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Matthew Thompson
Monona Twp.

Matthew Thompson, retired farmer, and one of the early settlers of Clayton County, Ia., was born in Scotland, Jan. 6, 1805, and was a son of Alexander and Ann (Anderson) Thompson. The subject of this memoir when a boy, learned the trade of a dyer, and, not liking the calling, he afterward turned his attention to suburban gardening. In 1823 he married Jean Martin, who was born in Scotland, Aug. 1, 1803. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are the parents of six children, all grown to maturity. In 1842 he left Scotland for America, landing in New York, and from there went to New Jersey, where he was employed in landscape gardening until 1848, when he removed to Clayton County, Ia. This being before the time of railroads, he came through with teams, and located in Monona Township on sections 23 and 26. He owns 240 acres of beautiful land, valued at $50 per acre. Mr. Thompson came to the county poor, but by his own exertions and industry has acquired an ample fortune, and is one of the prominent and well-to-do farmers of the county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1064


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