Thomas “TJ” Irvine

Thomas J. Irvine died at his home North of Centralia on Monday morning December 14th at 12:15 o’clock of diabetes at the age of 68 years.

Thomas J. Irvine was born in Madison County Kentucky on January 31st 1844.  He was married January 8th, 1868, to Zerelda Jackson. They came to Missouri December 8th 1878 where they have resided ever since. To this union was born five children four of whom with his widow survive him namely: Mrs. Annie Stevinson, C.N. Irvine of East St. Louis, J.N. Irvine of Nevada, MO, and Grant Irvine of Audrain County. William Irvine having preceded him to the grave about two years ago.  He leaves behind a grandchild Lillian Irvine and other grandchildren and relatives besides the host of friends to mourn his departure.

Mr. Irvine served through the war of the rebellion in Captain Tripple’s company of Kentucky volunteers, belonged to Colonel Chenault’s regiment, Basil Dukes division John H. Morgan’s command: He was in the famous raid in 1863, when Morgan’s men marched through Kentucky and Indiana making the greatest rate of the civil war.  He was captured with his brave leader and sent to Camp Douglas in Chicago, where he was detained until the close of the war. 

Mr. Irvine was a man of strong likes and dislikes and had many warm friends.  He was a successful farmer and stock raiser and was considered fair in all his dealings: He was in the hardware business for several years in this place but sold out in 1896 to return to the farm where he felt more at ease. Mr. Irvine was a member of the Christian Church and lived an upright life, doing to others what he would have done to him. He was injured in a wreck on the Wabash railroad about a year ago and never fully recovered from the effects of his injuries.  His remains were interned in the city cemetery Tuesday at noon after a funeral discourse by Elder Cofer at the Christian Church.

Camp Douglas

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