Capt Spencer Roane Thorpe, (CSA)

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Capt Spencer Roane Thorpe, (CSA)

Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Death: September 02, 1905 (63)
Moorpark, Ventura County, California, United States (Heart Disease)
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Helena Cecilia Thorpe
Father of Helena Barbin Riche; Andrew Roane Thorpe; Virginia Dunnigan; Spencer Guy Thorpe and Carlyle Thorpe

Occupation: Attorney/Police Commissioner/Farmer/Civil War Veteran
Managed by: Carolyn Holmes
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About Capt Spencer Roane Thorpe, (CSA)

Civil War Veteran - Capt. Spencer Roane Thorpe served in a Kentucky Regiment under the command of Gen. John Hunt Morgan, CSA. during the Civil War.

According to his Obituary, Los Angeles Herald, September 5, 1905, Capt. Thorpe served 4 years in the Confederate Army in a Regt. under Gen. Morgan and took part in the battles of Manassas (Bull Run), Shiloh and Murfreesboro and other notable engagements. He was seriously wounded 3 times and following the battle at Corydon, IN, he was left for dead on the field; taken as a prisoner & held at Johnson's Island.

Capt. Thorpe remained active in veteran's activities following the end of the war. He was a member of the United Confederate Veterans and also served as Pacific Coast Div. Commander in that organization.

Note: For additional information on Gen. John Hunt Morgan's activities during the Civil War, please see the final 5 URLs at the bottom of the page.


Spencer Roane Thorpe (1842-1905) was born in Kentucky, 1/20/1842 and graduated from St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, KY. before the outbreak of the Civil War.

Husband of Helena Cecilia Barbin (1850-1935). They married in 1868 and were the parents of 5 children.

After the war, Capt. Thorpe practiced Law at Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, LA (the home of his wife's family) where he accumulated a fortune. In 1883, they moved to Los Angeles, CA

Capt. Thorpe was twice a Member of the Board of Police Commissioners and a former Police Commissioner under the administrations of Mayor M.P. Snyder.

Capt. Thorpe was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, being a direct descendant of Patrick Henry.

He also engaged in farming on a large scale; owning extensive properties in both Los Angeles & Ventura Counties.

It was while visiting one of those properties that he died of heart disease and found along the side of a road in Ventura County. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. Capt. Thorpe was 63 years of age at his death.


Obituary - Los Angeles Herald, 9/5/1905, Los Angeles, CA.

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Capt Spencer Roane Thorpe, (CSA)'s Timeline

January 20, 1842
Kentucky, United States
September 2, 1905
Age 63
Moorpark, Ventura County, California, United States
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States