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John THOMPSON, Jr.
Ms. HENDERSON?
Nancy BURNETT
Elizabeth SPENCER
WARNING:  There are several unresolved anomalies here.  Don't trust anything not supported by primary documentation.  I have no proof that John married first a Ms. HENDERSON(?), but John's age and the age of his son, Henderson (who married in 1816), argue for an earlier spouse.  It's a guess that Henderson's mother was surnamed HENDERSON, but John did name a son, Spencer, surname of his last wife.  I'm not convinced he's the John THOMPSON who married Nancy BURNETT because if John was born in NC, it's unlikely he married in VA.  It looks very much like two John THOMPSONs are being mixed up here:  the one in Mecklenburg Co., VA, s/o John & Sarah (ALLEN?) THOMPSON, who married Nancy BURNETT; and a different one, born in NC who married first Ms. [HENDERSON?] and second Elizabeth SPENCER.  On the flip side, a Thomas BURNETT was surety for Henderson's marriage bond, so maybe John did marry all three.  Perhaps it's the marriage location with Nancy that's incorrect (used to support the identity of his parents.)
Husband:  John THOMPSON, Jr.
Birth:  1773/4, NC
Death:  1850-60, presumably in Christian Co., KY 

Parents said to be, but probably not:
Father:  John THOMPSON ("Sr.")
Mother:  Sarah ALLEN?
John THOMPSON "Sr." died in Mecklenburg Co., VA.  Do we have any evidence that he ever lived in NC?  If not, he would seem to be an unlikely candidate for our subject's father.

Marriage-1:  ca. 1797
Wife-1:  Ms. HENDERSON?
Marriage-2:  13 Apr 1801, Mecklenburg Co., VA
Wife-2:  Nancy BURNETT
Birth:  ca. 1782
Marriage-3:  22 Jan 1806, Christian Co., KY
Wife-3:  Elizabeth SPENCER
Birth:  1784-87, NC
Death:  aft. 1870 census, presumably in Christian Co., KY
Child with Wife-1 (Ms. HENDERSON?) or with Wife-2: Nancy BURNETT:
1.  Henderson THOMPSON, b. 1800?; m. 1816 
Children with Elizabeth SPENCER born in Christian Co., KY: 
  2.  Sarah THOMPSON, b. 1807-10
  3.  James W. THOMPSON, b. 1808-10
  4.  (Daughter A) THOMPSON, b. 1810-20
  5.  (Daughter B) THOMPSON, b. 1815-20
  6.  (Son A) THOMPSON, b. 1815-20
  7.  (Son B) THOMPSON, b. 1815-20
  8.  Charity THOMPSON, b. 1818-20
  9.  (Son C) THOMPSON, b. 1820-25
10.  (Daughter C) THOMPSON, b. 1820-25
11.  (Son D) THOMPSON, b. 1825-30
12.  Spencer THOMPSON, b. 1828/9
13.  (Daughter D) THOMPSON, b. 1830-35 (closer to 1830)
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Sources:

1a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
John THOMPSON
Spouse: Nancy BURNETT
Marriage: 13 Apr 1801, Mecklenburg, Virginia
Source: patron submission
JOHN THOMPSON
Spouse: ELIZABETH SPENCER
Marriage: 22 Jan 1806, Christian, Kentucky
Source: LDS, official temple record for deceased individual... (i.e., patron submission)

1b.  Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry.  [nd]  Marriage Records of Christian County, Kentucky, 1795-1825.  Typescript (LDS Film No. 0908037, Item #6):
Thompson, John to Elizabeth Spencer 22 Jan. 1806 Joel Thompson
There is a Joel THOMPSON, age 26-44, in the 1810 census of Christian [now Trigg] Co., KY.  He is much too young to be John's father, but surely he is kin and, if so, where does he fit in?  Joel is not a common given name, and one would think it would be easy to feret him out and that he would have been seen to have made some kind of connection to the family other than just having posted this bond.   I've yet to turn up a thing. 

1c.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Thompson, John Spencer, Elizabeth 22 Jan 1806 Christian Co.

1d.  D.L. Murray & N.R. Murray, compilers.  1995. Marriage Index: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, 1720-1926 (Broderbund CD-2):
Thompson, John Spencer, Elizabeth 22 Jan 1806 Christian Co., KY

2.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31 of 65; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 KY Christian Co. Roll 9 p. 2/82B/566 Ln. 3 John Thompson 20010-00110-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = James W. (b. 1808-10)
= Henderson
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = John (b. 1773/4)
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Sarah?
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Elizabeth (b. 1784-87)
Sarah has to be in the wrong age class; either that or she's not their daughter.  Indexed as being in Hopkinsville, but this is an error.

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 33; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Christian Co. Roll M33_20 p. 34B Ln. 27 John Thompson 210001-31010-0-400 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = Son B
= Son A
1 male 10-15 1804-1810 = James W. (b. 1808-10) 
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = John (b. 1773/4)
3 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Charity (b. 1818-20)
= Daughter B
= Daughter A
1 female 10-15 1804-1810 = Sarah
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Elizabeth (b. 1784-87)
4 persons engaged in agriculture

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1-2 of 94; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 KY Christian Co. Roll 35 p. 7 Ln. 16 John Thompson 212 010 010 - 011 100 100 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = Spencer (b. 1828/9)
= Son D
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = Son C
2 males 10-14 1815-1820 = Son B
= Son A
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = James W. (b. 1808-10)
1 male 50-59 1770-1780 = John (b. 1773/4)
1 female 5-9 1820-1825 = Daughter C
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = Charity (b. 1818-20)
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = Daughter A or B
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Elizabeth (b. 1784-87)

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25-26 of 94; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 KY Christian Co. Roll 107 pp. 203B-204A Ln. 1 John Thompson 002 000 001 - 010 010 010 no slaves 0201000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 10-14 1825-1830 = Spencer (b. 1828/9)
= Son D
1 male 60-69 1770-1780 = John (b. 1773/4) 
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Daughter D
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Charity (b. 1818-20)
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Elizabeth (b. 1784-87)
2 persons employed in agriculture
1 person employed in manufactures and trades
Where's James?

6.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #  District 1, Christian Co., KY, p. 473, 628/678, enumerated 18 Sep 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Dr Jno Thompson 76 M Farmer 100 NC
Elizabeth Thompson 65 F     NC
J W Thompson 40 M Farmer   KY
The entry is barely decipherable, but the indexer has read his given name as "Dr Jno," and I can't claim it's clearly anything else.  Yet both his occupation and his net worth argue against his having been a physician.  Listed next to married son, Spencer THOMPSON

7.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #110 of 267):  Hopkinsville P.O., Christian Co., KY, Roll M653_362, p. 612, PN 110, 764/764, enumerated 12 Sep 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Elizabeth Thompson 73 F   Farmer 300 100 N Carolina
James Thompson 53 M   Farmer    50 Ky
Charity Hamby 42 F         "
K L Hamby  8 F         "
Ibba? Hamby  7 F         "
J J Hamby  3 F         "
J A M Hamby 2m M         "

8.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #48 of 48):  Hopkinsville P.O., Scates Mill Pct., Christian Co., KY, Roll M593_455 (Part 1), p. 569B, PN 49/48, 369/369, enumerated 14 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thompson Eliza 86 F W Keeping house 400 400 South Carolina
________ James 62 M W Farm laborer   300 Kentucky
Hamby Sabella  9 F W       "
Rud Emby 18 F B Keeping house     "
___ Emanuel  3 M M       "
Wood William 32 M W Farm laborer   150 "

9.  Emails from Debbie Hammonds, Hilda Hood.

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