Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Ella Dillon Thompson

Ella Dillon, the daughter of Robert E and Julia (Cully) Dillon, was born 4 March 1872 in Edgar Co, Illinois.  
History of Dillon, Fletcher, and Kindred Families by Henry Dillon, Feb. 23, 1909, p.30
"Robert Edmund, one of the twins of Labon and Jane (Holiday) Dillon, married Julia Cully. . . They had the following family:
        Jennie - married Israel Scott
        Ella - married Daniel W. Thompson
        Fred A.
        Carl C.
        Edna - born December 9, 1882, married Charles Inskip. . .
Ella Thompson has one daughter, Julia Margaret, born May 13, 1901.

1880 Federal Census of Brouilletts Creek, Edgar Co, Illinois:  Robert E. and Julia A. Dillon were enumerated with their childen Sarah J., John L., Frank B., Ella, Fred A., Albert L., and Carl C. Dillon.  Ella was 8 and attended school.

1900 Federal Census of Bruilletts Creek, Edgar Co, Illinois
[Source:  Ancestry]

1900 Federal Census of Bruilletts Creek, Edgar Co, Illinois was enumerated by Albert Dillon, brother of Ella.  Livingwith Robert E and Julia A Dillon are their children Sarah J. Scott, Ella Dillon, Albert L Dillon, Carl C.Dillon, Edna E. Dillon and grandchildren Clarence C Scott and Kenneth M Scott.  Ella was 28 years old, single, and a school teacher not employed for 3 months during the year.

Ella married Daniel W. Thompson on 5 June 1900 in Edgar Co., Illinois. 
  Thompson, Daniel W., 32, b Iowa, res of Randolph, IL, attorney, 1, s/o Wm Thompson & Mary M Jones to Ellen Dillon, 28, b. IL, res of Scottland, 1, d/o Robert E Dillon & Julia Culley, m. 5 Jun 1900 at bride's home in Ed. Co. by Albert G Blunk, MG., witnesses Josie B Harlan and Carl Dillon. bk II, p208
[Abstract Source:  Edgar Co. Historical Society, Paris, Illinois]

They had one child, Julia Margaret Thompson.

1910 Census for Randolph Twp, McLean Co, IL May 2, 1910
Daniel W Thompson, head of household, age 42, married 10 yrs, born in IL, parents born in OH, Farmer
Ella D Thompson, wife, age 38, married 10 yrs, 1 child born and surviving, born in IL, parents born in IN, teacher, rural school
Julia M Thompson, daughter, age 8, born in IL, parents born in IL

from Julia (Thompson) Strange's typed Remembrances:
     "Dr. Frederick Allen Dillon was appointed as a Government Physician to the Indians in Territorial New Mexico.  His designated area covered the Indian villages of Laguna, in which he was based, Acoma, Paquate, Mesita, Casa Blanca and Pareje.  There were numerous Mexican villages and outlying settlements which, while not included in his territory, were, nevertheless, served by him.
      . . . I lived in Laguna [New Mexico], in the white village.  In 1911 the white school in Laguna was without a teacher.  With the backing of Mr. Marmon, and others of the village, Dr. Fred [Dillon] sent for his sister, Mrs. Ella D. Thompson, a teacher in Illinois, to come.  Mrs. Thompson was my Mother, and it was with a great deal of anticipation that I, a child of ten, accompanied her to what was truly, for me, "The Land of Enchantment".
[many thanks to Susan Patterson for sharing Julia's Remembrances with me.]

Ella D. Thompson and students at Laguna, New Mexico
[Source:  Susan Patterson]

Ella D. Thompson
at Mt. Taylor, New Mexico
July 1912
[Source:  Susan Patterson]
In 1920 Federal Census, Julia and her mother were enumerated in Champaign, Champaign Co, Illinois living at 203 West Church Street.
Ella B Thompson, , boarder, age 47, married, born in IL, parents born in IN, teacher in  public work
Julia M Thompson, boarder, age 18, single, born in IL, father born in Iowa, mother born in IL

I haven't located Julia's father, Daniel W. Thompson in the 1920 Federal Census.  I assume that he was living in McLean Co, Illinois on his farm.

1930 - Ella D. Thompson, was enumerated in Champaign, Champaign Co, Illinois at 203 W Church as head of the household with 15 roomers, rents her house for $35.00, age 58, married 28 yrs, born in Illinois, parents born in Indiana, and is a Teacher in Public Schools.  Once again, I can't find Daniel W. Thompson enumerated. [Daniel W. Thompson died April 18, 1941 in Bloomington, Illinois.]

Obituaries -

Sister of Drs. A. L. and F. A. Dillon Passes Away Thursday
     Word was received here this morning of the death of Mrs. Ella D. Thompson of Houston.  She was the sister of Drs. A. L. and F. A. Dillon of this city.  Mrs. Thompson had visited in Clovis for years and had many friends here.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
[Source:  Clovis News-Journal, Clovis, New Mexico; Thursday, April 6, 1944, p.2]

Ella Dillon Thompson Obituary
Houston Post, April 7, 1944, Section 2, Page 10
[Source:  Houston Public Library]
THOMPSON - Mrs. Ella Dillon Thompson, 72, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vernon L. Strange, 2037 Branard, at 2:50 a. m. Thursday.  She had been a resident of Houston since 1939 and was a member of the Methodist church.  She was a charter member and past matron of Vesper chapter, Order of Eastern Star, of Champaign, Ill.  Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Vernon L. Strange of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Inskip of Wallace, Idaho, and Mrs. Jennie D. Scott, of Pocatello, Idaho, and three brothers, Dr. F. A. Dillon and Dr. A. L. Dillon, both of Clovis, N. M., and Dr. C. C. Dillon of Sidell, Ill.  The body was sent at 8 p.m. Thursday via Southern Pacific M----- to Champaign, Ill. for burial there.  Geo. H. Lewis & Co., Houston directors.

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