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Sgt James J. Thompson

Sgt James J. Thompson

Birth
Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
Death 31 Jan 1916 (aged 80)
Burial McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 33
Memorial ID 6628455 · View Source
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James J. Thompson was the son of George
Overton and Margaret Thompson. when he was quite a young man, he went west as
Horace Greeley advised. He came to Collin County and McKinney in the
early
1860's. The Civil War was just beginning and he enlisted in a company
being organized in McKinney, the company made up of Collin County men. There
were 95 men who enlisted for a period of 12 months, but when that time was up
they all re-enlisted for the duration of the war. The company took part in many
areas and were in the Battle of Shiloh where his commander and many of the men
lost their lives.
Following his war years he returned to his boyhood home in
Kentucky, but the pull of pioneering prompted him to return to Texas, this
time
to make his home. He settled in the Rock Hill Community, west of
McKinney.
Here he farmed his 320 acres and built his home fronting on the old
Preston Road, the most traveled road leading north from Dallas. He married
Dollie Field, daughter of a very early pioneer family from Missouri, Jesse
Field. Two children were born to them, George Field Thompson and Margaret who
became Mrs. G. H. Provine.
Besides farming, Thompson operated his own gin and
general store
and served as postmaster for a while. His wife died while the
children were small.
In 1888, while still maintaining his farming operations,
Thompson and
his family moved to McKinney and bought a home built by R.H.
Parker in 1877. The home was surrounded by 125 acres and was situated on Rock
Hill Road near the limits of McKinney on the west. The home was built along
colonial lines with lumber hauled by ox-wagons from Jefferson in east Texas. It
was surrounded by huge oak and pecan trees estimated them to be 100 years old,,
a picture of beauty, ready for gracious living. Thompson married Mrs. Anna
Allen Gatewood, a
widow who had come with her son, Allen from Moscow, Tennessee
in 1883.
Four children were born of this marriage: James Jason, Rebecca (Mrs.
J.B. Crockett, Ruth (Mrs. Paul K. Wilson), and Rachel (Mrs. Aubrey B Griffin).

His descendants recall an incident that happened back in the end of the last
century, an incident that bears out the quote from an old paper that called him
"the gentleman with the Chesterfield manners.". While living on Rock Hill Road
the notorious outlaw, Sam Bass, and his gang appeared in his store one day and
declared their intention of robbing the store. Thompson stepped aside and
told
the robbers to help themselves, even helped them carry out heavy objects.
After a bit Sam Bass came back into the store and told Thompson that they had
intended taking everything he had but they had been treated so politely that
they weren't taking a thing. Thompson's small son, who had been hiding under a
counter, rushed to the house to report the incident.

Bio by: Sherry


Gravesite Details Sgt. James J. Thompson served with Co. I of the 9th Texas Inf. CSA during the war of 1861-65. He died Jan. 31st 1916 at age 81

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  • Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 22 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6628455
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt James J. Thompson (18 Dec 1835–31 Jan 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6628455, citing Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Herbert Rickards (contributor 10274696) .