Sunday, July 13, 2008

Thomas H. Donahue

Thomas H. Donahue, also known as “Donnehieu” or “Donoughue”, was born 1841 in Michigan, possibly the son of Elsey.

In 1850 Thomas and his older sister Mary were living with James Jones in Litchfield, Hillsdale County, and by 1860 Thomas may have been living in Allendale or Tallmadge, Ottawa County or in Hillsdale, Hillsdale County.

Thomas was 20 years old and living in Hillsdale or Ottawa County when he enlisted with the consent of the Justice of the Peace in Company B on May 13, 1861. Thomas was wounded in the leg on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, and subsequently sent to Christian Street hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died July 2, 1862, from vulvus sclopeticum (wounds). He was buried on July 3 in the Philadelphia National Cemetery: section B, grave 54.

In 1883 there was one Elsey Donahue living in Hillsdale County and receiving a dependent mother’s pension no. 123,087.

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