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Free Genealogy Biography of Thomas Eakin,
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Thomas Eakin

THOMAS J. EAKIN, oil producer, was born December 19, 1840, on the old homestead in Clinton township, the fourth child of David and Rebecca Eakin. He lived at home until June 5, 1866, when he married Miss M. A. Coulter and began to farm on adjoining lands. This he did until 1874, when he bought the old homestead and occupied it until 1886, and then selling his land removed to Franklin. He remained in the county seat until April 1, 1889, when he removed to Emlenton, his present home. September 9, 1862,

Mr. Eakin enlisted in Company E, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served with it in the Army of the Potomac. He was detailed in the commissary department, and participated with his regiment in the engagements at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Appomattox. He was mustered out at Lynchburg, Virginia, June 17, 1865.

Mr. Eakin held several of the minor offices in his native township, among the number being justice of the peace, and served as county commissioner from January, 1882, to January, 1888.

From his marriage to Mary A. Coulter ten children have been born to them: Mary Alice; Charles P.; Elizabeth May; Sarah A.; Howard J.; David B.; Thomas J., Jr.; Martha; Marshall, and Caroline, deceased. Mr. Eakin belongs to the K. of H., and is an active supporter of the Democratic party.

He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and their four oldest children are also Presbyterians.

Source: History of Venango County, Pennsylvania: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.; Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890.

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