Sunday, October 7, 2012

Clark's Admission

Biologically, we have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great grandparents, 32 great, great, great grandparents and so on to eternity. Some of us are lucky enough to have more than that when extra branches are grafted into our Family Tree. I was one of those fortunate persons. I have two Dads. One is biological and we have reunited and I love him. The other was a gift from God who I was blessed with as the father who raised me and his parents were wonderful people who accepted me as their grandchild, although I was about 3 or 4 when they met me. Their family tree is mine too, even though my DNA test will not connect me to any cousins on that side. 
The little boy to the far right in this photo, on the back row in the suit and the knickers is William Joseph Thompson. He was my grandfather and died in 1992. Seated are his parents, Thomas Jefferson Thompson and Mollie Dennis Thompson. Mollie died July 26, 1917, leaving her children motherless. Her youngest, Tom Jr, was born in 1915. Only Arlie, Cletus and Tom were younger than my grandfather, who was born in 1905. It appears that the youngest was not yet born in this photo, so this photo was made sometime between 1911 and 1914.

Thomas Jefferson Thompson, the man seated with James Arlie Thompson on his knee, was born April 20, 1868 in Anson County and died December 3, 1942 in Albemarle, North Carolina. At some point the family had moved to Montgomery County from Anson and he raised his 12 children on the banks of the PeeDee River in the community of El Dorado, Montgomery County, North Carolina.

Tom Thompson was the son of James Clark Thompson, born in February, 1839 and died in Burke County, North Carolina on March 2, 1913 of senile dementia. He had been admitted to Broughton Hospital on March 25, 1911 with dementia at the age of 72 and died 2 years later there, at the age of 74. Records show that he was admitted 'late in life'. My grandfather was only 6 when his grandfather was admitted to Broughton. I wonder how well he got to know them. As this was about the age my grandfather was in the above photo, this was probably the year that Clark, as he was known, was admitted.

James Clark Thompson was the son of George W. Thompson and Mary Ann Capel. His siblings were Joicy Catherine Thompson, 1837, George Winton 'Wick' Thompson 1845, John Melton 'Jack' Thompson 1849, July A Thompson, 1851, Christine, 1856, Mathew Thomas Thompson, 1858,  Adam 1859 and Mary F. 1862.

He married Margaret "Maggie" Talbert and they had 6 children together: Thomas Jefferson Thompson (1868), Charles M Thompson (1870), Claud (1872), Sophronia (1874), William Battle Thompson (1878) and Adam (1879).

Clark was a Civil War Veteran, having enlisted in Montgomery County on March 1, 1862.

James Thompson
Residence:Montgomery County, North Carolina
Enlistment Date:1 Mar 1862
Enlistment Place:Montgomery County, North Carolina
Side Served:Confederacy
State Served:North Carolina
Service Record:Enlisted as a Private on 1 March 1862 at the age of 23.
Enlisted in Company F, 44th Infantry Regiment North Carolinaon 3 Apr 1862.
Surrendered Company F, 44th Infantry Regiment North Carolinaon 9 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.

His last wife would be a lady known as Julina or Lina, and they would reside in Albemarle.

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