Thompson, Rachael Keeney

Thompson, Rachael Keeney

Female 1933 - 2016  (82 years)

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  • Name Thompson, Rachael Keeney 
    Nickname Ray 
    Born 26 Jun 1933  [1
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1 Feb 1965  Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 8 Feb 2016  [1
    Person ID I40139  Sackett
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2020 

    Father Thompson, Abbott Bradford,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Kenney, Rachael,   d. Unknown 
    +1. Thompson, Rachael Keeney,   b. 26 Jun 1933,   d. 8 Feb 2016  (Age 82 years)
    Family ID F15658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family De Rham, David Patterson,   b. Abt 1931, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1995, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1953  Ellington, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
     1. Living
    +2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F14402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Jun 1953 - Ellington, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Feb 1965 - Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1225] (Reliability: 3), 28 Jan 2017.

      Rachael Thompson de Rham, age 82, died on February 8, 2016. Born June 26, 1933 to Abbott Bradford Thompson and Rachael Keeney Thompson. She was a direct descendent of William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, and a framer of the Mayflower Compact. She attended Oxford School, graduated from Dana Hall School class of 1950 and Smith College class of 1954. Ray grew up on the Thompson family farm, located in Ellington and the Melrose section of East Windsor Connecticut, first deeded to the Thompson family in 1730/31. She was the eighth generation to manage the farm with faithful stewardship for future generations. Ray married her kindred soul, David Patterson de Rham on June 27, 1953. Together, with the help of Maria Carmela Sandefur, they raised their own children while mothering a passel of others. Ray lived in Farmington for 60 years in a home filled with constant activity and fun. Ray loved being outside. Among her many favorite activities were hiking mountains, swimming, painting barns, pond skating, gathering sap for maple syrup, and eating ice cream on the deck. She took great joy in shoveling after a snowstorm. Starting as a young girl on the farm, with skis made by her father, Ray became an avid skier. It was an enthusiastically shared family sport. For over 40 years Ray and David eagerly anticipated their time with family and friends at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in NH. One of her favorite places was in her canoe, paddling quietly along the shore listening to the call of the loons. Throughout her life she made fast friends with people of all ages and was always fascinated by their interests. Forever young, Ray could often be found playing with kids, jumping in mud puddles, playing pooh sticks, reading books together, sledding, hoop rolling, or working on projects - the messier the better. Those she touched will miss her every day. She loved and lived for her family both direct and acquired. Children: Abbott Bradford de Rham and wife Kathleen Morris de Rham of Dorset, VT; Margaret Morehead de Rham and Brian Robert Kelly of Newfields, NH; John Motley Morehead de Rham and Jacqueline Tahminey Jamsheed of West Hartford, CT; and Ridgely Cougar Mercedes Arande and Kathleen Stewart-Arande of Bradenton, FL. Grandchildren: Teresse Marion de Rham, Savannah Mireille Thompson de Rham and Seth Nielson Beauregard, Lucy Lathrop Kelly, Rachael de Rham Kelly, Zora Patterson de Rham, Claire Dugan Witinok and Michael Joseph Witinok; and Race Thomas Arande. She is also survived by her two sisters: Ann Bordell Thompson, Sally Thompson Bissell and husband Sumner Fuller Bissell. Ray and her family want to give thanks to her medical team, and to her dedicated caregivers for their kindness and devotion. She loved life to the fullest, living each day with kindness, courage, determination, strength, and optimism. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, quick wit, laughter, big heart and ready smile. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:00pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington. Paid death notice View and sign our online guestbook at

      Hartford Courant, The (CT) - Friday, February 12, 2016

      "Hartford Courant, The", Connecticut, ( : accessed 28 January 2017)

      Researched by Ted Smith

    2. [S62] New York Times (Reliability: 3), 24 Mar 2020.
      New York Times (New York, New York), 9 Feb 1965, page 33

      Mrs. De Rham Has a Son

      A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Patterson De Rham of Farmington, Conn., in Hartford Hospital. Mrs. de Rham is the former Miss Rachael Keeney Thompson, daugter of Mr. and Mrs. Abbott Bradford Thompson of Melrose, Conn. The child, who has been named John Motley Morehead, is also the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Casimir de Rham of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., and a great-grandson of Mrs. Rufus L. Patterson of 833 Fifth Avenue and the late Mr. Patterson.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    3. [S1225] (Reliability: 3), 28 Jan 2017.
      Date: Sunday, June 21, 1953 Paper: Springfield Union (Springfield, Massachusetts) Page: 42

      Miss Thompson Weds Saturday

      Marries D.P. de Rham at Ellington, Conn.

      A wedding of local interest will take place Saturday afternoon at 4 in the Congregational Church at Ellington, Conn., when Miss Rachel Keeny Thompson will become the bride of David Patterson de Rham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Casimir de Rham of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. . . . .

      Also listed:
      * Ann B. Thompson and Sally E. Thompson, sisters of the bride, bridesmaids
      * Mrs. Casimir de Rham, Jr., of Cambridge, bridesmaid
      * Elizabeth Morgan de Rham of Cambridge, flower girl
      * Casimir de Rham, Jr., brother of the groom, best man
      * Harry G. de Rham of Cambridge, ring bearer

      Indicates that the newlyweds will live at 15 Brattle Cir., Cambridge

      Contains additional information on the gradparents and ancestor of both.

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