Mary Thomas

Femaleabout 1712–22 September 1742

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Thomas was born about 1712, in Abington Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Abednego Thomas, was 26 and her mother, Mary Jones, was 25. She married Reverend Richard Treat on 24 March 1733, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 22 September 1742, in her hometown, at the age of 31, and was buried in Abington Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Abington, Montgomery Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Reverend Richard Treat
Mary Thomas
Marriage: 24 March 1733
Reverend Joseph Treat
Malachi Treat
Samuel Treat
Elizabeth Treat
Mary Treat

Sources (4)

  • Mary Thomas, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"
  • Mary Thomas in entry for Richard Treat, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"
  • Mary Thomas, "Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 March 1733Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (2)

    1714 · Cemetery History

    Age 2

    "Founded in 1714, Abington Presbyterian Church is the oldest Presbyterian church in Montgomery Co. and the third oldest in PA. It is the mother church of ten Presbyterian churches in the area. The original small congregation held its services in the home of their pastor Rev. Malachi Jones until 1719 when Mr. Jones sold the church trustees one half acre of his farm ""to build a House for the Publick Worship of God And also a place for Burying the Dead."" The first church was built in the center of the Burying Ground which is now known as the Abington Cemetery. Nothing remains of this church today. The first recorded burial was in 1728. During the Revolution, the British marched up York Road only to be repulsed by American soldiers entrenched behind the wall of Abington Cemetery. Following The Great War (World War I), the town erected a monument honoring those who served in the war on the northwest corner of the cemetery. In 1946 when York Road was widened it was necessary to move some of the graves. The records indicated that there were 21 graves in that section. However when they dug them up, 92 bodies were found, including reportedly, those of some Indians. The cemetery was designated a state historical site by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and a marker was placed in the cemetery in 1992. No new full interments are accepted in the original cemetery but they have recently opened a Memorial Garden for cremains."


    Age 16

    Oldest grave seen in the memorial list.

    Name Meaning

    English, French, Walloon, Breton, German, Dutch, Flemish, Danish, Greek, West Indian (mainly Haiti and Jamaica), and African (mainly Tanzania and Nigeria): from the personal name Thomas, of Biblical (New Testament) origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, known for his scepticism about Christ's resurrection (John 20:24–29). The Th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain, the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates from other languages (e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean or Arabic Toma and Tuma , Albanian Toma and Thoma , and Slavic surnames listed in 3 below), and their patronymics and other derivatives (e.g. Polish Tomaszewski and Slovenian Tomažič; see Tomazic ). In France, this surname is most common in the Vosges and Brittany. The name Thomas is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Machan , Mammen , and Oommen ), but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames, the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

    Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Thomas (see 1 above) as a surname.

    Germanized or Americanized form of Polish Tomas , Tomasz, and Tomaś, Sorbian Tomaš (see also 4 below), Croatian Tomaš and Tomas , Slovenian Tomaš and Tomaž, Czech and Slovak Tomáš, all meaning ‘Thomas’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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