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Owen, Thomas J. V.

Born: 1824-07-22 Kaskaskia, Illinois

Died: 1876-03-19 Decatur, Illinois

Flourished: Springfield, Illinois

Thomas J. V. Owen was a pharmacist, hospital steward, and military surgeon. He received his collegiate education at St. Mary's College, Perryville, Missouri, and arrived in Springfield, Illinois, in April 1840 to study medicine. In 1844, Owen was among the Illinois State Militia sent to Nauvoo, Illinois, by Governor Thomas Ford to quell violence in the awake of the murder of Joseph Smith and the expulsion of Mormons from Illinois. Upon the commencement of the Mexican War, Owen went to Bloomington, Illinois, and assisted in raising Company B of the Fourth Illinois Infantry, and in July 1846, his superiors detailed him as hospital steward. Owen later received appointment as assistant surgeon for the regiment. After his discharge, Owen returned to Springfield, and in August 1848, he married Mary E. Hurst, with whom he would have two children. Owen entered into a partnership with Caleb Birchall in a drug and book business. In 1850, he was working as a pharmacist and owned real property valued at $850. Owen continued in partnership with Birchall until February 1855, when the two dissolved their partnership, and Owen assumed the pharmaceutical side of the business on his own. In August 1855, Owen entered into partnership with his brother William F. Owen to form the wholesale and retail drug business T. J. V. Owen & Brother. In 1860, he was operating his drug business and owned real property valued at $2,500 and a personal estate of $1,000.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 552; Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 288; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Morgan County, 15 August 1848, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 124; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Sangmon County, IL, 262; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 26 February 1855, 2:6; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 18 August 1855, 2:4; E. H. Hall., comp., Springfield City Directory, and Sangamon County Advertiser, for 1855-6 (Springfield, IL: Birchall & Owen, 1855), 31; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.