Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Cyrenus Thomas

Cyrenus Thomas

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA

Unit History

  • 29th Michigan Infantry E

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Cyrenus Thomas
Full Unit History

Organized/Mustered In: 10/3/64 Saginaw, MI
Mustered Out: 9/6/65 Murfreesboro, TN
Disbanded/Discharged: 9/12/65 Detroit, MI

Regimental History


Recruited from Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, this three-year “western theater” unit left the state 860 strong almost immediately following federal muster and proceeded to Nashville, TN, arriving as Confed. Gen. Hood’s troops were advancing on the city. At Nashville, however, the 29th was not under fire. That would come later in October at Decatur, AL.

Once again, the regiment moved into the rifle pits just in time to repel attacking rebels who outnumbered the Union defenders three to one. In this action the unit entered the frey under “a galling fire with the coolness of veterans.” The regiment was to encounter the rebels on several more occasions while on post and escort duties at Decatur. Completing the 29th’s combat history were actions at Overall Creek, TN (12/7/64), Winsted Church, TN (12/13/64), Shelbyville Pike, TN (12/15&16/64), and Nolansville, TN (12/17/64).

Soldier History

Residence: Not listed   Age: 25.5 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/16/64 Owosso, MI   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 9/9/65 Murfreesboro, TN
Highest Rank: Sgt.

Family History


  • Note:  Headstone spelling of Mr. Thomas’ first name is Cyrenus.  Some pension documents spell it Cyrenous.  However, documents signed by the veteran himself feature “Cyrenius.”

  Cyrenius Thomas was born 3/6/36 in New York State.  All that is known about his birth family is that his father’s name was Joseph.  No information is available on Cyrenius’ formative or teenage years.  On 11/29/55 twenty year old Cyrenius, residing in Hadley, MI married nineteen year old Charity Van Cleve (b. 12/1836 NY) then residing in Atlas, MI.  The ceremony was performed in Brandon, MI.  The union produced at least three children:  Chauncy (b. circa 1858), George (b.d. unk) and a daughter (b.d. unk.) who would later become Mrs. Leroy Johnston of Machias, WA.  

  At Cyrenius’s passing all three were residing in Washington State.  Details are sketchy on the 5’8” “mechanic’s” military tenure.  One notation indicates he rose from the rank of private to corporal then sergeant.  There are no documented incidents of wounding or illness.  Following the war Cyrenius settled in Owosso, MI, most likely his home prior to enlistment.   

 The family resided in two additional Michigan locations before heading west to Washington.  Likely the Washington move was made later in life to be near the families of adult children living in the area.  Whatever the move date, by 5/23/12 when Cyrenius applied for what appears to have been an increase in pension benefits he was a resident of Snohomish.  Shortly thereafter, on 6/12/12 the 76.2-year old Union veteran died.  Cause of death: Senility.  Contributing: Severe bronchitis. At passing, Cyrenius, whose occupation was listed as “carpenter” was receiving a $20 monthly government stipend based on his Civil War soldiering.

  After the death of Cyrenius, Charity remained in Snohomish.  However, by 1920, at 83 years of age, she was living with her daughter and son-in-law in Machias.  Charity died in 1922.  At the time of her death her late husband’s Civil War pension had risen to $30 per month.


Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Row: 3
Site: 3

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