Joseph Pratt Thompson

4 January 1824–
Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Joseph Pratt

When Joseph Pratt Thompson was born on 4 January 1824, in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Josiah Tompson, was 42 and his mother, Susan Pratt, was 35.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Tompson
1781–
Susan Pratt
1789–1869
Josiah Thompson
1812–1839
Susan R. Thompson
1818–1891
Ellen T Thompson
1820–
Georgeanna Thompson
1821–
Joseph Pratt Thompson
1824–
Maria Louisa Thompson
1827–

Parents and Siblings

    Josiah Tompson

    Male1781–Male

    Female1789–1869Female

siblings

(6)

    Josiah Thompson

    Male1812–1839Male

    Susan R. Thompson

    Female1818–1891Female

    Ellen T Thompson

    Female1820–Female

    Georgeanna Thompson

    Female1821–Female

    Male1824–Male

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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 24

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 33

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Thomas . Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.2 Americanized form of Thomsen .

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph P Thompson in household of Joseph Thompson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Joseph P Thompson, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Joseph Pratt Thompson, "California Great Registers, 1866-1910"

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