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Maj Thomas Hamer Kennedy Sr.

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Maj Thomas Hamer Kennedy Sr.

Birth
Brown County, Ohio, USA
Death
16 Mar 1890 (aged 57)
Burial
Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sec. 2 Lot 14
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Thomas Hamer Kennedy was named in honor of Thomas Lyon Hamer of Brown County, Ohio. Residents there thought his namesake would become the president of the United States. Sadly, his namesake was stricken down by disease at a young age.

He was the grandson of Jonathan "John" Ralston and Elizabeth "Betsy" Pitzer of Brown County, Ohio. Thomas Hamer Kennedy was one of thirteen children.

In 1855, at the age of twenty-three, Thomas, his widowed mother Margaret Jane Ralston Kennedy, with about twenty-five Kennedy relatives, migrated from Brown County, Ohio to Douglas County, Kansas, settling in the Kennedy Valley on the Wakarusa River. It was a hard life and one by one, members of the family either died or left the farm land and relocated to other places. The overgrown Kennedy cemetery is still there.

He attained the rank of Major in the Civil War. Muster date: 30 Sep 1862, Muster Place: Kansas, Muster Company: S
Muster Regiment: 12th Infantry, Muster Regiment Type: Infantry
Muster Information: Commission, Muster Out Date: 30 Jun 1865
Muster Out Information: Mustered Out. Side of War: Union,
Thomas Hamer Kennedy was named in honor of Thomas Lyon Hamer of Brown County, Ohio. Residents there thought his namesake would become the president of the United States. Sadly, his namesake was stricken down by disease at a young age.

He was the grandson of Jonathan "John" Ralston and Elizabeth "Betsy" Pitzer of Brown County, Ohio. Thomas Hamer Kennedy was one of thirteen children.

In 1855, at the age of twenty-three, Thomas, his widowed mother Margaret Jane Ralston Kennedy, with about twenty-five Kennedy relatives, migrated from Brown County, Ohio to Douglas County, Kansas, settling in the Kennedy Valley on the Wakarusa River. It was a hard life and one by one, members of the family either died or left the farm land and relocated to other places. The overgrown Kennedy cemetery is still there.

He attained the rank of Major in the Civil War. Muster date: 30 Sep 1862, Muster Place: Kansas, Muster Company: S
Muster Regiment: 12th Infantry, Muster Regiment Type: Infantry
Muster Information: Commission, Muster Out Date: 30 Jun 1865
Muster Out Information: Mustered Out. Side of War: Union,


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