Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

WAYLAND, THOMAS H (1845-1910)

Santa Cruz Surf (June 13, 1910)

Headstone of Thomas H Wayland
Thomas H. Wayland
Oakwood Memorial Park

Death of Thomas Wayland

Thomas H. Wayland died yesterday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock at the residence of his only daughter, Mrs. Seymour Rodgers on North Branciforte Avenue, where he has been since March, having come here with his wife from Stockton.

The deceased was a native of Massachusetts and 62 years of age and arrived in California nineteen years ago from his native State.

He remained here a short time in business with the Places, but soon went to San Francisco, where he was well known as a successful businessman in the commission line. His health failing him, he went to Stockton three years ago where he spent the time on his ranch near that city.

He was a man honorable and upright in his business dealings. Of an unusually bright and cheerful disposition, he was like a ray of sunshine wherever he went.

Mr. Wayland was an aggressive Christian, a member of the Advent Christian church, loyal and faithful to the principles of the denomination with which he held membership, yet he was interested in all that pertained to the uplift of the morals and best interest of the community where he lived, and was active in all Christian work.

His funeral will be private. The service will be held Wednesday morning and interment will be at SCruz/OMP cemetery.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 15, 1910)

The Late Thos. H. Wayland

In the death of Thomas H. Wayland the Grand Army loses one of the youngest men who was a soldier in the Civil War. He ran away from home and joined the First Massachusetts Artillery as a drummer boy at the age of about thirteen. He beat his drum until the last year of the struggle when he became an enlisted soldier and served faithfully until the surrender of Lee.

Among the many survivors of the war in and about Santa Cruz, Mr. Wayland was the youngest. Time is reaping a rich harvest out of the ranks of the Veterans. The latest compiled statistics tells that every fifteen minutes one of the old heroes passes away. This thinning of the ranks goes on day and night, and as their age increases the mortality increases accordingly. At the end of another ten years, only an occasional one will be seen upon the streets and he a feeble and tottering old man.

Did the reader ever notice upon public occasions how the tap of a drum and the notes of a fife, quickens the old Veterans. They straighten, their eyes flash and they fall into step as naturally as when young. The spirit and courage is still in them, but their strength has waned and departed. What does this country owe them. Answer in your mind.

Funeral of T.H. Wayland

The funeral of the late Thomas H. Wayland was held from the home of his daughter on N. Branciforte Avenue Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, and was of a private nature. Rev. Roger Sherman of the Adventist Christian church, who had been an old acquaintance and friend of the deceased in Boston Mass., spoke very feelingly of the sterling character of the man after reading favorite scripture passages from the Bible. Interment was at SCruz/OMP cemetery and the pallbearers were: C.A. Archibald, G.F. Colby, W.D. Day, Charles Lanfear, old friends of the deceased.

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