!Accoring to inf from Capt Thomas White book, Thomas McDermott married Henrietta Abbott i n a double wedding with James A. Taggert and Laura White. The grooms were first cousins, a s well as were the brides. Thoma McDermott was a son of an Irish emigrant, Patrick McDermott, who came to America, a pol itical refugee, in about 1815. He was born in Hagerstown, Md. on March 1, 1825. After the d eath of his father, in 1831, he was placed in the home of an uncle, Arthur Taggert, a brothe r of his mother, Hannah... Thomas McDermot became a bookkeeper in early life and in 1849 joined in the "gold rush" to Ca lifornia. After returning to Stockport, he with three other Morgan county boys, marched afoo t across the plains from St. Joseph, Missouri to Denver, Colorado, during the Gold Rush to Pi kes Peak. In early 1860's he was treasurer of O. M. Lovell & Company building and operating an oil refi nery at Stockport. During later years was farming in Windsor and Marion Twps., Morgan Count y.