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Elgin Ousley

Obituary of Thomas Ashford Elgin, Marshall, Texas.

Thomas Ashford Elgin, a prominent citizen of Marshall, Tex., died there on May 5, 1916, after months of failing health. He was born March 8, 1841, in Hunstville, Ala., and when a lad of seventeen he went to Memphis and for several years was a printer in the office of the Memphis Eagle. In 1859 he went to Marshall, Tex., and worked as a printer until he answered the call of the Stars and Bars.

He enlisted April 19, 1861, in Capt. S. J. Richardson's company; and after service on various fields he was captured at Arkansas Post and was sent as a prisoner to Camp Butler. Upon being exchanged, he again entered the service and had much hard experience in Tennessee around Chattanooga. He was mustered out of the army May 20, 1865. He went back to Marshall, Tex., and made a success as a cotton broker. On February 7, 1868, he was happily married to Miss Laura Ousley; and to them were born six daughters, all of whom survive him. Comrade Elgin was a Mason, a Knight Templar, an Elk, and was for many years Adjutant of W. P. Lane Camp of Confederate Veterans.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, August, 1916.

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