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William J Thompson

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: County Down, Ulster, Ireland
Death: July 9, 1798 (72-80)
Thompson Valley, Tazwell, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Tazewell,Va,Thompson Cem
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Thompson, Jr.; William Thompson; Sarah Thompson and Ester Thompson
Husband of Lydia Graham; (Jane) Jean Thompson and Lydia Thompson
Father of Rachael Thompson; Archibald Thompson; John Thompson; Jane Sloan; Nancy Thompson and 2 others
Brother of Capt. John Thompson; Martha Thompson; James Thompson; Elizabeth Thompson; Jane Thompson and 9 others
Half brother of Joseph Thompson, I

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About William J Thompson

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A114675


Descendants of William Thompson of Tazewell

William Thompson was born in 1722 in County Down, Ireland, the son of William and Sarah (Evans) Thompson from Scotland. He emigrated along with his first wife, Jane Buchanan (b. 1732) to the Virginia area and settled in Tazewell county. He later married Lydia Graham (b. 1743). There were twelve children, the first three probably from the first marriage:

(Col.) John Thompson b. 27 Feb 1863 md. (1) Levicie Bowen

md. (2) Mary Walker

(Major) Archibald Thompson b. 10 Jul 1764 md. Rebecca Peery

Jane Thompson

Nancy Thompson b. 4 Apr 1773 md. William T. Ward

Andrew Thompson b. 1776/1781 md. Rebecca McCorkle

(Lawyer) James Thompson b. ca. 1760 (1) Jean Doak (unmarried)

(2) Sally Justice (unmarried)

Rachel Thompson b. 2 Oct 1779 md. James Robert Doak

Annis Thompson b. ca. 1782 md. John Mitchell

Lydia Thompson b. 1796 md. John Doak

William (Roane Bille) Thompson b. 10 Apr 1785 md. Louisa Gillespie

Alexander Thompson b. ca. 1793 md. Sarah Reader

Mary (Polly) Thompson

William first purchased 200 acres between the Rich and Clinch Mountains in 1792. That general area later became known as Thompson Valley. He later purchased 1300 acres of land along the Maiden Spring Fork of the Clinch river (present day Tazewell) in 1789. He was a commissioner of the Peace for Wythe County in 1790. He was Sheriff of Wythe in 1797, and deputized his sons James and Andrew.

That Andrew is not to be confused with our Andrew. That Andrew moved with his family to Union County Kentucky in 1811. His children were Poluxna Thompson, Sarafina Thompson, Mariah Thompson, Malvina Thompson, Andrew James McCorkle Thompson (b. 14 Feb 1816 in Union County, Kentucky), Rebecca Thompson, and Andrew Randolph Thompson.

William Thompson and his descendants have been extensively researched by Judy B. Anderson [Anderson, Virginia Connections]. Her book details over 8,000 descendants of William, and the allied Ward families. I have reviewed the book at length, and spoken to the author personally, but can find no connection to our Andrew and his descendants.

The only exception I know to this is the 24 Dec 1889 marriage of Thomas Benton Thompson (b. 16 May 1866, Tazewell) to Melissa Adeline Thompson (b. 4 Oct 1868, Bland). Thomas Benton was the son of James Benton and Floanna (Crabtree) Thompson. James Benton (b. 7 Sep 1837) was the son of George Washington and Mary "Polly" Shannon (Buchanan) Thompson. George W. (b. 7 Sep 1837) was the son of (Lawyer) James Thompson and Sally Justice. Melissa Adeline Thompson is found in the listing of descendants of Andrew in Appendix B of this book. (As you can see, I have an interest in both the William Thompson and Andrew Thompson line, since I am a great-grandchild of Thomas Benton and Melissa Adeline (Thompson) Thompson.)

The Thompsons who appear in the 1810 and 1820 Wythe censuses, but do not fit into Andrew's family, are possibly descendants of William.

Anderson cites a paperback about the Thompson Family (published by the Genealogical Research Institute in Arlington, Virginia) which states "that the Thompson name was common in Dumfriesshire and Roxburgshire, Scotland, and was then carried by the Scotch Presbyterians into Ireland, and that many of their descendants brought the name to America." She then cites Andrews who says that the Thompsons probably emigrated to Ireland in the early 1600's, remained for about 100 years, then migrated to America because of religious differences. This scenario fits our Andrew's situation as well, both in timing and apparent religious background. Hopefully research of other Thompsons will help extend Andrew's line back across the ocean.

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William J Thompson's Timeline

County Down, Ulster, Ireland
June 6, 1763
Age 41
Bath County, Province of Virginia
February 27, 1764
Age 42
Thompson Valley,Augusta,Virginia
April 14, 1769
Age 47
Tazewell, VA, USA
April 4, 1773
Age 51
Thompson Valley,Tazewell,Va.
Age 54
Thompson Valley, VA, USA
October 2, 1779
Age 57
Thompson Valley, Tazewell Co., VA
Age 68
July 9, 1798
Age 76
Thompson Valley, Tazwell, Virginia, United States