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Lizzie Ketchum   The second daughter of ASA CALKINS and LILLIAS JACINTH (BURTON) KETCHUM, ELIZABETH SABRINA KETCHUM, was born in DeSoto, Jefferson County, Missouri on 26 January 1877. Asa had recently moved from Marble Hill, Bollinger County, Missouri where he had lived and practiced law after the end of the Civil War. He was reported to have been the first attorney to practice in Bollinger County and according to family tradition, was a circuit judge for two terms. While in Marble Hill, Attorney Ketchum and his second wife, SUSAN TINGLE, were reported to have had seven children: WILLIS (1861), GRACE (1862), HESTER (1865), ASA (1866), FRANK (1867), HARRY (1870-72) and EPHRIAM SENECA (1872). Only Grace and Harry survived. It is presumed that all the children were buried in the old Baptist cemetery in Marble Hill, including their mother who passed away on 13 August 1872. In July, 1992, no records or legible tombstones survived the years to indicate where the Ketchum family had been laid to rest.

   LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON became the third wife of Asa C. Ketchum. Bobo and McCorkell descendants report a family story where Lillie was very impressed that a professional man and a pillar-of-the-community would ask her to become his wife. After due consideration, she accepted and they were married by the Baptist (?) minister on 10 November 1872. She became a step-mother to his two young children and gave birth to her first child, MINNIE SHERMAN KETCHUM on 26 February 1875. Asa, Lillie Ketchum and family departed Marble Hill and moved slightly north to DeSoto by the birth of their new daughter Lizzie. Lizzie was christened 8 July 1877 by Rev. D. McMannis at the Fort Smith Episcopal church and Kate McMannis was the godmother. Lizzie's father possibly served as a United States District Court judge while in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Fort Smith was known to have District Court responsibility for the Indian Territory. Family history reported that Asa C. Ketchum had a lot of interaction with Indians at one time. Also while in Fort Smith, Lizzie's only 'full brother,' SENECA DAVID KETCHUM, was born 13 Nov 1878, died 5 Nov 1879 and was buried in Empire City (near Galena?), Kansas.

Elizabeth Sabrina Ketchum was no doubt named after Asa's mother, SABRINA (STOWELL) KETCHUM, the daughter of ARCHALAUS and OLIVIA STOWELL of Hartford, Connecticut. SENECA KETCHUM, Asa's father and the husband of SABRINA, had been living in 'up-state' New York and was a minister on the Onondaga Indian reservation where he passed away in 1837. Later on, his body was moved to Lafayette, New York. Sabrina Ketchum passed away in 1871, after spending her last days with Asa's sister, HESTER ANN CLARK, the wife of HARRY E. CLARK.

Apparently Lizzie's early married life was one of hardship and difficulty. She took in washing, ironing and sewing to provide food for her children during her husband's long absences on his salesman's route. Her letter on migrating to California revealed a lot about her personal life and the stability of her marriage. One can speculate that Lizzie may have become progressively more motivated towards religion as her personal deficits (financial, marrital and emotional) persisted.Lizzie was an active Christian throughout most of her life and participated in many of her church's routine acitivities. She daily communicated her Christian values to all who would listen. She was also a very active member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) at the Arlington Christian Church (Disciple's of Christ) and was believed to have held several positions of responsibility at the local, county and international levels. In 1920, her husband passed away in Brawley, California and her son Earl, passed away in 1925. Then in 1964, Franklin passed away. Elizabeth lived her final days in San Bernardino, Calif., and passed away on 29 June 1965.

[1.]               "HOW WE CAME TO CALIFORNIA

"We were living in Webb City, Missouri, in a house your father had agreed to buy. He was working for FRANK THOMPSON, his brother, selling household goods and collecting on same on installment plans. He would go around to the towns to sell goods. He was in La Marr, Missouri and had been gone for a month. He never sent any money home, so I was washing and ironing for other people and selling some chicken medicine we had on hand. FRANKLIN got a job in a hayfield and made $1.00 a day. FRED went around with a Negro man and helped clean up grocery stores and would bring home the vegetables that were starting to spoil and I would cut out the rotten parts and cook them. I weighed 98 pounds and was flowing all the time. One of our neighbors was helping me with my sewing.

"I was on my knees praying every night for God to tell me what to do. One night , the 1st of Oct [1914], the Lord came to me and sat down in my little rocking chair and I leaned over and laid my head on His breast and sang Safe in the Arms of Jesus. After I sang one verse, He said, "Daughter, be of good cheer. In three days you will get a letter. Do what it says." Then He disappeared. I sat on the side of the bed and was amazed. Then got in bed beside you and went to sleep. In three days, I got a letter from you grandmother [LILLIAS J. McCORKELL]. She said, "I do not want to come back to Mo. If I send you mine and CLAUDE's fare, can you manage to bring all the children and come to Arlington, Calif?" I immediately answered, "I will.""I began selling what furniture I had and trading some of it for clothes for the boys. EARL and FRED had no shoes. I only had one decent dress. KATIE had sent you a bundle of clothes from Montana that a little girl just one year older than you had outgrown. This neighbor, when I told her what I was doing, began to help me. She made you two dresses out of KATIE's that she had sent. I had a new suit for FRANKLIN I had got in Larken Soap Club and had sent for one for FRED which had not come yet. So FRED had no coat. In the meantime, I got another letter from Ma and she had written HARRY [KETCHUM] and he said for her not to send me money but he would get me two passes. So your Dad counld not stop me. But I found I couldn't take FRED free for he was twelve years old. So I didn't know what I could do. This neighbor said she would keep him until I could get to HARRY's and I knew HARRY would get him a pass. There were rates on then and we had to leave on the 8th [Oct "1914]."Your Dad came on the night of the 6th and found our trunks packed and the house about empty of furniture and he was mad. But I had the passes in my name and was going. I asked him if he would give me any money and he said, "not a damned cent." I had traded a chest of mine for a big lunch basket and I had eight young chickens. My neighbors came in and fried the chickens and brought cake and jellies and fruit and filled the lunch basket. I was still worried about FRED. I didn't want to leave him. Finally, this neighbor said she and her husband talked it over and said they would give me $16.75 for my sewing machine. It was FRED's fare. So he got to come. I still didn't have any money, but the junk man came along and we had an old buggy in the backyard about to fall to pieces, so I asked him what he would give me for it and he said $2.00. So I took it and put the $2.00 inside my dress and that is what I started to California with."We started to get low on food and we had to buy two loaves of bread on the train and pay 15 cents a loaf. We had made the acquaintance of a man and wife who had got on at Kansas City and they had been visiting with you and EARL. So when we got close to Cheyenne, Wyoming, she called you to her and said they were going to get off there and could she give you something. I told you to take whatever it was. It was a box about 2 feet long and almost as wide and when we opened it, it was full of food -- sandwiches, pie and fruit. So we had enough to get to Gold Run, Calif., at HARRY's, and I had 75 cents left."We stayed two weeks at HARRY's and Aunt PHEMIA's. Uncle FRANK bought you a new pair of shoes and HARRY let the boys pick fruit for him and he paid them. HESTER came over to see us and begged me to let her have FRED until I got settled in "Arlington. So FRED stayed from Oct 1914 to Sept 1915. I think you remember our life in Arlington and from there on.

I have always thanked God for opening up the way to bring me and my children to Calif. Of course, your Dad followed a year later and I still had a strenuous life, but I gained in strength and got you all educated and settled. I have done the best I could for all of you and kept you together. I tried to raise you all to be good citizens and to love God and prepare for your Eternal Home. Why you have all chosen to go the other way, I don't understand but you are all God's children and He will make it right with me. I have to go alone and always have; but, I am nearing

Elizabeth K. Thompson Caanan's happy shore -- my home so bright and fair. Thank God I'll never sin no more. There'll be no sorrow there."

[2.] "I do not know anything about her childhood - but do know that she worked very hard as a widow to support her children. Her husband, DAVID ALLEN THOMPSON was killed on his bicycle at the early age of 50, but as I understand it he was not much support and she had to do most of it herself. She took in washing and ironing and cleaned for people until all the kids were gone. When she lived in Arlington next to Aunt MINNIE, she worked a lot at the Sherman Institute across the street and taught sewing and things to the Indian girls. She was a very devout Christian and read the Bible all the time. Her greatest disappointment was that her children did not appreciate the gospel or follow her teachings.

"Also, which will be of great interest to you, I found that I have not only my grandmother's Bible which gives births and dates, etc., but I also have LILLIAS BURTON's birthday book which gives lots of names and dates of her family as well, the KETCHUMs and the McCORKELLS. It is [Bible] in very fragile condition and I would not feel right about sending it to you. It was passed from LILLIAS to my grandmother, to my mother and now to me. . . ."

[Note: Evidently the above letter was written to her daughter later in life about their early trip from Missouri to northern California (Grass Valley). The small photo above is of Aunt Lizzie in front of her small home, which was one of many that her brother-in-law (Allen Bobo) built in the area. It has now been razed and a hospital now stands where her home was.]


[ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] ELIZABETH SABRINA KETCHUM, b 26 Jan 1877 (DeSoto, Jefferson Co., MO), L (Joplin, MO; Arlington, CA; San Pedro, CA; San Bernardino, CA), Religion (Arlington Christian Church), Interests (Arlington/San Bernardino W.C.T.U.), d 29 Jun 1965 (San Bernardino, CA), bur Mountain View Cem, cremation; m DAVID ALLEN THOMPSON 26 Jan 1899 (Joplin, Jasper Co., MO) [b 18 Oct 1870 (Landing, TN), son of William Franklin & Arta Lee (Poe) Thompson, d 2 Jan 1920 (Brawley, Imperial Co., CA), bur (Brawley, CA)] Children:

1M   FRANKLIN KETCHUM, b 15 Dec 1899 (Joplin, Jasper Co., MO), Military (WWI (? or   later): U.S. Army, Pvt. in Germany), O (hobby: was a ventriloquist with a dummy &   performed on stage), d 1 Apr 1964 (near Kingman, AZ), cremated, I.O.O.F. Officiating; m1   GRACE SQUIRES 22 Oct 1921, sep 1927 (Riverside, CA); m2 LILLIAS Nov 1935 (TN)   [she d Aug 1956] - Reference WWI Army picture at end of chapter.

2M   FREDRICK ALLEN, b 26 Apr 1902 (Cherryvale, Montgomery Co., KS)

3M   EARL ABSOLUM, b 7 Jun 1907 (Winfield, Cowley Co., KS), Military (U.S. Army, Pvt.,   Battery B, 8th F. A., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii), d 14 Jan 1925 (Hawaii), bur (Presidio,   San Francisco, CA) [military pension went to his mother]

4F   RUTH KATHRYN ILETA, b 16 May 1908 (Iola, Allen Co., KS)

[1.] "soldier shot by accident dies A wound suffered on the head yesterday morning by Pvt. EARL A. THOMPSON, Battery B, 8th F. A., Schofield Barracks, while marking targets on the pistol range at the barracks, resulted in his death at 4:35 o'clock yesterday afternoon in the station hospital, Schofield. The bullet ricocheted off a stone, striking Private Thompson while he was in the area known as the safety zone. The bullet lodged in his head. He was 22 years of age, and his home was on Sixth avenue, Riverside, Cal. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night."

[2.] western union telegram "Received at 107 Seventh Street, San Pedro, Calif. . . . D1 Washington DC 418 PM Jan 16 1925

Mrs. ELIZABETH THOMPSON 2732 Carolina St San Pedro Calif.

"Regret to inform you commanding General Hawaiian Department reports your son Private EARL A THOMPSON died January fourteenth at Scofield Barracks from gunshot would of head caused by ricochet bullet on pistol range.

     Davis The Adjutant General 146PM"

[3.] "Headquarters Eighth Field Artillery, Office of the Regimental Commander: Schofield Barracks, Jan. 19, 1925.


"I want to write a personal letter to you expressing the sorrow of the regiment on the unfortunate death of your son EARL A. THOMPSON, who was a Private in Battery B, 8th field Artillery. I did not know this boy personally but the men of his organization tell me that he was noted for his cheerfulness at all times.

"I know that you will want to know that he was accorded full military honors both at the Chapel and in the funeral procession to the train. The Commanding General, Schofield Barracks, the members of his organization, the Regimental Band, formal military escort and myself attended the last military rites of your son. Chaplain William L. Fisher conducted the funeral services. He spoke with feeling on the loss of this boy, how his comrades would miss him and the satisfaction that the lad must have had that he had led a clean life and would die as every soldier wants to when in the performance of his duty.

"The board of officers who investigated the cause of the accident found it due to a deflected bullet, the fault of no one concerned, as your son was well under cover the bullet must have ricocheted off a stone or other substance. The surgeon informs me that the boy did not suffer at any time. With deep expression of my sympathy to you.

             Sincerely yours, H. L. Newbold, Colonel, 8th F.A., Commanding"

[4.] Mrs. E. S. Thompson, 651 West 23rd St., San Pedro, Cal.   Schofield Barracks, T. H., Jan 28, 1925

My dear Mrs THOMPSON,

"By this time you have received letters from EARL's battery commander and from the Colonel giving the particulars of the accident. On December first I was assigned to other work and Capt. Bonham was made battery commander. While I had the battery Earl was on special duty at the fire station. I only saw him occasionally, pay days etc. I had one of the Sergeants investigate about his marriage. He reported that there was nothing in it. Then I accused him of it and he said that he was not. I then asked him why he had written you that he was. He seemed very much surprised that I knew he had told you that story and told him to write you and tell you he was not married. He denied it to everyone here and I don't think he was. His work at the fire station kept him in the post closely and he went to town seldom.

"I do not know all of the particulars of his death. On being hit in the head he became unconscious almost immediately but lived for a few hours. I did not hear what the findings of the board of inquiry were as to how it just happended but it is believed that a pistol ball struck some object and was deflected. It was at pistol practice and was a very regretable accident. I wish to extend to you my sincere sympathy in your sorrow and beg to remain

           Yours sincerely, H. L. Powell, Jr."


Arlington WCTU at Mrs. Butterfield's (1947)
(Lizzie is seated on right.)

Arlington Christian Church, California (ca 1947)
(Aunt Lizzie in front row, right-side.)

[Mrs. Kathryn Goode, Mrs Helen Schlawig, Mrs. Vera Spratt, Mrs. Lena Tabler, Mrs. Alma Wilson,
Mrs. Pauline Seaver, Mrs Bertha Stith & Mrs. Mary Goree (back, L - R);
Phyllis Spratt, Martha Ammerman & Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (front, L-R)]


[FRED A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] FRED ALLEN THOMPSON, Sr., b 26 Apr 1902 (Cherryvale, KS), L (ca 1926 (San Pedro, CA), >1949 (Adelanto, CA)), Military (WWII: National Guard, captain), d 18 Feb 1989 (Apple Valley, CA), bur Rose Garden, Victor Valley Memorial Park (Victorville, CA); m BLANCHE E. WALKER 22 Jun 1932.


"Between numerous phone calls and the routine of admitting new 'guests.' FRED A. THOMPSON, retiring San Pedro jailer, dreams of the approaching day when he will spend his time hunting, fishing and roaming in the out-of-doors. Thompson, who winds up 23 years active service with the police force April 15, has purchased a little farm in Adelanto where he plans to do a bit "of gardening chiken raising and pursuing his hobbies in sports and woodworking. By dint of a perfect record, Thompson will actually begin his retirement March 13 when he begins his terminal leave period. . . .

"Thompson has engaged in many outside activities. He is a member of the Elks, American Legion and a past sachem of the Red Men. His woodworking hobby and pistol shooting also keep him busy. It won't be long now, he says, until he and his wife, BLANCHE, and their two children, FRED A. Jr., 8, and CAROL, 6 will be out on that chicken "ranch" enjoying the type of life that he has dreamed of all his life.

"The last of the 20-year men in this division, he also believes that he is one of only three officers who have put in all their service at one place. Most city police get transferred around the circuit. Thompson recalls his entry in the force with a bit of humor. He and a friend, plumbers by trade, were loafing around one day during a slack season when the friend asked if he were game to see what the civil service had to offer in the way of a job. They discovered two jobs were open: rat catcher and policeman. After hemming and hawing the two decided to flip a coin to see which job they would try for. Heads for policeman, tails for rat catcher. Thompson won and took the policeman's exam. His friend got the job of trapping rats along the docks but soon quit and joined the navy.

"The first part of Thompson's police career was spent in various departments of the division. He at one time was "acting lieutenant" and later was given the job of opening the new police pistol range on Gaffey St. He is an expert pistol shot and a member of the police pistol team. When World War II came along Thompson went overseas with the national guard and rose to rank of captain in the coast artillery. Three of his four years in service were spent in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre. "Of his jail job, he comments: "Nowhere else can you meet such varied types of people. In this jail I have registered, millionaires, artists, singers, would-be Al Capones, drunks, criminals and bums." In his five-year tour of duty he estimates that he has directed the serving of 300,000 meals to prisoners. . . ."


"FRED A. THOMPSON, a past commander of Leo Collins Post in Adelanto, was elected commander of the "American Legion County Council at a San Bernardino dinner meeting Saturday night. Thompson succeeds Robert Vogler of Chino in the commander's chair. [The balance of the newspaper article mentioned other appointments.]"


1M   FRED ALLEN, b 4 Feb 1941 (San Pedro, CA)

2F   CAROL ANN, b 20 Oct 1942 (San Pedro, CA)

[FRED A-10 (1941), FREDRICK A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] FRED ALLEN THOMPSON, Jr., b 4 Feb 1941, Military 1980-93 (U.S. Navy, CHC, LCDR, Chaplin), L (Virginia Beach, VA; 1993 (Vista, CA); m SANDRA KAY (KAULITZ) BALL 1962 [b 31 Dec 1942 (Culver City, CA), dau of Kaulitz & intended adoption by Ball], Children:

1F   CHRISTINE MARIE, 9 May 1964 (Apple Valley, CA)

2M   DENNIS TRACY, b 2 Jul 1966 (Apple Valley, CA)

3M   JEFFRY DAVID, b 19 Sep 1969 (Apple Valley, CA), Educ (Longwood College   (Farmville, Virginia), O (Therapeutic Rec. Spec.)

4M   MICHAEL DAVID, b 28 Sep 1971 (Apple Valley, CA), Educ (So. Calif. College (Costa   Mesa, CA), Secondary Educ)

[CHRISTINE M-11 (1964), FRED A-10 (1941), FREDRICK A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] CHRISTINE MARIE THOMPSON, 9 May 1964 (Apple Valley, CA); MARK BRADY 4 Jun 1988, Children:

1M   JOSHUA DAVID, b Jul 1991 (Tulsa, OK)

1F   TAYLOR MARIE, b 1 Mar 1993 (Tulsa, OK)

[DENNIS T-11 (1966), FRED A-10 (1941), FREDRICK A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] DENNIS TRACY THOMPSON, b 2 Jul 1966 (Apple Valley, CA), Military (1993, U.S. Army, Germany); m JORDANA LACY 16 Jun 1989, div 1992, Children:

1M   NICHOLAS, b Apr 1990

[CAROL A-10 (1942), FREDRICK A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] CAROL ANN THOMPSON, b 20 Oct 1942 (San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., CA), L 1993 (Apple Valley, CA); m EUGENE JAMES FRASER II 24 Apr 1940 (Whittier, CA) [son of Eugene Jame & Edna Paulene (Rollins) Fraser, Military (U.S. Navy, 20 yrs Ret'd), O (Manager, Credit Union)], Children:

1M   EUGENE JAMES III, b 14 Mar 1961 (San Diego)

2M   DAVID BRIAN, b 18 Feb 1963, O (Welder), L 1993 (Tucson, AZ); single

3F   LEXINE DENISE, b 5 Feb 1966 (Adopted, Reno, NV)

[EUGENE J. FRASER-11 (1961), CAROL A-10 (1942), FREDRICK A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] EUGENE JAMES FRASER III, b 14 Mar 1961 (San Diego), O (small Special Equipment - fire extinguishers), L 1993 (Big Bear Lake, CA); m TAMMY LYNN McFARLAND 26 Apr 1986 (Apple Valley, CA), div 1991, Children:

1M   EUGENE JAMES IV, b 27 Dec 1987

2F   BETTY LYNN, b 3 Mar 1989

[LEXINE D-12 (ADOPTED, 1966), EUGENE J. FRASER-11 (1961), CAROL A-10 (1942), FREDRICK A. THOMPSON-9 (1902), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] LEXINE DENISE FRASER, b 5 Feb 1966 (Adopted, Reno, NV), L 1993 (Apple Valley, CA); m1 CHARLES FLACK Mar 1986, div 1988; m2 MICHAEL D. LATTUS 15 Apr 1989 [O (Deputy Sheriff)], Children:

1F   LISA RENEE FLACK, b 18 Dec 1986 [by m1]

2F   CAROL FRANCES LATTUS, b 30 Dec 1990 [by m2]

3M   JOHN WILLIAM LATTUS, b 30 Dec 1992

[RUTH THOMPSON-9 (1908), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] RUTH KATHRYN ILETA THOMPSON, b 16 May 1908 (Iola, Allen Co., KS), L 1977 (Yucaipa, CA) & 1991 (Mesa, AZ), d 1992 (Mesa, AZ); m FLOYD HENRY WELLS 3 Sep 1927 (San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., CA) [L 1993 (Mesa AZ)]. Children:

1F   RUTH IRENE, b 10 Dec 1928 (San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., CA)

[R. IRENE WELLS-10 (1928), RUTH THOMPSON-9 (1908), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] RUTH IRENE WELLS, b 10Dec 1928 (San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., CA), L 1993 (Gilbert, AZ); m HORACE DAVID McCUISTION 2 Jul 1949 (San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA) [b 2 Oct 1927 (Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA), son of Horace Dean & Marie (Osterhaus) McCuistion], Children:

1M   MICHAEL DAVID, b 3 Jun 1950 (San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA)

2F   MELISA DIANE, b 29 Jun 1952 (San Bernardino, CA)

3M   MITCHELL DEAN, b 29 May 1959 (San Bernardino, CA)

[MICHAEL D. McCUISTION-11 (1950), R. IRENE WELLS-10 (1928), RUTH THOMPSON-9 (1908), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] MICHAEL DAVID McCUISTION, b 3 Jun 1950 (San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA); m MARY CINDY KATONA 17 Jul 1970 (San Bernardino, CA) [b 4 Apr 1950 (San Bernardino, CA), dau of William & Pearl Mae (La Fountain) Katona], Children:

1F   TRACY, b 8 Jan 1973 (San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA)

2F   TERAH, b 17 Aug 1975 (San Bernardino, CA)

3M   MICHAEL WILLIAM, b 8 May 1982

[MELISA D. McCUISTION-11 (1952), R. IRENE WELLS-10 (1928), RUTH THOMPSON-9 (1908), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] MELISA DIANE McCUISTION, b 29 Jun 1952 (San Bernardino, CA); m KIMBERLY CLAYTON HAKES 24 May 1975 (Provo, Utah Co., UT) [b 31 Dec 1948 (Globe, Gila Co., AZ)], Children:

1M   KIMBALL CLAYTON, b 15 Jul 1976 (Kingman, Mohave Co., AZ)

2M   JOSEPH DAVID, b 1 Nov 1978 (Mesa, Maricopa Co., AZ)

3M   CHRISTOPHER BRIGHAM, b 25 Mar 1980 (Mesa, AZ)

4F   CAMILLE MARIE, b 11 Apr 1981 (Mesa, AZ)

5M   JOSHUA DEAN, b 18 Mar 1983 (Mesa, AZ)

6F   CARRIE IRENE, b 18 Oct 1984 (Mesa, AZ)

7F   KATHLEE RUTH, b 14 Oct 1986 (Mesa, AZ)

8F   KALLI ANNA, b 27 Jul 1988 (Mesa, AZ)

9F   MELESSA DIANE, b 11 Jul 1991 (Mesa, AZ)

[MITCHELL D. McCUISTION-11 (1950), R. IRENE WELLS-10 (1928), RUTH THOMPSON-9 (1908), ELIZABETH S-8 (1877), ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6, EPHRAIM-5, EPHRAIM-4, NATHANIEL-3, JOSEPH-2, EDWARD-1 (d 1655)] MITCHELL DEAN McCUISTION, b 29 May 1959 (San Bernardino, CA); m PAMELA HAKES 7 Aug 1980 (Mesa, Maricopa Co., AZ), Children:

1F   REBECCA, b 10 Sep 1981 (American Fork, Utah Co., UT)

2M   MITCHELL JACOB, b 11 Sep 1982 (American Fork, UT)

3F   KRISTIN, b 20 Sep 1984 (American Fork, UT)

4F   KATELYN, b 23 Jan 1986 (American Fork, UT)

5F   KASEY, b 16 Jan 1988 (American Fork, UT)

6F   McKENZIE, b 26 May 1992 (American Fork, UT)


   Elizabeth Sabrina Ketchum, born 26 January 1877 in DeSoto, Missouri, was the second daughter of Asa C. and Lillias J. (Burton) Ketchum. This was her father's third marriage and many of the deceased from his second marriage were probably buried in the old Marble Hill Baptist Cemetery, including his second wife. Only two children survived from Asa's second marriage and when Lizzie was born, Grace was approximately sixteen year old and Harry was approximately seven years old. Minnie, Lizzie's older full-sister, was two years old at her birth.

   Lizzie's early memories were possibly about the frequent moves her family made. Lizzie was born in DeSoto, Missouri, which is in the east-central part of the state and near the Mississippi River. They next moved southwest to Fort Smith, Arkansas for a few years, circa 1878-80, when Lizzie was only one-to-three years of age. Then at the end of 1880, Lizzie's younger full-sister Hester was born in Neodesha, Kansas. It was only one year later in 1881 when Lizzie's father died at a nearby health resort. It is believed that Lillie took her children and moved to her father's, David A. & Elizabeth T. Burton, in nearby McCune, Crawford County, Kansas. One year later in August, 1882, Lizzie's Grandfather David Burton passed away. The following year Lizzie's mother married George R. McCorkell in November, 1883. The family once again moved and this time to nearby Scammon, Kansas. Most of their early Kansas homes were in the eastern part of Kansas and near to what might be called the greater Joplin, Missouri area. Several states border each other near Joplin: Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma & Arkansas.

   Apparently Lizzie was nine years old when her mother gave her an autograph book. She began collecting comments and autographs while living in Scammon 1889 through 1892. Close schoolmates and family members wrote comments in her book, of which Lizzie later added brief notations on what happened to them. The impression was given that Lizzie really cherished her book. From the brief comments, one can conclude that her family had strong moral and religious values. In 1993, Lizzie's autograph book was in extremely fragile condition. All the pages have broken away from their original binding and continues to crumble around the edges.

   Lizzie married David Allen Thompson in Joplin, Missouri, on 26 January 1899. According to her mother Lillias' Birthday Book, Elder South of the Galena, Kansas Christian Church married them in Joplin. Her husband, who worked for his brother Frank Thompson, was evidently a traveling salesman and would sell items on the 'time payment plan.' This would require that he be absent from the home for long periods of time while he collected monthly payments and sold items on his route. Again, Lizzie moved around frequently. The family was in Joplin in 1899, Cherryvale, Kansas in 1902, Winfield, Kansas in 1907 and in Iola, Kansas in 1908. By this time four of her children had been born" Franklin (1899), Fred (1902), Earl (1907) and Ruth (1908). During these first ten years of marriage, family patterns had been established and Lizzie was probably disillusioned with her husband.

   During this time, a lot of changes had been happening with her mother, brothers and sisters. Lillie and George McCorkell had moved to Joplin. Lizzie's Grandmother Elizabeth T. Burton was living in nearby Seneca, Missouri. Grace Ketchum had married William Conley and lived in the Indian Terriroty (Wagoner, Oklahoma) and died in 1902. Harry Ketchum was working as a telegraph operator for the railroad in Arkansas and then moved to Reno, Nevada. In 1900, Minnie married Allen Bobo in Joplin and migrated to Reno, Nevada in 1905. Grandmother Elizabeth Burton passed away in 1906. Hester married and was living in Montana. Then in 1910 her step-father, George R. McCorkell, passed away in Joplin. Minnie and Allen Bobo had again moved and this time near San Diego, in southern California. Harry Ketchum had moved to Gold Run, in northern Calif. Many of her other half-siblings had also married and some had also gone west. Her half-brother, John McCorkell, had gone to Fallon, Nevada to work on a government ranch and then sent for his family. They next moved to Riverside, California to work. It probably seemed like everybody was moving westward.

   Lillie and her youngest son Claude and been visiting Minnie in California and after seeing Arlington, decided not to return to Missouri. She wrote and encouraged Lizzie to bring her four children to Arlington. Between Lillie and Harry, they were able to provide the money/railroad tickets for her journey. Later in life Lizzie recorded her thoughts about going to California in a letter to her daughter Ruth. She evidently was more than ready to accept her mother's suggestion on migrating to California. After liquidating what few assets they owned, she and the neighbors helped her prepare for the trip. Harry helped them to get railroad tickets and they left Webb City on 8 October 1914. Upon their arrival in northern California, Lizzie wrote that they stayed two weeks with her brother Harry and also with her Aunt Euphemia (Burton) Howe. She let her son Fred stay with "Phemie" for one year until they got settled in Arlington. Later on, Allen Thompson followed his wife to Arlington and had an intermittent relationship with her until his death in 1920.

   Lizzie's lived for a number of years in Arlington and then moved to San Pedro, California. The family suffered its first major shock with the sudden accidental death in 1920 of David Allen Thompson in Brawley, Calif. Their second shock was from the telegram about the death of Private Earl Thompson, while in the U. S. Army in Hawaii in 1925. He was buried in the Military Cemetery at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was reported that Lizzie received a small pension from her son's Army service. The remaining three children were married: Franklin to Grace Squires in 1921; Ruth to Floyd Wells in 1927 and Fred to Blanche Walker in 1932.

   Lizzie moved back to Arlington and lived near her sister Minnie and her niece Mary (Bobo) Addleman. She moved into a house that her son-in-law Floyd Wells had purchased from Charlie Strohmeier, her niece Vera Bobo's husband. She taught a sewing class at nearby Sherman Institute, a Federal Indian High School. She attended the Arlington Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as did most of the family members living nearby. Lizzie participated in most organized church activities/groups, i.e., Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), adult women's group & choir. She was very active in the WCTU and possibly held various officer positions in their organization at the local, county and international levels. She was very intent about communicating her christian values to family and friends for the rest of her life.

   Franklin lived his remaining days in Bull Head City, Arizona and passed away in 1964. Fred and Blanche lived in Adelanto, Calif. Fred passed away in Apple Valley, Calif., in 1989. Ruth and Floyd Wells lived in San Bernardino for a number of years and provided a place for Lizzie to live in one of their rental units in San Bernardino. In their retirement years, Ruth and Floyd moved to Mesa, Arizona where Ruth passed away in 1991. Mrs. Elizabeth S. Thompson passed away in San Bernardino, California in 1965, was cremated and buried locally.


   Elizabeth Sabrina Ketchum was born 26 January 1877 in DeSoto, Jefferson County, Missiouri. She was the second daughter born to Asa Calkins Ketchum and his third wife, Lillias Jacinth Burton. He was an established professional, an attorney and briefly a circuit court judge, and moved several times during their short nine-year-marriage before his demise in 1881. Lillie moved her family in with her parents in McCune, Kansas. Her father passed away in 1882 and in 1883 she remarried to George R. McCorkell, who's wife had recently passed away. Lillie Ketchum once again became the third wife of a mature man. Elizabeth, or Lizzie, grew up in the country near Scammon, Kansas. She married David Allen Thompson in 1899 and lived in a variety of Missouri/Kansas towns while giving birth to her four children: Franklin Ketchum (1899, Joplin, MO), Fredrick Allen (1902, Cherryvale, KS), Earl Absolum (1907, Winfield, KS) and Ruth Kathryn Ileta (1908, Iola, KS). Lizzie and her family took the train to California in 1914 and initially settling in Arlington and later moved to San Pedro, Calif. David Allen Thompson passed away in an accidental death in Brawley, California in 1920. Lizzie returned to live a number of years in Arlington (actually barely over the line in Riverside), which was near her sister Minnie (Ketchum) Bobo. Both Elizabeth and Minnie Ketchum applied religion to their everyday lives. Religion became especially meaningful to Lizzie in her declining years, and she took every opportunity to communicate Christian values to all who would listen. In her final retirement years, Lizzie lived in San Bernardino, California, where she passed away on 29 June 1965.


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