Amos  Perry  Thompson

            Amos Perry Thompson, son of  Lyman  and  Lucinda (Skinner) Thompson  was born in Shelby County, Ind. March 13th 1844.  At the age of four years he journeyed overland with his parents to Lake County, where he resided his whole life with the exception of a few years of his early boyhood spent in Missouri.  At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a boy of only 17 years being mustered into the Service at Lafayette, Ind. July 18th 1861 as a private of Co., B. 20 Regt. Indiana Volunteers of the Army of the Potomac.  He served his country faithfully and continually for the entire duration of the war, participating in the most important battles.  Gettysburg, and the terrible struggle of the "Battle of the Wilderness" which lasted from May 5th to May 7th, 1864.  In this engagement he received the severest wounds of his entire service necessitating his confinement for three months in the Army Hospital at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.  With his regiment he was on land duty at Hampton Roads, VA., witnessing the naval engagement that culminated in the famous battle of the Monitor and Merrimac.  Immediately on the expiration of his first enlistment period he re-enlisted Jan. 1st, 1864 in the same company and regiment, serving in all the engagements of his regiment to the end of the war.  On July 18th he was honorably discharged by reason of the close of the war, and returned home to assume the duties of Civilian Life.  His Civil War record evidences his patriotism as a defender of his country and the interesting stories of his war experiences which he would relate to his children, grand children and great-grand children will always be a pleasant memory.  On Dec. 5th 1866 near Cedar Lake, Ind., he was united in marriage with  Miss Celesta E. Palmer, daughter of  Adelbert D. Palmer, one of the earliest pioneers of Lake County.  This companion of fifty six years still survives him.  To this union were born four sons, and three daughters,  Chas. F. of Hammond,  Irvin J. of Buck Creek, Ind.,  Wilbur P.  and  Adelbert P. who have both preceded him beyond.  Mrs. Ella Merriman, of Bangor, Mich.,  Mrs. Alice Lloyd, of Lowell, and  Mrs. Mary Hill, of Chicago.  In October 1871 Mr. Thompson and his wife became members of the Lowell Baptist Church, and his life reflected his early religious teachings.  Amos P. Thompson, was a calm righteous man of gentle disposition, patient, kind and considerate, having with all a firm sense of justice.  Through this last long illness he uncomplainingly awaited the end with his characteristic patient courage.  On the evening of Aug. 28th, 1923 at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 15 days he very peacefully passed on to the happiness of a higher existence - to the reward of all just and righteous men, such as he.  Surviving him, of this immediate family are his wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grand-children, 15 great-grand-children, 2 brothers, Wm. C. Thompson, of Shelbyville, Indiana, and  Lyman Lloyd, of Chicago, Illinois, Funeral services were held at the family home August, 31, 1923 at 2pm where comforting words were given by Rev. Brown  The following grandsons acting as pall bearers:  Herbert Lloyd, Verne Lloyd,  Maxwell Thompson,  Everett Thompson,  George Mauck,  Joseph Dinwiddie  and  Clarence Fuller.  Interment was made in the Lowell Mausoleum conducted by the American Legion.  There were seven old soldiers at the funeral services and one member of his regiment, John Luther, of Crown Point, they both being members of the 20th Indiana.
The above was written as an obituary for a Lake County, Indiana, newspaper.

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