[p. 643] residing on his excellent farm of eighty-five acres, which is situated in Big Beaver Township, about one and one-half miles south of Wampum, is a representative citizen of this section. He was born July 20, 1848, on the present farm of William J. McAnlis, in Big Beaver Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Robert and Jane (Patterson) McAnlis.
When Thomas McAnlis was seven years of age he lost his father. He remained with his mother and assisted her in looking after the younger children, never leaving the old farm until his marriage. Five years later, in 1900, he bought his present farm from the Cross heirs. It was known as the old Grandmother Whan farm and the hewn log house standing here has weathered the storms of 100 years. Mr. McAnlis carries on general farming and keeps cows, shipping his milk to Pittsburg.
On February 6, 1895, Mr. McAnlis was married to Minerva Craig, who is a daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Gettis) Craig. Thomas Craig was born in Scotland and was thirteen years old when he came to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He became a prosperous business man in that city, engaged in the house furnishing line, and owned the land on which the Nixon Theater now stands. He died aged fifty-five years. He married Margaret Gettis who was ten years old when brought to America from Belfast, Ireland, and she died at Pittsburg, aged eighty-seven years. Mrs. McAnlis is the youngest of twelve children. The record of the family is as follows: Hamilton, Thomas and Jane, all deceased; Margaret; Mary, Sarah, Emma and James all deceased; and Elizabeth, Fannie, David and Minerva.
Mr. and Mrs. McAnlis are members of the United Presbyterian Church. In politics he is affiliated with the Republican party.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908
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