|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1843|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 1925|
Thomas Clarkson, son of Nathan and Jemima Bales, was born in Hamilton County, near Westfield, Indiana on January 5, 1843 and died at his home in Alva, November 1, 1925, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 26 days.
He moved with his parents to Westville, Indiana in 1850 where he made his home until he enlisted in Company K of the 73rd Indiana Regiment at Great Bend, Indiana, August 16, 1862, and was mustered out at Nashville, Tenn. on July 1, 1865 and returned to his father's home near Westville, Indiana.
In October of 1865 he moved to LeGrande, Iowa. June 15, 1867 he was united in marriage to Leah George of LeGrande, Iowa, to which union was born five children, Alta, Elsie, and Willie who died in infancy and Walter S. Bales and M. Mabel Kasparek of Alva. Julia Etta Teeter was taken by them to care for when an infant and has made her home with them in Alva.
In December 1870 they returned to Westville, Indiana to care for his aged parents. With his family and his parents, he moved to Cuba, Kansas in October 1873 where he made his home with the exception of 4 years that they lived in Washington, Kansas, where the children were in school until he moved to his farm near Burlington, Oklahoma, in December 1906. In November 1919 they moved to their present home in Alva.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
In February 1875 he voluntarily volunteered for the army of the Lord and subsequently became a member of the Friends Church, remaining true to his Lord and the standards of his church thru more then 50 years of service. His constant testimony throughout his last illness was that God's grace was sufficient and too, that his goods were all packed and he was waiting the orders of his captain. He suffered intensely much of the time but never was he found complaining or murmuring but always happy in that he had a firm confidence in his Master. He was conscious until within a few moments of his going and in a faint whisper told his loved ones that he was going and that the way was light.
Relatives attending from a distance were Alfred Brown and wife from Booker, Texas, Clarence Pitts and wife and Kenneth Davis and wife and Neal Davis of Burlington, Oklahoma.
Services were held at the First Friends Church of Alva at 1:30 Tuesday and burial was made at Bethel near Burlington, Oklahoma. Carl D. Byrd was in charge of the service.
Nathan Bales (1800 - 1887)
Jemima Hiatt Bales (1803 - 1883)
Leah B. George Bales (1844 - 1934)
Walter Shields Bales (1874 - 1954)*
Mabel Mary Bales Kasparek (1876 - 1964)*
Anna Malissa Bales Dodd (1828 - 1917)*
Nathan Williams Bales (1830 - 1917)*
Thomas Clarkson Bales (1843 - 1925)
Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: Oct 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22267901