Matthew Thompson
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Matthew Thompson

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Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with anyone who shares the same ancestors. My family tree is private but I want to collaborate on deep ancestors or historical figures.
Please talk to me. Don't be afraid to challenge my data but please don't just go and change it without asking first! (I admit now that I have adopted too many profiles in my blind vigor however). If you think we're related, I DEFINITELY want to talk to you. After all, we're all related eventually. And if you're new, I'm more than happy to help you find things but I'm no expert myself.
Matthew J. Thompson
Born 1970s.
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Son of [private father (1940s - unknown)] and
Brother of [private sister (1980s - unknown)]
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Born August 14, 1978 to Paul and Yolanda Thompson at Crouse Memorial in Syraucse, New York. Spent first half of life in Marietta, New York before moving to Auburn, New York in 1999. Married in 2001 and moved back to Marietta. Divorced in 2003 and moved to Jordan, New York. Moved back to Marietta in 2004, then to Spencer, New York in 2011. Kept residence in Marietta while working in Danbury, Connecticut. Permanently moved to Norwich, New York in 2013, currently residing with wife and two stepdaughters.

Family Associations

Rich: Member 1513, joined August 2021

Walrath: Work in progress. Grandson of Charlotte (Walrad) Haynes, Member 184

What I'm Working On Right Now

While maintaining a specific interest in the ancestors of Thomas Thompson, my 3rd great grandfather, I am also currently working on the Dewey Families of Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. Various sources who shall remain nameless erroneously attribute Nelson Dewey, the first governor of Wisconsin, as being the son of Ebenezer Dewey and Lucy Orton of Otisco. His parents are actually Ebenezer and Lucy Webster Dewey of Hamilton, New York; Ebenezer of Otisco is only a year older than Nelson. This search for data to prove the correction is hampered by "the powers that be" who refuse to correct the popular website with the false attribution. Therefore my newest rabbit trail is to document as much information as I can find regarding the Dewey family.

I am also seeking information regarding the ancestors of another third great grandfather, George W. Briggs, husband of Charlotte Rich of Easton, Washington. Charlotte's mother, Anna Becker Rich, married her step-brother (they were adults when their widowed parents married each other) and the Beckers of Cortland are undoubtedly related.

All of this Dewey, Becker, and Briggs business came about when I inherited some priceless artifacts of both families: daguerreotypes presumably of the Briggs/Rich family, and a pocket watch with "E. Dewey" inscribed on it. It is amazing how quickly ones goals can change when one holds a physical artifact of the past in their hands and wonders about the time in which it existed.


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  • Matthew Thompson: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #904974
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Hi Matthew,

Thanks for taking responsibility for more Orphaned Profiles. I giggled when I read the note in your communications preferences about having adopted too many. I think we've all been there at one time or another.

This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need from their profile managers. One quick way to find the profiles you adopted is by searching your Contributions List for the word "adopted" and "manager." You can find a quick link to your Contributions List in the My WikiTree dropdown menu.

If you will be working with any profiles needing GEDCOM cleanup, the AGC tool can help with formatting so that you can concentrate on the research. You can read more about it in the WikiTree AGC FAQ.

If you want to set some of those profiles free, check out the instructions in the removing profiles portion of the Watchlist FAQ.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up GEDCOM biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
edited by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank you Debi. In this case, I am adopting profiles that most likely are related to a mystery in my family. Things got complex in Wiltshire around the turn of the 19th century, and I've seen far too many LDS trees that conflict or otherwise make too many assumptions. This is why I like WikiTree: We all work on one tree. History is not what we make of it. History is what happened. It's up to us to figure it out together.
posted by Matthew Thompson
Mathew, re your Lois Mary (Ward) Pozz. In my tree there was a Margaret Poss 1500 - 1524 married to William Ward 1490 - 1524. They had a son Roger Ward 1520 -1579. This branch of my family link back Virginia and the Jamestown massacre. That part of the family linked back to the south of England.

Check my public tree on ancestry, Alan Ward 164.



posted by Alan Ward
Hello 10th Cousin!!  :-)
posted by Teresa Downey
yes Alvah Harry Traver. He was called Alvah. Harry was his middle name.
posted by Thomas Fordham
Hi Matthew,

Thanks for having a Big Heart and adopting Orphan Profiles. You will want to read this After adopting orphans to understand what to do next.


posted by David Selman
Hello, just thought I'd drop a message to you. I think I'm a descendant of this line of Thomas Thompson, through my great-grandmother Estella Thompson (my grandparents were Doris Thompson and Claude Arnold).
posted by Stacey Jakway
Hi Matthew

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Have the New Member How-To pages been helpful or left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help just click on my name you'll be transferred to my profile where you can post a message or send me a private message.

Mindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by Mindy Silva
Hi Matthew,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or special event. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Butch ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Butch Smith
Thanks for volunteering!

You are now an active member of the WikiTree community, and can start adding your family.

I recommend starting with our New Member How-To pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you create your family profiles. Building your family tree on WikiTree will help you connect with others who have the same ancestors.

Need help? Just ask!

Above all, have FUN!  :) I hope you enjoy WikiTree as much as I have!

Kind regards,

Vicky Majewski ~ WikiTree Greeter & Member since August 2015

P.S. If you ever get a "Page Not Found" error when you click a link in a WikiTree email, you can usually find a functioning link in the public comments section of your profile page.


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Pip ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Pip Sheppard

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