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Thomas Dorsey TaliaferroRoster ID 321
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1852|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Thomas Dorsey Taliaferro, Class of 1852 (non-graduate): Born- Sept. 10, 1831 at Upperville, Fauquier Co. Va. Father- Dr. William Thomas Warren Talliaferro; Mother- Frances Barnes Harrison. Pat. Grandfather- Norborne Thomas Taliaferro; Pat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Bankhead Buckner. Mat. Grandfather- Thomas Harrison; Mat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Fitzhugh. Married: In 1855, Eliza Lewis Madison, daughter of Col. Ambrose Madison & Jane Bankhead Willis. Eliza's Pat. Grandfather- Gen. William Madison; Pat. Grandmother- Frances Throckmorton. Eliza's Mat. Grandfather- William Willis; Mat. Grandmother- Lucy Taliaferro. Eliza was also the Grand-niece of President James Madison. Thomas and Eliza were distant cousins. Children of Thomas & Eliza- [Birth order unknown] William Norborne Taliaferro; Dorsey Buckner Taliaferro. Mary Buckner Taliaferro Dobson, who married Jack Dobson; Mrs. Eddie Erwin [given name unknown]; Miss Varina Davis Taliaferro. Entered VMI- Aug. 2, 1849; Resigned ca. 1850. In 1851-1852 he read law under Judge Whitfield, an eminent jurist of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. In 1852-1853 he took the law course at the University of Virginia. He moved with his family to Palestine, TX in 1858 and later located on a farm in Johnson Co. TX where he started a stock raising business. Civil War Service- Enlisted Jul. 7, 1861 and was elected Lt. Col. of the 20th Texas Cavalry. Post War Career- Lawyer; Cotton Planter; Farmer and stock raiser; In 1895 moved to the Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and founded the town of Madill, OK. Was on the County Seat of Marshall Co. OK. Died- March 4, 1909 in Durant, OK. Buried Woodberry Forest Cemetery, Madill, OK.|