|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1854|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1937|
John and Jane's daughter Susanna Jane Whitson was born on December 9, 1854, in Smiths Falls/Brockville, Kitley Township, Leeds County, Ohio. She migrated to Minnesota with her parents in 1868. The story goes that Susie liked to sing and have fun and frequently attended the local dances. A man named Bill Thompson saw her there and insisted that his brother James, who was a widower, had to come meet her. He had been born in Knox County, Indiana, on November 13, 1848, the son of John Thompson and Elizabeth Emily Graves, and had come to Minnesota looking for work. There he had wed a young woman who had died giving birth to twins, who also died. It is likely that James' father John had served in Co. A, the 71st Ohio Valley Infantry, during the Civil War.
James did come and meet Susie, and they quickly began to court even though he felt he might be too old for her. She insisted that she loved him and they got married on November 22, 1877, in Minnesota. However, census records show that James Thompson was boarding with Susannah Whitson's family in Stanton, Goodhue County, Minnesota, in 1875, so perhaps their courtship actually happened a bit differently. James brought Susie back to Ohio in 1880, settling in Darke County and later in Mercer County where his parents and siblings were. Susie had six children from 1878 to 1893: Clure, Verna, Lloyd James, Erma Hazel, Edna Mabel, and Jane Emily. Both James and Susie were very active members of the First Church of God in Ft. Recovery, and he served as elder. Often in poor health, James died on July 25, 1927, in Ft. Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio. Despite her advanced age, Susie took on the task of raising her young granddaughter Louella after her daughter Mabel died young. Susanna Jane Thompson died on February 1, 1937, in Ft. Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio. Both she and James are buried in Springhill Cemetery, west of Ft. Recovery.
The Daily Standard
February 3, 1937
Aged Woman Dies at Ft. Recovery
Prominent Resident of Mercer County Since Year 1880
The death of Mrs. Susie Thompson, 82, occurred at her late home in Ft. Recovery, Monday morning. She was born near Smith's Falls, Ontario, Canada, and later removed to Minnesota. She was united in marriage to James Thompson of Ft. Recovery on Nov. 22, 1877. They located here in 1880 and afterward lived on a farm in the vicinity of Sharpsburg for several years, returning about 35 years ago.
The deceased is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Verna Kimmel of New Weston; Mrs. W. A. Heistand of Rossburg; Miss Jane Thompson of Dayton; Lloyd Thompson of Van Wert, and Clure Thompson of Ft. Recovery. One daughter, Mrs. Mabel Gibbons is deceased. The husband's death occurred July 25, 1927. There are 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also three brothers and one sister who reside in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of the First Church of Christ, of Wayne Chapter No. 111, O.E.S., and was a charter member of the Mystic Union Rebekah Lodge until that order was discontinued recently.
Funeral services were conducted at the First Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by the pastor, Rev. S. W. Piety of Bluffton, Ind. Interment in Spring Hill cemetery.
Susie Thompson Passes Following Long Illness
Member of Eastern Star Chapter and First Church of Christ
Mrs. Susie Jane Thompson died at her home Monday morning at 5 a.m. of complications. She had been seriously ill since Nov. 26, 1936.
The deceased was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, on Dec. 9, 1854, the daughter of John and Jane (Lawson) Whitson. At the time of her death she was 82 years, 1 month, and 23 days old.
She went to Minnesota from Canada where in 1877 she married James Thompson on Nov. 22. In 1880 the couple moved to Mercer county. The deceased lady's husband died July 25, 1927.
She is survived by two sons, Clure of Ft. Recovery and Lloyd of Van Wert; three daughters, Mrs. Verna Kimmel of New Weston, Mrs. Erma Heistand of Rossburg, and Jane E. of Dayton. The decreased raised Mrs. Luella Gibbons LeMaster of Pennville, Ind., a granddaughter, from infancy. A daughter, Mrs. Mabel Gibbons, is deceased. Thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also mourn her passing.
A sister and three brothers living in Minnesota and North Dakota also survive. One sister and three brothers preceded her in death.
The deceased lady was a member of the Wayne Chapter No. 111 of the Eastern Star here and a member of the First Church of Christ.
Funeral services were conducted from the First Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Wednesday with Rev. W. S. Piety in charge. Interment was made in Springhill cemetery.
John Alexander Whitson (1823 - 1883)
Jane Lawson Whitson (1827 - 1917)
James Thompson (1846 - 1927)
Clure Thompson (1878 - 1946)*
Verna Thompson Kimmel (1879 - 1963)*
Lloyd James Thompson (1884 - 1965)*
Erma Hazel Thompson Hiestand (1886 - 1970)*
Edna Mabel Thompson Gibbons (1888 - 1914)*
Jane Emily Thompson (1893 - 1977)*
Robert Walter Whitson (1851 - 1932)*
Anne Isabella Whitson Nephew (1853 - 1939)*
Susanna Jane Whitson Thompson (1854 - 1937)
Emma Rebecca Whitson Walbridge (1857 - 1896)*
William Alexander Whitson (1862 - 1949)*
James F. Whitson (1864 - 1868)*
Albert George Whitson (1867 - 1953)*
Russell Alamond Whitson (1872 - 1944)*
Spring Hill Cemetery
Created by: Natalie Herdman
Record added: Jun 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27566621