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John M Thompson (abt. 1810 - 1870)

John M Thompson
Born about in Rolling Fork, Washington, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 30 Dec 1829 (to 26 Apr 1851) in Union Co., Kentucky, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 11 Sep 1851 in Sacred Heart Church, Union Co, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 21 Oct 1855 in Sacred Heart Church, Union Co, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 60 in Union, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Apr 2009
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He was Roman Catholic and was married 3 times. The 'History of Union County, Kentucky' states John M. Thompson was the lawful father of twenty-nine children: eighteen were by his first wife, three were by the second, and eight by the third.[1]


Most ancestries have John Thompson born around 1810. He was born in Rolling Fork, KY, which was an early Roman Catholic settlement. He later moved to Union County, KY, which was a later Roman Catholic settlement.

Alt Birth

John M. Thompson was born in 1819 and died in 1870. [2]

1830 Census

There is an 1830 census entry for John Thompson in Union Co., KY.[3]
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19
Free White Persons - Under 20
Total Free White Persons
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored)
This entry is consistent with the following household members: John M. Thompson Mariah Mattingly Thompson, his wife John Henry Thompson, infant, their firstborn son who died as an infant.

1840 Census

There is an 1840 census entry for John Thompson in Union Co., KY.[4]
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14 1 Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19 1 Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49 1 Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49 1 Persons employed in agriculture 3 Free White Persons - Under 20 2 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49 2 Total Free White Persons 4 Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) 4 'This entry does not make sense.'

1850 Census

John M. Thompson age 40 was enumerated as head of household #452 on 4 Sep 1850 in District 2, Union Co., KY. Present in the household were: Mariah J, age 10 male Harris, age 8 male Manerva, age 12 female Willis, age 6 male Sarah E., age 4 female All members were born in Kentucky

A person named A J M Thompson was the enumerator.

Household #453 was headed by Elisha Thompson, age 24 male. Household #454 was headed by Geo W Thompson, age 32 male

1860 Census

Date: 1860
Place: Morganfield, Union Co., KY

Administrator's Bond

On 15 Feb 1870, John R. Thompson was appointed by the County Court of Henderson Co as administrator of the estate of John M. Thompson. The sureties for this bond were listed as William C Gibson and Henry Wedden.[5]


According to FindAGrave, John Thompson was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Union Co, KY.[6]


Cause: Pneumonia


  1. Thanks to Kenneth for this information
  2. First-hand information as remembered by Autumn Duncan, Monday, February 24, 2014.
  3. 1830 US Census available on
  4. 1840 US Census available on
  5. A copy of the Administrator's Bond is on
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Federal Mortality Census Schedules, 1850-1880, and Related Indexes, 1850-1880; Archive Collection: T655; Archive Roll Number: 15; Census Year: 1870; Census Place: Corydon, Henderson, Kentucky; Page: 615; [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

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