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 Julia Elizabeth <I>Patterson</I> Thomson

Julia Elizabeth Patterson Thomson

Indiana, USA
Death 1936 (aged 88–89)
Burial Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 111813511 · View Source
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William Patterson married wife Mary Barbara Haas on 10 Dec 1829 in Cincinnati, Ohio. A family tree on attributes ten children to the couple-Sophia Jane (1830-1831), Thomas Jackson (1832-1889), Zerildia A. (1835-1891), Margaret Haas (1837-1902), Christiana Lemon (1840-1915), Mary Ellen (1843-1918), Samuel M. (1845-1846), Julia Elizabeth (1847-1936), Orinda Belle (1850-1922) and William McFarland (1853-1907).

I found the family on the 1850 Census, living in My Division, Marshall County, Indiana, where William was working as a trader. Son Thomas, aged 17, was employed as a clerk. Daughters Zerildia (14), Margaret (12), Christiana (10), Ellen (8) and Julia (2) also appeared on that census with their parents.

By the 1960 Census, My Division had become Plymouth. William did not give an occupation. Children Zerildia (24), Ellen (17) and Julia (12), Orinda Belle (9) and William (6) with still home with their parents. William and Mary's son Thomas had married Mary Brooke on 15 Oct 1854 in Marshall Co. and their daughter Margaret had married Kevin K. Brooke, brother to Mary Brooke, on 16 May 1858, also in Marshall Co. Margaret and Kevin, along with their one-year-old daughter Maggie, were living with Margaret's parents in 1860. Kevin had found employment as a druggist.

Daughter Christiana had married Alexander Campbell Thompson on 15 Sep 1859, and daughter Orinda Belle had married John A. Ruth on 4 May 1876, both marriages taking place in Marshall County. Daughter Zerildia did not appear to have married.

In 1870, they were zoned in Center Twp. (today part of Plymouth), where William gave his occupation as retired speculator. Just two of their children appeared with them on that census, Belle, aged 18, and 16-year-old William who was working as a clerk in an apothecary.

In 1870, Julia appeared on the census enumeration in Center Twp., living with her sister Christianna and Christianna's husband Alexander Thompson. Sister Mary Ellen (enumerated under Nelle) was also there. The transcription of their last name ended up as Pallerson instead of Patterson.

On 25 Jan 1875, Julia married Arthur Lang Thomson in Plymouth. They appeared together on the 1880 Census, living in Plymouth, where Arthur was earning a living as a lumber dealer. They had welcomed son Ronald in February of 1876, daughter Anna Ruth in February of 1878, and daughter Gertrude Orinda in April of 1880. They employed two live-in servants-22-year-old Jane Sidell, and 33-year-old Amos Hibbs.

Sadly, Julia lost Arthur on 7 Aug 1891 at age 61. She appeared on the 1900 Census, widowed, aged 53, living at 154 Walnut St. in Plymouth. Like many women in her situation, she took in boarders to generate additional income. Son Ronald, age 24, was working as a news reporter, daughter Ruth, aged 22, had become a teacher, daughter Gertrude, aged 20, was working as a store clerk, and Agnes, aged 16, and William, aged 11, were at school. Domestic servant, 18-year-old Irma Hutch was living with the family and helping Julia with the rooming house and the children.

By the 1910 Census, Julia had moved to 317 Michigan St. She was 62, and no longer a landlady. The nest was empty except for son William (enumerated as Arthur), aged 21, and earning a living as a wagon driver for a grocery store. On both the 1900 and 1910 Census records, Julia reported that all five of her children had survived to those years.

By 1917, Arthur had married wife Wanda L., had welcomed daughter Elizabeth in 1919, and had gotten a job as a surveyor for Marshall Co. Somewhere in there, he attended the University of Illinois for two years according to his WWI registration card. He eventually became a civil engineer for the town of Plymouth.

Julia appeared on the 1920 Census, renting a residence in Plymouth. She was 70 and living by herself. She appeared on one last census in 1930, presumably in the same residence, aged 81. He had again taken in roomers, at the time, a young married couple named Wayne and Mary Shroll, both in their twenties. Wayne worked as a baker in a bake shop so at least Julia's final years were sweet ones.

Julia died in 1936 at the very-respectable age of 69, and was laid to rest at Arthur's side. They had been apart for 45 years by then and would have had lots to catch each other up on.




  • Created by: Kim White
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111813511
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Julia Elizabeth Patterson Thomson (1847–1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111813511, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Kim White (contributor 47499959) .