Thomas Broadhurst

Thomas Broadhurst was a resident of Mansfield on August 7, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered out June 16, 1865.

The descriptive muster roll for the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 42 and his occupation as farmer.  He is described as having a fair complexion with light hair and grey eyes.  His marital status is married. 

He was born about 1820 in England to Thomas Broadhurst and Jane Booth. After emigrating from England, Thomas first worked for the Cheney Brothers in South Manchester and was working in Mansfield Hollow when the Civil War started. In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 40 year old silk dyer and the head of household. Thomas was married to Anna/Hannah _____ and had five children in his household. 

After the Civil War ended, he moved to Springfield and established the dye house business, T. Broadhurst and Sons. He was a member of G.A.R (Grand Army of the Republic) E. K. Wilcox Post 16.

On February 21, 1887, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 598,811 that was granted under certificate No. 768,723. His widow applied for a pension in 1894. Thomas Broadhurst died in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 23, 1894 and is buried at the Springfield Cemetery in Springfield, Massachusetts, Section: Bliss Avenue, Grave No. 1757.

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