Mathes, Thompson & Ford Familes

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[1895 Norton County Census]

Name Age Sex Color Birthplace County City/Township Vol. Page Born
Mathes, Albert 22 M W Illinois Norton Belle Plaine Township 268 1 abt 1873
Mathes, Carry 26 F W New York Norton Belle Plaine Township 268 1 abt 1869
Mathes, J H 46 M W Tennessee Norton City of Norton 267 11 abt 1849
Mathes, Jessee 13 F W Illinois Norton City of Norton 267 11 abt 1882
Mathes, Mary 19 F W Illinois Norton City of Norton 267 11 abt 1876
Mathes, Susan 41 F W Tennessee Norton City of Norton 267 11 abt 1854

[possibly related burials in Norton Cemetery]

Last Name

First Name Birth Month Birth Day Birth Year Death Month Death Day Death
MATHES ALBERT 4 25 1871 7 3 1950
MATHES CARRIE     1869 2 4 1917
MATHES SUSANNAH     1854 6 1 1925
MATHES JOHN HENRY       2 17 1938
THOMPSON C.G.     1844     1911
THOMPSON LAURA 1 29 1848 10 21 1931
THOMPSON WILLIAM Y.     1870 7 5 1922
FORD SYLVESTER A. 10 29 1877 7 29 1954
FORD MABEL AMANDA     1886 7 3 1948


Left to Right:  Charles G. Thompson, William Y. Thompson, 
Laura Thompson, Carrie (Thompson) Mathes


[Albert C. Mathes married Carry Thompson on 12/19/1894]


Sylvester A. Ford, son of Alonzo and Elmina Taylor Ford was born in Republic County Kansas, on Oct. 29, 1877, and passed away at the Norton County Hospital on July 29, 1954, at the age of 76 years, 9 months.

He came to Norton County in 1901 and was married to Mabel Amanda Whetstone on Sep. 21, 1903, at Norton.  The couple lived on a farm southeast of Norton for several years; then moved to Norton where Mr. Ford was a section foreman for a number of years for the Burlington Railroad.  The Fords raised six daughters and one son, all of them whom survived their parents.

Mrs. Ford passed away July 3, 1948.  During their many years in Norton, the Fords were liked and respected by their neighbors and friends.  Mr. Ford was a kind, generous man whose friends were numbered by his acquaintances.  He was a member of the Baptist Church in Norton.  For several years he made his home with his son Henry Ford.

Surviving are his seven children; Mrs. Herbert Fought, Lenora; Mrs. John Mathes, Norton; Henry Ford, Norton; Mrs. Larry Teachworth, Sacramento, Calif; Mrs. O.J Cook, Lodi, Calif; Mrs. Art Hanselman, Lodi,Calif; and Mrs. Edwin Waltkamp, Sacramento, Calif; three brothers, L.A Ford, Norton, Kansas A.J Ford and E.J Ford of Kersey, Colorado; one sister, Mrs. L.E Payne, Meridian, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held from Scott-Brantley Funeral Home Sunday Aug. 4 with Rev. Rex Harmon officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Addie Mustoe and Mrs. Rex Harmon organist.  Hymns sung were In the Upper Garden and When I Get to the End of the Way.

Pallbearers, were William E. Fry, Paul Beaty, Marion Harper, Gilbert Lesh, Blevins Brooks and Carrol Mizell.  Burial was in the Norton Cemetery.

Relatives from out of town attending the service were Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Fought, Lenora;  Mr. & Mrs. Earl Payne, Meridian, Kansas;  Mr. & Mrs. A.J Ford , Kersey, Colo;  and Mrs. Eva Hamburger and son of Greeley, Colorado.



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