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Bessie Mae Thompson

Bessie Mae Thompson

Female 1889 - 1963  (74 years)

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  • Name Bessie Mae Thompson 
    Born 14 Jan 1889  Mercer County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Feb 1963  Colby, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 03 Mar 1963  Brewster Cemetery, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17  Thompson
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2004 

    Father William Sheldon Thompson,   b. 28 Apr 1860, Shelby County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1946, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Nancy Ann Cox,   b. 05 Jan 1859, Mercer County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1937, Rawlins County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1882  Mercer County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Walter Bear,   b. 18 Dec 1890, Brewster, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1958, Brewster, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1910 
    Children 
     1. Lorna Mae Bear,   b. 27 Mar 1911, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1994, Goodland, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Lloyd Gale Bear,   b. 23 March 1914, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 2000, Colby, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +3. George Sheldon Bear,   b. 20 Feb 1917, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 2000, Goodland, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +4. Mary Violet Bear
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2003 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William Sheldon Thompson and Nancy Ann Cox and Children.
    William Sheldon Thompson and Nancy Ann Cox and Children.
    William Sheldon Thompson and Nancy Ann Cox and Children, Bert (5) in front, Charley (4) in back Willie (2) held by WS, Bessie (5 months) held by Nancy. Taken about June 1889.
    Bessie Mae Thompson
    Bessie Mae Thompson
    Taken about 1906.
    Bessie Mae Bear with Lorna Mae Eicher
    Bessie Mae Bear with Lorna Mae Eicher
    Bessie Mae Bear with daughter Lorna Mae Eicher taken about 1912.
    Thompson sisters
    Thompson sisters
    Bessie, Idonia and Addie, taken in Aug 1942.
    William Sheldon And Nancy Ann (Cox)Thompson's Children
    William Sheldon And Nancy Ann (Cox)Thompson's Children
    Left to Right: Elmer, Idonia, Fred, Addie, Ivan, Bessie, Charley and Chancy Thompson. Only one missing is William, he passed away in 1924.
    The Thompson Women
    The Thompson Women
    From Left to right are: Thelma (Nicholas) Thompson, Julia Frances (Smith) Thompson, Florence Annette (Eppler) Thompson, Lydia Doris (Isernhagan) Thompson, Mary Idonia Thompson, Addie Rae Thompson and Bessie Mae Thompson, Taken about mid 1950's.

    Documents
    1900 United States Federal Census Record - Somersett Township, Mercer County, Missouri - Sheet 4
    1900 United States Federal Census Record - Somersett Township, Mercer County, Missouri - Sheet 4
    1905 - Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Record - Barrett, Thomas County. Kansas - Page 5
    1905 - Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Record - Barrett, Thomas County. Kansas - Page 5
    1910 United States Federal Census Record - Barrett, Thomas County, Kansas - Sheet 6
    1910 United States Federal Census Record - Barrett, Thomas County, Kansas - Sheet 6

    Headstones
    Thompson, Bessie Mae
    Thompson, Bessie Mae
    Bear, Mother Bessie M 1889 - 1963, Father William W 1890 - 1958, Gone But Not Forgotten.

  • Notes 
    • Mrs. W. W. Bear dies, funeral service Monday
      Mrs. Bessie May Bear, 74, who came to Kansas in a covered wagon at the age of 14, died at the Colby hospital Thursday night. Mrs. Bear was the mother of a prominent Brewster area family and had been active in commumity affairs all of her life.
      Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Brewster on Monday at 2:00 p.m., cst.
      The daughter of William and Nancy Ann Thompson, Mrs. Bear was born in Mercer county, Mo., on Jan. 14, 1889, and the family moved to Kansas when she was 14. She was married to William Walter Bear on Oct. 12, 1910 and the couple took up a homestead nine miles north of Brewster. They lived there until 1947 when they moved to Brewster. Mr. Bear died in 1958.
      Mrs. Bear was a member of the Methodist church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Stich and Chatter club of Brewster.
      Surviving Mrs. Bear are two sons and two daughters, all of Brewster; Mrs. Lorna M. Eicher, Mrs. Mary Violet Miller, Lloyd G. and Gearge S. Bear. There are eight grandchildren. Surviving brothers include Bert Thompson of Goodland, Charley and Fred of Brewster, Ivan of Edson, and Alec of Westminster, Colo. Sisters are Mrs. Addie McAdams of Wray, Colo., and Mrs. Idonia Wright of Brewster.


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