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Minnie G. MEAD
Mary Margaret CHRIMES
Caroline STOKES
Husband:  Wesley THOMPSON
Birth:  15 Aug 1861, Durham, Grey Co., Canada West [now ON]
Death:  22 Jan 1934, New Whatcom, Whatcom Co., WA
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  I1
Father:  John Nelson THOMPSON
Mother:  Hester Ann WILDER
Marriage-1:  24 Sep 1895, New Whatcom, Whatcom Co., WA
This is a very late first marriage for Wesley.  Did he have a prior wife?
Wife-1:  Minnie G. MEAD
Birth:  20 Aug 1874, McMinnville, Warren Co., TN
Death:  31 Jan 1900, New Whatcom, Whatcom Co., WA
Marriage-2:  4 Oct 1908, Edmonton, AL
Wife-2:  Mary Margaret CHRIMES
Birth:  England
Marriage-3:  2 Aug 1928, Whatcom Co., WA
Wife-3:  Caroline "Carrie / Carry" STOKES
Birth:  1865/6, NY
Death:  7 May 1932, Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA
Other Spouses:  m. Mr. BAUTER; m. Mr. JOHNSON
Parents:  born in Germany
Children with Minnie G. MEAD:
1.  William Gordon THOMPSON, b. Dec 1896; m. 23 Jul 1920, Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA, Hetty Arithia VAN ETTEN (1899-1859)
2.  Orris Wesley "Orrie" THOMPSON, b. 24 Jun 1899; d. Jun 1972, Lynnwood, Snohomish Co., WA; m. Beatrice Violet VAN ETTEN (1902-1989)
Children with Mary Margaret CHRIMES:
Children with Carrie STOKES:
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Canada, Alberta, Ontario; USA, US, United States, Washington

Sources (n.b., the town of New Whatcom is now part of Bellingham):

1.  Marriage Records:

2. 1880 US Census / 1881 Canadian Census:  can't find Wesley.  He's not living with his parents, who are in Grey Co., ON.

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4.  1900 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #2 of 8):  Lummi Island Pct., Whatcom Co., WA, Roll T623_1753 (Book 1), p. 44B, SN 4, SD 27, ED 233, enumerated 11 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24
85 86 Thompson, Westley Partner W M Aug 1861 38 Wd Can Eng Can Eng Can Eng 1869 21 Na Laborer, pile driver 1 Y Y Y
One of ten single or widowed men living together.  Didn't find the children, and I did a page-by-page check of E.D. 233.

5.  1910

6.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 5):  Geneva Highway, Geneva Twp., Whatcom Co., WA, Roll T625_1944 (Book 1), p. 46B, SN 1B, SD 2, ED 248, enumerated 6/7 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
* Fm 19 19 Thompson Wesley Head O M M W 58 Wd 1869 Na 1886 Y Y Can Eng Can Eng Can Eng Y Farmer General Farm OA 2
*Geneva Highway

7.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #24 of 30 indexed "Wassily"):  2914 Ellis Street, Bellingham City (Ward 2), Whatcom Co., WA, Roll 2522, p. B, SN 12B, ED 37-11, SD 1, enumerated 9 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30
* 2914 305 307 Thompson Wessly Head O $1200 N M W 68 M 34 N Y Can-Eng Can-Eng Can-Eng Eng 1869 Pa Y Off ???? Box factory W Y N
      ________ Carry Wife       F W 64 M 26 N Y NY Ger Ger       Y None        
*Ellis Street
The image at Ancestry.com was very blurry; my extraction may not be accurate.

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

9.  Participant in the THOMPSON Y-chromosome DNA Surname Project at FamilyTreeDNA:
ii. WESLEY THOMPSON, b. August 15, 1861, Durham, Ontario, Canada; d. January 22, 1934, New Whatcom, Washington; m. (1) MINNIE G. MEAD, September 24, 1895, New Whatcom, Washington; b. August 20, 1874, McMinnville, Tennessee; d. January 31, 1900, New Whatcom, Washington; m. (2) MARY MARGARET CHRIMES, October 04, 1908, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; b. England; m. (3) CARRIE STOKES (BAUTER)(JOHNSON), August 02, 1928, Whatcom Co., WA.; b. Abt. 1866; d. May 07, 1932, Bellingham, WA...
Wesley Thompson
1st son of John (Nelson) Thompson

1861 15 Aug. Born in Durham, Ontario, Canada. Source-Wesley's 2nd US Naturalization paper application.
1869 Immigrated to the United States.
1874 his mother married Donald McMurchy, both of New River, Michigan. Wesley would have been 13 yrs old.
1881  Bought a quarter section of land near Bad Axe, MI.  Colfax Twp, SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, Sec. 34, Twp 16, Range 12.  I have a copy of land record.
1884 Dec. 24.  Sold the property in Colfax Twp. via his brother-in-law & attorney, John G. Collins. I have a copy of land record. Possibly was in Lochiel, Dunn County, Wisconsin with his mother, Esther.
1887 6 Jul.  Applied for Citizenship. Source-US Immigration and Naturalization Services application from Whatcom Co., WA.  No record of follow up on final citizenship. Source-Whatcom Co., WA, Auditor Naturalization Records Declarations of Intent 1886-1890, Book 2, pg 16.  We have a photocopy of this record.
1887 census. Whatcom Co., Wash. Terr. there is a 'Wis' Thompson 26 yrs, male, white, single, born in Canada.
1888 Living on Lummi Island, Whatcom Co, WA. Also living on the island was his father-in-law, Donald Mc Murchie.  We have a copy of a picture taken on Sucia Island (San Juan Islands, WA) of several people that is dated 22 Apr 1888.  The picture is labeled "Lummi Island Pioneers".
1889 census. Whatcom Co., WA Terr., single.
1889 June. Named as a Director of School District # 32 (Lummi island).
1890 census Whatcom Co., WA- Name spelled 'Westly" 38 yrs old, widower, Naturalized citizen in 1869. Born in Canada, both parents born in Canada. Has been in the US for 31 years. Working for BB&BLRR as a millman in New Whatcom, WA. Source-Whatcom Co., Directory.
1891 Aug. 24  Bought land, Sec 10 & 15, Range 1, Twp 37 on Lummi Island, Whatcom Co., WA. Source-BLM Land Patent.
1891 Oct. paid $2.00 for cutting wood by the Lummi island School district. Source-Lummi Island historian, Peggy Aiston, notes.
1892 Jan. 2 Obtained a Land Patent from the United States.  Land located on Lummi Island (Sec 10, Range 15, Twp 37).
1892 May. Appointed Director of School District #32 after Theodore Peterson resigned the post. Source-Lummi Island historian notes.
1892 Aug. "Owns a ranch on Lummi Island". Source-Lummi Island historian notes.
1892 Sep. "Departed for Goshen (WA) to wield a rod over logging team of Loveall Bros. for a few months". Source-Lummi Island historian notes.
1895 Mar. Deeded land to Wm. H. Allen.
1895 Sep 9 Married Minie Mead on the Ferris Wheel at the New Whatcom (now Bellingham) Fair.  The ceremony was performed by Judge Winn. Wedding on the Ferris wheel was a publicity stunt on the part of the fair promoters.  Source-1. Newspaper article, Bellingham Herald, Aug 1975.  2. Marriage records book from Whatcom County, WA. Recorded 24 Dec 1895 Whatcom Co., Book 2 pg 120.-We have a photocopy of the marriage return form. 
1896 Dec.  Son-William Gordon Thompson born.
1897 Mar. Mortgage by Allen to Wesley satisfied.
1897 Living in New Whatcom, WA. Source-Whatcom Co., Directory.
1899 Living at 615 21st St, New Whatcom, WA. Source-Whatcom Co. Directory.
1899 June 24. Son-Orris Wesley Thompson born.  I have a copy of the birth record.  No address given on birth record.
1900 census Whatcom Co. - 38 yrs. Lummi Island Precinct lists first name spelled "Westley", widower, Living with 'partner' Neswok Lalue (Boarding house?).  Lists age as 38 yrs., born Aug 1861, came to US in 1869, number of years in US-31, he and both parents born in Canada.
1901 Living with Wm.  Thompson at 657 21st St. New Whatcom, WA., widower. Source-Whatcom Co. Directory.
1901 Living at 615 21st, New Whatcom, WA. (Not listed as Wesley H. Thompson. But...?). Source-Whatcom Co. Directory.
1902-03 Living in Bluff, Whatcom Co., WA.  Sawyer for Manly & Sons.  (Wesley H again?). Source-Whatcom Co. Directory.
1903-04 Living in Bluff, WA. occupation-filer. (Wesley H. again ?) Source-Whatcom Co. Directory. 
1903. Laborer for Lyman Lumber & Shingle Co. Living in town of Lyman (Lumber Camp), Skagit Co., WA. (Wesley H again?) Source-Skagit Co. City Directory.
1906 July 17 Took possession of Hometsead land at Lunnford. Source-Land Grant forms.  I have a copy.
1906 November 11 to April 27, 1907 Resided at Homestead of log and lumber construction plus a 16 by 26 foot barn of log and lumber construction, a 12 foot well, 30 rods of ditch, and 1 7/8 miles of rail fence.  Source-Land Grant forms.
1907 January  Built house 18 foot by 18 foot house on Homestead.  Source-Land Grant forms.
1907 November 11 Commenced residence on Homestead (Notation of "lived in tent"). Source-Land Grant forms.
1907 Lived in Edmonton during absence from Homstead. Source-land Grant forms.
1908 February 18 to September 29. Resided on Homestead. Put 1/2 acre cultivated. Source-Land Grant forms.
1908 Lived in British Columbia during abscene from Homestead. Source- Land Grant forms.
1908 December 11 to February 17 1909. Resided on Homestead. Source-Land Grant forms.
1908 4 Oct.  Married Mary Chrimes in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada after a 3 week letter writing courtship. Source-Divorce papers filed by Wesley in Bellingham, WA in 1918.
1909 January 14  Muriel Margaret Chrimes born in Lloydminster, Sask, Canada.  Source- Divorce from Mary Chrimes papers.
1909 March 22 to October 1 1909.  Resided on Homestead. 1/2 acre cultivated.  Source-Land Grant forms.
1909 Lived in Washington State during absence from Homestead.  Source-Land Grant forms.
1910 1 April to May 29 1911.  Resided on Homestead.  5 1/2 acres total cultivated.  Source-Land Grant forms.
1911  12 1/2 acres total cultivated on Homestead.  Source- Land Grant forms.
1911 May 29 to April 18 1912 Resided at Homestead clearing a total of 16 acres and fenced a total of 2 1/2 miles. Source-Land Grant Supplementary Statement.  I have a copy.
1911 Listed as "Thompson W  farmer" in Peel's City Directory for the town of Lunnford, Alberta.  The Post Office is located on the bank of the Pembina River about 45 miles Northwest of Morinville in Twp 58, Range 3 which is the same range and township that he obtained a land grant.  I have a copy.
NOTE: There is also a "Thomson, W farmer" listed in Lloydminister (Unknown if Alberta or Saskatechewan) in Peel's City Directory.  I have a copy.
1912 June 15.  Wesley obtained a land grant of 160 acres of land near Lunford, Alberta, Canada after he satisfied all of the requirements to obtain the grant.  NE part of Sec 34, Twp 58, Range 3, W 5 Meridian.  In Land Records Liber 500, Folio 28, File Reel #C-6336.  This is near Birch Cove and about 60 miles by road NW of Edmonton, Alberta.  I have a copy of the land grant papers.
1913 April 19 Date written in a Bible as the day that Wesley was "Born Again".  Interesting coincidence-April 19 is Ron Thompson's birthday.  We have a paper that we got from Jim Neyens that on the side of the page the above was written.
1914 "W Thomson farmer" listed in Peel's City Directory in Lloydminister (Alberta or Saskatchewan).  I have a copy. Don't know if this is Wesley or not.
1914 Aug 5. Wesley entered the US at Blaine, WA. The U.S. Border Crossing Manifest states that he had been in the US 1861-1906 at various places.  Born Grey County, Canada, age 53, Widowed, Farmer, Scot, nationality-CAN., last permanent residence-Edmonton, CAN. No relatives in Canada, destination-Blaine, Wa to visit mother-Mrs. L J Andrus, r20 #2, money shown $40, ever arrested-no, purpose in coming-perm., ht 5 ft 9 in, comp-med, hair-grey, eyes-grey, no distinguishing marks, class E. Source-Canada-US border crossing manifest. I have a copy.
1916 Oct. 20.  Entry in Nettie Beach's journal about her having just met Wesley who came to visit and Janet Catherine was quite worried that he would return to Ontario to claim the land that his father had owned as Wesley was the oldest male child.
1916 Oct. 24. Wesley entered the US at Port Huron, MIch., Manifest states place of birth-Durham,Canada, age-55, widow, Farmer, race-English, nationality-Canada, last perminent address Edmonton Canada, nearest relative-half brother Alex Thompson Dwight Ontario, ever in the US-1869-1906 in Michigan, destination-Bad Aze Michigan to visit sister Agnes Collins, money shown $7.00, ever arrested-no, purpose in coming and time remaining-perm., ht 5-9, comp-med, hair-grey, eyes-blue. Source-Canada-US border crossing manifest. I have a copy.
1918 Oct. Entered US at Sumas, WA via Canadian Pacific Railroad from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Source-Application for US citizenship 
filed in Bellingham, WA. No follow up paperwork found to indicate he completed citizenship.  We have a copy of this record.
1918 Divorced Mary Chrimes in Bellingham, WA.
1918 Janitor at Bellingham Bank Building, Living at 5-1931 James St.   Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1919-1920 Laborer for Bloedel-Donoven Lumber Co., Living at 1931 James.  Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1920 Census Jan 6-7  Age 68 yrs. Living in Geneva, Whatcom Co., WA.  on Genvea Highway.  Widower, Occ-general farmer, living alone. Source-census.
1920-1921 No listing in Bellingham City Directory for Welsey.
1922-1923 Living in Geneva, WA.  Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1923  Living at 2513 King St., Bellingham, WA. Occ-laborer for Bloedel Donovan Lumber Co.  Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1924 No listing for Wesley. Source-Bellingham City Directory. 
1925 Living at 2515 King St. Occ-laborer. Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1926 Living at 2515 King St. Occ-laborer. Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1927 Living at 2515 King St. Occ-laborer. Source-Bellingham City Directory. 
1928 Mar. 22.  Signed Declaration of Intention for US Citizenship.  Form states he was born in Durham, Ontario, Canada on August 15, 1861.  Form also says that he entered the US at Sumas, WA. from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada via the Canadian Pacific Railway.
1928 Aug. 28.  Married Carrie Johnson in Whatcom Co., WA., recorded Aug. 29, 1928.  Source-Whatcom Co. Marriage records, Book 13, pg 425. We have a photocopy of the Marriage Certificate and the marriage return form.
1929 Wesley married to Carrie Johnson. Res. 2515 King St. Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1930 Living at 2914 Ellis St, Bellingham, WA with Carrie, laborer. Source-Bellingham City Directory and Census.
1930 Census WA, Whatcom County, Bellingham, 68 yrs, living with wife, Carrie 64 yrs. Occ- Off boxes at box factory.
1931 Living at 2515 King St. Bellingham, WA with Carrie, occupation Factory Worker at Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills. Son-William living next door at 2513 King St. Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1932 Living at 2515 King St., Bellingham, WA with Carrie, occupation Millworker at BDLM. Son-William living next door at 2515 King St.  Source- Bellingham City Directory.
1933 Wesley only. No occ. listed. Res. 2515 King St. Source-Bellingham City Directory.
1934 Jan 22,  Died in Bellingham, WA.  Buried at Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, WA. Dod. Source-Death Certificate. I have a copy.
'Employed in the timber industry continuously since coming to Whatcom Co. 35 years ago'.  Source-Obit. Bellingham Herald 23 Jan 1934.
Orris Wesley Thompson Jr. was not allowed to talk to his grandfather, Wesley Thompson. Source-Orris Wesley Thompson Jr.
1934 Jan 24  Buried @ Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham, Lot 35, Grave #1.Burial date & site. Source-Cemetery records of Whatcom Co. vol III.

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