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The common surname of Thompson combined with the common given names of John, James, William & Thomas make this a difficult family to trace. The Thompsons are just one of many Irish and Scotch-Irish families that settled in southwest Virginia in the early 1700's. Among those that can be found in Augusta County, VA before 1750 are William, Hugh, James, John, Matthew, Moses, and Adam. Other Thompson's are also identified after 1750, some of whom came at the later date while some are children who came with the original settlers. It is almost impossible to determine the exact relationship of all of these families, but from the approximate time of arrival and the close relationship of some of them I think we can safely say that at least four of these were brothers who came from Ulster, Ireland, then to Pennsylvania, then to Virginia. to wit: William, Hugh, James & John.
These may or may not be related to our Thompson family.
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WILLIAM THOMPSON SR.
William Thompson acquired land 22 Sept. 1739 and part of it was transfered to his son William, Jr., 3 July 1749. William, Jr. married Mary Patton, daughter of James Patton. His will was dated July 4, 1774 and proved 20 Nov., 1781 by Jno. Caldwell and John Finley. In it he lists his residence as Tinkling Springs and mentions his wife (Jean --) but not by name, and six children including Alexander, John, Robert, Agnes Edmundson, Rebecca McNeelly, and Sarah Hendry (Henry). He names Alexander and Robert as administrators. William was not mentioned in the will as he apparently had already received his inheritance, presumably the land aforementioned.
On 23 June, 1801, James Stuart deposed that 50 years ago or upwards, William Thompson, father of defendant (John Thompson) came and settled on the piece of land where John now lives, adjoining Robert Linsey & John Stockhouse on North River in Hampshire Co. In what manner did he settle the land? Just went to work on it as the rest of the people did, there being no office open to give warrants. Jacob Pugh testified to the same effect.
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ALEXANDER THOMPSON SR.
Alexander, son of William, Sr., was appointed Lt. Colonel 19 May 1773 however on 19 May 1778 we find "Colonel Alexander Thompson, Colonel of the County, being called on to act, refused, and George Moffet is recommended in his place." He was recommended as a justice 16 Aug., 1769 and qualified as a Vestrymen 21 Nov., 1771. He received a license to marry in June of 1761, however the bride's name is not mentioned in any of these early records. His will was proved 24 Jan., 1804.
July 16, 1746.. "Robert McMahon and Samuel Lockhard being bound over to this Court for misbehaving themselves towards William Thomson in killing his hogs, horses, etc., and William saying he feared further damage, they gave bond for good behavior."
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Robert, son of William, Sr., received a marriage license February 19, 1759. Little is known about his family except he apparently had at least one child as Jane, daughter of Robert Thompson, over 21, married Alexander Thompson (presumably son of Alexander) 24 May, 1799. He was a Captain but resigned in 1780. On 19 Apr., 1785, on motion of Ellenor Askins, Robert Thompson was ordered to be summoned to show cause why he detains her child in his service. May 17 of that year Robert proved that the daughter of Ellenor Askins was bound to him by her father.
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JOHN THOMPSON (son of William Sr.)
There being several John Thompsons, it is difficult to distinguish one from another, but it would appear that John, son of William, Sr., married Ann Burns as shown in the will of her step-father, George Beall of Hampshire Co. dated 27 June, 1797.
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JOHN THOMPSON (bro. Of William Sr.)
John Thompson, brother of William Sr., died before November 1758 as a court record of that date regarding his son Thomas indicates that he is deceased. John owned land in Augusta County as early as 1743. From a record dated 16 March, 1773: "Robert Thompson and Agness, James Thompson and Rebecca, to Zachariah Johnston, 400 acred in Beverley Manor, conveyed by Beverley to John Seawright, and by him to John Thopson, 24th November, 1743; John Thompson dying intestate, land descended to his son Thomas, his heir-at-law, who conveyed 200 acres to his brother Robert, and devised 200 acres by his will, 25th March, 1760, to said James Thompson." The following day we find "Margaret Thompson, widow, late wife of John Thompson, deceased, released dower in above. Teste:John Davidson."
As much as we all like to believe our ancestors were all fine, upstanding, pillars of the community, there are bound to be some who fall short of our expectations. Such is the case of John as we see on May 8, 1766: "Called Court on John Thompson and Margaret, his wife, for larceny." They were convicted and sent to the Grand Jury where on May 20, charges against Margaret were dismissed. John was not so lucky. He was found guilty and received 25 lashes.
On November 22, 1758 we again find John Thompson being hauled into court. Although we can't be absolutely sure this is the same John, it is reasonable to assume so. "Called Court for examination of John Thompson on suspicion of killing James McKee. Not guilty."
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Hugh Thompson died in 1762. His estate was appraised by his son-in-law Bryce Russell on 15 Nov. 1762 and was finally settled 19 Mar., 1765. His will is dated 26 Apr. 1757 and was proved 19 Feb., 1762. Among items in his will: To wife, a note due him by his son (in-law), Bryce Russell, the Great Bible and books; to son, James, the Great Bible and Confession of Faith, and the Whole Duty of Man; to daughter, Eliner, her Bible, Allen's Call to the Unconverted, and Thompson's Catechesm; to grandson, Hugh Russell, a small Bible; granddaughter, Isabella Helena Russell; to daughter, Mary, now in Ireland; grandchildren, Hugh and Elizabeth Leeper; granddaughter, Rachel Russell, a note on Anthony Thorn; grandson, George Russell; grandson, James Leeper; grandson (daughter?), Jean Leeper; to Mary Scott. Teste: Jacob Link, Jas. Craig, Jno. Craig.
Executors, Wm. Thompson, Samuel Henderson.
May 20, 1760..."Hugh Thompson has lost his reason, and Bryce Russell and Andrew Leeper are appointed to take care of his estate."
August 21, 1760..."Hugh Thompson, very aged and infirm, exempted from levy."
Augusta County Court was formed December 9, 1745 and Hugh Thompson was appointed one of the first Justices. He is known to have owned land at least by Feb. 1745/6 and held the rank of Captain.
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James Thompson made out his will 26 March, 1773 less than two months before it was proved May 19. "To son, John, 140 acres on which John lives joining Robert Allison; to son, William; to son, James, 238 acres; to son, Joseph; to wife, Mary; to daughter, Mary; to daughter, Catrin; to daughter, Margaret Hall; to daughter, Elizabeth Ward; to grandson, James Hall; to grandson, James Ward. Executors, sons John and James."
James was apparently rather well off financially as on several occasions we find references to James Thompson's Plantation, a term rarely used in the records of the court of that area. In CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA by Chalkley we find: "Andrew Crockett of Wythe vs. James Thompson. O.S. 96 N.S. 32. James owned Burke's Garden in Tazewell and raised stock there." There is no date but Tazewell wasn't formed until some 25 years after the death of James so it is more likely that the James who owned Burke's Garden was his grandson. (See Thompson vs. Ingles 1806)
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William is believed to have come to America with his father from Ulster, Ireland. This is definitely "our" William. However his parentage in is question at the moment. It is possible that his father was the above mentioned James. There is also some confusion about his wives. One source says the first wife was Margaret, another says Jane. (Perhaps Margaret Jane or Jane Margaret?). Clorah Brown Lainhart in her DAR application lists the second wife as Lydia Ward. There is contrary evidence to this, as well. I refer you to the excerpts from Virginia Connections by Judy B. Anderson. Her verification appears to be more acceptable. (See below)
In 1774 William Thompson was stationed at Witten's Fort in what is now Tazewell County, VA. At a court held in Washington County 20 March, 1782 he was recommended as a Lt. of Militia. His will was recorded in Wythe County in 10 Feb., 1797 and proved 11 Dec., 1798. By his first wife he had two sons, Archibald and John, and probably a daughter, Jane. He had 9 or 10 children by his second wife, Lydia. He mentions all of them in his will: "In the name of God, Amen, I William Thompson bequeath the following, (etc). To my beloved wife, Lydia Thompson the plantation I now live on, with all the stock of cattle, horses, sheep and hogs. To my son John the tract of land where he now lives. To my son Archibald 93 acres lying in Bath Co., VA (now Kentucky). To my daughter Jean Sloan five shillings, her having got her share. To my daughter Nancy Ward 10 pounds cash. To my son Andrew, that part of land I now live on known as the McAdams place. To my son James that tract of land known as the Kigg place. To my daughter Rachel Thompson a tract of land containing 200 acres. To my daughter Annis Thompson 60 pounds when she arrives of age, also a tract of land. To my daughter Mary Thompson a tract of land known as Long Hollow survey, also part of the King Survey. To my son Alexander 250 acres on Reed Creek. To my daughter Lydia Thompson 1 half of a tract on land also 60 pounds. To my son William part of tract I now live on.
Executors, sons John, Archibald and Andrew and son-in-law James Sloan."
His estate was appraised 17 Dec. 1830 following the death of his wife, Lydia.
Appraisement of personal property of William Thompson, dec'd, that was devised by the said William Thompson to his wife, Lidia Thompson, who is now dec'd; Bible; Negroes: James, Philis, Mary Ann, Easter, Keziah, Anderson, Clariser, Angalina, Henry, Juda, Phillis, Nell, boy child. Exrs: John Thompson & Archibald Thompson. by Thos. Witten, Jas S. Witten, John Buckhannon.
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John Thompson, son of William, was born in Augusta County and moved to the head of Maiden Spring Fork of the Clinch in Montgomery County (now Tazewell) in 1776. He enrolled in a company of militia commanded by Capt. Thomas Mastin in the spring of 1780. He served as a guard at Witten's Fort which was situated on the North Fork of the Clinch River.
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Archibald Thompson, like his brother and father, served in the Revolutionary War, although the records would indicate that perhaps he was an unwilling enlistee. On more than one occasion persons were forced into service under false pretenses. Such may have been the case here?
12 April, 1796..Archibald Thompson vs. Larkin J. Dickinson, Rezin Barnett, Charles Williams, John Johnston, Robert Christian, John Carice, John Mindo, John Collins, Oliver Blackburn, Thomas Harrington, John White.---false imprisonment.
Thompson vs. Gibson, etc.- Dehomine Replegiando writ, 4th May, 1796. Writ to sheriff: you cause to be replevied Archibald Thompson whom Alexander Gibson, Larkin J. Gibson and Reizen Barnett have taken and keep taken unless he was taken for murder, etc., that we may have no more clamor thereuon for want of justice and make return, etc. Agreeable to the within writ to me directed, I have gone to the defendants and demanded the said Thompson. The defendants say that he is legally and lawfully enlisted into the service of the United States of America and that they should not be justifible in delivering him upon any application contrary to the rules and articles of war, but that they will appear when called on and subject themselves to the decision and directions of the proper authority. (signed) James Campbell, D.S.
In any case, Archibald distinguished himself as a soldier and eventually attained the rank of Major.
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This is the James Thompson most likely refered to earlier as the one who owned Burke's Garden. James was known as "Lawyer James". Being a well-educated man and with no family to support he was able to acquire a large estate. His appraisal included some 50 persons owing the estate and listed over 100 persons in his "unsettled book accounts."
Will of James Thompson proved 28 August, 1821.
Weak & sick. To James Doak Thompson (being the illegitimate child had by Jean Doak) my plantation in the county of Tazewell called Maccaddmses * with all the land I have adjoining same, also my negro boy named Issum. (To be delivered to him when he arrives at 21 years of age). To George Washington Thompson (being the illegitimate child I had by Sally Justice) my plantation called Kinges with all the adjoining lands and a negro called John who is the child of Sophiea. (To be delivered to him when he is 21 years of age). To mother..negro called Seas. At her death to go to my brother, William Thompson. To Rachel Doak, my sister, a negro girl called Judey which is at James Tiffaney. Also the work of my negro boy, Nelson, for fifteen years at which time he is to go to my brother, William Thompson. To Lydia Doak, my sister, a negro girl called Rachel. To brother, William Thompson..slaves, Joseph, negro boy called Absalom. To brother, Alexander Thompson..negro called Sophia. To William Mitchel..mare and colt. To Thomas Mitchel .. mare. ("Those two devises being the sons of Annas Mitchell). To James B. Thompson, the son of Archibald Thompson..a negro girl, the child of Cease, called Phillas. Executor: Half-brother, Archibald Thompson & brother, William Thompson. Witnesses: Thomas O'Neill, Rees B. Thompson, John Thompson.
* This was land originally willed to his brother Andrew known as McAdam's Place.
27 May, 1806. Chancery. Tazewell County.
James Thompson vs. Thomas Ingles
"This day came the pltf. by his attorney and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the order of publication has been duly published congruans with the statute authorizing the said procedure the defendant having altogether failed to appear whereupon the court do proceed to hear such testimony as the compainant exhibited and being satisfied of the justness of the prayer of the complainants bill, whereupon they do proceed to take the Bill as confessed by the defendant, and this court conceiving the holder of an equitable claim may relinquish the same to the legal proprietor before the same is adjudged to such equitable claimant by adjudication whereupon the court doth order and decree that in case the Heirs, Executors or other persons representing William Ingles, dec'd., should by adjudication or otherwise obtain any lands within the place called Burkes Garden in the bill mentioned that the defendant do at his own costs by deed of conveyance convey one third part thereof to the said plaintiff with a general warrantee against himself and all other persons and in case the heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, or any person or persons claiming under William Ingles, dec'd., should by adjudication or otherwise obtain four hundred acres of land in right of James Burke, then the court doth order and decree that the said defendant do at his own costs convey unto the plaintiff one third part thereof in one entire square so as to include the improvements made by the defendant and his father, William Ingles, and also to include the house where Burke and after him said defendant resided, with a general warantee and it is ordered by the court that when a proper time arrives for the plaintiff to carry his said decree into effect that he have execution against the defendant for that purpose and that he do recover his costs in this behalf expended."
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EXCERPTS FROM "VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS"
(Notes from her book sent to me by Judy B. Anderson)
1. William Thompson. B. 1722, County Down, Ireland. D. July 9, 1797 at 76 years of age. Married twice, first to Jane Buchanan, born about 1732 in County Down, Ireland; died in Bath County, Virginia. Married second, Lydia Graham, born about 1743; died Oct. 12, 1830 at 87 years of age.
There were twelve known children from the two marriages. The Thompson Family Record, kept by George Peery Thompson and Elizabeth Virginia Ward, indicated that all but two, John and Archibald, were from the second marriage. Records submitted to the Family History Library in Salt Lake by Letitia Peery of California show there were three children from the first marriage: John, Archibald and Jane.
George B. Gose, in his book Pioneers of the Virginia Bluegrass, says there were six or seven children from the first marriage. However, he only gives the names of five; the rest are listed as children of the second marriage. Information from the files of Mr. John A. Blakemore shows five children from the first marriage. Since birthdates for all the children are not known at the present time, any one of these claims could be possible, but those dates which are known would seem to confirm that there were three children from the first marriage: 1) John; 2) Archibald; and 3) Jane. The remainder of the children would have been from the second marriage: 4) Nancy, 5) Andrew, 6) James, 7) Rachel, 8) Annis, 9) Lydia, 10) William, 11) Alexander and 12) Mary (Polly).
There has been some confusion concerning the names of William Thompson's wives, but a letter sent by James Haston Thompson, a brother to George Peery Thompson, dated March 12, 1886, and giving birth and death dates of family members, definitely states that a Buchanan was the first wife of William Thompson, and that Lydia Graham was the second wife. Adding to, and supporting this information, was a microfilm of the Endowment House Records found in the Family History Library, Salt lake City, Utah.
Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it is believed that a family can become an eternal unit through the performance of religious ordinances done by the living for the dead. Those who are not familiar with the tenants of this faith sometimes become upset over these ordinances, thinking a religion is being foisted on their loved ones that they neither knew nor would be likely to embrace. But, just as man has the free agency to choose right and wrong here on this earth, it is believed that those who have passed on before have the right to accept or reject the work done in their behalf.
Because of this belief in the eternal family unit, Temples have been constructed in which this work in accomplished. It took 40 years to complete the Salt Lake Temple, and during this time these ordinances were done in a building known as the Endowment House.
There were several early Virginia relatives who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Among them were William Elliott Higginbotham and his wife, Louisa Ward, daughter of William Ward and Nancy Thompson, an Aunt to George Peery Thompson. Nancy Thompson Ward was a daughter of William Thompson and his second wife, Lydia Graham.
Louisa and her husband lived in Nauvoo, Illinois for several years until persecutions drove the settlers from their homes. In the meantime, Louisa's parents died and they decided to return to Burke's Garden to claim their share of her parent's estate. They hoped for enough capital to join the rest of the Mormons in their trek west. After arriving home Louisa found there was nothing left of her parents estate, so they resettled in Virginia, where they remained until the death of William from typhoid. Louisa and the children determined to continue with plans and came west, settling in Weber County, Utah.
In 1871 Louisa and her son, Simon, did the sealing work in the Endowment House for their deceased ancestors, with Louisa acting as proxy for the females and Simon for the males. I checked microfilm # 1149520, page 56, showing the original entries for work done in the Endowment House on June 21, 1871. While dates are only given for the immediate parent, relationships for all individuals are shown. Louisa states she is a granddaughter of entry #2670, Lydia Graham Thompson, and a step granddaughter of entry #2669, Jane Buchanan Thompson. The relationship is close enough that Louisa should have been well aware of who her grandparents were.
Among their children was:
2 Archibald Thompson (Major) (1 Wm.). B. July 10, 1764 in what is now Bath County, Virginia. D. Aug. 4, 1846. Md. Rebecca Peery, daughter of Capt. George Peery and Martha Davidson. She was born July 2, 1778, Abbs Valley, Tazewell County, Virginia; died Nov. 12, 1836. [Deaths noted in the Bible of Archibald Thompson -- see Appendix I] Biographical material: [James Oscar Corell history of the family sent to me by Mrs. W.W. Billington.] and [History of Pottawattamie County Iowa, Chicago: O.P. Baskin & Co., 1883, pg. 206.]
Thompson Valley was named after Archibald's father, William, whose second family, along with the first, accompanied him to this new area. Archibald went to the upper end of the valley and bought up a large boundary of land which he and a negro boy worked and lived on for a number of years. He had four to five thousand acres, along with two farms in Burke's Garden. During these early years, the Indians, as well as bears, were plentiful.
Major Archie was a member of the Provincial militia. A loosened tie on one of his moccasins undoubtedly saved his life while on a hunting expedition during his younger years. The party he was with continued on as he stopped to tighten the string. The men ahead of him were ambushed by Indians who killed three of the men and took the remaining five prisoner. Had Archibald been with them, he too would have been killed or captured.
It would appear that Archibald was also involved in protecting the settlers of the area at a tender age, for as early as 1776, when he was only 12 years of age, he is listed as being at the Blue Stone Creek Station under Capt. Robert Crockett [Summers, pg. 1481]. Thereafter, he was at various forts or stations.
The men at these stations were to hold themselves in readiness as circumstances might direct. To improve the efficiency of the stations, spies were employed to watch the trails leading to the settlements of Ohio and to report any sign of Indian activity so that the settlers could be warned and evacuate to the stations for protection.
In 1777 Archibald was in Capt. McCorkle's Company and is listed by Stephen Trigg as among those who took the oath of allegiance. By March 31, 1781, he is noted as a Sergeant in Daniel Trigg's Company.
By 1789 he had acquired 200 acres of land on the Maiden Spring Fork in what was then Montgomery County, where he was listed on the Tax list in 1791 and 1792. By 1793 he is on tax list B for Wythe County. If this is our Archibald, he would have been 27 years of age at the time, and it would appear that he had extensive holdings in Wythe County, located in the area of Little River, Meadow and Mill Creeks and Dunkard Bottoms. He also had property by Reed Creek and Back Creek [Schreiner-Yantis, Montgomery County Circa 1790, pg. 104].
Rebecca Peery was born in a block-house in what became Tazewell County, Virginia. Archibald was in his later years before he married Rebecca. After Rebecca's marriage to Archibald they settled in the upper section of Thompson Valley. On September 13 1800, Archibald was recommended for the position of Captain in the 1st Battalion of the 112th Regiment. He was also foreman of the Grand Jury for the Quarter Session held March 3rd of that same year [Annals I, pg. 173]. In 1806 he became the commander of the 2nd Battalion in place of Hezekiah Harman, who was advanced to the 1st Battalion; and in 1810, he achieved the rank of Major. By 1812 he had resigned his position as Major and had been recommended for the position of Commissioner of the Peace.
In April of 1813 he purchased, from Capt. James Patton Thompson, and Margaret, his wife, a tract of 300 acres in Burke's Garden, which he gave to his son John Thompson. This tract embraced most of the land upon which James Burke built his cabin in 1753 or 1754. He continued to acquire land along the Maiden Spring Fork, and by 1814 owned some 1,820 acres.
Archibald and Rebecca had nine children: William Thompson; George Thompson; Jane C. Thompson; Martha D. Thompson; Mary Thompson; Nancy Thompson; John Thompson; James Buchanan Thompson; and, Lydia Thompson.
Archibald died August 4, 1846 in Tazewell County, Virginia; and Rebecca died November 12, 1836, ten years prior to his demise, also in Tazewell County.
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POW LETTERS OF THOMAS BENTON THOMPSON
Provided by Jeanne Frazier
Letters from Thomas Benton THOMPSON to his first cousin Eleanor Matilda QUINN. He was the son of William H. THOMPSON & Matilda WITTEN of Tazewell Co., VA. She was the daughter of Rev. James QUINN & Eleanor WITTEN of Highland Co., OH. Matilda WITTEN and Eleanor WITTEN were sisters, daughters of James B. WITTEN and Rebecca White CECIL of Tazewell Co., VA.
Thomas Benton THOMPSON enlisted in Company G of the 45th VA Infantry before September 1861. He was a sergeant, promoted to full lieutenant on July 15, 1862. He was captured at Cloyd's Farm on May 9, 1864, and sent to POW Camp Chase near Columbus, OH. He was released in a prisoner exchange on March 2, 1865.
He wrote the following letters to his cousin from Camp Chase. She was living in Wilmington, Clinton Co., OH, probably with her sister Lizzie. He was about 29 years old, she about 26.
Camp Chase Ohio
Miss Matilda Quinn
My object in writing to you is merely to let you know that I have stopped at a very pleasant place four miles west of Columbus to spend the summer. I would have much rather have gone on to Wilmington but having consulted my physician I concluded to stay.
I was captured the 9th of May at the battle of Cloyds Mountains, Va. I want you to write me as soon as you receive this and let me know Aunt Cynthia's Post Office. and whether Witten is in the army or not. I have heard that Cousin Newton was Lieut. Governor of California, please write soon and let me know whether you have changed your name or not.
Your affec. cousin
Thomas B. Thompson
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Comdg. Military Prison
Camp Chase Ohio Sept 11th 1864
I have arisen this beautiful Sabbath morning refreshed by nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep, seat myself to have a social chat with my pretty little cousin. What topic shall we discuss. Shall I tell you of my school boy days, how I roamed over the romantic hills and green meadows of Plumb Creek. "My heart was all joy and gladness then. No sadness mingled in my song. Yet I knew this side of the grave, no earth-born pleasures would linger long. I love to think of the pleasant associations of other years, even in my prison home, but the restrictions to which I have been subjected for the last three years have learned me to accommodate myself to circumstances. My dear Cousin I have made you a nice ring and will enclose in this letter. I know you will prize it. You wished me to give you a description of my personal appearance and: I have black hair hazel eyes five feet 11 inches high weigh about one hundred and seventy five pounds. As to beauty I am not a competent judge of the male gender, it is to the other sex that beauty belongs. I hope the day is not far distant when we will be permitted to see each other. I imagine that you are about the size of Cousin Cynthia. I will remember her every feature although she is no more. I remember an incident she related to me while in Va. in regard to you being caught out in a thunder storm, what anxiety the family felt for your safety. My Dear Old Mother has Aunt's and Cousin's Obituary notice she taken from a Northern paper. She also has a drawing by Aunt it is a brick house with a large willow tree near a monument to the memory of Aunt Rebecca with these lines
Remember youth as you pass by
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now you soon must be
Prepare for death and follow me.
My love to Cousin Lizzie
Your affec. Cousin T. Benton Thompson
Write soon direct to Prison one
Don't forget that photograph you promised me
Camp Chase Nov. 26th 1864
My Dear Cousin
Your kind favor of the 20th Inst has been received and eagerly perused as your letters always are. They are like stray sunbeams peeping into my prison home, dispelling the gloom that gathers around me. Oh Cousin Tillie I would like so much to see you and converse with you. I could tell you more in an hour than I can communicate in twenty letters. Notwithstanding I am thankful of this medium of conversing with you. I have not heard from home since I last wrote to you, there has been very few letters received by flag of truce from Va. I am getting very anxious to hear from home. Gen. Bourbage's command passed within three miles of where we live on his raid to Saltville, Va. You have doubtless seen a notice of it in the papers. You wished to know if we were allowed to receive papers, and papers are not allowed but any other reading matter will be allowed, if you have any old copies of Harper's or any other magazine they will be very thankfully received. I have been reading Thomson's sermons and Young's Night Thoughts recently, am very much pleased with them. Cousin Tillie how would you and Sister like to go to Va. and live with your aunt, if you think you would like the trip let me know and when this war is over we will talk more about it. I would like very much to see aunt's ambertype hope I will some day. I received a letter from Cousin Cynthia not long since. Aunt has been no better. I fear she will not have the pleasure of spending her Christmas Holiday with you. I was somewhat disappointed when I received you letter opened it and found no Photograph but when I read the letter I was very well satisfied with the explanation -- give my love to cousin Lizzie and Hibbens, except for yourself. May you have a pleasant Christmas and a happy New Year is the prayer of your cousin
I am under many obligations for the postage stamps you sent me
Camp Chase Dec. 24th 1864
My Dear Cousin
Imagine my delight, on receiving your kind favor of the 18th Inst, with your miniature enclosed. You and Cousin Cynthia do not favor very much. You favor the loved one for whom you were called, more than any of the family, I have seen. Those black eyes of yours are so much like sister Ellen's -- The magazine you sent me has been miscarried, I presume, at least I have not received it as yet. Since I last wrote to you we have had the privilege extended to us of buying papers candles and pepper, which is a great improvement to our former condition. I see there has been an arrangement made for each government to supply their prisoners with the articles they need. I sincerely hope there will be a better understanding than formerly and this accursed retaliation whose pangs I have felt be dispensed with. It is painful to me to hear of our cousin meeting such a death, the cruelty inflicted on poor prisoners will fill one of the darkest pages in the history of this war. The last letter I had from home was written the 17th Sept. I see in the State Journal of this morning that there has been a flag of truce boat at Old Point Comfort recently, hope I will get a letter soon. Say to Cousin Lizzie I will be happy to receive her miniature. I want to make Cousin Cynthia and her a ring when the weather gets warm so I can work. I have had two letters from Cousin C. I am expecting to hear from her again soon. Aunt is so feeble I presume it takes all her time to wait on her.
Cousin Tillie I have fallen in love with those gentle soft expressive eyes of yours, hope I will have the pleasure of seeing you some day -- we are having very cold weather at present. Yours is a much colder climate than ours, give my love to your Sister and Cousin Allen, do not forget to write soon and often to your cousin
Thos. B. Thompson
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Camp Chase Ohio Feb 17th 65
My Dear Cousin
Yours of the 12th Inst came safe to hand, and I hasten to resspond. Since I last wrote you exchange has been going on briskly at this camp, there was five hundred men and thirty offices left last Sunday and there has been two lots of the same size called out since. I think I will get off with the next batch, it will probably be two or three weeks before I get off, the boys are all in fine spirits well pleased with the idea of getting back to Dixie. I had a letter yesterday from my uncle written in Jan. the family and friends were all well when he wrote -- I was pleased to hear that you were going to emigrate to the State of Matrimony.
May your path be strewn with flowers gay,
All along life's eventful way.
May'st thou have a husband kind and true
Is my sincere wish for you.
PS. My love to your sisters and Cousin Allen. Please write soon let me know his name and when it is likely to come off