From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Roney '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: April 20, 1860

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Thomas' life or loss, except that he died on April 20, 1860 "off Kabenda, West Coast of Africa."

He was appointed to the Naval Academy from Maryland. The Register of Alumni has no date for his loss.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 3 March, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 2 March, 1855. Lieutenant, 14 September, 1855. Died 20 April, 1860.

In 1845 he was aboard the ship Portsmouth in Norfolk, Virginia.

The August 16, 1860 edition of the New York Times carried a report mentioning him as aboard the side wheel steamer Powhatan (1850), which had just returned to Philadelphia after a cruise to China. Note this date is after his listed date of death (and nowhere near Africa).

Class of 1847

Thomas is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.