Pleasance Thistle, née Grimes (1835-1908) was born at Dersingham, Norfolk, in 1835, the only daughter of Osborn Grimes, an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Phoebe (née Medler). She was baptized at Dersingham on 2nd August 1835. By the time of the 1841 census, they were living at Ingoldisthorpe. The Grimes family was still in Ingoldisthorpe in 1851, Osborn now working as a gardener, Phoebe was a needlewoman and Pleasance was a dressmaker.
By 1860 the whole family had moved to Herefordshire. On 24th September 1860, Pleasance married Francis Thistle, a blacksmith, at Upper Sapey, Herefordshire. At the time of the 1861 census, Francis and Pleasance were living with Pleasance’s parents at Heighley, Whitbourne, where Osborn was a gardener. Francis was from Norfolk, so Pleasance may well have met her future husband in her native Norfolk.
Pleasance and Francis had two sons and three daughters: William Medler (1862-1940), Emily (1865-?), Oswald (1871-1871), Myra (1872-1897) and Alice (c1878). William was born at Whitbourne. By the time of Emily’s birth, they were living at Ombersley. Some time between 1865 and early 1871 the Thistle family moved from Ombersley to Badsey where they were living at the time of the 1871 census. Both Pleasance’s mother, Phebe Grimes, and Francis’ mother, Elizabeth Thistle, were staying with them to help with the new-born baby (unnamed on the census, but later baptized Oswald). Baby Oswald lived for only nine weeks and was buried at Badsey on 17th June 1871.
In 1873, the family decided to seek their fortune in America. Shipping records reveal that they arrived in the United States on 16th October 1873 on the ship Liberty, having boarded at Key West or Havana. They settled in the state of Kansas.
Another daughter, Alice, was born in about 1877 in Louisiana, Kansas. At the time of the 1880 census in America, they were living at Osage Township in the county of Allen, state of Kansas. By the time of the 1885 Kansas State census, Francis and Patience and their three daughters were living in Louisiana, Kansas.
Pleasance died on 17th February 1908 at Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma. She was buried at New Zion Cemetery. Her husband, Francis, died a year and a half later.