Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thomas White Stephens

Thomas White. Stephens. 

Birth: 1839,
Death: Oct. 28, 1922, District Of Columbia.

Occupation Farmer.

Wife: Mary Elizabeth Tyler Stephens (1839 - 1920).

Children: Carrie E., George A., Harry E., Mary, James Albert Stephens (1870 - 1958), John Francis Stephens (1875 - 1941).

Burial: Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Kansas Ex-Prisoners of War.

Thomas W. Stephens, Residence North Topeka; Indiana 20th., Infantry, Co. K.; Captured Orchaards, June 30, 1862; Prison Libby; Released August 6, 1862.

Indiana State  Records.
Indiana 20th., infantry Co. K.

Thomas W. Stephens, Residence White Co.; Mustered in July 22, 1861; Mustered out July 29, 1864; Sergeant; [ Corporal.].

Kansas County Histories.

THOMAS WHITE STEPHENS, farmer, Section 30, P. O. North Topeka, was born in Wayne County, Ind., August 27, 1839, living there and in Carroll and Pulaski counties until July, 1861, when he enlisted in Company K, Twentieth Indiana Infantry, serving until August, 1864, when he was discharged.

He was in the Army of the Potomac, taking part in McClellan's different campaigns, as well as those of other commanders; was at Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness and Petersburg battles, and others; was taken prisoner at Orchards, Virginia being held five weeks and spending a portion of the time in Libby Prison and Belle Isle.

He was four times slightly wounded, being protected from serious wounds by his cartridge box and knapsack, once by a book inside his clothing, a Bible taken from Chancellorville battle field, once wounded by a Confederate soldier, Alexander Weant, and another time a ball struck his gun and shattered it. After his discharge he returned to Pulaski County, Ind., there marrying on August 27, 1864, Miss Mary E. Tyler.

They have seven children - Thomas E., Caroline E., James A., George A., John F., Frank F. and Harrison E. In 1877 he came to Kansas, locating in Shawnee County. His farm consists of eighty acres, of which fifty are under cultivation and the rest grass land. He also keeps a small herd of cattle of good grades. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church

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