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Re: Thomas Donlan Cambridge MA Civil War era
Posted by: Dick Brown Date: January 19, 2002 at 15:14:21
In Reply to: Thomas Donlan Cambridge MA Civil War era by Dick Brown of 97

The following is a database record update that I have for my gggrandfather, Thomas Donlan.

Note that the best man at his wedding was Martin DONLAN.

I see other Martin DONLANs at this bb page... would like to explore potential connections.

Individual Summary for Thomas DONLAN

Born Ireland 1820
Marriage 1 Jan 1857 Brighton, Mass
Grand Army of the Republic- Civil War Private, Co I 2d Mass Cavalry
Died 9 May 1890 Watertown Mass
Buried Cottage St Cemetery Watertown, Mass
Nickname: Tommy (?)
Horse Groom & Laborer
Father Patrick DONLAN Mother Winifred

Spouse Catherine GRADY 1 Jan 1857 St Columbkille's Church Brighton, Mass
Best Man Martin DONLAN
Bride's Maid Dora MULLEN

Living in Watertown at the time of the 1880 census.

Thomas Donlan was a Civil War veteran. He applied for a disabilty pension on 6 Jun 1885 based on injuries sustained from a horse kick to his left side. The claim was not allowed.

The National Archives record reflects info not otherwise posted in this database:

Enlisted 10 Aug 1864 in I Co (Major Kendry's company) 2d Mass Volunteer Cav.

Discharged 13 June 1865 in Philadelphia.

He was injured while watering the commander's horse on 21 Oct 1864 at Cedar Creek VA, evac'd to Winchester, VA, the to Baltimore and then to Philadelphia.

Witnesses to his accident/injury were Martin Laffey (Laffy?) and Francis Sharkey.

He is described as: 5' 1-3" tall between 150-175 lbes, dark complexion, blue eyes and gray hair.

At the time he enlisted, he was working as a farm hand. After his discharge, he worked (as possible) as a laborer.

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