Posted By:Michael DeLorenzo
Subject:W. H. Thompson M. D. b.1844 son of Paynter & Sarah (Cary) Thompson
Post Date:January 18, 2004 at 15:29:29
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Forum:Cass County, IN Genealogy Forum
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Not my family line, just sharing.

The following biographical sketch was copied from, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. Chicago: F.A. Battey & CO., Publishers.1883. City of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana, page 667.

"W. H. Thompson, MD, a representative man of his profession in Pulaski County, began at the foot of the ladder of life, but climbed step by step, through every adverse circumstance, until he reached the top most rung, which placed him among the prominent physicians of Northern Indiana. His parents Paynter and Sarah (Cary)((note: in the books index they have Sarah's surname as Gray)) Thompson, were natives of Delaware, and came to Cass County, this state ((Indiana)), in 1843, and there engaged in farming until 1872, when they moved to Royal Centre ((Cass County, Indiana))where Mr. Thompson ((Paynter)) is now in the mercantile trade. In 1874, Mrs. Thompson died ((Sarah)). In 1882, Mr. Thompson (( Paynter)) married his present wife, Mrs. Sarah Hollenbeck, of Pulaski County. Dr. W. H. Thompson was born in Cass County, Ind., May 29, 1844, and is the third in a family of six children, five of whom are yet living ((1883)). In 1860, he entered the seminary at Logansport ((Cass County, IND.)), and in 1866 began the study of medicine with Dr. James Thomas, Of Royal Centre, and in the winter of 1868 attended lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago. In 1869, he entered the medical college at Detroit, from which he graduated June 29, 1870. He then came to Winamac, and engaged in practice, in which he has been very successful. At the time of his location here, ((Winamac)), he was about $1,000 in debt for books, schooling, etc., and in addition to this, was embarrassed by having to pay his father $200 per year from the time he was sixteen until his majority. He has also been compelled to pay upward of $15,000 surety forfeited by friends; yet in spite of all this, he has through his extensive practice, secured for himself a comfortable home. The Doctor was married August 24, 1870, to Miss Nackey C. Cotner, who bore him three children, who all died in infancy. The mother died July 4, 1873. December 24, 1874, the Doctor married Miss Mollie E. Fruchey, who was born in Putman County, Ohio, June 7, 1849. To this union have been born three children - Harry J. (deceased), William H. and Eugene L. The Doctor is a Mason, and an Odd Fellow, and votes with the Democratic party."