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Frances L. BALLARD
Mary Jane TODD
Husband:  Richard THOMPSON
Birth:  3 Mar 1827, KY (either Muhlenberg or Hopkins Co.)
Death:  8 Dec 1905, Silverton, Douglas Co., MO
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Sanders THOMPSON
Mother:  Isabella DOSSETT
Marriage-1:  1 Jul 1849, Hopkins Co., KY
Wife-1:  Frances L. BALLARD — sister of Sarah BALLARD, wife of Richard's brother, William
Birth:  1823/4, KY
Death:  1870-76, Ozark Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  23 Apr 1876, Ozark Co., MO
Wife-2:  Mary Jane TODD
Birth:  26 Mar 1832, KY
Death:  19 Mar 1914, MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 21 Aug 1847, Nathan HERNDON; m2. Arthur Monroe HICKS
Father:  born in IN
Mother:  born in KY
Children with Frances L. BALLARD:
— born in AR, presumably White Co.:
  1.  Willis THOMPSON, b. ca. Mar/Apr 1850; d.s.p. Aug 1850, White Co., AR
  2.  Bennett S. THOMPSON, b. 1850/1

— born in MO, presumably Ozark Co.:
  3.  William H. THOMPSON, b. 1851/2
  4.  John W. THOMPSON, b. 1853/4
  5.  Alexander W. THOMPSON, b. 1855/6
  6.  Anderson THOMPSON, b. 1857
  7.  Barbara E. THOMPSON, b. 1859

— born in Ozark Co., MO:
  8.  Sarah F. THOMPSON, b. 1861/2
  9.  Mary J. THOMPSON, b. 1862/3
10.  Richard Andrew THOMPSON, b. 1864/5

Children with Mary Jane TODD:


The scenario painted by the LDS Ancestral File for Mary Jane TODD has some problems.  It says Mary married Nathan HERNDON on 21 Aug 1847, followed by marriages to Arthur Monroe HICKS, then Richard THOMPSON.  While it gives no marriage date for her marriage to Arthur HICKS, it shows a son, Thomas Robert HICKS, born 1866, and a son, Franklin HICKS, born ca. 1870.  There is a recently widowed Mary J. HICKS (ae 30 — obviously a fib if she has a child 18 — b. KY) in the 1870 census of Jackson Twp., Ozark Co., MO.  She has these children:  Sarah J. (18, KY), Francis M. (16, MO), Abner L. (10, MO), Clowra W. (7, MO), Thomas R. (3, MO), Arter F. (3m, MO).  She is living next door to a J.W. THOMPSON (ae 25, b. KY, wife Honnor M.) on one side and an H.W. HERNDON (ae 25, b. KY, wife Caroline) on the other side.  But Mary married Richard THOMPSON as Mary Jane HERNDON, not Mary Jane HICKS, so there could have been no intervening marriage to Arthur HICKS.  Also, no son, Thomas Robert (who survived until 1961), appears in the 1880 census with Richard & Mary.  So… have two Mary's been mixed up here?


1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Thompson, Richard Ballard, Frances L. 5 Jul 1849 Hopkins Co.

1b.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1998.  Marriage Index: Missouri, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-234):
Thompson, Richard N. Herndon, Mary J. 23 Apr 1876 Ozark Co.

1c.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Marriage: 1853
Spouse: Mary Jane TODD
Birth: 26 Mar 1832
Source: patron submission
Richard's first wife, Frances BALLARD, was still alive and still married to Richard as late as the 1870 census, so he cannot have married Mary Jane TODD in 1853.

2a.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #45 of 60):  Liberty Twp., White Co., AR, p. 464A, 351/341, enumerated 26 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
R Thompson 24 M   Farmer   Ky
Francis " 24 F       "
Willis  " 2/12 M       Arks
If Willis is two months old on June 1st, he was born between March 1st and April 1st.  Listed four households from Richard's parents.

2b.  1850 Census: Mortality Schedules (online at Ancestry.com):
Name State County Age Birth State Death Month Cause of Death
Thompson, Willis AR White 3M AR Aug Cong Chill
Willis should have been five months old in August.  Given how easy it is, when handwriting is poor, to confuse "3" and "5," it seems likely his age at death has been mis-read.  None of Richard's brothers had a son Willis in the 1850 census, so it seems this infant has to have been our subjects' son.

3.  1860 Census Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #58 of 61):  Falling Spring P.O., Ozark Co., MO, Roll 637 (Book 1), p. 464, PN 58, 383/383, enumerated 28 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Richard Thompson 33 M   Far 800 145 Ky
Francis L 36 F         "
Benjamin S  9 M         Ark
William H  8 M         Mo
John W  6 M         "
Alexander W  4 M         "
Andrew  3 M         "
Barraba E  1 F         "
For the eldest son, the enumerator had written some other name beginning with "B," then scratched it out and wrote "Benjamin."  Listed two households from Richard's parents.  "Andrew" is Anderson and "Barraba" is, of course, Barbara.

4.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #11 of 20):  Gainesville P.O., Marion Twp., Ozark Co., MO, Roll 796 (Book 1), p. 215A, PN 11, 69/69, enumerated 16 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thompson Richard 43 M W Farmer   350 Kentucky
Frances L 46 F W Keeping house     Kentucky
Bennett S 19 M W Farmer     Arkansas
William H 18 M W Farmer     Missouri
John W 16 M W Farmer     Missouri
Alexander W 14 M W Farmer     Missouri
Barbara E 10 F W at home     Missouri
Anderson W 12 M W at home     Missouri
Sarah F  8 F W at home     Missouri
Mary J  7 F W at home     Missouri
Richard A  5 M W at home     Missouri
Thompson Sanders 82 M W Farmer     North Carolina
Sanders is Richard's father.

5.  LDS.  Family Search: Census Records: 1880 United States (online at FamilySearch.org):
Census Place: Marion, Ozark, Missouri
Source: FHL Film #1254707; NARA Film #T9-0707; Pg 511B
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
Richard THOMPSON Self M M W 53 KY Farmer NC NC
Mary Jane THOMPSON Wife F M W 48 KY Keeping House IN KY
Richard Andrew THOMPSON Son M S W 15 MO At Home KY KY
H. Franklin THOMPSON Son M S W 10 MO   MO KY
Franklin would appear to be Mary Jane's son from a prior marriage.

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

7.  1900

8.  1910

9.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

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