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Elgin Recorder  - Jan 15,1905 [Elgin, Union County, Oregon]
Death of  "Grandma" Thompson.
   The death of Mary R. Thompson, commonly called Grandma Thompson, occurred in this city Monday, January 11,1904. She had been a resident of this section for many years and was loved and respected by everybody.
   Deceased was born in the state of Vermont, August 16, 1816, and died January 11, 1904, aged 87 years, 4 months and 25 days. In early childhood she removed with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Alford, to Clinton county, N. Y. At the age of 18, she was married to Peter Bisconer, who was accidentally killed by a tree falling on him while at work in the woods. To this union was born one son, Wesley, who resides in Vancouver,  Wash. At the age of 20 she was married to William Thompson. To this union was born eleven children, four of whom survive. Andy and S. S. Thompson, of this city, Mrs. Huldah Gargrave and Maggie Thompson, of Yorkville, Ills. She had 37 grand children, 41 great grand children and two great great grand children.
    In 1865, she removed with her family from New York to Illinois living there until the death of her husband, which occurred in 1882. Two years later, she removed to Oregon, where she has since resided.
   At the age of 17, she united with the M.E. church being a faithful member about 70 years, or until the time of her death.
   The funeral services were conducted in the M. E. church, Tuesday, by Rev. J. H. Ross and the interment took place in the city cemetery.
 [Mary was a sister of Clark Baker ALFORD]


1. Clark Baker1 Alford; born May 13, 1803 at Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont; died Aug 6, 1885 at Clinton township, DeKalb County, Illinois, at age 82; buried at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Clinton township, DeKalb County, Illinois.

Katharine Ricketson was born on Jan 5, 1812 at Clinton County, New York. She died on Apr 25, 1878 at Clinton township, DeKalb County, Illinois, at age 66. She was buried on Apr 27, 1878 at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Clinton township, DeKalb County, Illinois.

Children of Clark Baker1 Alford and Katharine Ricketson were as follows:


  • 2 i. Henry Constantine2 Alford; born Aug 4, 1828 at Clinton County, New York; died Jan 28, 1904 at Lafayette, Yamhill County, Oregon, at age 75.


  • 3 ii. Paulina Ricketson Alford; born Sep 6, 1829 at New York.


  • 4 iii. Vincent Lorenzo Alford; born Mar 7, 1831; died Apr 2, 1898 at Kansas at age 67.


  • 5 iv. Jeanette Ellen Alford; born Oct 29, 1832 at Peru, Clinton County, New York; died May 11, 1889 at near Plattville, Kendall County, Illinois, at age 56.


  • 6 v. Buell Goodsell Alford; born Apr 23, 1835 at Plattville, LaSalle (now Kendall) County, Illinois; died Jun 29, 1910 at Thomas, Custer County, Oklahoma, at age 75; buried Jul 3, 1910 at Thomas, Oklahoma.


  • 7 vi. Clark Baker Alford; born Apr 24, 1837 at Illinois; died Oct 3, 1862 at Corinth, Mississippi, at age 25.


  • 8 vii. Katharine Alford; born Oct 10, 1839 at Illinois.


  • 9 viii. Jane Ricketson Alford; born Sep 20, 1841 at near Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois; died Jan 17, 1916 at Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon, at age 74.


  • 10 ix. David Lewis Alford; born Apr 23, 1843 at Illinois; died Feb 11, 1844 at Illinois.


  • 11 x. Helen Huldah Alford; born Jun 2, 1845 at Illinois; died May 25, 1904 at age 58.


  • 12 xi. Martin Luther Alford; born Sep 7, 1846 at Yorkville, Kendall County, Illinois; died Nov 26, 1929 at Plains, Sanders County, Montana, at age 83; buried at Plains Cemetery, Plains, Sanders County, Montana.


  • 13 xii. Ruby Alford; born Jan 25, 1849 at Illinois; died Jan 15, 1853 at Illinois at age 3.


  • 14 xiii. Ruell Alford; born Jan 25, 1849 at Illinois; died Nov 22, 1920 at Northern State Hospital, Sedro Woolley, Skagit County, Washington, at age 71; buried at Hospital Cemetery, Sedro Woolley, Washington.


  • 15 xiv. Russell Alford; born Aug 8, 1850 at Kendall County, Illinois.

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