Thomas  Thompson

Thomas Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Thomas Thompson
Birth Name Thor Thorsen Thorsen Kingeland
Other Names Kingeland, Thos T Kingland
Patronymic Name Thorsen
Lived 14 Jul 1844 - 13 Feb 1913
Birth Place Vinje, Telemark
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Utica, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment H
Rank at Enlistment Corporal
Muster Date 13 Feb 1862
Burial Location West Koshkonong Lutheran Cemetery, near Stoughton, WI
Mother Aslaug Alfdatter Wommertvedt
Father Thor Thorbjornsen Kingeland
Immigration 9 Aug 1847
Spouse Synneva Sylfestsdatter Fliseram
Spouse Lived 17 Feb 1846-22 Aug 1878
Married On 28 Jun 1865
Marriage Location Christiana, Dane County, WI
2nd Spouse Gunhild Bergitte Tonnesdatter
2nd Spouse Lived 1855- 9 Jul 1939
2nd Marriage Date 31 Dec 1882
2nd Marriage Location Dane County, WI

Thor Thorsen Kingland was born on July 14 (or 15), 1844, in Vinje, Telemark, Norway, the son of Thor Thorbjornsen Kingeland and Aslaug Alfdatter Wommertvedt. He came with his parents and four siblings on Jupiter, which arrived in Boston on August 9, 1847. They came to Christiana Township, Dane County, WI.

Thor enlisted as Thomas Thompson and joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves "Heg's Rifles" in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the "Voss Company" because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Utica, Dane County, WI, born in Norway, farmer, age 18, and married. He had brown eyes, dark hair, light complexion, and 5’8½”. He enlisted for three years on October 28, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 13, 1862, as a Corporal (Korporal). He was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN, on December 31, 1862, and sent to a hospital in Nashville, TN. He was declared unfit for service and discharged from the service for his wounds on June 10, 1863.

Kingland was married on January 28, 1865 to Synneva Sylfestsdatter. They had at least four children, including Syvert (1866), Tom (1868), Anna (1871), and Osman (1874). Synneva died on August 22, 1878, at age 32. He married his second wife, Gunhild Bergitte Tonnesdatter, who died on July 9, 1939, at age 92. Their children were Amelia (1887), Tommes (1890), and Anna (1892). Thor died in 1913. He and both wives are buried in the West Koshkonong Lutheran Cemetery, near Stoughton, WI.

Sources:Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-10; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.20, p.112; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.576, photo; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.266; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter [Colonel Heg and his boys], Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.193 photo, p311; “Pensioners on the Roll as of January 1, 1883 (living in Wisconsin)”, Park Genealogical Books, Roseville, Minnesota publ. 1998; 1905 WI Census, Roll #CSUSAWI1905_6, line 22; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_262; Ron Thompson; 1880 Census, Roll: 1421, Family History Film: 1255421, Page: 262A, Enumeration District: 063;; U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, Stoughton, WI, p.42; Wisconsin Marriage Index, Batch #M00342-6, GS Film #1275924, Ref. ID: 01039.

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