Private George H?W? Tomberlain of White County, Tennessee

by deb - April 26th, 2010.
Filed under: Genealogy.

It had been years since I had looked at the service record of George W. Tomberlain, my great-great-great grandfather on my mother’s side.   I remembered that the surname Tomberlain had been misspelled or maybe “creatively” spelled a number of ways in census and other records–Tomlin, Tomberlin, Tomblin.    So, when I started looking for the service record of George W. Tomberlain, I was at first confused.    Though I found more than one George Tomberlain, it seemed none of them “fit”.    But after looking at the infantry information and where the men were from who served in each company, I realized George H. Tomberlin, who served in Co K of the 28th Tennessee Infantry (2 Mountain Reg’t Tenn Vols) with other men from White County, had to be “my” George W. Tomberlain.

His service record consists of several card entries and in this service record his name is spelled:  George H. Tomberlin, George H. Tomblin, G.H. Tomberlin and G.W. Tomblin.    On one of his first card entries his age is given, 37 years old.   This card also stated that George mustered in on 6 August 1861 and was mustered into service on 3 September 1861 for a period of 12 months.   

George is present through 31 August 1862, but the card for his company’s muster roll dated Sept and Oct 1862 stated that he had “deserted on 10 Sept 1862”.   However, unless he “re enlisted”, his 12 months period of enlistment was fulfilled in August 1861.    

The next card states he was on a roll of prisoners of war captured by forces under General Sherman and that George Tomblin had been captured near Sparta, TN 28 June 1864!      George was forwarded from Military Prison, Louisville, KY to Camp Chase, Ohio 31 July 1864 and appeared on a roll of prisoners of war there.   He was received at Camp Chase, Ohio on 2 Aug 1864.      He died at Camp Chase 27 Jan 1865 of diarrhea chr (chronic?) and was buried in a cemetery 1/2 mile south of Camp Chase in grave 909.

Again, my thoughts go to his widow and family that survived him.   In the 1860 census of White Co. TN, George and wife Rhoda had 4 sons at home:  Darius B. and Selah W. age 16, Geroge W. age 14,and Gale W. age 13.    In this census George was age 36 and Rhoda was age 40?   So, as always, you find answers to some of the questions, leaving more questions for another day.

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4 Responses to Private George H?W? Tomberlain of White County, Tennessee

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    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Bill 😉
    Author of “Back to the Homeplace”
    and “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”

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