Kit Carson County, Colorado

Madison and Emma Thompson, 7S 42W

Madison Thompson married Rachel Ann Byler December 25, 1862 in Adams County, Illinois.

In 1870 Page County, Iowa, Madison is farming 35, Rachel 28, Henry 6, Malissa 3, and Ann three months.

Mrs. Juletta Kidwell, well known in Coin, where she has many friends, is one of Iowa's native daughters, her birth having occurred in Lyon county. Her parents were Malon and Rachel (Haworth) Haworth, by whose early death Mrs. Kidwell was left an orphan when eight years of age and went to live with a relative, Madison Thompson. She was one of a family of ten children, namely: George, now deceased; Mary, who is the widow of G. W. Davis and now resides in Coin, Iowa; James, who died of measles while serving his country as a Union soldier of the Civil war; Sylvester, a resident of Canada; Ellen, the deceased wife of George Riley, who is living in Canada; Cassius M., who died in childhood; Mrs. Kidwell; and Matilda, who was married but is now deceased.
The parents of these children became farming people of Illinois and afterward of Iowa, making their home in Lyon county until their daughter Juletta was about three years of age, when they returned to Illinois, where their remaining days were passed. Mrs. Kidwell continued a resident of Illinois until a maiden of sixteen years and pursued her education in the public schools of that state. She then came to Page county with Madison Thompson, in whose home she had remained since her parents' death and here she was afforded the opportunity of attending the Snow Hill school. She remained a member of Mr. Thompson's family until her marriage, which was celebrated on the 5th of October, 1873, on which date she became the wife of James Kidwell, who was born in Ohio and was left an orphan at the age of six years. He came to Iowa about 1869 and before his marriage purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which he took up his abode. He soon made further arrangements for having a home of his ovm by his marriage to Juletta Ha worth and they began their domestic life upon a farm which he had purchased, Mr. Kidwell bending his energies to the further development and improvement of the place. He built a house there and began cultivating the fields but after a short time disposed of that property and bought forty acres. He afterward disposed of that tract and invested in eighty acres, which he improved, making his home thereon for twenty-five years, during which time he converted the place into one of the finest farms of the locality. He was persistent and energetic in his work, brooking no obstacles that could be overcome by earnest effort, and as the years passed he won success that made him one of the substantial farmers of his community. Mr. Kidwell was numbered among the veterans of the Civil war, having enlisted from Illinois in 1865^ Soon afterward, however, he became ill and was taken to the hospital, where he remained most of the time during the war. Throughout his life he was a loyal citizen, interested in whatever pertained to the welfare of the county, state or nation. Fraternally he was connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Coin. He continued to carry on farming throughout his entire life and passed away on the old homestead in Colfax township, April 4, 1903. His death was the occasion of widespread regret to many friends as well as to his immediate family for his sterling qualities endeared him to all who knew him. Mrs. Kidwell now makes her home in Coin, where she owns a good residence. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a lady of excellent traits of heart and mind.

In 1880 Page County, Iowa, Madison is 44, born in Tennessee, Melvin 15 Illinois, Melissa 13 Illinois, Anna M. 10 Illinois, Wm. B. 7 Iowa, and Laura 2 Iowa.
Malissa J. Thompson, age 15, married Samuel L. Stephens in Page County December 12, 1882.

In 1885 Johnson County, Nebraska, M. Thompson is 50 - born in Tennessee, wife Emma 26 Illinois, daughter A.M. 15 Indiana, William 12 Iowa, Laura 7, Iowa, and daughter M. E.(or W.E.) 2 Nebraska.
On the same page is J.A. Thompson 41, born in Tennessee, with Nancy 39, Mary 14, William 12, Annie 10, Stella 8, Henry 6, Gracie 4, and Ira six months.
This might be a cousin - James A. Thompson is 5 in Henry County, Tennessee, with Hilliard 35 and Matilda 7. The only sibling is Eliz 7.
Henry Melvin Thompson married Mary I. Remley in Johnson County, Nebraska, between 1885-1891. This is not Melvin the son of Madison - but the Henry born in Illinois who claimed land in Yuma County, Colorado
Mary A. Thompson married John O. Peek in Johnson County. Alice Peek 1870-1954 # 40077139 and John Oliver Peek 1867-1939 # 40076984 are buried in Johnson County.
This is a different one - in 1900 she said she was born July 1870 - and this is likely the daughter of James A. Thompson, not Madison.

2010 Ellendale, North Dakota: "Ruby Alice Peek, daughter of John Oliver and Mary Alice (Thompson) Peek was born July 25, 1912 in Tecumseh, Nebraska. She was the youngest of five children. She moved to Ellendale with her family in 1927. She lived through difficult times in the Great Depression and the Dirty Thirties. She was united in marriage to Otto Gerling who was the blacksmith in Ellendale on January 24. 1941 in Ellendale."
Mabel L. Thompson married Fred J. Fulmer in Johnson County.
Anna E. Thompson married Albert A. Craig in Johnson County in 1900, but this is not Madison's daughter.

Stella F. Thompson married J.E. Proffitt in Johnson County. This is also a daughter of James, and died in Oregon in 1948 "Flora Stella Thompson was born May 31, 1877, in Tecumseh, Neb. She was married to J.E. Proffitt by her father, the late Rev. J.A. Thompson on June 22, 1898, in Tecumseh"

In in 1893 and in November 1894 and in 1896 Reverend Madison Thompson was appointed to the Baptist mission at Beaver Valley, Kit Carson County.

Madison Thompson, per # 55626262, is buried in Beaver Valley Cemetery, Kit Carson County, 1835-1899.
Nellie Thompson died March 15, 1904, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Nelly Florence Thompson 1892-1904 is buried in Beaver Valley # 55626297.

In 1900 Kit Carson County, Emma born January 1859 in Iowa, is farming, with Mary E. April 1883 Nebraska, George F. June 1886 Nebraska, Nellie F. Dec 1892 Colorado, and Walter M. August 1897 Colorado.

Emma, widow of Madison Thompson, proved up a quarter in 4, 7S 42W in 1901.

In 1910 San Juan County, New Mexico, Emma, 51, born in Iowa, widowed, has had five kids, three living. She's with George F. 23 Nebraska, and Walter 12, Colorado.

1912 Goodland "Mrs. Emma Thompson, a former resident of this place, came by auto Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. "Gerhart" of Ruleton, Kansas to visit Mrs. Macleod and family. Mrs. Thompson is now a resident of Farmington, New MExico.

Mary E. Thompson of Wallet, Kit Carson County, married John C. Gernhart of Neville, Sherman County, Kanas, in Wallet on January 14, 1903, witness Mrs. Emma Thompson.

In 1920 Chase County, Nebraska, Emma is 61, living with son Walter M. 22 and his wife Violet 17, born in Nebraska. William W. is newborn.

Walter and Violet are in Harney County, Oregon in 1930, with William and Frederick, 5.
In 1940 Columbia County, Oregon, Walter and Violet have William W., Everett F. 15, and Helen V. 7.
Walter died Nov 30, 1965 in Multnomah County, Oregon.

George registered for WWI in Sunnyside, Utah, working in the coke ovens for Utal Fuel Co, married.
In 1920 George is in Tacoma, Washington, with Lula 30 born in Washington, and Mable one month born in Washington.
In 1930 they're in Deschutes County, Oregon, farming, with Mable 11 and Lloyd F. 4.

George Francis Thompson registered for WWII in Bend, Oregon, born June 11, 1886 at Tecumseh, Nebraska, farming, nearest relative Lula Thompson.
George died May 14, 1976 and is buried in Bend # 30870653. So is Lula M. 1886 - 1974 # 30870667.
Mable, per one tree, married Ralph L. Sappington, and died 1983 in Bend, Oregon.

1898 Goodland, Kansas "John C. Gernhart has purchased a new threshing machine and will proceed to pound out the wheat this fall."

In 1910 Sherman County, Kansas, J.C. Gernhart is 41, born in Ohio, Mary 27, Iowa, no kids.
Mary 1883-1939 # 87496833 and John C. 1868-1941 are buried in Goodland, Kansas.

Daughter Pearl 1913-2007 married Oren Parish and is buried in Goodland # 90871995.
"She was born July 4, 1913 at Ruleton, the daughter of John and Mary )Thompson) Gernhart. Her parents raised her and her sister Rubie Middleton, along with Violet Thompson, on the family farm."
Rubie M. Middleton 1911-1981 is buried in Cameron, Missouri, # 18203642.

In 1900 Yuma County, William B. Thompson is farming, born Sept 1872 in Iowa, married four years to Mary M. June 1876 Kansas.
1906 Goodland "William Thompson left Tuesday on his way to Texas, and will ultimately go on to Mexico, where the government is selling off a large tract of land that may prove inticinsr to our good citizen. When "Bill" sees the goods, we are sure he will think more of Sherman county than ever before. He has a good farm In Grant township."
In 1910 they're in San Juan County, New Mexico, Wiliam 37, Maggie 33, Florence 6, and Lewis 4.
In 1920 Yuma County, William B. Thompson is a carpenter, 47, born in Iowa. Florence 16 and Lewis 14 were born in Colorado, Margaret 8 in New Mexico.

In 1930 Jessamine County, Kentucky, William is 57, a carpenter, with Mary 53, Louis 24 and Margaret 18 - Louis doesn't have an occupation. Aunt Mary Boatman, widowed, 84 Missouri is living with them.

In 1940 William B. Thompson 67 and Mary M. 64 are in Fulton County, Georgia, where he's a carpenter.

William's social securty claim of 1943 has him born Sept 30, 1872 in Page County, Iowa.

One tree said Lewis Thompson died in Kentucky. In 1940 Fayette County, Kentucky, Lewis is teaching, 34, with Louise 33, both born in Colorado, with Lewis M. 7 and Margaret R. 3, both born in Kentucky.
Lewis died in 1998 in Kentucky.

George Thompson was born in 1868 in Greene County, Tennessee. He was the son of Eli Thompson and Catherine Thompson. He married Frances Folsom Beard, daughter of George Washington Beard and Mary Elizabeth Branaman, on 25 November 1903 in Seneca, Nemaha County, Kansas. He died in 1938 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.
Amanda J. Thornton, formerly Amanda Thompson, proved up two quarters in 29 and 32, 6S 43W in 1913
George Thompson and Frances Folsom Beard were living in Beaver Valley, Kit Carson County, Colorado, in 1910 where George was a farmer. Eli Thompson cash-claimed a quarter in 30, 6S 42W in 1906.
James Thompson proved up a quarter in 21, 6S 42W in 1909.

In 1912 George proved up a quarter in 17, 6S 42W, Kit Carson County, and another one there in 1913.
In 1913 George E. proved up two quarters in 3, 6S 51W.

He and Frances Folsom Beard were living in Union Township, Jefferson County, Kansas, in 1920 where George was a farmer.7 He and Frances Folsom Beard were living in Douglas Township, Jackson County, Kansas, in 1930 where George was a farmer.

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