Mary “Molly” <I>Jolly</I> Thompson


Mary “Molly” Jolly Thompson

Death 1849 (aged 101–102)
Muscadine, Cleburne County, Alabama, USA
Burial Muscadine, Cleburne County, Alabama, USA
Plot Unmarked grave if returned here after being moved (see bio)
Memorial ID 141358932 View Source
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May have been born in England, rather than Scotland.

Wife of Joseph Patrick Thompson, son of Moses & Jane (Wallace) Thompson. According to family legend, they met on a ship when immigrating to the soon-to-be United States of America.

JOSEPH PATRICK THOMPSON was born in 1747 and died in the Pendleton District, S.C. between 9 Oct. 1810 and 25 Feb 1811, dates of his will and its probate. [Will Book A, p. 118, Anderson Co., S.C.]

Acccording to
Stennett, he married in January 1769, Sarah "Sally" Jolly, b. 1754. [Thompson Gen. Journal says wife named in his will was Molly Jolly, b. 1747, which is correct]

Joseph Patrick Thompson served as a Lt. in the First or Southern Batallion of Militia of Orange County, North Carolina, under the command of Col. Albrose Ramsey, Major Hugh Tinnian, and Captain William Williams. According to family tradition, Molly Jolly Thompson had to hide her children in a cave for two days while her husband was away in the Militia, because there was a price on her head for carrying information to the Americans during the Revolution. After the Revolution, either Joseph or his son by the same name filed Revolutionary claims for land in South Carolina.

Their children:
1. Robert Thompson, b. 1776, Pendleton, Anderson, SC, d. aft 1850, Carroll Co., GA
2. Ransom T. Thompson, b. 1778, Pendleton, Anderson, SC, d. 3 Jul 1843, Carroll Co., GA
3. Elizabeth "Betsy" Thompson, b. 1780, Pendleton, Anderson, SC, d. 1849, Haralson, GA; m. Thomas Garner.
4. Nancy Thompson, b. 1781, Pendleton, Anderson, SC, d. abt. 1870, Cleburne Co., AL; m. 1) Isham Green, II; m. 2) Laudwick Orr.
5. William Thompson, b. abt. 1787, Pendleton, Anderson, SC
6. Zachariah T. Thompson, b. 1788, Pendleton, Anderson, SC, d. 23 Sep 1868, Jasper Co., MS
7. Joseph R. Thompson, b. May 1791, Pendleton, Anderson, SC; d. abt. 1880, Forsyth, GA
8. Rebecca Jane Thompson, b. 8 Sep 1793, Pendleton, Anderson, SC; d. 31 Oct 1884, Cleburne Co., AL; m. John L. Hunnicut
9. John David Thompson, b. 5 Feb 1795, Pendleton, Anderson, SC
10. Mary Jane "Polly" Thompson, b. 5 Feb 1803, Pendleton, Anderson, SC, d. 28 Feb 1883, Covington Co., MS; m. Zabud F. Duckworth, Sr.

Joseph died in 1810 and is more than likely buried there; however, his exact burial location is unknown. Molly moved with her son, Ransom, and his family to Muscadine, Cleburne County, Alabama, where she died in 1849 at the age of 102. She was originally buried here, but her body was moved later, when land was reclaimed for a pond. It is not known where she is now buried or if she was returned here at a later time.

Will of Joseph Patrick Thompson, 9 October 1810, Pendleton District, South Carolina:

"In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Thompson of the state of South Carolina and the District of Pendleton being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory to make and order this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give my soul into the hand of All Mighty God that gave it never doubting that I shall relive the same at the General resurrection my body and I recommend to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors and as touching such wrly (sic) estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and devise and bequeth in the following manner that is to say I give Robert Thompson five shillings, Random Thompson five shillings, Nancy Green five shillings, Betsy Garner five shillings, Zachariah Thompson five shillings and Joseph Thompson five shillings each the rest after my debts is paid I leave to Molly Thompson my lawful wife to possess during life, then to be equally divided between by three younger children Rebecca, John, Polly Thompson. I leave Robert Thompson and Molly Thompson my true exetur (sic) and executrix and I do utterly revoke and ... all former wills bequests...and declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness where unto I set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-fifth day of February one thousand eight hundred and ten. I leave Molly Thompson my lawful executrix to make rights to Robert Thompson for ninity (sic) six acres of land which he bough from me and has had no rights through neglect."

Joseph Thompson (seal)

Witness: Zachariah Thompson
Randsom Thompson
Joseph Thompson

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Grave is unmarked

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  • Added: 15 Jan 2015
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