James Lewis Thompson

22 January 1818–25 March 1890 (Age 72)
Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York, United States

The Life Summary of James Lewis

When James Lewis Thompson was born on 22 January 1818, in Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York, United States, his father, John David Thompson, was 47 and his mother, Leah Lewis, was 30. He married Matilda Delila Willis on 5 October 1837, in Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Cannonville Election Precinct, Iron, Utah, United States in 1880. He died on 25 March 1890, in Henrieville, Garfield, Utah, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Henrieville Cemetery, Henrieville, Garfield, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Lewis Thompson
Matilda Delila Willis
Marriage: 5 October 1837
John David Thompson
Leah Jane Thompson
Lucy Lucretta Thompson
John Orson Thompson
James Brigham Thompson
Mary Matilda Thompson
Lydia Dolly Thompson
Margaret Elizabeth Thompson
William Samuel Thompson
Joseph Enoch Thompson

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 October 1837Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 1
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 9
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 28
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name T(h)om(me) (see Thom ) + -son ‘son of Tom’. Thomson is usually the Scottish form, that with the intrusive -p- being English. Both forms are common in Ireland. The surname Thompson is also very common among African Americans.Americanized form of Danish, Norwegian, and North German Thomsen and of its Swedish cognate Thomsson. Compare Thomson .

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

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    Story Highlight

    James Lewis Thompson - Personal History - Written by Himself

    ****The Thompson Sisters and their family - It seems that there were four young girls from the Matilda Delila Willis and James Lewis Thompson family who died and were buried in the Pioneer Cemetery. …

    Sources (44)

    • Jas L Thompson, "United States Census, 1860"
    • J. L. Thompson in entry for William Samuel Thompson, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"
    • Jas L Thompson, "United States Census, 1880"

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