James Rutherford Thompson

Brief Life History of James Rutherford

When James Rutherford Thompson was born on 15 January 1830, in Penshaw, Durham, England, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Thompson, was 29 and his mother, Grace Welch, was 29. He lived in Houghton le Spring, Durham, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and Sherburn Village, Durham, England, United Kingdom in 1861. He died in England, United Kingdom.

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Robert Thompson
Grace Welch
Joseph Pearson Welch
Eleanor Thompson
Mary Thompson
James Rutherford Thompson
Jane Thompson
Thomas Thompson

Sources (3)

  • James Thompson in household of Grace Elliot, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • James Thompson in household of Grace Thompson, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • James Thompson in household of John Elliott, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

World Events (8)

1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.


Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

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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