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John Wesley Thomas (b. 06 Apr 1834, d. 21 Nov 1897)John Wesley Thomas (son of Thomas and ?) was born 06 Apr 1834 in Illinois, and died 21 Nov 1897 in Barry Co., Missouri.He married Tithea "Titha" "Tabitha" "Tilly" Ann Marbut on 02 Dec 185531, daughter of Joshua Phillip Marbut and Euodius Elelias 'Oda' or 'Ada' Thomas.
Notes for John Wesley Thomas:
It is suspected that John is from the Thomas families (Quaker) that left SC between 1802 - 1815 and subsequently moved to the NW territory, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. May be able to track through Quaker records. (Charles H.Williams, Ph.D.)
It is also indicated by Jason Marbut that John Wesley Thomas is a son of Francis Marion Thomas per his note to me (5/29/98) as follows:
"Thomas is a tough surname to research but I feel like JW's parents are Francis Marion and Susannah (Inman) Thomas. Also JW was born 6 April 1834 and died 21 Nov 1897. Ive been to the Calton cemetery and him and Tithea have a rather large marker over their graves." (JM)
Regarding Calton cemetary, I have a listing from the Calton cemetary that lists a J. W. Thomas, b. 6 April 1834, d. 21 Nov. 1897. Whereas his birthdate in Charles book is listed as April 06, 1835 with birthplace in IL. I will have to chase this down. (ET)
John Wesley was a Stone Mason, Brick Layer, and Blacksmith by trade. He had his own brick yard, where he made his own brick, and a Blacksmith Shop at his home. He served in the Union Forces of the Civil War from 11/1/1863, as a Private in Company "G" 7th Regiment of Missouri Enrolled Militia Volunteers. He was honorably discharged on the 10th day of July 1865, at Springfield, Missouri, while holding the rank of Sergeant in Company "G", 15th Missouri Cavalry, and serving honorably in the military service of the United States. John W. was injured while pursuing "Rebels" near Cassville, Missouri, on Flat Creek.
He came to Barry County, MO in the early1850's and settled on a farm between McDowell and Purdy, Missouri.
Notes from Betty J. Thomas from back of picture of J.W. Thomas Gravesite:
Titha Ann is not on the stone with him. I don't know if she is buried by him or not. I (Betty Jo Thomas) assume so. There are several places on both sides of him with no stones.
I don't know if Uncle Frank is buried there or not. I assume so.
Wm. P, the baby that died, has two stones leaning up against the Marbut lot.
Note from Betty Jo Thomas, 10/4/2008:
Yes I did give you the name of the earlier marriage of J.W.T. Her name, according to Titha Ann when she was trying to get her own pension, was Amanda Clayburn.
I know nothing about Clayburn. The first I knew anything about her was when Titha Ann answered the question-- was J.W. married before. But there was not anyone
else eligible for the pension except Titha Ann herself.
I have not been able to find out anything about Clayburn
( could be a different spelling.) However, I have lost the
Civil War record and can only go by memory. No one ever mentioned J.W. being married before. Dad
just didn't talk much about the Thomas family. J.W couldn't have been very old if he was married before, because he was married to Titha Ann in 1855. He was born
HISTORY OF THE 7TH PROVISIONAL ENROLLED MISSOURI MILITIA AND 15TH MISSOURI CAVALRY
Regimental History from the Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Missouri for the Year Ending December 31, 1865
HEADQUARTERS 15TH REGIMENT CAVALRY, MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, July 1, 1865.
Colonel Samuel P. Simpson, Adjutant General of Missouri:
I have the honor to submit the following history, in brief, of the 15th Regiment Missouri Cavalry, volunteers, as taken from the records of this office, since it organization:
On the 12th day of March, 1863, General C. B. Holland, then commanding the 4th Military District, E. M. M., issued an order based upon instructions from His Excellency, the Governor of Missouri, to organize two provisional regiments, by detail or otherwise, from the several regiments of the district, for actual and continual service.In pursuance of which orders, on the 1st day of April, 1863, this regiment was organized, with eight companies of eighty men each, at Mt. Vernon, Missouri, being designated the 2d Provisional Regiment, and was at once placed in the field as regular troops, and were stationed as follows:Mount Vernon, Bower's Mill, Melville, Gadlfy, Bolivar, Humansville, Stockton and Galena, on the western border of the State; these companies did good service in clearing the country of bushwhackers, and protecting the loyal citizens.On the 19th of May, 1863, an order was issued giving the regiment the numerical number of 7th Provisional Regiment.
The aggregate strength of the regiment being six hundred and twenty-nine, it was thought necessary by the General Commanding to increase the regiment by adding another batallion, which was done in the months of September and October, 1863.Said battallion was stationed as follows:Melville, Newtonia, Bolivar and Stockton, and was kept continually scouting the surrounding country.The regiment being now fully organized as a cavalry regiment, the men in the mean time having provided themselves with navy and army revolvers, rendered not only efficient service in Southwest Missouri, but also in Northwestern Arkansas, when and wherever a guerrilla or an armed rebel was to be found.
In October, 1863, when the rebel General Joe Shelby entered Missouri, this regiment was the first to fall in on his pursuit, and having followed him as far north as the Osage river, and as far back as the Arkansas line, overtook him in Barry County and completely dispersed his entire force, causing him to leave quite a number of his dead and wounded in the field.
After this the several companies remained at their respective stations constantly watching the movements of the enemy until some time in June, 1864, when a special order was issued by the Secretary of War authorizing the colonel commanding to organize a volunteer regiment out of the 7th Provisional Regiment, their muster in to date back to November 1, 1863, in order to cover back pay then due the men from the State of Missouri, as they had not been paid for a period of over twelve months; the result was that nearly every man volunteered, and by the enlistment of a few others who did not belong to the 7th Provisional Regiment, a regiment of cavalry was rendezvoused and organized at Springfield, Missouri, by Colonel John D. Allen, about the 27th of August, 1864, and afterwards designated as the 15th Regiment Missouri Cavalry, volunteers; soon after this when the State was invaded by the rebel General Price it formed a portion of the 3d Brigade, commanded by General John B. Sanborn, and participated in all the engagements with the enemy from Jefferson City to Newtonia, after which the companies were ordered to occupy their former stations, which was immediately complied with, and, as heretofore, ever true to their country, kept the loyal citizens thoroughly protected until the last rebel foe drew to his hiding place, until the present time, the expiration of the term of service, July 1, 1865.
It is but just to the brave and patriotic men of the 15th Missouri Cavalry, volunteers, that while they have not had the same opportunities as other regiments to win laurels on the fields in open combat, that they are none the less deserving the praise and lasting gratitude of Southwest Missouri, from the fact that they have constantly had to meet not the open enemy but the subtle, wily and intriguing guerrilla and bushwhacker, who make their assaults from the brush thicket and the dense grove, leaving them but little chance for defense, and subjecting them to greater danger than those who have to meet the enemy with something like equal chances.
JOHN D. ALLEN,
Colonel Commanding 15th Regiment Missouri Cavalry, Volunteers.
More About John Wesley Thomas:
Burial: Unknown, Calton Cemetary.
Fact 1: Burial in Calton Cemetary, Barry Co., Missouri.
More About John Wesley Thomas and Tithea "Titha" "Tabitha" "Tilly" Ann Marbut:
Marriage: 02 Dec 185531
Marriage Fact: 12 Feb 1853, Married by Gid. Jackson, J.P..
Marriage Notes for John Wesley Thomas and Tithea "Titha" "Tabitha" "Tilly" Ann Marbut:
Married by Gid. Jackson, J.P.
Children of John Wesley Thomas and Tithea "Titha" "Tabitha" "Tilly" Ann Marbut are:
- Franklin G. Thomas, b. 13 Jul 1857, Barry Co., Missouri, d. Mar 1907.
- +Sarah Cansada Thomas, b. 10 Mar 1859, Barry Co., Missouri, d. 31 May 1902, Fairview Cemetary, Macdonald Co., MO.
- William P. Thomas, b. 28 Dec 1861, Barry Co., Missouri, d. Bef. 1862.
- +Marion Isaac Thomas, b. 15 Jul 1865, Barry Co., Missouri, d. 10 Mar 1905, Monett, Barry Co., Missouri, USA.
- +Andrew Sylvanus Thomas, b. 17 Mar 1868, Barry Co., Missouri, d. 20 Jul 1927.
- Mary Ellen Thomas, b. 01 Oct 1871, Barry Co., Missouri, d. 29 Apr 1937.
- Sarah J. E. Thomas, b. 29 Nov 1873, d. date unknown.
- +Huston L. Thomas, b. 12 May 1875, Barry Co., Missouri, d. 15 Jan 1909, Barry Co., Missouri.