Descendants of Thomas Thompson and Ruth Malinda Harnsberger
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS2 THOMPSON (JOHN1) was born October 06, 1838 in Yorkshire, England, and died January 02, 1902 in Grand Junction, CO, USA. He married (1) MARY(?) FORD 1860. He married (2) RUTH MALINDA HARNSBERGER Abt. 1863, daughter of WESLEY HARNSBERGER and JANE ALLEY.
Notes for THOMAS THOMPSON:
1900 Mesa County, Colorado census
Pitkin Ave., Grand Junction, 21 Jun 1900
Vol. 13, enumeration district #74, sheet #29, line #27
Thomas Thompson head 61 Nov. 1838 England carpenter naturalized
Alta M. daughter 23 Aug. 1876 Nebraska
Ethel daughter 21 Apr. 1879 Nebraska
Edna daughter 16 Apr. 1884 Nebraska in school
William A. Horne lodger 23 Aug. 1876 Iowa car inspector
The Independent Era, North Platte, Nebraska
16 Jan 1902
A paragraph under the column heading "Farnam Fancies":
The remains of Thomas Thompson, a pioneer resident of this precinct, came in last Monday from Grand Junction, Colorado, and were interred in the family lot in Farnam.
Thomas Thompson filed for homestead on N1/2, S1/4, Section 30, Twp 11 North, Range 10 East in Cass County, Nebraska on 14 March 1874, having first moved onto the land 1 Apr 1867. In papers filed for proof, Thomas Thompson filed his Declaration of Intention paper stating his intent to become a citizen was declared on 9 Oct 1866 in Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska. His citizenship paper stated on 22 Sep 1873 in Ashland, Saunders County, Nebraska he was granted citizenship, having renounced allegiance to Great Britian.
John Thompson filed for homestead on S1/2, S1/4, Section 30, Twp 11 North, Range 10 East in Cass County, Nebraska on 14 March 1874, having first moved onto the land 1 Apr 1867. In papers filed for proof, John Thompson filed Naturalization papers showing he became a naturalized citizen on 22 Oct 1860 in Newhampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa and Declaration of Intention papers showing he declard his intent to become a citizen in Winnebago County, Illinois. To fulfill the citizenship requirements he had to reside in the U.S. at least five years and within the state of Iowa at least one year.
Thomas Thomas and Ruth Malinda Harnsberger Thompson are buried in Farnam Cemetary, Farnam, Nebraska.
Notes for RUTH MALINDA HARNSBERGER:
Ruth M. (Harnsberger) Thompson
Grand Junction Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado
April 14, 1900
Death of Mrs. Thompson
Mrs. Rose M. Thompson [Ruth Malinda], wife of Thomas Thompson, died this morning at the residence of the family on Pitkin Avenue.
Mrs. Thompson has been a great sufferer for many years. She has been confined to her home for the past three years and has only been able to move around the house. The deceased was fifty-nine years of age and leaves a husband and a family of several children to mourn her loss.
The remains will be shipped to Farnam, Nebraska, her old home.
Undertaker Gourley prepared the body for shipment.
Gothenburg Times, Gothenburg, Nebraska
April 21, 1900
A telegram was received Saturday conveying the sad intelligence that Mrs. Thos. Thompson had died at her home in Grand Junction, Colo., Monday and that the remains would be sent here for interment. Mrs. Thompson had many friends at this place, having resided here several years ago. Two of her children, Mrs. E. T. Buss and J. W. Thompson, still reside here. Besides these two, she leaves three other children and a husband to mourn her death. It is not known when the remains will arrive, as the trains in Colorado have been snow bound the past week. Mr. Harnsberger, Mrs. Thompson's brother, arrived from Ashland Tuesday evening and will remain until after the burial.
Child of THOMAS THOMPSON and MARY(?) FORD is:
i. MARY MALINDA3 THOMPSON, b. October 31, 1861; m. ELMER T. BUSS, June 22, 1887.
Notes for MARY MALINDA THOMPSON:
Mary M. (Thompson) Buss
After an illness of about two weeks, Mrs. Elmer T. Buss passed away Sunday at 2 p.m. Through life she was known to be a kind and loving wife and mother, and never lost an oppotunity to render assistance to those in distress, she was an ardent worker in the Congregational church and was loved by all. Though seriously ill from the first her death came as a severe shock the community will deeply feel her loss.
The funeral services were held at the Buss home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, to which a large number of friends paid their last tribute. Short but impressive services were conducted by Rev. G. M. Griffiths, pastor of the Congregational church, after which the remains were taken to the Farnam cemetery for burial.
Mary Malinda Thompson was born October 30th, 1861 near Des Moines, Iowa; she came to Nebraska with her parents when a child and has lived here every since. She was married to Elmer T. Buss June 22nd, 1887. To this union seven children were born, five of whom remain to mourn her loss and were present at the time she passed away. She died at the age of 54 years, five months and 18 days.
Children of THOMAS THOMPSON and RUTH HARNSBERGER are:
2. ii. HANNAH ABIGAIL3 THOMPSON, b. September 01, 1864, Iowa; d. April 02, 1887, Farnam, Nebraska.
3. iii. JOSEPH WESLEY THOMPSON, b. February 14, 1866, Winterset, Iowa; d. March 14, 1938, Farnam, Nebraska.
4. iv. JOHN EDWARD THOMPSON, b. January 30, 1869, near Ashland, Nebraska; d. May 05, 1936, Farnam, Nebraska.
5. v. WILLIAM MYRON THOMPSON, b. 1873, Farnam, Nebraska.
vi. AGNES BERYL THOMPSON, b. February 17, 1874, Farnam, Nebraska; d. September 28, 1897, Farnam, Nebraska.
Notes for AGNES BERYL THOMPSON:
Agnes Beryl Thompson died at Farnam at the age of 23 from lung
congestion and was buried beside her sister, Hannah Thompson Owen
6. vii. ALTA MERTYCE (MATIE) THOMPSON, b. August 23, 1876, Farnam, Nebraska; d. 1965, Farnam, Nebraska.
7. viii. ETHEL VERA THOMPSON, b. April 26, 1879, Farnam, NB, USA; d. 1950, Montana.
8. ix. EDNA THOMPSON, b. April 27, 1884, Farnam, Nebraska; d. November 19, 1958, St. Louis, MO, USA.
Generation No. 2
2. HANNAH ABIGAIL3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born September 01, 1864 in Iowa, and died April 02, 1887 in Farnam, Nebraska. She married IKE OWEN.
Notes for HANNAH ABIGAIL THOMPSON:
Hannah Abigail Thompson Owen, the first born child of Thomas and Ruth, was born Sep 1, 1864. She was 15 years of age when she came to this area. She was married to Ike Owen, brother of Ida B. Owen, wife of J. Wesley Thompson. Hannah died on April 2, 1887 at the age of 23 of appendicitis. She had one daughter, Pearl A. Owen.
Child of HANNAH THOMPSON and IKE OWEN is:
i. PEARL4 OWEN.
3.JOSEPH WESLEY3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born February 14, 1866 in Winterset, Iowa, and died March 14, 1938 in Farnam, Nebraska. He married IDA B. OWEN.
Children of JOSEPH THOMPSON and IDA OWEN are:
i. OWEN4 THOMPSON, b. November 17, 1890; d. June 15, 1961; m. FLOY C. CALEY.
ii. MAUDE THOMPSON, b. August 21, 1893, Farnam, Nebraska; d. January 1981, Alhambra, Los Angeles, California.
Notes for MAUDE THOMPSON:
MAUDE THOMPSON 21 Aug 1893 Jan 1981 91803 (Alhambra, Los Angeles, CA) 90805 (Paramount, Los Angeles, CA) 568-05-1226 California (Before 1951)
iii. MABEL THOMPSON, b. August 21, 1893; d. July 1986, Paramount, Los Angeles, California; m. GILBERT IRVING HICKS, February 29, 1916.
Notes for MABEL THOMPSON: MABEL HICKS 21 Aug 1893 Jul 1986 90805 (Paramount, Los Angeles, CA) (No Location Given) 566-21-2106 California (1973)
4.JOHN EDWARD3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 30, 1869 in near Ashland, Nebraska, and died May 05, 1936 in Farnam, Nebraska. He married HAZEL ROSE SCUDDER December 21, 1905.
John Edward Thompson
John Edward Thompson was born in Cass County, Nebraska, January 30, 1869 and departed this life May 5, 1936, age 67 years, 3 months and 5 days. In 1877 the family moved to Frontier county, Nebraska, where they lived two years moving to Lincoln county, and establishing the ranch known as the Thompson ranch in East Deer Creek. There he made his home until 1894 when he went to Grand Junction, Colorado, working there and in towns of that locality until 1905, when he returned to Farnam.
On December 21, 1905, he was united in marriage to Hazel Rose Scudder. They resided in Farnam for a time, then moved to a farm north of town from there to Ontario, Oregon, where they lived a number of years. They moved from Ontario to Burlingame, California, then back to Farnam to the farm, where he lived when he passed away.
Thirty-seven years ago Brother Thompson united with the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Grand Junction, Colo. He has been a true Odd Fellow ever since.
He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, and son, Elgie, one grandchild, one brother, three sisters, and a host of friends.
Mr. Thompson was one of those rare souls that was the very best possible neighbor. His rule must have been Christ's commandment, "Thy Neighbor as thy self."
A loving husband, kind father and brother has gone to his eternal home.
Funeral services were held from the Farnam Methodist church, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, May 6, 1936. The I.O.O.F. lodge was in charge. The Rev. Sam McKeown delivered the sermon.
Burial was in the Farnam cemetery.
Child of JOHN THOMPSON and HAZEL SCUDDER is:
i. ELGIE THOMAS4 THOMPSON, b. May 29, 1913, Ontario, Oregon, USA; d. July 08, 1970, North Platte, Nebraska; m. NINA E. HUGHES, January 12, 1934.
5.WILLIAM MYRON3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1873 in Farnam, Nebraska. He married ??.
Notes for WILLIAM MYRON THOMPSON:
William Myron Thompson, son of Thomas and Ruth, was married and the father of three children. One child was Dorothy Lamb who had a son, Myron. Will was an avid hunter, had a restless nature and died in a construction accident where he was in charge, in the state of Washington.
Child of WILLIAM THOMPSON and ?? is:
i. DOROTHY4 THOMPSON, m. ?? LAMB.
6.ALTA MERTYCE (MATIE)3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 23, 1876 in Farnam, Nebraska, and died 1965 in Farnam, Nebraska. She married FORDYCE BYRON KERR December 04, 1901 in Holdredge, Nebraska.
Notes for ALTA MERTYCE (MATIE) THOMPSON:
Children of ALTA THOMPSON and FORDYCE KERR are:
i. RUTH4 KERR, b. 1903; m. ?? WALTERS.
ii. EDNA CATHERINE KERR, m. FRANK FRANKIN KINMAN, September 16, 1928.
iii. GEORGIA KERR, b. September 18, 1909; d. September 17, 1975; m. FRED ELDER.
iv. FRANCES KERR, m. LAWRENCE PRESTON STEAR.
v. FORDYCE BERLIN KERR, m. CARRIE CALLOWAY.
vi. GARNET AMORY KERR, b. 1928.
Notes for GARNET AMORY KERR:
Publication Date: January 25, 1992
Obituary: GARET A. KERR Garet Amory "Gary" Kerr, 64, Largo, Fla., died Jan. 23, 1992, at a hospital in Largo. He was born in Lincoln, Neb., and lived in Kansas City for 28 years before moving to Largo in 1963. Mr. Kerr was a gyro-technician for Honeywell from 1963 until he retired in 1987. He was a watchmaker for Goldman Jewerly in this area. He was a member of the Minn-Rig Association of Honeywell. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He attended the Northeast, Covenant and John Knox Kirk Presbyterian churches in the Kansas City area. Survivors include his wife, Vivian Kerr of the home; a daughter, Connie Lucas, Largo; a brother, Fordyce Kerr, Mount Vernon, Mo.; two sisters, Catherine Kinman and Ruth Walters of Cassville, Mo.; and two granddaughters. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Moss-Feaster Chapel, Largo; burial in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park Cemetery, Clearwater, Fla. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. The family suggests contribution s to the American Diabetes Association.
vii. BABY KERR.
7.ETHEL VERA3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born April 26, 1879 in Farnam, NB, USA, and died 1950 in Montana. She married WILLIAM ALLEN HORN March 25, 1902 in Grand Junction, CO, USA, son of SOLOMON HORN and CATHERINE HIBBS.
Notes for WILLIAM ALLEN HORN:
1920 Salt Lake Co, Utah, Dist 186 (?), enumeration dist 61, sheet
part of town of Bingham Canyon:
Note: all information given is "as of January 1, 1920"
Hearton (or Heaston) Heights, fam # 19/204/205. WILLIAM HORN age 41 born Iowa, father born Pa. mother born Iowa, occupation: switchman on railroad, renting. (wife) Ethel W. (or M.) age 39 born Nebraska, father born England, mother born Virginia ( Indiana). (2 girls at home): Paula M. age 16 born Colorado, Elaine 14 born Colorado.
Children of ETHEL THOMPSON and WILLIAM HORN are:
i. ELAINE PEARL4 HORN, b. March 25, 1906, Grand Junction, CO, USA; d. August 1966, St. George, UT, USA; m. MAYNE SMITH MEYER, February 02, 1928, Wyoming - eloped.
Notes for ELAINE PEARL HORN: buried in St. George Cemetary, UT, USA
Notes for MAYNE SMITH MEYER: Buried in St. George Cemetary, UT, USA
ii. PAULA MAY HORN, b. July 31, 1903, Grand Junction, CO, USA; d. July 12, 1992, Los Alamitos, Orange Co., CA; m. (1) STEVEN REMBIS; m. (2) BLAINE STEELE; m. (3) ?? SCHWAM.
8.EDNA3 THOMPSON (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born April 27, 1884 in Farnam, Nebraska, and died November 19, 1958 in St. Louis, MO, USA. She married (1) FRANK LOWEN July 20, 1903. She married (2) CHARLES HENRY CHESLEY 1910. She married (3) HERMAN BOCKEWITZ 1932.
Notes for EDNA THOMPSON:
Loving sympathy is extended to the family of:
Cousin Edna Thompson Lowen Chesley Bockewitz, who passed on November 19, 1958. Funeral Services were conducted at St. Louis, Missouri on November 21 at the Hoppe Chapel, 4911 Washington Blvd, by the Reverand E. Barnes of St. Pauls Methodist Church and interment was in Memorial Park, St. Louis. Cousin Edna was born on April 27, 1884 at Farnam, Nebraska, the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Melinda Harnsberger Thompson, who were pioneers in the cattle country around North Platte, Nebraska. She was first married on July 20, 1903 to Frank Leslie Lowen, who passed on in 1909; a son was born of this marriage. In 1910 she was married to Charles Henry Chesley, and his name was added, by adoption, to the name of her son. She was married in 1932 to Herman Bockewitz, who passed in October 11, 1950. Widely travelled, Cousin Edna was an amateur artist, and had continued her education by taking Psychology courses at Washington University, St. Louis. She was active in church work, holding office and teaching Church School Class for Senior Citizen at St. Pauls; she was also a member of the over 50 club, YMCA, and of the Senior Citizens at Washington University. One of a family of 3 brothers and 6 sisters, she is survived by one sister, Cousin Alta Mertyce Thompson (Mrs Fordyce Byron) Kerr, of 901 Burton Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa. Also surviving are her son Leland Leslie Lowen Chesley, of 107 Brook Road, Prospect Heights, Illinois; two grandchildren: Leland Lowen Chesley Jr. now in the US Marine Corps, and Patricia Ann Chesley, of St. Louis and a number of nieces and nephews.
Child of EDNA THOMPSON and FRANK LOWEN is:
i. LELAND LOWEN4 CHESLEY.