Coburn Family Bible Records
Seth Thompson Obituary
At his home in Waverly, Iowa, on the 7th of March, 94, Seth Thompson departed this life after a brief illness. Though not in usual health all winter, no particular fears were felt for his recovery, till on the 4th inst, when a sever pain in the left pleura, gave cause for alarm. He got better on Tuesday, and the anxiety of physician and family was allayed, when suddenly and without warning, on Wednesday, at 1 A.M., he succumbed to what was either heart-failure or rheumatism of the heart. He breathed his last in the arms of a dear granddaughter, who was watching at his bedside, with no thought that the end was so near. He and his companion who survives him, had just passed the 50th milestone of married life. Twelve children have been born to them, seven of whom are living, and with the most of their families, were able to attend the funeral.
From the text: "We all do fade as a leaf," an appropriate and comforting funeral sermon was preached by N. E. Pye, Pastor of the M. E. Church, also the impressive ceremony of the Masonic fraternity of the city, of which organization he had for many years been a member. He was born at Brimfield, Portage Co., Ohio, Feb. 28, 1819, therefore had lived to see his 75th birthday. In early manhood he moved with his people to Park Co., Indian, where on the ninth day of Feb. 1844, he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Barker. About 1847, he went to the state of Wisconsin, being among the pioneer settlers of Adams Co., and where he resided for nearly 20 years, during that time holding some prominent positions in the Co., and was looked upon as a man of influence and worthy of every confidence. In 1866 he moved to Waverly, Iowa, near which place he has for the most part of 28 years resided. Besides his wife and family, an aged sister of Brimfield, Ohio, mourns his death. He was a man of strong and many fine traits of character; a man of many good deeds that will live after him. Generous to a fault, he was ever ready to divide all he had with those in need. His life and actions were gauged by the "Golden Rule,: and to "return good for evil," an example he ever set before his family and friends. He had every