ALEXANDER THOMPSON represents one of the most intelligent families in North Palmyra Township and his fine farm and pleasant home are situated upon section 34. He is a son of Samuel Thompson who was born in Virginia, June 12, 1809, and his mother, Artimesia Hettick was born August 8, 1813, in Ohio. They first settled in Scottville Township, but after a short residence there removed to Morgan County, this State and settled on Apple Creek. They continued to reside in Morgan County for some time but finally made their home in Scottville Township, where they died, she in 1864, and he in 1870.
He of whom we write was the eldest in a family of ten children, and was born in Scottville Township, this county, April 24, 1821. He lived with his father until he grew to maturity and established a home of his own. He was happily united in marriage in South Palmyra Township, March 8, 1860, with Miss Elizabeth Crum, daughter of William and Lydia (Coons) Crum, who spent their last years in South Palmyra Township. Their daughter Elizabeth was born in Clark County, Ind., September 10, 1838, and she came with her parents at an early day to Macoupin County.
The seven children of Elizabeth and Alexander Thompson are: Elisha, who married Matilda Zelmer; Mary J.; John, who died in infancy; Alfred, Frances E., Lydia A., and Clara N. Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson died in North Palmyra Township, March 3, 1882. She had been for many years a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in which she had labored zealously and in the doctrines of which she had brought up her family.
Agricultural pursuits have employed the time and energies of Mr. Thompson throughout life and upon his farm he has erected a pleasant home and commodious barns and outbuildings. He owns one hundred and eighty acres of land in North Palmyra Township, and has rendered it a prosperous and attractive piece of property. He has been School Director for two years and has filled that office to the satisfaction and profit of the district. His political views have led him to affiliate with the party of Jackson and Jefferson and he takes an intelligent interest in public affairs. His children are well educated and intelligent and are making their mark in the community. They deserve what they receive, the esteem and respect of their neighbors.