Thompson Family Short Story
Revised from the booklet titled
Friends and Relatives
It was my intention to write a brief account about my Mother's ancestors, perhaps only three pages, because I knew little about her family. God was generous, for each week He revealed new facts and data about her relatives. It's still a little family book, but it far exceeds my expectations.
After one hundred years, our descendants migrated from North Carolina to California. Today, 12,000 individuals may have descended from the children of Charles Thompson. His son, also a Charles Thompson, was born over two centuries ago. I wonder where all my relatives have gone. I hope one of them will read this and contact me. We might pool our knowledge, thus grow a friendship, even though we're presently strangers.
Thompson is an ancient name. Thompson was derived from the name Thomas. That name dates to the time of Christ. Every European culture used the name of Thomas. It's one of the most popular names.
In about 1730, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson possibly from Scotland or England sailed to America. Evidence indicates they settled along the Deep River of North Carolina. They helped establish a Baptist Church in that area. By about 1759 Charles Thompson and his father, Thomas Thompson, moved to Union County South Carolina and established Fairforest Baptist Church on the Broad River. Charles Thompson and his wife Elizabeth had four children named Susannah, Charles, William, and John according to the will of Charles Thompson.
Charles Thompson died in Union County South Carolina
ca. March of 1797. Soon after that, Charles Thompson moved to Washington
County Georgia, Morgan County Georgia and finally to Walton County
Georgia. It is believed that William Thompson and a brother, John,
also moved to the Morgan / Walton Counties area by 1820 accompanied
by Elizabeth, the widow of Charles senior.
The earliest evidence we have about our Thompson
line is they may have been in Orange County North Carolina before
or about 1755. On page 180 of the book, Christopher Gist Of Maryland
and Some of His Descendants, written by Jean Muir Dorsey and Maxwell
J. Dorsey in 1969, state this,
Several other references to Thomas Thompson (and his son Charles) exist which ties them to the Stearns, Mulky, Gist, Breed, Collins and Howard families who came from Massachusetts, to Orange County North Carolina and later to Union County South Carolina. The following short history is from Union County Early Settlements and Families:
Dining Creek / Fairforest Creek / Padgett's Creek
A group of Separate Baptists arrived from North Carolina and settled
on Broad River in 1759 and incorporated into a church. In 1762,
the congregation moved up Fairforest Creek to the Dining Creek area
in southwestern Union County. The Fairforest Baptist Church was
the first Baptist church in the South Carolina up-country, and is
the mother church of many up-country Baptist churches. Families
in this group included: Philip MULKEY, Obediah and Stephen HOWARD,
Benjamin GIST, Charles and Thomas THOMPSON, Joseph BREED, and Rachel
In his HISTORY OF THE BAPTIST DENOMINATION IN AMERICA, David Benedict says, "In the year 1759 Philip Mulkey and wife, Stephen Howard and wife, Obediah Howard and wife, Joseph Breed and wife, Benjamin Gist and wife, Charles Thompson, Thomas Thompson and Rachel Collins, all members of Deep River Church in N.C., arrived in South Carolina and settled first at Broad River, and chose Mr. Mulkey for their pastor. After tarrying there for two years and increasing to 104, the above named 13 persons (leaving the rest behind) removed to Fairforest where they were again formed into a church in 1762. Another book says Nehemiah Howard, a member of Mulkey's Church at Deep River, did not come with him to SC but followed later about 1787 Nehemiah and his family moved to Wilkes Co GA -- he died before the first of April 1798 in Elbert County, GA.
The most important document found which establishes
the direct line between Thomas Thompson to Charles Thompson (#1)
is a deed from the South Caroline Archives. It is reproduced here:
The above deed proves William, son of Charles (#1) was the grandson of Thomas; hence, Charles was the son of Thomas. Further, Charles was deceased by by 10 March 1797. It also suggests Thomas was deceased before that same date. The census records tend to support that both were deceased by 1800. How many months or years before March 1797 they died can not be determined from this deed. In 1797, there was a general recording or proving of deeds in Union County South Carolina. People who owned land had to go before the court and prove they had right to it by testimony in open court generally by a third party. However, since the will of Charles Thompson was proved in court in 1800, it is my opinion Charles died about 1797. He died after 1795 as the deed refers to his property location dated 10 January 1795. Below, we will see Charles had a will dated 23 February 1795 so he died after that date.
The deed registration which was required in 1797 also produced references to a Charles Thompson. These were almost certainly deeds involving the son (Charles #2) of Charles (#1). Charles(#2), son of Charles was aged 23 at this time and was capable of buying and selling in his own name. Again, the dates of 1797 do not actually mean the land was sold or bought in 1797, as that was the years that deeds had to be registered for all prior transactions. Prior to this time any documents that existed were held in Charleston, South Carolina for the entire state or actually recorded in other states, mainly North Carolina.
The Family of Charles Thompson (#2)
The will of Charles Thompson (#2) follows:
Page 97 of film reads: (There were several - - - dashes in the will which were used as periods or. I did not show them here.)
In the name of God Amen, I Charles Thompson of Union County and State of South Carolina, being of sound and perfect mind and memory and blessed by god, do this twenty third day of February in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner following that is to say
First, I lend unto my wife Elizabeth during her widowhood all my estate real and personal. In case my wife Elizabeth do marry then at that time the personal estate to be divided equally amongst and with my wife Elizabeth and my children that is now living with me, each to have an equal part without having the personal estate lots.
Item- I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah to be paid at my decease the sum of ten pounds in property out of my personal estate to be valued.
Item I also order and allow the division of my personal estate as above mentioned to be made and done by two responsible men chosen for that purpose, and in case my wife Elizabeth should die during her widowhood then and at that time my personal estate to be divided as aforesaid between my children that is now living with me in the same mode above mentioned.
Item- At the death or marriage of my wife Elizabeth I give and bequeath all my lands to be equally divided between my three sons namely William, John, and Charles, their heirs and assigns for ever to have and to hold the said lands and testaments.
Item- I do hereby order and appoint my well beloved wife Elizabeth executrix (footnoted); and also my beloved son William my Executor (footnote d) to this last will and testament
signed and sealed in the presence of
Charles Thompson his mark, X (with an x )
Proved by law William McCulloch or MCGulick or McGuligh on this 31 day of March before me the Thos Brandon (Court of Ordinary)
Recorded 31 of March (note: this copy does not show a "year’ previous typing we had showed 1795. It does not show the will book or page either as previous typed copy from SC. That info was probably assumed from other records.)
Page 98 back side of will,
The Will and Testament of Chas Thompson decd Probate before Thos Brandon Ordinary on the bottom it reads:
Charles Thompson will recorded? in Book A, page 10? By Jus Woodson Clerk for Thos Brandon Ordinary (end of will)
Thus, we know that shortly before his death that Charles Thompson (#2) had four children and a living wife, Elizabeth, Susannah, William, John and Charles. Susannah was already married so she may have been over 20 years old and possibly the oldest child. Charles was aged 20 years plus six months at that time based on the known date of birth for Charles. The sons in the will were listed not in alphabetical order but as William, John, and Charles. They were apparently still living with the family. I speculate that William--the will executor, was the oldest son, followed by John, and the last born was Charles. Susannah may have been born about 1770, William about 1772, John about 1773. Charles was born in 30 June 1774.
End Updated section 11 September 2001
Seaborn J. Thompson
Seaborn, son of Charles, moved with his family to Georgia about 1806. On 19 April 1832 he married Jane Briden Moreland in Troup County. She was born in Georgia about 1810. Her father was Joseph T. Moreland.
Seaborn owned a general store, a hotel, and a tan-yard. He was an estate broker, slave broker, bookbinder, and a shoe and boot jobber. Seaborn was a partner with William W. Snow, James Aikin, and Minor Harris in the W. W. Snow and Co. Stage Coach line which operated between Greenville, Georgia which is east of LaGrange, and Franklin County, Alabama. He was weathly.
Seaborn was the sheriff of Troup County for two terms. His first term was 1838 through 1839. His second term was 1842 through 1843. Several documents bear his title of Sheriff.
He kept his ear close to politics, and operated out of LaGrange, the county seat. He had two partners: Daniel Evans and Samuel Reid. These gentlemen cooperated in land transactions with Seaborn.
Seaborn wasn't a farmer as business better suited his temperament. He was active in local politics. His closest friend was Edward Young Hill, Superior Court Judge in Troup County. Seaborn attended most estate sales in Troup County. He purchased estates, equipment, businesses, and slaves. Below are some of the estate sales he attended.
Haralson, Jonathan; 1 December 1832: His will was witnesses by Samuel Thompson in Greene County. Sold were the estate and seventeen slaves. Samuel and Jonathan were friends and moved to Troup County at about the same time.
Manning, John B.; 17 January 1837: This estate was purchased by William P. Thompson who we once thought was Seaborn's brother. This is probably not so, but his real brother William H. Thompson did in fact live in Troup County Geaoria from about 1835 to 1845.
Brown, Robert C.; 24 May 1834: Purchased by Seaborn and others. Sixteen slaves were sold.
Daniel, Josiah; 7 January 1834: The estate sold with six slaves.
Rogers, Henry; 34 March 1837: The estate sold with a number of slaves.
Walker, Green B.; 17 January 1839: The estate sold with one slave. Note that Samuel married Nancy Walker, the sister of Green.
Chivers, Henry T.; 1 April 1840: The estate sold with one slave.
Kendrick, John W.; 15 November 1837: The estate and thirty-four slaves sold.
O'Neal, James; 23 January 1850: An 'S. J.' Thompson was listed twice as being present. Those two may have been Seaborn and Samuel Thompson.
Perkins, Henry; 25 November 1837: This estate included houses and land in several counties.
Purcell, David; 14 May 1846: David Purcell manufactured shoes and boots. Seaborn produced leather and purchased Purcell's estate for that reason.
Rogers, Collin; 14 May 1846: The estate and slaves sold.
While Seaborn was present at these estate sales, he may have acted as an agent for others including his relatives, the Smith's, his friend Edward Hill, and his partners. After 1850, no record of Seaborn has been found in Troup County Georgia. His children either moved to Mississippi, Texas, went to war, or married.
On 30 April 1841, Seaborn signed an oath limiting
distribution of alcohol to slaves of free persons of African descent.
It read thus: (Typed as found with errors.)
Deed, April 1832:
Deed, October 1832:
Deed, March 1833:
Deed abstract, September 1833:
Deed, December 1838:
Thus, Seaborn Thompson was a business pioneer and settler of LaGrange as evidenced by deeds recorded. He was only twenty-five years of age when the first purchases occurred. He made his first transaction in 1832 before he was married. This was soon after he left his father's house and only six years after the county was established.
Money was difficult to obtain in 1832. A hundred dollars was a fortune. Sufficient amounts to purchase entire farms and township properties required backing. Seaborn obtained the money to start his businesses from his father, Samuel, who also bought and sold property, and later by mortgaging his slaves. The 1851 tax records show Seaborn and his father, Samuel, each owned seven slaves and valuable real estate.
Seaborn was a shrewd investor after he was established in the community. It's noteworthy that Seaborn purchased several properties in a short period of time. He may have borrowed money from the wealthy Smith family to whom he was friends or related through marriage.
Seaborn could have been an agent for others as well. He lived near his friend, Judge Edward Hill, who may not have wanted his dealings made public. Seaborn's wealth surely carried over to his children for they purchased farms in Texas, presumably with funds from the swollen purse of Seaborn.
The children of Seaborn and Jane were: Frances Louise, 1829; Mary Ann, 1833; William T., 1835; John N., 1837; Julia C.; Charles W., 1841; and Edward Young Hill Thompson, 1845. See group sheets for details. With the number of William Thompson's living in Troup County at that time, it's difficult to correctly identify them.
Edward Young Hill Thompson
On 2 May 1845, Jane Briden Thompson delivered a child she named Edward Young Hill Thompson. That wasn't a name selected at random. The Honorable Edward Young Hill, a family friend, was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina in 1821.
After receiving an education, he moved to Jasper County. Edward ran for Governor of Georgia in 1840 but was defeated by George W. Towns. Edward Young Hill married Annabella P. Dawson 12 December 1827 in Jasper County, Georgia. He had three brothers and seven sisters. His parents were Joshua and Nancy Collier Hill.
Edward's youngest brother was Senator Joshua Hill who ran for governor in 1863 but was defeated by Joe Brown. Edward Hill died 20 November 1860. Seaborn named his son after Edward Hill as a show of esteem and friendship.
Edward Thompson left Georgia for Mississippi after 1850. He went under the supervision of his older brother, Charles W. Thompson. In 1850, Edward was just five years old.
On 6 March 1862, Edward joined the Confederate Army, Company 'D' Third Mississippi Infantry at Scottsville, Scott County Mississippi. He held the rank of Private. He served until the close of the war when his unit surrendered in Marshal, Texas.
The account that follows is an abridgement from "Military History of Mississippi" concerning the Third Infantry Regiment, mostly copied verbatim from that source. It's impossible to know in which battles Edward, Charles, and John fought as units were often separated or assigned to other duties or locations.
The 3rd Infantry Regiment was organized in the spring of 1861 at Enterprise, Mississippi with men form Hancock, Newton, Hines, Yazoo, Harrison, Copiah, Jackson and Sunflower counties. After serving at Biloxi, the unit was assigned to General L. Herbert's and Featherston's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and was active around Vicksburg. It continued to serve under General Featherston in the Atlantic Campaign and in Tennessee and North Carolina. This regiment totaled 575 men in February 1863. It surrendered with the army of Tennessee. (See the war record of Allen Wood later in this story.)
Company 'D', Chunkey Heroes, of Newton County, mustered
into State service at Pass Christian 5 September 1861.
On 20 May 1862, General Lovell sent the Third to reinforce General Smith at Vicksburg. They fortified Sugar Loaf Hill and remained under heavy bombardment.
In January 1863, with Smith and Lee at Vicksburg, the Third was stationed at Snyder's Mill on the Yazoo. The name 'Vicksburg' was inscribed on it's battle flag.
At the battle of Baker's Creek on 16 May 1863, Featherston's
Brigade was in line at a raging battle on the Raymond road. They
were ordered to support Bowen and marched two miles in double time.
They were attacked on the flank and rear and were forced to withdraw,
but they did not withdraw until ordered by General Loring and were
praised for their gallant fighting against superior numbers of Federal
Edward had a friend named D. W. Buie (pronounced like Bowie). Buie testified that Edward and he saw action against the Union Army in Northern Louisiana and on raids along the Mississippi River while serving in different units. Buie later moved to Glen Cove, Texas and remained Edward's confidant until Edward's death.
After the war, Charles and brother Edward moved through Louisiana where Charles took a wife. In 1867, they moved to Wood County, Texas. In 1874, Edward moved to Miller County, Arkansas and married Martha A. Smith. He moved to Glen Cove, Coleman County, Texas before 1880. After Martha died, he married Mary Ett KOONE GRAHAM. The children born into his Thompson family are shown below.
Martha A. Smith was born 12 December 1856 in Texas.
She died 1 January 1886 in Glen Cove. Her children were born in
Glen Cove as listed:
Mary Ett Koone was born 6 October 1864 in Van Wert,
Van Wert County, Ohio. She died 16 February 1941. She married Edward
Thompson 27 March 1890. Her Children by Edward were born in Glen
Piecing together what we know about Edward's travels, his route to Coleman County was approximately as follows:
Mr. E. Y. Thompson, intimately known as Uncle Ned
Thompson, a pioneer citizen of Coleman county died Monday at 1:30
p.m., January 22, 1923, at the family home ten miles west of Coleman.
He was seventy-eight years of age. Death was caused by influenza
and heart affection.
200 acres of land of the W. W. Wallingford Survey
Part of Edward's will:
First: I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Mrs. M. E. Thompson, all property, real and personal and mixed of which I may die seized and possessed, for and during her natural life, with the remainder to my children and their descendants to share and share alike; That is to say: to (1) H. F. Thompson, my son, one seventh interest in the remainder; daughter, (2) Leo Beaver wife of Oscar Beaver, one seventh; the above named children are the children of my first wife: (3) H. G. Thompson, one seventh; to (4) J. N. Thompson, one seventh; to (5) Earnie Fenton, wife of High Fenton, one seventh, the said (3) H. G. Thompson and (4) J. N. Thompson each being my son by my present wife, Mrs. M. E. Thompson; it is my intention by this will to vest in my wife,
M. E. Thompson, my entire interest in all property owned by me at death, both individually and community property, and that she, my said wife, M. E. Thompson, shall treat our estate as fully covered by this will, and that she, my said wife, shall take under this will and not assert any independent right or rights to said estate, but is to have the full use and benefit of all our estate during her lifetime, and the residue or balance of my estate at her death to go to the children above named and their descendants.
I hereby constitute name and appoint my son, H.
F. Thompson, my sole executor of this will, and direct that he be
not required to give bond, as such executor, and that the county
court of Coleman County do not take any action in the administration
on my estate except to probate this will and approve and inventory
and appraisement of my estate:" ...
That statement still left confusion, but additional information from censuses 1880 to 1910, birth records, death records, and marriage records identified them as previously stated in this study except to note Leo Beaver and Leo Futrell were the same person of Leo E. Thompson.
Martha A. Thompson died seven days after giving birth to Angie. Martha's parent's are not known at this writing, but neither she, nor her parents, were in Miller County, Arkansas in either 1870 or 1880. She and her family were probably in Texas in both census years living near Arkansas.
Mary Ett Koone first married Graham before 1890. Mary's father was Edward Koone. Her mother was Melsina Salison. She was married to Edward Thompson by W. T. Melugun, M.G. when she was twenty-six. Edward was forty-five. Edward's last child was born when he was fifty-one. Mary's obituary read as follows:
Funeral Held at Glen Cove for Mrs. E. Y. Thompson
Seaborn Jones Thompson
Seaborn was named for his grandfather, Seaborn J. (Jones) Thompson. Seaborn had large bones and a heavy frame. His complexion was fair, and he had light brown hair. His physical strength was impressive.
Seaborn J. and Seaborn Jones Thompson both named a child Edward Young Thompson. Leo THOMPSON Beaver also named a son Edward Young (Beaver). Many early families named children after their grandparents.
Seaborn departed his parent's home in 1903 in Glen Cove. He married Tennessee Blanch Wood 25 October 1903 in Coleman. On 25 December 1904 they had their first child, Neal L. Thompson in Coleman County, Texas. Neal married Alice____. Neal was a veteran of World War II and had a military funeral in San Bernadino, California. Alice Thompson moved moved to Florida because of her allergies.
Seaborn's next child was Monte C. Thompson, nicknamed Maude. Monte was born 27 December 1905 in Glen Cove. Maude was seventy-two when he died in Las Alamos, San Miguel County, New Mexico. He was a veteran of World War II. His wife's name isn't known. Seaborn had other descendants living near him in San Miguel County. Mitchie Givens, Seaborn's granddaughter lived in Las Vegas New Mexico.
Seaborn's third child was born in Lee County, Texas probably in Lexington. He was Edward Young Thompson who was born 30 October 1908. He apparently never married. He worked in a saw-mill in Otero County until 1939. Edward served in World War II. Edward died in March 1975 in Semi, Ventura County, California.
Seaborn's fourth child was Elaine Thompson who was born in Lee County in 20 January 1911. She married Francis Lyons. She died in the 1980's in Redlands, California.
Seaborn's fifth child was Zellah Thompson. She married Bob Pender. She died in a nursing home about 1990 near Concord, California. She was named after her aunt, Zilla Wood.
Seaborn's sixth child was Idelle Thompson who was born about 1916 in Lee County. She married Van Jones. She died in Austin, Texas about 1989.
Seaborn and Tennie's seventh child was Florice Mozelle Thompson. Florice was born in Lexington, Lee County, Texas on 14 September 1918. She married Barak G. T. Barnum 13 June 1934 in Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico. Florice was the only living child of Seaborn and Tennie in 2001.
Seaborn's eighth child was Charles G. Thompson who was born 22 September 1920 in Glen Cove, Texas. Charles served in World War II.
Charles spent his life in Veteran's Hospitals until he died 2 June 1992 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was buried in the Otero County Cemetery which is located within the city's cemetery fence. He was married briefly, but he had no children.
Seaborn's ninth child was Claudine Thompson who was born 10 September 1922 in Glen Cove. She married Lewis Carney, and died near Clear Lakes, Shasta County, California in the 1980's.
While in Lee County, Seaborn owned several properties. In the 1910 Federal census, Seaborn was enumerated in two different locations on different days. That's unusual. The information was slightly different as if given by different people. I assume one location was at his farm and one at his home.
The following abstracted Deeds were recorded in
Lee County which indicated his length of stay in Lee County.
Seaborn owned land after 1908 in Lee County and sold his last held property in 1919. His original purchase of land wasn't found in Lee County records. Land records in Coleman County weren't researched.
About 1916, Seaborn was involved in an accident in Lee County. He suffered a nervous and physical breakdown. He was taken to Georgetown by his brother, Frank, for treatment, but he never fully recovered. He moved back to Glen Cove in 1919. Florice remembered they lived in a grand two-story home in Glen Cove. Her grandmother, Sarah Jane Wood, lived upstairs for a short while.
When Seaborn's father died, Florice said Seaborn, Seab, and Tennessee, Tennie, went to the funeral in a covered black buggy pulled by a black horse. Immediately thereafter, Seaborn moved his family to Alamogordo, New Mexico. His children cried, because they loved their grand, two story house in Texas.
Seaborn was a street sweeper in Alamogordo which was a job provided due to his disability. He later made trips to Coleman County to visit his friends and relatives, but his health and wealth declined. He was admitted to the state hospital in Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico on 1 January 1934.
Seaborn sank into deep depression and died on 16 April 1945 after he learned of Tennie's death. The newspaper said Seaborn's children planned to move his remains to Alamogordo for burial; However, he was buried in the NMIA State cemetery on the property of St. Anthony's Hospital of Las Vegas, New Mexico. That hospital is now named North Eastern.
Idelle made funeral arrangements for both Seaborn and his wife, Tennie. No evidence was found that any descendant of Seaborn Jones Thompson now carries the surname of Thompson. Thus, his THOMPSON line is extinguished.
Tennessee Blanch Wood
Tennessee Wood wasn't born in Tennessee, but her roots were there. Her date of birth according to a family member was 5 May 1878. Her death certificate stated her date of birth as 7 May 1879, as reported by her daughter, Idelle. Her correct date of birth was probably 7 May 1877 in Fannin County, Texas.
Her parents were Allen Wood and Sarah Jane Netherton who were married in Cocke County, Tennessee on 9 July 1864. A brief family group is shown below. The Tennessee children were probably born in Cocke County according to a written statement by W. H. McMillan of Cocke County, dated 27 March 1900.
Allen Wood was born in Cocke County, Tennessee 7
1910 Coleman Census Justice Precinct 6 Family #
Ashby Wood 1838 TN
Allen volunteered to serve in the Confederate Army in October 1862 at Sweetwater, Cocke County Tennessee. He served until 1865. He was assigned to 'I' Company, 60th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. The following military record was abstracted and or copied from Fiche # 6046966.
Colonels--John H. Crawford
On 15 September 1863, The Inspector General stated that those captured at Big Black River were in Northern prisons. Men from the 60th were presumed to be in parole camps at Jonesboro, Tennessee in the spring of 1864.
On 31 December 1863, Major James A. Rhea of the 60th was reported as part of the 2nd East Tennessee Brigade. Forty-eight men were present. On 10 November 1864, the 60th, 61st, and 62nd Regiments were reported as regiments in Vaughn's Brigade. The 60th was then under Colonel Gregg. No further report was found of the 60th Regiment. When the Confederate Army surrendered, Vaughn's Brigade was in Western Virginia. Part of that Brigade crossed into North Carolina and served as part of President Jefferson Davis's escort from Charlotte, North Carolina to Washington, Georgia.
It's this compiler's belief based on the marriage date of Allen that he was captured at Big Black River and paroled in Tennessee in the spring of 1864. Note that both Allen Wood's unit and Edward Thompson's unit saw action at Vicksburg. Thus, the two grandfathers of Florice Thompson came together at Vicksburg although they were from different states. This seems beyond the possibility of chance.
Tennessee's mother, Sarah Jane lived with her son, Oscar, in Coleman County after the death of her husband, Allen. Later she lived with her daughter, Gardie or J. R. Brooks, in Tulia, Texas which is in Swisher County.
On September 10, 1934, Sarah Wood traveled to Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico to visit her son Oscar Wood. Eighteen days later, at the age of 92, Sarah died of Bronchitis. Dyotte known as 'Dot,' her grandson and son of Oscar, was the informant listed on the death certificate. Unfortunately, he answered all of the vital questions about his grandmother's life with, "I don't know."
Sarah's family is reproduced below from the files of the Ancestral File, Copyright; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all rights reserved, 1987.
1-- Henry NETHERTON Born: ABOUT 1740 Prince William,
Enoch Netherton 71 TN
Green Berry Netherton, half brother of Sarah, lived in Coleman, Texas during the same time as Sarah Jane NETHERTON Wood. The Ancestral File listed the following family for Enoch:
Father--Enoch Netherton Born about 1789 North Carolina
When Sarah died, Tennie was living in Alamogordo, New Mexico in a nice home with green lawns and a white picket fence. Once a middle class woman, her assets dwindled. After her last son departed to fight in World War II, Tennie traveled to Long Beach, California to live with her daughter, Idelle.
Idelle lived on West Seaside Blvd. Tennie lived with Idelle until 25 January 1945 when she entered the Seaside Memorial Hospital with chest pain. She underwent a heart operation on 2 February 1945. She died 19 February 1945. Tennessee was buried in Westminster Memorial Park in Orange County on 19 February 1945.
Refined and conservative in nature, Tennie left only one possession to her children: a French, cherry-wood chest which contained her last prized possessions, papers, family bible, and diary. Florice Mozelle Thompson took charge of the treasure and placed it in a storage room in Carrizozo, New Mexico. In 1948, the chest burned with all it's contents.
Tennie desired that her secrets be passed to her grandchildren and their grandchildren. Does she weep the loss in her heavenly place? Our only cherished property is our family history. Wealth and youth quickly fade, but family history is forever. Living Fibers of life are passed from father to grandchild and great grandchild endlessly through time.
Florice Mozelle Thompson
Florice remembered that her mother told her that she was part Irish and part French. Her Thompson blood was probably Scottish. I cannot know if her mother, Tennessee, was part French. Florice was the strongest woman I've ever known. Her strength shines in her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and it shall shine in thousands of years to follow. Her physical strength was equal to most men. Her mental vitality will light the way for her descendents.
Florice faced many hardships in life. During this, she remained the kind and gentle mother we envision from reading children's stories. Florice Mozelle Thompson married Barak G. T. Barnum on 13 June 1934 in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
11/13/1913 B. G. T. Barnum
Child: Frances Louise Thompson married Henry Maier ( Meor on 1850 Troup County Census) on 26 April 1849. Frances was a child from a previous marriage of Seaborn #1 to Frances Louisa Smith Lady. A court record stated she was the granddaughter of George Smith, deceased, 11/3/1834. George Smith probably lived in Morgan County Georgia.
Child: Mary Ann Thompson possibly married William
Tranor in Carroll County, Mississippi 10 June 1855.
Charles was listed as a pioneer of Coleman County in 1875. Thus, he arrived before 1875 but after 1870. Charles and Edward visited Coleman about 1867, then departed only to return. When Charles arrived in Coleman County, Buffalo were hunted in a place called Buffalo. Wild horses roamed through Santa Anna Gap. Indian raids tormented settlers who were mostly ranchers at that time.
Charles married three times: first, to Sarah A. Parker; next, he married a Coleman County lady, name unknown; third, he married Emma F. Quinn. Charles appeared on a Texas census for the first time in Wood County in 1870, Town of Winnsboro, Wood County, Precinct #4, family # 110:
Thompson, C. W. 25 Farmer Georgia
In 1880, the Coleman County census, Precinct #8
E.D. 44 is shown below, family # 115.
In 1900, Charles Thompson had the following family.
He lived in Coleman and ran a cotton gin.
Sallie Quinn married Warren L. Thayer in 1900. Warren sold real estate and insurance. It's believed that Sallie had two cousins in Coleman. 1--James W. Quinn, born 1884. 2--Charley Quinn, born 1890. James and Charley were born in Texas; their fathers were born in Kansas; their mothers were born in Texas; and their wives were born in Louisiana. They lived one house apart.
Child: Rufus Wood married Mattie Sewell nee Addison on 3 May 1903 by J. M. Summers, J. P. Precinct # 4. J. M. Summers also performed the marriage for Tennie Wood and Seaborn Thompson.
Family #233 Coleman
In 1900 all of Sarah Jane Wood's children lived in Coleman. Oscar moved his family to Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico after 1900. Gardie moved to Swisher County, Texas. Tennie moved to New Mexico. A 1920 photograph of Nancy HAMILTON Wood revealed a healthy farm girl who was strikingly beautiful.
The 1920 Lea County, New Mexico census showed our
Wood families thus:
At the time Oscar died, James, Elmer, and Willie WOOD Scott, lived in Oscuro, Lincoln County, New Mexico. Mineola WOOD Spires and Jonnie WOOD Rogers lived in Post, Garza County, Texas. A child, Nancy WOOD Newton, died in Lovington in 1993. Her father was Oscar Wood according to a Hamilton relative.
Cais Hamilton was the brother of Nancy Hamilton. Cais stood for Caswell Hamilton. He and Nancy came from a family of nine brothers and sisters. Only five lived to adulthood. They were Willie Hamilton, Tom Hamilton, Nancy Hamilton, Lizzie Hamilton, and Caswell. Their father was J. R. Hamilton. Their mother's name isn't known. She died after giving birth to her ninth child.
J. R.'s second wife was Nancy Ann Sanders, married 26 January 1886. She was born 16 September 1864 in Tennessee. J. R. was born 7 July 1849 in Missouri. J. R.'s parents were C.S.A. Captain Aaron Hamilton and Elizabeth Lay. Nancy's parents were James Henry Sanders and Mahalie Evans. J. R. settled near Coleman in the small town of Eola before 1900. Their children are listed next:
Robert H. Hamilton 23 April 1887
They encountered hardship in New Mexico from hostile ranchers who threatened the "nesters" to the blizzard of 1918, in which they lost their milk cows and horses. After the blizzard, a peddler and his barefoot son were found frozen to death in a field. Before dying, the child removed his knit cap and placed it on one frozen foot. The Hamilton family would have starved following the blizzard, but the same ranchers who threatened them before, gave them flour, milk cows, and sides of beef.
He had no children but adopted a child, Sarah Frank Thompson. Frank probably was not illiterate. He signed his name with an X , but Frank wasn't witless, for he was a successful businessman in Georgetown. On many older documents an "X" meant his mark or signature, not meaning a person was illiterate. He owned the Troy Dry Cleaners of Georgetown, 125 acres of land in Coleman County, rental property in Coleman, the mineral rights to previously owned property in Coleman, and a home in Georgetown. It's also known that Frank nursed Seaborn Jones Thompson, his ailing brother, in 1916. Frank died 17 August 1928 in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas. His THOMPSON line is extinguished.
Uncle Nuge was well-liked in Coleman. He served in WW I in the 218th Military Police Co. Florice said he loved to play with children. Nuge died of a stroke while milking early in the morning.
Mary Alice was the first child of Nuge and was born 29 April 1921 in Coleman. She married Richard R. Wiley 28 July 1945 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His second child was Ernie Imogene Thompson. She was born 27 April 1925. She married Ervin 1--McMillon, 2--T. P. Linnney, and 3--Alvin Lichnousky. John's third child was Margerie Nell Thompson. Marge was born 19 September 1931. Marge married George V. Oney 12 August 1955.
The children of Leo E. THOMPSON FUtrELL BEAVER are shown below. She lived in Floresville of Williamson County in 1910 and West Rock in 1920. Later she moved to Florence, Palo Pinto County, Texas.
Roy Alvin Futrell 26 Dec 1899 in Coleman
Earnie married Hiram Fenton 16 November 1914. Hiram was born 13 January 1894 and died 1 April 1963. Both were buried in Coleman Cemetery. Earnie's other children were Maggie Ellen Fenton, born 25 October 1917. Maggie died in 1918. Blanch Agnes Fenton, born 15 July 1920. She married Melvin Armstrong. Their children were Reta Joyce, Mickey Lynn, and Jimmy Wayne.
Oleta Fenton married Olin Smith 22 February 1969. Juanita Fenton was born 22 December 1929 and married Lavell Jones and had children Debra Kay and Brenda Sue. Billie Rex Fenton was born 18 September 1936 and married Joann Wolford and had children Karla Ann and Billy Shane.
The Futrell Family: Friends and Relatives
This brief Futrell section concludes this section. They were friends and cousins of the Thompson families of Coleman County. This data doesn't agree with other published genealogical data about these Futrells. Additional Futrell work is needed, but it was beyond the limited scope of this writing.
The Futrell family of Coleman originated in Arkansas.
The 1900 Coleman County census Precinct 6, E.D. 23 Page 217 follows:
1910 Coleman Precinct 6, Family 150, 29 April 1910:
Notice the repeating error in Leo's census data. Her father wasn't born in Texas. Her mother wasn't born in Louisiana. In 1920 in Precinct 6, a Lillian Smith, aged 20, lived in Edward's home. Recall his first wife was Martha A. Smith. These Futrell relatives also appeared nearby.
Futrell, F. E. 51 AR TN AR
Part Two After
This addendum adds information to and corrects errors in the booklet Florice Mozelle Thompson which was written in 1994--six years prior. Note that Seaborn J. Thompson and Seaborn Jones Thompson were different persons. Seaborn J. was the grandfather of Seaborn Jones Thompson. The various persons who were named Charles Thompson mentioned herein include their middle names to set them apart.
The Smith and Thompson Connection
From 1820 to about 1920, the SMITH and THOMPSON families were closely allied. The exact line of the SMITH families of Georgia, and later in Louisiana, has not been satisfactorily determined due to the common name of SMITH. However, from the Troup County Historical Society, Forrest Clark Johnson III, County Historian, discovered this important note:
Seaborn J. Thompson: "11-3-1834 appt. grdn of his minor dau. Frances Louisa Thompson, qv, who has property from the will of her great grandfather George Smith~~~~~, bond $800, sec.s Nathan P. Browning and Daniel Evans all qv."
After receiving that memo, my father, fancied that Seaborn had a daughter by a marriage previous to Jane Briden Moreland’s. He calculated Seaborn J. Thompson married between 1825 and 1827 near Walton, Putman or Morgan County Georgia. Seaborn married Jane B. Moreland in 1832 in Troup County. Seaborn J. and Samuel Thompson moved to Troup County about the same time. (They were not relatives however.)
Who could have been Seaborn's first wife? She must have died near Morgan County under a Thompson name before 1830, being born about 1808. The will of George Smith, mentioned above, in Wilkes County, answered some questions. Some punctuation was added for clarity. George may have lived in Morgan and Wilkes County and others as early as 1770.
The Will of George Smith
Jim Burton, Probate Judge, Wilkes County, 23 East
Court Street, Rm 422, Washington, GA: pages 365, 366, 367, 368,
ITEM 2nd. I give and bequeath unto my son George Blakey Smith the balance of the tract of land now in my occupancy and bequeath to my wife Mary Smith in Item 1st also the following Negroes Vez: Lightfoot, Charles, Laura, and her three children Sam Anderson, and Rose and Nancy, a girl, and forty barrels of corn, five sacks of fodder and one of oats, five head of sheep one half of the plantation tools and his clothes, bed, bedstead and farm land, also three cows and calves, one yearling, also one bay mare by the name of Snap and her colt Terry and one other Iron Gray filly by the name of Foly, also the best yoke of oxen, cart, and yoke and reins. It is my desire that the trustees hereafter named would keep the above Negroes on the farm that I leave to my son George Blakey Smith and work the same the property contained in the Item. I wish to be understood as independent by my son George Blakey Smith my debts of just to be paid out of that remainder of my Estate as hereafter denoted.
I constitute and appoint Stephen G. Burnley and Micajah Beddell my true and faithful friends trustees and testamental guardians of my son George Blakey Smith requesting he may be raised in the family of Stephen G. Burnley and Micajah Bedell and trained up to respectfully as they may think best, at any rate to have a good English Education. If Stephen G. Burnley and Micajah Bedell should remove to the new Counties and think it George Blakey Smith's advantage to make sale of his land and purchase him another tract of land in the new counties, they are at liberty to do so.
Item 3. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Daniel Roberts son of my daughter Amelia Roberts formerly Amelia Smith one Negro boy named Cazeheak?
Item 4 I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth J. Smith wife of Joel T. Smith died, one Negro girl named Shelly as her own individual property.
Item 5th. I give to my grandsons as follows vez: to George Smith son of Joel T. Smith, fifty dollars; to Henry R. Smith, twenty five dollars; to George Sanford twenty-five dollars; to the three last named for the purpose of affording them in their education.
Item 6 It is my particular wish that the above specified legacies be punctually paid to the several legacies named by my Executor or Executors hereafter nominated and appointed. The remainder of my personal property, Negroes excepted, I wish sold and out of the proceeds all of my just debts, if any, be equally divided between M. Burnley wife of Stephen G. Burnley, the children of my deceased son Joel T. Smith including my great granddaughter Frances Louisa Thompson and the children of my daughter Frances Sanford wife of James Sanford.
Item 7th I wish my two old Negro women Gady and Jenny to reside, if they wish, with my children and be supported by them without any labor on their part unless voluntary.
Item 8th The remainder of my Negroes not divided it is my wish may be divided into three equal lots as nearly as practical to be drawn for by my daughter Margaret M. Burnley wife of Stephen G. Burnley the children of my deceased son Joel T. Smith including my great granddaughter Frances Louisa Thompson, and the children of my daughter Frances Sanford wife of James Sanford.
Item 9 And lastly I hereby appoint my trusted
friend Stephen G. Burnley, Andrew Culing and Micajah Bedell Executor
to this my last will and testament hereby annulling all others by
me heretofore made and I set forth publicly and declare this testament
as my last will and testament.
Georgia, Wilkes County} Personally appeared in
open court Joseph W. Robinson, Mark J. Lane and John C Dyrin the
subscribing witnesses the written will who being present say that
they saw the testator sign and hand him a acknowledge the amended
Instrument of writing to be his last will and testament and at the
time of his own doing he was of sound and despairing mind and memory
and that they served as witnesses is his presence at his request--and
in presence of each other.
Note: *High Yaller or Yeller or Yellow referred to a person of mixed race. Yeller was considered a inpolite word in the South. The new counties mentioned in the will may refer to Troup County organized in 1832 from Indian Lands, also to various counties like Morgan and Walton. Seaborn and his family were in Troup County before 1840.
The following Thompson/Smith information was written
by my father in an attempt to understand how Frances was a great
grandchild of George Smith:
George Smith(1st wife) = Frances Burnley
It's confounding that on the 1840 Troup County Georgia census our Seaborn J. Thompson had one girl aged 5 to 10 years. That is paradoxical since he also had a girl named Mary Ann born in 1833 by his second wife. The census only listed one girl of that age group when it should have listed two young girls, Frances Louisa and Mary Ann. The confusion created by the records appear to complex to unravel.
The 1830 Walton County census apparently listed Charles Thompson with Seaborn J. still in the household. Therefore, Seaborn was already widowed by 1830. The 1820 Morgan County Georgia census showed a George Smith living next door to Charles Thompson. George, apparently was related to the older George Smith. He left property to Frances Louisa Thompson in his will in 1831. He did NOT leave it to her mother or father, because they were deceased. He did not specify the names of the parents of Frances in the will which suggests they were deceased at that time i.e. before 1831. That is why my father also speculated that Seaborn may have actually adopted Frances Louisa from his sister, Louisa Thompson, a reasonable assumption, but invalid.
Charles Thompson was not found enumerated on any 1810 or earlier Georgia census. The 1810 Georgia census was destroyed. The county of Morgan was not created until 1818. Apparently, Charles lived in the Walton/Morgan County area before 1818. The 1820 Morgan County census is shown below with Charles Thompson living next door to George Smith.
Census: males females Negroes slaves and free:
The above census indicates George Smith had one son aged 16 to 26. Charles Thompson had one daughter aged 16 to 26 (probably Louisa). Their marriage would explain how George Senior's great grandchild--Frances Louisa Thompson was adopted by Seaborn J., and was stated as a daughter of Seaborn according to the court order in Troup County. It would explain why she was living in Seaborn's family in 1850 but not prior to that time.
What appears obvious in genealogy is often false. The George Smith above was not the George Smith who left a will in Wilkes County Georgia. He presumably was a relative, a cousin most likely, by the same first name. However, the SMITH and THOMPSON families possibly associated before 1800 in North Carolina.
The 1830 Walton County Georgia census had these
two entries which appeared together:
William Smith, above, married a lady who fits our Louisa Thompson in age and location, and they had one child who fits our Frances Louisa Smith who was apparently adopted into the Seaborn J. Thompson family. Neighbor's children often married in the rural 1800's. The census entry was merely a coincidence.
A faded document dated 1 January 1932 stated a Sarah G. Smith deceased, left money to E. Smith, J. G. Roberts, James Sanford, George Smith, George B. Smith, Elizabeth Smith, and children of Joel Smith and others. Sarah was the wife of George Smith before his marriage to Mary Menzier.
Further, a return (settlement of a will) dated 26 February 1835 of George Smith paid money to E. Smith, Mary Smith, Nancy Smith, E. J. Smith, Henry and Amelia Smith children of Margaret Smith, L. L. Burnley, Micajah Bedell and others, and:
"Cash Pd Seaborn J. Thompson in full of Francis (Sic) L. Thompson Legacy $197.28," dated 7 January 1835.
That entry did not state that Frances L. Thompson was a daughter of Seaborn Thompson. That information was found in the Court of Ordinary. Additional information might be found in the files of other courts--Inferior Court and Superior Court. You may have found the new riddle in the genealogy of Frances Louisa. That riddle was solved with the discovery of the Joel T. Smith Bible.
The Joel Smith Bible
The Joel family Bible was inherited by Margaret Smith. Who passed it to her son, who passed it to his son, thence to his son's wife, and later to the present owner Mrs. C. A. Kendrick of Winters, Texas. It stated in part: (possibly deceased at this writing-2001)
Joel T. Smith born 16 October 1787, married Elizabeth J. Bedell born 24 September 1794. Their children were Francis Smith born 19 April 1811; George Smith born 24 May 1812; Nancy Smith born 13 October 1813; Martha Smith born 15 may 1815; Amelia R. Smith born 26 July 1819; Maria Smith born 6 December 1820; Margaret Smith born 17 September 1822; Frances L. Thompson, daughter of Seaborn and Francis Thompson born 2 March 1828.
The Bible recorded Joel T. Smith died 8 March 1823; Frances Thompson daughter of J. T. and E. J. Smith died 14 May 1828; Elizabeth J. Smith died 26 Dec 1871.
Marriages recorded were: Joel T. Smith married Elisabeth J. Bedell 22 April 1810; Seaborn J. Thompson married Frances Smith 2 November 1826; Andrew Huling married Martha R. Smith 8 July 1830; Micajah Bedell married Nancy Smith 18 October 1831; George Smith married Nancy Wilburn 8 July 1835.
Joel Smith made a will in Wilkes County Georgia two months before his death. His will stated "... proceeds be equally divided among my eight children Frances, George, Nancy, Martha, Henry, Amelia, Maria and Margaret." Frances, fifteen years and seven months old, married Seaborn Thompson two years later. Seaborn was only twenty years old.
The Smith Bible information was provided by Emma Reeves of Nacogdoches, Texas, aged ninety-five in 1994. Other information was taken from her book, "Keahey Clansman". Without her help, the riddle of Frances Louisa Thompson would still torment my father.
Frances Louisa Thompson, daughter of Seaborn, was living in the home of her grandparents with Seaborn in 1830. A widowed man could not raise an infant in 1830 by himself.
We have not found the cemetery of Frances Smith Thompson, nor do we know where she and Seaborn were married, but it was probably in Morgan County or Wilkes County.
Those questions may be answered one day. We suspect George Smith and Charles Thompson Sr. knew one another when they lived in North Carolina. That will get our attention in the coming years.
Troup County Georgia
A narrative was written in the book Biographical and Historical Memoirs of NW Louisiana, pub. 1890; Southern Publishing Co., 1890, Nashville and Chicago. That passage clarified some family relationships between Samuel Reid (Reed) and Seaborn J. Thompson of Troup County who lived in Georgia from 1832 to about 1851.
Not only were Reid and Thompson business associates in the slave brokerage and mortgage business, but they were in-laws through their Moreland relatives. These families knew each other before moving to Troup County as they lived variously in Greene, Wilkes, Putnam, and Morgan Counties. Following is page 438 typed as found in the above mentioned book.
"Hon. William F. Moreland, planter, Homer, La. No name is justly entitled to a more enviable place in the history of Claiborne Parish than the one that heads this sketch, for it is borne by a gentleman who has been usefully and honorably identified with the interests of this parish and with its advancement in every worthy particular. He was born in Putnam County, GA., September 26, 1816, and although past the age usually allotted to a man, he is in possession of a competency fully sufficient to warrant him in passing the remainder of his days in peace and comfort. He was the seventh in a family of eleven children, who are named as follows: Joseph died in Claiborne Parish in 1852), Ann (married Samuel Reed, of Troup County, Ga. where she died), Elizabeth T. (became the wife of Thomas Hightower, of Claiborne Parish, and is now deceased), Martha (became the wife of Charnold Hightower, of Monroe County Ga. and died about 1828), Sarah (became the wife of Henry West and died in Troup County, Ga., and died in Troup County, GA), Susan (married Thomas Bustin and died in Troup County, Ga.), Isaac (died in Houston, Tex.), Jane B. (married Seburn Thompson and died in Mississippi), Mary B. (married John C. Henderson, of Putnam County, Ga. and died in Macon County, Ala.), and Amelia (married Thomas C. Miller and died in La Grange, Ga.). The father of these children, Isaac Moreland, was born and reared in Dinwiddie County, VA., and was a son of Thomas Moreland, who owned the land where a portion of Petersburg now stands. The Moreland family were originally from England. The mother of the above mentioned children, Nancy (Turner) Moreland, was born in Dinwiddie County, Va., and was a classmate of Gen. Winfield Scott's in his early educational career. Experience has been Mr. Moreland's school, and that he has made the most of it can not be questioned. He was thrown upon his own resources practically, taking care of his own affairs at the age of fourteen, and came to Claiborne Parish in 1853, locating where he now lives. He was first married in 1839 to Miss Susan L. Ferrell, daughter of Bennett Ferrell, of Jackson County, Fla. She died in Macon County, Ala., in 1849. In January, 1852, Mr. Moreland was married to Miss Elizabeth White, daughter of James White of Sumter County, Ga., and unto this union were born six children: Sidney T. (now a resident of Lexington, Va., and professor of physics in Washington and Lee University of that place), Isaac N. (a resident of Claiborne Parish), William W. (married and residing on the old home place), F. Kate (at home), Ida S. (also at home) and Lelia M. (now Mrs. James G. Meadows, of Tennessee). Mr. Moreland has been a conspicuous man in the interests of his parish, and was elected to the Legislature in 1850, serving four years. After the war he was re-elected to the House and served until the reconstruction. He was again elected to that position in 1874 and served one term. In 1879 he was a member of the Constitutional Convention, and since that time he has declined office of any kind. He was for many years an active member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South since 1840. He is progressive in his ideas and tendencies, and has been a representative man in the community."
Several Moreland families moved to Claiborne Parish from Georgia before and after 1850. Seaborn J. Thompson moved to Scottsville, Claiborne Parish about 1851. During the trip, his wife Jane Briden (Moreland) Thompson died in Mississippi, location unknown at this time. He left his daughter, Julia, and possibly his son John in Scottsville, and he returned to Mississippi to build railroads with his sons Charles W. Thompson and Edward Young Hill Thompson. Information from selected censuses that trace Seaborn's family appear below.
1840 Georgia Troup County
Charles Thompson and Charles Thompson
Charles Thompson was born in North Carolina in 1774. He lived in the area of present-day Morgan County Georgia about 1805/1810. He was a man of wealth and owned a number of slaves. Several free "Colored" people lived on his farm. His male children were also wealthy, possibly from his generous hand.
At a very late age, near the end of his life, Charles moved across the South from Georgia to Louisiana. His move to Louisiana appears bizarre without having further facts about his motive. A large part of his family made the move as well: Virgil, Charles, Robert, Seaborn, John, Margaret and Mary.
The father of Charles was Charles of North Carolina or Scotland or England. The names Charles, John, Jmes, Thomas and William are ever present in our Thompson family. Each generation since Charles had another Charles in their family including my father's name. A will in North or South Carolina or Georgia may reveal his parent's name which we strongly suspect was Thomas or Joseph or William.
In 1820, there was only one Charles Thompson recorded in the state of Georgia on the Federal Census. He appeared on the Morgan County census. Charles moved from Morgan to Walton County, just next door before 1830. In 1830, there were two Charles Thompson's in the state of Georgia according to the census. One was in Walton County and one was in Morgan County. We believe that fact could not reasonably be accounted for by chance.
The young Charles Thompson of Morgan County was--possibly, the nephew of Charles of Walton County. Further, young Charles may be the son of Thomas P. Thompson who may have been the son of Joseph. Thomas, Thomas P., Charles (nephew of Charles), and Joseph lived near each other in Morgan County in 1830. The preceding conclusions are speculations.
The path Charles took can be traced with a degree of accuracy by using deed records. We know he was born in North Carolina in 1774. He moved south before 1810. He married either in South Carolina or in the Indian Lands of Georgia about 1804. He had a large family in Georgia. He was in Morgan County Georgia after its creation in 1818 as proved by a deed reprinted following:
Georgia--This indenture made the nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty in the forty-forth year of the Independence of the United States of America, between John Clark of the county of Baldwin of the one part and Charles Thompson of the county of Morgan of the other part, witnesseth that the said John Clark in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars in hand, paid at and before the sealing of and deling of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath granted, confirmed, sold, alined, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, alien, convey and confirm unto the said Charles Thompson his heirs and assigns all that tract or parcel of land situated, lying and being in the county of Morgan in said state containing one hundred and sixty acres and one half more or less acres, the same being the fraction known and distinguished in the general plan of the Twentieth District formerly Baldwin now Morgan County, by the number three hundred and fifty one, to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with all and singular, the rights, the members and appurtenances thereof whatsoever to the said tract of land being, belonging or any wise appertaining with the remainder and unnamed reversions and revisions, issues, rents and profits thereof to the only possession, use, benefit and behoof of him the said Charles Thompson his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, one fifteenth of same the said John Clark for himself his heirs, executors and administrator the said bargained tract of land unto the said Charles Thompson and his heirs, executors and administrators and assign against the said John Clark and his heirs executors and administrators shall warrant the said John Clark and his heirs, executors and administrators shall warrant and forever defend by virtue of these presents, in receipt whereof, the said John Clark hath hereunto set his hand and affected his seal the day and year per above written in the presence of John Clark. The words "and all and every other person or persons" being first erased and it being understood between the parties that the said John Clark does not warrant the land against any claim which the state may have thereunto for its sake. Recorded 21 February 1820, John Nesbet, Clk
The father of Margaret Thompson (Clark) was William Clark. We believe that William Clark traveled from South Carolina to the Indian Lands of Georgia with Charles and his wife. In 1820, this entry was recorded on the Walton County census.
William Clark males females
Both William and his wife were over the age of forty-five according to the census. He may have been born about 1775, about the same time Charles Thompson was born. It is noted that one William Clark sold his land to William Ray 17 February 1822 in Morgan County. That was within months of Charles leaving Morgan County for Walton County.
Charles Thompson purchased tracts of land in the neighboring county of Walton on 30 December 1823, 16 January 1828, and 2 June 1829. He sold his Walton County properties on 7 September 1846. He moved to Claiborne Parish Louisiana soon after that sale. It is interesting that Charles purchased that property from Thurman Harris and sold it twenty years later to James Harris.
The records show that Wiley Thornton, a friend of Charles, sold his Walton County property in 1845. He may have moved to Claiborne Parish and wrote to Charles saying, "Come on out, the fishing is great." Thereafter, Charles sold his property and hauled his family to Louisiana in wagons. He lived near Wiley.
Charles died about November 1851 in Claiborne Parish Louisiana. Secession hearings were held on his estate to divide his property and settle his debts. Below are some of those papers typed as closely as legible.
Minors of C. Thompson Petition for tutorship filed December 2, 1851 signed WT Cleveland Dy(Deputy) Clk Dist Court-State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne--To the Honorable the Clerk of the District Court of said parish and state. The petition of Margaret Clark a resident of said parish and state with respect represents to your Honor that she is the mother and natural tutor of Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson minor children issue of the marriage between her and Charles Thompson deceased. Wherefore she prays to be confirmed and qualified as natural tutor of said minors and that an under tutor for said minors be appointed. She swears that said minors have no property except the interest they have in the Estate and Secession of their father Charles Thompson dec'd and that said Secession is unsettled and it will be impossible to ascertain their share until the same is settled. She prays for general relief. Signed, Andrew Lawson Atty for petitioner.
Order State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne. It is ordered that the prayer of the foregoing petition be granted that Margaret Clark widow of Charles Thompson late of said parish and state be confirmed as natural tutor of her minor children issue of her marriage with said Charles Thompson deceased, to wit. Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson, provided she takes the oath required by law. It is further ordered that John C. Milner be appointed under tutor for said minors provided he takes the oath required under law. Signed on this 23rd day December AD 1851. Signed CC Coper Clk Dist Court.
Oath of tutor filed Dec 29 1851 signed WC Coper Clk Dist Court-State of Louisiana, Parish of Claiborne. I the undersigned do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law as natural tutor of my minor children issue of my marriage with Charles Thompson deceased to wit, Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson according to the best of my knowledge and abilities. So help me God. Signed Margaret Thompson Sworn to and witnessed before me this 27th day of Dec AD 1851. Signed AC Barber Justice of the Peace.
Oath of under Tutor Filed Dec 29, 1851, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-I the undersigned do solemnly swear that I will perform all the incumbent on me by law of under tutor for Robert E and Joseph Lafayette Thompson minors issue of the marriage between Charles Thompson late of the parish of Claiborne dec'd and Margaret Clark widow? to the best of my knowledge and duties so help me God. Signed John Milner Sworn to and signed before me this 27th day of Dec AD 1851. Signed AC Baker Justice of the peace.
Letters of Tutorship, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne District Court-Whereas Margaret Clark widow of Charles Thompson Dec'd has been confirmed natural tutor of her minor children Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson issue of her marriage with said Charles Thompson of said parish and state dec'd and taken oath as prescribed under law. Now therefore this said Margaret Clark widow of Charles Thompson dec'd is hereby fully authorized and empowered to do and preform all and singular the duties incumbent in her in said capacity. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed the seal of my office this 29th day of December A.D. 1851. Signed CC Capy? Clerk
Letters of under tutor, State of Louisiana Parish
of Claiborne District Court-Whereas John C. Wilner has been appointed
under tutor for Robert E. and Joseph Lafayette Thompson minors issue
of the marriage between Margaret Clark and Charles Thompson of said
parish and state and taken oath as prescribed by law. Now Therefore
the said John C. Wilner is hereby fully authorized and empowered
to do and perform all and singular the duties incumbent on him in
said capacity. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and affixed the seal of my office this 29th day of December A.D.
1851. Signed WC Capers Clerk.
Secession of C Thompson for adm filed Dec 2, 1851 WT Cleveland Dy Clk of Dist Court, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-To the Honorable the Clerk of the District Court of said parish and State. The petitioner of Virgil V. Thompson of said parish and state, with respect represents unto your Honor that Charles Thompson his father also resident of said parish and state departed this life leaving a considerable estate and secession in this parish that your petitioner is an heir at law of said secession that there is no administrator of said estate that a part of the heirs an present in the state and some of them are absent from this state that there are two minors heirs that this mother and natural tutorship is present in the state. Petitioner represents that it is necessary that there be an administration upon said secession. That hears? me of the heirs of said deceased is entitled to the administration of said estate. Now therefore he prays to be appointed administrator of said estate and secession that an inventory of the same be made according to law and for general relief Signed Andrew Lawson petitioner's atty
Order, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne. It is ordered that proper notice of the filing of the forgoing petition be given according to law. It is further ordered that an inventory and appraisement of all the property belonging to the estate and secession of Charles Thompson late of the parish of Claiborne Dec'd be made according to law by the recording of any Notary Public of said parish and state. Ordered? and signed this 10th day of December AD 1851 WC Cleveland Clk Dist Court.
Order, State of Louisiana parish of Claiborne-It is ordered that N L Currier ESQ be appointed the attorney for absent heirs of Charles Thompson dec'd. Sworn and signed this 10th day of Dec AD 1851 WC Capers? Clk Dist Court. (absent heirs did not live in the Parish)
Order, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-Due notice of the proper filing of the within petition having been given according to law and no opposition having been given made it is therefore ordered that the prayer of the same be granted that Virgil V. Thompson be appointed administrator of the estate and secession of Charles Thompson late of the parish of Claiborne secession provided he gives bond with good security and takes the oath as required by law. Sworn and signed this 29th day of December AD 1851 signed WC Capers Clk Dist Court.
Bond Adm filed Dec 29, 1851-Know all men by these presents that we Virgil V. Thompson as principal and John C. Blackman and John C. Thompson as security are held and firmly bound unto W C Caper Clk Dist Court in and for the parish of Claiborne Louisiana unto his secession in office for the relief and benefit of the legal heirs and representatives of Charles Thompson deceased, whereas the above guardian Virgil V. Thompson has been appointed by the District Court of the parish of Claiborne, administrator of the secession of Charles Thompson late of Parish of Claiborne State of Louisiana. therefore in the completion of the above obligation is such that of the said Virgil Thompson shall will and faithfully discharge and perform all the duties of said appointment according to law, then the above obligation to be null and void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue signed VV Thompson John C Blackman, JC Thompson.
Order of adm, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-I the undersigned do solemnly swear forever that I will faithfully and impartial discharge and preform all the duties incumbent on me by law as administrator of the secession of Charles Thompson of the parish of Claiborne deceased according to the best of my knowledge and abilities so help me God. VV Thompson given to and subscribed before me these 29th day of Dec AD 1851 WC Capers Clk Dist Court.
Letter of Admin, State of Louisiana parish of Claiborne District Court-Whereas Virgil V. Thompson has been appointed administrator of the estate and secession of Charles Thompson of said parish and state deceased and given bond and security and taken oath as prescribed by law. Know therefore, the said Virgil V. Thompson is hereby fully authorized and empowered to do and perform all and singular the duties incumbent on him in said capacity. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of my office this 29th day of Dec AD 1851. WC Capers Clk.
Petition for sale of property of secession in filed Jan 2 1851 WC Capers Clk Dist Court, State of Louisiana parish of Claiborne-To the honorable the clerk of the District Court of said parish and state. The petition of Virgil V. Thompson administrator of the estate and secession of Charles Thompson late of said parish and state dec'd with respect represents unto your honor that said estate is considerably indebted that it will be necessary to pay the debts to sell all the personal property belonging to said secession and the plantation and land whereon the deceased lived and a part of the slaves to pay the same whereupon petitioner prays your honor to grant him and order to sell the land personal property and as many of the slaves as will be sufficient to pay the debts. He prays that the cotton crop be sold for cash and that the land be sold for cash provided it brings its appraised value otherwise on a credit of twelve months purchases to give noted and good personal security with mortgage on the lands and slaves sold bearing eight percent interest from now until paid and that the heirs present have notice of this application and that the counsel for absent heirs have notice of this application and for general relief. A. Lawson atty for petitioner VV Thompson Anderson Orr William Neyland CJ Thompson.
Service, I hereby acknowledge service of the within petition and wave citation and time and concur with the prayer of the petitioner this Dec 24, Twenty fourth day of December 1851. JC Thompson Margaret H. Thompson for myself and two minor children R.E. and J.C. Thompson Anderson Orr, William Neyland. Jno. C. Wilner(Milner?) under tutor of Lafayette and Robert Thompson Chas J. Thompson Margaret Thompson.
Order, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-It is ordered that the prayer of the within petition be granted, that the plantation belonging to Charles Thompson deceased all the personal property and as any of the slaves belonging to said secession as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said secession be sold, that the cotton and corn be sold for cash that the land be sold as cash provided it brings its appraised value otherwise in a credit of twelve months purchases to give notice and good personal security with mortgage on the land and slaves sold, bearing eight percent interest from and until paid. This ordered? and signed on this 23? day of January AD 1852 WC Capers Clk Dist Court.
Statement of debts filed 25 May 1852 Dyner? C
T Cleveland DY Clk Dist Court, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-To
the Honorable the Judge of the seventeenth judicial District court
in and for said parish and state. The petition of Virgil V. Thompson
a resident of said parish and state and administrator of the estate
of Charles Thompson late of said parish and state deceased, with
respect represents to your Honor that the following is a list of
the debts owned by said deceased which have been presented and allowed
your petitioner was that a part of the debts of said dec'd and a
part of them are debts due and owing by him as a partner in Community
with his wife and now widow Margaret Clark all of which will be
fully set forth herein. That said Margaret Clark has accepted the
community existing between her and said deceased, to wit, Separate
and individual debts due by said Charles Thompson dec'd.
Order, By reason of the application to have the aforementioned debts ranked amongst the acknowledged debts of Charles Thompson deceased and by reason of the application of the administration Virgil V. Thompson to be authorized to pay them and by reason of the law, It is ordered that said debts be ranked amongst the acknowledged debts of said Charles Thompson dec'd and his secession and that the administration be authorized to by them this done and signed in open court this 25th day of May AD 1851. Signed Chas A Bullard Judge 16th District.
Petition for homologation, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-I the Honorable the Judge of Clerk of the Seventeenth Judicial District in and for the parish and state aforesaid, The petition of Virgil V. Thompson Admn of the estate of Charles
Thompson deceased a resident of said parish and state with respect represents to your Honor that the following is a true and correct account of his administration of said estate. the estate and secession of Charles Thompson deceased in account with Virgil V. Thompson. The estate and secession of Charles Thompson To Virgil V. Thompson Admn
(all amount paid)
Acknowledged service? of the forgoing petition and account and wave citation and time and copy of petition and account. July 9th 1852. signed Margaret J. Neyland, William Neyland, Chas J. Thompson, Mary Ann Orr, Anderson Orr, J. C. Thompson, Margaret Thompson natural tutor of for J. L. and R. E. Thompson, N. S. Currier Atty for absent heirs January 1854. I certify the foregoing to be a true record. W. L. Cleveland Dy Clk Dist Court
The absent heirs mentioned above referred to Seaborn and his sisters and brothers still living in Georgia. A son of Charles was Charles Jasper Thompson. After the wife of Charles Jasper Thompson died, hearings were held to approve the tutorship (similar to guardianship) of their children over to their father. In Louisiana, if one parent died, the surviving parent had to go to court to claim tutorship. It could be protested and tutorship assigned to another.
The preceding document is important because it stated no other male relatives lived nearby. Therefore, searching for Louisa Thompson in Claiborne Parish was unnecessary. That is, if a daughter were living nearby, her husband would be a son-in-law, and thus, the male relative. Only males were allowed to administer court issues at that time in LA. The other children of Charles Thompson probably remained in Georgia until the Civil War ended.
Charles Thompson appeared on these censuses:
Virgil Vivian Thompson
Virgil Vivian Thompson was the brother of Seaborn
J. Thompson. The following article appeared in The Biographical
and Historical Memoirs of NW Louisiana, pub. 1890; Southern Publishing
Co., 1890, Nashville and Chicago:
This document proves Seaborn (Sebron) was the son of Charles Thompson and Margaret Clark. Many family members did migrate to the same area of Louisiana within a short period. Virgil was a well-to-do gentleman. He began buying land in neighboring Parishes soon after he arrived in Louisiana. He was active in community and in Parish matters. His participation in various legal business, wills, secessions and land transactions made him well know. He lived out his final years in the household of William V. Thompson, his son.
Charles Jasper Thompson
The minors of C. H Thompson petition for tutorship
filed 5 November 1851 read as follows:
Parish of Claiborne Seventeenth Judicial Division, upon considering the foregoing petition it is ordered that Charles J. Thompson be appointed and confirmed as natural tutor and guardian of his minor children, Charles Henry Thompson and Amarintha Alice Thompson, upon his taking the required oath and giving bond and Security in the sum of three thousand dollars. Sworn? and signing in open court 25th day of November 1851. Signed Roland Hines Judge of 17th Dist.
Bond of Tutor filed Nov 26 1851-Know all men by these presents that we Charles J. Thompson as principal, Anderson Orr, James M. Morrow, and WM Neyland as security are held and firmly bound unto the Judge of the District of and of the parish of Claiborne and his successors in office for the use? of the minor children Chas. H. and Amarintha Alice Thompson in the sum of three thousand dollars for the payment whereof we bind ourselves our heirs executors and administrators firmly by these presents dated at Homer the 26th day of November A.D. 1851, whereas the above bond of Charles J. Thompson has been appointed by the District Court of the parish of Claiborne tutor and guardian for Charles Henry Thompson and Amarintha Alice Thompson. Therefore the conditions of the above obligation is such that of the said Charles J. Thompson shall will and faithfully discharge and perform all the duties of said appointment according to law, the above obligation to be null and void. Therefore to remain in full force and virtue. Signed Charles J. Thompson Andrew Orr William Neyland James M. Morrow State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne.
Note: Orr and Neyland were uncles to C. H. Thompson. I found a marriage record of above James M. Morrow (above) in Walton County Georgia where Charles lived 1810 to 1846 to an Elizabeth B. Kinnon on 19 Nov 1833. They moved to Claiborne Parish with the Charles Thompson family.
Oath of tutor-State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne. I the undersigned do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law of natural tutor and guardian of my minor children to wit, Charles Henry and Amarintha Alice Thompson issue of my marriage with Amarintha Alice Smith according to the best of my knowledge and abilities. So help me God. Signed Charles J. Thompson. Sworn to and pub. Signed before me this 26th day of November 1851. Signed C C Capers Clk Dist For State of Louisiana, Parish of Claiborne District Court.
Letter of Tutorship, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne District Court-Whereas Charles J. Thompson has been appointed natural tutor and guardian of his minor children Charles Henry Thompson and Amarintha Alice Thompson issue of his marriage with Amarintha Alice of said parish and state, deceased, and given Bond and Security and taken oath as prescribed by law, now therefore the said Charles J. Thompson is hereby fully authorized and empowered to do and perform all and singular the duties incumbent in his said capacity. In testimony whereof. I have herein to set my hand and affixed the seal of my office this 26th day of November 1851. Signed C C Capers Clerk January 1854 Certify the foregoing to be a true record. W F Cleveland Div Court.
The following Petition should not be confused with the above secession. It pertains to the children of Charles Thompson, the father of Charles J. Thompson whose wife, Amarintha Alice (Smith) Thompson, died on or about the same date as, he, Charles Thompson, not Charles Jasper Thompson. Margaret (Clark) Thompson sought tutorship of her children account the death of her husband aged 71.
Minors of C. Thompson Petition for tutorship filed December 2, 1851 signed WT Cleveland Dy Clk Dist Court-State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-To the Honorable the Clerk of the District Court of said parish and state. The petition of Margaret Clark a resident of said parish and state with respect represents to your Honor that she is the mother and natural tutor of Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson minor children issue of the marriage between her and Charles Thompson deceased. Wherefore she prays to be confirmed and qualified as natural tutor of said minors and that an under tutor for said minors be appointed. She swears that said minors have no property except the interest they have in the Estate and Secession of their father Charles Thompson dec'd and that said Secession is unsettled and it will be impossible to ascertain their share until the same is settled. She prays for general relief. Signed, Andrew Lawson Atty for petitioner.
Order State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne. It is ordered that the prayer of the foregoing petition be granted that Margaret Clark widow of Charles Thompson late of said parish and state be confirmed as natural tutor of her minor children issue of her marriage with said Charles Thompson deceased, to wit. Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson, provided she takes the oath required by law. It is further ordered that John C. Milner be appointed under tutor for said minors provided he takes the oath required under law. Signed on this 23rd day December AD 1851. Signed CC Coper Clk Dist Court.
Oath of tutor filed Dec 29 1851 signed WC Coper Clk Dist Court-State of Louisiana, Parish of Claiborne. I the undersigned do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law as natural tutor of my minor children issue of my marriage with Charles Thompson deceased to wit, Robert E. Thompson and Joseph Lafayette Thompson according to the best of my knowledge and abilities. So help me God. Signed Margaret Thompson Sworn to and witnessed before me this 27th day of Dec AD 1851. Signed AC Barber Justice of the Peace.
The document below concerns Charles Jasper Thompson's
tutorship not Charles Thompson's Secession. Amarintha misspelled
Appointment of appraisers-State of Louisiana-To John B. Kinney and John Greer of said Parish and state You are hereby appointed appraisers to inventory and appraise all the property and affects rights and credits of and belongings to Charles Henry Thompson and Amarantha Alice Thompson minor children of Charles J. Thompson and Amarantha Alice Smith dec'd given under my hand officially in the Parish above written on the 23rd day March A.D. 1854. Signed Henry L Martin Notary Public.
Oath, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-Personally came and appeared before me Henry L. Martin a Notary Public duly commissioned and qualified in and for the parish of Claiborne and state aforesaid John Greer and John B Kinney duly appointed to Charles Henry Thompson and Amarintha Alice Thompson minor children of Charles J. Thompson and Amarintha Alice Smith who made oath faithfully and impartially to discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon them by said appointment Signed John B Kinney John Greer Sworn and ? to before me on this 25th day of March A.D. 1854 Signed H L Martin Notary Public State of Louisiana.
Inventory, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-Be it known that in ? to a commission to me directed from the District Court of Claiborne Henry L Martin a Notary Public duly commissioned and qualified in and for the Parish of Claiborne caused John Greer and John B Kenney duly appointed and sworn as appraisers for that purpose to appraise and ? with me in taking and making a true correct and faithful inventory and appraisement of the property and effects said to and ? of and belonging to Charles J. Thompson by a former marriage with Amarintha Alice Smith. Signed on the 25th day of March 1854 and in the Parish aforesaid whereof proceeded to make our list? as follows, Amount secured from the State of Georgia six hundred and fourteen dollars and 75/100. Minor expenses and charges in collecting and going to Georgia and back to appraise the same one hundred dollars appraised at five hundred and fourteen dollars and fourteen dollars and 75/100, $514.75. Whereupon there being no other property or money rights or credits belonging to said minors shown known or presented to us I preceded to close this inventory and appraisement and this process verbal of the taking thereof to? cause the said appraisers to submit the same together with me the said Notary Public and John C Blackman under tutor of said minors in the presence of William B Egan and James Dorman ? ? Signed John B Kenney, John Greer, JC Blackman Under Tutor (followed by several names unable to read.)
Petition of C. J. Thompson for Inventory, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-The Hon Judge of the 17th Judicial District Parish or to the Clerk of the District Court of the Parish of Claiborne. The Petition of Charles Jasper Thompson of said Parish and state respectfully represents that he has been heretofore commissioned by your Honorable Court Natural Tutor for his minor children Charles Henry and Amarintha Alice Thompson issue of a former marriage between himself and Amarintha Alice Smith and that he has served? in? ? said appointment a small amount of money belonging to said children coming to them from the estate of their uncle Thomas N. Smith of Jasper County Georgia and their great grandfathers estate left ? his life in the hands of ? widow of said great grandfather which has recently come into his hands. Petitioner further represents that no under tutor has been appointed and suggests the appointment of John C Blackman for this purpose and that a commission ? to some Notary directing him to make and take a true and correct inventory of the property of said minors and for all other necessary orders and for general relief--signed W B Egan Atty for petitioner.
Order, State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne It is ordered that the prayer of the within of the written petition be granted ? a commission ? to Henry L. Martin Notary Public in and for the parish of Claiborne and state of Louisiana authorizing and requiring him to make said inventory and is ordered that John C Blackman be appointed and confirmed as Under Tutor for said minor children Charles Henry and Amarantha Alice Thompson as proper for done and signed this 23rd day of March 1854 signed D Henry Dyer Clk Dist Court.
The next facts were from a family meeting of 11
May 1859 it was agreed to sell to Seborn Thompson land from the
estate of Charles J. Thompson deceased:
Following court orders authorized and ordered John W. Harris to hold a family meeting to discuss the future handling of the assets of the minor children of Charles J. Thompson and Amarintha Smith and to assign tutors and under tutors for the children. Virgil Vivian Thompson was appointed tutor for the children and Anderson Orr under tutor. The members at the family meeting all signed a statement they agreed; J.C., V.V., J.L. Thompson, Anderson Orr, J.L. Bush, P. Harper, Wm Neyland, Wm Barrow, S. Gray, J. W. Hays--Notary Public.
(Notary Publics and Court Clerks had political and administrative power in the 1800's. They could read and write and had access to judges. They could delay or expedite business.)
From Claiborne Parish Secession page 707, 1864:
1 note on YY Thompson and Company $173.70
Charles Thompson was a different person than Charles J. Thompson. From above secession it appears our Seaborn J. Thompson lost $5,797.34 owed to him by his brother, Charles Jasper Thompson. In 1870, a young Charles Thompson--born in Georgia, lived near Seaborn Thompson in Claiborne Parish, who was Seaborn's nephew.
Below are some items from the estate of Charles
Jasper Thompson which sold to the highest bidder.
Charles Henry Thompson
Charles Henry Thompson died December 1880 in Claiborne Parish. One E. J. Thompson, apparently his son, advertised this notice in the Claiborne Journal:
Notice of Petition, Secession (this was spelled "sucession" at that time) of C. H. Thompson, Deceased, State of Louisiana, Parish of Claiborne, notice is hereby given that E. J. Thompson has this day filed in my office an application to be appointed administrator of the above named secession. Now, therefore, unless opposition be made within the time prescribed by law, the prayers of the applicant will be granted.
In witness whereof, I have hereunder set my hand and affix my official seal on this the 14th day of December 1880, Drew Ferguson.
A secession sale was held and advertised in the Guardian on 26 January 1881. Secession sale, C. H. Thompson deceased. By virtue of a commission and order of sale issued by the clerk of the District Court in and for the above state and parish, and to me directed, I will proceed to sell to the last and highest bidder, within the legal hours of sale on Saturday the 5th day of March 1881 all the real and personal property belonging to said secession, to wit: Land. stock, farming, utensils, household and kitchen furniture, and c., and c.
Terms of sales cash, to pay debts. I. N. Glover, Dy. Shff. Jan 26 1881 [pf$7] 24cts.
Seaborn J. Thompson
The earliest document found pertaining to Seaborn was in 1825. He was fifteen at that time. The following application for the "Land Lottery" was found in Morgan County. It was on page 'T'. Seaborn J. Thompson and Robert Thompson were on the same page. Seaborn and Robert may have been cousins.
Land Lottery, Morgan County Georgia; List of Applicants: We the undersigned who were appointed by the Honorable the Inferior Court of said county agreeable to an act of the legislature of said state to receive the names of persons entitled to draws in the present contemplation Land Lottery in Major John C. Reese Battalion do hereby certify that the foregoing contains a true list of all the returns made to us. Given under our hand this 5th September 1825. John C Reese, James C. Lawerence.
Seaborn J. Thompson, son of Charles, had his name listed as Sebron on three censuses. He may have went by Sebron or his name was misspelled. He stated to enumerators that he was born in Georgia. His children often listed him as born in South Carolina. In 1880, Edward, Seaborn's son, stated Seaborn was born "at sea". However, it is probable he was born not at sea but in Morgan County or Washington County Georgia. Edward was a gregarious man who enjoyed joking. He said his Father Seaborn was born at sea only as a jest, that taken from the name Sea-born.
According to the following invoice, S. J. Thompson died before 25 October 1876: HH Ward Admin Suc S.J. Thompson dec'd; To publish Petition-3 signs voc 21 for $6.00. To publish Sale Voc 4 and 5 $20.00. Oct 25 1876 to Nov 8. Received payment from HH Ward 29th April 1879. signed BD Harrison for Nathan Smith(It was paid in Scottsville) other documents supports a date of 24 October 1876 or before.
Seaborn J. Thompson returned to Claiborne Parish about 1861 from Mississippi. A widower, he married Sallie Corry in 1863. Sallie was a widow of A. N. Corry. She was the daughter of Wiley Thornton who lived near Charles Thompson in Walton County Georgia in 1840. In 1850, Wiley lived near his friend Charles Thompson in Claiborne Parish Louisiana. They apparently moved to Louisiana together. Other families were listed being from Georgia on the Claiborne Parish censuses.
Succession papers, probate jacket #1211 for S. J. Thompson from Claiborne Louisiana Clerk District Court, Louisiana read in part:
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne: To the Hon the Judge of the Parish Court in and for the Parish of Claiborne-The petition of H. H. Ward a resident of Claiborne Parish would with respect represent unto the Hon Court S J Thompson is dead and that said Thompson was a resident of Claiborne Parish. Petitioner represent that this is the proper Court in which to apply for letters of administration on said Succession. Petitioner further represents that said Succession is much indebted and that your petitioner is a judgment creditor. Wherefrom he prays that this application be duly advertent and that after due advertisement your petitioner be appointed administrator in giving bond according to law and taking oath. Petitioner further prays that an inventory be taken of the property of said succession and that commission issue to John R Ramsey Notary to take said inventory and for all other necessary payment and for general relief.
H Egan signed for Petitioner
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-By order of the Court the application in this case, It is ordered that the application of petitioner advertend as this law requires and that a commission issued as provided for. This done read and signed in Chambers this the day of Oct 1876 A J Scott Parish Judge
Succession of S J Thompson Application for Administration Filed Oct 24 1876 Jim A Richardson Clk DC.
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne: Succession of S.J.
Thompson Deceased. To Jno R Ramsey Recorder and Ex Officio Notary Public in and for said Parish and State. Greetings. You are hereby empowered commissioned and required to make and take an Inventory and appraisement of the property and effects belonging to the estate and succession of S. J. Thompson late died, situated within said Parish and State--And ? you shall ? executed this commission you will make inventory hereof according to law. Sworn under my hand and seal of office this November 1st AD 1876. Jno A Richardson Clk of Dist Court.
Sucn. of SJ Thompson Died Com for Inventory JG Ramsey Recorder
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-We, James M. Greer and John A. Lesueur, Do solemnly swear that we will well and truly appraise at its true cash value, all such property as may be known or shown to us, belonging to the estate and succession of Seaborn J. Thompson, late of said Parish, deceased, to the best of our knowledge and belief, so help us God.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, Nov 3rd 1876.
BD Harrison Dy Rec and Not Pub John A Lesueur, J M Greer.
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-Be it remembered that I, Bery D.H. Harrison, Dy Recorder and Ex Officio Notary Public in and for the pariah and state aforesaid, by virtue of the ordered? commission, issued by the Clerk of the District Court for said and directed to J. R. Ramsey, Recorder and Ex Officio Notary Public, proceeded on this the 3rd day of November, 1876 to make and take an inventory and appraisement of the property belonging to the succession of S.J. Thompson, late of said Parish, deceased, after having duly qualified according to law J.M. Greer and J.A. Lesueur as appraisers, as follows, to wit: The whole of Section Twenty-five(25) in Township Twenty-three(23) North in Range from (4) West-640 acres at $1.00 per acre $640.00 Six hundred and forty dollars. There being no other property known or shown to us, I now close this Inventory, accounting to six hundred and forty dollars, by causing the appraisers to sign this process record with me, said Notary, in presence of the attending witnesses. This done and signed at the residence of R.E. Thompson, 21 miles from Homer in said Parish, in the day and date herein before written. Attest R.E. Thompson Ella F. Bush
BD Harrison, Dy Recorder and Notary Public John A Lesueur
J M Greer.
Succession of S. J. Thompson Dec 5.
Inventory Filed Nov 5 1876 SR Richardson Dy Clk Co
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-I, H.H. Ward, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all and singular the duties incumbent on me as administrator of the estate and secession of S. J. Thompson dec'd to the best of my ability and understanding; so help me God. H H Ward.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4 day Nov A.D. 1876
Jno. A. Richardson Clerk District Court.
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-Know all Men by the Presents: that we H. H. Ward as principal, and J. C. Williams as security, are held and bound unto N. J. Scott Judge of the Parish Court in and for the parish of Claiborne, LA., or to his successors in office, for the use and benefit of the legal heirs and representatives of S. J. Thompson late of the parish of Claiborne, dec'd., in the sum of Nine hundred sixty dollars, for the payment whereof, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents. Dated at Homer, the 4th day of November A.D. 1876.
Whereas, the above bounden H. H. Ward has ben appointed by the Parish Court of the parish of Claiborne, administrator of the succession of S. J. Thompson late of the parish of Claiborne, State of Louisiana, deceased:
Therefore, the condition of the above obligation is such, that if the said H. H. Ward shall well and faithfully discharge and perform all the duties of said appointment according to law, then the above obligation to be null and void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
H. H. Ward, J. C. Williams, per Jno. A. Richardson.
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne: To the Hon The Parish Court in and for the Parish of Claiborne-The petitioner of HH Ward admn of the succession of Seaborn Thompson died and resident of Claiborne Parish would with respect represent unto the Hon Court that the succession in largely indebted and that there is not more than sufficient property to pay the debts of said estate. If sufficient, Petitioner represents that it is necessary that the property belonging to said succession be sold. Wherefrom petitioner prays for an order of the Court to sell all the property of said succession in twelve months time, the purchaser to give his note with approved security and mortgage and vendor's lien on this land sold and to bear eight per cent interest from date. Petitioner prays for all orders necessary orders and for general relief. J G Egar Attorney for Petitioner.
Succession Seaborn Thompson: By reason of the law and the application of the petition, It is ordered that all the property of the succession of Seaborn Thompson be sold after due legal advertisement at the Courthouse door is the Town of Homer in twelve months credit to the highest bidder the purchaser to give his note with approved security bearing eight percent interest from date of sale. Mortgage and vendor's privilege owed? on the property for payment of sum. This the 8th of Nov 1876 SJ Scott Parish Judge.
Succession of Seaborn Thompson-Application to sell said property Filed Nov 8 1876 Jno A Richardson Clk D.C. JG Egan Atty for Petitioner.
It's apparent Seaborn J. Thompson died during October 1876, near Scottsville, Louisiana. Some moved quickly to obtain as much of his estate as possible. The Notary got a cut. the Judge was involved. The appraisers got their share. The attorney took a slice. The Clerk of District Court got his pay.
Charles and Edward may have returned to Claiborne Parish to visit his grave and collect his personal things. They moved to Coleman County Texas from Wood County shortly after Seaborn's death.
The Thompson Family Cemetery is near Scottsville where Virgil and his wife were buried. Several unmarked graves are there. Seaborn, with his parents, Charles and Margaret, may be buried in that cemetery. Upon the death of Seaborn J. Thompson, his widow claimed rights to the estate in a document filed in January of 1877 as follows:
It is hereby agreed with H.H. Ward that if he will accept the note in favor of the heirs of Wiley Thornton with widows privileges, and also Mrs. Sally Thompson for widows privileges claim of one thousand dollars, that he shall retain out of the proceeds of the assets of the secession of S.J. Thompson dec'd, one hundred and fifty dollars in full payment of the alrent? and nard? judgements; and should there be enough to pay this amount without deducting from the claim of the Thornton heirs then the amount comes first out of the moneys? of the secession, and what it fails to pay, the balance of the above amount to come out of the amount going to the Thornton Heirs, and if necessary? out of the widow's privileges debt for a thousand dollars also. Signed in duplicate this the 29th of January 1877. Thornton, MH Thornton, agent for the heirs of Wiley and Sallie Thompson signed HH Ward.
The above is confusing; However, Wiley Thornton and Seaborn J. Thompson died about the same time. Sally, the daughter of Wiley deceased, married S.J. Thompson soon to be deceased. Sallie had rights to both Wiley Thornton and Seaborn J. Thompson's estate. Wiley's widow also had widows rights. H.H. Ward, a family friend of both Thompson and Thornton, apparently had a debt against one or both parties. The importance of this is it proves Seaborn J. Thompson married a third time to Sallie(Thornton) Corry who became twice a widow.
The final account of S. J. Thompson Secession papers, 24 December 1879, H. C. Ward Administrator:
1876--Amount of Inventory $640.00
To the Hon The Judge of the parish Court in and
for the parish of Claiborne State of LA-- The petitioner Henry C.
Ward Admin of the above estate with respect represents that he was
appointed Adm by your Hon. Court and that has finished his administration
and now wishes to close up the estate and herewith files his final
apc. Wherefore he prays that the apc be advertised according to
law. and that the same be allowed and homologated and made a judgment
of the court and further prays that his bond be canceled and be
discharges from further administration.
Julia C. Thompson
Julia married Edmond D. Bugg in Claiborne Parish after her mother died and Seaborn entrusted her to his Moreland relatives. Seaborn had returned to Mississippi to run his railroad business. Julia and her husband died together in 1867, possibly from a common disease, leaving four children. One child, Charles Bugg, died and his obituary appeared in the Claiborne Guardian on 21 September 1881:
Noble, gentle, little Charles S. Bugg, died suddenly at Homer College, on the evening of the 12th inst., being sixteen years and ten months old. The writer knew him intimately from his birth to his death. Charles died in the hopeful morning of life when his honorable ambitions had begun to bud in clearly defined purposes of future usefulness. Himself, an elder and younger brother, and a sister older than himself, were left orphaned early in life, Charles not being quite four years of age. At the earnest request of the dying parents they were all made the adopted children of their mother's uncle, Hon F. W. Moreland, who, with his amiable wife, we can knowingly say have nobly discharged the onerous duties of parental guidance; and Charlie, noble boy that he was, kindly appreciated, and often spoke feelingly of their love and confidence toward him. Brave, truthful, affable and courteous, he was a great favorite with old and young alike: His joyous, merry presence dispelled gloom and sadness, as sunshine scatters the storm. We always welcomed his honest presence to our home, and we'll sadly, truly miss the merry sunshine that was as it were a part of himself. Charlie had been, for several years, orderly in his church relations, being a member of Mr. Zion M. F. Church, and said but a few days before death that he was not afraid to die. To his brothers and sister, to his foster parents, brothers and sisters, we would fain offer a healing balm to his young associates and friends we would ask upon whose shoulders shall the clean mantel of Charlie fill. He being dead yet speaketh.
Lightly press the sod above him,
Charles W. Thompson
Jim Thompson, the son of James, who was the son of Edward, stated that Edward was an officer in the Confederate Army. He said Edward had a brother who also served. That was Charles W. Thompson of Coleman County Texas. We have new information about Charles W. Thompson. He married three times.
His first wife was a PARKER not a BUGG. In 1870 a Charles Bugg (aged five) was in their home but was listed separately by the census enumerator. My father proposed that she, Sarah A.____?___ was a BUGG based on that child's last name. That child was the son of Julia (Thompson) Bugg, sister of Charles.
Charles's first wife was in fact Sarah Angie Parker. Her parents lived in Wood County Texas after the Civil War. Wood County is also where Edward and Charles lived after the war.
The second wife of Charles Thompson was stated as Florence Thompson in his obituary. No cemetery information exists for her in book I and II in the Coleman County, Texas record. She must have been married prior to Charles's marriage to an unrelated Thompson, but to whom? She married Charles in 1881 according to Vena Gates, genealogist.
As for Edward's first wife, our great grandmother, she was in fact a WARREN not a SMITH. This is 100% certain. My father believed that Edward married Mattie Smith in Texarkana, Arkansas. Edward actually married Martha A. Warren in Wood County, Quitman, Texas in 1874. The marriage of another Edward to a 'Mattie' Smith was a coincidence of names, dates, and places. It perplexed me how Edward went from Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas to Texarkana, Arkansas got married and returned so quickly, or even why he would do such a thing. The Wood County courthouse burned in 1877; Therefore, no marriage record exists.
Martha A. Warren lived near Edward and Charles in 1870 in Winnsboro Texas. She went by "Martha A." not Mattie, and that is the name by which she was enumerated in 1880 in Coleman County. In 1870, she was the right age, at the right place, at the right time. This is supported by other recently obtained documents, i.e. that she was a WARREN.
Jim further told me that Grandfather Edward Thompson went by Ned. Ned is the name found on the birth certificate of James Jerome Thompson. Jim said they called Grandfather Thompson The Colonel, because he looked like a Kentucky military Colonel. He stated that a big, impressive picture of him hangs on a wall in Coleman, Texas, but he can not remember in which building. Our step-grandmother, Mary Ett Koone Graham Thompson, was said to have survived on Edward's Civil War pension during the hard times in the 1920's and 1930's.
Mary Louise Thompson of Coleman sent to us several photos. The war record of Charles W. Thompson and other information gathered from Mary and others is consistent with what we already knew with a few additions.
Charles W. Thompson was captured at Vicksburg along with his brother John N. Thompson. That clarifies why Edward was released in Marshall Texas after the war and why Charles showed up in Claiborne Parish where his father Seaborn J. lived. Charles took a wife very soon after the war in Louisiana. Edward was not captured and was released from duty after the war in Texas. Charles was captured in Vicksburg in 1863.
Charles enlisted on 7 September 1862 on the Yazoo River. That is near Yazoo City in Yazoo County, Mississippi. The South had a station named Yazoo Camp. It was several counties away from Newton where Seaborn J. lived in 1860. Seaborn and family may have moved to Yazoo before the war. Charles was part of Confederate Company D 13 Regiment Mississippi Infantry.
In 1863, Charles signed up for two more years, his first assignment was for one year. He was at Snyders Mill at that time. In March and April 1864, he was listed as a deserter by an ignorant Captain Wallack. He could not have deserted as he was captured by the heathens from the North at Vicksburg. He was actually captured near the Big Black River on the Chickasaw Bayou on 17 May 1863. The Big Black River is about six miles east of Vicksburg.
On 21 July 1863, Charles entered the General Hospital at Petersburg, Virginia. I'm not informed about the Union Army Hospitals, but he was a prisoner of War at that time and was treated for Dysentery in a Union hospital in Virginia. He was listed as a paroled prisoner.
It was agreed between the North and South that prisoners could be released by either side if they swore not to fight again. They became paroled prisoners. On 20 March 1864, Charles was in the Mt. Sebanon (Hebanon?) Hospital for a "Stricture".
On 10 March 1864, after his parole, he was listed as a patient of the Confederate States Of America Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. That is a short distance from Claiborne Parish where Seaborn J. Thompson lived after the war and where Charles took a wife after he got out of the hospital. The record lists his ailment as "Stricture Rectum". That may be a narrowing of the passage. Descendants say Charles was crippled the rest of his life, but the reason is unknown. He was hospitalized several times for his disability.
On 17 May 1862, a message was sent account Lt. C. Thompson from Camp Moore. It was stamped "Record Division, Rebel Archives, War Department". It stated, "Recomd for some military appointment by many officers of 3rd Miss. Reg't to which he formed, belonged, but failed to be reelected on its reorganization. File Recd May 22/62" Reelected failure may refer to dismissal. That may have been due to his medical problems.
Page two stated: Camp Moore May 1st 1862, To the Hon Secy of War, The bearer of the Liet C. Thompson formally of Company D of the Regt, not having been reelected in the late reorganization, we the undersigned officers of the Regt desire to recommend him to your favorable consideration, as a gentleman and an officer. Lieut Thompson has unhesitatingly sacrificed personal popularity in the strict discharge of his duty as an officer and consequently deserves not only our thanks but the kindly consideration of yourself. We feel no hesitation in saying that any duty assigned him will be faithfully discharged.
T A Millin Col 3rd Reg Miss Vols.
Mr. Lemke unraveled a mystery. Sarah Frank Thompson, his wife, was the daughter of James Jerome Thompson. She was adopted by Frank H. Thompson, her uncle. They met on the east coast while she visited a relative during WWII. Lemke followed her back to Georgetown, and refused to leave her side until she married him. Frank had no children of his own. Frank and James owned a grocery store and a laundry. James was in Shackelford County Texas in 1929.
John N. Thompson
The 1860 Mississippi, Lowndes County census suggests that John N. Thompson traveled to Mississippi with his father, Seaborn. Page 725 recorded a John Thompson aged twenty-five from Georgia. His occupation was "Negro Manager" near the town of West Point on 8 August 1860.
As the war began, two sons of Seaborn, Charles and Edward lived with him in Mississippi. They each joined the Confederate Army. They fought at Vicksburg. John joined in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana and also fought at Vicksburg. After the war, John apparently departed Claiborne Parish Louisiana. Information about John N. Thompson's military unit follows.
The 1st Regular Artillery Regiment was organized during the spring of 1861 with men from New Orleans and the surrounding area. The unit contained ten companies, but there were a number of consolidations during the war, and in 1865 only four remained. A heavy artillery unit, it served at Forts Jackson and St. Philip at New Orleans, then it was part of the river batteries at Vicksburg. There it was captured on July 4, 1863. After being exchanged and reorganized, it was stationed at Mobile and saw action at Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, and Spanish Fort. On May 4, 1865, the unit surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The field officers were Colonels Johnson K. Duncan, C. A. Fuller, and Paul O. Hebert; Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Belzhoover; and Majors James B. Anderson, W. C. Capers, Henry A. Clinch, and Raymond Montaigne. "I" Artillery, 1st Regiment Heavy, Colonels Paul O. Herbert, Charles Fuller; Lt. Colonel Daniel Belzhoover; Majors Johnson K. Duncan, Henry A. Clinch, W. C. Capers, Richard C. Bond; Company E Commander James B. Anderson, resigned 28 January 1863, L. B. Haynes.
Organized 5 February 1861, as part of the Louisiana State Army, the 1st Heavy Artillery transferred to Confederate service 13 March 1861, with 744 men. Regimental headquarters remained at the New Orleans Barracks while the various companies occupied the forts of the New Orleans defenses. Throughout the fall and winter of 1861, Companies B,C,D,E,F,H, and K served in Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip below New Orleans. Companies A and I helped defend Fort Pike. Company G composed part of the Fort Macomb garrison. The companies at Jackson and St. Phillip fought well against Union admiral David G. Farragut's fleet during the bombardment and passage of the forts and were included in the surrender and parole of the garrisons on April 26, 1862. Company I participated in the brief skirmish with the Union fleet at the McGehee Lines on April 25. Companies A and G evacuated their posts on April 26 and joined Company I at Camp Moore on 3 May 1862. About 20 May 1862, these three companies departed for Vicksburg, Mississippi, to help man the river batteries defending that city. They served in a temporary battalion commanded by Major Henry A. Clinch during the first attack on Vicksburg, 18 May 18 to 27 July 1862. The officers and men captured at Jackson and St. Philip received their exchanges in the fall, and most of them returned to their command. During the fall and winter of 1862-63, the regiment suffered heavily from sickness. At one point nearly 500 conscripts augmented its depleted ranks. The men manned the cannons in the lower (southern) river batteries at Vicksburg. On 11 March 1863, Company A moved to Grand Gulf to occupy the upper battery. In an engagement with Federal gunboats on March 31, the company distinguished itself by its excellent firing. This company again engaged the enemy on April 29 and participated in the evacuation of the post on May 3. During the siege of Vicksburg, May 19 to 4 July 1863, the regiment fired its cannons at enemy gunboats on the river and enemy batteries on the Louisiana shore. The 1st Heavy Artillery marched out of Vicksburg after the surrender there and went into a camp for paroled prisoners at Enterprise, Mississippi. Major General Dabney H. Maury requested the regiment's services at Mobile, Alabama, after it was exchanged; and the regiment arrived there on 16 January 1864. From that time until summer, the companies manned various redoubt along the Mobile land defenses. Twice during July, 1864, the regiment moved to Meridian, Mississippi, to support Major General Stephen D. Lee's cavalry force. At the Battle of Tupelo, 14 July 1864, the men acted as an infantry reserve. The regiment reoccupied redoubts at Mobile in early August 1864, and late that month the companies moved to two water batteries on islands in upper Mobile Bay The regiment continued to garrison these batteries until 11 April 1865, when they were dismantled and their men evacuated a part of the evacuation of Mobile. When Lieutenant General Richard Taylor's army surrendered, on 8 May 1865, the 1st Heavy Artillery was camped at Cuba Station, Alabama. The men received their paroles at Meridian as part of Taylor's army.
Charles Glenn Thompson
Charlie Glenn Thompson was the son of Seaborn Jones, Seaborn the son of Edward, Edward the son of Seaborn J., Seaborn J. the son of Charles Thompson. Charlie was one of nine children and the youngest boy of the family. He was strikingly handsome, athletic and very popular in school. He was born in Coleman, Texas in 1920.
Charlie's family moved to New Mexico about 1926. Charlie--also spelled Charles and Charley on some records, signed his name Charlie G. Thompson. He joined the army in 1942 and was sent overseas. He was a band member in the 775th Tank Battalion Company C. In Europe, he contracted pneumonia, bronchitis, and nasopharyngitis which required hospitalization in Brine Tree, England. He also contracted dermatophytosis.
Prior to the war, Charlie was a Rodman with the U.S. Engineers. He married Bernice McCracken prior to 1946, who had a child, Carl McCracken, by her first husband. Their divorce affected Charlie severely. Charlie lived with his sister in Klamath Falls, Oregon for a short while, then he re-enlisted in the army. After reenlistment, Charlie developed an illness which required his hospitalization for several years. Charlie was buried in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he finished high school, and had passed many happy days in his youth.
The Family of
New to our genealogical family is Zana R. Thompson. We've had Zana in our files for some time under the incorrect name of Dana R. The records state she was born in Louisiana in 1867, daughter of Charles and Sarah Thompson, and died in Coleman in 1907. Zana was born in Louisiana because Charles and Sarah were married in Claiborne Parish after the war. Zana married Thomas Ragsdale Austin in 1887. Their daughter, Ernest Thompson Austin, is buried next to her (born 1891, died 1894). This new information was found in Vena Gates's cemetery book. After her parents died, Florence Austin took over as acting parent. She was a school Teacher. Her brother was a lineman. She married Clarence Saunders of Coleman. They were active in the community according to the Coleman History book. The 1910 census of Coleman County was as follows:
Austin, Florence Head Single 21 TX TX LA School
Georgia Land Lottery: Morgan County; Lot 54-18-1 Cherokee. Pers. app'd. Charles Thompson to claim lot 54-18-1, purchased by Alexander Stewart; lot 506-4-1, drawn by himself; lot 76-2-2 purchased from the orphans of Robert C. Rawkins, who are of age; lot 235-4-of Muscogee, now Marion, also drawn by sd. orphans; and lot 697-3-3, drawn by James Studdard, Signed Charles Thompson before A. B. Bostwick, J.P., June 1843.
Above land from lottery purchase places Charles Thompson in or near Morgan County by 1843, and he had sufficient wealth to purchase land outright.
A petition to the court by V. V. Thompson of tutorship for a freed Negro boy named Joseph Thompson: To the Honorable the Judge of the parish of Claiborne in and for The State of Louisiana-Your Petitioner VV Thompson a resident of said parish and state with respect represents that he has in his possession care and keeping a minor child about seven years old by the name of Joseph Thompson a free boy of Color whose parents are dead and is at this time wholly un-provided for by any person except your petitioner. Wherefore he prays that he be appointed and confirmed tutor for said minor and that RE Thompson be appointed under tutor no bond being given for all other orders necessary for general relief. VV Thompson
State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne-By reason of the law and the forgoing petition and ? it is ordered that VV Thompson be appointed and confirmed tutor of the minor Joseph Thompson a free boy of Color and that RE Thompson be appointed under tutor for said minor upon each taking the oath required by law. This done and signed officially on the 5th day of August 1871 JS Young Parish Judge.
The Williamson County Sun Friday 17 August 1928--FRONT
The Williamson County Sun Thursday 11 July 1963 Page Two Oscar Marion Beaver, 87, of Route 1, Florence, formerly of Georgetown, died in a local hospital Thursday evening, July 4, at 8 O'clock after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Florence Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Bill McChell?, pastor of Crest View Baptist Church of Georgetown, and the Rev. David Shattew? pastor of the Florence Church.
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Burial was in the Florence Cemetery, under the direction of the
Davis Funeral Home of Georgetown. Mr. Beaver, son of the late pioneer,
Martin Beaver and Zena Queen Beaver was born at Weir, Williamson
County, Texas on February 19 1876. He became a Christian early in
life and joined the Baptist Church. When Mr. Beaver was a child,
his parents moved to Virginia. They returned to Texas in February
when Mr. Beaver was five years of age, and he came to Georgetown
at the age of six. Mr. Beaver was married to Miss Lizzie Finnie?
in 1885, and they moved away in 1913. She passed away in 1913. In
1913, he wasunited in marriage to Mrs. Leo Futrell, whose death
occurred in February 1950.
The Williamson County Sun Tuesday 21 February 1950 FRONT PAGE Death came to Mrs. Oscar M. Beaver Sr. of Florence 3:30 o'clock Saturday morning, February 17, at a Georgetown hospital following an illness of four months. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist in Florence Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. C.R. Simpson, and the Rev. Anbrey F. Russell pastor of the First Baptist Church of Georgetown. Mucic was furnished by the Florence Mothers Chorus, and soloist Edgar Martin Miles of Georgetown. R.C. Farmer, Jr. and Wesdton Futrell, grandsons of Mrs. Beaver led the pallbearers, RosCoe McCann of Georgetown, Oran Gray, A.Y. Love and Louis Messer of Florence. The Davis Funeral Home of Georgetown had charge of final arrangements, and burial was in the Florence Cemetery. The floral offering was beautiful and profuse. Mrs. Beaver, daughter of the late E.Y. Thompson and Etta Warren Thompson was born in Coleman County June 1, 1883, and was reared in Coleman and Dallas. She became a Christian a in early life and joined the Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to Mr. Jim Futrell in 1899 and to this union four children were born. After the death of Mr. Futrell, she married to Mr. O. M. Beaver in 1913. In Coleman and moved to Florence in 1915. Three children were born to this union. Beside her husband, O.M. Beaver, survivors include seven children, R.A. Futrell of Hart, O.L. Futrell of Dalhart, Mrs. R.C. Farmer of Cisco, T.E. Futrell of Florence, E.Y. Beaver of El Paso, Mrs. M.G. Ryden of Florence, and O.M. Beaver, Jr. of Florence, four stepchildren, Lee Beaver of Abilene of Clovis, New Mexico, Jim Beaver of Abilene, Mrs. F.C. Hallmark of Florence, and Mrs. John Reed of Florence, twenty grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Among those from out of town attending he final rites were Mr. Jim Thompson of Austin, Mr. and Mrs J.N. Thompson of Coleman, and Mr. and Mrs. Grady Thompson of Texarkana, brothers and sisters-in-law of Mrs Beaver, Mrs H.F. Fenton and family of Pampa, sister of Mrs. Beaver, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Futrell and family of Hart, Mr. and Mrs O.L. Futrell and family of Dalhart, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Farmer and family of Cisco, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Farmer of Clovis, N.M. and friends from surrounding communities. Coleman Chronicle, 10 Oct 1963, page 6 James Thompson Died Wednesday: Last Rites Today James J. Thompson resident of Coleman most of his life, died at Overall-Morris Memorial Hospital at 10:00 p. m. on Wednesday, October 9, 1963. Funeral rites were held at Stevens Memorial; Chapel today (Thursday) at 2:00 p. m. with Douglas Robinson, Church of Christ Minister, officiating. Pallbearers were G. W. Wilson, Ben Wilson, C. O. Morgan, Jr., H. F. Fenton Jr., R. K. Wardlow, and N. W. Purcell. Mr. Thompson, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ned Thompson, was born in Coleman County on January 22, 1881. His wife, the former Ella Carpenter, died in 1924. A retired farmer, he was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving him are one son, Jimmy Thompson of San Francisco, Calif.: two daughters, Miss Louise Thompson of Coleman and Mrs. Sara Frank Lempe of California; one sister, Mrs. Ernie Fenton of Coleman; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Interment was in Coleman City Cemetery with Stevens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Coleman Democrat-Voice, 16 May 1972, page 4 Coleman Woman Dies In California.:Rites Here Tomorrow Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie M. Thayer, 85, of Coleman, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Stevens Memorial Chapel, with Elder Colvin Smith of Fort Worth officiating. Burial will be in Coleman City Cemetery. Mrs. Thayer died Friday, May 12, 1972 at 11:55 p.m. Los Angeles, Calif. Born Jan. 8, 1887 in Alvarado, Texas, she lived most of her life in Coleman, but had been staying with a daughter in Los Angeles since 1968. She and her late husband, Warren Thayer, had married in 1910, and she was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. George Wilson of Coleman, Mrs. Joel Taylor of Dallas, and Miss Margaret Thayer and Mrs. W.S. Tate, both of Los Angeles; and seven grandchildren. Her remains will arrive at Stevens Funeral Home at approximately 9:30 tonight, and will lie in state until services Wednesday.
Samuel Thompson of
The final order of business is to correct the belief that Samuel Thompson of Troup County, Georgia was the father of Seaborn J. Thompson. Seaborn Thompson's father was Charles Thompson as proved by a family history dated 1890 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. The father of Charles was another Charles Thompson, proved by the will in Union County South Carolina.
A genealogist had suggested Samuel was the father of Seaborn using the preponderance of evidence. Both families came through South Carolina to Georgia. Both married Smith's. Samuel and Seaborn both moved to Troup County. They gave children the same names. It's possible Samuel and Seaborn Thompson were related through common Smith relatives, but that is not proven. Information about Samuel Thompson is included here only to update his record.
Samuel Thompson arrived in South Carolina after
1800. A collection of census information follows:
Several documents were recorded for Samuel Thompson in Troup County. The following are noteworthy: Samuel Thomson (Thompson) Deeds--typed as closely as possible to original.
Georgia, Troup County: This Indenture* made the
seventh day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and
fifty-two between Samuel Thomson of the County and State aforesaid,
of the one part, and Elizabeth P. Graggs daughter of the said Samuel
Thomson wife of William Graggs of the state of Alabama, Chambers
County, of other part, Witnesseth that the said Samuel Thomson for
and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he
has and bears to his said daughter Elizabeth P. Graggs wife of William
Graggs hath given granted and conveyed and does by these presents
give grant and convey unto the said Elizabeth P. Graggs during her
natural life and then to her children two Negroes, to wit, Winney
a woman about forty-nine years old of dark completion and also Maude
a girl thirteen years old of dark complexion. To have and to hold
the above mentioned Negroes from and after the death of the said
Samuel Thomson unto her the said Elizabeth P. Graggs her children
to their own proper use and benefit. In testimony whereof the said
Samuel Thomson hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the
day and year given above writen. Signed and sealed and delined in
presence of Test.--John N. McCain; William J. Smith J.P.; Samuel
Thomson Recorded December 2nd 1852; Wm. M. Latimer CLK
Georgia, Troup County: This indenture made this seventh day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-two between Samuel Thompson of the said County and State of the one part and William P. Thompson, son of the said Samuel Thomson, of Alabama State, Chambers County of the other part witnesseth, that the said Samuel Thomson for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he has and bears to his said son William P. Thomson hath given granted and conveyed and does by their presents give grant and convey unto the said William P. Thompson his heirs and assigns two Negroes to wit, Sally a woman about thirty years old of dark complexion and Jackson a boy seven years old of dark complexion. To have and to hold the above mentioned Negroes from and after the death of the said Samuel Thomson unto him the said William P. Thomson his heirs and assigns, and and their own proper use and benefit. In testimony whereof the said Samuel Thomson hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written. Signed sealed and delined* in the presence of Test--John N. McCain; William J. Smith J.P.; Samuel Thomson Recorded September 2nd 1852; Wm. M. Latimer CLK *Delined means all legal liens are removed or found not to exist.
Georgia, Troup County: This indenture made this seventh day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-two between Samuel Thomson of said County and State of the one part and John A. Smith son in law of the said Samuel Thomson of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth, that the said Samuel Thomson for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he has and bears to his said son in law John A. Smith hath given granted and conveyed and does by these presents give grant and convey unto the said John A. Smith his heirs and assigns* two Negroes girls Mary a girl about seven years old of dark complexion and also Martha a girl about nine years old of dark complexion. To have and to hold the above mentioned Negroes from and after the death of said Samuel Thomson unto him the said John A. Smith his heirs and assigns and to his and their own proper use and benefit. In testimony whereof the said Samuel Thomson hath herein set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written. Signed sealed and delined in presences of Test--John W. McCain; William J. Smith J.P.; Samuel Thomson, Seal Recorded September 2nd 1852; Wm. M. Latimer CLK
Georgia, Troup County: This Indenture made this
the Tenth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight
Hundred and Thirty-nine between Isaac Collins of the County aforesaid
of the one part and Samuel Thompson of the same place of the other
part, witnesseth that the said Isaac Collins for and in consideration
of the sum of Five Hundred dollars to him in hand paid at and before
the sealing and delining of these presents the receipt-whereof it
hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold and conveyed and
does by these presents grant-bargain sell and convey unto the said
Samuel Thompson his heirs and assigns all that tract or parcel of
land situated lying and being in the Fourth District of said County
know and distinguishable by No 74 Seventy Four containing Two Hundred,
two and a half acres more or less.
Georgia, Troup County: This Indenture made this
the 22 January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred
and thirty-three between Nancy Walker and Samuel Thompson of the
County and State aforesaid they being now about-to engage in the
Solom* bonds of Matrimony each agree from day and year above named
all of the property they may accumulate to be equally divided in
two parts after their death between their children. In witness they
have hereunto set their hands and seal the day and year above written.
Signed N. McGehee; Berry A. Fox J.P.; Nancy "X" Walker--her mark
*This word found spelled as-it-is-here and in other documents. Appears to be willfully spelled 'solom' in that section of Georgia during that era.
Written by Lisa Barnum
Mixed NOTES, late arriving obituaries and other data
Today 30 September 1996, I talked to Jim Thompson, who is the son of James (Jim) Jerome Thompson. He is 76 years old and lives in Orland, California. James was the son of our great grandfather Edward Young Hill Thompson. He has been on his own from a young age and does not remember a lot of THOMPSON history. He did tell me several things.
He said the THOMPSON men and women were large people. His uncle Seab (Seaborn Jones Thompson) was the smallest of the boys at only 5'10". The ladies were also healthy and strong. He said he saw Seab several times in his youth. Seab and his brother Nuge were quiet men and never spoke about personal things. It wasn't polite to discuss certain things.
After Seab moved to New Mexico, one of his sons went to old Mexico and got in trouble with the Mexican Police and was put in prison. They tried to get him out, but the Mexicans would not listen to Seab. Jim could not remember the name of the son who was in prison in Mexico. Cousin Michael told me the same story as did Aunt Mary Louise Thompson about a son of Seab's being in a Mexican prison. I assume this story is true, but I believe that the son got out of the Mexican prison and it was was Edward Thompson.
Jim confirmed that Edward Senior was a officer in the Confederate Army. He said Edward had a brother who also served. That was Charles. I have found new and fascinating information on Charles W. Thompson. I always believed he married three times. I now have the names of his three wives and all of his children. I am unsure at this time how far I will trace the ancestry and descendants of his wives. I wish to devote some time to John, brother of Charles who I speculate died in Carroll County Mississippi.
I looked further into the history of Charles's first wife. I can now say with 100% confidence that his wife was a PARKER not a BUGG. In 1870 a Charles Bugg (aged five) was in their home but was listed separately by the census enumerator. I proposed that she, Sarah A.____?___ was a BUGG based on that child's last name. I now believe that child was either a relative or an orphan. Charles Bugg vanished in 1880, therefore, I say he was not directly related to Sarah's family. This is supported by the obituary of Charles. His first wife was in fact Sarah Angie Parker. Her parents lived in Wood County Texas after the Civil War. Wood County is also where Edward and Charles lived after the war. I will provide you each with updated charts in time, perhaps in a month. Sarah was dearly loved by all of the family and Edward named a child "Angie" after Sarah Angie.
As for Edward's first wife, our great grandmother, she was in fact a WARREN not a SMITH. This is 100% certain. I had for several years believed that Edward married Mattie Smith in Texarkana, Arkansas. I now know he married Martha A. Warren in Wood County, Quitman, Texas in 1874. The marriage of Edward to another 'Mattie' was a coincidence of names, dates, and places. It always bothered me how Edward could go from Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas to Texarkana, marry and return so quickly, or even why he would do such a thing. Lesson # 1: Just because the data fits, that don't make it correct!
I did, this week, find Martha A. Warren living near Edward and Charles in 1870 in Winnsboro Texas. She went by "Martha A." not Mattie, and that is the name she was enumerated by in 1880 in Coleman County. In 1870, she was the right age, at the right place, at the right time. This is supported by other recently obtained documents, i.e. that she was a WARREN. An extremely small possibility exists that she married a SMITH before marrying Edward, but I do not believe it.
I have submitted to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City all of my wife's ancestors and all of my ancestors to the International Genealogical Index except our THOMPSON line. God told me not to submit the THOMPSON line on the day I went to the center. I know he wanted me to search further. I now have better records to submit. I'll have to amend the Ancestral File, but I have always known new findings would require corrections to that file. The International Genealogical Index, on the other hand, can not be changed, not ever, not for any reason. I hope I always listen to God. He has never lead me away from the proper path.
Jim further told me that Grandfather Edward Thompson
went by Ned. Ned is the name found on the birth certificate of James
Jerome. Jim said they called his Grandfather Thompson "The Colonel",
because he looked like a Kentucky military Colonel. He stated that
a big impressive picture of him hangs on a wall in Coleman, Texas,
but he can not remember in which building.
Mary Thompson sent me several photos. When I get caught up on genealogy, I will copy said photos and disperse copies to you who request them. However, I will not be doing any photo reproductions in October.
Cousin Michael said he heard an old family story that one of Seab's boys worked in a lumber mill near Alamogordo. He said he witnessed a co-worker get cut in half by a big saw. After that, he left Alamogordo and had emotional problems. Mother Florice said her brother Monte (or Monta) worked in the Saw Mill. He left Alamogordo after 1930 and she never saw him again.
Mary Thompson said her grandfather Edward's house burned down in Glen Cove. Neighbors helped him rebuild his house, as he was well know in the area having lived there since 1878. He helped build the first church in Glen Cove and was an active church member.
I had problems tracing James Jerome Thompson. One reason was: He married five times and divorced four times--to four women! He lived in Williamson County for several years. Frank H. Thompson lived in Williamson County, as well as Mattie Earnest THOMPSON Fenton. Seaborn Jones Thompson lived in Georgetown for a short period when Frank was caring for him. The home of James Jerome Thompson also burned, and he lost everything just as his father had lost everything.
I now own a photo of Mattie Earnest (or Ernest) THOMPSON Fenton thanks to a distant FENTON relative now living in Coleman. Mattie was active in the community and in the church.
Great Uncle Henry Grady Thompson lived in Ashdown Arkansas for many years. He was the County sheriff.
2 October 1996
Last night my Lord whispered to me. He would not let me rest. I got up at 2:30 a.m. and rustled around. I heard Newton or Nugent from the shadows. I wondered if he was telling me to look for John Nugent Thompson, son of Seaborn #1. I turned on my computer and ran a program for the 1860 census index for Mississippi and Louisiana. Too many John Thompson's came on the screen for me to comprehend. I input Seaborn Thompson as I had done a hundred times before. I found nothing, but Newton kept ringing in my ears.
I finally selected all Thompson names from Mississippi and went down the long list one by one. I found a Sebron Thompson. This could not possibly be Seaborn, I thought. I checked the county and it was Newton County Mississippi, town of Hickory. I have checked a thousand dead-ends looking for Seaborn Thompson after 1850 over the last four years. I dismissed this name as being too far removed from Seaborn. Tonight before the Family History Center closed I drove there and opened the microfilm file. The Newton County 1860 film was on inventory. I ordered it last year on long term hold. I put it on the reader and came to Sebron Thompson on page 714, line 153. It was a very poor film, but I could make out the entry using a yellow screen:
Sebron Thompson age 55, male, white, Railroad contractor, born in Georgia, $10,000 land, $39,980 personal assets. Living in his house was Charles Thompson age 16, male, white, born in Georgia, and Edward Thompson age 14, male, white, born in Georgia.
No other persons lived with him. It was our Seaborn Jones Thompson #1 living in Newton County Mississippi. Jane Briden Moreland was not in the home. She must have died before 1860. We knew she died before 1880 in Mississippi. Now we know she died before 1860. The other children were married and gone. Just Charles and our great grandfather Edward remained, still young of age. Seaborn was wealthy, very wealthy for 1860 with $50,000 at his finger tips.
That census told much about our family, but it suddenly hit me that I had violated my rule to always think like they did in 1860 to help me search. The spelling of Sebron was understood once I looked at it from the enumerator's point of view. He was a gentlemen of the deep South. How would he have pronounced Seaborn? He would have said and written into the census 'Se--bron' or 'Seb--ruhn' not 'Sea--born'.
Why didn't I see that four years ago? They answer is: "God will only reveal his secrets when He is ready, not when we are wanting.
5 October 1996
Three obituaries finally arrived from Georgetown, Texas. I wrote editor pleading for help before I received them. I generally don't send copies of obituaries to you, but these were a long time coming and I wanted to share them.
The Williamson County Sun
H. Frank Thompson was born July 4, 1876 in Wood County, Texas. At the age of two years he moved with his parents to Coleman, Texas, where he grew to manhood. In 1900 he moved to Georgetown and became identified with the Troy Laundry, later buying the plant and enlarging it, making of the system a model laundry plant in the Southern Laundrymen's Association. He was married November 10, 1901 to Miss Sallie Shaw, daughter of Captain and Mrs. W.C. Shaw and to him she has been a loyal companion and devoted wife. During her long vigil at his bedside following his sudden and severe illness which followed a stoke while at work in his plant in July 1924, she has never wavered nor grown weary, and her sacrifice of love has been beautiful and complete.
Frank Thompson, as he was familiarly know to his multitude of friends, was devoted to his business, he spared neither pains nor labor in building here an institution of which he and his town could justly feel proud and he was stricken just at the completion of a splendid new modern building and its equipment with the most approved machinery known to the trade. As an indication of his skill in building today after four years of illness, the plant is among the most modern is the state and a monument to his enterprise and determination. As a citizen he was equally industrious. No movement was ever launched for the improvement and betterment of his town that he did not lend his enthusiastic support and financial assistance. The schools, the churches, the hospitals, the widow, the orphan, the charities, none of those ever make an appeal that he did not respond liberally. He believed in a broad and liberal consideration of all questions and no small or narrow endeavor ever appealed to him. When he was stricken with the illness from which he died, and from which he was a great sufferer, Georgetown lost from her active citizenship one of her best men, and in his death his family and friends feel the loss of a true and trusted loved one and companion. God never gave one a better friend, he never created a more devoted husband or friend.
Besides his wife, Mr. Thompson is survived by his mother, Mrs. E.Y. Thompson of Coleman; an adopted daughter, Norah Frank Thompson; and the following brothers and sisters: S.J. Thompson, Arizona; J.J. Thompson of Austin; Mrs. O.M Beaver of Florence; H.G. Thompson of Ashdownn, Arkansas: J.N. Thompson of Coleman; and Mrs. Earnie Fenton of Coleman.
Honorary Pallbearers: Claud Lunsford, Dr. Bendley, Temple, Eldridge Hodges, Sam V. Stone, Joe Corwin, Austin, Dr. Walter Marlin, Dr. John Martin, Mr. J.N. Keller, R.J. Stone, W.H. Davis, C.S. Bedford, J.E Cooper, W. Box, R.E. Ward, S.J. Enochs, John M. Sharpe, Dan Everidge, Granger, W.P. Hoffman, J.W. Robertson, Chas. Shell, Arther Eanes, D.H. Davis, Dr. W.H. Moses, Dr. W. M. Schultz, Dr. E.M. Thomas, D.E. Davis, Wm. Dunks, A.M. Sillure, E.H. Eanes, Fay Sherman, Jack Fokes, Del Rio, lark, Abilene,Chas. Clark, Abelene, Caleb Simmons, Sweetwater, L.F. Gieschke, Houstohn, W.F. Taylor, Coleman, E.S. Brotherton, Dallas, E.P. Lewis, San Antonio
I have discovered that little distinction was made by the children of Edward and their mother versus their step-mother. That is the reason, I believe, Martha Warren was often called Etta Warren, because of Mary Graham's middle name Ett, i.e. Etta. Martha died at an early age and the children only remembered their step-mother. Also, take notice that Frank H. Thompson was a very successful businessman, and wealthy, but he signed his name with an X. Frank was an important community leader in Georgetown judging from his Pallbearers which included five doctors and his obituary appeared on the front page. Of course, several errors are in this obituary, as there always are. I'll leave you the joy of finding them.
The Williamson County Sun Thursday 11 July 1963
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was in the Florence Cemetery, under the direction of the Davis Funeral
Home of Georgetown. Mr. Beaver, son of the late pioneer, Martin
Beaver and Zena Queen Beaver was born at Weir, Williamson County,
Texas on February 19 1876. He became a Christian early in life and
joined the Baptist Church. When Mr. Beaver was a child, his parents
moved to Virginia. They returned to Texas in February when Mr. Beaver
was five years of age, and he came to Georgetown at the age of six.
Mr. Beaver was married to Miss Lizzie Finnie? in 1885, and they
moved away in 1913. She passed away in 1913. In 1913, he was united
in marriage to Mrs. Leo Futrell, whose death occurred in February
1950. In December of 1950 Mr. Beaver was married Mrs. J. S. Hays,
who preceded him in death September, 1962. Mr. Beaver engaged in
farming and ranching at Florence for many years. He was a man of
fine Christian character. A devout member of the First Baptist Church
at Georgetown, he was always faithful in his attendance at Sunday
School and Church as long as his health permitted. Mr. Beaver was
revered by all who knew him for his kind and friendly disposition
and his strict honesty in all of his numerous dealings. Mr. Beaver
was survived by four sons, Lee Beaver of Clovis New Mexico; Jim
Beaver of Abelene; E. Y. Beaver of El Paso and Oscar M. Beaver,
Jr. of Phoenix Arizona. Also, three daughters, Mrs. Eva Reed of
Temple, Mrs. P.C. Mall?, and Mrs. Milton Ryden of Florence, sister
Mrs. Laura Futehand? of Big Spring. Also, twenty-one grandchildren,
forty-five great grandchildren, twenty-three great great grandchildren,
five stepsons, R.A. Futrell of Hart, Ed Futrell of Florence, Roderick
Hays of San Antanio, Mark Hays of Dallas and Ray Hays of ?. Also,
four stepdaughters, Mrs. R.C. Farmer of Abilene, Mrs. Marvin Lester
of Georgetown, Mrs. Mattie Spence of Temple, a great number of nieces,
and other relatives and a host of long time friends.
The Williamson County Sun Tuesday 21 February
1950 FRONT PAGE
Page 249. Will. I, Samuel Bugg Sr of L, being
sick and weak -First, my just debts are to be paid. To my wife Sarah
Bugg - all my estate, during her natural life, and after her death
To my son Jacob Bugg - 1 Negro girl called Cloe. To my daughter
Sarah Fowler - 1 Negro wench called Jean, and after her death, said
Negro and her increase to be equally divided among her children.
Notes: There was one important deed one for Charles Thompson and daughter Martha A. It gives primary and direct evidence of a daughter Martha Adeline who married Reuben Nash of Jackson County, GA and names their 3 children: Charles J./T. Nash, John J. Nash and Reuben L. Nash. This document was a slave bill of sale and a deed of gift for the same 4 slaves, which are also named. Martha was already deceased at the time of the document (1841) so she was not living at the time of her father's death. I don't know about LA law, but in GA heirs at law include children. Since Martha was deceased, I would imagine her children inherited. There may be no estate documents for the GA heirs outside the LA documents. It would seem that the LA vouchers for the estate would itemize what sum was given to the attorney for the GA heirs. It might not break down that sum for the individual heirs, however. The Morgan Co property was "on the waters of Jack's Creek.
The document in the Boykin Family papers which has James and Seaborn Thompson is not a family matter. It is two separate deeds for land. One, that Seaborn Thompson was selling not as owner but in his capacity as Sheriff of Troup County and the other deed was signed as witness by the James Thompson signing as a judge of Chambers County, Ala at bottom of the deed. If you want a copy of these two deeds, please remit a check for $6.00 to Troup County Archives, P.O. Box 1051 LaGrange, GA 30241. State in your letter with your check that you want: Deeds made by Seaborn Thompson, Sheriff of Troup Co and deed signed by James Thompson, Judge of Chambers Co., Ala, both in Boykin Family Papers Box 1 folder 12.
Washi Hugh died on January 24, 1883 in Tennille. He is buried in Zeta Cemetery, Tennille, Washington County, Georgia. His wife, Nancy Malinda (Hart) Orr was at the home of her son, Thomas J. Orr on the 1890 Federal Census of Washington County. She left a will which was dated October 17, 1890 and proved November 3, 1890. Nancy was born February 28, 1826 (Washington Co, GA) and died on October 21, 1890 in Davisboro. She is buried in Zeta Cemetery, Tennille, GA.
Nancy's will mentions her son William L. Orr of Texas, his two minor sons, Pringle and Warner Orr, her daughters, Mrs Mary F. Davis, Mrs. Jennie Brantley, George F Orr, Thomas J. Orr, Edward J. Orr, his minor son Jack Orr; Virgil Orr, and Hugh W. Orr. Executors were sons, T.J. Orr and E. J. Orr. Witnesses were W. J. Wade, R. B. Thompson, and A. Baker, Jr. Washington Co GA Genweb site part of a story ORR/HART/Thompson connection.
Seek and you will find.
It was once believed Samuel Thompson was related to our Thompson line. He arrived in Georgia from South Carolina and Georgia. They probably were not related, but they had similar family names, including a Seaborn Thompson, and lived in the same areas. The almost certainly knew each other's family members. This Samuel Thompson data is shown for those who may be related to Samuel. Samuel Thompson arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806 via ship. By 1810, he moved to Colleton County. The 1810 South Carolina census placed him at Saint Johns which was on Edisto Island at the southern tip of South Carolina.
Samuel was a wealthy man, because in 1810 he owned ten valuable slaves. In 1810 his family had two boys and three girls all under ten years of age. It's probable he married between 1797 and 1803 in Ireland.
Samuel, a farmer, moved his family to Greene County, Georgia before the census of 1820 was taken. That was a move of two hundred miles. When Troup County was formed from Indian Land in 1826, Samuel moved his family to an area known as Flat Shoals which was in the southern part of Troup County. Samuel and several others established the Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church which exists today. Troup County has remained a stronghold for Thompson families until the present time.
Samuel's first wife died between November 1830 and January 1833. We don't know her name as her grave hasn't been identified. Her name may have been Jane Chambers of Daintfield, Down, Ireland based on Irish marriage records.
Samuel married Nancy Smith nee Walker on 22 January 1833 in Troup County. On 21 May 1858 Samuel died. He was buried in the Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. His headstone revealed he was born in Ireland 16 August 1772. Samuel wasn't buried near any other Thompson relatives, except that unmarked graves on either side of Samuel may be those of his wives.
Samuel bought and sold land on several occasions.
Two of the early deeds are abstracted below:
Deed: Book A, pg 421:
The 1860 census of Troup County recorded the John Smith family. This census was important for it was a clue to the relationships of the Thompson's. It was once thought that Samuel Thompson was a relative of our ancestor, Seaborn J. Thompson, but they probably were not directly related except perhaps through common SMITH relatives.
1860 Troup County, O'Neals, 699 District 743
John Smith was born 30 April 1809. He married Mary Thompson 15 December 1831. He died 12 June 1880. Mary was born 16 June 1809 in Colleton County, South Carolina. She died 12 January 1884. This inscription appeared on her headstone:
Sleep sweetly, my Mother, well earned is thy rest
Both John Smith and his brother were wealthy by today's standards. The Walkers were also wealthy as were the Thompsons. The Clevelands, who married into the Smith family and are listed in the Smith family above, were a pioneer family in Troup County; likewise, they were wealthy. Larkin G. Cleveland operated a shoe factory south of LaGrange using leather supplied from Seaborn Thompson's tan-yard.
The 1880 census reflects the death of Nancy.
The 1820 Greene County census was important, because it listed the entire family of Samuel before his children married, including his ten slaves. This census was taken in Captain Andrew's District as follows:
Seaborn J. (Jones ?) Thompson was born in 1806, but was not the son of Samuel as once thought. Still, I wonder if these families lines were related.
End of Samuel Thompson Notes.