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Thomas W. Hope
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1844
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1923
Diamond Bluff
Pierce County
Wisconsin, USA

HOPE. Thomas W, (Civil War - Indian Wars) was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1844, son of George B. and Eveline Ruth (Crane) Hope, the latter being daughter of Abartha Crane, one of the earliest settlers of Erie, Erie county, Pa., and a colonel in the War of 1812. Thomas was educated in the public schools of Erie, Pa.; Trumbull, Ohio., and Champaign, Ill. During his residence in Trumbull county, OH., he was a boy friend of William McKinley and William McKinley Osborne and attended the same school with Osborne. He went from there to Urbana, Ill., staying one year and a half. He then came by team to Rock Island, Ill., thence by boat, "Northern Belle," in 1855, and settled in Pierce County, where he has since continued to live. Upon his arrival here he engaged with his father in wood and lime burning and farming. He served as a soldier against the Indians during the time of their uprising at New Ulm in 1862, and in February, 1864, he enlisted at Red Wing, Minn., in Company I, Fist Minnesota Heavy Artillery, serving until the close of the war. In the summer of that year while stationed at Chattanooga, Tenn., they had charge of prisons and forts and his company wad divided to take charge of two forts. Mr. Hope came under the command of Lieut. James H. Carney, who occupied Fort Carpenter, which commanded the landing and the bridge across the Tennessee river at Chattanooga. Mr. Hope was appointed duty sergeant and when Lieutenant Carney was called away on duty to the battlefield of Chickamauga to look up and mark the positions that Minnesota regiments held in that battle, he appointed Mr. Hope to command the fort until his return, which command Mr. Hope filled with credit to himself and to his superior officer. At another time in 1865 Chattanooga was threatened with being blown up by a burning magazine of explosives and ammunition, a large amount of government stores and supplies being held at that place. Mr. Hope took part in working a force pump engine close to the bursting shells and other explosives, the danger of death being so great that an officer stood on the engine with a pail of stimulant, passing it to the men to nerve them up. It took a day and a night to subdue the fire, but the bridge and a large amount of stores and supplies were saved. Mr. Hope came out all right, but left the canteen behind. Mr. Hope's regiment was part of the Army of the Cumberland under Gen. George H. Thomas. He was mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., September 27, 1865, and received his dismissal from the state service in October of that year at Fort Snelling. Returning at once to Diamond Bluff, Wis., he settled down to farming. He was married February 1, 1867, at Prescott, Wis., to Isara L. Durgin, daughter of Charles G. Durgin, of River Falls, Wis., the ceremony being performed by Capt. P. V. Wise, justice of the peace at Prescott, Wis. This union was blessed with six children, four of whom are now living. George May Hope lives in St. Paul, Minn.; Charles William Hope lives in Diamond Bluff, Wis.; Frank Parker Hope lives at Holding Ford, Minn., and Seth Chancellor Hope is a farmer living in Trim Belle township, Wisconsin. Mr. Hope is a church-going man and belongs to the G. A. R. post of Trim Belle, of which he was junior vice-commander two terms. He is also a member of the Regimental Union, of St. Paul, Minn., and of the St. Croix Valley Veteran Association. He was at one time elected town assessor, but declined to serve. Mrs. Hope passed away June 11, 1891. (Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909). 
Family links: 
  George Hope (1810 - 1885)
  Isara L. Durgin Hope (1849 - 1891)
  George May Hope (1868 - 1941)*
  Charles W. Hope (1870 - 1959)*
  Seth C Hope (1874 - 1938)*
  Willie H Hope (1878 - 1886)*
*Calculated relationship
Diamond Bluff Cemetery
Pierce County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: JLH
Record added: Jan 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82812414
Thomas W. Hope
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