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Remembering our Ancestors

Today, I have been reminiscing about some of my research and remembering our ancestors.  Joseph Thomas was one of the first ancestors that I spent a lot of time researching and wanting to know more.  There is still more to find out and connections to make.  Below is a post I did last year about Joseph.

How are you remembering your ancestors this Memorial Day??


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Joseph is my husband's 3rd great-grandfather.  

Joseph was born in 1830 probably in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he died 3 Apr 1865 in Hopewell, Prince George County, Virginia from wounds received during the Civil War.

Joseph married Elizabeth Jane Savage (I blogged about Elizabeth's burial search before) 19 June 1854 in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas (My husband's 2nd great-grandfather)
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
I have also been lucky enough to find Elizabeth's Widow's Pension file at Fold3; I have it on my to do list to go through it and document everything in Legacy.

The following is a timeline of his time in the Civil War.

Date
Battle
Joseph Thomas
Richmond - Petersburg Campaign
June 1864 - March 1865
Siege of Petersburg September 1864 to April 1865
Appomattox Campaign
March 28 to April 9 1865
Summer 1864
Regiment was recruited in the city of Philadelphia
    Co H 198 PA Inf
      {Joseph joins 2 September 1864}



      9 Sep 1864
      Organized at Philadelphia




        15 Sep 1864
        Mustered into the United States service




          19 Sep 1864
          Left Camp Cadwallader PA




            20 Sep 1864
            Arrived at Washington DC




              21 Sep 1864
              Boarded steamers Weems and         Thames for City Point




                22 Sep 1864
                Arrived in City Point




                  24 Sep 1864
                  Arrived at the headquarters of the First Brigade to which they were assigned to the First Division of the Fifth Corps.




                    30 Sep - 2 Oct 1864
                    Battle of Peebles Farm




                      8 Oct 1864
                      Reconnaissance to Boydton Road




                        27 - 28 Oct 1864
                        Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run




                          8 Nov 1864
                          Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president defeating Democrat George B. McClellan




                            6 - 12 December 1864
                            Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad




                              31 January 1865
                                Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery.  The amendment is then submitted to the states for ratification.




                                3 February 1865
                                Peace conference between President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens fails




                                  5 - 7 February 1865
                                  Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run
                                  Three killed and thirteen wounded




                                    29 Mar 1865
                                    Junction, Quaker and Boydton Roads




                                      29 Mar 1865
                                      Marched toward Dinwiddie Court House and encountered the enemy near the Old Saw Mill (Battle of Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run)
                                      twenty-eight were killed and one hundred and seventeen wounded.
                                        {Joseph is wounded 29 March 1865 at Lewis Farm}



                                        Mar 30 -31 1865
                                        White Oak Rd




                                          31 Mar 1865
                                          Moved off and encountered the enemy at White Oak Swamp.
                                          six killed and forty six wounded




                                            1 April 1865
                                            Five Forks
                                              one killed and fifteen wounded
                                                {Joseph dies 3 April 1865}

                                                {Joseph is buried 4 April 1865 at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell Virginia}



                                                9 April 1865
                                                Appomattox Court House
                                                General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia





                                                  14 April 1865
                                                  Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin." 
                                                  During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head at approximately 10:13pm.




                                                    15 April 1865
                                                    Start their march home.
                                                    President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 am.
                                                    Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.




                                                      18 April 1865
                                                      General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General Sherman near Durham in North Carolina.




                                                        22 April - 2 May 1865
                                                        Guarded railroad at Wilson's Station




                                                          26 April 1865
                                                          John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.




                                                            2 - 6 May 1865
                                                            Continue their march home through Petersburg.





                                                              The Fifth Corps was assigned a permanent camp on Arlington Heights, near the former mansion of Robert E. Lee




                                                                4 May 1865
                                                                Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.




                                                                  9 May 1865
                                                                  Marched through Fredericksburg.




                                                                    12 May 1865
                                                                    Reached Arlington Heights




                                                                      22 May 1865
                                                                      A large farewell party was held in the Fifth Corps' First Division camp, to honor General Griffin. Four huge hospital tents had been put together, to accommodate Division officers and their invited guests. For the occasion, Chamberlain had designed, and Tiffany's in New York had created, a pin in enameled gold of a red Maltese cross against a white background--a miniature replica of the Division's flag. The cross was outlined in diamonds, with a center diamond costing about $1000. Chamberlain was chosen by his fellow officers to make the presentation speech, and he pinned the badge to his commander's uniform. Griffin was quite overcome by the honor paid, and simply bowed his thanks to the assemblage




                                                                        23 May 1865
                                                                        Grand Review




                                                                          4 June 1865
                                                                          Mustered out of service.




                                                                            5 June 1865
                                                                            Broke camp and marched to Washington D.C.




                                                                              6 June 1865
                                                                              Arrived in Philadelphia at 9 o'clock in the morning.




                                                                                12 June 1865
                                                                                They were paid and discharged and able to return to their families.





                                                                                  **Regiment lost during service**
                                                                                  6 Officers + 67 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 44 Enlisted men died from disease. Total 117.





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