Thomas Damron Marcum
Captain, Company K, 14th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment


"OBITUARIES. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky. December 2, 1921, Friday, front page. CAPTAIN MARCUM DIES AGE 81.

Captain Thomas Damron Marcum, 81, one of the best known men of the Tri-state region died at this home on Broadway in Catlettsburg Wednesday.

Captain Marcum was born in Lawrence Co, KY five miles from Louisa, Dec 17, 1840. He was the oldest surviving son of the late Stephen N. and Jane Damron Marcum. He served in the Union Army throughout the civil war as Captain of Co K, 14th Ky Infantry. He was the first Democrat from Eastern KY to be elected to a state office in KY after the war. He was chosen in 1875 to fill the position of registrar of lands. During the first Cleveland administration he served as inspector of Indian lands. His interest in politics never lagged and he continued to be active throughout the campaign which closed early this month. During this campaign he served as chairman of the Democratic committee in Boyd County.

For thirty-one years prior to his death he had been general agent for the New York Life Insurance Company. He was active in business until the day before his last illness compelled him to keep his bed.

He was married on Jan 19, 1865 to Mary Bromley of Wayne Co, WV. She died eleven years ago. They are survived by three children who are J. F. Marcum of South Point, OH; Mrs. Alonzo Mims and Mrs. E. C. Walton of Catlettsburg. Captain Marcum also leaves four brothers, their being J. H. Marcum, J. S. Marcum and Lace Marcum residents of Huntington and four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Cathill of New York, Mrs. Morgan Baker of Huntington, Mrs. John Dotson of Fort Gay, WV, and Mrs. R. L. Simpkins of this county.

Captain Marcum was a thirty-second degree Mason, an Elk and a member of the Baptist Church. The funeral was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alonzo Mim, Friday afternoon at two o'clock and was preached by Rev. W. C. Pierce of the First Baptist Church. The body was laid to rest in the Catlettsburg Cemetery."


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