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John Thomson
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1799
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1889
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Cooper. Freemason. As a cooper, he was often presenton the wharves of Philadelphia, and rescued many drowning persons who fell from the docks. For his saving of lives, he was given a silver cup. Today it is not known what the silver cup. Today the Masons give the annual John Thomson award, a cup inscribed:"In commemoration of Brother John Thomson's unselfish acts of service, we present to you this silver cup to celebrate your response to the call of Masonic duty by hastening to the rescue, and saving a human life." Thomson was a highly respected member of the Grand Lodge of Pebnnsylvania. A freemason for sixty-seven years, he held many important positions in the organization. He was Grand Treasure for thirteen years; Grand Secretary, for thirteen; Grand Master, for two years. He functioned in a Grand office, all told, for thirty-one years. The 1880 US Census simply identifies Thomson's occupation as "secretary." 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Berryman Thomson (1805 - 1882)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth B Thomson Morrell (1825 - 1901)*
  Sarah Jane Thomson Castner (1827 - 1898)*
  Anna H Thomson Hibberd (1831 - 1905)*
  Julia C. Thomson (1837 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlands Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sect I, Lot 21
 
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Record added: Aug 28, 2008
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John Thomson
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