Little Girl Lost
At the onset of the Civil War, Andrew joined the ranks of the 4th Massachusetts Infantry as a Union soldier for a period of nine months on September 19, 1862. He was only two days shy from completing his nine months of service and returning home to his family when he died from his wounds. Most likely Andrew was buried in Louisiana, as many soldiers were buried in a cemetery where they died.
By the year 1865 when Mary Ann remarried to Thomas W. Pierce, little Joanna B. Thomas was nowhere to be found. I traveled to New Bedford, Fall River, Middleboro, Halifax, Accushnet, Taunton and Mattaposett where I knew Mary Ann had lived, had family, or researching in town halls, etc. looking for my little girl lost. Was she given up for adoption, did she die, or did she live to marry. Then I thought that just maybe if Joanna died I might find Joanna buried in the Centre Cemetery in Wareham, MA where Mary Ann's parents were interred. I discovered tonight that this cemetery has a listing on the Internet.
This Little Girl Lost, Joanna B. Thomas, my great aunt, is now the Little Girl Found. She died of croup. Her stone reads across the top, Joanna B. The front of the stone reads:
Dau. of Andrew &
Mary A. Thomas
Died Jan. 16, 1864
Aged 3 yrs. 5 mos.