washington County, Maryland.

Circa 1822, brother Samuel Schlosser was born in Washington County, Maryland.

On 17 March 1823, Sarah Schlosser, age 18, married George Thomas, age 29, in Washington County, Maryland. George Thomas was the son of Jacob Michael Thomas and Susanna Lewis.

The couple’s first known child was Leah Thomas, who was born on 19 February 1824.

Daughter Ruanna Thomas was born three years later on 21 February 1827.

On 27 January 1829, the couple welcomed son Noah George Thomas to their household in Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

In 1830, the Thomas Family was residing in District 6, Washington County, Maryland. Living in the household were one free white male under the age of 5 (Noah), one free white male age 15 to 20 (unknown, possibly a sibling of either Sarah or George), one free white male age 30 to 40 (George), one free white female under the age of 5 (Ruanna), one free white female age 15 to 20 (unknown), one free white female age one free white female age 30 to 40 (Sarah, although she was actually age 20 to 30).

A year later, son Solomon S. Thomas (my 3rd great-grandfather) was born on 18 February 1831, in Washington County, Maryland.

Daughter Mary Thomas arrived on 18 December 1834. However, tragedy struck on 18 June 1840, when Mary Thomas died and was buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland. She was only five and a half years old.

Later in 1840, the Thomas Family was living in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland. Residing in the household were one free white male age 5 to 10 (Solomon), one free white male age 10 to 15 (Noah), one free white male age 20 to 30 (unknown), one free white male age 40 to 50 (George), one free white female age 10 to 15 (Ruanna), one free white female age 15 to 20 (Leah), one free white female age 20 to 30 (unknown), and one free white female age 30 to 40 (Sarah).

Sadly, on 29 May 1842, daughter Ruanna Thomas died. She was only 15 years old. She was buried next to her sister Mary in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

Grief visited the Thomas household again on 1 July 1843, when Sarah and George’s first-born child Leah Thomas passed away at the age of 19. She too was laid to rest in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland

A month later on 23 August 1843, Sarah’s younger brother Simon Schlosser died in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland. Although the cause of death of Leah and Simon is unknown, it might have been influenza, as there was a widespread pandemic throughout the United States in 1843.

On 6 August 1850, Sarah and George Thomas were residing in District 1, Washington County, Maryland with their sons Noah and Solomon. Also in the household were David Houpt (age 26), Mary Wakenight (age 33), and Elizabeth Schlosser (age 11).  (It is uncertain who David Houpt and Mary Wakenight might be in relation to the Thomas family.) George Thomas was a farmer, whose property was valued at $7,500. Both Noah and Solomon were working the farm with their father.

Joy came to the Thomas household, when son Solomon S. Thomas married Elizabeth B. Huffer on 21 November 1853, in Washington County, Maryland.

However, once again, despair would come to Sarah’s life, when on 19 July 1855, her mother Elizabeth (Painter) Schlosser died in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland.

Happiness soon followed this sadness when Sarah and George’s son Noah George Thomas married Sarah Ann (surname unknown) on 28 October 1856, in Washington County, Maryland.

The next year, Sarah’s beloved husband George Thomas passed away on 30 October 1857, Washington County, Maryland. Sarah buried her husband in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

On 16 October 1859, approximately 40 miles away, John Brown and his Provisional Army of the United States took possession of the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The raid drew militia companies and federal troops from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. On 18 October 1859, twelve Marines broke down the door of the Armory’s fire engine house, taking Brown and the remaining raiders captive.

On 5 August 1860, Sarah Thomas, age 55, was living in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland. Elizabeth Schlosser, age 21, was also in the household. The land on which they lived was valued at $1,500, with their personal property worth $125.

The Civil War would soon arrive in western Maryland. Both Washington and Frederick Counties suffered significantly. In early January 1862, the Battle of Hancock was waged in Washington County, Maryland and across the Potomac River into West Virginia.

Meanwhile, in Sarah Thomas’ personal life, death came again when her father John Schlosser died on 20 August 1862, in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland.

Two weeks after her father’s death, the Battle of South Mountain (also known as the Battle of Boonsboro Gap) was waged in the Boonsboro area on 14 September 1862.

Three days later, on 17 September 1862, the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, was fought less than 10 miles from Sarah Thomas’ home.

On 1-3 July 1863, just 40 miles north of Boonsboro, the Battle of Gettysburg was waged. This battle would produce the largest number of casualties of the War between the States and is often described as the turning point of the Civil War.

Following the Battle of Gettysburg, the southern forces retreated. From 6-16 July 1863, Washington County experiencing several skirmishes in and around the town of Williamsport, approximately 25 miles away. One of these engagements occurred on 8 July 1863—the Battle of Boonsboro. General J.E.B. Stuart, along with five cavalry brigades, advanced from the direction the areas of Funkstown and Williamsport. Approximately five miles north of Boonsboro, the Confederate cavalry became mired in muddy fields. Fighting on horseback became difficult. The Confederates were forced to fight a rearguard action against some of the Union 1st and 3rd Cavalry divisions and infantry.

On 1 June 1870, Sarah Thomas was living alone in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland. Her real estate was worth $1,800. Her personal property was valued at $5,000.

Nine year’s later, Sarah’s brother Joel Schlosser passed away on 18 October 1879, in Washington County, Maryland.

On 26 June 1880, according to the U.S. Census, Sarah Thomas was still living alone in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland. She was 75 years old.

Later that year, soon after Sarah had turned 76 years old, her brother David Schlosser died on 21 December 1880, in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland.

Finally, on 16 November 1882, a month before her 78th birthday, Sarah (Schlosser) Thomas died in Washington County, Maryland. She was buried near her brothers in Boonsboro Cemetery, Washington County, Maryland.

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