Saturday, January 31, 2015

John Thomas Bexon.

John Thomas "Thomas" Bexon 

Birth: 1843, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England.
Death: Jan. 13, 1879.

Died age 35. Civil War veteran: Pvt., Co. H, 13 IL US Inf. (24 May 1861-18 June 1864) and Pvt., Co. 9, 1 US Army Corps (joined 4 Apr 1865), mustered out as Pvt., Co. D, 6 US Veteran Vol. Inf. (3 Apr 1866).

Wife: Temperance F. Stolp Bexon (1844 - 1930). 

Married December 11, 1868, Kane, Illinois.

Children: Hattie Bexon Rogers (1869 - 1924). Jessie B. Bexon (1872 - 1873). Linetta Bexon Snow (1874 - 1964). Lula Bexon Shearer (1876 - 1960). Ella A. Bexon (1877 - 1885). Thomas J. Bexon (1879 - 1885).

Burial: Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora, Kane County, Illinois.

Illinois 13th., Infantry Regimental History
Company H. 

Private, Thomas Bexon, Aurora ; mustered May 24, 1861 ; mustered out June 18, 1864. Tom had several severe attacks of fever, weak and puny naturally, but in battle and 011 the march, a soldier. He would stand for an hour at White river, and shoot fish for his mess to which I belonged. It was great enjoyment for him, he being a good shot. At the battle of Missionary Ridge after we were ordered to charge the rebels, a six-foot rebel tried to run away ; then faced us, and held up both hands to surrender, having passed through our lines by Tom "Am I safe," he cried. " Cau't you thee? Courth you are," said Tom, who lisped. It seemed to me remarkable, a giant and a dwarf, but the dwarf was a lion. At Madison Station, Tom hid in a tree top and escaped capture. He served in our hardest battles. Accidentally killed at Aurora, Illinois.

Aurora G. A. R. Post No. 20.

He became one of the first members on, June 10, 1875.  His wife was one of the helpers.

National Alliance of the Daughters of Veterans of the United States of America.

His daughter Lula Bexon, was a member.

Death of Tom, "Thomas" Bexon. 

In 1875 W. E. Reed and other members of the Fire Department established the first electric call fire alarm system. While stringing wires Tom Bexon, a member of No. 2 company, fell from a pole at the corner of River street and Downer place and was killed.

Note.  The above needs more research as the dates don't match his death date.

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