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William J. THOMPSON
Ms. __?__
Margaret HOLMES
Husband:  William J. THOMPSON
Birth:  1806/7, VA or GA
Death apparently:  1860-70
Occupations:  farmer, Baptist Clergyman
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__

The age difference between William and Margaret immediately suggests he would have had a prior wife, and the children born before 1840 support that he did.

Marriage-2:  23 Oct 1840, McMinn Co., TN
Wife-2:  Margaret HOLMES
Birth:  1820/1, NC or TN
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Children with Wife-1 born in GA:
1.  Margaret THOMPSON, b. 1834/5
2.  William Alexander Calhoun THOMPSON, b. 15 Jan 1838; d. 9 Jan 1929, Sisson Twp., Howell Co., MO

On William Alexander Calhoun's death certificate, his parents are listed as William THOMPSON & Margaret HOLMES.  Did the informant not know that Margaret was his stepmother?  Death certificates are notoriously inaccurate with regard to the birth information for the deceased (please see this discussion).  I also see no sign that Margaret HOLMES was in GA.

Children with Margaret HOLMES:
born in TN, probably McMinn Co., TN:
3.  Charles J. THOMPSON, b. 1841/2
4.  Rachel THOMPSON, b. 1845/6

born in IL, probably Massac Co., IL:
5.  Francis Marion THOMPSON, b. 1849/50; m. Mary J. __?__, b. 1862/3, NC

born in MO:
6.  Permelia O. THOMPSON, b. 1855/6
7.  Martha M. THOMPSON, b. 1857/8
8.  M. E. THOMPSON, b. 1861/2

Grandchild:
.  M. Catherine SANDERS, b. 1864/5, MO
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee

Sources:

1.  Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950 (online at familysearch.org):
Wm. J. Thompson Margaret Holmes (marital status single) 23 Oct 1840 McMinn Co., TN Film #830182

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #47 of 87):  Massac Co., IL, Roll M432_120, p. 245B, 429/429, enumerated 21 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William Thompson 43 M   Farmer   Georgia
Margaret 29 F       Ten
Margaret 15 F       "
William 11 M       "
Charles 10 M       "
Rachel  5 M       "
Francis M 6/12 M       Ills

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12-13 of 14):  Mountain Spring P.O., Jackson Twp., Carroll Co., AR, Roll M653_38, pp. 862-863, PN 176-177, 1164/1137, enumerated 4 Sep 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William J Thompson 49 M   B. Clergyman   100 Va
Margaret 37 F         NC
William A 19 M   Farmer     Ga
Charles J 18 M         Ten
Rachel 14 F         Ten
Francis M 10 M         IL
Permelia O  4 F         Mo
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Martha M  2 F         Mo

4a.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 26):  Salem P.O., Spring Creek Twp., Dent Co., MO, Roll M593_774, p. 590A, PN 1, 7/7, enumerated 20 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thompson Margaret 44 F W Keeping House     Tennisee
________ F M 18 M W Farming     Missauri
________ P O 13 F W At Home     Missauri
________ M M 11 F W At Home     Missauri
________ M E  8 F W       Missauri

4b.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  M.C. SANDERS (æ 5, b. MO; female) is living in Current Twp., Dent Co., MO (p. 550B), with her presumed uncle, W.A.C. THOMPSON (æ 30, b. GA).

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 18):  Sisson Twp., Howell Co., MO, Roll 691, p. 459A, PN 5, SD_, ED 52, enumerated 3 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  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 8 9 10 11 13 22 23 24 25 26
38 38 Thompson F Marion W M 28     /   Works on farm     MO VA NC
    ________ J Mary W F 17 Wife   /   Keeping house / / NC NC TN
    ________ Margret W F 54 Mother   / /   / / NC    
    Sanders Catherine W F 14 Niece /           MO VA MO
Listed four households from Francis Marion's brother, William THOMPSON (æ 41, b. GA/VA/NC), and his family.

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

7.  Death Certificate of "William Elexander Calhoun Thompson" (online at sos.mo.gov):  shows him born 15 Jan 1838, GA, with father William THOMPSON, b. VA, and mother Margarett HOLME, b. TN.

8.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

9.  FamilySearch Forums:  Missouri (online at familysearch.org).

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