John F. Thompson, NE  Thompson family photo

John F. Thompson, NE

Taken at W. B. Vanderwall, photographer, Blair, Washington County, Nebraska USA in .

John F. Thompson was born Jun 4, 1829 in Kendel, Westmoreland County, England and died Feb 29, 1908 in Blair, Washington County, Nebraska at the age of 78. He married Susan Elizabeth Sanders on ... show more

John F. Thompson was born Jun 4, 1829 in Kendel, Westmoreland County, England and died Feb 29, 1908 in Blair, Washington County, Nebraska at the age of 78.

He married Susan Elizabeth Sanders on Feb 16, 1857 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. She was born Dec 30, 1838 in England and died Mar 24, 1926 in Blair, Washington County, Nebraska at the age of 87. She was the daughter of Edward Saunders and Elizabeth Coombe.

According to Grace Thompson, their granddaughter, both were Episcopalians, and were buried from that church.

John Thompson immigrated to America in 1851, according to the 1900 census.

In the 1870 census for Nebraska, Douglas County, Omaha Fifth Ward, page 44, lines 14-19, the John Thompson family consisted of the following:

Thompson, John, 32 [actually 41], laborer, born in Ireland [actually England], both parents foreign born
Thompson, Susan, 27 [actually 31], keeping house, born in Illinois [actually England], both parents foreign born
Thompson, Jennie, 7, born in Illinois, both parents foreign born
Thompson, Lizzie, 5, born in Illinois, both parents foreign born
Thompson, John, 9, born in Illinois, both parents foreign born
Thompson, Isabella, 10, born in Ireland [actually Illinois], both parents foreign born

In the 1880 census for Nebraska, Washington County, Blair Precinct (Roll 756, page 39), the John Thompson family consisted of the following:

NAME AGE PROFESSION BIRTHPLACE
Thompson John 52 Farmer England
" Susan 49 Keeps house England
" Isabella 19 Works on farm Illinois
" Jennie 17 At home Illinois
" Elizabeth 15 At home Illinois
" David 10 At school Nebraska
" Susan 7 At school Nebraska
" William 4 Nebraska
" Frank 6/12 (Dec) Nebraska

Both John's and Susan's parents' birthplaces were shown as England. His age should have been shown as 50 and hers as 41. The Abram Leach family, including Henry 21, was listed just below the John Thompson family. Henry married Jane Thompson.

In the 1885 Nebraska state census, Blair Township, Washington County, the John Thompson family is listed as John, 55 and Susan, 47, both born in England; and children Daniel, 15; Susan, 12; William, 9; Frank, 6; and James, 2; all born in Nebraska.

In the 1900 census for Nebraska, Washington County, Blair (Roll 941, page 230), the John Thompson family consisted of the following:

NAME BIRTH AGE OCCUPATION
Thompson, John June 1829 70 Retired Blacksmith
---- , Susan Dec. 1839 60

John Thompson was listed as immigrating to the United States in 1851, and Susan in 1854. They had been married for 43 years. They were shown as residing on Lincoln Street and owning their home. Susan was shown as being one year younger than her actual age, the mother of ten children, nine still living.

According to their granddaughter Grace Thompson, he sent money home to his parents, and made five trips back to England in his lifetime.

The Blair (Nebraska) Courier published the following article on Feb 20, 1907:

"The Thompson Golden Wedding.

"Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson on last Saturday, February 16th, celebrated their golden wedding. It was celebrated at the old homestead two miles south of Blair. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson came from the East to Nebraska along in the fifties and have lived in this county a greater part of the time. About four years ago they moved from the farm to Blair, where they now reside.

"Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have nine children, all of whom were present. Mrs. Rose of Lyons, Neb., Mrs. Henry Leach, Mrs. Frank Brooks, Mrs. U. S. Cornwall, Messrs. John, Daniel, William, Frank and James of Blair. The children presented their parents with a gold chain and a pair of spectacles; Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald, gold brooch and cuff buttons; Mrs. Schmidt, ferns and cut flowers, Rose Dowden, flowers.

"The following friends and relatives were present: Mr. Henry Leach and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. U. S. Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thompson, Mr. Daniel Thompson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Hindley, Mr. and Mrs. Barry, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, Mr. Pat. Murray, Misses Rose Dowden, Lizzie Beals, Mayme Barry and Mr. Carl Schmidt.

"At 12:30 dinner was served and a more sumptuous repast could not be served. The table was loaded down with good things and every one did ample justice to them.

"Too much credit could not be given to the ladies who served and waited on the table and catered to the wants of every one present. One of the platters used on this occassion was used fifty years ago on their wedding day. Mr. Thompson also wore the same gloves which he wore on their wedding day fifty years ago.

"Mr. Thompson has just passed his 78th year and Mrs. Thompson her 68th. In the afternoon music, singing and dancing were indulged in and every one present enjoyed themselves immensely. It was a day long to be remembered by all.

"At five o'clock Mr. Mangold, Blair's favorite photographer, was on deck and took the family group. When departing for their homes every one said they had an enjoyable time, and wished Mr. and Mrs. Thompson many years added to their life."

John Thompson's will was written as follows:

"In the name of God Amen.

"I, John Thompson, of the County of Washington and State of Nebraska, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound mind and memory, do make and publis this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to Say:

"First -- I direct that my funeral charges, the expenses of administering my estate, and all my just debts be paid out of my personal property, if that be insufficient I authorise my executors hereafter named, to sell so much of my real estate as may be necessary for that purpose,

"Second -- I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan Thompson all of my real and personal property of which I may die seized, to have and to hold for her use and benefit during her natural life.

"Third -- I hereby give and bequeath all of my real and personal property which may be left after the death of Said Susan Thompson, to my children or their decendants, to share and share alike.

"Fourth -- I hereby appoint my beloved wife Susan Thompson Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.

"In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 23d day of February 1891. John Thompson

"We whose names are hereto subscribed, do hereby certify that John Thompson the Testator, subscribed his name to this instrument in our presence and in the presence of each of us, and declared at the same time in our presence and hearing that this instrument was his last will and testament. And we at his request Sign our names hereto in his presence as attesting witnesses.

"Stacey? O. Perkins of Blair Neb. Clark O Hanlon of Blair Nebr."

His death certificate showed his place of death as Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, on Feb 29, 1908. His birth was shown as Jun 4, 1829, birthplace England, father's name Daniel Thompson, mother's name Isabella Mawson, both parents born in England. His occupation was listed as blacksmith. He died at 7 a.m. at the age of 78 years, 8 months, and 25 days of nephritis prostatitis, of some months duration, contributing was eremia and heart failure for about 10 days. His daughter Susan Cornwell of Herman, Nebraska provided the data on his parents and birth.
He was buried in Blair on Mar 2, 1908. His obituary appeared in the Blair Democrat on that day:

"OBITUARY

"John F. Thompson was born at Kendal, Westmoreland county, England, June 4, 1829, and died February 29th, 1908, at Blair, aged 78 years, eight months and twenty-five days.

"Mr. Thompson came to America in 1851, stopping first at Cleveland [Cuhohoga County] Ohio, and going to Chicago a few years later, where he lived during the civil war. He was married to Susan Elizabeth Saunders on February 16, 1857, and in 1866 moved to Omaha with his family. He was one of the pioneer blacksmiths in the U. P. shops and remained in Omaha for a number of years.

"About thirty-five years ago Mr. Thompson moved on a 160-acre farm two mIles south of Blair, which time has been spent on the farm and in this city. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were the parents of ten children, one, a girl, having died in infancy, the balance living in this state. J. F. lives in Blair, Dan E., Wm. E., Frank C. and Jas. S. live on farms near Blair, Mrs. A. W. Rose living at Rosalie, Mrs. H. S. Leach living west of Blair, Mrs. W. F. Brooks living in Blair and Mrs. U. S. Cornwall, living on a farm near Herman. These, with two brothers, one in Omaha and the other in England, besides his bereaved wife are all of the deceased's near kin.

"On the 16th of February, 1907, Mr. Thompson and his wife celebrated their golden wedding, and all the children and their families were present. His life was an eventful one. Robust in health, never knowing what sickness was, he had traveled a great deal in the early days, twice going back to England. He worked in Idaho and Texas; was a good provIder for his family and never neglected his duties as a husband and father.

"The immediate cause of Mr. Thompson's death was bladder trouble and Saturday morning with no one present except the family physician and his devoted wife his spirit returned to the one who gave it.

"Funeral services were held from the Episcopal church Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. A. E. March officiating. The funeral was largely attended by neighbors, friends and grief-stricken relatives to pay their last sad respects to a good neighbor, good father and a devoted husband.

"The entire community sympathizes with the heartbroken wife who for over fifty years was the help mate of the deceased."

John Thompson was buried in the Blair cemetery in Block 7, Lot 3, Graves 1 and 2. His cemetery records shows accurate birth and death dates, age 78. Place of death and parentage were not shown.

The children of John F. Thompson and Susan Elizabeth Sanders were:

i Isabella, b. Aug 13, 1858, m. A. W. Rose
ii John F., b. Aug 20, 1860
iii Jane, b. Sep 20, 1862, m. after 1880 to Henry S. Leach
iv Elizabeth, b. Jan 8, 1865, m. W. Frank Brooks
v Esther, b. Oct 2, ca. 1867, d. Aug 20, ca. 1870
vi Daniel Edward, b. Jan 15, 1870, m. Mollie Victoria Blankenbeckler on Nov 1, 1899, d. Jun 29, 1961
*vii Susan, b. Mar 7, 1873, m. Ulysses Simpson Cornwell on Dec 31, 1890, d. Jan 15, 1937
viii William E., b. Dec 25, 1875
ix Frank C., b. Dec 6, 1879
x James S., b. May 31, 1883

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