Born 26 Aug 1960 at Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California.
Born as David Fohrell Thomson, adopted to David Fohrell Martin and then legally changed name to David Wise Thomson III.
David married Nancy Marie Hutchins 17 Apr 1982 at West Dover, Windham, Vermont. We married at the West Dover Congregational Church. All in attendance were mostly family of Nancy, and friends of both. David's friends in attendance were Lars Swanson (Best Man) and Michael J. Rosso. David's parents did not attend.
David married Kate Peto (aka Shelly Rae Bliss) at Alma, Illinois on 24 Jul 2013 at the Alma United Methodist Church. In attendance were members of both families, David's first wife, Nancy, and many friends from Alma. Kate's foster mother, Gayle and her husband were in attendance, as was David's mother, Carole. Kate and David are 10th cousins twice removed.
Kinmundy Lodge #398
Past Master and Past Secretary of Social Lodge #38, Wilmington, Vermont; Vermont Lodge of Research; Past Master and Past Secretary of Kinmundy Lodge #398, Kinmundy, Illinois; Certified Lodge Instructor, Grand Lodge of Illinois. Dimited member of Vermont Consistory Valley of Burlington; York Rite of Vermont; Illinois Consistory; and York Rite of Illinois.
Capt. Robert Hooke Sr. My 7th great grandfather migrated from Scotland to Ireland before sailing to Philadelphia and on to the Virginia Colony. He proved his importation at Orange County, Virginia Court 22 May 1740.
John William Thomson Sr. According to J. Darrell Thomson, John Thomson Sr. came to America with his carpentry tools and was already a Scottish Freemason. He is assumed to be a member of Clearfield Lodge #314, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
Thomas J. Thomson Known to be a member of Chama Lodge #17, Chama, New Mexico, and affiliated from Clearfield Lodge #314, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
Soldiers in my Ancestry
Jared Blakeslee My 4th great grandfather was a Sergeant during the Revolutionary War.
Ludwig Mäintzger My 7th great grandfather served as a Private in Captain John Murry's Company of the Pennsylvania militia and died during the Revolutionary War battle at Coryells Ferry.
George Mansker My 6th great grandfather joined the Lancaster County militia in Captain Jonathan McClure's Company, 4th Class, 4th Battalion. He also was sent to Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, to protect settlers from marauding Native Americans.
Robert Hooke Sr. My 7th great grandfather is said to have seen active service in the French and Indian War. Later, he supplied the militias with supplies during the Revolutionary War.
Isaac McBee My 6th great grandfather served during the Revolutionary War as a spy for Capt. Benjamin Clark's Company in Greene County, North Carolina.
Elisha Hooke My 5th great grandfather served as a 5th Corporal in Capt. Daniel Mathews' Company of the 116th Regiment of Virginia Volunteers just after the War of 1812 (7 Jul 1813).
Edward Grady My 6th great grandfather fought with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Samuel L. Hook My 4th great grandfather was a Private with Company K in the 5 IL US CAV during the Civil War. He joined on December 23, 1863 while living at Liberty, Randolph County. Samuel mustered out 27 Oct 1865.
William Bush Civil War - Served as a private with CO F, 6 IL US CAV from 1862 to 1865.
Jacob Lewis Mansker Civil War - My 3rd great grandfather served in the Civil War as a Private. He deserted in 1862 while in Alabama and then joined the Navy as a Seaman aboard the General Lyon and five other vessels.
David Wise Thomson My dad served briefly in Korea and then joined the United States Department of Defense and worked as a QASAS. He was directly responsible for delaying the California National Guard from quelling the the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles. The reason was because the military was planning to use the same CS gas that was used at Waco, Texas during the Branch Davidian raid, and which killed more than 50 people. He had the bad gas destroyed and the proper gas brought into supply.
Travis Louis Morris My 5th great grandfather served in the Revolutionary War for several different terms.
Col. John Stokes I proved that Col. John Stokes is not a direct ancestor of mine, as popular genealogy sites had suggested.
Pioneers in my Ancestry
Samuel Douglas My 5th great grandfather was among the first settlers in Illinois, before Illinois became a State.
Alexander Gaston My 7th great grandfather was among the first settlers in Illinois, before Illinois became a State. He was also an immigrant from Ireland.
William McBride My 5th great grandfather was among the first settlers in Illinois, before Illinois became a State. He was also an immigrant from Ireland.
Archibald W. Thompson My 6th great grandfather was among the first settlers in Illinois, before Illinois became a State. He was also an immigrant from Ireland.
John Benjamin Crane My 6th great grandfather was among the first settlers in Illinois, before Illinois became a State. He was also an immigrant from Ireland.
John Griffith My 6th great grandfather was among the first settlers of Illinois.
Zephi Brockett Metcalf My 2nd great grandfather was an early land speculator. He and my great great grandmother would buy land, fix it up, and sell it. They did this numerous times as they migrated West.
John Mansker My 5th great grandfather left Pennsylvania for Missouri in search of salt during the Spring of 1800. A detailed account is in his profile.
George Mansker My 6th great grandfather was born in Germany, settled in Pennsylvania, and then traveled to the Cumberland Frontier in what is now Tennessee. A detailed account is in his profile.
Elisha Hook My 5th great grandfather moved his family by wagon train from Rockingham County, Virginia to Dayton County, Indiana, and then on to settle Jefferson, Louisa, Iowa.
James Pillars My 6th great grandfather was with a party that was attacked by Indians while crossing the Ohio River to settle along the Mississippi River in Randolph County, Illinois.
John N. Stokes My 5th great grandfather was the first to settle Stokes Precinct in Union County, Illinois.
David Wise Thomson My great grandfather was part of the great railroad development of the late 1800s.
Builders, Mechanics, and Blacksmiths
I believe in ancestral memory being passed to future generations through DNA. I am very mechanically inclined, both physically and mentally. These are my direct ancestors who were skilled with tools and machinery:
Cyril Clifford Thomson My grandfather worked as a lineman installing power lines from Boulder Dam to Los Angeles. Later in life he worked as an electrician's helper at a tire manufacturing plant in Los Angeles.
David Wise Thomson My great grandfather learned carpentry skills from his dad and paternal grandfather. These skill made it possible for David to get a job as Foreman for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as a builder of wooden railroad trestle bridges throughout Colorado in the late 1800s.
Edward Mansker My great great grandfather was a painter, and he learned this trade from his father, who was also a painter.
Jacob Lewis Mansker My 3rd great grandfather was a painter. He lived by the Mississippi River and used to light lamps at night for the river boats.
It is important to me to see women living their lives to be happy, particularly in my family.
Dora Roxanna Metcalf While my great grandmother was having and raising children while her husband built railroad bridges throughout Colorado, she worked tirelessly as a hotel operator for miners and railroad personnel in the area.
Carole Jean Morrissette My mother started off her 25 year career in California working as a clerk in a medical office, and worked her way up to General Manager of Prairie Avenue Medical Clinic in Santa Monica, California. She continued working as a medical administrator in Salem, Illinois and Effingham, Illinois until her retirement.
Ministers and Clergy
Elijah Metcalf My 3rd great grandfather was one of the first Methodist ministers on the west side of the Genessee river in the early 1800s.
Many of my ancestors worked as farmers for themselves, or as laborers for other's farms. One of my life-long hobbies has been gardening for food and landscaping.
Many of my ancestors worked for the US Post Office as office workers, rural carriers, and Postmasters.
Virginia Rosamond Sears My grandmother worked for the Post Office in Torrance, California as an office worker. I remember when I was about 10 years old and my sister and me attended a Post Office worker's family picnic with our grandmother.
Edward Mansker My great great grandfather was a mail carrier and Postmaster for Thebes, Illinois.
Leslie "Hippo" Sullens My great grandmother Goldie's second husband, Hippo, worked as a rural mail carrier in Alma, Illinois.
Some of my ancestors experienced difficult circumstances.
John Ivan Wyatt My great grandfather was in the wild years of his thirties when he was driving home from work during WWII. He had a head-on auto collision with another car, which resulted in his head being decapitated. The gory details are recorded in the newspaper article included in his profile.
James Levi McIntyre In the Wild West of the 1890s, my great grandfather, or a friend of his, shot and killed a woman. They were not charged for the killing because it was a mistake. They were aiming for her daughter. This story from the Jonesboro Gazette is posted on his profile.
Elvira Mansker My 4th great grandmother was only 13 when she was married.
Edward Grady and Milred Young, my 6th great grandfather and grandmother, were 12 and 11 years old when they had their first child.