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Thomas Huddleston "uncontrollably violent and dangerous"

As a genealogist and wife of an ex-gravedigger I have spent a fair amount of time in cemeteries and graveyards. I have become quite adept at spotting a gravestone with more than the usual amount of writing on it! That is how I spotted the headstone of Thomas Roderick Huddleston in Louth cemetery. Sadly, the stone is in two parts.

In memory of Thomas Roderick Huddleston, born 31st March 1831, died 14 February 1919. Lately attorney-at-law St Paul and Minneapolis and Captain in 7th Minnesota Regiment, Civil War between North & South America, 1861 to 1865. Son of Gent Huddleston, Solicitor, Lincoln, England. He rests in peace. Also of Eliza, wife of the above, died 26th February 1941, aged 93 years.

A lot of lovely information and how fascinating to find someone who served in the American Civil War buried in a cemetery in a small town in Lincolnshire.

Thomas, son of Gent and Sophia Huddleston was baptised on 23 April 1832 at St Swithins church in Lincoln. His birthdate is recorded on the baptism record as 31 March 1832.[1]

In 1851 Thomas was living with his parents on Clasketgate in Lincoln. His father Gent was Clerk to the County Court.[2]

Huddleston family on 1851 census

Thomas decided to emigrate to the United States. He arrived in New York on SS Siddons on 21 August 1851, he gave his age as 19 and said he was a solicitor.[3] According to a later newspaper report his father gave him £20 to start his new life and that is all he had with him when he arrived.[4]

In 1855, he appeared on the State Census boarding in Buffalo, New York. He was still working as a lawyer.