William and Thomas Divine were the sons of James Marshall and Nancy (Calloway) Divine. Although they were brothers and they were the same in many ways however there was one issue that made them different.
Here is a list of the ways they were the same:
They were both born in Greenville District, South Carolina. Thomas in 1824 and William in 1819.
They were both Farmers.
They both moved their families to Morgan, Dade County, Missouri in 1857.
They each named a son for each other.
They both named a son after their beloved Grandfather Thomas Divine.
They both named a daughter Nancy after their mother.
They both enlisted and fought in the Civil War.
Here are the ways they were different:
William and Milly had 15 children; 10 girls and 5 boys. Thomas and Nancy had 6 children; 4 boys and 2 girls.
They were buried in different cemeteries; William in Friend Cemetery in Missouri and Thomas in Falls Cemetery in Oklahoma.
The biggest difference between these two brothers was that William enlisted as a private in E Company 14 Missouri Southwest Volunteer Cavalry for the Union and he was anti-slavery. Whereas Thomas enlisted as a private in the 15th Calvary Missouri regiment for the Confederacy and he was pro-slavery.
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