Searching for Levi Thompson who was born around 1834 in Butler Pennsylvania and then lived near Alexandria Indiana in 1860 and became a stone mason after the civil war. I can only find him in the 1860 and 70 census where he is already married and has children. His wife Rosa is from Indiana and their first daughter Mary was born about 1855.
I decided to check into his 1860 neighbors, two of which were also stone masons (although he is listed as a farmer). One of those was John B. Hollingsworth. In 1860 he lives a house or two away and is around the same age as Levi. His family is also from Butler PA. In 1850 they appear in the census for North Butler. I began to wonder about the Thompsons in the area and I found what I think are two families of Thompsons. One is a family of Thompsons from Massachusetts the other is what appears to be the remnants of John Thompson and Jane Stevenson's family. Jane is still alive and living with two of her sons. Separately there are three Thompson children living with the Bayer family, John (same age as Levi), Mary and Isabelle. These children seem too young to be children of John Thompson and Jane Stevenson. Also in the same census are Isabelle and Margaret Thompson. Isabelle is in her 50s and I have seen a record of a daughter Isabelle for John and Jane in some family trees. Since she is that age, I wonder if she is a child of the Thompson/Stevenson family. Margaret is in her 70s and is from Ireland. In the Bayer family John Bayer is married to an Isabelle and has a daughter Margaret.
So I'm wondering if there is some relationship between all these people and if there is a good list of Children for John Thompson and Jane Stevenson or if anyone knows what became of these Thompson children living with the Bayers or who their parents are. I have a feeling there are several missing male Thompsons and I wonder if my Levi might be related to any of them.
lots of stuff going on there.
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