Posted By:Vicki Tieche
Subject:Re: Richard Thompson Ireland 1731, Virginia, Ohio 1826
Post Date:March 15, 2011 at 17:10:32
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And here's where there's the problem. From the 1880 County History, Stephen Thompson born in 1805 was not the son of Richard Thompson; he was the son on Stephen Thompson (who was Richard's son and had been born in 1765). When Richard Thompson came to Ohio he was accompanied by his wife Rebecca and at least two children, Stephen (wife Rachel) and his daughter, Sybble (husband Joseph Beecher). At the time of the Ohio move, Stephen the son had three children - Mary born in 1800, Jonathan born in 1802, and Stephen born in 1805. Stephen, the son, was killed by his son Jonathan about 1840 and I can't find a grave for him (or wife Rachel or son Jonathan or daughter Mary). To make it even more confusing, this is quoted from the 1880 County history:

"In order of time, the next settler in this township was Stephen Thompson, who settled as a squatter, in the year 1808, on land now owned by Mr. Adams. He was a native of Ireland, and brought by his parents to this country when quite young, before the American Revolution. The family settled in the State of Pennsylvania. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and was a drum-major. About forty years ago, he was found dead, under circumstances painfully distressing to his family and friends." ... "In 1846, he (Jonathan) was again arrested, on the complaint of his brother, Stephen Thompson, upon a charge of committing an assault and battery on him, with intent to kill." ... "The brother, Stephen, Jr., is still living, and is a quiet and peaceable citizen."

I can't find any records of Stephen Thompson as having been a Revolutionary War veteran (and if he was, why would the DAR line go to Richard?) Richard did die in 1826 and inferring from the county history, Stephen (the son) died about 1840. I know from work on other families I've done that the 1880 county history has a number of inaccuracies (and I suspect that in this case - that the Revolutionary War veteran was Richard and not Stephen (who would have been young).)

This family has bugged me for quite a while. And as I said, my whole purpose for bringing it up is to try to find any proof that Richard was with Washington (and/or that Stephen was in the Revolutionary War and should be honored some way - even if I haven't been able to find a grave yet.) Thanks for hearing me out. Vicki