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Death of John C. Thompson

John Calbraith Thompson, Sr., died at the home of his son J. C. Thompson six miles northeast of Lincoln Jan. 4, 1911, at 5:20 p.m. at the grand old age of 89 years, 2 months and 1 day, being born on the 3rd day of Nov. 1821 in County Antrium, Ireland near the town of Ballmoney. He lived there until he was about 12 years old when in the year 1838 with his parents, brothers and sisters, set sail for America from Liverpool. They were six weeks crossing the water, encountering many storms of every kind, finally landing in New York City. They immediately went to Bucks County, Penn. There he remained for three years. then with his parents he came to Scott county, IL., near Manchester, Ill, where they farmed for several years. The father surviving only a few years the mother with her sons retained the farm for quite a while. At the age of 22 he went to Menard county, Ill. During his residence there he married Malissa Jane Wasson. He farmed several years then moved to Logan county where he still farmed. To this union were born 8 children. Emma Whiteman deceased. Wm. C. and George W. of Syracuse, Kas. John C. of Lincoln: Henry who died when 18 years of age; Ella Havens of Oklahoma City, Okla.: Jennie Thompson of Anadorra (sic), Okla, and Bessie, who died in infancy. Lucinda Bell Buster of Osowatomie, Kas. The mother dying when Lucinda was about one year old, the the deceased with the care of the little children. Mr. Thompson was married again to Minerva Ellen Whitehead. To this union were born four children, Thomas of Toledo, Ill, Laffayette of Neoga, Ill., Harrison of Mt. Pulaski, Anna Shull of Beason. His wife dying some twenty years ago. He has since made his home with his son, John C. for the last eighteen years. He was a good christian, was a member of the M.E. church for years. He was a strong Republican, never failing to vote for president since he was old enough to vote. He has been declining in health for several years and the end came with a general wearing out. But there will be a vacant chair for a very long time in the home where every effort has been made to care for him. He will be missed by all. But he is in heaven with his loved ones gone before. Besides the surviving children he has one brother, G.W. Thompson of Milton, Ia., age 79 years and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson of Prentice, Ill., aged 82 years. He has 44 grandchildren and 15 great grand children, and many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The loss sustained by the loved ones will be his gain.

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