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Maj Thomas Montgomery
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1841, Northern Ireland
Death: Jun. 7, 1907
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA

A CIVIL WAR SOLDIER:

Born in Northern Ireland (Mount Charles, Donegal County), Thomas was the son of Rev. Alexander and Margaret Baskin Montgomery. He was educated by his father who was a missionary teacher, coming first to Canada (1845) and then Minnesota (1856) where the family made a farm claim in the small village of Cleveland, near St. Peter, MN.

"Thomas enlisted in St Peter, Minnesota, in 1962, with Lincoln's first call for troops. He joined the Cleveland Guards, then the local 7th MN Vol, Co. K where he serving as Corporal, elected as 2nd Lt. He spent many months responding to the 1862 Sioux Uprising as his unit was deployed to nearby Mankato, New Ulm and Camp Release. He was part of the Sibley Expedition before being redeployed South to the main battles of the Civil War. He was transferred to the 3rd Rgt. Missouri Vols. of African Descent as 1st Lt.; (Captain), Co. K. 67th U.S. Colored Missouri Infantry; (Captain), Co. L, 65 U.S.Colored Missouri Infantry.; Discharged in 1966, (Brevet Major). He continued participation in the Minnesota GAR, as Commander of the A.K. Skaro Civil War Veteran Post, St.Peter, MN." Thomas Montgomery's Civil War letters home are held at the Minnesota Historical Society's History Center manuscript collection and Civil War collection in St. Paul, Minnesota along with some of his other war memorabilia.

"After the war, he went into partnership with Theodore "Ted" Carter in St. Peter, as Carter & Montgomery, Insurance, Real Estate and Surveying Co.(1867-85), then continuing individually until 1891. The firm laid out much of St. Peter`s development expansion, as well as the St. Peter State Hospital lands. His own house was designed and built at this time in St. Peter. Today this brick home is a heritage property in St. Peter, on both the Minnesota and National Register of Historic Properties. His other St Peter business activity included Sec.& Director of Buckeye Mining Co., Pres. of the London & Sacramento Mining Co. where he continued his partnerships with longtime friend Ted Carter."

"A devout Methodist and Abolitionist, Thomas was very active in the St. Peter Methodist Church-- helping to raise funds for its building and for 16 years was Sup. of its Sunday School. He sponsored several African American members of his former troop for local jobs in St. Peter, and helped a family of freed slaves resettle after being liberated from their Louisiana plantation.

He was a longtime member of the St. Peter School Board and a strong believer in importance of literacy and education for all races. He and his church members regularly collected books and materials for Freedman's Schools operating in the South after the Civil War.

As his children came to university age, all planned to attend Methodist Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The family decided to move to St. Paul. Thomas became a major land developer in the area between Minneapolis and St. Paul, today's "Midway District". This area was developed initially as Hamline Village and centered on the Hamline campus structures and Hamline`s Methodist Church. The family built a large shingle-style home there and several tenant properties. Three nearby streets were named after Montgomery children, Charles, Edmund and Thomas as part of the survey and development process. Proceeds from this development project enabled Thomas to retire and devote time to his two main interests- Masonry and Veteran Affairs. He was elected to two terms St. Paul City Council Alderman and was active in state GAR politics as Chrm. of the Administrative Encampment (1884-1896), Loyal Legion (Chancellor of Minnesota Commandary) for 5 years."

"A Mason since before the Civil War in Cleveland, Minnesota, he also joined the lodge and chapter of St. Peter; Council, in Minneapolis; Commandary in Mankato; the Shrine and Scottish Rite, in St. Paul, holding posts of Grand Sec. of A. F. & A. M., Grand Secretary of the Royal Arch Masons; Recorder of Royal & Select Master & Recorder of Knights Templar. He wrote and published two books on Masonry in Minnesota. After his death, his own Mason funeral in St Paul, Minnesota involved a long honorary procession from the Hamline Church to Oakland Cemetery-- the entourage stopped traffic; state and local dignitaries, "old soldier" friends and colleagues and much of St. Paul's political and veteran community attended the funeral." (source: Life and Times of Major Thomas Montgomery of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1972, St. Paul, MN and St. Paul Pioneer Press obituary, June 1907)

Thomas Montgomery had been instrumental in working through legislation helping many of Minnesota's Civil War veterans resettle after the war; he personally helped raise funds and donate funds for their burials, purchase and apply for headstones and draft petitions for veteran family benefits/pensions.

Thomas Montgomery was age 66 when he died in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Montgomery (1813 - 1892)
  Margaret Baskin Montgomery (1807 - 1887)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Ann Purnell Montgomery (1847 - 1940)
 
 Children:
  Edmund Alexander Montgomery (1868 - 1952)*
  Cora Belle Montgomery (1871 - 1935)*
  Charles Purnell Montgomery (1872 - 1957)*
  Edith Margaret Montgomery Catlin (1874 - 1960)*
  George Damen Montgomery (1878 - 1931)*
  Thomas Baskin Montgomery (1881 - 1941)*
  Grant Montgomery (1885 - 1964)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Montgomery (1841 - 1907)
  James Charles Montgomery (1846 - 1927)*
  Isabella Montgomery (1848 - 1848)*
  Alexander Montgomery (1849 - 1868)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: D. Montgomery
Record added: Oct 16, 2012
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Maj Thomas Montgomery
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Maj Thomas Montgomery
Added by: D. Montgomery
 
Maj Thomas Montgomery
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