Joseph La Ville Thomson

8 Mar 1897 - 21 Oct 1972

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Joseph La Ville Thomson

8 Mar 1897 - 21 Oct 1972
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This is a story about Moses's son, Moses Thomson Jr (Born 1834) died at in the Martin Handcart company while crossing the Sweetwater at Devil's Gate, Wyoming. His brother George was called to Council Bluffs to help some of the Saints to Utah who had not a way of coming. He saved enough money after r

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Joseph La Ville Thomson

Married: 4 Oct 1922

Richmond City Cemetery

398 200 E
Richmond, Cache, Utah
United States

June 21, 2012


June 1, 2012

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This is a story about Moses's son, Moses Thomson Jr (Born 1834) died at in the Martin Handcart company while crossing the Sweetwater at Devil's Gate, Wyoming. His brother George was called to Council Bluffs to help some of the Saints to Utah who had not a way of coming. He saved enough money after returning, to send to Scotland for his younger brother, Moses, to come to Utah. Moses arrived in time to be in that ill-fated hand-cart company that started so late in the year 1856 across the plains. Winter set in early and the company was little prepared for the cold rains and bitter cold winds. Half of the company died on the way. Moses pushed and pulled a hand-cart with a sick man in it for many days. Their rations got slimmer, and at last, was doled out just so much each day. When they got on the Sweetwater near Devil's Gate, Moses died with seven others the same night. The remaining living ones were too weak and emaciated to dig graves so they were buried in shallow graves and covered with snow and at night their bodies would be food for the coyotes. This tragedy was a terrible blow to George and he did not get over it for years.

Tell My Story Too (book excerpt by Jolene Allphin)

Contributor: Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago MOSES THOMSON, JR. Born: 5 Feb. 1834 Kincardine, Perth, Scotland Died: November 1856 on the Sweetwater River near Devil’s Gate (Possibly at Martin’s Cove) MARTIN HANDCART COMPANY - Age 22 Moses was the 5th of 8 children of Moses and Janet Steel Thomson. It appears that Moses and his two older brothers, George and Thomas Hyslop Thomson, were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but their parents and five sisters were not. George was the first of the Thomson boys to join the Church, being baptized on April 7, 1847, at the age of 17. This so enraged his brother, Thomas, that he held George by force while his mother whipped him. (The boys’ father had died two years previously in 1845.) Nevertheless, Thomas also was later baptized.* Moses had worked in the coal mines of Scotland, along with his father, brothers, and other male relatives, as soon as he was old enough to carry a candle for the miners to see to work. He also carried a little bucket of water for them to drink. The boys were paid a small wage for this service. They assumed heavier duties in the mines by about age 15. George was also the first of the three Thomson boys to emigrate to America with the Saints. He came in 1851 aboard the ship Ellen, paying his passage with a full year’s savings. After making his way to Council Bluffs, Iowa, he contracted with Joshua Grant to drive a freight wagon to Utah. He traveled with only 11 other men and a young woman, Joan Bee, who cooked for this company. George and Joan were later married. George first lived in the Sessions settlement, or present-day Bountiful, Utah. He married and worked hard and saved his money again. Some of it was earned by traveling back to Council Bluffs to bring other Mormon pioneers to Utah. When he had saved enough money, he sent to Scotland for his younger brother, Moses, to come to Utah. Moses traveled from Glasgow, Scotland, to Liverpool, England, to emigrate with the other Saints aboard the ship Horizon in May of 1856. The President of this group was Edward Martin who also became the Captain of the Handcart Company in which Moses would travel toward Utah from Iowa City, Iowa. President Martin’s two counselors aboard ship were George P. Waugh (age 68) and Jesse Haven (age 42). Elder Waugh was a native of Scotland and both men, Waugh and Haven, were returning to Utah from missions; Waugh in Scotland, and Haven in South Africa and as well as a few months in Scotland. Most of the other Saints known to be from Scotland aboard the Horizon did not continue on to Utah with the Martin Handcart Company. (Some of these family names were Queen, Miller, Dow, Camp and Cain.) Like other strong young men in the company, Moses would have been assigned to help those less able with their handcarts. He would have also been placed on guard duty at night. These shifts would typically last several hours and took their toll on those like Moses who sacrificed much-needed rest. Fellow traveler Benjamin Platt (age 23) wrote of this: “ . . . we had to herd at nights and pull handcarts all days and many times I have been kept up until midnight and then stood guard until morning and then started again and it was this everlasting guarding that killed the people.” Combined with the guarding that was surely required of Moses, we also learn from George Thomson’s biography that “Moses pushed and pulled on a handcart with a sick man in it for many days. Their rations got slimmer . . . When they got to the Sweetwater [River] near Devil’s Gate, Moses died with seven others the same night. . . . they were buried in shallow graves and covered with snow. This tragedy was a terrible blow to George and he did not get over it for years.” *According to family accounts, Thomas Hyslop Thomson immigrated to America in 1859 or 1860 with his wife and two children. He went as far as St. Louis, Missouri, obtained work, and remained there until the Civil War broke out and he was drafted into the army. “His wife heard from him once in awhile and then his letters stopped. She never did know whether he was killed or what became of him. George corresponded with her for two or three years and then she married again and moved to Dakota and he lost track of her. Nothing was ever heard of Thomas again.” (Biography of George Thomson) Sources: 1. “Diary of Benjamin Platt 1856-1863" Copied by the Brigham Young University Library, 1947, original donated by and returned to Maria Platt Munford, Cedar City, Utah. Copy in Tell My Story, Too files of Jolene Allphin, author of this biographical sketch. (See See also: a. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, at, trail excerpt from Platte, Benjamin, Reminiscences, 1899-1905, 2-5. Available at Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah, and b. “The Platt family history” compiled by Lyman De Platt, Church Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Includes the autobiography of Benjamin Platt.) 2. “George Thomson”, biography written by his daughter, Maggie T. Merrill. Location: International Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah. DUP also has files regarding George’s wives, Hannah Maria Crossley and Alice Tomlinson, pictures and other biographical writings about George Thomson.

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Joseph La Ville Thomson was born on 8 Mar 1897
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 7 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 17 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 33 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 43 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 43 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 56 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Joseph La Ville Thomson was 67 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
Joseph La Ville Thomson died on 21 Oct 1972 at the age of 75
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