Thompson Williams

Brief Life History of Thompson

When Thompson Williams was born on 29 September 1816, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Jones Williams, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth Thompson, was 37. He married Tabitha Jane Wheeless on 18 March 1836, in Plum Hill, Washington, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Washington, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Okawville, Washington, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 4 December 1885, in Plum Hill, Washington, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Neunlist Cemetery, Plum Hill Township, Washington, Illinois, United States.

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Thompson Williams
Tabitha Jane Wheeless
Marriage: 18 March 1836
Mary Ann Williams
Nancy Williams
Sarah Williams
William Jasper Williams
Samuel Aaron Williams
Lorena Williams

Sources (7)

  • Thos Williams, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thompson Williams, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Thompson Williams in entry for Samuel Aaron Williams, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

World Events (8)

1818 · Jackson Purchase

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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. 

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English: variant of William , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America, this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages, such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.

History: This surname was brought to North America from southern England and Wales independently by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. Roger Williams, born in London in 1603, came to MA in 1630, but the clergyman was banished from the colony for his criticism of the Puritan government; he fled to RI and founded Providence.

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

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