William Thompson
(Cir 1785-After 1850)


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Levice Gillespie

William Thompson

  • Born: Cir 1785, Virginia
  • Marriage: Levice Gillespie on 25 Jan 1801 in Tazewell Co., VA.
  • Died: After 1850, Tazewell Co., VA.

bullet  General Notes:

See general notes on on his great great grand daughter, Evelyn Hull Steele, for DAR membership application.

The only William Thompson old enough to have been married in 1801 and is listed in the 1840 Tazewell Co., VA census is the person documented below:
The 1850 Federal Census for Western District, Tazewell Co., Virginia, page 219A, dated July 6, 1850 records William Thompson (53 - VA) living with the head of household, James B. Thompson (40 - VA). Also in the household are Ed R. Thompson (15), Mary A. Thompson (13), and Archibald Thompson (9). James has real estate valued at $20,800. This is most likely the correct William Thompson because he is living nearby several families in both the 1840 and 1850 census records ... namely Margaret Thompson in both records with 3 daughters and 1 son. William's listed age in 1850, 53, is most likely incorrect in that the 1840 census record his birth year as before 1790.
The 1840 Federal Census for Tazewell Co., VA records William Thompson Sr. as head of household: 1 male (50-59), 3 males (20-29), 1 female (50-59), 2 females (15-19), 1 female (10-14), and 14 slaves. Nearby is Col. John Thompson: 1 male (60-69), 1 male (20-29), 1 female (60-69), and 11 slaves, as well as Archd Thompson Sr.: 1 male 70-79), 1 male (50-59), 1 male (40-49), 1 male (30-39), 1 female (30-39), 1 female (under 5), and 21 slaves.

In the 1840 census, nearby to William Thompson is Col. John Thompson:
THOMPSON, JOHN, born 27 Feb 1764, Augusta Co., VA, died ca 1852
[?]. He was a son of William Thompson, b 1722 at Ulster, Ireland, who
emigrated to Pennsylvania, and in 1744 purchased 229 acres of land on the
Clinch River, Morris Knob, Montgomery Co., VA. He served as a Lt. in
Captain Breckinridges' Company. He was twice married, names of wives
unknown at this time, and resided in Botetourt and Montgomery Cos., VA.
Children by his first marriage were John [Pensioner] and Archibald
Thompson, and by his second marriage he had James, William and Andrew

On 31 Mar 1834 Col. John Thompson applied before William Thompson, a
Justice of the Peace at Tazewell Co., VA, giving his age as 70 years on 27
Feb last [being 27 Feb 1764]. He stated that he came from Augusta Co., VA
in 1776 to the head of Maiden Springs fork of the Clinch River in what was
then Montgomery, now Tazewell Co., VA. In the spring of 1780 he served as
Private under Capt. Thomas Mastin.

On 28 Dec 1852 at Tazewell Co., VA, William Thompson of Liberty Hill,
deposed that he was the legal heir of John Thompson.

Other data gave his death date as 16 July 1850, and said he was twice
married, first to Louise Bowen, and second to Mary Walker.

John married as his first wife ca 1786 Louisa Bowen, daughter of Lt. Reese
Bowen and his wife, Levisa/Lucy Smith, who were married ca 1762. She was a
daughter of Col. John Smith. Lt. Reese Bowen was a [grand]son of Moses and
Rebecca [Reese] Bowen who emigrated from Wales to Pennsylvania. Moses
Bowen died in the French and Indian War in 1761. Lt. Reese Bowen was
killed at the Battle of King's Mountain.

They were the parents of the following children:
1] Reece Bowen Thompson, b ca 1788; res. Cromwell Twp. Huntington Co., PA
2] William Thompson, b 30 Oct 1790, d 27 Oct 1868; m. 1823 Matilda Witten
3] Henry Bowen Thompson, b 14 Oct 1792, d 30 Nov 1849; m. Rebecca Bowen
4] Jane Campbell Thompson, b 1 Aug 1795, d 8 June 1872; m. 5 Jul 1809
George Peery
5] Archibald Thompson, b 16 Aug 1797, d 16 Sept 1878; m. Mary Thompson
6] Lavicie Thompson, b ca 1798, d 1884; m. 4 Nov 1819 James Stanley Witten
7] John Thompson, b ca 1799/1803
8] Margaret Frances Thompson, b 10 Apr 1805, d 22 June 1875; m. Robert
Newton Ward
9] James Thompson, b ca 1806; m. 15 Feb 1835 Louisa Harrison

They may also have had a son, Walter Thompson.

John Thompson married as his second wife, Mary Walker; no issue.

Of the above children, Archibald [#5] married and had William, George,
John, and James Thompson.

John [#7] married 5 June 1827 Tazewell Co., VA to Mrs. Mary A. [Unknown]

George, b ca 1804, widow of Henry B. George. They had the following
children, all born in Tazewell Co., VA.:

1] Reese B. Thompson, b ca 1831
2] John C. Thompson, b ca 1835
3] Eliza J. Thompson, b ca 1839
4] Sarah L. Thompson, b ca 1843

Ref: History of Tazewell Co., VA. and TFN Vol. 6 1970, p 7, 9, 43.


William married Levice Gillespie, daughter of Thomas Gillespie and Margaret Bowen, on 25 Jan 1801 in Tazewell Co., VA. (Levice Gillespie was born circa 1787 in Virginia and died circa 1845 in Tazewell Co., VA..)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850 <http://www.ancestry.com>
Groom Name: William Thompson
Bride Name: Leuece Gelaspy
Marriage Date: 25 Jan 1801
County: Tazewell
State: Virginia

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