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Timeline of THOMPSONs on the Tax Rolls of Logan/Christian/Todd/Trigg Cos., KY, from 1792 to 1830
Kentucky achieved statehood in 1792, and Logan Co. was formed from Lincoln Co. that year.  Taxes were levied in Logan Co. for the first time in 1792. In 1796, Christian Co. was legislatively created from Logan Co., but it was not locally organized until 1797.  Taxes were levied in Christian Co. for the first time in 1797.  Todd and Trigg Cos. were legislatively created in 1819 and locally organized in 1820, so Christian Co. records prior to 1820 include all three counties.

There were only two THOMPSONs in Logan Co. between 1792 and 1796 (Andrew and John), and only one of them (John) shows up in Christian Co. when it is formed in 1797, so only John is shown in the table below.  He may or may not be "Capt." John, but it is likely.  I have seen only an extraction of the Logan Co. rolls, which does not give watersheds.  An examination of the original tax roll might give the watershed and that should tell us whether it's the same John.  Either way, Capt. John and his family (incl. his sons, John Jr and James Jr and their families) are the first THOMPSONs to settle in Christian Co., at least based on tax records.

These data were extracted from microfilms of the original county records.  However, the microfilms are not of the tax lists, but,rather, of a roughly alphabetized copy of these lists handwritten into the county record books, usually by the county clerk.  In other words, the data in the table below have already experienced four rounds of potential human error:  the citizen informant, the county lister, the county clerk, and myself.  If there is any instance where the records below simply do not make sense, consider the probability of human error somewhere along the line. 

Footnotes, sources,  meaning of abbreviations, and discussion are given below the table.  Links are to family group sheets.  If individuals from the same family are living in the same watershed, their names are in the same  cells, with the child(ren) listed below the parent.

Color Code: 
 
GREEN = 
now Trigg Co.
ORANGE = 
now Todd Co.
WHITE = 
now Christian Co.
YELLOW=
Census
BLUE = 
unknown location

A name that is greyed out means that the individual was not on the tax rolls, yet the person is known to have been in the county that year based on other records.

Several of these households have more than one male over age 21, which are often the elder sons of the head-of-househould.  It seems that in some years, the additional males are not named (i.e., listed separately), but in other years, that they are.  This is one factor in the apparent "disappearance" and "reappearance" of some individuals.  I have indicated these households with multiple adult males with a subscript (e.g., ¹, ², ³) indicating the number of adult males in the household.

Footnotes are indicated with red numerals.

Sorry the table is so large and that you have to scroll to all of see it.  I think the advantages of having all the data displayed in one table outweigh the disadvantages at least, I hope so.

This table is a work in progress.    Obviously, I'm trying to "line up" individuals to trace them through the years.  More than likely, I have made some mistakes in doing so.  As more research is done (e.g., into land records, deeds, wills), I suspect changes will be made to the placement of some individuals, especially the Johns and Jameses.  If you see errors or have records that would contribute to improving the accuracy of the table, please contact me.

Progress report:
The Trigg Co. microfilm has arrived.  Now I just need to find time to do the extraction.
The Christian Co. microfilm for 1817-1831 is on order.

Watershed 1795 1796 1797 1798 1799
Districts:  1 & 2
1800 1801
Districts:  N & S
1802 1803 1804
Districts:  N & S
1805
Districts:  N & S
1806
Districts:  N & S
1807
Districts:  E & W
1808
Districts:  E & W
1809
Districts:  1 & 2 (E & W)
1810 1810 Census 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816 1817 1818 1819 1820 1820 Census 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830 1830 Census Watershed
Little River
Muddy Fork Little River
Horse Creek
(SE and NE Trigg Co.)
                                            Adam (MF)     Adam (MF)   Adam                     Adam Little River
Muddy Fork Little River
Horse Creek
(N and E Trigg Co.)
                                          James (LR) James James (LR)   Jas (MF)   James                     James
        Joel (D2) Joel (LR) Joel (SD-LR) Joel (LR) Joel (LR) Joel (SD-MF) Joel (SD-LR) Joel (SD-LR) Joel (WD-MF)   Joel (WD-HC) Joel (MF)  Joel Joel (MF) Joel (MF) Nancy (MF) Nancy (MF) Nancy (MF) Nancy (HC)     Nancy (-)   Nancy                      
                            Thomas (WD- -) Thomas (-)     Thomas (-)     Thomas Thomas     Thomas                          
Little River 
Sinking Fork Little River
(S and W Christian Co.)
                                    Charles(-) Charles (LR) Charles (LR) Charles (LR) Charles (LR)     Chas (LR) Chas (SFLR) Charles Chas (LR) Chas (LR)                  Charles Little River
Sinking Fork Litle River
(S and W Christian Co.)
                                                            Roger (LR)                
                                                  Wm (-) Wm C (-) William C Wm C (-)   Wm C (LR)                
Tradewater River
Clifty Creek
Buffalo Creek
(NW Christian Co.)

Richland Creek
(SW Henderson Co.,
now Hopkins, Co.)

                Adam (TW) Adam (ND-TW) Adam (ND-TW) Adam (ND-TW) Adam (WD-TW)   Adam (WD-TW) 
John (WD-BC)1
Adam (TW)  Adam   Adam (TW) Adam (TW) Adam (TW) Adam (TW) moved to Trigg Co.                                 Tradewater River
Clifty Creek
Buffalo Creek
(NW Christian Co.)
                                                            Chas (TW)                
                      James M (ND-TW) Jas M (WD-TW) James (WD-TW) James M (WD-TW) James M (TW)  James M James M (TW) James M (TW) 
Lawson (-)
James M (TW) 
Lawson (-)
James M (TW)
Lawson (TW)
Sanders (TW)
James M (TW) 
Lawson (TW) 
Sanders (TW)
James M (TW) 
Lawson (TW) 
Sanders (TW)
    Jas M (TW) 
Lawson (TW) 
Sanders J (TW)
Fleming Ji(-)
Jas M (TW)
Lawson (TW) 
Sanders
James M
Lawson
Jas M (TW) 
Lawson (TW) 
Sanders (TW)
Jas (TW) 
Lawson (TW) 
Sanders (TW)
Jas M (TW) 
Lawson(TW)
             
Lawson
Sanders
                        John (WD-TW) John (WD-TW) John (WD-CF) John (TW)  John   John (TW) John (TW) John (TW) John (CF)       John (-) John (TW) John John (TW) John (CF) John (-)               John
    John Jr   John Jr John Jr John Jr (ND-HCo) John Jr (RC) John Jr (RC) Jno Jr (ND-TW/HCo) John Jr (ND-TW/PR/RC) John Jr (ND-TW/HCo; SD-LR) John (WD-RC/SFLR) John (WD-RC/SFLR/PR) John (WD-SFLR/HCo) gone to MO                                              
                                                                             
                                                                             
                    Samuel (ND--) Samuel (ND-TW) Samuel (WD-TW)   Samuel (WD-TW/HCo) Saml (TW)  Samuel Samuel (TW) Samuel (TW) Samuel (TW) Samuel (TW) Samuel (TW) Samuel (WF sic)     Saml (-) Saml(TW) Samuel Saml (TW) Saml (TW) Saml (-) moved to Morgan Co., IL, bef. 1830              
                                                                             
                      William (ND-TW) Wm (WD-TW) Wm (WD-TW) Wm (WD-TW) Wm (TW) William William (TW) William (TW) William (TW) William (TW) William (TW) William (TW)     Wm (TW) Wm (TW) William Wm (TW) Wm (TW) Wm (-)                 
Pond River
West Fork Pond River
Drake's Creek
(NE Christian Co.)
                                                  Benj (DCPR) Benj (DC) Ben                       Pond River
West Fork Pond River
Drake's Creek
(NE Christian Co. and
NW Todd Co.)
      Jas James² (D2) James (PR) Jas² (ND-WFPR) James (PR) James (PR) Jas Sr (ND-PR) 
Jas s/o Jas Sr (ND--)
Jas (ND-PR) James Sr (ND-PR) 
James (ND-PR)
James² (ED-PR) James Sr (ED-PR) 
James (ED-PR)
James (ED-WFPR) James (PR) 
James (-)
James
James
James (PR) James (PR) James (PR) James (PR) James (PR) James (PR)     Jas (WFPR)      
Jas (PR)

Jas (-)
               
                                                  Jas (PR) Jas (PR) James Jas (PR) Jas (PR) Jas (PR)                
John John [Capt.] Jno³
James Jr
  [Capt.] John³ (D2) 
James Jr
[Capt.] John³ (PR) 
James Jr
[Capt.] John Sr (ND-WFPR) 
Jas Jr (ND-WFPR)
[Capt.] John³ (PR) 
James Jr
[Capt.] John Sr (PR) 
James (PR,TW)
[Capt.] Jno Sr (ND-WFPR) 
Jas Jr (ND-WFPR)
[Capt.]John Sr. (ND-PR) 
Jas (ND-PR)
[Capt.] John Sr (ND-PR) 
James Jr (ND-PR)
[Capt.] John (ED-PR) 
James (ED-PR)
[Capt.] John Sr (ED- -) 
James Jr (ED-PR)
Cap John [ED--] gone to MO                                              
                                                    John (PR) John John (PR)   John (PR)                
                Nicodemius (PR) Sarah (ND-PR)                                                          
                                                          Patterson (PR)                  
              William (--) William (PR) Wilm (ND-PR) William (ND-PR)   William (ED-PR) William (ED-PR) William (ED-WFPR) William (PR) William William (PR) William (PR) William (PR) William (PR) William (PR) William (PR)     Wm (WFPR) Wm (PR) William Wm (PR) Wm (PR) Wm (PR)                
Watershed Unknown
(Christian Co.)
                                                      John R John R (-)                     Watershed Unknown
(Christian Co.)
                                                    John (-)                        
                                                    Wm (-)                        
Caney Fork Pond River
(NW Todd Co.)
                                                                [Surnames
beginning
letters
"R" to "Z"
missing.]
James (PR) James (CC)   James (CC) James (CFPR)   Caney Fork Pond River
(NW Todd Co.)
                                                                        Matthew (CFPR)  
West Fork Red River
Spring Creek
Reins Lick
(W and SW Todd Co.)
                      John (SD-WFRR) John (ED-WFRR)   John (ED-WFRR) John (WF) John John (WF) John (WF) 
Robert (-)
John (WF) 
Robert (-)

Robert (-)
John (WF) 
Robert N (-)
John (WF) 
Robert Jr (WF)
    Sophia (WF) 
Robt N (WF) 
Jas (WF)
Sophia (-) 
Robert (WF) 
James (WF)
S.

Jas.

Sophia Sr
Robert
James
Sophia Jr

Robert N (WF)
Sophia (WF) 
Robt N (EF sic
 

Alexander (WF) 

Sophia (WF) 
Robert (WF) 
 

Alexander (WF) 
Nancy (WF) 
Isabella WF) 

Sopia (WFRR) 
Robert (WFRR) 
 
 
 

Isabella (WFRR) 

Sophia H (WFRR) 
Robert N (WFRR)
 

Alexander (WFRR) 

Isabella (WFRR) 

Sophia H (WF) 
Robert N (WF) 
 
 
 

Isabella (WF) 

Sophia H (WF) 
Robert N (WF) 
 

Alexander (WF) 

Isabella R (WF) 

Sophia (WF) 
Robert M (WF) 
 

Alexander (WF) 

Isabella (WF) 

Sophia
 
 

Alexander

West Fork Red River
Spring Creek
Reins Lick
(W and SW Todd Co.)
        Peter (D2) Peter (RR) Peter (SD-WFRR) Peter (WFRR) Peter (WFRR) Peter (SD-WFRR) Peter (SD-WFRR) Peter (SD- WFRR) Peter (ED-WFRR) Peter (ED-WFRR) Peter (ED-WFRR) Peter (WFRR) Peter Peter(WF) Peter (WF) Peter (WF) Peter (WF) Peter (WF) Peter (WF)     Peter (WF)     Peter (-) Peter (WF) Peter (WF) Peter (WF) Peter (WFRR)          
                                          Richard (WF)     Richard (WF)   Richard (-)                      
                                                                  William H (-) William H (WF)   William H (WF)  
Elk Fork Red River
(Central and SE Todd Co.)
                            Gideon (ED-EFRR) 
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
 x
x
x
Gideon
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
x
x
x
Gideon (EF) 
x
x
x
    Gideon (EF) Gideon (EF/PR)x Gid.

J.T.V.
 

Gideon (EF/PR) Gideon (EF) 

Jas TV (Elkton)

Gidean (EF/RL/PR) 

James TV (EF/Elkton)
Robt C (EF) 

x
x
James TV (EF/Elkton) 
Robert C (EF)
Gideon
Gideon R
James TV (EF/Elkton) 
Robert to Cooper Co., MO
Gideon (EF/Elkton) 

James TV (EF) 

Gideon (EF/PR/Elkton) 

James TV (EF) 

Gideon (EF/PR)

James to Clay Co., MO

Gideon (EF/PR) Gideon Elk Fork Red River
(Central and SE Todd Co.)
                                                  Matthew (EF)   M. Mathew (EF) Mathew (EF)  Mathew (EFRR) Matthew (EF) Mathew (EF) Mathew (EF) Matthew (EF) Matthew (-) Matthew (EF)  
                                Robert (Sr)
Robert (Jr)
Robert Sr (EF) 
Robert Jr (-)
    Robert Sr (EF) 
Robert Jr (-)
Robert Sr (EF) 
Robert Jr (-)
Robert Sr (EF) 
Robert (-)
    Robt (Decd) 
Robt T (EF)
                       
Watershed Unknown
(Todd Co.)
                                                                        George O (-)   Watershed Unknown
(Todd Co.)
                                                                    John B (-) Jno B (-) John B (-)  
                                                                    R L (-) R L (Trenton)    
                                                    William A (-)     Wm A (?) Wm A (-)              
"horsetrader" John                               John (-)  John John (-) John (-) John (-) John (-) John (-) John (-)     John (-)                           "horsetrader" John
Watershed Unknown
County Unknown,
except in 1798/17992
                              Andrew   Andrew     Andrew (-) Andrew (-)                                   Watershed Unknown
County Unknown
      Jos²2 Joseph (D1)2
John (D1)2
Robert (D1)2
James (D1)2
     Samuel (--)   James S? (ND--) ? (ND-?)
John (SD--)
John (SD--) John (WD--) Daniel (WD- -)
Richard (WD- -)
Samuel (WD--) Samuel (-) John     James (-) John (-)
James (-)
James (-)
  James (-)
Jno (-)
      [Most of the 1820 
Todd Co. tax record
is unreadable]
  John (-) John (-) John (-)
John (-)
John (-)              
Watershed 1795 1796 1797 1798 17992 1800 1801 1802 1803 1804 1805 1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1810 Census 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816 1817 1818 1819 1820 1820 Census 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830 1830 Census Watercourse
NOTES
1 The tax is on John, but is being paid by Adam.
2 Livingston Co. was formed from Christian Co. in 1798.  In 1798 and 1799, the Livingston Co. taxes were still collected by Christian Co.  The Livingston Co. tax rolls begin with 1800.  Joseph, John, and Robert show up on the Livingston Co. rolls in 1800 (James in 1803).
ABBREVIATIONS
ND
SD
North District
South District
From 1804 to 1806, Christian Co. was divided into two districts:  North and South.
ED
WD
East District
West District
From 1807 to 1810, Christian Co. was divided into two districts:  East and West.
BC Buffalo Creek.  A tributary of the Tradewater River in Hopkins Co., just north of the Christian Co. county line.  Apparently, its watershed spans the county line. 
CC
CFPR
Caney/Canes Creek/Fork.  A tributary of the Pond River in northwestern Todd Co.
Caney Fork of the Pond River, same as CC.
CF Clifty Creek/Fork.  A tributary of the Tradewater River, in northwestern Christian Co.  There is also a Clifty Creek in northeastern Todd Co. that is a tributary of the Mud River, which would have been primarily in Logan Co. before 1820.
DC
DCPR
Drake's Creek.  A tributary of the Pond River in Hopkins Co. and northernmost Christian Co.
Drake's Creek of Pond River, same as DC.
EF
EFRR
Elk Fork.  A tributary of the Red River that begins in central Todd Co. and flows southeastwards to the southeastern corner of the county, then into Tennessee.
HC Horse Creek.  A tributary of the Muddy Fork of the Little River located mostly in northeastern  Trigg Co., slightly into western Christian Co. 
HCo Henderson [now Hopkins] Co.
LR Little River.  Has several forks which flow from west-central and south-central Christian Co. westward into and through Trigg Co.  (North Fork is just north of Hopkinsville; South Fork is south of Hopkinsville.)
MF
MFLR
Muddy Fork.  A tributary of the Little River, mostly in northeastern Trigg Co., slightly into western Christian Co.
PR Pond River.  Flows north out of northwestern Todd Co.; forms the border between Christian Co. and Muhlenberg Co. and then between Hopkins Co. and Muhlenberg Co.  In the table, I show "PR" as in Christian Co. because "PR" on the tax rolls appears to have usually meant "WFPR" (see below); however, some of these residents may have been in northwestern Todd Co. (e.g., James Thompson on Caney Ck.)
RC Richland Creek.  Southwestern Hopkins Co.  [formerly Henderson Co.].  There are several individuals on the Christian Co. tax rolls holding land in this watershed, including John Thompson, Jr., son of Capt. John Thompson of Pond River.
RL Reins Lick.  Sinking tributary of the West Fork of the Red River, now in SW Todd Co.
RR Red River.  The Red River proper is in Tennessee, so this would have to be a fork of the Red River.  In this case (Peter Thompson), it's the West Fork of the Red River, in southwestern Todd Co.
SC Spring Creek.  A tributary of the West Fork of the Red River in the southwesternmost corner of Todd Co.
SF
SFLR
Sinking Fork [West Dist.].  A tributary of the Little River.  Flows from central Christian Co. (west of Hopkinsville) into Trigg Co.  There is also a Sinking Fork of the West Fork of the Red River, but it would be in the East District (Todd Co.), not the West District.
TW Tradewater River.  In northwestern Christian Co.  Flows northwest  to form the border between Hopkins and Caldwell Cos. 
W
WF
WFRR
West Fork of the Red River.  Flows south through west-central and southwestern Todd Co., then through the extreme southeastern corner of Christian Co. into Montgomery Co., TN hence the many connections between families in southeastern Christian Co. and southwestern Todd Co. to those in Montgomery Co., TN.  Apparently the headwaters are far north enough that it is in both the North and South Districts of early Christian Co., though it is predominantely in southwestern Todd Co.
WFPR West Fork of the Pond River.  Flows north out of north-central and northeastern Christian Co.; forms part of the boundary between Christian and Hopkins Cos.
DISCUSSION
It was not necessary to own land to be on the tax rolls, one could be taxed on the ownership of horses or slaves, and white males over 21 were taxed just for existing.  However, citizens were sometimes exempted from taxes. 

The aged and infirm were often exempted as were widows with small children.  And it appears that sometimes exemptions were granted for community service of certain kinds.  So while death and taxes were/are inescapable, and the tax rolls are definitely more complete than the censuses, even the tax rolls are not 100% complete.  (Aged men were also exempted from road-building.  A reading of the county court order books shows that as part of their civic duty, male citizens and their slaves were ordered to render a great deal of service to the county in the form of road-building.  Some of this service may have led to exemptions from taxes.)

The "landless" individuals have "(-)" for the watercourse after their name, but may still appear in the table above in a geographical location because they are listed within a group of names at that location.  In some cases, support for their placement is reinforced by other information.  For example:  Fleming, Lawson, and Sanders Thompson are known to be the sons of James M. Thompson of Tradewater River.  It was, in fact, their proximity to their father on the list that made me realize I could use this strategy with others on the list.  The main purpose here is to deduce where they lived, not to document what they paid taxes on we already know that from the transcription. 

SOURCES
1797-1816 Christian Co. records extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen from  microfilm (Heritage Quest, V20-72). 
1820-30 Todd Co. records extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen from microfilm (Heritage Quest, V20-359).
A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823.
Self-published; available from the author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY. 
Anon.  1990.  Logan County, Kentucky, Taxpayers, 1792-1799.  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL.


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