History of the Restoration Movement

Thomas J. Legg


Preached Among Christian Churches In Indiana

T.J. Legg was born in Raleigh, Rush County, Indiana April 12, 1849. He grew up on a farm and and was the oldest of seven children. He was a responsible young man helping his family any way he could. When his family moved to Miami Indian Reserve, in what is now Tipton County, Indiana, he helped his father clear the land for the family's small farm.

Thomas was educated in common schools and through private tutors. He later attended New London Academy, Howard College and Hall's Business College in Logansport, Indiana. He did work for the military department in the mid 1860's on the Western plains and in the Rocky mountains, where he did engineering and construction service.

According to Henry K. Shaw he became a member of the church in 1869, however it was reported by William H. Book that he was baptized by Jacob B. Blount, November 30, 1870. In 1871 he was married to Elizabeth C. Johnson, on the fourth of July.

He started teaching school around 1870. During this period of his life he also served a term in locomotive service on the railroad. Following his teaching experience he traveled for eight years in Indiana as an inspector and underwriter for fire insurance. As superintendent of the Sunday school at Logansport he showed much ability in this field.

Has traveled extensively, visiting every State and Territory in the Union, and making two journeys (1891 and 1895) to the eastern hemisphere. He began service as State evangelist under the Indiana Christian Sunday-school Association in 1872. He became Sunday school evangelist in 1892 and spent the next twenty years with the Sunday School Association and the State Society. He is credited with organizing 116 churches and holding nearly 300 meetings as well as doing his regular job of holding and conducting Sunday school rallies.

-Sources: Hoosier Disciples, Henry K. Shaw, page 252; Book, William Henry (editor), The Indiana Pulpit, Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company, 1912. Page 73.;

Photos Including T.J. Shaw From Books On The History Of The Disciples In Indiana
By Both C.W. Cauble And Henry K. Shaw

Directions To The Grave Of Thomas J. Legg

T.J. Legg is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. Traveling On I-65 North Out Of Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Take The Dr. Martin Luther King Street Exit - Exit 117. (Note: If you cross White River, You Have Gone Too Far) Go North On Dr. Martin Luther King Street. Turn Right On West 32nd Street. Cemetery Will Be On Your Left. Go Until The Road Dead Ends Into Boulevard And Turn Left. There Will Be An Entrance To The Cemetery As You Cross The 34th Street Intersection. Turn Left Into The Cemetery. Be Sure To Click On The Map for specific location in the cemetery.

GPS Coordinates
Deg. Min. Sec. 39°49'19.9"N 86°10'00.7"W
DegreesMinutes.M N39° 49.33182' x W086° 10.011'
or D.d. 39.822197, -86.166850
Grave Facing North
Accuracy to 17ft.
Lot 284 Section 50

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Legg Plot Just Behind The Mausoleum

1849 T.J. Legg 1918
1853 Elizabeth Legg 1913

Crown Hill Cemetery Map

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