Early Veterans of
Tama County, Iowa


The Mexican-American War was fought from 25 April 1846 to 2 Feb 1848. At that time, the area now called Tama County was inhabited only by a few Meskwaki Indians, who had refused to move to the reservation in Kansas. The first white settlers came to Tama County in 1849. By 1860, the population was already 5,285, and growing fast. See the Population History of Tama County for more information.

A few military veterans from before the Civil War settled in Tama County, and this page records information about them. In addition to the Mexican-American War veterans, we also have one from the Blackhawk War (May-Aug 1832, Illinois and Michigan Territory), and even one from the War of 1812. See also the page on Civil War Veterans buried in Tama County.

Early Veterans of Tama County, Iowa

NameRankUnitBirthDeathCemeteryComments
DAGNER, FrederickPvtCo G, Indiana Mounted Riflemen13 Dec 1869Oak HillMex-Am War
EVERITT, ThomasPvtserved under General Scott1789 MD7 May 1871Oak HillWar of 1812, Battle of Lundy's Lane
LEWIS, Samuel JPvt12 Dec 182027 Mar 1896MattinglyMex-Am War
MILLER, Issas SPvt26 Dec 1904WoodlawnMex-Am War
ROSS, William M182710 Mar 1907Rose HillMex-Am War
SEEKINS, JohnPvt179526 Dec 1884Maple HillWar of 1812
TOMPKINS, AbramPvt23 Sep 1811 NY8 Nov 1886HayesBlackhawk War
WILKINSON, AnthonyPvt28 Jul 1817 Donegal, Ireland10 Nov 1888WilkinsonMex-Am War POW. Also fought in the Civil War.
WILKINSON, William3 Aug 1830, Donegal, Ireland25 May 1901Mex-Am War
WILLIAMSON, Joachim WPvt26 Jan 1803 VA23 Oct 1896Maple Hill (Montour)Mex-Am War
WILSON, BartholomewPvtCo G, Mounted Riflemen17 Jun 18274 Mar 1907RectorMex-Am War. Also served in the Civil War, IA 28 Inf L
WILSON, M CSixth Indiana Volunteer Riflemen28 Aug 1828Mex-Am War, also fought in the Civil War, IA 2 Inf I and IA 20 Inf F

Further Information

Each of these veterans provides us with a research project. Since they were among the first settlers of Tama County, their stories tell us a lot about the county's early history. Mexican War veterans were given land, and these men came with their families, to settle and farm the land.

The WILKINSON Family were among the first settlers. A picture of Anthony WILKINSON appears on the Population History of Tama County page.

According to The History of Tama County, Chapter XXIV, Columbia Township, "Thomas EVERITT came with his family in October, 1858, and settled on the northeast quarter of section 5. He remained until he died, May 7, 1872." Name spelled EVERETT in this bio. He was once tried (the case was dismissed) for stealing a $5 pair of boots! See the third paragraph in Chapter VIII of the History of Tama County, 1883.

Abram TOMPKINS appears in the 1860 US Census, Otter Creek Township. His story is told in the sixth paragraph of Chapter XXXIII, History of Tama County, 1883, and his biography is in Chapter XIII.

Transcribed in November 2013 by William Haloupek.

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This page was last updated 1 Sep 2015 by William Haloupek.