ELISHA THOMPSON, a respected farmer residing near Harrisville, Ohio, is a native of Jefferson county, and was born July 21, 1829, son of John and Sarah (Patten) Thompson. The father, a native of Ohio, died in January 1884 at the age of eighty years, and the mother, who was born in Georgia, passed away in 1872 at the age of about seventy. Elisha Thompson was reared on the farm, and at the age of twenty-four began for himself as a farmer, a vocation in which he is still engaged. He has prospered and is now rated as one of the wealthy and influential men of his township. His home is most pleasantly located and no money has been spared in its improvement and adornment. Mr. Thompson was married in 1855 to Martha daughter of Jesse and Ann Goodwin, of Harrison county, Ohio. To this union have been born four children: Abi, now the wife of Israel Packer, of Marshall county, Iowa, by whom she has six children: Walter, Bertha, Marion, Charles R., Leroy and Elizabeth; Kersey J., who died in Nebraska, October 10, 1885, aged twenty-four years; Anna, who died in her first year, and John M., a student at Franklin college, Athens, Ohio. In the family of the parents of Mrl. Thompson were the following children: Eliza, who died at the age of four years; Elisha; Lewis, who died at Harrisville about 1854, and William B., who served in the Union army eight months and died of sickness at Bolivar, Tenn.
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