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Thurston Simpson

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Christiana, Rolog, Buskerud County, Norway
Death: May 2, 1889 (80)
Kamas, Summit , Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Kamas, Summit, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Ann Sophia Simpson
Father of John Simpson and Mary Jane Benson

Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Thurston Simpson

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1162

Thurston Simpson, born December 11, 1808, in Norway, came to Utah, September 24, 1848, in the Heber C. Kimball company. He married Mary Sophia Barlin in 1841 in Iowa. She was the daughter of Hans Barlin of Norway. Mary was born March 7, 1818. Their only child was John, born January 12, 1842, in Lee county, Iowa. He came to Utah with his father, and married Mary Christensen in 1861 in Salt Lake City. She was the daughter of J. Christensen and Sophia Peterson, and was born April 6, 1844. The family resided in Salt Lake City and Kamas, Utah. Thurston Simpson was a missionary to Wisconsin in 1855; and was a Seventy, and a Farmer. He died May 2, 1889.

John Simpson and Mary Christensen Simpson's children were: Joseph John, born March 25, 1862, who married Alice Murphy in 1901; Mary Sophia, born December 17, 1863, who married Leonard Osborn; George B., born September 1, 1866, who married Alice Woolstenhulme; Thurston, born May 29, 1860, married Philinda Pace in 1898, married Angeline Turnbow; Edward L., born December 23, 1872, who married Mary Ann Burbidge, divorced May 1908; James, born July 1, 1875; Sady born April 18, 1878, who married Ebenezer Johnston in 1907.

John Simpson later married Elizabeth McNorton in 1911 in Salt Lake City, who was the daughter of James McNorton and Elizabeth Shaw, Pioneers of 1853, in the Appleton Harmon Company.

John was a high priest, and a veteran of Black Hawk war, a farmer and stock raiser.

SOURCE: Find a, and Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah.

From Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Early Reorganization Minutes, 1852-1871, Book A, p. 680/ Black, Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1830-1848, 39:450/ Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 1845-1846/ Book of Patriarchal Blessings Index/ Wiggins, Mormons and Their Neighbors/ Smith, Nauvoo Social History Project/ Utah Federal Census, 1860/ Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah/ Early Reorganization Minutes, 1872-1905, Book C

Thurston Simpson joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his patriarchal blessing on 2 August 1845 at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, by William Smith. He received his endowment on 6 February 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple. Thurston was ordained a seventy. He arrived in Utah on 24 September 1848 with the Heber C. Kimball company. He served as a missionary to Wisconsin in 1855. In 1860 he was a farmer at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, and had a household of four, a real wealth of $300, and a personal wealth of $150. He later affiliated with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Per the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Salt Lake City, Thorston Simpson, 40, a farmer, was living with Mary, 33, and children, Mary Jane, 11, John, 9, Christiana, 7, and Thorston, 5. Also in the home was an Andrew Peterson, 23, who was working as a miner. Thorston valued his property at $300. he was born in Norway, as was his wife. Mary Jane, John, Christiana and Thorston were all born in Missouri.

Per the Seventy Quorum Membership Records from 1835-1846, Thorson, Thorsen, Thurston or Thoson Simpson was born in 1808 in Norway, the son of Sahan Connesian and his mother was Guineal. He married Mary Sopha Barlin, was endowed in the Nauvoo Temple February 6, 1846, and died in 1889.

A U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, showed that Thurston Simpson, born about 1808, arrived from Canada in 1848 in Utah. The source of this information was Kate B. Carter, compiler of "Heart Throbs of the West", Salt Lake City, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. "Pioneers of 1848", Vol 9 (1948), pp. 469-521, page 510.

Utah, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1850-1890, showed that Thurston Simpson was living in Salt Lake City, 15th Ward, Salt Lake County, in 1859 per the database: Utah 1859 Tax List Index.

A 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Rhodes Valley, Summit, Utah, showed a Theodor Simpson, 61, living with Anna Simpson, 35. He was born in Norway and she in Sweden. He was working as a farm laborer and she was keeping house. Next door was a Joseph Simpson, 28, a farmer, and his wife, Martha, 26, with their children, Joseph, 8, Martha, 6, George, 4, and Thomas, 1, but I don't know if this was Thurston Simpson and his family members or not. An 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Peoa, Summit, Utah, showed a Thurston Simpson, 78, a farmer, and his wife, Anna, 45, keeping house, and he was from Norway and she was from Sweden.

Thurston Simpson passed away May 2, 1889, in Kamas, Summit, Utah, and was buried in the Kamas Cemetery. In a listing for him in Find A, his wife is listed as Sophia Ann Mickelsen, born July 11, 1811, in Denmark, who passed away October 15, 1853, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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Thurston Simpson's Timeline

December 11, 1808
Rolog, Buskerud County, Norway
June 22, 1839
Age 30
Saint Francisville, Clark, Missouri, USA
January 12, 1842
Age 33
Sugar Creek, Lee County, Iowa, USA
May 2, 1889
Age 80
Kamas, Summit , Utah, USA
Kamas, Summit, Utah, USA