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James Ward THOMPSON
Mary Elizabeth LESSLEY
Please Note:  for some unfathomable reason, many files among the Public Member Trees at Ancestry.com give our subjects a son, "James Lemmon THOMPSON," husband of Lucinda Jane DAMETZ and Mary Anna KINT; however, that James THOMPSON was born in Illinois, moved to Kansas, then lastly moved to Colorado where he died.   Our subjects had no son, James, at all, nor do they  appear to have ever set foot out of the South.  This is such an obviously bad connection, it's hard to imagine anyone making it.  
Husband:  James Ward THOMPSON
Birth:  27 Sep 1827, Newberry Co., SC
Death:  8 Jul 1865, Weogufka, Coosa Co., AL
Father:  James THOMPSON  (1793-1847)
Mother:  Mary Elizabeth CARMICHAEL (1802-1866)
Marriage:  18 Feb 1847, Coweta Co., GA
Wife:  Mary Elizabeth LESSLEY
Birth:  2 Jul 1831, SC
Death:  9 Feb 1907, Weogufka, Coosa Co., AL
Father:  Thomas LESSLEY (1802-1882)
Mother:  Susan WILSON (1802-1893)
Children:
born in Coweta Co., GA:
1.  Thomas Alexander THOMPSON, b. 26 Oct 1847; d. 4 Sep 1930, Lee Co., MS
2.  William Ellis THOMPSON, b. 26 Mar 1850; d. 11 Feb 1927, Coosa Co., AL
3.  Eliza Jane THOMPSON, b. 28 Feb 1852; d. 12 Jun 1926

born in Coosa Co., AL:
4.  Susan Elizabeth THOMPSON, b. 12 Feb 1855; d. 18 Feb 1940, Weogufka, Coosa Co., AL
5.  George Brewer THOMPSON, b. 27 Dec 1857; d. 16 Jul 1934
6.  Wesley THOMPSON, b. May 1860
7.  Mary Jane THOMPSON, b. 5 Sep 1862; d. 27 Mar 1906, Coosa Co., AL

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Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Georgia Marriages: Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-226):
Thompson, James W Lessley, Mary Elizabeth 18 Feb 1847 Coweta Co.

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #173 of 196):  19 Division, Coweta Co., GA, Roll M432_66, p. 369A, 1221/1221, enumerated 15 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Jas Thompson 23 M   Farmer 1000 SC
Mary 19 F       "
Thomas  2 M       Ga
William 1/12 M       "
Elizabeth 49 F      800 SC
Elizabeth is James's widowed mother.

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #48 of 136):  Mt. Olive P.O., 2nd Subdivision, Coosa Co., AL, Roll M653_7, p. , PN 48, 320/320, enumerated 23 June 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
James W Thompson 32 M   Farmer 800 1000 SC
Mary 28 F         SC
Thos A 12 M         Ga
Wm E 10 M         Ga
Elizer J  8 F         Ga
Susan E  5 F         Ala
George E B  2 M         Ala
Baby 7/12 M         Ala
Joseph J Vinson 18 M   Farm Laborer     Ala

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 14):  Hannover Beat, Coosa Co., AL, Roll M593_11, p. 353B, PN 94, 70/74, enumerated 15 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thompson M E 35 F W Keeping House 300 350 SCd
________ George 12 M W working farm     Ala
________ Wesley 10 M W working farm     Ala
________ Mary  8 F W       Ala
Listed three households from Mary's parents, Thomas LESSLEY (æ 67, b. SC) & Susan (æ 67, b. SC).

5.  1880

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900

8.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Except for the tombstone images and occasional death certificate,
this database consists of undocumented patron submissions, so caveat emptor.
Name: James Ward Thompson Mary Elizabeth Lessley Thompson
Birth: Sep. 27, 1827 Jul. 2, 1831, SC
Death: Jul 8, 1865 Feb. 9, 1907, Weogufka, Coosa Co., AL
Burial: Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Weogufka, Coosa Co., AL
Father: James Thompson (1793-1847) Thomas Lessley
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Carmichael Thompson (1802-1866) Susan Wilson
Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Lessley Thompson (1831-1907) James Ward Thompson (1827-1865)
Marriage:   Feb 18, 1847 in Coweta Co., GA
Contributor: Richard Robinson 22 Jul 2003 Patricia Wiliams Curry 16 Mar 2012
Memorial #: 7702200 86887015
See Find-a-Grave for burials of the parents, children, and related kin.

9.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com):  for some unfathomable reason, many files here erroneously give them son, James L. THOMPSON, b. Jun 1856, IL.

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com):  of the many files in this database containing this family, none show a son, James.

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