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Pvt Andrew C. Thomas
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1833
Hardeman County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1862
Lonoke County
Arkansas, USA

Andrew is buried in an unmarked grave in this cemetery.


The State of Texas, County of Anderson

To any regularly ordained Minister of the Gospel, Judge of the District Court, Chief Justice of County Court, or Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Greetings:

All, or either of you are hereby authorized to celebrate the Rites of Matrimony between Mr. Andrew C. Thomas and Wife, Martha Bradshaw and due return make hereby to me at my office within sixty-days after celebrating.

Witness my hand Seal of Office in the Town of Palestine, The 14th day of December A.D. 1853, J.A. Crawford, Clerk, County Court, Anderson County, Issued 14th Dec 1853, J.A. Crawford

December 22, 1853, The within named parties married according to written authority, William McCullough, Baptist Minister of the Gospel

Returned Jan 31st, 1854, J. A. Crawford


1860 Ioni Twp., Anderson Co., TX Census, pg.48 (dwelling 482-482)
A.C. Thomas, age 30, M, Farmer, $1,200 Real estate value, $450 Personal estate value, b: TN
Martha Thomas, age 28, F, b: AL
J.O. Thomas, age 4, M, b: TX
V.M. Thomas, age 2, F, b: TX

MILITARY RECORDS: Confederate, 18th Regiment Texas Infantry

Andrew C. Thomas, Private, Capt. Thomas R. Bonner's Company, Ochiltree's Reg't Texas Vols. (this company subsequently became Company C, 18th Regiment Texas Infantry)

Age: 32

Roll dated: Camp Sidney Johnson, Marion Co., TX, April 7, 1862
Muster-in to date: April 7, 1862
Joined for duty and enrolled:
When: April 7, 1862
Where: Rusk, Cherokee Co., TX
By whom: W. B. Ochiltree
Period: 3 years
No. of miles to rendezvous: 100

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Company Muster Roll for Sept and Oct, 1862
When: April 7, 1862
Where: Rusk, TX
By whom: W. B. Ochiltree
Period: 3 years
Last paid by whom: William Colby
To what time: 7 June, 1862
Remarks: Sick at private house near Camp Nelson

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Regimental Return for the month of November, 1862
Alterations since last return among the enlisted men:
Date: Nov 13, 1862
Place: Camp Nelson
Remarks: Died of Disease

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Letter written by Andrew C. Thomas, Private, Company C, 18th Regiment Texas Infantry

To: Wife, Martha (Bradshaw) Thomas, Ioni Community, Anderson Co. TX

"June the 12th, 1862, Camp Freeman, Marion Co., TX"

I arrived at camp Freeman on Monday the 9th. My expences up there was 85 cts. I have been well since I left home. Wm Gillmore is sick of fever, & Ransom Bryant is sick also. We have some little sickness in the regiment. I have no news of very great importance that is altogether reliable, however there is one thing I know, I am here, but how long I will stay here I can't tell. I would like very well to hear from you all, and to hear whether Burnetts Regiment has left for Titus County or not; after I had got on the road I found the field notes of my land in my pocket book, and with it, that note on James Hambleton. I intend to send them home by a trusty hand if I can meet with the opportunity, if not I will start them in a letter.

I will send you ten postage stamps in this letter, I sent to Jefferson for some paper but got none. I bought one Bottle of Spirits of turpentine, and one box of mustard and left them in Rusk for David Chyle to take to you, they were left in Wren's drug store in the town of Rusk.

Write to me soon and keep me posted upon matters at home. I have received no money as yet, and when I do, I intend to send it home. I intended to send you a few yds. of ?? but my money fell short. Marthy you had better send to Palestine and get you a sack of salt pretty soon, and get you a few yds. of ??, kiss Jimmy, Sister, and De for me, tell them that I forgot to send them any candy from Rusk. Tell them to be good ?? (Christians or children). Ma bee well assured this is no idle tale, nor as a story that has been often told, but if this command had have been strickly observed in evry instance, we would have had a much better world than we now have, and moreover it becomes more important for this is the way to get your sweet Children to heaven.

May the Lord bless you all spiritually, temperally, and phisically, Both now and forever amen. I wish you all to pray for me allways, til we all meet in heaven, for we will then have received the answers of prayers.

A. C. Thomas

To Martha Thomas

Note: This letter was translated from a copy of the original by Rusty Thomas. Martha died about two months after this letter was written. Andrew died Nov. 13th that same year of black measles at Camp Nelson near Little Rock, AR. The orphaned children were raised by Andrew's brother James.


In the Anderson County 1865 Tax List, this notation appears: "Fulton, L. D., adm of estate of Andrew Thomas, original grantee Jose Mora Maria grant, 308 acres, value 616."

After Andrew and his wife died, Lorenzo Dow Fulton (my g grandfather) as administrator of the estate, was supposed to put their house and land up for rent, but he couldn't find any takers because a "violent storm" came and destroyed the house and the fences. Also, the inventory of Andrew's possessions includes a copy of Pilgrim's Progress and other books.

After the death of Andrew and Martha, the children were reared by their Uncle Jim and Aunt Senie/Senia Thomas who had one son named, Newt Thomas. All the children were born near Palestine, Anderson Co., TX. They later moved to Parker Co. and Jack Co., TX. The Bradshaw and Clark relatives still reside in and near Palestine, TX (Source: Thomas family history obtained from Eurma Faye Thomas.) 
Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery
Lonoke County
Arkansas, USA
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- Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
 Added: Jan. 14, 2017
Andrew - you live on still through the generations that followed. How strange so many years later my path would lead me to you. You are my Grandmothers , Great- Great Grandfather. When I visit the place you were laid to rest it breaks my heart that I do n...(Read more)
 Added: Nov. 6, 2013

- Annie H Darracott 791, UDC - Lakeland, FL
 Added: May. 6, 2013
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