Thompson Family

The Moses S. Thompson Family


This family is not actually my line, however, John A. Thompson, a son of Moses S. Thompson did marry Martha Elizabeth Hairston Chisum, my great-grandfather's sister. While searching for clues about my Hairston Family, I collected this information and feel that it should be shared with others who may be searching for this Thompson family. Pictures of Mattie Hairston and the Thompson children can be found on my Hairston Family Pages.



Census Records for the Moses S. Thompson Family


1850 Census in Henry County, Tennessee 13th precinct ( image 231)

Moses S. Thompson 40 M Farmer NC
Martha 39 F Tenn
Mary 10 F Tenn
William 8 M Tenn
Lucy 7 F Tenn
Sarah 5 F Tenn
John 3 F Tenn
Robert 3/12 M Tenn

1860 Census, Griffith Township, Conway County, Arkansas July 27, 1860 page 134 and 135 (found at Heritage Quest)

Moses Thompson 55 M Farmer North Carolina
Martha Thompson 49 F cooks Tennessee
Mary E. Thompson 21 F cooks Tennessee
Wm. Thompson 18 M works on farm Tennessee
Lucy A. Thompson 15 cooks Tennessee
Sarah Thompson 13 F Tennessee
John Thompson 11 M Tennessee
Robt Thompson 10 M Tennessee
Ellen Thompson 4 M Arkansas

On the 1870 census M.S. Thompson, a farmer was living in Dallas County, Texas. The census record can be located on page 92, precinct 3 and enumeration took place on August 3, 1870. Amanda and William's relationship to the family is unknown. (found at

Thompson, M.S. 64 M W farmer Tenn.
Thompson, Mary 30 F W keeps house Tenn.
Thompson, Lucinda 26 F W Tenn.
Thompson, John A. 20 M W Tenn.
Thompson, Robert W. 16 M W Tenn.
Thompson, Margaret E. 14 F W Ark.
Paschal, Amanda 19 F W Tenn.
Paschal, William 1 M W Texas

1880 Census Precinct 4, Somerville, Texas p370C (found on LDS census CDs)

Sam Anderson Self Married M W 37 MS farmer VA VA
Margaret Anderson Wife Married F W 24 AR keeping house NC TN
Moses Thompson FatherL Widower M W 74 NC NC NC
Richard Barber Other Single M W 35 VA farm labor AL AL

1880 Census District 149, Precinct 1, Erath, Texas p17A (found on LDS census CDs)

J. A. Thompson Self Married M W 32 AR Farmer TN TN
Mary A. Thompson Wife Married F W 23 TX Keeps House TX TN
Mollie B. Thompson Daughter Single F W 1 TX AL TX

R. W. Thompson Self Married M W 26 AR Farmer TN TN
S. E. Thompson Wife Married F W 21 TX Keeps House TN AL
Leroy Thompson Son Single M W 1month TX AR TX

Although this 1880 record indicates that both John and Robert were born in Arkansas, earlier census records indicate that they were actually born in Tennessee. Their father, Moses, consistently reported that he and his parents were born in NC.


Moses S. Thompson

Census records indicate that Moses Thompson was born in North Carolina. He was married to Martha Warnick who was born in Tennessee. It is assumed that Martha died prior to 1870 as she is not listed on that census. A Moses S. Thompson fought for the Confederate Army in the 48th Tennessee Infantry, however, it is not known if this is the same Moses S. Thompson. In 1880, Moses Thompson was living with his youngest daughter, Margaret and her husband Sam Anderson in Somerville County. He died in 1890 and is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Erath County, Texas.


Martha Warnick Thompson

Martha Warnick was born January 5, 1811 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. She died between 1860 and 1870 in Arkansas or Texas.  She married Moses S. Thompson on July 6, 1839 in Henry County, Tennessee. Martha's parents were Lucinda or Lucy Griffin and John Warnick.


John A. Thompson

John Thompson married his wife, Mary A. Lowery in 1878. It is unknown when she died. The census reports a daughter named, Mollie. Descendants of John Thompson's sons remembered that their fathers had a half-sister, Mahaley. She married W.B. Smith in Erath County.  On August 28, 1884,  John A. Thompson married Martha "Mattie" Elizabeth Hairston Chisum in Erath County, Texas.  John and Mattie had five children; Floyd William, Aaron Whitney, Edgar Richard, Jessie, and Claud Clarence. Mattie also had three children from her previous marriage; Walter, Philip, and Stella. They lived in the Bethel Community where John died following a wagon accident that occurred while he was building a new home.

Robert W. Thompson

Robert Thompson married Sarah Elkins. They had two children; Leroy who was born in 1880 and Agness who died as an infant in 1895.  Sarah also died in 1895. After Sarah's death, Leroy lived with his Elkins grandparents. I have not yet found Robert in any later census records. He died in 1918. Robert, Sarah, and Agness are all buried in Bethel Cemetery.

Margaret E. Thompson

I am assuming that Margaret E. Thompson is Margaret Ellen Thompson, the youngest Thompson sibling. She can be found in 1880 living with her husband Sam Anderson and her father Moses Thompson in Somerville County, Texas. In 1900, Margaret was living with her husband and children in Hood County, Texas. Her birthday was listed as June 1856. She and Sam had been married 21 years and had seven children. Six children were living. The children listed on the census were Nina, Byrom, Chula, Samualla, Harris, and Gella. In 1910, Margaret was a widow and was living in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. She lived with her children Horace and Gella as well as her married daughter, Samuella Spaulling and family.

Lucinda Thompson

In 1880, Lucinda Thompson Newton and her husband Tom were living in Erath County. Tom was a farmer and reported he and both of his parents were born in England. They were living with their two young daughters listed as E.H. Newton and M. E. Newton.  In 1900, Thomas and Lucinda were living in Palo Pinto County with their sixteen year old twins, Joe and Mary. Tom died on July 19, 1902. In 1910, Lucinda was a widow and living with daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, John Dalton. Sons Thomas and James were coal miners. Thomas had a wife, Ellen, and James' wife was Cleo.  In 1920, Lucinda was found living in Erath County with her daughter, Eliza and son-in-law, Mace P. Oyler. Her daughter Emma lived nearby with her husband, Will Oyler. Lucinda died on July 13, 1921. Lucinda and Tom Newton were buried in Old Gordon Cemetery in Palo Pinto County



Family Notes from the Baylor County Banner

These are more of my pages.  The Baylor County Banner is a newspaper published in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas that contains much information about my grandparents and their families. Descendants of John A. Thompson are mentioned in some of these issues.



Thompson Family Graves at Bethel Cemetery, Erath County, Texas
J. A. Thompson

Born Feb.16,1848

Died Nov. 5, 1899

R. W. Thompson

Aug. 7, 1850

Sept. 13, 1918

S. E. Thompson

Born Oct. 30, 1858

Died Dec. 20, 1895

M. S. Thompson

Feb. 18, 1806

Feb. 16, 1890



daughter of R.W. & S.E. Thompson

October 24 1894

August 07 1895

Bethel Cemetery is located between Huckabay and Morgan Mill in Erath County, Texas. Cindy and Mark Shipman read this cemetery in 2001 and posted a list of all known to be buried in the cemetery on the Erath County Archives, a part of the USGenWeb Archives Project.
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