Solomon M. Thomas

Solomon M. Thomas[1]

Male Abt 1842 - 1911  (~ 69 years)

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  • Name Solomon M. Thomas 
    Born Abt. 1842  Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Jan 1911  Danville, Vermillion, IL Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteers Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Declaration for Invalid Pension, [claim 467,143] Indiana, Clay County, 4 Dec 1882, personally appeared . . . Solomon Thomas, aged 36 years, resident of Bowling Green, Clay, IN Thomas, . . . [He on] 12 Mar 1863 enrolled [as a Corporal] Company I, 1st Regiment, Indiana Artillery, . . . and was honorably discharged at Baton Rouge LA 10 Jan 1866; personal description: 5 ft, complexion fair, hair auburn, eyes hazel. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the services and in the line of duty at Richmond KY, on or about April 1862, he was struck on his back by a sabre while in a charge. He has never recovered from the effects of said sabre stroke, and he is still disabled therefrom. . . . [He] was not treated in a hospital. . . . Since leaving the service, this applicant has resided in the town of Bowling Green, Clay, IN and his occupation has been that of a farmer. That prior to his entry into the service, . . . he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled a farmer. That he is now much disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, in the service of the United States. . . . A. B. Webb, Washington, DC, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. [signed] Solomon Thomas"

      "Disability Affidavit. Pension Claim No. 467,143. 5 Jan 1883 . . . My Post Office address is Bowling Green, Clay, IN all my life. . . . Since my discharge from said service 10 Jan 1866, I have resided in Washington Township, Clay, IN and my occupation has been that of Superintending a farm. I further state that the disability for which I claim a pension arises from Deafness of right ear & sabre stroke on the back. Deafness of ear, Sep 1862 . . . caused by cannon. . . . No time am I able to do heavy work; about 1/2 time I am able to do some light work; about 1/3 of an able bodied man as a farmer. [signed] Solomon Thomas. . . I was not treated while in the service. 20 Mar 1883. [signed] Solomon Thomas"

      "20 Mar 1883. ". . . he is unable to provide medical evidence of his soundness at the time of his enlistment and for five years previous thereto . . . and that he . . . was a stout, hearty man and free from any disease, particularly loss of [hearing] in right ear, and wound in the back. . . . [signed] Solomon Thomas"

      "21 Mar 1883. ". . . says he is unable to furnish medical evidence as to his physical condition since his discharge and as to his disabilities up to the present time, that the only doctors [that] treated him . . . [are] dead. . . . [signed] Solomon Thomas"

      "U.S. Pension Office. 31 Jul 1883 . . . [large script:] Rejected."

      Solomon M. Thomas wrote three letters to "Mr. Black, Commissioner" which the Pension Bureau time stamped: 13 Aug 1885, 17 Jun 1886, and 11 Oct 1886. In each Solomon complained that attorney Webb wanted the remainder of his $10 fee even though he was not working the case, and that Solomon was certain that he was deserving of an invalid pension because of his deafness in his right ear and excessive pain in his back.

    • "In the matter of Solomon M. Thomas . . . age 42, 6 Jan 1887 . . . applicant for pension No. 467173,. . . [He] made and filed a Declaration fo Invalid Pension on or about 14 Dec 1882. He now makes this affidavit supplemental to the Declaration now on file in the Pension Department.

      As to his first enlistment, he cannot give exact dates, but in the month of May or June 1862, he enlisted Co. B, 55th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, three-month men, and was mustered out at Indianapolis, IN in September 1862. The regiment did not receive discharges--were simply mustered out, expiration of term of service.

      Claimant again enlisted in Co. C, 115th Regiment, indiana Volunteers (six month) on 10 Jul 1863 and was discharged 25 Feb 1864, by expiration of term of service, at Indianapolis, IN.

      He again enlisted in Co. I, 1st Indiana Regiment, Heavy Artillery, 12 Mar 1864; discharged 10 Jan 1866.

      That while a member of Co. B, 55th Regt Indiana Volunteers, at or near Richmond KY on or about 30 Aug 1862 and in the line of duty. It was late in the evening and what was known as the graveyard on the last stand made by the Federal forces on 30 Aug 1862, the Confederate Cavalry made a charge and stampeded our lines and in said stampede, I was struck in the back with a sabre and left upon the field. The calvary continued in pursuit of the retreating forces and I managed to escape off the field and crossed the Kentucky River; and three days afterward I came to Lexington, KY.

      I was all alone in my travel from the Richmond battlefield to Lexington; from Lexington to Cincinnati OH and then direct to Indianapolis, IN and stayed a day and a night at the Soldiers' Home in Indianapolis, and then came home. We stayed home some eight or ten days and went back to Indianapolis and was mustered out of the service, though we did not get regular discharges. While at home some eight or ten days, just previous to being mustered out of the 55th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, I was treated by Dr. John Gilfelder, who then resided in Center Point, IN, who died in the year 1877 . . . . I had no medical treatment while in the service of said regiment and have no hospital record. . . . [signed] Jonathan M. Thomas"

      "General Affidavit. . . . 16 Nov 1887 . . . That while at or near Brashear City, LA in the summer of 1864, while firing a thirty-two pound cannon at the target, Claimant was No. 2 on said gun, and in trailing said piece to fire out of the fort, when the piece would be close to the wall; so close the piece would rebound that it would bounce by him. After said target firing, we then shelled a cyprus woods about a mile in our front. During said time, the crack of the gun produced a deafness and the claimant cut from his coat the cotton and packed into his ears to protect them from the crack of the gun. At the aforesaid time, Claimant could not hear out of his right ear after the firing. . . . [signed] Solomon M. Thomas.. Filed by I.O. Webb, Washington, DC."

    • Residence

      Pension application 04 Dec 1882: Bowling Green, Clay, IN; Census 1900 & 1910 Danville, Vermillion, IL: member, Danville Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteers

    • "STATEMENT OF ATTENDING PHYSICIANS. . . . Solomon Thomas died Jan 1, 1911, 5:10 AM . . . Admitted to hospital 16 Dec 1910. . . . State nature of disease from which pensioner died: Knife wounds, self-inflicted with suicidal intent, 31 Dec 1910, while a patient in Ward #7 and while being treated as a patient while suffering from symtoms of paraplegia. . . ."

    • "16 May 1911. Claim No. 435,798. Reimbursement. Otto R. Thomas [a son], 1248 Reisner Street, Indianapolis, Marion, IN. . . . Undertaker's bill $47.00, Transportation of corpse, Illinois to Indiana, $2.00 Assets None. Insurance None. Approved $49.00 . . ."
    Person ID I16283  Complete
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2012 

    Father James Parsons Thomas,   b. 25 Jan 1804, Shelby County, Kentucky, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1882, Clay City, Clay County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Barbara Barnett,   b. 07 Jan 1810, Harrison County, Indiana Territory, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Mar 1848, Clay City, Clay County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 11 Sep 1827  Clay City, Clay County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Travis, "History of Clay County," p. 519, List of marriages reinstated after records were destroyed in a fire:

      "May 1828 James P. Thomas and Barbara Barnett"
    Family ID F5984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Roy Richard Thomas.
      Notes on this page prepared by Roy Richard Thomas 12/2007