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Zachariah T. THOMPSON
Mary A. SIMMONS
Husband:  Zachariah T. "Ruffin" THOMPSON possibly Zachary Taylor THOMPSON
Birth:  1846/7, Caswell Co., NC
Death:  aft. 1880 census, possibly in Tunstall Dist., Pittsylvania Co., VA
Occupation:  farmer
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  I1
Father:  John THOMPSON
Mother:  Nancy Ann LEA

Our subject may have been named for Gen. Zachary TAYLOR (1784-1850).  TAYLOR's military career began with the War of 1812, but he acquired fame and the nickname, "Old Rough 'n' Ready," in 1838 during the Seminole War.  He became the 12th President of the United States in 1849 and died in office in 1850.  Our subject's nickname, "Ruffin," may be a phonetic spelling variation of "Rough 'n'."

Marriage:  12 Sep 1876, Pelham, Caswell Co., NC
Wife:  Mary A. SIMMONS
Birth:  1856/7, VA
Death:  aft. 1880 census, possibly in Tunstall Dist., Pittsylvania Co., VA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John SIMMONS
Mother:  Martha __?__
Children born in Caswell Co., NC:
1.  John W. THOMPSON, b. 1877/8
2.  Robert Sidney THOMPSON, b. 21 May 1879; m. [Abigail?] Aby J. OLDHAM (1878- )
Others (nephews):
.  Charles GOODSON, b. 1869/70, NC
.  James A. GOODSON, b. 1873/4, NC
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, North Carolina, Virginia

Sources (n.b., Caswell Co., NC, and Pittsylvania Co., VA, are adjacent):

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Zackariah T. THOMPSON
Father: John THOMPSON; Mother: Ann THOMPSON
Marriage: 12 Sep 1876, Pelham, Caswell, North Carolina
Spouse: Mary SIMMONS
Father: John SIMMONS; Mother: Martha SIMMONS
Source: Marriage Licenses, 1862-1961. Caswell County (North Carolina). Register of Deeds.

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #21 of 66):  Tunstall Magisterial Dist., Pittsylvania Co., VA, Roll T9_1385, p. 442A, PN 21, SD 2, ED 178, enumerated 8 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 13 22 23 24 25 26
188 197 Thompson Zachry T W M 33     / Farmer     NC NC NC
    ________ Mary A W F 23 Wife   / Keeping house     VA NC VA
    ________ John W W M  2 Son /   at home     NC NC VA
    ________ Robert S W M  1 Son /   at home     NC NC VA
    ________ Elizabeth J W F 52 Sister /   at home     NC NC NC
    ________ Sarah M W F 37 Sister /   at home     NC NC NC
    Goodson Charles W M 10 Nephew /   Farm laborer / / NC NC NC
    _______ James A W M  6 Nephew /   at home     NC NC NC

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

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

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