Thursday, January 5, 2012

Elizabeth Thompson Groesbeck's 1872 visit to her father.

Union Township, Ripley, Brown County, Ohio, north of the Ohio River
 Germantown, Maysville, Kentucky, south of the Ohio River.

John Amberson Thompson [1791-1881]
 Elizabeth’s son, Nicholas Harmon, wrote that he traveled to New York City and other eastern cities for the first time in 1871. That fall he was called to travel east again to fill a mission to his relatives in Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio, which he did, returning home in the Spring of 1872.

Later that summer in August, 1872, Nicholas Harmon, and his wife Rhoda, invited his mother, Elizabeth and her fourteen-year-old daughter, Josephine, to travel with them to New York and Maysville, Kentucky. There they visited Elizabeth’s father, John Amberson Thompson, and her eldest sister, Mary Dunlap. One can imagine the thrill of that six-seven week trip when Elizabeth reunited with her sister and father and their families--it being highly unlikely they’d seen one another since the Groesbecks immigrated to the Salt Lake Valley in 1856.

Mary Dunlap’s husband, Nathanial was a millwright at Union Township, in Brown County, Ohio. They lived across the Ohio River from Germantown, Mason County, Kentucky where Elizabeth’s father, John, his second wife Sarah, and their seven children lived in Maysville, Kentucky, where John was also a millwright. Depending on how one traveled, the two families lived about fifteen to twenty-five miles away from one another.
John and Sarah Thompson family in the 1870 Mason County, Kentucky Census. 

Nathaniel and Mary Dunlap family in the 1870 Brown County, Ohio Census.

From Nicholas Harmon Groesbeck, August 1916 Autobiography.

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