Thomas Edward King--Co. B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry


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Thomas Edward King was born in Anderson County, Texas, on 21 March 1840, the son of Thomas and Margaret (Meek) King. He was also the brother of Adam Meek King.

Thomas King and Margaret Meek moved their family from Illinois to Texas in about 1839. Father Thomas was in Texas as early as 1835. He is apparently the Thomas King who served in the Siege of Bexar in the fight for Texas Independence. He later served in the federal service in the Mexican War, mustering in on July 6, 1846.

The family was enumerated in the 1850 census of Walker County. Father Thomas King was a carpenter and helped build the first courthouse in Huntsville and also the first Masonic Lodge. Mother Margaret died in 1854 and Father Thomas remarried in 1856. The family was living in Montgomery County by 1860.

On May 4, 1861, Thomas Edward King joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen as a private. On November 26th of that year he was married to Henrietta R. Park in Montgomery County. She was the daughter of John Park and Elizabeth Kellett, immigrants from South Carolina and was born 25 November 1843. She was the niece of James M. Kellett and of John G. Kellett.

The following year, on March 29, 1862, Thomas Edward joined The Second Texas Lancers in the company of Captain Samuel D. Wooldridge. This was to become Co. B. 24th Texas, CSA. He was a private. He enlisted at Danville; he gave the value of his horse as $180.00 and his equipment as $35.00.

An alternate name found on one muster roll in the Compiled Service Records is “Thomas A. King.”

Tom went to rendezvous at Camp Carter at Hempstead and trained for war. He then rode his horse to Arkansas with the rest of the men of the 24th and was dismounted there with the others. He spent the fall stationed at Ft. Hindman, Arkansas Post, where the men were engaged in building winter cabins.

He fought in the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863 and was captured there by Union forces. He was imprisoned at Camp Butler, Illinois, and is on the Roster of men captured at Arkansas Post and on the Roll of Prisoners of War at Camp Butler.

Tom was paroled at City Point, Virginia, with the other men in April. However, he was ill so was sent to the hospital at Petersburg, Virginia. In July, he was given a furlough due to his illness, chronic diarrhea.

An interesting document is in Tom's file. It is entitled: “Record of Board of Examiners for Furlough and Discharges for G. O. No. 69 ”

The document was executed at General Hospital, Houston, Texas, and the date was July 20, 186_. I think this must have been 1863, soon after Tom was furloughed from Petersburg, Virginia. The document gives his brigade as Garland's, his captain as Wooldridge, his residence as Montgomery, Texas, his station as Tennessee, and his disease as chronic diarrhea.

His muster rolls in the field continued to show him absent on furlough through April of 1864, when all records for Company B end.

One final record is in his file. It is a "Regimental Return of a detachment of this regiment named above, attached to and on duty with the 25th Regiment Texas Cavalry" and is dated February, 1865. This document shows that Thomas became well enough to report to duty in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and was assigned to the 25th for duty to the end of the war. In all liklihood, Tom's illness saved his life, as few of his compatriots returned from the battlefield.

Tom returned to Montgomery County after the war and became an active member of his community. He became a Minister of the Gospel and was afterwards known as Elder King.

Thomas E. King joined the San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106 in Montgomery County and was listed as a Master Mason in 1873, after the lodge moved from Danville to Willis. He and Henrietta and their four children were living in Precinct One in Montgomery County in 1880, and Thomas was enumerated as Preacher&Farmer.

Thomas is said to have been the first pastor of the Boswell Baptist Church in Walker County, established in 1881 in the Boswell community. Members met in a log schoolhouse until 1883, when a church building was constructed on donated land. At some time afterward, Tom and Henrietta moved to Madison County. They were enumerated there in the census of 1900.

Ton was seventy-four years old and was living in Madisonville when he signed a cross-interrogatory in support of the pension application of William C. Moore of Karnes County.

Tom and Henrietta had three sons and one daughter. Their last surviving grandchild died in 1948 with no children. Land near Cleveland, Tx., that he inherited from his uncle John Thomas King became a nature preserve, and a photo of Tom and Henrietta, their three sons, and an unknown boy, was found there many years later by Mrs. Wanda Edwards Smith, a descendant of Thomas's sister, Margaret.

Property of Outdoor Nature Club, Cleveland, Texas
Thanks to tinkerbrown for sharing this photo with the Ancestry community.

In his old age, Tom applied for a pension from the state of Texas based on his service in the Confederacy; his pension application number is 15946, Bk. 2. And upon his death, Henrietta applied for a widow's pension, application number 35676.

Tom died 8 February 1919 in Madison County, and Henrietta died on 20 January 1931. Both are buried Park Cemetery, Madison County.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased on Amazon.

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