Friday, June 4, 2010

William Thompson

Birth:     1823
               Kentucky or Indiana

Died:      Jan. 27, 1873
              McDonough County, Illinois

William Thompson shares this stone with his wife Lorren and four of their children. Inscriptions documenting their burials can be found on each side of the stone.

William Thompson was a farmer in McDonough County, Illinois.  He married Lorren McClure on March 2, 1848 in McDonough County. Census records in 1860 and 1870 list his place of birth as Kentucky. In 1880 census his children list their father's birthplace as Indiana.

This biographical note for his wife Lorren from the History of McDonough County, Illinois, 1885, Continental Historical Co., Springfield, Illinois states that the Thompson farm in Bethel township, consisted of "160 acres, 40 acres of it timber, the balance under a good state of cultivation, and well improved, on section 10."

William and Lorren Thompson were the parents of 11 children, at least four of whom (highlighted in green) are also buried in this cemetery: Mary E. [Keersucker] (1849), John "Thomas" (1851-1871), Joann (1853-1869), Charles (born & died 1859), George (1854), Samuel G. (1856), Rozella (1860), Sarah J. (1861-1878), Franklin L. (1865), Alice (1866), and William (1871).

The Thompsons attended the M. E. church. Most census records found them living in Bethel Township; however, in 1870 the family was living in Ward 4 in the city of Macomb in McDonough County.

This burial is documented by: Duane Lester's, Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry.

Other sources: Venard-Van Antwerp-. . . McClure . . . etc. Genealogy, by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1983, Macomb, Illinois, and Corrections & Additions for Venard-Van Antwerp Genealogy, by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1988; federal m census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from, and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

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