James Galbreath Theaker

Born at Colerain Township, Belmont County, Ohio 15 August 1830; died at Mount Pleasant, Belmont County, Ohio 31 March 1910.

James grew up on his fathers farm and attended a nearby country school and also a private academy at Mount Pleasant.

After attending a business school in Cleveland, Ohio, he returned to his home county, where he farmed and taught school until the outbreak of the Civil War.

He served in the war from 30 August 1862 to 6 June 1865 and was wounded at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. In the course of his service, he was promoted to captain in Company F, 50th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

From his induction into the army until his discharge, James wrote many letters to various members of his family. In 1973 a collection of 95 of these letters were published in a book called Through One Man's Eyes.

After leaving the army, James served for some time in Washington D. C., as secretary to his uncle, Thomas Clarke Theaker who was U.S. Commissioner of Patents. He then returned to his native Ohio and settled at Mount Pleasant.

James married Martha Ellen Sharon 4 April 1872.

Both James and his wife Martha Ellen Sharon are buried in Highland Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Ohio.

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