John Wesley Williams papers
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- Williams, John Wesley, 1840-1906 (Person)
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Ancestry.com. "John Williams." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 22, 2019. https://ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "John W. Williams." U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed January 22, 2019. https://ancestrylibrary.com.
FindaGrave.com. "MAJ John W. Williams." Memorial ID 153450536. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153450536.
"Pioneer Dies." Beatrice Daily Express (NE), January 4. 1906. https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/.
"Death of John W. Williams." Plymouth Tribune (IN), January 11, 1906. https://access.newspaperarchive.com/.
Thomas Sumner was born on September 22, 1820 at Centerville, Wayne County, Indiana to William and Nancy Sumner. Beginning at the age of fifteen, he worked for four years in the hatter trade, working in the same shop as Oliver P. Morton, the governor of Indiana during the Civil War. In 1843, he married Mahala Boggs Swain. They moved to a farm in Marshall County, Indiana in 1849 and the following year he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. In 1856, they sold their farm and moved to Bureau County, Illinois. At the start of the Civil War, Thomas enlisted in Company I, 27th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served as a 1st lieutenant. Following the Battle of Shiloh, he resigned and returned to Indiana to help organize the 87th Indiana Infantry Regiment. The 87th was mustered in at Indianapolis on August 31, 1862 and Thomas was commissioned a major. He was later promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, but resigned his commission due to disability on November 20, 1863. He moved back to Marshall County and returned to farming and in 1880 was again elected to serve in the State Legislature. He passed away at the age of 62 on March 16, 1883.
Information found within collection.
“Death of Colonel Thomas Sumner.” Plymouth Republican (IN), March 22, 1883.
FindaGrave.com. “LTC Thomas Sumner.” Memorial ID 51047202. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51047202/thomas-sumner.
Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Volume III. – 1861-1865. Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglass, State Printer, 1866. https://archive.org/details/reportofadjutant03indi/page/78
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