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James THOMPSON, Sr.
Ms. __?__
Husband:  James THOMPSON, Sr.
Birth:  bef. 1780
Death:  aft. 1823
Office:  1800-1809, Justice of the Peace, Christian Co., KY
Office:  1809-1811, Sheriff, Christian Co., KY 
Father:  Sgt. James THOMPSON
Mother:  Ms. PATTERSON
Marriage:
Wife:  Ms. __?__
Children:
1.  James THOMPSON, Jr., b. 1782/3

In 1804, Jas Thompson, Junr, "son of Jas Thompson Senr," appeared on the tax rolls for the first time.  If that event signaled his coming of age, then he was born in 1782/3.


Timeline
Year Location Event
bef. 1780   birth of James THOMPSON
?   birth of Ms. __?__
?   marriage of James THOMPSON to Ms. __?__
1782/3   birth of son, James Jr.
1798 KY: Christian Co. James THOMPSON on tax rolls for the first time (no land)
1798 KY: Christian Co.: Pond R. James THOMPSON approves mill seat
1799 KY: Christian Co.: Pond R. James THOMPSON, Sr., granted 120 acres
1800 KY: Christian Co.: Pond R. James THOMPSON on tax rolls, with 120 a.
1800 KY: Christian Co. James THOMPSON made Justice of the Peace for the first time
1802 KY: Christian Co.: Pond R. James THOMPSON on tax rolls, with 220 a.
1803* KY: Christian Co.: Pond R. James THOMPSON granted 100 acres
As he was taxed on the land in 1802, I suspect this date is incorrect.

Comment, 16 March 2000:

There is some kind of mix-up here.  In 1804 both James "Sr." and "James Jr., son of James Sr." are on the tax rolls.  James Jr is taxed as being age 21 or over, so he had to have been born no later than 1782/3, which means James Sr. had to have been born no later than 1765 and more likely no later than 1760.  Problem is, James Sr.'s father, Sgt. James, is said to have been born in 1757.  Obviously, an extra generation has been inserted here.  The hitch in the scenario is that Sgt. James is said to have died in 1803.  This date must be in error.  The James Thompson who came to Christian Co. in 1798 and became JP in 1800 was said to be the "eldest" of the JPs, which means the JP must have been Sgt. James, not not his son.  I have a lot of reworking to do here...


Sources:

1.  James Thompson in Christian County Court Order Books A & B.  Synopsis: 
A James THOMPSON (either our subject or his father) first appears in Christian County Court Order Book A on 21 Jul 1798.  That he is signing approval of a mill seat on Pond River suggests this is the James THOMPSON who settled on Pond River.

James THOMPSON became a Justice of the Peace for the County on 18 Mar 1800, and on 20 Mar 1800, he was given the authority to conduct marriages.  On several occasions, James posted bond for William THOMPSON to hold the office of Constable could the two be related?  In 1804, he is called one of the two "eldest" of the Justices of the Peace and is recommended to the Governor for the office of Sheriff.  In 1806 and 1808, James is again recommended to the Governor for Sheriff.  In 1809, James received a commission from the Governor to become Sheriff of Christian County (William THOMPSON was one of the securities for his bond).  From 1800-1809, James had been in regular attendance at the County Courts, but once he had received his commission to be Sheriff, he resigned his position as J.P. and ceased his attendance at the County Courts.  Some time between January and August of 1811, James ceased to be Sheriff and ended up in litigation with his securities for that office and with the County Undertaker.

A "James Thompson, Sr." was exempted from working on public roads on 14 Dec 1802, an exemption usually given to the aged due to infirmity.  Could he be the father of our subject, who served in the Revolutionary War and died in Christian Co. in 1803?  But if James' father is the adult male living with him in 1799 and 1801, why is he not there in 1798 and 1800?

2. Christian County, Kentucky, Tax Rolls, 1797-1816.  Heritage Quest, Microfilm No. V20-72 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Year District Dates of 
Receiving
Lists
Persons Names 
Chargeable with
the Tax
A B C D E F Acres Watercourse In Whose Name
Entered
In Whose Name
Surveyed
In Whose Name
Patented
1st 2nd 3rd
1798   - Thompson, Jas. 1   - -  3 - - - - - - -  
1799 No. 2 [unreadable] Thompson James 2 - - -  2 - - - - - - -  
1800 May 6 Thompson James 1 - - -  3 - - - 120 Pond R J Thompson Same  
1801 North March 11 Thompson Jas 2 - - - 10 - - 120 - West fork P River John Thompson John Thompson  
1802   July 29 Thompson James 1 - - - 10 - -
-
120
-
-
100
Pond R
Pond R
J Thompson
J Thompson
Same
--
 
1803   Sept 16 Thompson James 1 - - -  4 - -
-
120
-
-
100
Pond R
Pond R
J Thompson
J Thompson
Same
Same
 
1804 North Apl 9 Thompson Jas Senr 1 - - - 10 - -
-
120
-
-
100
Pon R
Pon R
J Thompson
J Thompson
Same
Same
 
1805 North August 7 Thompson Jas 1 1 ? - 10 - - 220 - Pond River Jas Thompson Same  
1806 North June 3 Thompson James Senr 1 - - - 15 - - - 220 Pond River his own name same  
1807 East Sep 26 Thompson James 2 1 - - 10 - -
-
120
-
-
100
Pond river
same
J Thompson
same
same
same
1808 No. 1 July 20 Thompson James Senr 1 1 - - 11 - -
-
120
100
-
-
Pond R
same
Jas Thompson
same
same
same
 
1809 No. 1 July 27 Thompson James 1   - - 13 - -
-
120
100
-
-
W F P R J Thompson
J Thompson
same
same
same
1810 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1811 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1812 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1813 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Legend for numerical data [grey indicates that particular datum was not taken that year]:  A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20; C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses & Mares (gelded male horses and female horses); F = Stud Horses (intact male horses); 1st/2nd/3rd refer to 1st Rate, 2nd Rate, or 3rd Rate land.
James is often taxed on the same day as William Thompson of Pond River, suggesting they lived in close proximity.

3a.  A.B. Willhite.  [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809.  (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):
Pg. in
Willhite
Year Dist.* Last 
Name
First
Name
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
26 1804 North Thompson Jas. Sr. 1 - - - 10 120
100
P R
P R
48 1805 North Thompson Jas. [pages said to be unreadable]
66 1806 North Thompson James Sr. 1 - - - 15 290 P R
132 1807 East Thompson James 2 1 -
-
10 120
100
P R
P R
178 1808 East Thompson James Sr. 2 1 - - 11 120
100
P R
P R
226 1809 East Thompson James 1   - - 13 120
100
West Fk of P R
West Fk of P R
Legend for numerical data:  A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column not used in 1809);
C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses; Abbreviations:  P R = Pond River
*The county was divided into just two districts:  from 1804 to 1806, into North and South Districts; beginning in 1807, into East and West Districts.  Pond River is in NE Christian Co.

2b.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First 
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
42 1810 James Thompson 1   - - 3 120 P R
92 1811 Jas Thompson 1 - - - 2 120 P R
144 1812 Jas Thompson 1   - - 3 120 P R
199 1813 Jas Thompson 1   - - 2 120 P R
Legend for numerical data:  A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column used only in 1811); C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses; Abbreviations:  P R = Pond River
James' legal difficulties appear to have cost him a good deal of his property.

2c.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818.   (Self-published.  This book is out of print.  I do not have a copy.)

2d.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First 
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D Acres Watercourse
64 1819 Jas Thompson 1 - - 3 165 P R
112 1820 Jas Thompson 1 - - 3 145 P R
156 1821 Jas Thompson 1 - - 2 165 P R
198 1822 Jas Thompson 1 - - 3 165 P R
241 1823 Jas Thompson 1 - - 3 165 P R
Legend for numerical data:  A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses; Abbreviations:  P R = Pond River

3.  Anon.  1993.  Christian County, Kentucky, Wills and Estates, 1815-1823:  Christian County Will Book C.  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL.
p. 8 Page 21.  The estate of Abraham Adams, deceased, exposed to sale on Nov 29, 1815. 
Purchasers... James Thompson... Recorded Dec Term 1815.
p. 30 Page 108.  Appraisement of the estate of Fredrick Holland deceased, taken Feb 10, 1817...
Per [Christian County] Court order of Feb Term 1817, on Feb 10, 1817, appraised the estate of Fredrick Holland deceased. 
Signed... James Thompson.  Recorded Jan Term 1818.
p. 37-
42
Page 138.  No. 1.  List of store accounts due Doct. Moses Steele, decd, at the store in Hopkinsville, marked #1, and comprising part of the inventory of the estate of sd Steele. 
People in the list... James Thompson... Recorded May Term 1818.
Page 142.  No. 2.  Part of the inventory of the estate of Moses Steele decd.  A list of Notes.  Nov 26, 1817. 
Notes due: ... James Thompson.  Recorded May Term 1818.
Page 144.  No. 3.  A memorandum of Medical Acct in 1815, 1816, & 17, as they appear due, at the death of Dr. Steele.  This acct comprises part of the inventory of the estate of Moses Steele, decd. 
Persons named: ... James Thompson Esq... Recorded May Term 1818.
p. 65 James Thompson witnesses the will of Francis Buckner of Christian Co., 31 Aug 1818.
p. 94 Page 386.  A statement of the sale of the estate of David Pyle decd, sold on Sep 15, 1820.
Purchasers:  ... James Thompson... Recorded Jun 4 1821.
p. 119 Page 479.  The estate of Geo Buckner deceased... 
Disbursements mention:  taxes & levies for 1820, James Thompson... 
Credits: ... James Thompson ... Recorded Jan Term 1823.
p. 129 Page 521.  Sep 15, 1822.  List of notes of hand and money of JW Cocke.  People mentioned: ... Jas Thompson...
There is no certainty all of the above entries apply to our subject.

4.  From The Kentucky Land Grants by Willard Rouse Jillson (1925, Filson Club Publ., Louisville, KY; reprinted 1994 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; online at Ancestry.com).
Name Acres Date Watercourse County
Thompson, James, Sr. 120 15 Feb 1799 West Fork Pond River Christian
Thompson, James 100 18 Apr 1803 Pond River Christian
The West Fork of the Pond River runs from north central Christian Co. northeastwards to join the Pond River as the boundary between Hopkins and Muhlenberg Cos.
I suspect the date on the 1803 land grant is incorrect because he was taxed on the 100 acre parcel in 1802.

5.  Pedigree of Joshua Daniel Bobbitt:  The Bobbitt Line. [link died] by Joshua Daniel Bobbitt.   James Thompson, the JP who married William James BOBBIT and Elizabeth HAILE, is said to be the brother of the John Thompson who was married to William Bobbitt's sister, Amy Bobbitt.  The trouble with this scenario is that the James Thompson who was JP was too old to be John's brother -- he had to have been his uncle.

6.  Query at Christian Co., KY, GenConnect Query board, posted under the title, "James Thompson."  The James Thompson who was Justice of the Peace in Christian Co., KY, is said to have sold a family of slaves in 1816.  But the tax rolls show that he owned no slaves.  The James Thompson who sold the slaves in 1816 was the one who came to Christian Co. in 1815 (husband of Sarah Steele), settled on Little River, in what later became Trigg Co.

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