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Thomas Palmer IAMS
Sarah JOHNSON
WARNING:  There are several Thomas IAMS born in Pennsylvania about the same time and place who are being mixed up.  They are undoubtedly related, as cousins, but the similarities between them have resulted in the mixups.  In addition to our subject, these include:
1.  the Thomas IAMS (1821/2- ) who married Delilah HUFFMAN, 
2.  the Thomas IAMS (c1825-1906) who married Phoebe PENN, 
3.  the Thomas IAMS (1830-1900s) who married 2nd Sarah Jane RAMSEY, and
4.  the Thomas D. IAMS (1833-1910) who married Lydia ROGERS.
Husband:  Thomas P. IAMS
Birth:  24 Sep 1824, Washington Co., PA
Death:  2 Jun 1902, Green Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Ruff Creek, Greene Co., PA
Occupation:  farmer

Secondary sources give our subject these parents, but there is reason to suspect they are not (see 1850 census, below).
Father?/Uncle?:  William IAMS (1792-1869)
Mother?/Aunt?:  Delilah MEEK (1793-1876)

Marriage:
Wife:  Sarah JOHNSON
Birth:  28? Jun 1831, PA
Death:  30 Apr 1907, presumably in Greene Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Ruff Creek, Greene Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Children born in West Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA:
1.  Margaret IAMS, b. 1851/2
2.  Miller IAMS, b. 1853/4; d. by 1870
3.  Zenis / Zenes / Zenas IAMS, b. 1857/8
4.  Sarah IAMS, b. 1859
5.  Ella F. IAMS, b. Jun 1864
6.  James O. IAMS, b. Nov 1866
7.  Flora E. IAMS, b. Apr 1870
8.  Lucius Hill IAMS, b. 7 Nov 1873, Greene Co., PA

There is a scriptural name, Zenas, which is a short form of Zenodorus (Tit. 3:13).

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Thomas IAMS (æ 25, b. PA) is living in West Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA (p. 171B), with Wm. IAMS (æ 57, b. PA) and his wife, "Delily" (æ 55, b. PA); however, he and two others are listed after the younger children, suggesting he is not their son, but some other relation, such as their nephew.

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 50 indexed "Janes"):  Tenmile P.O., West Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA, Roll M653_1192, p. 1085, PN 143, 1096/1096, enumerated 15 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thomas Iams 30 M   Farmer 1000 200 Pennsylvania
Sarah Iams 28 F         Do
Margaret  8 F         Do
Miller  6 M         Do
Zenis  3 M         Do
Sarah 9/12 F         Do
This enumerator had very readable handwriting.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #49 of 50 indexed "Janas"):  Ten Mile P.O., West Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA, Roll M593_1463, p. 409A, PN 49, 364/369, enumerated 22 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Iames Thomas 45 M W Farmer 3600 1195 Pennsylvania      
_____ Sarah 39 F W Keeping House     "      
_____ Margaret 16 F W       "      
_____ Zenas 12 M W       "      
_____ Sarah 10 F W       "      
_____ Phily?  6 F W       "      
_____ James  3 M W       "      
_____ Flora 3/12 F W       "     Apr
This page images is very faded and hard to read.

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I really looked, including page-by-page searches of West Bethlehem Twp. in Washington County, plus Morgan  and Washington Twps. in Greene County.  Zenas is married and living in Washington Twp., Greene Co., PA (p. 383C).

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 21 indexed "Thomas P ?A?Ns"):  Morgan Twp., Greene Co., PA, Roll 1413, p. 150B, SN 3, SD 17, ED 93, enumerated 6 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
47 47 Iams Thomas P Head W M Sep 1824 75 M 49     PA PA PA Farmer 0 Y Y Y O F F 46
    ____ Sarah Wife W F Jun 1831 68 M 49 10 6 PA PA PA     Y Y Y        
    ____ Ella F Dau W F Jun 1864 35 S       PA PA PA     Y Y Y        
    ____ James O Son W M Nov 1866 33 S       PA PA PA Farm Laborer 3 Y Y Y        
    ____ Flora E Dau W F Apr 1870 30 S       PA PA PA     Y Y Y        
    ____ Lucees H  Son W M Nov 1873 26 S       PA PA PA Farm Laborer 2 Y Y Y        

8.  Find-a-Grave: Tombstone Images (patron submission(s); online at findagrave.com):
Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery,
Ruff Creek, Greene County, Pennsylvania
THOMAS P. IAMS
SEPT. 24, 1824 - JUNE 2, 1902


SARAH IAMS
JUNE 28?, 1831 - Apr. 30, 1907

9.  World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (online at Ancestry.com):  Lucius Hill IAMS, b. 7 Nov 1873, Greene Co., PA.

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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