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J. Theodore Thomson, Buried at Halifax, Served in New Jersey Regiments

Posted By on November 24, 2017

Jacob Theodore Thomson, sometimes referred to in the records as Jacob T. Thompson, was born about 1835 in New Jersey.  He is buried at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery, Halifax, Dauphin County. Pennsylvania, and his stone reads J. Theodore Thomson, 1835-1907.

According to information found in the pension application records on Ancestry.com, Jacob served in two New Jersey regiments during the Civil War: (1) 31st New Jersey Infantry, Company B; and (2) 18th New Jersey Infantry, Company H.   Other on-line records note that his service in New Jersey was at the rank of 2nd Sergeant and later at the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

On 23 November 1901, he first applied for a pension from Pennsylvania, which he received and collected until his death.  His widow, Angelia [Boyer] Thomson applied on 20 August 1907, and collected benefits until her death, which occurred in 1927.  She is also buried at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery.  It is believed that Angelia Boyer was from the Halifax area and that is the reason that Jacob located there after the Civil War.  He connection to other members of the Boyer family from that area has not yet been ascertained.

In 1880, Jacob Theodore Thomson was living in Halifax, and gave his occupation as traveling salesman.  In his household, were his wife Angelia B. Thomson, age 34; son Harry Thomson, age 6; son Frank Thomson, age 4; and mother Ruth Thomson, age 71.

However, in 1890, Jacob Theodore Thomson was living in Muncy, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, where he reported his military service in the 31st New Jersey Infantry, Company B, as a Private, from 15 September 1861 through 16 September 1864.

In 1901, when he applied for a pension, he did so as a resident of Pennsylvania, and in 1907, when his wife applied, she also did so from Pennsylvania.

Not much more is known about this Civil War soldier.  If any reader can provide additional information, it will be greatly appreciated.




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