Thomas Jefferson Tobias

Photograph is labeled "T. Jeff. Tobias"

Thomas Jefferson TOBIAS, b. abt 1845-46, Schuylkill Co., PA, according to his Civil War discharge papers. He was a storekeeper and postmaster in Donaldson, PA. In 1863, on his Civil War discharge paper, Thomas Jefferson TOBIAS gave his age as 17 years and his occupation as "clerk."

In The History of Schuylkill County, PA by W. W. Munsell, written 1881, on page 218, Munsell writes that in Frailey Twsp: "John HARRY erected a two-story stone building, forty feet square, which was occupied by Thomas J. TOBIAS as a store and dwelling." He also writes that "Donaldson is the only village of importance" in Frailey Twsp."

On the same page, Munsell writes, "Daniel Lomison was the first postmaster in Frailey. At his death about two years ago (which would have been about 1879), T. J. TOBIAS was appointed postmaster, and he has since served."

(A. M. Allen, Photographer, Pottsville, PA, No. 15275)
(Photo is owned by a great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson Tobias.)

Contributed by: Trish Worthington Cobb