Thomas Lewis Rider was born April 3, 1814 in the Cherokee nation East, now Tennessee. Thomas was the son of Austin Rider and Mary Starr Rider. Thomas married Amelia Alberty on April 1, 1836. Amelia was born January 2, 1819 in the Cherokee Nation East, now Georgia.
Thomas Lewis Rider served in Company B, First Regiment, Cherokee Mounted Rifles, also known as the Arkansas Mounted Rifles. He died on Aug 17, 1863 while still in military service in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; and he is buried near Fisher Station that is near Durant, Oklahoma. Several of his descendants served in the military with some on active duty at this time. Thomas Lewis Rider carried the mail during the War Between the States. After his death, his son Blueford assumed the duties of the mail which he described in his pension application as a very dangerous duty. He would ride between the troops and the commanders serving under Generals Cooper and Stand Watie giving them the written instructions and the mail.
Pvt Thomas L. Rider is an ancestor of Hugh Formhals, Gen William R. Scurry Camp 1385, Albuquerque, NM.
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Pvt Thomas L. Rider