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JOHN HENRY THOMPSON 1845-1924
ISABELLA HOLLIDAY ca. 1841-1931

 

April 9, 1924

Webster.

John Henry Thompson.

Passed away at his home three miles south of Webster, at an early hour, Monday morning, March 31, 1924, John Henry Thompson, at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 29 days.

John Henry Thompson was born in Blount Co., Tenn., Jan. 4, 1845.  He was one in a family of nine children, born to William and Cathryn Smith Thompson, five sons and four daughters, all of whom, together with the parents have preceded him in death many years ago.  He grew to manhood on his father's farm, and followed that vocation his entire life.  Fifty-eight years ago, March 11, 1866, he was united in marrage [sic] to Isabelle Holliday.  Fifty-eight years of sharing each others sorrows and joys.  To them were born eight children, Mrs. Mary C. Allen, of Webster; Wm. J., of Liberty; John of near Blandinsville; Mrs. Jennie Emery, of Eustace, Texas; Mrs. Ella Bowman, of Wallace, Kans.; Mrs. Annie Goacher, of Stuttgart, Ark.; George C. and Lydia at home.

In the year 1879, he moved with his family composed at that time of his wife, and six small children, to a farm near Wichita, Kans., where they resided for a number of years, and going from there to Hazen, Ark., where he purchased a large tract of land and lived there for many years.  He came to Illinois in March 1914 and settled on the farm where he spent the remainder of his life.

Beside his aged companion and the eight children, all of whom were with him during his last days, excepting the three daughters living in distant states, there remain to mourn his death, fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, the latter, baby, Ray B. Duffy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Duffy, who is the beginning of the 5th generation in the life's history of the departed one.  Mr. Thompson being the first generation of that uncommon record. There are also the two children, Asa Lane and Forest Crow who belong in the home of his son, W. J. Thompson and to whom he had always given the same love as he did his own grandchildren, for these two had a strong affection for dear old "grandpa" and deeply deplore his death.

Mr. Thompson was a member of the Baptist church since 1868.  A firm believer in the word of God and his faith in Him who said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" never weakened.

Always a hard working man, he was so strong, physically, he hardly knew what illness meant, until within the past year.  A complication of ailments, due mostly to old age, affected his heart, and at time, he suffered severely.  However, he never gave up to his afflictions, and his last illness was of but a few short weeks.  By his honesty and industry he had accumulated enough of this world's goods, to amply supply the needs of those left, who were dependent upon him.  His first thoughts were always for those within his care; for he was a great lover of his home and home community; and it might truly be said, as far as possible, he "loved his neighbor as himself."  No help in time of need, was ever denied and many deeds of kindness are known only to Him who has recorded them in the Lamb's Book of Life."

His death will cause sorrow to all who knew him.  His dear old companion has lost a devoted husband; his children a loving father and his neighbors a true friend.  They have all given him their love and constant care, which coupled with medical skill and the assistance of a trained nurse, leaves no room for regrets.

His life work was done and he has gone to his reward but he leaves behind him a monument of virtue which the ravages of time can never destroy.

Gone from the dear home circle,
The first link broken there:
Vacant his place at the fireside,
Empty his favorite chair.

But heed this, you who mourn him,
A few brief gleeting years,
And you shall meet your loved one
Beyond Earth's pain and tears.

The funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church in Carthage by the pastor, Dr. H. C. Leland, and burial was in Moss Ridge cemetery.

Card of Thanks.

We wish to thank all who were so kind to us during the illness and death of our loved one. Especially do we thank the neighbors also the members of the club for their lovely flowers, and the telephone operators for courtesies.  God bless you all.

Mrs. J. H. Thompson and entire family.

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Obituary contributed by
Cora R. Swift

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William Thompson was named as John's father.  Census records listed him as And., 24, in 1850, and And., 43, in 1860.  Immediately following John and Isabella in 1870 was the household of one William Thompson, born in Tennessee, age 65, but we hasten to note that the age progression may indicate the latter man was not John's father. Unbsp;Regardless or whether or not John and Isabella were living in proximity to John's father in 1870, they named their firstborn son William, so we might guess that John's father was William Andrew or Andrew William Thompson.

Regarding the statement that John died at his home three miles south of Webster: Webster is in the southwest corner of Fountain Green Township and three miles south of Webster would be in Hancock Township, which jibes with the Thompson family's location in the 1920.  State of Illinois death records indicate John died in Rock Creek Township, which lies west of Webster by 6+ miles. We thank Roberta Summers, in possession of John's death certificate as of this writing, who advises that the certificate states only that he died in Hancock County.  Follow this link to view maps of Hancock County Townships.

Isabella Holliday Thompson died April 4, 1931, in Hancock Township.

The Thompson children:

i. William Jackson Thompson, born December 23, 1866, in Blount County, Tennessee.  He died February 6, 1953, burial at Yetter Cemetery, Hancock Township, Hancock County, Illinois.
 
ii. Mary Catherine Thompson, born in 1868 in Blount County, Tennessee, died in Fountain Green, Hancock County, on July 5, 1935, according to State of Illinois death records; her tombstone is reported to read 1936.  She is buried at Webster Cemetery, Fountain Green Township.
 
iii. Ella Sarah (or Sarah Ella) Thompson, born about 1871 in Blount County, Tennessee.  She died between April 1, 1930, and February 6, 1953.
 
iv. John Samuel Thompson, born August 27, 1873, in Blount County, Tennessee.  He died after February 6, 1953.
 
v. George Campbell Thompson, born October 28, 1877, in Blount County, Tennessee.  He died January 10, 1937, in Hancock County, Illinois.
 
vi. Annie Thompson, born about 1880 in Kansas.  She died after February 6, 1953.
 
vii. Jennie Thompson, born about 1881 in Kansas, died after February 6, 1953.
 
viii. Lydia Thompson, born about 1884 in Kansas, died after February 6, 1953.  Lydia apparently never married.  When her brother, Andrew, died in 1953, Lydia was said to be a resident of LaHarpe, Hancock County.

1850 Tennessee Census, Blount County, 8th District, page 58A
enumerated November 2, 1850, dwelling #818

And Thompson, 24, male, F[armer], born TN
Caty Thompson, 24, female, born TN
John Thompson, 8, male, born TN, attended school within the year
Mary Thompson, 6, female, born TN
Betsy Thompson, 4, female, born TN
Jas B Thompson, 2, male, born TN

 

1860 Tennessee Census, Blount County, 8th District, page 64B
enumerated June 25, 1860, dwelling #497

And Thompson, 43, male, white, tennant ?, value of personal estate 500, born TN
Catharina, 41, female, born VA
John, 19, male, born TN
Mary, 18, female, born TN
Betsey, 14, female, born TN, attended school within the year
Bogle, 11, male, born TN, attended school within the year
William, 9, male, born TN, attended school within the year
Nancy, 6, female, born TN
George, 4, male, born TN
Andrew, 1, male, born TN

1860 Tennessee Census, Blount County, 8th District, page 61A
enumerated June 22, 1860, dwelling #452

John Holliday, 59, male, white, tennant ?, value of personal estate 230, born England
Mary, 51, female, born England
Elisabeth, 27, female, born England
Sarah, 20, female, born England
Isabella, 19, female, born England
Mary, 13, female, born England
John, 11, male, born England
Eleanor, 9, female, born TN
Lydia, 7, female, born TN


1870 Tennessee Census, Blount County, 7th District, pae 140A
enumerated July 22, 1870, dwelling #58

Thompson, John, 26, male, white, farmer, value of personal estate 400, born TN, could not read or write, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Isabel, 28, female, white, keeping house, born England
William J, 3, male, white, born TN
Mary C, 2, female, white, born TN
Holiday, Ellen, 20, female, white, at home born TN


We have not found the Thompson family in the 1880 Federal Census.  They were said to have located near Wichita, which is well within the borders of Kansas.
 

1900 Arkansas Census, Prairie County, Tyler Township, page 309A
enumerated June 30, 1900, dwelling #463

Thompson, John, head, white, male, Jan 1845, 55, married for 34 years, born TN, both parents born TN, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 73

Isabella, wife, white, female, Mar 1842, 58, married for 34 years; mother of 8 children, all living; born England, both parents born England, could read, write and speak English

George, son, white, male, Oct 1877, 22, single, born TN, father born TN, mother born England, farmer, months not employed - 3, could read, write and speak English

Annie, daughter, white, female, May 1880, 20, single, born KS, father born TN, mother born England, could read, write and speak English

Lydia, daughter, white, female, Apr 1884, 16, single, born KS, father born TN, mother born England, could read, write and speak English

 

1910 Arkansas Census, Prairie County, Tyler Township, page 158B
enumerated April 18, 1910, dwelling #35

Thompson, John, head, male, white, 65, married (1st) for 44 years, born TN, both parents born TN, spoke English, farmer, general farm, employer, could not read or write, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 33, whether a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy [no entry]

Isabella, wife, female, white, 68, married (1st) for 44 years; mother of 8 children, all living; born Eng - English; both parents born Eng - English; year of immigration to the U.S. - [no entry], spoke English, could read and write

George, son, male, white, 32, single, born TN, father born TN; mother born Eng - England; spoke English, farm laborer, home farm, employee, whether out of work on April 15, 1910 - no, number of weeks out of work during 1909 - 0, could read and write

Lydia, daughter, female, white, 26, single, born KS, father born TN; mother born Eng - England; spoke English, could read and write

1920 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 116B
enumerated February 25, 1920, dwelling #151, farm

Thompson, John H, head, owner, free of mortgage, male, white, 74, married, could read and write, born TN, both parents born TN, spoke English, farmer, partnership farm, working on own account, farm schedule 130

Isabel, wife, female, white, 77, married, year of immigration to the U.S. - unknown, naturalized, year of naturalization - [no entry], could read and write, born England, native tongue English; both parents born England, native tongue English; spoke English

George C, son, male, white, 42, single, could read and write, born TN, father born TN; mother born England, native tongue English; spoke English, farmer, partnership farm, working on own account

Lydia E, daughter, female, white, 35, single, could read and write, born KS, father born TN; mother born England, native tongue English; spoke English

 

1930 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 112B
enumerated April 16-17, 1930, dwelling #116

Thompson, George, head, owner, [no entry for home value], did not own a radio, lived on a farm, male, white, 52, single, could read and write, born TN, father born TN, mother born England, spoke English, farmer, general farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 108

Lydia, sister, female, white, 44, single, could read and write, born TN, father born TN, mother born England, spoke English

Isabella, mother, female, white, 88, widow, age at first marriage - 25, born England, both parents born England, native tongue - English, year of immigration to the U.S. - 1850, naturalized, spoke English

 

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