Edward W. Thomas [RG1459.AM]


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

Letter (typescript):  1863
Brownville, Nemaha County, Nebraska:  Attorney
Size:  Two items


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.


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.



  1. Letter (typescript) from Edward Thomas to O.P. Mason, June 10, 1863
  2. Copy of an account of the murder of Nathan Handley

Subject headings:

Brownville (Neb.) — History
Crime and criminals — Nebraska — Brownville
Crime and criminals — Nebraska — Nemaha County
Handley, Nathan, ?-1863
Manley, Tobe, ?-1863
Nemaha County (Neb.) — History
Thomas, Edward W., 1830-1897

Revised TMM      02-11-2020


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