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Thompson Gallaher

Thompson Gallaher[1]

Male about 1840 - 1898  (~ 58 years)

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  • Name Thompson Gallaher 
    Born about 1840  Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 15 November 1851  [3
    Occupation 1860 farming; 1880-1891: Grocery store  [4, 5, 6
    Residence 1860: Richland, Clinton, Ohio; 1880: Corydon St., Bradford, Mckean, PA; 1888-91: 103 Mechanic St; 1891 Tennessee  [4, 5, 7
    Died 30 November 1898  Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Buried 1899  Sabina, Clinton Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Probably Richland, Clinton Ohio
    Person ID I70906  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 June 2007 

    Family/Spouse Elizabeth Tait,   b. January 1843, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1930  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 31 January 1867  Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Lived in Ohio
     1. Elizabeth Ann Gallaher,   b. 3 November 1867, Sabina, Clinton Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1931  (Age > 65 years)
    +2. Agnes M. Gallaher,   b. August 1871, Oregon, Holt Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Gallaher,   b. 1876, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1879, Bradford, McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    Family ID F49481  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Elizabeth was married January 31st, 1867, at home to Thompson Gallaher [Gallagher]. She had been in Ohio and at Uncle David Tait's when Tommy was born (about one year) and there met Thompson. Elizabeth came home and her former soldier beau followed her later to be married (no licenses then in Pennsylvania--but had in Ohio). They were married at home and then went to James Maxwell for a visit--also to Uncle David at Black Creek--back home for a few days and then to Thompson's house in Ohio--visit.

      Thompson had enlisted in the war 1861 (September) as a private. He was promoted three times--corporal, sergeant, lieutenant. He re-enlisted and served till end of war. Went with Sherman to the sea. Exchanged as a prisoner. Kept a diary all the time.

      They settled on his Uncle Thompson Douglas's farm near Sabina [OH]--adjoining his father's homestead. Elizabeth Ann (Annie) was born there. She weighed 3 lbs. 2 ounces. Had to make all new clothes--his Aunt Lizzie came up to help--weighed only 12 pounds at one year--born in November 1867.

      [After attempts at farming mear Falls City, Nebraska, Oregon, Missouri ans Sabina Ohio in the 1870s they returned to Lizzies home in Bradford, PA and opened a grocery store]

      They lived in Sabina, Ohio for several years. In the meantime oil was struck in Bradford, PA, so they returned to live with Lizzie's father Thomas Tait. They left in 1880 to go into the grocery business in Bradford.

      They sold the grocery store in Bradford and went south to Tennessee in 1891 to take up farming again. It was a delightful place and climate and nice people. They stayed for eight years. Annie learned to ride horseback. Her father hired [taught ?] her to. They had not been in Tennessee a week when Grandfather [Thomas] Tait died and Uncle Thompson came north. Elizabeth was not well, and so stayed in Tennessee.

      Thompson had chronic bowel trouble contracted during the Civil War. He was sick for three months and died in Tennessee November 30, 1898. He was buried there and Elizabeth and Anna stayed there on farm a year. Then then rented it out and went to Sabina, Ohio taking the remains of Thompson with them, reburying him in the family burying ground.

      The 1850 Federal Census (Aug 3, 1850) has Thompson (10) living with numerous relatives and children of Charles P. Gallaher (50, farmer, real estate $6000, born in Ohio) in Richland, Clinton County, Ohio.

      He is also in this same location on his father’s farm in 1860 at age 21.

      American Civil War Soldiers
      Name: Thompson Gallaher ,
      Enlistment Date: 01 November 1861
      Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
      Side Served: Union
      State Served: Ohio
      Unit Numbers: 1859 1859
      Service Record: Promoted to Full Sergeant 1st Class
      Enlisted as a Private on 01 November 1861 at the age of 21
      Enlisted in Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment Ohio on 01 November 1861.
      Transfered on 16 June 1865 from company I to company C
      Promoted to Full Lieutenant 2nd Class on 16 June 1865
      Transferred Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment Ohio on 16 June 1865

      Civil War Service Records
      Name: Thompson Gallaher
      Company: I
      Unit: 31 Ohio Infantry.
      Rank - Induction: Private
      Rank - Discharge: 2 Lieutenant
      Allegiance: Union

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: Thompson Gallaher
      Age: 40
      Estimated birth year: <1840>
      Birthplace: Ohio
      Occupation: Grocery Store
      Relationship to head-of-household: Self
      Home in 1880: Bradford, Mckean, Pennsylvania
      Marital status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's name: Elizabeth Gallaher
      Father's birthplace: OH
      Mother's birthplace: OH
      On June 5, 1880, Thompson Gallaher (40, Grocery Store) b. in Ohio id Ohio parents is living on Corydon St., Bradford, McKean Co, PA. With him is his wife Elizabeth Gallaher (36, keeping house) b. in Scotland of Scottish parents. Their children are Anna E Gallaher (12, at home) b. in Ohio, and Marth [sic] A Gallaher (8, at home) b. in MO. Also living in the household is Marshal A Walker (33, Grocery Clerk). [This may be a relative of the Mrs. Walker associated with meddling in Joseph M. Tait's marriage]

      Bradford, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887-93
      Name: Thompson Gallaher
      Home and work address: 103 Mechanic
      City: Bradford
      State: PA
      Occupation: grocer
      Years: 1888 - 1891

      Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
      Name: Thompson Gallaher
      State Filed: Pennsylvania and Tennessee
      Widow: Elizabeth Gallaher
      Thompson Gallaher applied for his pension on Feb 10, 1881 as an invalid from Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Gallaher, applied Jan 19, 1899 for benefits as his widow from Tennessee., , , , , , , [4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1398] GEDCOM file from file “AdamMoffatDesends”, submitted by Alaric Faulkner.

    2. [S1330] US Federal Census, Aug 3, 1850.

    3. [S1372] Barque Junior, arrived from Glasgow to New York Harbor on November 15, 1851.

    4. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1860: Richland, Clinton, Ohio.

    5. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1880: Bradford, Mckean, PA.

    6. [S1375] Bradford, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887-93, Bradford, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887-93.

    7. [S1375] Bradford, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887-93, 1888-1891.

    8. [S1362] Reminiscences of Elizabeth Tait Gallaher -- Notes of Estella Fox Beam.

    9. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1850: Richland, Clinton Co, Ohio.

    10. [S1376] (

    11. [S1377] Civil War Service Records, (

    12. [S1378] (

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