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Allen W. THOMPSON
Virginia Ann McCRAY
Husband:  Allen W. THOMPSON
Birth:  16 Mar 1846, Paris, Monroe Co., MO
Death:  aft. 1880 census, Ft. Bragg, Mendocino Co., CA
Occupation:  lawyer, politician
Office:  Postmaster in Ukiah, Mendocino Co., CA
Migration:  1849, Missouri to Gold Run, Placer Co., CA; 1872 to Mendocino Co., CA
Father:  Thomas THOMPSON
Mother:  Susannah JONES
Marriage:  aft. 1870
Wife:  Virginia Ann "Jennie" McCRAY
Birth:  1850/1, Middlebury, Mercer Co., MO
Death (outlived her husband):  aft. 1880 census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., CA
Father:  William Henry McCRAY
Mother:  Macedonia Alice WILLIAMS
Children born in Mendocino Co., CA:
1.  Cora THOMPSON, b. 1874/5; died young
2.  Mabel THOMPSON, b. Nov/Dec 1879; died young
3.  (Child) THOMPSON, died young
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Sources:

1.  Family Group Sheet compiled by Georgie Tolleson, Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati, and Maude Irene (Thompson) Rose, granddaughter of Thomas Thompson.

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Allen W. THOMPSON (æ 5, b. MO) is living in El Dorado Co., CA, with his father (q.v.).

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Ellen (sic) W. THOMPSON (æ 14, b. MO) is living in Santa Clara Twp., Santa Clara Co., CA, with his father (q.v.).  V.A. McCRAY (æ 9, b. MO) is living with her parents in Washington Twp., Mercer Co., MO (q.v.).

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Allen W. THOMPSON (æ 24, b. MO) is living in Santa Clara Twp., Santa Clara Co., CA, with his father (q.v.).  Virginia McCRAY (æ 19, b. MO) is living with her parents in Cloverdale Twp., Sonoma Co., CA (q.v.).

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #22 of 48):  Ukiah, Mendocino Co., CA, p. 193B, PN 22, SD 3, ED 57, enumerated 12 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
150 152 Thompson A W W M 34     / Postmaster MO KY KY
    ________ Jennie W F 27 Wife   / Keeping house MO TN TN
    ________ Cora F W F 5 Dtr /   At home CA MO MO
    ________ Mabel W F 7/12 Dtr /   " CA MO MO
    ________ Wm H H W M 39 Bro /   Clerk MO KY KY
William Henry Harrison THOMPSON is Allen's half-brother. 

6.  Mendocino County, California, Biographies, 1880 (online at www.sloco.net; transcribed by Pat Howard):
Allen W. Thompson.  Was born in Paris, Monroe county, Missouri, March 16, 1846, hence he is thirty-four years old.  He is the youngest son of Elder Thomas Thompson, who was one of the pioneer preachers on this coast of the Christian Church.  The subject of this sketch came to this State in the year 1849, and has resided here continuously since.  He came to Mendocino county in the year 1872.  He was married to Miss Jennie McCray, eldest daughter of William H. McCray of Cloverdale, Sonoma county, California.  Three children have been born to them, one dead and two living.  Received his first appointment of Postmaster at Ukiah under the administration of President Grant and the second under the administration of President Hayes, and during his term of office the post-office at Ukiah, owing to the natural increase of business and his careful supervision, has been raised from a fourth to a third-class office.

SOURCE: History of Mendocino County, California - San Francisco, Cal. Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers. 1880 Pp. 672

7.  Email from Phyllis Houlding.

8.  Archives of the TThompson mailing list.

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