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Admin/Biog History ALLEN, Thomas Scott - Col., 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Thomas was born in Alleghany County, New York on July 26, 1825. He was a son of Rev. Asa S. and Lydia (Kingsbury) Allen. Lydia died on Aug. 14, 1847. Thomas was educated in common schools and attended classes in a university at Oberlin, Ohio until being forced to leave before graduating due to failing eyesight. He came west in 1846 and temporarily was engaged at a daily newspaper in Chicago, Illinois. The following year he removed to Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wisconsin and was variously engaged there in mining, surveying and teaching. Thomas was married on Aug. 11, 1851 to Sarah, a daughter of Gen. Charles Bracken. She died in 1854 after having given birth to a daughter. In 1857 Thomas was elected to the Wisconsin Legislature from the Mineral Point District and in 1860 he was appointed as Chief Clerk in the U.S. Land Office at Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. On Apr. 13, 1861 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Private in the Governor's Guards. On Apr. 26, 1861 he enlisted in Company I, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and he was commissioned as Captain of that company on Apr. 27, 1861. At the reorganization of that regiment on Aug. 22, 1861 he was commissioned as Major and he was promoted to Lt. Col. of the regiment on Aug. 22, 1862. Thomas was wounded twice at Gainesville, Virginia but he continued in the fight. He was wounded twice again at Antietam, Maryland on Sept. 17, 1862 and he was carried from the field. Thomas was promoted to Colonel and was assigned to the 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on Jan. 24, 1863. He was wounded at Rappahannock Station, Virginia on Nov. 7, 1863. His left hand was badly shattered by rebel bullets. In March of 1865 he was breveted a Brigadier General as a reward for gallantry during his volunteer service. He was married in April 1866 to Natalie Weber. She was born in 1844 at Ohio. In that same year Thomas was elected as Secretary of State for Wisconsin and he held that position until 1870. In that year he was listed as residing at Madison. Residing with him and his wife were three children: Ellen F., born circa 1853 at Wisconsin; Henry A., born circa 18867 at Wisconsin; and Alaina, born circa 1869 at Wisconsin. Also residing with them was Ruth A. Allen. She was a teacher and was born circa 1835 at New York. Thomas removed to Oshkosh, Winnebago County during that same year and he was soon instrumental in the Daily Northwestern. He sold his interests in that publication in 1885 and then became involved as a proprietor of the Wisconsin Telegraph, a local German-language newspaper. Thomas was listed in 1883 at P.O. Oshkosh, where he was receiving a pension of $15 per month for wounds to his right forearm and his left hand. Thomas was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #241 at Oshkosh. He was listed in 1890 as residing in the city of Oshkosh. Thomas and Natalie had three sons and four daughters. Thomas died of heart failure at his home in Oshkosh on Dec. 12, 1905. He is buried in Oshkosh in the Masonic Section of Riverside Cemetery, block J, lot 4. His next of kin was listed as a daughter, Mrs. M. Bishop of Oshkosh. Thomas was survived by: his wife; son Capt. H.A. Allen of Chicago; son Edward W. Allen of Oshkosh; daughter Mrs. F.H. Reed of Clairemont, California; daughter Mary N. Allen of Oshkosh; and daughter Mrs. Julian West, also of Oshkosh. He was also survived by four sisters, all residing in California: Mrs. F.E. Grove; Mrs. Alma Smith; Mrs. J.C. Reid; and Mrs. Mary McKenna. Natalie Allen died in 1930. She is buried at the side of her husband. Lydia, mother of Thomas, is also buried on that plot. Georgia Allen was married in Winnebago County on Sept. 5, 1896 to Julian William West. She died in 1961 and is buried with her parents. Alena Allen was born in 1869 and died unmarried in 1892. She is buried on that same plot. Son Thomas E. Allen was married in Winnebago County on Oct. 1, 1892 to Emma Isabel Townsend. She was born in 1874 and died in 1897. Thomas E. also died in 1897. Both are buried with his parents. Daughter Mary Allen was born in 1879. She was married to Homer H. Bishop. Homer died in 1930 and Mary died in 1955. They also share the large plot of her father.

{US 1870, 1890; WC-V 1885, 1895, 1905; LOP-1883; ROV; Randall p.32; SCA 1:695-7; GRI}
{Harney p.174-5; Lawson p.850-3; ODN 16 Dec 1905; WCMR v.8 p.238 #1631}
{Cemetery Records; WCMR v.7 p.417 #2656}
Collection Map Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1854
Abstract 1854 folding pocket map of Wisconsin in hard bound cloth binding, published by J. H. Colton, No. 86 Cedar Street, New York. Map shows lakes; rivers, railroads, roads, canals, cities, and county borders. Hand tinted. Used by Thomas S. Allen, who lived in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC350.5
Object Name Book
People Allen, Thomas Scott
Pub Date 1854
Publisher J. H. Colton
Pub Place New York, NY
Copyrights Public Domain
Size 14" x 17 1/2"
Subjects Maps
Travel
Wisconsin
Title Pocket Map of Wisconsin
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