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THOMAS NESBIT was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, April 19, 1835, son of John and Anna (Matthews) Nesbit, the former a native of Maryland and. the latter of Ireland. In 1842 they removed from Ohio to French Creek township, Venango county, Pennsylvania. John Nesbit died in Utica, whither the family had removed from the farm, in 1871, and his widow in 1875. Both were Presbyterians and died in that faith. Thomas came with his parents to Venango county, and has resided in Utica and vicinity during the past forty. eight years. He received a good education, and began teaching at the age of seventeen, and continued teaching, clerking, and working on the home farm at intervals until after his majority. In 1857 Mr. Nesbit engaged in merchandising at Utica, and followed that business actively until 1875, and finally disposed of his interest in the store in 1885. For several years prior to the latter date he was interested in the Utica flouring mills, and is still connected with them, and also engaged in farming. Since 1880 he has been a stockholder in the Exchange Bank of Franklin, and vice-president of that institution for the past three years.
Mr. Nesbit has been twice married. His first wife, Mrs. Clara Nesbit nee Leasher, died in 1876, leaving two children: John and Clara. His second marriage was with Miss Effie Gallagher, who has borne him one daughter: Ethel. Politically he is a Democrat, and in religion a Presbyterian. Beginning in early manhood on a very small capital, Mr. Nesbit has gradually accumulated through the passing years a handsome competency. He is recognized as one of the most safe, energetic, and substantial business men of his adopted county.