Posted By:Gail Glazier
Subject:Captain Thomas Phalen m. Alice Cox, Missouri
Post Date:January 17, 2010 at 13:02:42
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Thomas Phalen was born in Ireland c. 1835. He immigrated c. 1857 and settled in Independence, MO. He married Alice Cox shortly before the Civil War.
He enlisted in the Union Army as a private and left as a captain. He was in the 7'th Missouri regiment and at Vicksburg he manueved a steamboat loaded with cotton and munitions down the river. His name appears in Civil War history as that of the man responsible for breaking the blockade.
In the 1860's he was part of the Fenian raid from the United States to Canada.
He was the superintendent of the Kansas City workhouse from 1882=1888
He was the first appointed clerk of courts in Kansas City
He served as superintendent of the public works in Kansas City
Chief of police in Washington, DC

Thomas and Alice had 4 children

Annie c. 1867
Alice 1870 (m. John Young)
Robert Emmet b. 8 14 1872
Thomas b c. 1878

Robert went on to become a police detective, but I don't know where.

If anyone has any information on any of these folks, I would love to hear from you....