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Thomas Buck Tarbell


Thomas Buck Tarbell was born to Thomas Tarbell Sr. (1772-1806) and Muirza "Mary" Buck. It was believed the birth took place in Chenango County, New York although there is no evidence to back this up.


Thomas' father along with another young boy was stolen by Indians and adopted into the tribe, they were brought up as "young braves". He later found his way back into civilisation and married Muirza Buck. They had four children together including Thomas Buck Tarbell.


Thomas lost his father in 1806 due to falling off the beam of a barn, it was a tragedy to the Tarbell Family. The mother later remarried and had 8 more children.


He later caught a cold while on a raft in a storm. After months of fighting a severe fever in a Baltimore hospital, he was discharged and went on to college were he studied and gave singing lessons. Thomas was said to of had a better education than the average man.

Thomas married Lydia Miller on October 15th, 1823. Thomas and Lydia began housekeeping in Reading, NY. They has 13 children together.


Thomas passed away on November 7th, 1887 at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 23 days in Groton, NY. His son, Doctor described his father as a quiet, accommodating neighbor and a tender loving and watchful husband. Thomas' wife, Lydia passed away less than two years later.

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