|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1835|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1902|
Daughter of James Thompson and Helen Maria Smith.
The Story of General Pershing
Mrs. Pershing stood high among her neighbors. She was a woman of unusual intelligence and much better educated than the average woman of those days. She was an unusually cultivated woman. Mr. Pershing probably had the best library in the town. His father and mother were both religious and John went to Sunday School and church every Sunday. The deep affection is apparent as one reads between the lines of many letters received from those who years ago knew her both personally and well. It is not difficult to trace the source of the inspiration of Pershing's life.
An intimate friend of the General in response to a personal request has courteously given the following modest statement: General Pershing's mother was Ann Elizabeth Thompson. She was born near Nashville, Tennessee. Although she came of a southern family she joined her husband in her sympathy for the cause of the North, and made the first flag that was raised in Linn County, thereby risking the lives of her family. One of her brothers was in the Southern army, and one served on the Northern side. When her brother, Colonel L.A. Thompson, was wounded, her husband secured permission to cross the line and brought him home. Mrs. Pershing was always an inspiration for her children and her ambition for them, especially in an educational way, was without bounds.
The Chicago Daily Tribune
November 25, 1902
Pershing. Ann E. Pershing, November 24, aged 67 years, beloved wife of John F. Pershing.
Funeral Tuesday, November 25 at 2:30PM from residence, 337 East 53rd Street to Oakwoods. Intimate friends of the family invited.
John Fletcher Pershing (1834 - 1906)
John Joseph Pershing (1860 - 1948)*
James Fletcher Pershing (1862 - 1933)*
Ward B. Pershing (1874 - 1909)*
Oak Woods Cemetery
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