Mary Ann was the daughter of Abraham and Mary Ann (Smith) Wortring. She married William Thomspon in 1831 in Preston County, West Virginia. He passed away in 1853. In Sep. 1859 she took her 10 children and headed out in a covered wagon. They arrived in St. Charles, Iowa in Dec. 1859. In 1860 she lived in Virginia Township, Warren County, Iowa where she lived until she died.