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 James Henry Toole, Sr

James Henry Toole, Sr

Birth
New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death 15 Oct 1884 (aged 59)
Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado, USA
Burial Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Sec 8d
Memorial ID 10190795 · View Source
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During the Civil War he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant at Placerville, El Dorado County, October 14, 1861, and mustered into Company G, 5th California Infantry, at Camp Union (Sacramento) on November 26. He accompanied the California Column to Tucson, where he served as Acting Assistant Quartermaster from May 30, 1862 to January 9, 1863. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant at Tucson September 7, 1862, appointed Regimental Quartermaster, and transferred to Field & Staff January 10, 1863. Lieutenant Toole was transferred to Company D on May 19, 1863, where he remained until the regiment was mustered out in October 1864. He was then transferred to Company C, 1st California Veteran Infantry, November 27, 1864, and posted to Las Cruces, New Mexico Territory. Lieutenant Toole was mustered out at Franklin (El Paso), Texas, April 5, 1865 (Orton, 394, 676, 690, 703).
James Henry Toole was the son of Thomas Toole and Mary (maiden name unknown), the youngest of 13 children. As a young man he accompanied his father to New Orleans, Louisiana, to promote his father's mercantile business. James joined the Gold Rush to California in 1849 and was engaged in mining in Placer County (1860 US Census). After the Civil War he returned to Arizona Territory to serve as Adjutant General, a position he resigned on December 15, 1868, and became a successful merchant and real estate investor (1870 US Census). James married Louise M. Dexter (1852-1923), the daughter of John and Jenny Dexter, at Tucson April 22, 1873. He was elected mayor of Tucson in January 1878 and in 1881 became vice president of the Arizona Telephone Company. That same year he was elected as the first commander of Tucson's Negley Post, Grand Army of the Republic. He was a charter member of the Society of Arizona Pioneers, serving as the organizations treasurer, and was a member of the Society of California Volunteers. Following a failed banking venture in 1884 that left him severely depressed, James boarded a train at Tucson to rejoin his family in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where he had sent them earlier. While the train was pulling into Trinidad, Colorado, James shot himself. Members of Trinidad's Canby Post, G.A.R., took charge of his remains, had him embalmed, and forwarded his body to Beaver Dam for burial. Louise filed for a minor's survivor's pension April 16, 1891, and received application No. 509,525 and certificate No. 365,017. Louise filed for a widow's pension November 13, 1916, and received application No. 1,085,517 and certificate No. 842,196.
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Children (all born at Tucson):
- Anna Belle (1875; married Dal[e]y)
- Richard C. (1877?-Bef 1884; buried Court St. Cemetery, Tucson, AZ)
- James Henry, jr. (1878)
- Catherine L. (1880)
- Robert L. (1882)
Biography information was contributed by Steve


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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: Cemetery Walker
  • Added: 30 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10190795
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Henry Toole, Sr (28 Oct 1824–15 Oct 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10190795, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .