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Subject: [THOMPSON] "Drover John" Thompson of PA. Are you related?
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 01:14:32 -0000


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The John Thompson Family
"Drover John"
Alias
"Gentleman John"
Of
Centre & Indiana Counties
Pennsylvania



JOHN GEORGE THOMPSON, now living retired at Grafton, was during his active years engaged in farming in Blacklick township, Indiana county. He was born there April 24, 1843, son of George THOMPSON, and is a great-grandson of John THOMPSON, the first of the family in Indiana county, known as "drover John." He married Mary CAIN, and to their union were born the following children: John; Rosanna, who married William Hanna; Sarah, who married William HOPKINS; Margaret, who married John CRUSAN; William, who married Mary BRADY; George C., who married Elizabeth DAVIS; and Robert.
John THOMPSON, son of John and Mary (CAIN) THOMPSON, was a farmer of Blacklick township, where his life was spent. He married Eleanor DAVIS, and had children: John; William; George; James; David; Samuel, who married Sarah CLAWSON; Christopher, who settled in Clarion County, Pa.; Jane, wife of Adam CREAMER; and Margaret, wife of Dr. John BENNETT, a prominent physician of Erie, Pennsylvania.

George THOMPSON, son of John and Eleanor (DAVIS) THOMPSON, was born in Blacklick township about 1812. What education he acquired was obtained in the subscription schools at that time. He began to help at home in early boyhood, and was thus engaged until he reached manhood, when he went to work in Campbell's mills, on Blacklick creek, for some time. Then he started farming on the homestead on his own account, buying out the interest of the other members of the family, and here continued to live the rest of his life.

His farm contained over one hundred acres. He was a stanch Democrat, and took a live interest in his township and is public affairs, serving as supervisor for many years, school director, and tax collector for many years. His religious connection was with the M. E. Church. He died on the homestead in 1873, and was buried in Hopewell cemetery. Mr. THOMPSON was twice married, his first wife, Eliza (CLAWSON), daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (MOORHEAD) CLAWSON, dying when about twenty-five years of age. For his second wife he married Ruth CLAWSON, daughter of Samuel and Ann (DONAHUE) CLAWSON.

There were four children by the first marriage and twelve by the second, namely: Sarah died when sixteen years old; John George is mentioned below; James married Hannah HOUSTON, of Blacklick, Burrell township; Eliza married Josiah C. HOUSTON, and lived in Johnstown; (and by the second marriage) Eleanor married John McINTYRE and resides in Blairsville; Richard C. was next in the family; Margaret Ann married Milton STUMP; Elizabeth died young; Mary married Ollie FRIZZLE, and lived in Wentworth, S. Dak.; Nancy Emma died when seventeen years old; Charles B. married Nettie SPIRES and lives in Blairsville; William married Agnes HOAG, and lives in Josephine, Pa.; Maria married Harry BOYLE and lives in Allegheny City, Pa.; Malinda married James STARRIE and resides at Blarisville, Pa.; Tillie died young; David married Catherine GASEILL, and lives in Blairsville.

John George THOMPSON, son of George and Eliza (CLAWSON) THOMPSON, was born in Blacklick township and attended the Yankee Hill school there. He remained on the farm with his father until 1864, when he enlisted, in September, in Company D 206th Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Col. Hugh J. BRADY, of Indiana county, and Capt. W. C. GORDON. Proceeding to the front he was attached to the 18th Corps, then near Bermuda Hundred, soon after moving to the north side of the James river and being assigned to duty with the engineer corps that built Fort Brady, north of Dutch Gap. In the latter part of October the command was assigned to the 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps, and went into winter quarters, being engaged principally in drill and routine camp duty.

Upon the reorganization of the army corps the 206th was assigned to the 24th Corps and continued on duty with the Army of the James, under General ORD. During the spring campaign the regiment was ordered to remain in camp, doing provost duty, and upon the evacuation of Richmond was the first to enter the Southern capital, where it did provost duty. Later it was on similar duty at Lynchburg. Mr. THOMPSON continued in the army until the close of the war, the period of his service being ten months, four days. He was discharged in June, 1865, in Richmond, and returning home again took up farming.

The two years following he spent on the George COMPTON farm; then for four years was on the TURNER farm, which he rented, and at the end of that period returned to the homestead, on the hill near Muddy run. From the time his father died he farmed there for himself, having a tract of ninety-six acres where he carried on general farming and stock raising. He erected a frame house and barn, and in other respects also made extensive improvements on the place, which bears many evidences of his excellent management. Mr. THOMPSON has now retired from active work, living in Grafton, on Blacklick creek, and the farm is conducted by his son Harry W. THOMPSON.

In his early life Mr. THOMPSON supported the principles of the Democratic party, later became associated with the Greenback party, and of late years has allied himself with the Socialist party, of which he is a strong supporter. He and his wife are members of Hopewell M. E. church, but now attend the M. E. Church at Black Lick. On Oct.. 6, 1866, Mr. THOMPSON married Emeline McCOY, of Indiana, Ill., daughter of Church and Mary Jane (McCARDELL) McCOY. They have had two children, Harry Willett and Iola, the daughter residing with her parents. Harry Willett THOMPSON now farms the homestead. He married Elizabeth JONES, and they had three children, John G., Carson Wendel and Edna May.
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HISTORY OF INDIANA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, by Prof. J. T. STEWART, Vol. II, PP. 1422-1423; Chicago, J. H. BEERS & CO., 1913


IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION RECORDS
Name Certificate Vouched C. # Nativity
THOMPSON, John Sep 1808 Thos. LAWSON 32 Ireland
HOPKINS, William Sep 1809 Gawin SUTTON 43 Ireland

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