Genealogytrails Harrison County,
|Mary E. Thompson-|
From Bethany, MO. Democrat, Sept. 9-
Mary E. Thompson, daughter of William P. and Martha N. Claytor, was born in Bedford County, Va, October, 23, 1831, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Brown, near Shady Grove, September 2, 1909, aged 77 years, 10 months and 9 days. When quite young, her parents removed to Thompson Valley, Tazewell, county, where she was married to George W. Thompson, December 23, 1852. In the fall of 1853 they, with four other families removed to Washington county, Indiana, and in the fall of 1854 they came to Missouri, settling around Bethany. Thompson entering and settling on the farm where Price Smith now lives, where they lived until about 1867, when they went to Caldwell county. Of these, four pioneers, James Lochart, John Spence, Thomas Brooks, and Marion Spence, and their wives came here fifty five years ago. Mrs. Lochart was the first to die, being the first one buried in the Jennings cemetery north of town and Mrs. Catharine Brooks, near Bowman Station, is the only one now living. Their descendants are many, most all of them living around and near Bethany.
Mrs. Thompson's husband dying about fifteen years agoe, she moved back to the old neighborhood, where she lived until her death. She was the mother of 8 children, 3 daughters and five sons, all of whom are living. She was a kind and dutiful wife, a good mother and an unassuming Christian woman, a consistent and exemplary member of the Methodist church; none ever spoke of her except in paraise. She had five brothers and three sisters. All came west, except one brother, who remained in Virginia, and all are dead except her brother Melton, in Texas and two sisters, Mrs. Francis Smith of Hampton and Mrs. John Smith of this township who came to this place five years after she came. Her funeral was held at Shady Grove church last Friday, preached by Rev. Alexander Reid, attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and neighbors.
An Old Friend.
Source: Clinch Valley News, Jefferson VA, Sept. 24, 1909
Lois Nadine Tilley
Lois Nadine Tilley, daughter of William Bert and Avnes (Bender) Tilley was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Bethany, Mo. and passed away on Jan. 8, 1945, at the age of 10 years, two months and three days. Lois Nadines first year of school was in New Hampton; the last four in Bethany. She was a member of the fifth grade and was loved and admired by all her schoolmates and by her teacher, Miss Mary McCollum. They attended the funeral service in body. Lois Nadine was always courteous and did kind things for everyone who came in contact with her. She dearly loved her home and little brother Bill, and took joy in pleasing him in any way she could. Let to mourn are the father, mother, one brother, Bill, Grandmother and Grandfather Hillyard, Grandfather and Grandmother Bender of New Hampton, twocles, Curtis Bender of Ridgeway and Earl tilley of Bethany, and five cousins, Virginia and Janice Bender, and Earlen, Lester and Barbara Tilley and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Jan. 10 at the Methodist Church. The Revs. David E. Fields and Robert Turner officiated. Burial was in the Miriam Cemetery.
[transcribed by: M. B., source: unknown newspaper clipping]