Thomas was a husband, father, farmer and Civil War veteran. He was also Ohio through and through. With two exceptions discovered so far, he resided there all of his life beginning on June 3, 1843 until his death on April 7, 1927 at almost the age of 84. Thomas lived in at least three counties:
- Highland (Jackson Township)
- Clinton (Wilson Township and Blanchester)
- Warren (Lebanon, Harlan Township and Morrow)
From 1862 to 1865 he mustered in and out of the Civil War at Camp Chase and Camp Dennison in Hamilton County, Ohio. His service took him about 46 miles away from home using a current day map. He was only 19 years old. Thomas's first tour of duty was with Company D, 85th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on July 2, 1862. His second tour was with the 24th Ohio Light Artillery [Hill's Independent. Battery] on July 27, 1863.
About 1881 when he was 38 or so, Thomas filed his initial Civil War pension claim on the basis of the effects of measles he acquired during his service. His claim would be approved eventually. For the next 45 years until his death, he continued to file claims for pension increases. Documents obtained in his pension file revealed several medical affidavits and notarized testimony of his health from personal friends. Following his death, his widow, Rebecca Edwards Brown, filed and was approved for a widow's pension.
Marriage and Family
On January 30, 1866 Thomas married Jane Clark of Adams County, Ohio. They had three children:
- Joseph Daniel Brown born 1867
- Ida May Brown born 1868 or 1869
- Hannah Ellen Brown born 1872
On February 22, 1880, Thomas married Rebecca Edwards. They had four children:
- Emma Blanche Brown born 1880
- Frank Leslie Brown born 1882
- Ollie Agnes Brown born 1885
- Murta Alma Brown born 1889
I'm fortunate to be in touch with a descendant of a child of Thomas and Rebecca who is also interested in genealogy. With our combined efforts we hope to learn more about the lives of the Browns, Clarks and Edwards. Based on family stories and information in the pension record, Thomas Brown lived a quiet life, worked when possible despite various infirmities and was a respected, god-faring man.
Note: This is another article for the series in which I'm participating, "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small. The story was originally posted on June 17, 2013.