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Re: Thomas J. Page, VA, captain, CS Navy
Posted by: George W. Page Date: December 14, 1999 at 11:47:13
In Reply to: Thomas J. Page, VA, captain, CS Navy by David M. Sullivan of 6645

"Captain Thomas Jefferson Page, U.S. Navy was born 4 or 8 Jan. 1807/8, the eight son and fourteenth child of Mann Page of "Shelly,: Gloucester, VA , and Elizabeth Nelson his wife. Thomas Jefferson Page entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Oct. 1827. He was promoted to Lieutenant in June 1833 and then to Captain in 1855. In the early part of his service he was employed with the U.S. Coast Survey. In 1853 he was appointed to the command of an expedition (to Argentina) for the exploration of the tributaries of the River La Plata, and adjacent countries, from which he retired in May 1856, after an absence of three years and four months. His narrative of this expedition was published in 1879, Svo, New York.

"In 1857 Congress made a further appropriation to complete the exploration of the Parana and tributaries of the Paraguay Rivers. Commander Page was assigned to this service, which he finished in December, 1860." After his service in the U.S. Navy, he no doubt served in the Confederate Navy.

"He married at Washington, D.C. in 1838 Benjamina, daughter of Benjamin Price of Loudon Co., VA."

They had seven children b. between Feb. 1839 and Sep. 1857. When he retired they resided in Florence, Italy. In the source book on p.93 there is a photo of a painting of him in Florence, Italy, dated 1892 when he was age 84. [Source: Dr. R.C.M. Page, "Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia" (Harrisonburg, VA: C. J. Carrier Co., 1972, Second Edition written in New York in 1893), pp. 86-87; 92 -93.]

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