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Early Settler of Whitely Co, IN

from "History of Whitley County," Goodspeed, 1882, page 325:

"Among the early settlers of Ezra Thomson, who was born at Peru, Berkshire County, Mass., 1786; his wife was Sarah McNaughton, born at West Pawlet, Rutland County, Vt., 1796. Mr. and Mrs. Thomson came to Richland (Township) from Washington County, N.Y., and located on the old Thomson homestead, Section 9, October, 1836. Mr. Thomson was a quiet, unassuming man, fond of social converse, and became quite deaf in his later days. Mrs. Thomson was a very bright, intelligent woman, high-spirited, and the dearth of social life, and the absence of school facilities for her children was a great cross to her. Of their children, there are now living Mrs. Phebe Cleveland, Mrs. Alma Rambo, B.F. Thomson, Mrs. Elmira Arnold, Mrs. Sarah Arnold, Electa Thomson, Augusta Wallace and Finley Thomson. Ezra Thomson died in July, 1857, aged seventy-one years. Mrs. Thomson died in June, 1854, aged fifty-eight years. They lie in the home burial-lot near the scene of their cares and joys in the early settlement of this township."

from "Counties of Whitley and Noble, Indiana," Goodspeed and Blanchard:

"...Ezra and Sarah (McNorton) Thomson, natives of New York and Vermont, and of English and Scotch descent, respectively. The family came to this township, and located on Section 9, in 1836, and succeeded in bringing out of the forest a well-cultivated farm, and in rearing a family of ten children. They were among the earliest pioneers, and departed this life in 1857 and 1855, aged seventy-two and fifty years."


It's been suggested that we might each share something about our Thomson ancestors with others in the group. So I am sending along some biographical information on Ezra Thomson, my g-g-g-grandfather who was one of the earliest settlers of Whitley Co, Indiana, where I was also raised. If you read between the lines, I think there are many hints of the personalities of Ezra and his wife, Sarah McNaughton Thomson.

Nancy Thomson

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