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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG1459.AM:  Edward W. Thomas, 1830-1897



Letter (typescript):  1863

Brownville, Nemaha County, Nebraska:  Attorney

Size:  Two items



BACKGROUND NOTE



Born in South Carolina around 1830, Edward W. Thomas was living in Brownville, Nebraska, and working as a lawyer by 1860.  He married Kate Allison on March 30, 1865.  The couple lived in Brownville until sometime between 1870 and 1880 when they moved to Falls City.  Edward W. Thomas died on February 18, 1897.  He is buried in Steele Cemetery at Falls City, Nebraska.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The collection consists of one folder containing a typescript copy of a letter written by Edward W. Thomas to O.P. Mason on June 10, 1863.  The letter describes the murder of Tobe Manley and general lawlessness in Brownville, Nebraska.  Also included is an account of the murder of Nathan Handley, taken from a local county history book, as it was thought that Thomas may have been mistaken about the name and was actually describing Handley’s murder.



INVENTORY



Item




    1. Letter (typescript) from Edward Thomas to O.P. Mason, June 10, 1863

    1. Copy of an account of the murder of Nathan Handley



 



Subject headings:



Brownville (Nebraska) — History

Crime and criminals — Nebraska — Brownville

Crime and criminals — Nebraska — Nemaha County

Handley, Nathan, ?-1863

Manley, Tobe, ?-1863

Nemaha County (Nebraska) — History

Thomas, Edward W., 1830-1897



 



Revised TMM      02-11-2020