The Jeffersonville, Indiana “Evening News article (Apr. 23, 1906) is as follows:
“Last Request for Whisky – Old Soldier Dies Soon After Being Refused Another Drink – Found Dead Later”
“Talcon Broadus, an old soldier residing in one of the cottages near the J. C. Rous cement mill about four miles from the city on the Charleston pike, died some time last night soon after 11 o’clock but the fact of his death was only discovered by his wife about 7 o’clock this morning when she awoke after a few hours sleep and found him already cold.
“Broadus was addicted to drinking. He was an old soldier and would usually be laid up for a week after pension day. He had been sick this time for a week or two but no danger was feared. At 10 o’clock Sunday night he asked his wife for whisky and she gave him a little but would not do so again at 11 o’clock when he asked a second time. This is the last time he spoke. He grew quieter and was supposed to be asleep but evidently died soon after.
Besides his wife Broadus leaves grown children at Greensburg, Ind., and his body will be shipped there for burial. He was 61 years of age.” (From a transcription sent to me.)
His name is variously spelled in the records. In the 1850 census for Washington Co., KY he is listed as Taren; in the 1860 census for the same county he is Tarlton; in the 1870 census for Decatur Co., IN he is Talton (wife Elizabeth). He apparently is not listed in the 1880 census. He is buried at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, IN. His wife marred again, to Reason M. Nichols, in Jeffersonville May 14, 1910 and died Nov. 17, 1938. She is also buried in South Park Cemetery.
Tarlton and two of his brothers (Napoleon and William) served in the Union Army (1st KY Cavalry). They had a brother, Sidney, who served in the Confederate Army.
This family is not in my direct line, but I have corresponded with two or three other people that are descended from siblings of Tarlton and one person who may be a direct descendant. I would be happy to send you address to see if they wish to contact you. If you want me to do this, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know the names of his other children, I would appreciate receiving this information. If you want more on his Broadus ancestry, I can supply that.
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