John Thompson Sr.

John Thompson Sr.

Death 16 Feb 1889 (aged 73)
Addison County, Vermont, USA
Burial Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 39043839 · View Source
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Civil War Veteran:
Pvt., 34th New York Inf., Co. A.
Pvt., 7th Vermont Inf., Co. B.

from the Rutland Daily Herald, Feb. 18, 1889:
An odd character passed away when John Thompson died at his home on the road to East Middlebury on Saturday morning. Mr. Thompson's age was about 70 years and his illness was a brief one, he having been sick only two days. For several years this man has lived the life of a hermit, although he had a wife and son living. His only companions in the solitude of his recent years have been a dog, a varied assortment of cats and a dozen hens and chickens. These were his only intimates, and they shared the rooms of his house in common with him. Thompson was an unusually skillful mechanic, and he was an especially well-read man, with a remarkably good memory, but he seemed to have an intense hatred for all mankind. It was this peculiarity which led him to live among cats and dogs, and which once nearly cost him his life. Several years ago, while living in the village of Middlebury and being at the time too poor to procure sufficient food for himself, he had a pack of hungry dogs of various degrees of worthlessness. So nearly famished were the dogs on one occasion that they attacked their master and chewed him up terribly before he was rescued. Since that time one dog has been enough to satisfy all his cravings for canine comrades. Thompson was in the English army for a number of years and fought for the Union in the war of the Rebellion. A few years ago he was granted a pension sufficient to maintain him for the remainder of his life.

from the Rutland Daily Herald, Feb. 19, 1889:
Middlebury - The funeral of the late John Thompson was held on Monday afternoon, the services taking place at the residence of William A. Cady, where the remains had been brought on Sunday evening. Rev. A.E. Carpenter, rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal church, officiated, and there was appropriate music by a selected choir. Several members of the Middlebury Grand Army post were present, although the deceased had never joined the post, and everything that could be done was done by them and others to see that the deceased should have a worthy funeral.

Census Info:
1860 Census, Vergennes, VT
John Thompson, 40, b. Scotland, Cabinet Maker
Ann Thompson, 29, b. Ireland
John Thompson, 1, b. Vermont

1870 Census, Vergennes, VT
John Thompson, 50, b. Scotland, worked in factory, $2000 real estate, $300 personal estate
Ann Thompson, 35, b. Ireland
John P. Thompson, 11, b. Vermont

1880 Census, Middlebury, VT
John Thompson, 64, b. Scotland, married, Cabinet Maker, parents born Scotland

His wife Ann outlived him and after his death collected his Civil War pension.

Family Members

Gravesite Details has 2 stones, one with just his name is in front of the stone he shares with his son & daughter-in-law


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