Daniel James Thompson

Dan Thompson

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Dan J. Thompson
Born 1950s.
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Brother of [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private sister (1950s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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Dan Thompson is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Navy, 1972 - 1993 attaining Chief Petty Officer.
Served in Vietnam and Desert Storm
Dan is a Freemason and Past Master of Virginia Beach Lodge #274 A.F.&A.M.

Contents

It's all about me

Childhood Memories

The oldest of four children, I was raised in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. My father was a electrician/repairman in the coin operated machine industry. Our basement was like an arcade with a jukebox, a pinball machine, 2 pool tables (regulation and bumper), a spin poker machine and a shuffle alley bowling machine. Needless to say we were the most popular house on the block! My Mother was an old fashioned stay at home mom who never learned to drive but could cook up a storm. My maternal grandmother lived with us and I would marvel at the number of cousins she had and wondered how she remembered them all. Sadly, no one thought to write down the identities of all the people in her photo albums which now are just old photos with no context. My dad's maternal Grandmother, whose maiden name was Foster, lived with us for a couple years before her passing and would tell us that she was related to Stephen C Foster, a connection I have not been able to prove yet. Because of the influence of these grandparents I was always interested in family history though didn't really pursue it until recently.

Military Service

Following graduation from high school I enlisted in the US Navy. After basic training and OS'A' school I was assigned to the USS Bausell (DD-845), a Gearing class destroyer homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, spending the last two months of the Vietnam War conducting Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) north of the DMZ. In addition to the Bausell I served on the following ships and shore commands during my career:

USS Ranger (CV-61), "Show the flag" ops during the Entebbe incident.
USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
NAS Alameda, California, Base Security Force
USS Kilauea (AE-26), Support ops in the Persian Gulf during the Iran hostage crisis and rescuing Vietnamese boat people.
USS Ortolan (ASR-22), One of two commissioned catamarans. Advanced to Chief Operations Specialist - Surface Warfare (OSC(SW))
USS Ainsworth (FF-1090), Libyan ops in the Gulf of Sidra, south of Qadaffi's "Line of Death."
FITC Damneck, Virginia Beach, Virginia, OS'A' School Instructor
USS Portland (LSD-37), Desert Shield/Desert Storm followed by a training cruise to South America (UNITAS)

I retired in 1993 after 21 years service having visited over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

Life after Service

After retirement from the Navy my wife and I decided to stay in Virginia Beach so our 2 teenage daughters could finish high school without having to be uprooted. I worked a variety of jobs and two years after retirement began driving a taxi cab in Norfolk. It turned out to be the perfect job for me. I was my own boss. setting my own work schedule and I really enjoyed meeting so many people. I remember 9/11 I was taking an Air Force Sgt to Langley AFB from the airport when we heard the news. I immediately volunteered to return to active duty but being just months away from 30 yrs total service and transfer to the retired list from the Fleet Reserve, the Navy would not let me return to active duty.

Forced Retirement

In 2005, after several years of physical decline I was diagnosed with "Kennedy's Disease" or Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy, a rare progressive degenerative neuromuscular disorder caused by a mutation on the X chromosome. The symptoms are very similar to ALS, though progression is much slower. I had to stop driving in 2009 and the following year relocated to Fort Myers, FL. Now I spend my days working on family history, doing data entry for the World Archives Project through Ancestry.com, playing bridge several times a week and spending way too much time watching TV.

It's about Family

Family History

The United States is a nation of immigrants. This is no less true for my family. Of my eight great grandparents four were born in or near Germany and one was the daughter of German immigrants. Of the remaining three, Henry N Thompson aka LaVie is the son of Spanish (Basque) emigrants; and Mary (Foster) Krakan is the daughter of English emigrants. The remaining great grandparent, Carrie (Francis) Thompson has roots going back to Palatine origins through Noffsinger and Pfleger, Scottish Quakers through Erskine and another Thompson line, and New England Puritans through Jones and Mayne. Through her I have been able to trace this branch to Scottish nobility, counting Robert the Bruce as my 18th Great Grandfather.

Genealogical Interests

Besides trying to break through the brick walls, I'm particularly interested in the Puritans of the Great Migration, especially the members of Rev T J Hooker's congregation who settled Hartford.
I'm doing what I can to clean up the profiles of Puritan families and merge duplicates where ever possible. I also participate in the World Archive Project helping to create searchable data bases of various records.

Family Mysteries and Brick Walls

  • I'm trying to find the actual location of my ancestors birthplace called “Russia-Poland”. My Great Grandfather Wilhelm Wagner (1873 – 1941) arrived here in 1897 or '98. He was followed in 1901 by his wife, Amelia Hodores (1872 – 193?) and 6 yr old John Wagner (1895 – 1963), my grandfather, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the 1910 and 1920 census many of the Wagners' neighbors were also from “Russia-Poland”.
    Because Wagner is such a common name I have not been able to find their immigration records which might provide a city or town of origin. A search of maps from turn of the century Europe provides no place with that identity. The US Census data provides us with conflicting information: 1910 for Wilhelm, Amelia and John report place of birth as “Germany”, and 1920 as “Russia-Poland.” On John's naturalization papers in 1922 his birthplace is identified as “Russia”. By the 1930 census John is married and reports his and his parents place of birth as “Russia-Poland” while Wilhelm reports his own and Amelia's birthplace as “Poland.” In 1940, the most recent census to be released, Wilhelm reports his birthplace as “Germany” and John's is recorded as “Russia”. The Wagner's spoke German as their native tongue though Amelia's maiden name “Hodores” is of Polish origins. I'm thinking that there was some disputed border region that might have used an ambiguous name.
Any information is appreciated.
MYSTERY SOLVED
After the Great Northern War the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was reduced to a vassal state of Tsarist Russia. To prevent a war between Russia and the Habsburg Austrian Empire, France mediated the First Partition of Poland between them and Prussia in 1772. Intervening events resulted in revisions leading to the Third Partition in 1795 and the final dissolution of the remnants of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Under populated, Catherine the Great offered incentives of freedom of religion and exemption from conscription to attract immigrants. Many ethnic Germans settled in Russia-Poland. Following the same pattern as the Volga-Germans, near the end of the 19th century Russia began to renege on its promises and many ethnic Germans immigrated to the United States.


  • Looking for ancestors of Isabelle Jones Born May 16, 1808 in Washington County (Now Smyth County), Virginia; Married William Francis on February 2, 1826 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, Virginia (now West Virginia); died March 17, 1860 in Smyth County, Virginia.
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On 19 Nov 2017 at 15:39 GMT Evelina Staub wrote:

Hey, I found your profile through the veterans sticker. Maybe you could add the emblems of the Imperial Russian Army and the Red Army? I'm asking because of WWI and WWII :)

On 6 Nov 2017 at 23:57 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Hi Dan,

I hope you're doing well- it looks like it's been awhile since you've been on. I always enjoy stumbling upon your Governors additions across WikiTree :-)

It looks like your email box may be full or maybe you have a new address? The Team is getting some bounce notices. I hope everything's okay!

I look forward to "seeing" you back again soon :-)

Abby

On 26 Oct 2017 at 14:58 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Hi Dan

Hope you are well. Just dropped by to say thank you for your contributions to the community's shared tree. Every contribution is appreciated you are doing a wonderful job of support others. You obviously love what you do Thank you

Janet Member of the Wikitree Appreciation Team

On 15 May 2017 at 22:39 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:

Hi Dan,

I saw your name as the profile manager of senator Wayne L. Morse. Before sending you a message about the senator I checked Wikitree relationship tool. Apparently we're 10th cousins sharing our 9th great grandfather John Burgess, Sr.

Regarding the Senator, are you related to him? My father and I knew him and a wonderful man. Do you have the names of his parents, I didn't see anyone. --Cynthia

On 6 May 2017 at 19:28 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Hi Dan,

Am adding this here, because you are not on TL and not a manager of the Ellen Horsley profile. Just want to make sure you have a chance to see my G2G question about her. You may be the only one with access to the Flinders book (do you have access to the Flinders book - I may be mistaken)? Thank you in advance!

On 17 Apr 2017 at 10:07 GMT Hugh Barnes wrote:

Hi Dan,

You are missing a Notable deceased Governor James E. "Jim" Holshouser, Jr.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Holshouser

I hope you will add him and add me to his Trusted List. I was a member of his campaign staff and served as a Specialist Assistant to the Governor. I have several commitments that must take precedence over this, but I am keenly interested.

On 11 Mar 2017 at 15:45 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Dan, do you happen to speak any other languages? Would you check out our languages template and add it to your biography? For example you might add

{{ Languages | en | fr-2 | ga-1 }}

to the top of your biography if you speak English natively, intermediate French and basic Irish, or you could use de-4 to specify near-native German or ru-1 for basic Russian, and so forth up to ten languages.

It really helps to know who speaks all the different languages used on WikiTree! If you only speak English, you're very welcome to use this text to make that clear:

{{ Languages | en }}

Thanks,

Karen

On 15 Feb 2017 at 21:41 GMT Amanda Frank wrote:

Hi Dan, I was sent here from the Veterans Recogntion page. I was wondering if you could add the U.S. Seabee badge from WWII or maybe give me a template for it. I want to use the recognition box for my Uncle Al, my Great Grandma's 2nd husband, who served in WWII and was actually apart of Project Mulberry. I can't find many of his military records so if I can do something small like this I do.

Thanks, Amanda

On 4 Jan 2017 at 20:48 GMT Matt Depew wrote:

Dan!

Hello from across Wikitree (I manage a 'few' Depew profiles myself, and if you'd like, please subscribe to the "Depew" family edits on here).

I also figured I'd invite you to join 'The Depew Family' facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/289645541197719/ that I (and a few others on here) manage.

I've been working since early 2014 to try to link the Depew/DePew name to anyone earlier than about 1700, and also to see who all the cousins/sons/daughters are (there were a couple early generations of 11 kids each, but I am only of -one- of those links).

I hope this comment finds you well, and look forward to hopefully hearing back from you soon!

On 11 Dec 2016 at 02:49 GMT Elizabeth Winter wrote:

Hey Don. I've been working on a project to identify & connect all the people with counties named after them in the US. Turns out you created many of those profiles. I thought I'd drop a note & say hi, since I've been turning up in your feed quite a bit.

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