Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Thompsons in:
 • Oakwood Cemetery
 • Austin
 • Travis County
 • Texas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Ben Thompson
Birth: Nov. 11, 1843, England
Death: Mar. 11, 1884
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Western Lawman. Born in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, England, he emigrated with his family to Austin, Texas, in 1851. After serving in the Confederate 2nd Texas Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War, he joined Emperor Maximilian's forces in Mexico and fought until the fall of the empire in June 1867. Returning to Texas, he was a gambler in various Texas cities, earned a reputation as a fast gun and spent some time in prison for being involved in many shootouts, 1868 to 1878. Known as a fast gun, he was hired by lawman Bat Masterson as an agent for the Kansas Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1879. In 1880, he returned to Austin and opened a gambling hall. Acknowledged for his honesty and prowess with a revolver, the citizens of Austin elected him City Marshal. In July 1882, Marshal Thompson quarreled over a card game in a saloon, where he shot and killed a prominent sportsman Jack Harris. After the trial and acquittal, he resigned as marshal and resumed his life as a professional gambler. On the evening of March 11, 1884, at the Vaudeville Theatre, San Antonio, Thompson was shot and killed from behind. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Mary Ann Baker Thompson (1813 - 1881)
 
 Children:
  Mary Elizabeth Thompson (1866 - 1867)*
  Benjamin Thompson (1869 - 1893)*
  William J Thompson (1869 - 1871)*
  Katherine Florence Thompson Price (1871 - 1938)*
  Augusta Lorraine Thompson (1877 - 1878)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ben Thompson (1843 - 1884)
  William Thompson (1846 - 1897)*
  Fannie Lenora Thompson Fink (1858 - 1954)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 71
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1028
Ben Thompson
Added by: Anonymous
 
Ben Thompson
Added by: Bill Harvey
 
Ben Thompson
Added by: Timothy Tray
 
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Jun. 24, 2014
Still playing cards with your old partner Phil Coe. The world evolves but old souls find a way to be together.
- Ann
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014

- Old Coot
 Added: May. 4, 2014
There are 81 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.0 after 48 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service