JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
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Ezekiel Thompson

OBITUARY: The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on 30 December 
1925 which read: " Ezekiel Thompson - Aged Veteran of Civil War Answers Call. 
 Ezekiel Thompson who was a brave soldier died early this morning.  One of 
city's most highly respected men.  Came to Mt. Vernon thirty-five years ago, 
and was long employed at Local Car Shops.  Details read: "Ezekiel Thompson 
died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter 
Cowger, in Dodds township, a short distance south of Mt. Vernon.  Mr. 
Thompson had been in bad health sometime, and this condition had been serious 
for the last two weeks.  Death was due to a complication of ailments and the 
infirmities of age.  Mr. Thompson ws born in Poland, Ohio, and was 84 years 
old the 20th of last May.  He came to Illinois with his parents in early 
life, and lived many years in Perry County, having lived both at 
Pinckneyville and DuQuoin.  He located in Mt. Vernon about thirty-five years 
ago, and for years was employed with the Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing 
company.  He was a carpenter by trade.  Mr. Thompson was married to Miss Anna 
Coover, who preceded him in death about eleven years ago.  Ten children were 
born to their union, only three of whom survive.  The survivors are Mrs. 
Walter Cowger, Dodds Twp., W.J. Thompson, Danville, IL and Charles J. 
Thompson, Mt. Vernon.  Eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren 
survive.  Mr. Thompson is survived by a brother John Thompson and a sister, 
Mrs. John McClure, 71 both of DuQuoin.  His brother visited Mr. Thompson in 
this city a year or so ago.  Mr. Thompson was a veteran of the Civil War, 
having a most honorable record.  He enlisted in Company G, 12th Illinois 
infantry, in 1862 and served throughout the war.  He was wounded three or 
four times in engagements in which he participated.  He was long a member of 
Coleman Post G.A.R. 508, and took great interest in the Post and its welfare. 
 Mr. Thompson was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church and a faithful 
consecrated christian.  Quiet, and unassuming in manner, a citizen above 
reproach, he was held in the highest esteem and respect by all who knew him, 
and his influence was always on the side of right.  In his quiet and 
unostenatious way he lived his daily life, doing his duty at all times and 
under all circumstances, leving as honorable a record in civil life as he had 
made when he responded to the call of his country in the dark days of 1861, 
'the time that tried men's souls.'  He left an example worthy of emulation 
alike for young and old.  Funeral services will be held at the home of his 
daughter in Dodds township at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, conducted by the 
Rev. Owen W. Pratt, of the First Presbyterian Church, and burial will follow 
at Oakwood."

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March 28, 2002
 
 
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