Co. D. 26th N. Y.
Volunteer, Civil War
THOMAS PURCELL was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1837. He was of Irish descent. Subsequenth' he went to Medina, New York, where he was employed until his enlistment in the 28th New York Infantry, to serve in the rebellion, on May 22, 1861. On September 17, 1862 at the battle of Antietam he was seriusly wounded in his head and on account of his wound was mustered out of service on June 2, 1863.
After his recovery he served for three years as a government agent. Then he w^as a railroad conductor in the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad on the run from Cincinnatti to Dayton.
Mr. Purcell moved to DeKalb county, 111., and was among the first settlers in that county, where he was successful in farming and stock raising. In the fall of 1882, Mr. Purcell located land in Faulk county, and while he had interests that required his presence part of the time at Athol, Spink county, he held down the government land securing three valuable quarter sections under the then existing land laws. From 1885 up to the time of his death on September 22, 1900, he was one of the successful, prosperous farmers and stock raisers of Faulk county. While Mr. Purcell was one of Faulk county's leading and progressive farmers he was one of her reliable and active business men, taking an interest in the financial and political prosperity of our county.
On December 23, 1863, Mr. Purcell was united in marriage with Miss Emma Kline of Frederick City, Maryland, who proved a devoted wife and mother. To them were born seven children. Soon after the birth of the voungest in 1879, she was called to surrender all the care and responsibility of her family into the hands of her devoted husband and take the journey to the unknown land from which none ever return, a duty which future events prove was well performed. After his family was grown up and several of them gone to hoihes of their own; the summons came and the mortal was called to put on immortaliy. His children who were then Mrs. J. A. Winerd of Northville, (now of the state of Washington); Mrs. W. T. Jackraan, of DeVoe; Mrs. W. J. Price and Joseph T. Purcell of Fargo, North Dakota; Mrs. Nora McDearmon of Faulkton, Miss Maud Purcell now postmaster of Cresbard and Miss Ros? Purcell, of this city.
While Mr. Purcell had large possessions both of personal and real property, with valuable improvements, which under his able management yearly become more valuable, for some time his failing health became a constant admonition but neither his family, nor the members of the Phil. H. Sheridan G. A. R., of which he was an honored member, realized that the end was so near and not until the end came did his family, friends or the community realize the large place he had filled.
SOURCE HISTORY OF FAULK COUNTY SOUTH DAKOTA, BY CAPTAIN C.H.ELLIS, Faulkton, SD, 1909
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