Lake Protestant Cemetery/ Thompson Ave. Cemetery
Original Epitaphs & information transcribed by George J. Ramponi (1971) with additional information (Lot Owners) from the Milw. Genealogical Society
The cemetery property was originally owned by the Thompson Family.
That part of Lake Protestant Cemtery in the Northeast 1/4 of Section 22-6-22. It is bounded and described as follows: Commencing at a point in the East line and 660 feet South of the Northeast corner of said Northeast 1/4 of 22-6-22; thence West on a line which is parallel to the North line of said 1/4 section, 165 feet to a point; thence South on a line which is parallel to the East line of said 1/4 section 198 feet to a point; thence East on a line parellel to the North line of said 1/4 section 165.00 to a point in the East line of said 1/4 section, thence North on the East line of said 1/4 198 feet to the point of beginning, containing 3/4 of an acre.
The last deed was in 1882, the title is in the name of the trustees of Lake Protestant Cemetery, Corporation articles are on file.
The Thompson Family
Jared Thompson (Esq)/Born Jan. 31, 1805/Died Feb. 21
The elder Thompson is, if I may so impudently disparage his companions, the most "respectable" inhabitant of the cemetary(sic). He first achieved notority(sic), if that is the word, as one of the organizers of the Wisconsin Temperance Movement. A nearly continuous political career follows in which he served (as Whig later as Republican) as State Assemblyman for the 6th Ward and as Chairman of the board for the Town of Lake. The size of the voting public can be judged from the printed results of the election of 1853 for State Assembly (one in which Thompson lost); "Lavies 187, Thompson 184 ("A close fit" as the Sentinel aptly put it), Winkler 43 -Sentinel Nov. 10, 1853.
Thompson was also Justice of the Peace- an office he held from April of 1855. A little over two months after his election to this post;
"a dead person, name to be unknown, (was) found washed up on the beach of the Lake at the south point near Mrs. Sam Sexton's... There appears no marks of violence upon the body no inquest was held; a coffin was provided and the body was conveyed to the Protestant Cemetary(sic) in the Town of Lake and decently interred. Any person wishing further particulars can enquire(sic) of the undersigned."
Justice of the Peace.
(Sentinel June 8, 1855)
Three more bodies were washed ashore September of that year, victims of the sinking of the merchant ship Sebastopol.
Thompson was apparently a creditable farmer. The Sentinel, which continually supported the "substantial citizen" in all his political endeavors, goes into a fit of ecstacy(sic) due to Jared's having raised 300 bushels of peach blow(sic) potatoes from 12 bushels of seed." Peach plow(sic) was a potato "particularly free from rot (that) can be kept longer than any other potato." -Sentinel Dec. 20, 1860.
Select Burials and Interments
Francis M./wife of Jared Thompson Esquire/Died March 20, 1860/Aged 53 years This woman bore Jared ten children all of whom survived their mother long enough to witness their father's other bumper crop. Thompson Sr. Susannah/wife of Jared Thompson (presumably Jr.)/Died Nov. 27 (the final two Lines obscured) First Line Lost/Thompson/died Jan. 6, 1873/Aged 3 mo. 3 days Eva/Daughter of H.M. & M.E. Thompson/died Sept. 8, 1854/6 (years?) --Months/ and 10 days/Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. J.T. Thompson Mary E. Thompson (Mrs. Delaney)/b. March 21st (?) 1830/d. April 25th 1868 James N. Delaney (husband of above)/died Oct. 21, 1867/Aged 58 years 6 mo. Lewis B./son of W. W. A(and?) G.M. Thompson/died April 29, 1861/ Aged by 2 mo 16 days/"Little Lewis"/_____________ power could____________ by quiet goodness_________________ Easy ______________________
The Estes Family
Elijah S. Estes/b. Jan. 30, 1814/d. Dec. 8, 1887 Estes was one of the first trustees of the Village of Bay View and was fellow Justice of the Peace with Jared Thompson at the time of the Sebastopol disaster. Zebiah W. Estes (nee Wentworth)/b. APr. 19, 1810/d. July 2, 1887 Myron E. Estes/b. July 12, 1848/d. Dec. 12, 1848 Catherine L. Estes/b. April 7, 1852/d. May 6, 1853 Wentworth Estes/b. July 22, 1854/d. Oct. 4, 1854 Mary Susan Estes/wife of Horace Ris__ and daughter of E.S. & Z.W. Estes/ b. Mar. 14, 1846/d. Apr. 14, 1876/____ Consolations in her last words: "I will meet you at the gate mother." Her Baby/Mary Estes/b. March. 27, 1876/d. August 5, 1876 In memory of Judy Estes/d. Oct. 3, 1865/aged 21(?) years Libbie Estes/d. Oct. 3, 1872/aged 29(?) years
The packard Family
Zebedee Packard/d. 1855 Sept 20/aged 66 years 5 mo. 27 ds. This interesting gentleman, a veteran of the War of 1812, was the central figure of an amusing anecdote involving a rumored Indian raid and a greased boot. The story can be found in a pamphlet entitled The Milwaukee Story published in 1948. John P./son of Z. & Nancy Packard/d. Aug. 1816/aged 2 years 9 months Either this child was, after perhaps twenty years, exhumed from a cemetery back east and taken here by his parents for reburial, or Packard settled here even before Juneau. (Geo)rge (P)ackard/_____ - 1889 Mother/Cynthia/wife of Daniel Packard/d. April 13, 1895/aged 76 years Her husband was made Constable of Lake in April of 1858 after chasing a horse thief to Racine. G(?) C.P. C.D.P. I.P. L.E.T. R.A.P.
The Eggers Family
Father/John Eggers/b. Mar. 29, 1848/d. June 20, 1929 Mother/Emily Eggers/b. Dec. 31, 1851/d. Dec. 13, 1902 Frieda Eggers/1875-1951 Herman Eggers/1874-1943
The Turrell Family
Rosa G. Warren (Nee Turrell)/1871-1893 Myron Turrell/1827-1894
The Kiphutt Family
Mother Caroline/b. Aug. 26, 1835/d. Sept. 1, 1912 Wilhelm Kiphutt/d. 1897 W.F. (?) Rel-- Kiphutt/1882(?) 29(?)
The Baker Family
Asa Baker/father/d. Apr. 20, 1863/aged 84 years Jane Baker/mother/d. Apr. 20, 1863/aged 84 years Jane/daughter/d. Apr. 16, 1863/Aged 50 years
The Grebe Family
R. Grebe/b. Jan. 1881/d., Mar. 189_ Husband/Fred Grebe/b. Nov. 2, 1887/d. Apr. 15, 1912
ROSENZWEIG: Rosenzweig/Mother Emelia/b. Mar. 4, 1847/d. June 3, 1906 BEAL: George F. Beal/1874-1934 SCILLBEN: Our Son/Otto L. Scillben/b. Oct. 17, 1888/d. Dec. 24, 1904 SZULETETT: Friss Andras Szuletett/Decz 15, 1887/Meghalt July 12, 1907 DOMSIME: Luna Domsime/b. May 28, 1866/d. Aug. 1, 1869 REPTA: Martin Repta/b. 23 Juna 1879/d. 7 Jan 1908 MATHEWS: Hier Ruht in Gott/Willie Mathews/Geb. 1 Mai 1889/Gest 3 Juli 1894/ Ruhe Sanft CROSS: Laura Newton/wife of Israel B. Cross/died Nov. 26, 1865/aged 40 years 9 mo. & 11 days Above this epitaph is carved a hand pointing straight upwards-a burst of religious optimism proving once again that hope springs eternal, etc. BELZ: Hugo Belz/geb. March 31, 1897/gest May 27 1897 DIETRICH: Walter Dietrich/b. Sept. 26, 1880/d. Sept. 28, 1909/Ruhe Sanft
Evidence of other Family Plots
Philips Hunt Donsily A family was interred here who's first initial was "W" (Warren?) The following six epitaphs are all those of children in the Cudahy area who died, possibly, of influenza at the arrival of that disease in 1910. TUSKA: Stefan Tuska/b. Nov. 28, 1909/d. Aug. 17, 1910 KROCJAN: Krystina Krocjan/b. Dec. 5, 1907/d. June 10, 1910 KRAL: Emilia Kral/b. Oct. 16, 1907/d. June 10, 1910 KALUS: Olga Kalus/b. OCt. 16, 1907/d. June 8, 1910 MARTOS: Stefan Martos/b. Apr. 26, 1909/d. July 31, 1910 KRALA: Irene Krala/b. Mar. 7, 1909/d. Aug. 9, 1910
The Bessey Family
The following is from a researcher/see contributors page
I have four additions to Lake Protestant Cemetery/ Thompson Ave. Cemetery in the city of St. Francis. I was unable to find grave markers in the early 1970s when the cemetery was very overgrown so it's not surprising that Jerry Ramponi didn't record the following burials. I was also unable to find any markers on a second visit in 1995. However the burials are supported by oral family history and Thompson Ave. Cemetery burials for three are referenced in Milwaukee County death records. Their father Jacob Bessey was a farmer in the Town of Lake.
1) Eleanore Bessey, daughter of Jacob Bessey and Magdalena Mack Bessey, born 18 Dec 1900 and died before 13 Aug 1902. I was unable to find a death record but there could have been confusion over the twins and only one death was recorded.
2) Ruth Lilly Bessey, daughter of Jacob Bessey and Magdalena Mack Bessey, born 18 Dec 1900-died 13 Aug 1902 (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin deaths volume 203 page 440) According to oral family history Ruth was placed in the same grave as her twin Eleanor who had predeceased her.
3) Adolph Gustav Bessey, son of Jacob Bessey and Magdalena Mack Bessey, born 7 March 1907-died 19 April 1907 (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin deaths volume 258 page 133)
4) Karl Jacob Bessey, twin of Adolph Gustav and son of Jacob Bessey and Magdalena Mack Bessey, born 7 March 1907-died 28 April 1907 (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin deaths volume 258 page 427)
NB - Jacob Bessey (also a twin) born 16 April 1850-died 6 March 1837 was buried at Union Cemetery according to his obituary and Magdalena Mack Bessey born 8 Oct 1866-died 4 November 1853 was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery on Howard Ave. in section 12, block 2, row 1, grave 10 or 11.
Cemetery Lot Owners
173/573 Lot 3 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha lw QCD 1/16/1909 #41445 to Myron Torrell 177/136 Lot 4 Lake P. Cem by John H. Watson, Pres. QCD 2/27/1882 #42596 William Duning, Treas. to John Mellen 460/66 Lot 4 John Mellen & Mary lw QCD 6/12/1903 #469570 to Herman Schwan 187/334 Lot 6 Jared Thompson & Frances lw WD 6/29/1855 #59296 to Giles M. Packard of Portage County 179/545 1 1/2 Lot 7 L.P.C. by J.H. Watson, Pres, William QCD 1/17/1882 #43945 Duning, Treas. to Walter White /134 Lot 7 Same as above QCD 2/27/1882 #42570 435/87 Lot 9 Elizabeth D. Thompson & Hayden M. QCD 12/26/1899 #394141 her husband to Leon Howard 171/462 Lot 10 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha lw QCD 8/1/1881 #37300 to James H.(?) Watson 171/773 Lot 11 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha Lw QCD 7/14/1881 #36846 to Michael Schmidt 182/319 Lot 12 L.P.C. by Watson & Duning QCD 2/27/1882 #51369 to August Miller 179/630 1/2 Lot 13 L.P.C. by Watson & Duning QCD 8/26/1882 #49510 to Royal Oliver ???/125 Lot 13 L.P.C. by Watson & Donsing QCD 8/26/1888 #50315 to W.P. Phillips 171/326 Lot 15 Jared Thompson & Frances lw WD 6/29/1850 #36776 to James S. McFadden 193/611 No Good! No conveyance for Lot 15 in this QCD and Page to Henrietta Martin 177/392 E1/2 Lot 17 Jared Thompson & Martha lw QCD 1/17/1882 #43945 to William W. Thompson 216/39 Lot 18 L.P.C. by same Trustees above QCD 10/27/1888 #134740 to Lucy E. Leineborgen of Evanston, Ill. 171/202 Lot 21 Jared Thompson & Frances lw WD 4/24/1850 #35878 to Israel B. Cross 214/416 Lot 22 L.P.C. by Watson & Duning QCD 11/18/1882 #124457 to John Textor 179/131 Lot 24 Jared Thompson, Sr. & Martha QCD 12/2/1881 # 46395 to Wm. Beal 460/431 Lot 26 William Donsing as Trustee of LPC QCD 8/19/1903 #479033 to Jacob Jenni 171/218 Lot 30 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha lw QCD 6/15/1881 # 35957 to George W. Wentworth 358/30 Lot 30 George H. Wentworth W.D. 8/26/1895 #287607 to William Putney 216/12 Lot 31 L.P.C. by Ferdinand Olman Gustav Schmidt QCD 10/27/1888 #133874 to John Eggert & Thodore Eggert 171/319 Lot 33 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha lw QCD 6/27/1881 #36461 to William Dunsing? 173/127 Lot 34 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha lw QCD 8/1/1881 #39004 to Melissa Moulter 173/512 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha lw QCD 8/12/1891 #41090 to Caroline Kiphutt 87/123 Jared Thompson Sr. & Martha QCD 7/12/1882 #57901 to Julia A. Hubbell (a certain portion of lot 17 rest blurred)