Joseph Fleming Thomason. The Civil War, Black Hawk War and Mexican War. Genealogy.
My Search of the Civil War (the civilwar)
My great-great-grandfather Joseph Fleming Thomason was in many wars. The hardest war I guess on him would have been the civil war. He lost a son in the war. He was imprisoned in the prison of horrors, Andersonville.
My Mom is still living and gave me some information. I also had cousins and aunts who could help me out.
It's strange the things you find out searching for family and how they're all connected. My Dad's family is connected to my Mom's family, something she never knew. I wish my Dad were still alive he would have enjoyed this.
The photo above is a photo of Lemuel Thomason grandson of Joseph Fleming Thomason and some of Joseph's great-grandsons. Our family has always had soldiers in the family. All of the men above served at some time or another in the military. My father being one of them.
Joseph was born on January 1, 1812, in Henry, Virginia,
Death July 9, 1882, in Wayne City, Wayne Co., Illinois
1827 his father Peter moved the family to Smith, TN.
It must have been a hard trip all the way from Virginia by wagon with Indians and sickness all along the way.
1831 Joseph moved to Jefferson Co. IL
1832 He fought in the Battle of Colley's Grove in the Black Hawk War under Col. Leech and Capt. Biggerstaff.
The Black Hawk War is often remembered as the conflict which gave young Abraham Lincoln his brief military service. Another notable American participates included Winfield Scott, Zachary Taylor, Jefferson Davis and William Hamilton.
Black Hawk, or Makataimeshekiakiah
1832 He married Cassandra E "Cassie" Cox in Jefferson Co. they were married by John Tyler.
Poor Cassie she must have spent many a day alone with her children and worry over her husband and sons in the war.
1840 the family moved to Hamilton, Illinois
1846 Joseph fought in the Mexican Wars at the Battles of Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo under Capt. Hicks, 3rd regiment. Illinois volunteers. He was wounded in the right leg by a grape shot.
In 1847, the family moved to Wayne Co, Ill.
Civil War Days For The Thomason Family
Aug of 1861 Joseph was mustered into the Civil War along with 3 of his sons. They fought for the Union.
James Monroe Co. G 110th Infantry Regiment Illinois
Richard Morgan Co. G 110th Infantry Regiment Illinois
Peter H Co. D 40 Illinois Infantry
He was mustered out on Aug 9, 1864. He served under Col. Hicks, Company D, and 40th IL. Infantry and under Captain Hooper.
At the Battle of Shiloh, he was taken prisoner and was held in prisons at Memphis, Mobile, Chanawba, Alabama and Macon, GA.
As the battle at Shiloh calmed Joseph searched the bodies for his son Pete. He eventually found his son wounded and dying on the battlefield. Pete asks his father for a drink. Joseph with the enemy still in the area first carried his son to a little knoll and laid him in the shade of a tree. He then went down to a small branch to get a canteen of water, as he was filling the canteen Joseph was spotted by Confederate Soldiers. They crept up and captured him. At his capture, he told the confederate soldiers of his son. They allowed Joseph to return to his son to give him the water before they took him away as a prisoner. A father had to leave a dying son while a dying son watched his father be taken as a prisoner of war. Peter Thomason is buried at Shiloh.
Joseph was taken to Andersonville prison in Georgia, one of the worst prisons. Prisoners were deprived of water and food.
On Joseph's release, another interesting story unfolds. While in the Stockades or Prisons Joseph would make Masonic signals to those who would pass before him. He was approached a few times by Confederates who recognized the signals and told him they would do what they could to get him out. Eventually, they were able to arrange Joseph to be part of a prisoner exchange. Joseph's health never recovered from being in Andersonville.
How awful it must have been for Joseph to come home and have to tell Cassandra their son Peter had been killed.
Battle of Shiloh
The Fortieth Infantry was enlisted from the counties of Franklin, Hamilton, Wayne, White, Wabash, Marion, Clay and Fayette.
The Regiment was engaged in the battle of Shiloh. Colonel Hicks was severely wounded the first day. The Regiment lost in this battle one commissioned officer killed and three wounded; 42 men killed and 148 wounded.
Cassandra's Death And A List of Their Children
Cassandra died in Sept of 1872. They had 9 children together. Joseph and Cassandra are buried next to each other in the Olive Branch Cemetery in Wayne Co. Buried in the cemetery Joseph helped to purchase only 2 years before his wife Cassie died.
Elizabeth Jane married Barney Haley, Wilson Butler
James Monroe married Louisa ? Almeda Jane Richardson, Amanda E Cozart
Peter died single
Richard Morgan married Sarah Ann Atteberry.
My great-grandfather George Washington Thomason married as his second wife Sena Sinks who was the half sister of Sarah Ann Atteberry. She was also my great grandmother.
I am also related to the Atteberry family from my mother's side of the family.
George Washington Thomason three wives Martha Thomason, Sena Sinks, Mary C. Corgan.
Mary E. Unmarried
Ferriby Ann married John Carl
Joseph Piercy (Jody) married Mary Evaline Rich
Jasper Newton married Martha J. Cozart and Minnie Mae Van Horn Wilson
Married Angelina Rich Crisel
1874 Joseph married Angelina Rich Crisel and had a son
Uriah Alexander his wife was Martha Francis Glenn
Elder Joseph Fleming Thomason Sims Church
Buried in Olive Branch Cemetery in Wayne Co
Death of Joseph Fleming Thomason
Wayne County Press 20-July,1882
A Pioneer Gone
Joseph F. Thomason or better known as uncle Joe Thomason died at his residence in Wayne City, July 9th, at 2 o'clock a.m. He was born in Henry County Virginia, Jan. 1st, 1812, consequently he had lived over his three scores and ten. When he was fifteen years of age, he with his father moved to Smith, or what is known as Macon county Tenn. four years afterward he moved to Mount's Prairie (Mound's Prarie), Jefferson county Illinois. Then in 1847 in Wayne, which has been his home ever since. In May 1832, he volunteered in the Black Hawk War, under Col. Leech and Capt. Biggerstaff, and although serving as the special scout was only in the Battle of Colley's Grove. He volunteered in the Mexican War May 1846, under Capt. Hicks, 3rd regiment. Illinois Volunteers participated in the Battles of Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. At the latter, he was wounded in the right leg by a grape shot but remained with the Army until the close of the War. When the Rebellion called for the services of patriotic men he was again, in May 1861, found in the ranks under his old Capt. now Col. Hicks, Company D, 40th Ill. Infantry, under Captain Hooper and Lieutenants Stewart and Joe Rider. At the Battle of Shiloh, he was taken a prisoner and was held in prisons at Memphis, Mobile, Cahawba, Alabama And Macon, Ga.; released on parole June 6, 1862, at Old Vicksburg and Chattanooga and on to Atlanta, where he was discharged at the expiration of his time. He was a life member of the Ill. State Association of Union Prisoners of War.
He had long been a consistent member of the Masonic fraternity, a firm and unwavering Republican in politics.
He was converted and joined the Missionary Baptist church at the age of nineteen and has ever since endeavored to live up to his profession. When the writer first knew him he was the pastor in charge of a society, but a stroke of palsy has for a few years prevented him from taking an active part in the Master's cause. His comrades in the late war tell me Uncle Joe never omitted his devotions, even amid the scoffs and jeers of his companions. Truly a good man and a hero has passed away. "He has fought a good fight; he has kept the faith and has finished his course.
An email from Jim
I received the email below from a man who's grandmother, Mary C. Corgan was the third wife of my Great Grandfather, George Washington Thomason. Her grandson emailed me and told me a little about my great great grandfather, Joseph Thomason.
I am Jim, 81 and counting, and I think your great grandfather would have
been my father's step-father for a few years. My research shows essentially
the same as yours. George Washington Thomason died in Essex in 1909, but I
have been unable to find the burial site. If I were to guess, I would say
the Essex Cemetery, because as far as I have been able to learn all of my
grandmother's time in Missouri was in Essex.
I remember her telling us tales about life in a Civil War prison which must
have been passed to her from George about his father Joseph who was held prisoner at Andersonville Prison. If he really was at Andersonville he was lucky to
survive to tell about it.
I hope this helps a little. Good luck in your search. It takes dedication.
Actually Mary Catherine Corgan was living with my Grandfather L. Thomason in Arkansas in 1910. This makes me wonder if great-grandfather George is buried in Arkansas.
Cynthia Thomason gone but not forgotten.
So with a little help anyone can find their family, some you may not want to find. You have to always remember not all census takers spelled names right and ages weren't always right, many didn't remember the exact date of their birth. Always look through the census at the neighbors to see who lived nearby, most of the time it was family. People didn't live to far apart back then because travel wasn't easy. They married people close by. I have found Thomason spelled Thompson, Thomson, and Thomsen.
If I'm having trouble finding someone, I find lots of people just by putting in the first name and the city, state, county.
A nice lady Paula Moxley posted the pictures of the graves stones for me on finding a grave. I didn't live close enough to search the cemetery. Find a grave is a good place to find information on ancestors.
It's been a fun trip this ancestor searching. I met and talked to cousins I didn't know I had. I've had lots of help with this search including from a cousin long gone now, who had first started this search.
Two of our granddaughters had the privilege of putting a wreath on the unknown soldier's grave at Arlington National Cemetary. Their G-G-G-G-Grandfather Joseph Thomason would be proud of them. We were.