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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Benajah C. and Ellen (Johnson) Thompson, 6 South 48 West



Benajah Thompson - his father - married Elizabeth Rees on November 26, 1843 in Montgomery County Indiana.

In 1860 Montgomery County, B.C. is 38, Elizabeth 35, "Daniel" 14, Tilman H. 13, Leonides 9, Alexander 6, and James 1.

Benajah Cary Thompson died September 16, 1864, aged 41, buried in Montgomery County, Indiana # 50167231.

In 1870 Montgomery County, Elizabeth is 45, living alone. Next household is David Thompson 25, "Theodore" 22, William 19, Alexander 17, James 14, and B.K. 10, all sons born in in Indiana, farming.
In 1880 Bourbon County, Kansas, Benajah is 17, with brother Willis 29 and his wife Luretta 26, daughter Garnett one month old. Their mother Elizabeth Thompson 53 born in Ohio, is with them, single.
Benajah's widow, Elizabeth (Rees) B-3/27/1825, D-4/2/1892
Jewell County REPUBLICAN, published in Jewell City, Jewell Co, KS on 01 Apr 1892, pg 4: From the Mankato MONITOR:
Old Mrs. Thompson (Elizabeth) of Washington Township, died last Saturday and was buried Monday. Six sons attended the funeral.
(Mt Hope Cemetery, Mankato, KS - 27 Mar 182 - 02 Apr 1892 - 67 yr 5 dy)

Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Jewell Co., Kansas, FindaGrave # 44019828.

Benajah's brother, Tilghman Thompson, was in Bourbon County in 1880, 34, with Suzetta 30 and three kids. Tilghman , 1847-1923 is buried in Bourbon County # 64010146.

Another brother Alexander, was in Jewell County Kansas in 1880, married to Belle. Alexander 1853-1926 is buried in Jewell County # 44019816, with Belle 1860-1941.

In 1900 Jewell County, Kansas, Benejah is farming, born June 1862 in Indiana, married 12 years to Ellen S. Dec 1871 Indiana. She's had three kids, two living. Bertha M. Dec 1889 and Daniel M. Nov 1899 both born in Kansas.

In 1905 Jewell County, Benegah is 43, Ellen 33, Bertha 15, and Morris 5.

All four are still in Jewell County in 1910.

Benajah claimed a quarter in 23, 6 South, 48W in 1918.

In 1920 Benejah and Ellen are living on Rock Island street in Vona, and he's a laborer on the railroad.

Benejah and Ellen are alone in 1930 Kit Carson County.

Benjamin 1862-1937 is buried in Vona # 73235981, with Ellen Susan (Johnson) Thompson 1871-1948.

"Benajah Cary Thompson was born June 9th, 1862 at Crawfordsville, Ind., and departed this life at his home in Vona,Colo., September 12th, 1937, age 75 years, 3 months and 3 days. He came to Mankato, Jewell County, Kansas, in 1876, settling on a farm where in continued to reside until coming to Kit Carson County, Colorado in 1913, taking a homestead, where he lived until about three years ago,when he moved with his wife to Vona, where he resided until passing away.
He was married to Ellen Johnson, April 26th, 1887, and to this union three children were born,one dying in infancy.Mr.Thompson was well and favorably known in the Vona community,where he had resided for 20 years. He was a kind and indulgent husband and father,honorable and just in his dealings with others.He leaves to mourn his departure,his wife Ellen Thompson,his son Maurice Thompsom and daughter Mrs. Bertha Sweet,14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren,a number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends.
He united with the Baptist Church at Mankato, Kan. in 1888 and practiced the Golden Rule through life. Mr. Thompson had been afflicted with Arterio Sclerosis for several years and had been practically an invalid for two years. September 4th he had a cerebral hemorrhage, commonly known as a stroke, from which he never rallied. Everything that medical science could accomplish was done but without avail. He passed away peacefully September 12th, as above stated. The funeral was held at the Vona Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 14th. Rev. Bledsoe,pastor of the Vona Baptist Church officating. His theme was "the brevity of life". A quartet composed of Mrs. Amelia Howell, Mrs Emmitt Cary, Ray Deakin and Prof. Sherman sang "Jesus,Lover of my Soul", "Some Day the Silver Cords Will Break" and "Rock of Ages". The body bearers were: N.P. Iverson, Glenn Howell, Horace Boger, Fred Fuhlendorf, Fred J. Adams. Penney Bros. of Burlington,undertakers in charge. Interment in Vona Cemetery.

Bertha Thompson is buried in Vona # 73234193, with Clark A. Sweet 1872-1933
In 1910 Grant County, Oklahoma, John Brookshier is a farm laborer, born 1871 in Georgia, married two years to Maggie Feb 1882 Kansas. Raymond was born May 1899 in Kansas, and a daughter born May 11900 in Oklahoma.
(John's father Green W. Brookshier 1846-1926 is buried in Grant County # 31275880, with Virginia 1849-1923 # 31275834.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, John S. Brookshier is 39, born in Georgia, with Maggie 30 Kansas. Raymond N. 11 was born in Kansas, Frances C. 9 in Oklahoma.
May 13, 1912 Cope items "Alvan Brookshire came back from Oklahoma where he has been visiting his parents."
"Joe Brookshire has fifty acres corn planted and is going to plant 50 acres more. Bully for Joe. We hope he gets a bumper corn crop."

Maggie Brookshier 1879-1950 is buried in Vona # 67331860. So is John 1871-1941 # 67331835.

Raymond 1899-1971 (dying in Tulare County, California) is also buried in Vona # 67331911, with Effie 1906-1943 # 67331801.

On the same page in 1910 are George W. 40 Brookshier born in Georgia, with Bird 33 Illinois. and three kids.

In 1910 John Brownwood is in Yuma County, Kirk precinct, 11 born in New Jersy, with John C. 35 and Nellie J. 35, born in Holladn. Cornelius is 13, Nicholas 9 born n New Jersey, and Andrew 1 in South Dakoata.
Ethelyn Brookshier married John J. Brownwood in April 1918 in Kit Carson County.

Ethelyn Brownwood 1901-1918 is buried in Kirk # 67354317, "Wife of John J. Brownwood"
Alice Marie Berry married John J. Brownwood on October 18, 1922, recorded in Prowers County.

John C. Brownwood moved to California.

September 19, 1940

March 22, 1951


February2, 1961

Buried in Goleta, California is: BROWNWOOD, John J.
Born Jul 30, 1898, died Oct 20, 1983, Buried Oct 27, 1983 5 West Space- 31- Division- 10
FindaGrave # 115431168.
His second wife would be Alice Marie buried there in 1960. In 1920 Yuma County Alice M. is 18, born in Kansas, with parents Colonel C. Berry 53 and Emma M. 45.

October 13, 1960

April 19, 1962

Alice's mother Emma 1872-1939 is also buried in Goleta # 6121953.


Daniel Thompson and Fanny Brookshire, both of Vona, married there December 18, 1918, witnesses Ray Brookshier and Merle Brookshier
Ellen Margaret Thompson was born November 29, 1919 at Vona to Daniel M. Thompson and Fannie K. Brookshier, as Roers in 1952, and as Ingram in 1966. She died August 27, 1997.

In 1920 Daniel M/ Thompson is farming in Yuma County, Joes precinct, 20, with Fannie K. 19 born in Oklahoma. Ellen is two months old.
On the same page are James and Nellie Sweet.

In 1930 Cheyenne Wyoming, Daniel is a railroad freight haulder, 30, with Fannie C. 29, Ellen M 10, Luella M. 8, adn Myrtle I. 5 were born in Colorado, Hazel A. 2 in California.

Daniel M. Thompson 1899-1979 is buried in Klamath County, Oregon # 28294169, with Fanny C. 1900-1953 # 28294185.

"Ellen Ingram, 77, Malin, died Aug. 27, 1997, in Malin.
She was born to Daniel and Fanny (Brookshire) Thompson in Vona, Colorado. She grew up in Vona and married Jimmie Rogers there in 1934.
In 1938, the couple moved to Malin where she worked in several occupations including potato grader, restaurants, and babysitting. She lost her husband, Jimmie, to an automobile accident in 1963.
She later married Dennis Ingram in Reno, Nev. in 1965.
Among her other interests were spending time with her family, crocheting, gradening and cooking.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis, Malin; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Rogers, Merrill, Paul and Jan Rogers, Malin, David and Pam Rogers, Stockton, Calif., and Richard and Sharon Rogers, Redding, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie Butler, Tulelake, Betty Mitchell, Malin, Barbara and Walt Leeuwenburgh, Central Point, Donna and Stan Harrison, Hayfork, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Dena Rogers, Malin; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Thelma Thompson, Denver, Colo.; sisters, Leuella Bonham, Newell, Juanita Kent, Portland; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-gandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, one brother and two sons, Jimmie and Butch.

Myrtle Ilene Thompson was born January 1, 1925 at Vona, and died September 1980 as Oliver.
She's buried in Klamath County # 28382677. Her surviving brothers were Danny Ray Thompson of BUrlington Colorado, Marvin of Aurora, Colorado, sisters Ellen Ingram of Malin, Oregon, Leulla Bonham of Newell, California and Juanita Kent of Eugene, Oregon. Sister Hazel preceded her.



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