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Mildred Bell CAVE
|PLEASE NOTE: Two patrilineal descendants of our subject through his son, John Alexander Campbell THOMPSON, have been Y-DNA tested; and they are a tight match (see results). We are seeking additional male THOMPSONs who descend from Thomas on a patrilineal (direct male) line to also be DNA tested. We are especially seeking someone who is not a descendant of John Alexander Campbell THOMPSON. Please contact me if you are such a descendant or know of one.|
|Husband: Thomas THOMPSON
Birth: 7 Jul 1797, KYA
Death: 14 Apr 1872, Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., CA
Disposition: buried in Laine Plot, Mission City Memorial Cemetery, Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., CA
Occupation: clergyman, innkeeper, farmer
Religion: Baptist, then Disciples of Christ
Office: 1836, Randolph Co., MO, Justice of the Peace
Historical: founder of the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) in California
Y-DNA Haplogroup: I1-L338
Father: Peter THOMPSON
[Some secondary sources give our subject first name, "John." So far, I have found no contemporary or primary records giving him that first name.]
|Marriage-1: 21 Dec 1815, Christian Co., KY|
|Wife-1: Delilah DAVIS
Birth: 1794-1800, KY
Death: 1844?, Spickard, Grundy Co., MO
Disposition: said to be buried on the Austin Farm, Grundy Co., MO
Father: Isaac DAVIS, Sr.
Mother: Sarah "Sally" CLARK
In the 1900 Census, Delilah's son, George, says his mother was born in Virginia. This location seems highly unlikely given that her father was in the 1790 census of Pendleton Co., SC, and was a taxpayer in Christian Co., KY, by 1797. In the 1880 census, Delilah's son, John A.C., says his mother was born in KY; and in the 1900 and 1920 censuses, Delilah's daughter, Mary Ann, says her mother was born in KY. Kentucky seems far more likely to be correct, on several counts.
|Marriage-2: 19 Feb 1845, Monroe Co., MO|
|Wife-2: Susannah JONES
Birth: ca. 1826
|Marriage-3: 31 Aug 1847, Boone Co., MO|
|Wife-3: Mildred Bell "Millie" CAVE
Birth: 11 Dec 1797, Scott Co., KY
Death: 1875, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Co., CA
Disposition: buried in Laine Plot, Mission City Memorial Cemetery, Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., CA
Other spouses: m1. c1820, David WESTERFIELD, m2. 1831, Willis LAINE
Father: Henry CAVE
Mother: Margaret HAWKINS
|Children with Delilah DAVIS:|
|— born in KY:
1? Joseph THOMPSON, b. 1816; d. bef. 1830?
2. Isaac Davis THOMPSON, b. 11 Mar 1817
3? (Son A) THOMPSON, b. 1820-25; d. bef. 1840?
4. James Henry THOMPSON, b. 1820/1
— born in Boone Co., MO:
— born in Paris, Monroe Co., MO
|Child with Susannah JONES:|
|13. Allen W. THOMPSON, b. 16 Mar 1846, Paris, Monroe Co., MO|
|Children with Mildred CAVE:|
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Another Timeline: The CLARK/DAVIS/JONES/etc. "Track" from SC/NC/TN > KY
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These are the photographs/portraits of Thomas THOMPSON both known to be and said to be in existence, as far as I know:
1) A photograph of "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas THOMPSON," the origin of which is unknown to me, though it is clearly from a book. In the photograph, both Thomas and Mildred are elderly and in a seated position, shown from about hip-level upwards. Thomas appears to be holding his "gold-headed cane," the one mentioned in E.B. Ware's book.
2) A photograph of "Thomas THOMPSON and Wife" that is the frontispiece of E.B. Ware's (1916) book on the History of the Disciples of Christ in California. This is a full figure portrait, with Thomas sitting and his wife, Mildred, standing; both are elderly.
3) A group photo of "Pioneer Preachers" in E.B. Ware's book (1916) on the History of the Disciples of Christ in California. Thomas THOMPSON is seated front row, center, holding a cane.
4) There is a photograph of Thomas THOMPSON taken just of his head and shoulders. He appears to be at his most advanced age with a great shock of white beard and long flowing hair. The photo appears as the frontispiece of Now and Then, a 1977 book by Norman Warren on the history of the Christian Churches in Stockton, CA.
5) There is a photograph of a young man named "THOMPSON" from Jonathan Smith's book, The Campbellite Story (kindly provided by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Nashville, TN). I do not believe it to be a photograph of Thomas THOMPSON, but it may be an image of John THOMPSON, noted figure in the early Campbellite movement.
6) My late grandmother, Anna California (ROSE) MATTHIESEN, recalled to us that when she was a girl, she remembered visiting a church where there was a painting of Thomas THOMPSON and his wife, Mildred, prominently displayed. One reason the visit stuck in her memory was that "quite a fuss" was made over her and her sister, as descendents of this great man. Amongst Ann's descendants, there seem to be two versions of where and which church this was. One is that it is/was the Christian Church in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA, and the other is that it is/was the "Vue du Lac" Christian Church in/near Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., CA. When I get back to California (some day <sigh>), I hope to locate the church and the portrait to take a good photograph of it (assuming I would be allowed to do so), in which case I will make prints available (at cost) to anyone who wants one. If you are in California and can beat me to it, please feel free to do so!
1. Family Group Sheet compiled by Georgie TOLLESON, Betty Ann (MATTHIESEN) COGLIATI, and Maude Irene (THOMPSON) ROSE, granddaughter of Thomas THOMPSON.
1c. D.L. Murray & N.R. Murray. 1995. Marriage Index: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, 1720-1926. (Broderbund CD-2):
1d. Jordan R. Dodd, ed. 1993. Kentucky Marriages: Early to 1850. Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
1e. Christian County, KY. Marriage Bonds 1-A, 1797-1817, White. LDS Film No. 0465562 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen). On p. 168:
1f. Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry. [nd] Marriage Records of Christian County, Kentucky, 1795-1825. Typescript (LDS Film No. 0908037, Item #6). On p. 57:
1g. Jordan R. Dodd, ed. 1993. Missouri Marriages: Early to 1850. Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-227):
2. 1820 U.S. Census Index (online at GenealogyLibrary.com): not found in Christian or Todd Co., KY, but neither was Thomas's father, Peter THOMPSON, and we know Peter was there because he shows up on the tax rolls from 1799 to 1826. Thomas never shows up on the tax rolls of Christian or Todd Co., though the 1818 tax roll of Christian Co. is missing and the 1820 and 1821 tax rolls of Todd Co. are unreadable. Missouri did not become a state until 1821, so there was no 1820 Census in Missouri.
3. Family Quest Archives: Missouri Federal Census 1830. Heritage Quest CD M19-72 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
4. 1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 2; official enumeration began 1 Jun 1840; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
5a. 1850 U.S. mCensus Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com). The index on the CD says "Union Town," but the location field on pages 378A to 382A is blank. The entries for Union Town end on p. 377B; the entries for "South Fork of the American River" begin on p. 382B, and every page before and after is labeled with the location. The record (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen) reads: El Dorado Co., CA, p. 378A, 6/6, enumerated 24 Oct 1850.
5b. 1850 Tax Assessment, El Dorado Co., CA (image courtesy of Carol Mahoney): Thomas THOMPSON is listed along with his son, Thomas B. THOMPSON. Their location is given as "Union Town," which clears up the uncertainty of his location in 1850.
7. 1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #290-291 of 303): Santa Clara P.O., Santa Clara Twp., Santa Clara Co., CA, Roll M653_65, pp. 512-513, PN 290-291, enumerated 8 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
8. 1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #54 of 88): San Jose P.O., Santa Clara Twp., Santa Clara Co., CA, Roll M593_88, p. 161B, PN 54, 452/423, enumerated 20 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
9. Transcription of the Will of Thomas and Mildred THOMPSON.
10. Anon. 1993. Christian County, Kentucky, Wills and Estates, 1815-1823: Christian County Will Book C. T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL.
11. Diagrammatic Representation of Boone County, Missouri, Land Patent Plat Maps (proximate source: photocopies courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati; ultimate source: presumably the book of Original Land Patents kept by the Boone County Recorder of Deeds, as mentioned in the next source).
12. Nadine Hodges, Mrs. John vineyard, & Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff. 1968. Missouri Pioneers: County and Genealogical Records. Vol. 2. Self-published, Kansas City, MO. Sadly, compilers did not consistently or completely label each list of names; I had to make some deductions based on the contents of the lists.
13. According to the Bureau of Land Management online Land Patent database, a Thomas THOMPSON received the following Land Patents in Missouri.
15a. Monroe Co., MO. Deed Book C, 1837-1838 (data extracted by Phyllis Houlding). On p. 514:
15b. Monroe Co., MO. Deed Book D, 1838-1839 (data extracted by Phyllis Houlding). On pp. 145-146:
16. The 1867 Great Register (of voters). Extracted 21 Oct 1998 by A. Robert Matthiesen at the San Jose Historical Museum, Pacific Hotel Bldg., Senter Rd., San Jose, CA.
|Bibliographic Sources — in chronological order of publication
1. T.M. Allen. 1843. "News from the Churches: Letter(s) from T.M. Allen." The Christian Messenger 13(2): 62-63; 13(3): 94-95 [photocopies courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati]. Mention of Thomas THOMPSON and three other family members who were Disciples preachers (viz., Winthrop Hartly HOPSON, William REID, Jr., and Elijah English CHRISMAN).
2. T.M. Allen. 1843. "Religious News: Letter from T.M. Allen." The Christian Messenger 13(4): 127-128 [photocopy of p. 128 only, courtesey of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati]:
3. Anon. 24 Apr 1850 (Wednesday). The Paris Mercury, Paris, Missouri (courtesy of Carol Mahoney):
4. W.W. Stevenson. 1852. [Letter to Alexander Campbell, ed.] The Millennial Harbinger, p. 536 (photocopy courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati).
5. T. Thompson. 1863. "Obituary Notices: Solomon Rogers." The Millennial Harbinger 6(10): 479-480 [photocopy courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati.
4a. Thomas Thompson. 1871 (January). [Letter to Bro. Johnston, ed.] The Bible Expositor 1(1): 38 (microfilm courtesy of Abilene Christian College, TX; photocopy courtesy of Dr. James V. Spickard, University of Redlands, CA).
4b. T. Thompson. 1871 (April). "What Think Ye of Christ? — Whose Son is He?" The Bible Expositor 1(6): 140-141 (microfilm courtesy of Abilene Christian College, TX; photocopy courtesy of Dr. James V. Spickard, University of Redlands, CA).
4c. Martin Peterson. 1871 (July). [Letter to Bro. Johnston, ed.] The Bible Expositor 1(7): 268-270 (microfilm courtesy of Abilene Christian College, TX; photocopy courtesy of Dr. James V. Spickard, University of Redlands, CA).
4d. T. Thompson. 1871 (August). [Letter to Bro. Johnston, ed.] The Bible Expositor 1(8): 313-314 (microfilm courtesy of Abilene Christian College, TX; photocopy courtesy of Dr. James V. Spickard, University of Redlands, CA).
4e. J.M. Case & Thomas Thompson. 1871 (September). "California Annual State Meeting of the Christian Church." The Bible Expositor 1(9): 353-354 (photocopy courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA).
4f. T. Thompson. 1871 (September). [Letter to Bro. Johnston, ed.] The Bible Expositor 1(9): 357 (photocopy courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA).
5. William F. Switzler. 1882. History of Boone County, Missouri. Western Historical Co., St. Louis, MO. An excerpt on the Red Top Christian Church mentions Thomas THOMPSON and his father-in-law, Isaac DAVIS, as early pastors of the church. Note that Thomas McBRIDE was a founding Elder of the Red Top Church, in 1822. According to Alley (1952), McBRIDE was responsible for Thomas's "conversion" to Christianity. However Ware (1816) tells us Thomas THOMPSON was first a Baptist and was then converted to Restoration views by McBRIDE. This latter view is confirmed by Rushford (1980-Part 1) showing, in a letter by Thomas himself, that he, like Alexander CAMPBELL, was initially a Baptist, and that, in 1824, it was Thomas McBRIDE who introduced him to the writings of Alexander CAMPBELL. By 1825, Thomas THOMPSON was fully won over and in communication with CAMPBELL.
6. T.P. Haley. 1888. Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Early Churches and Pioneer Preachers of the Christian Church in Missouri. Christian Publ. Co., St. Louis, MO. Excerpt: "Elder Thomas Thompson." (Photocopy courtesy of Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Nashville, TN.)
7. Anon. [c1911] "Death Notices: Mary A. Thompson Spickard." Grundy County Gazette, Grundy Co., MO. This obituary appears to be the source for Delilah's burial on the Austin Farm in Grundy Co., MO.
8. Anon. 4 Nov 1913. "The Church of Christ in Santa Clara, California." Santa Clara News, Santa Clara, CA (photocopy courtesy of A. Robert Matthiesen).
9. E.B. Ware. 1916. History of the Disciples of Christ in California. Healdsburg, CA (book inherited from Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati). Excerpt under the heading: "Pioneer Preachers: Thomas Thompson and J.P. McCorkle."
10. Winfred Ernest Garrison. 1931. Religion Follows the Frontier: a History of the Disciples of Christ. Harper, New York (photocopy courtesy of the California State Library via Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati).
11. Benjamin Smith. c1941. The March of the Years, 1851-1941. Mentions Thomas THOMPSON, as quoted by Warren (1977, see below). Benjamin SMITH (1877-1971) seems to have been a Disciples preacher/writer because he has a biographical folder at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. It may be worth tracking down his writings to see if there is futher mention of Thomas.
12. Anon. 1947 (June). "Protestant Beginnings in California." California Historical Quarterly 26(2): 170 (courtesy of Carol Mahoney):
13. Walter C. Allen. 1948. The Society of California Pioneers: Centennial Roster, Commemorative Edition. Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco, CA. See this page, in which Thomas H. LAINE gives the arrival date of their wagon train in California as 20 Sep 1849.
14. James Matthew Alley. 1952. "California's First Restoration Preacher." Christian Standard J1: 469-470 (photocopy courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati; used by permission of Standard Publishing, Cincinnati, OH).
15. Clifford Adair Cole. c1959. The Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) of Southern California: a History. Christian Board of Publication, St. Louis, MO. Excerpt mentioning Thomas THOMPSON under the heading, "The Disciples of Christ in Northern California" (transcription courtesy of Carol Mahoney).
16. Norman La Grand Warren. 1977. Now and Then: an Historical Study of the Times and Events of the Stockton, California, Churches of Christ arranged in a Chronological Order. Pioneer Publ. Co., Fresno, CA. Frontispiece and excerpt.
17. Jerry Rushford. 1980. "A Pioneer Preacher in California," published in four parts in Firm Foundation (photocopies courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati; used with permission).
18 James E. Smith, Jr. 2 Dec 1992. A Brief History of First Christian Church, Columbia, Missouri. Online at the web site of the First Christian Church of Columbia, MO. Brief mention of Thomas THOMPSON:
19. Livingston County History: Celebrating 150 Years, 1821-1981. Published by The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (online at the Livingston County Library [Chillicothe, MO] web site):
20. Anon. Saturday, 11 May 1872. "Religious Intelligence." Daily Evening Bulletin (San Francisco, CA), n.p. (online at Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers, via NEHGS):
A. Secondary sources universally have Thomas THOMPSON born in Christian [now Todd] Co., KY; however, the facts do not support his birth there:
B. It has been said that William and Frances Jackson (MILLS) THOMPSON of Virginia are the parents of John Thomas THOMPSON, who is our Thomas THOMPSON. I discuss that impossibility on their family group sheet.
C. Thomas THOMPSON is said to have written an "autobiographical sketch" that was published in The Bible Expositor, a monthly magazine for members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The editor/publisher was Alexander JOHNSTON, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., CA (printed in San Francisco by "Jos. Winterburn & Co., Printers and Electrotypers"). My understanding is that the magazine was published for only four years, from 1871 to 1874 (monthly). Given that Thomas THOMPSON died in April of 1872, we would expect an autobiography to appear in 1871 or 1872 (Vols. 1 or 2). This publication is extremely difficult to find, but Karen Ferraro and Carol Mahony managed to locate a microfilm of Vol. 1 (1871) at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, TX. Dr. James V. Spickard (University of Redlands) was able to borrow the film on interlibrary loan and check it for mention of or writtings by Thomas THOMPSON (these items have been transcribed and links to the transcriptions are in the Sources above). Vol. 1 did not contain the hoped-for autobiography. We still desperately need to find Vol. 2 (1872) of The Bible Expositor. It is possible that further issues might be located by writing every Christian/Disciples Church in northern California (or a wider geographic area if necessary), asking if they have the publication in their church library. It's on my "to do" list, but feel free to beat me to it!
D. In the LDS International Genealogical Index (online), there is a Thomas THOMPSON born 1797 in Fleming Co., KY, son of Lawrence and Mary THOMPSON. He is not our Thomas THOMPSON. The one in Fleming Co. was still there in the 1830, 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses. In the 1850 Census of Fleming Co., this Thomas THOMPSON is 53 years old, so there is little doubt that he is the same Thomas THOMPSON who was born there in 1797.
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