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THOMAS C. , wholesale dealer in china, glass and queensware, 422 Market street, Philadelphia, was born on his father’s farm in Haycock township, Bucks county. Through his mother he is a descendant of Edward McCarty, of revolutionary fame. His great-grandfather was Nicholas McCarty, who served under Washington at Valley Forge and who was widely known in the northern part of the county as a justice of the peace in the early days of the republic. The McCartys were among the pioneers of Haycock and Nockamixon townships. The father of the subject of this sketch was named Samuel, and was married to Hannah, daughter of John G. McCarty. They had three children, of whom Thomas was the second and the oldest son. His father dying when he was but three years old he lived with his grandfather, David Atherholt, until he was 14 years old, when he was apprenticed for three years to learn the business of storekeeping. He then entered Hemingway’s academy at Milford, N.J., where he stayed for more than a year, and then again engaged in mercantile pursuits. Having a good education, at the age of 20 he went to Wisconsin, where he engaged in teaching. Imbibing from his patriotic ancestors a spirit of hatred to every form of oppression, and especially to that of human slavery, he soon went to Kansas and took an active part in the antislavery ranks under John Brown and James Lane against the border ruffians. While in Kansas he was also engaged in surveying government lands. Two years later, in 1858, he returned to Bucks county and again engaged in mercantile business, first at Stover’s Mill, in Haycock, and later at Pipersville and Point Pleasant. In 1868 he removed to Trenton, N.J., engaging in the wholesale china and queens-ware trade. In 1872 he removed to Philadelphia and began the wholesale china business under the firm name of Atherholt, Fisher & Co., and ten years later sold out to his partners, and in 1884 commenced his present business under the firm name of Thomas C. Atherholt & Co. He was married in 1859 to Martha C., daughter of Henry Fretz, of Bucks county. They have had five children: Samuel, Edgar Frank, Arthur Thomas and Joseph Octavius, living, and Wilson David, who died in infancy. Mr. Atherholt and his family are members of Trinity Reformed church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the I.O.O.F., and politically is a republican.
 

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