Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Thomas Davis

Thomas A Davis

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Isaac Stevens Post #1 Seattle, King Co. WA

Unit History

  • 41st Pennsylvania Infantry B
  • 12th Pennsylvania Infantry B

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Thomas  Davis
Full Unit History

Organized: Summer, 1861 Camp Curtin Harrisburg, PA
Mustered In: 8/10/61 Camp Curtin Harrisburg, PA
Mustered Out: 6/11/64 Harrisburg, PA

Regimental History




The 41st (12th Reserve), was a three year eastern theater infantry regiment. It's first active duty following Federal muster was to guard the state's arsenal from disaffected three months troops who had recently been discharged.

In August the unit reported to the camp of the reserves in Tennallytown, MD.  It encamped at Langley, then shared in the Union success at Dranesville that December 20th.

April, 1862 saw the regiment detached for guard duty at Catlett's Station before joining the Army Of The Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. At Mechanicsville (6/26), Gaines Mill (6/27) and Glendale (6/30) it gained a reputation for steadiness and bravery. After the Peninsula Campaign came Second Bull Run (8/29-30/1862), South Mountain (9/14), Antietam, MD (9/17) and Fredericksburg (12/17), VA. It then returned to Washington with the reserves for the winter of 1862/'63.

1863 saw the 41st engaged at Gettysburg (7/1-4), Bristol Station (10/14), Rappahannock Station (11/7) and Mine Run (11/27 - 12/2). It spent the winter at Catlett's Station.

May of 1864 found the 41st with Union Gen. U.S. Grant during his Overland Campaign. It's final engagement was Bethesda Church (6/2/64).

Reenlisted veterans and new recruits were then transferred to the 1900th? Pennsylvania Infantry while the remainder of the unit proceeded to Harrisburg, PA for final muster.


Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 1; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 1; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 110*; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 69.

*The 41st is one of a very few regiments that lost more men to combat than disease.



Soldier History

Residence:  Wyoming Co., PA   Age:
Enlisted/Enrolled: 5/15/61   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 5/15/61
Mustered Out: 6/11/64 Harrisburg, PA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

Family History


NOTE:  This birth - to - death biographical profile on Thomas Davis was created in October, 2020 during the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It features less depth and detail than other biographies found within this website because veteran-related military, pension, etc. files were not available because the National Archives located in Washington, D.C. were closed. It is planned that, on a later date, these documents will be obtained and the data there in added to the narrative which follows.

Thomas A. Davis was born on February 12, 1842. He was birthed in the United Kingdom county of Wales. Not documented are the names of his parents or possible siblings.

By mid- May, 1861 Thomas was in America residing in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. When he had arrived in The States and, perhaps, with whom if not by himself are unknowns.

On 5/15/61 Thomas enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. Without access to his military service records all we can report about his period of service is that he survived The War and returned to civilian life in Pennsylvania.

As best as can be determined, post-wart Thomas married. His bride was Mary Ann Abraham (b. June, 1845 Wales).She arrived in America in 1858.

By 1870 Thomas, Mary Ann and their young family were residing in Pittston Luzerne Co., PA. Thomas was employed as a coal miner.

Thomas and Mary Ann produced at least ten children: Mary (b. 1866 PA), William (b. 1868 PA), Reese (b. 6/13/70 PA), Thomas (b. 1872 PA), David (b. 5/13/74 PA), Gomer (b. 1877 PA), Morgan (b. 6/19/79 CA), Evan (b. 6/81 CA), Blaine (b. 9/29/85 CA) and  Rachel (b. 2/12/87 WA).

Noted by the birth states of the Davis children, during Mary Ann's child bearing years Thomas mined his way across the country from Pennsylvania to California and northward to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest.

As earlier indicated, in 1870 the family was residing in Pittston, Luzerne Co., PA. A decade later, in 1880, they were in Nortonville Contra Costa Co., CA, while by 6/10/87 they had arrived in Black Diamond King County, WA.

Thomas died on 2/21/00 in Black Diamond, WA. (have death cert? no on his death also) He is buried in the Black Diamond Cemetery located in Morganville (within the city of Black Diamond so suspect Dist.) King Co., WA.

After her husband's passing Mary Ann and her children, at least for a time, remained in Black Diamond. By 1910, however, she had moved northward into Snohomish County and where she appears to have had a farm near the community of Centerville. In her home were four of her adult sons as well as married daughter Rachel, her husband and two young children.

Mary Ann died on 5/27/17 in Seattle King Co., WA and was buried at Black Diamond Cemetery beside her husband on 5/30/1917.


Buried at Black Diamond Cemetery

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