Biographical Sketch of
Alfred M. Thompson
History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by William Henry Perrin
Published by O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1882.
Reprinted in 1968 in its in entirety as part of the
Sesquicentennial History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by Virgil M. Dowdall
ALFRED M. THOMPSON, farmer; P.O. Virginia; is a native of Arenzville Precinct, this county; was born Feb. 27, 1850; son of Oswell and Elizabeth (Henderson) Thompson; natives of Ohio; he, a farmer by occupation, died Sept. 28, 1864; she, living in Virginia, this county. Alfred M., who is the seventh child of a family of eight children, received his primary education in the Union School, in this precinct, finishing at the Normal School, McLean County, Ill. He has since followed the occupation of a farmer. He married in Virginia, this county, Sept. 10, 1872, Miranda L. Payne, a native of Cass County, Mo.; born July 25, 1854; daugther of William B. and Hannah E. Payne; her father was born in Kentucky, Aug. 24, 1824. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are the parents of four children: Nellie (deceased), William H., David U. and Edith P. Mr. Thompson is a Democrat; he is a member of the M. E. Church; he has held the office of School Director.
(page 322, Perrin's History of Cass County, Illinois)