Thomas B Medary

Thomas B Medary

Clermont County, Ohio, USA
Death 1885 (aged 38–39)
District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 70276651 · View Source
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Thomas was born about 1856 in Clermont County, Ohio, perhaps in Batavia. His parents were Asher C Medary and Elizabeth B Thornton who were married 31 Oct 1833 in Clermont, Ohio.

Thomas's father, Asher, died in 1846 and is buried at the Batavia Union Cemetery. He was a newspaper editor. His brother, Samuel Medary, was also a newspaper editor, a county surveyor and a well known politician. Samuel's obituary says "the name was originally spelled Madeira and is still so pronounced." Samuel was the last territorial governor of Minnesota, and of Kansas in 1859-60.

In 1850 the U.S. Federal Census shows Thomas living with his mother Elizabeth B Medary and his siblings, Hannah M Medary, John S Medary and William T Medary in Tate, Clermont, Ohio. In 1860 Thomas at age 13 is still living with his mother but it looks like there are boarders in the household.

In 1870 Thomas, at age 23, is living in a hotel with his brother William T Medary, in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk, Iowa. Thomas is a bookkeeper and his brother's occupation is "Who. Leather Store."

The reason I know whom Thomas married is because I came across the obituary of his wife's mother Mrs. Flora Woodward Monser which notes that she had died in 1896 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Katharine Medary, at Melrose Park, a suburb of Chicago.

Katherine (Kittie) Woodard grew up in Galena and Wenona, Illinois. In 1860, Thomas Medary's sister, Hannah Mary and her husband, Orvil Lynch Grant, a brother to President Ulysses S Grant, were living in Galena. Presumably this is how the Medarys and Woodwards met.

Then Thomas seems to disappear. The Washington, District of Columbia Directory, 1884, shows Medary Thomas B, eng, living at the National hotel. There are two 1885 death records on Ancestry. The Cook County, Ilinois Death Index says the death date for a Thomas B Medary was 25 Feb 1885. The District of Columbia has death record for a Thos. B. Medora, b. 1849, "Babavid," Clermont Co. Ohio, death date 17 Feb 1885, Washington, D.C., burial place, D.C.

In 1885 Mrs. Kittie W. Medary from Illinois is shown as being employed as a laborer in Washington, D.C. at the Dept. of the Interior, Patent Office.

It seems Thomas B Medary was a surveyor who worked for the Department of the Interior.

Thomas's mother, Elizabeth Medary, died in 1884 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His brother, John Simpson Medary, died in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His brother, William T Medary, is Memorial #24171026 and his sister, Hannah Mary Grant, is Memorial #37285362.

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  • Maintained by: D. Blean
  • Originally Created by: Jennifer Race
  • Added: 23 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70276651
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas B Medary (1846–1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70276651, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by D. Blean (contributor 47370062) .