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Lieut Thomas Jefferson Brunson
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Birth: May 19, 1843
Mississippi, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 1929
Leonard
Fannin County
Texas, USA

Thomas Jefferson Brunson was born and raised in Mississippi. In his late teens he joined the Confederate Army as a Private in artillery. He entered the service in place of his father who was needed at home to support the family, and who otherwise would have been drafted. He experienced intensive action, but escaped injury --narrowly, it appears--his cap was once ripped from his head by a bullet.
He related many of his war experiences to my grandfather, but by the time I got around to asking about those stories, my grandfather said:
"I wish I had written it all down at the time, for he told me many details that I have long since forgotten. He would name the places and dates of his travels and of the battles he fought, and he evidently kept a journal. I do not know what happened to it.
"The thing I remember most was that his unit was constantly hungry. When one of the mules that pulled his cannon was shot, they feasted on the meat. Once, when his company came upon a farmhouse where a lady was selling cookies to soldiers at the front door, he and a companion sneaked through the back door and stole her cookie dough from the kitchen. Toward the end of the war, their total daily ration was one ounce of pea-flour per man.
"The war ended for him when his unit surrendered at Vicksburg. Soon afterward he married Minerva A. Adams and migrated to Texas, settling somewhere in the Blue Ridge-Westminster area of Collin County as a tenant farmer."
Thomas owned a small country store in Westminster for a while, allowing my grandfather sweets from the glass candy case.
Thomas and his family lived in a small frame house on the east side of Church Street in McKinney. Later in life, after Minerva died, he alternated living with his children's families. He lived with my grandfather's family from about 1916 until 1920. From there he lived with his daughter, Myrtle Lowrance in Leonard, Texas, until his death.
 (bio by: Andrea Hooe Raum) 
 
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 Children:
  James Patterson Brunson (1873 - 1945)*
  Ella Jane Brunson Samples (1877 - 1968)*
  Ula Calhoun Brunson (1883 - 1970)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Lieut. Thomas J. Brunson CSA Miss. 1843-1929
 
Note: Confederate Officer who enlisted in Mississippi (Unit unknown) His name appears on the UDC 1925 List of Confederate Veterans. He died Feb. 6th 1929 at age 86
 
Burial:
Pecan Grove Cemetery
McKinney
Collin County
Texas, USA
Plot: Block 115
 
Created by: Herbert Rickards
Record added: Jun 01, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6465703
Lieut Thomas Jefferson Brunson
Added by: Andrea Hooe Raum
 
Lieut Thomas Jefferson Brunson
Added by: Andrea Hooe Raum
 
Lieut Thomas Jefferson Brunson
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- Andrea Hooe Raum
 Added: Dec. 7, 2012
Rest In Peace.
Dixie!!
- David Benz
 Added: Aug. 13, 2002

- Herbert Rickards
 Added: Jun. 1, 2002
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