Saturday, April 9, 2011

OBITUARY: Lavinia (Hendricks) Thompson (1898)

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, June 10, 1898 – page 1, column 4:

Lavinia Hendricks-Thompson, wife of David Thompson, died at her home, 3 ½ miles south of here, on the North Salem road, Monday evening at 4 o’clock, from congestion of the stomach. She took sick on Saturday and suffered intensely until death relieved her. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her. Funeral took place at the North Salem cemetery Wednesday noon, attended by a large concourse of friends. She was a member of the Dunkard church.

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, June 17, 1898 – page 5, column 4:


Louvenia S. Hendricks was born in Hendricks county, Ind., Feb. 21, 1849; died June 6, 1898; aged 49 years, 3 months and 15 days. Nine brothers and sisters survive her.

She was married to David D. Thomson [sic] Sept. 26, 1867. To this union were born seven children; all survive her except the oldest, which died in infancy. Sister Thomson united with the German Baptist Brethren church in June 1876, at Mulberry Grove, Ill., and lived a consistent member until the day of her death, always giving the best advice to her children. To know her was to love her. The husband loses a faithful companion, the children a kind mother, and her only grandchild a loving grandmother. It seemed her greatest desire when its parents could visit her and bring this little one, as they live in the southern part of the state, and she had never seen the babe, but her brief illness deprived her of that pleasure.

She was sick only two days, but her suffering was intense, yet she bore it with great patience and passed away as in a gentle slumber. Her death will be felt as a personal bereavement by her many friends and neighbors. She leaves a husband, four daughters and two sons to mourn her loss. We feel our loss is her eternal gain.

“A precious one from us has flown,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.”

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