JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
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
submitted by "Family Links"
March 28, 2002
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