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Martin K. Thompson, Uncertain parentage

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Death: September 3, 1873 (80)
Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States
Place of Burial: Tucker, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Katherine H. Thompson; Catherine Knox Thompson and Louisa E. Reeves
Father of Andrew Jackson Thompson; George Washington Thompson; Jane Ann Thompson; Mary C. Thompson; Sophronia Thompson and 2 others
Brother of Andrew Thompson, Uncertain parentage; Robert K Thompson, Uncertain parentage and William Thompson, son of Elijah Thompson of MD

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Pam Wilson
Last Updated:

About Martin K. Thompson, Uncertain parentage

Possible brothers: Robert Thompson (marr. Matilda Lankford), Andrew Thompson (marr. Elizabeth Lankford), William Thompson (son of Elijah)--so his father *might* be Elijah Thompson originally of Maryland (see note under William's profile).

Possible parents: Thomas Thompson and Philadelphia Wilson (speculative)


Married Katherine Waldrop 14 June 1823 in Rutherford County, NC

Martin Thompson of Rutherford County NC who married Katherine Waldrop was the same Martin Thompson who

--served in the 7th Regt NC Militia, Frost's Company, in the War of 1812

--served as a bondsman for the 1819 marriage between Sally Hawkins and Jerry Garrett in Rutherford County

--married Katherine, daughter of Edmund Waldrop in 1823 in Rutherford County NC

--witnesses a will of John Ellison in 1835 in Rutherford County NC and is listed as an adjacent property owner

--migrated first to Forsyth County, GA, where he purchased two 40-acre lots of land from James Roberts 24 October 1841, with deed witnessed by K. H. Thompson and Robert Thompson ( I imagine K. H. Thompson is wife Katherine). However, he appears to have immediately lost this land, as well as two horses, a cart and a yoke of oxen, in a fi fa (writ of fieri facias) lawsuit against him by creditor William McConnell, according to a newspaper notice of 17 Dec 1841. Apparently, he was unable to pay his loan (I believe the other names on the suit, including Robert Thompson, were co-signers on the loan). Nevertheless, he and his family remained in Forsyth County, where he purchased a 40-acre lot 21 Jan 1843 from David Blackwell. Martin Thompson and family appear in the 1845 Georgia State Census and the 1850 federal census in Forsyth County. He is also listed in the 1850 Agricultural census with 120 acres, of which 50 are improved and 70 unimproved. [This makes me wonder if he did, in fact, pay off his lien for the 80 acres he bought in 1841 and didn't lose it after all.]

--moved to Browning, DeKalb County, GA where he is enumerated on the 1860 Agriculture census OS PAGE: 07, LINE NUMBER: 33, with 50 acres improved, 150 acres unimproved

--shows up in the DeKalb, Georgia Marriage Index when he married Louisa Mitchell on 5 Dec 1865 (Book 1 p 429)

--appears in the "Georgia, Returns of Qualified Voters and Reconstruction Oath Books, 1867-1869" as Martin Thompson 5 July 1867 DeKalb

--appears in the 1870 Federal Census for Georgia in Browning, DeKalb, Georgia with the following household:

  • Martin Thompson 77 Infirm SC
  • Mary C White 37 Keeping House NC
  • Catherine White 8 Illinois
  • Ida M. White 7 Illinois

(Note: Daughter, who is now widowed, and her two children)

--1872 U.S. Southern Claims Commission Master Index, 1871-1880: Martin Thompson DeKalb Commission #313 Report #2 Year:1872 Status: D

--died 3 Aug 1873 and is buried at Friendship Cemetery, Tucker, DeKalb County, Georgia

NAME: Martin Thompson

  • BIRTH DATE: 6 May 1793
  • DEATH DATE: 3 Aug 1873
  • CEMETERY: Fellowship Cemetery
  • BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Tucker, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States of America
  • HAS BIO?: N
  • SPOUSE: Catharine Thompson
  • CHILDREN: Ransom Martin Thompson


Martin Thompson

in the 1830 United States Federal Census

Name: Martin Thompson Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Rutherford, North Carolina

  • Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
  • Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
  • Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
  • Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
  • Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
  • Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
  • Total Free White Persons: 6
  • Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6


  • *NOTE: Not able to locate a Martin Thompson in the 1840 Federal Census. It is believed he was traveling when the Census was taken.

1850 census District 31, Forsyth, Georgia



  • Martin Thompson 58 b SC
  • Catharine Thompson 46 NC
  • George W Thompson 26 NC
  • Jane A Thompson 20 NC
  • Sophronia Thompson 16 NC
  • Mary C Thompson 14 NC
  • Richard Thompson 12 NC
  • Ransum M Thompson 4 GA

U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880

NAME: Martin Thompson

  • ENUMERATION DATE: 17 Oct 1850
  • PLACE: District 31, Forsyth, Georgia, USA
  • SCHEDULE TYPE: Agriculture

adjacent to Lewis Thompson


--------------------------------------------=U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880

NAME: Martin Thompson

  • PLACE: Browning, DeKalb, Georgia, USA
  • SCHEDULE TYPE: Agriculture
  • OS PAGE: 07
  • 50 acres improved, 150 acres unimproved


The DeKalb, Georgia Marriage Index shows:

  • NAME: Martin Thompson
  • GENDER: Male
  • MARRIAGE DATE: 5 Feb 1865
  • MARRIAGE PLACE: DeKalb, Georgia, USA
  • SPOUSE: Louisa Mitchell
  • BOOK AND PAGE: 1-429

(no further information about them other than their names is provided in the original document) **"Update: 1/30/2018" - Patrick H. Thompson has documentation and story of "exactly" what happened with the 2nd marriage of Martin Thompson to Louisa Mitchell but has not posted the information yet.


Georgia, Returns of Qualified Voters and Reconstruction Oath Books, 1867-1869 Martin Thompson Residence 29 Oct 1867 Paulding also 3 Jul 1867 Paulding

But also Martin Thompson 5 July 1867 DeKalb County, GA

The 1870 Federal Census for Georgia helps to clear this up since it shows 3 grown men named Martin Thompson that year (as well as an infant son in Milton, GA): one in DeKalb, one in Paulding, and one in Walton county. The Martin Thompson in question is the one in Dekalb, based upon age and birthplace.

1870 United States Federal Census

Martin Thompson Birth abt 1793 South Carolina

Residence 1870 Browning, DeKalb, Georgia, USA


  • Martin Thompson 77 Infirm SC
  • Mary C White 37 Keeping House NC
  • Catherine White 8 Illinois
  • Ida M. White 7 Illinois


1872 U.S. Southern Claims Commission Master Index, 1871-1880

Martin Thompson DeKalb Commission #313 Report #2 Year:1872 Status: D



Thompson / Knox abt 1820 N.C.

By Patrick Thompson July 25, 2011

Martin Thompson reportedly married M Catherine Knox (Polk) abt. 1820; He was from S.C. and She was from N.C. per later Census Records; rumor is she was from "Mecklenburg County", NC.Prior to the 1841 record below, we can find "NO" information...

Looking for information on MARTIN THOMPSON who purchased 80 acres in the 1st District of the 1st Section; Lots 47 & 86, Forsyth County, GA from James (?-hard to read) Roberts on the 24th day of October 1841. He later bought an additional 40 adjoining acres (same dist + sect) Lot 87 from David Blackwell on the 21st day of January 1843.

Martin Thompson is listed in the Forsyth County GA 1850 Agricultural Census and the 1850 Federal Census #900. His Wife and All the Children are listed on the Federal Census but his oldest Child, A.J. Thompson.

The 1850 Census reports him being born in SC and his wife Catherine being born in NC. All children are shown born in NC except for the youngest child, Ransom Thompson, who was born in Forsyth County, GA in 1846.

There was one marriage from this family out of Forsyth County, GA in 1853. Martin's daughter, Sophronia Thompson, married Jesse (Jessie) Webb BOOK C; PAGE 23 FORSYTH COUNTY GEORGIA RECORDS, 08 Dec 1853.

Martin Thompson Sold his land in Forsyth County, GA before 1860 and moved to Tucker, GA where the family moved as well and settled in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, GA.

ANY information on this Family (any member) would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. We have hit a brick wall on information pertaining to Forsyth County, GA or MARTIN and CATHERINE's Origins prior to 1841.

Patrick Thompson (404) 867.5578


Disambiguation needed: Other Martin Thompsons

(1) Martin Thompson, born c 1798 in Stokes Co, NC, the soldier who enlisted twice but then deserted

Could this have been the same person?

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914

Thompson, Martin Pvt 3rd Inf I, 6'0" blue, brown, light; age 21, farmer born in Stokes Co, NC. Enlisted Sept. 17, 1819 at Newport KY for 5 yearas. Remarks: N.O. Ret. June 30/20, present, joined June 7/20, I.C. Aug 31/20, to Apr 30//21 present

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914

Martin Thompson age 32 gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 6'2". Born in North Carolina, Stoke, Occupation: Farmer, enlisted June 1, 1830, Ft. Brady, by Lt. Perkins for 5 years, 5 Infantry D. Discharged 29 January, 1836, Ct. Martial. Deserted 3 July 33. Apprehended30 Oct 35. Re-enlistment at Ft. Winnebago.

From Wikipedia: "Fort Brady was a frontier fort established in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to guard against British incursions from Canada. The original location of the fort, known as Old Fort Brady, was along the Saint Mary's River. Fort Brady was located at this site from 1822 until 1893."

  • *UPDATE: 1/30/2018: #1 Above "IS NOT" the Same Martin Thompson as shown on this Profile. It has since been proven that Martin Thompson born 6 May 1793, served as a Replacement for Pearson's 7th Regiment, Captain John Frost's N.C. Detached militia and was discharged in September, 1814 from Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina.

(2) MARTIN THOMPSON of Jackson County, GA: a very early Georgia settler, here in 1809

Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892

  • NAME: Martin K. Thompson, 225 acres, granted to Templeton
  • YEAR: 1809
  • DISTRICT: Captain William Carrigan's
  • PLACE: Jackson, Georgia, USA
    • UPDATE: 1/30/2018: IMPOSSIBLE: Martin Thompson was born 1793. There is no way he could have purchased property in 1809 at the age of 15 or 16 years old. It has also been proven that Martin Thompson did not go to Georgia until after 1839.

(3) MARTIN THOMPSON of Clarke County, GA d. 1827 Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992

NAME: Martin Thompson

  • PROBATE DATE: 12 Sep 1827
  • PROBATE PLACE: Clarke, Georgia, USA
  • ITEM DESCRIPTION: Mixed Bonds, Recorded 30 Sept 1839

Notes: James W. Harris Administrator of estate of Martin Thompson late of this county

  • **UPDATE: 1/30/2018: This was only a verification of date. This would be Impossible as Martin Thompson Died in Dekalb County, GA in 1873.

(4) MARTIN THOMPSON of Clarke and Paulding County, GA born c. 1816

Martin Thompson is listed in 1848 tax list of Buncombe, Clarke, Georgia with 140 acres also listed there are (brothers? sons of the late Martin Thompson Sr of Clarke Co?) John, William, Frederick, and Willis Thompson

Here he is in 1850--it appears he is also the same Martin Thompson who is later in Paulding County (see below)

NAME: Martin Thompson

  • AGE: 34
  • BIRTH YEAR: 1816
  • BIRTHPLACE: North Carolina
  • HOME IN 1850: Buncombe, Clarke, Georgia, USA
  • GENDER: Male
  • Name Age
  • Martin Thompson 34
  • Jane Thompson 25
  • Mary Thompson 7
  • James S Thompson 6
  • Frances Thompson 3
  • Julia A Thompson 1

U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880

  • Martin Thompson
  • Residence
  • 20 Jun 1860 Buncombe, Clarke, Georgia, USA
  • 60 acres improved, 100 acres unimproved
  • 1860

Name Martin Thompson

  • Civil 1868 Paulding
  • 3 children (up to 18), 80 acres valued at $200
  • 1870 Paulding (same as above)
  • 1873-77 Paulding, etc.

U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 Martin Thompson

  • Residence
  • 6 Jun 1880 District 1087, Paulding, Georgia, USA
  • 32 acres improved, 60 unimproved

Many later listings through the 1880s

Martin Tompson

Birth abt 1816 Georgia

Residence 1870 Nineteenth, Paulding, Georgia, USA


  • Martin Tompson 54
  • Jaine Tompson 47
  • Mary Tompson 25
  • Francis Tompson 23
  • Julie Tompson 21
  • John Tompson 18
  • Sarah Tompson 16
  • Nancy Tompson 12
  • Arbury Tompson 9

(5) Martin Thompson died 26 July 1864, buried Andersonville Cemetery (may have been a Union prisoner)

Not the SAME Martin Thompson.....

(6) Martin Thompson of Walton County, GA b 1837

Martin Thompson

Birth abt 1837 Georgia

Residence 1870 Subdivision 129, Walton, Georgia, USA


  • Sallie Thompson 75
  • Martha Thompson 37
  • Martin Thompson 33

(7) Martin Thompson of Jones Co, GA born bef c.1825

  • Name

Martin Thompson

  • Spouse

Amanda Sanders

  • Marriage

28 Oct 1845 Jones, Georgia

(8) Martin Thompson, Confederate Soldier

Name: Martin V. Thompson

  • Side: Confederate
  • Regiment State/Origin: Georgia
  • Regiment: 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry
  • Company: K
  • Rank In: Private
  • Rank Out: Private
  • Film Number: M226 roll 60
  • Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy: Jan 13 2018, 2:16:43 UTC

The information above is "not" the same Martin Thompson as the one confirmed by Grave Headstone to have been born 6 May 1793. All of the inquiries above were nothing more than veriifcation needed. I have personally visited the Grave of Martin and Catherine / Katherine Thompson and have confirmed the dates found on this profile. I also am the one that took the picture of the Headstone with the Shaving Cream on it. Patrick Thompson 1-30-2018

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Martin K. Thompson, Uncertain parentage's Timeline

May 6, 1793
South Carolina, United States
July 28, 1824
Age 31
North Carolina, United States
July 28, 1824
Age 31
North Carolina, United States
February 16, 1830
Age 36
North Carolina, United States
April 1832
Age 38
North Carolina, United States
Age 42
North Carolina, United States
November 11, 1838
Age 45
North Carolina, United States
June 10, 1846
Age 53
Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia, United States