I descend through Eli (Elijah) Thompson b abt 1812 in South Carolina (1850 Lumpkin Georgia census) and was called â€œLijeâ€ by the family. Elijah was a traveling yard goods salesman by family history, which means he probably traveled and sold cloth by the yard. Elijah Thompson married Charlotte (Lottie) Philips / Phillips b Jan 16 1842 in North Carolina and comes through a long line of Philips from Surry and Ashe county NC. Elijah and Charlotte had five children:
James Milton b Dec 29 1861 Dawson GA married on 14 May 1882 in Lee County Virginia to Katherine King died 4 Apr 1937 in Malin, Klammath Oregon.
Mattie b abt 1863 Dawson GA married A. Hale abt 1883
twin girls Mary Elizabeth b abt 1864 Dawson GA married on 21 Apr 1885 in Lee County VA to Charlie Thomas b 29 Mar 1868 died 6 Nov 1939 in TX. She was a Wesleyan Methodist preacher.
Isabel (Belle) Charlotte Thompson b Dawson GA married John W Godsey on 2 Dec 1880 in Lee County VA
Thomas Louis Thompson b May 2 1867 Dawson married Louisa Millie Belle Taylor 16 Oct 1902 in Gate city Scott County VA and died 4 may 1952 in TN
According to family history he was wounded in the civil war, at one point owned a farm in Dawson GA on which he owed back taxes. In 1867 Elijah came in one day after working on his farm with chest pains and died later that night. His wife Charlotte later married Richardson (Dick) Upchurch and moved to Rose Hill Virginia.
Family history states that Elijah had a brother â€œEarnâ€, Jim and John Thompson and that his fatherâ€™s name was possibly named Aaron. Family history also states that he immigrated to or through Savannah from England or that his family is possibly of English origin. Elijah was allegedly much older than Charlotte and had been previously been married. Elijah does not show up in the 1840 Lumpkin census. I believe he is in the household of A H Thompson as a 20-30 y.o.
A. H. Thompson is Adam Heath Thompson who shows up in the 1830 Habersham GA census, 1800-1820 Pendleton SC census. He has at least 11 children according to census. Based on family history info and local records we have compiled the following composite of siblings of Elijah Thompson:
Daughter Thompson b abt 1799
John Thompson b abt 1805 According to family history moved to Savannah (Savannah Township Lumpkin GA?) with Elijah and later settled in North Carolina NC
Adam Thompson b abt 1810 SC
Dawson GA 1860 census md to Nancy w/ 5 children
Jackson GA 1870 census unmarried (Nancy died?)
Jackson GA 1880 census md to Sarah
Elijah Thompson b abt 1812 SC
Moses Thompson b abt 1815 SC md Sely Celia Swafford 8 Oct 1839
1840 census Hall county GA next door to Aaron Thompson
1850 census Union county GA district 85
1860 census missing
1870 census TN Bradley county
1880 census KS Butler county Bloomington
Daughter Thompson b abt 1817
Aaron Thompson (I believe this is â€œEarnâ€ from the family history) b 9 Mar 1819 SC
1840 census Hall county GA next door to Moses
1850 Lumpkin county GA census, Savannah township
1860 missing, but wife Susan Tompson is found in Union county GA
1870 census Union county GA Blairesville
1880 Union county GA census Coosa
1900 Union county, Lower Young Cane, GA census
Daughter Thompson b abt 1820
Daughter Thompson b abt 1825
Daughter Thompson b abt 1827
James Thompson b abt 1830
Elijah Thompson b abt 1812 shows up in the following records:
1850 Lumpkin county census, Savannah township, GA census b South Carolina, living with daughter? Eliza b 1845 wife is not in census. Living next door to Aaron Thompson
1854 Lumpkin County, GA, Poor School Records, has one child attending school (Eliza)
1855 Tax records for Lumpkin County, Robinsons District #916 (became part of Dawson County, Dec 1857), has 1 child, acreage not listed.
1860 Aaron, Moses and Elijah Thompson are absent from census, but Aaron's family shows up in Union county, GA.
1870 - 1900 Census Aaron shows up with family again in Union county GA
I received a box of family history information via a will from another descendant of Elijah Thompson named Martha Short.
INFO FROM MARTHA SHORT FILES:
Father of Thomas Louis (T.L.) Thompson, Elijah (Lige) Thompson born in 1821 in England and came through Savannah with his brother John according to family history. Died in 1867 in Dawsonville, GA. Brothers of Lige were Jim, John and Earn Thompson. Elijah was a yard goods salesmans (cloth), and his brother John settled in North Carolina.
Elijah married Lottie had lots of land in Georgia (Dawsonville?) , over 200 acres, raised hogs and farmed. The night he died he worked in the cornfield all day. Died a little while before T.L. was born. Fought in Civil War, got injured. Elijah was a lot older than Lottie.
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