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Thomas Thompson
Read Twp.

Thomas Thompson.--Among the noble men who have spent their time and energies in bringing Clayton County to its present prosperous condition, none deserve more honorable mention than he, a brief sketch of whose life we give below. He was born in England on March 19, 1823, and was a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Thompson, nee Aram, natives of Yorkshire, England. He came with his parents to the United States in 1845, and in February, 1847, entered land in Clayton County, near Garnavillo, which he disposed of soon afterward and bought a farm in Farmersburg Township. He also sold that and located on section 6, Read Township, where he died May 6, 1881. He married Sissa Gambers, daughter of Huly and Jane (Lucas) McDonald, natives of Virginia. Her father died in Kentucky, her mother in Elkader, Ia. Mrs. Thompson was born in Mason County, Ky. Their union was blessed with twelve children-- Elizabeth Jane, born July 18, 1847, married Osander Mayhew, of Benton County, Ia.; Charles born Aug. 22, 1850; is married and lives in Elkader; Robert T., born Jan. 29, 1855; Ambrose S., Jan. 23, 1860; Stella M., and Maud L., April. 26, 1876, are living. Harriet A. Russell, born Jan. 18, 1849, died Mar. 14, 1873; Clara E. Burnham, born Nov. 5, 1857, died Mar. 17, 1876, and Pearl, born Mar. 23, 1875, died Apr. 25, 1878. Mrs. Thompson is a member of the Congregational church.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1078-1079


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