The Life, Times and People of Thomas Ray Allen #A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

This is my 5th year participating in the A to Z Challenge. This year I am going to use the life of my great great grandmother’s brother Thomas (Ray) Allen as the basis of my blog posts in April. I first “found” him in late November of 2016.  Thomas served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War.  By ordering his pension file I was able to find the names of his family, friends and people who served with him during the war and the name of the man who formerly enslaved him.  Through researching these people using census records, directories, Catholic Baptismal records and DNA matches, I was able to find other family members and get a picture of his life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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24 thoughts on “The Life, Times and People of Thomas Ray Allen #A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal”

  1. I’m so excited to find and follow more family history blogs! I, too, recently uncovered a relative who was a Union soldier. He was from Louisiana, so I was a bit surprised.

    I’ll be family history blogging at Lincecum Lineage. It’s a one-name study blog, but my posts in April will all be related to me.

  2. I look forward to following your A-Z challenge again, Kristin. For various reasons I am not taking part this year, apart from a contribution to the One Place Studies blog where I am writing to the letter S. Good luck with the pace and pressure!

  3. Kristin:
    I happened across your site while looking for background information about my ancestors. I am Samuel Cleage’s Great-Great-Great Grandson. I have never known much about my mother’s family until the last couple of years (she was a Cleage), and only recently discovered the old Cleage homestead near Athens. My son and I, while exploring, finally found the family cemetary, abandoned and overgrown with brambles, near a construction site of nearby apartments. There were some tombstones with names (including Samuel’s), but many more overturned and unmarked stones in the area. It is my understanding that the cemetary included both family and slaves.

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