OF TURNBULL CREEK
Thompson married Elizabeth "Betty" Gentry
Thompson married Mary "Polly" Scott
1788 - 1870
A. Thompson married Ann Gentry
1823 - 1906
Bowden Luther married Eudora Thompson
Norman Luther Sr. married Nellie
Norman Luther, Jr. married
Marjorie Elizabeth Neal
ca 1760 - 1814
Neil and Betty Thompson apparently settled at the
confluence of Turnbull Creek with the
near what is now Kingston Springs. Their
property ownership extended up the Turnbull on the north side and included what
was known as Hurricane Creek. Several
old family letters give clues as to the possible location of the graves of Neil
and Betty Thompson.
Laban Montgomery Stroud (born 1822), son of Thomas and Sara
(Thompson) Stroud, visited Kingston Springs following the Civil War.
He wrote, "I went down the Big Harpeth, a considerable stream, to
the mouth of the Turnbull where the old Thompson family was raised; my mother
Sallie was one of them. Here I found
several of the younger generation still on the same lands.
Among others, the most prominent was Wilson Thompson, 69 years ----Uncle
Sam was then living----. Cousin
Wilson T. took 2 horses and started up old Turnbull the roughest country I ever
saw, to the old homestead. I saw the
graves of my grandparents. They had
two sets of monuments to their graves; one was of live red cedar, and the others
were of stone. The cedar was
standing the straightest. They took
dinner with Jesse Beck whose mother is still living.
We went to see her and she told us many things about the old settlers and
could tell to a day when they left
and settled where they are now 50 years ago."
A letter of E.D. Welch, dated 1 May 1972, to Mrs. Pyle,
regarding "the Tompson place" sates, "I have an old deed to that
farm dated in 1846[?] and a grant some years before that to some other people...
The semitary that is shone on the map is on the old Young farm about 75 or 100
steps from the Tompson farm that I did own.
There is 4 or 6 graves in the corner of this farm.
I ofered to fience the graves off if Pearl Tompson would buy the wire but
she never did and she is deseast now."
Apparently, this Thompson cemetery belonged to James
Madison Thompson and his family. He was a son of Neil Thompson.
This is about one mile west of Kingston Springs.
Houston Thompson later owned this land, son of James Madison Thompson.
Neil Thompson died around 1814 in
. His will was dated in that county
in May 1814 and was probated July 1814 and recorded
29 August 1814
"Betty" (Gentry) Thompson must have died prior to 1814 as she is not
mentioned in this will. [Will Book
4, page 296]
NEAL THOMPSON. His
last will and testament. Recorded
August 29th 1814
, State of
May the 16th 1814
the name of God amen, I Neal Thompson being in a very weak and frail State of
Body but perfectly sound in mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, but
calling to mind that it is appointed unto all men once to die.
I have thought fit and proper to make this my last Will and Testament
in manner and form following, To Wit, first of all I commit my body to
the dust and my soul to God who gave it and as for such worldly goods as it has
been please God to bless me with, all, I give and dispose of as follows.
First of all paying all my just debyts, I give and bequeath my five last
boys David, Sherrod, Lewis, Samuel and Jesse all to have a good horse to be
worth fifty dollars, sadle and bridle, my will is that David Thompson shall have
possession of my plantation Negroes stock and furniture to raise and school
himself and the four boys with him above mentioned and collect my out lying
debts and after complying with the above and Jesse my youngest child comes of
age, for everything to be sold and equally divided with all my children and I do
hereby appoint my Trusty son David Thompson my Executor of this my last will and
Testiment and I do hereby revoke and disannul all other Wills Testiments Devises
or bequeath heretofore made and devised or witnessed either verbally or in
writing declaring this and this only to be my last will and Testiment.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my name in presents
Test: William Anderson, John
E. Clark, Daniel Sullivan.
Neil and Betty Thompson had eleven children, as noted in
the wills of Neil Thompson and Simon Gentry, as well as family letters and
records. The papers of Laban
Montgomery Stroud name all eleven of these children.
13 April 1781
. Married Mary Scott who was born on
16 January 1788
. See Scott group.
Ancestor - see later.
Thompson, born November 1785 (tombstone record) in
23 March 1812
to Susannah Hannah Kellum (1785-1866), daughter of Joseph and Betsey Hannah and
widow of William Kellum. Died
20 April 1852
. Both are buried in the
near Pegram and Kingston Springs.
Susanna Hanna Kellum Thompson's sister, Ann Hanna, married
Thomas Scott, brother of Mary Scott who married William Thompson, Allen
Allen Thompson and his descendants were among the dominant
families of the lower Turnbull Creek valley.
These descendants included the following.
Sherrod D. Thompson, John H. Thompson, Wilson Neal
Thompson, Susan E. Thompson, Meredith Thompson, Benjamin P. Thompson, Mary Ann
Catherine Thompson, Adeline T. Thompson, and Samuel A. Thompson.
"Betsey" Thompson, born circa 1787.
Married first John Simmons on
20 January 1807
. He died in 1815 and she married
second Dr. William Arant on
7 November 1816
. Note that William Thompson, her
brother, and she, witnessed the inventory of John Simmons on
22 August 1815
. Her sister, Mary "Polly"
Thompson married Charles Simmons in 1801. John
Simmons was in the same 1812 Militia Company as Neil, Allen and William
Thompson. The orphan's settlement
19 March 1822
for John Simmons notes that William Arant was appointed guardian to the orphans
of John Simmons, deceased. There is
a note, "...to cash received of Stephen Cantrell for pension from
to the orphans of John Simmons, decsd ... $165.75."
There is also a payment to William Thompson of $115.15.
Of these children by John and Betsey Simmons, nothing else is known.
William Arant was also in the War of 1812 and may have first married
Jeanette Nicholas on
16 December 1814
. He died in
18 April 1837
. He is buried in
. Issue of William and Betsey Arant:
Harriet Arant, Jesse T. Arant, Samuel Weakley Arant, and
Matilda Arant. (?) May have been
child by William Arant's first marriage.
"Sally" Thompson. Born
21 September 1789
. Married Thomas Stroud, on
1 February 1812
20 February 1827
. Thomas Stroud, born
27 August 1791
, was the third son of Jesse and Naomi (Hicks) Stroud.
Jesse Stroud was the son of Peter Stroud and was born in Burke County,
North Carolina. Other children of
Jesse and Naomi Stroud were Eckels, Isaac, Jesse, Peter, Becky and William.
Thomas Stroud moved from
in 1806, at age 15. He served in
the War of 1812 under General Andrew Jackson.
Thomas and Sally (Thompson) Stroud moved to
in 1830. Family history by Laban
Montgomery Stroud says this couple came through with ox teams from
, stopping at the home of Moses K. Anderson.
In August of 1830, Thomas and Sally Stroud moved to
where they settled 160 acres on "a vast sea of unbroken prairie
land." Sallie Stroud was one of
the charter members of the Old Morgan or Sugar Creek Christian Church in June
1838, having been baptized in
in what is now known as "Hard Shell" Baptist denomination.
Thomas Stroud died
7 March 1858
on his original land claim in
All but one of the children of Thomas and Sally Stroud were
. Laban M. Stroud says, "Thomas
Stroud's children were born in sight of the Hermitage, General Jackson's
home." But other records show
that this Stroud family was in Dickson and Cheatham counties.
Cassa Riller Stroud, Fanetta Ellen Stroud., Obedience Lee Stroud,
Mourning Tilford Stroud, Laban Montgomery Stroud, Artimissa Stroud, and Milton
Petiller Houston Stroud.
"Polly" Thompson. Born
. Married first on
6 April 1801
to Charles Simmons. Her sister,
Betsey, married John Simmons.
6. David Gentry
26 November 1794
. Married first Polly Anderson on
12 January 1827
. She died around 1828 and he
married second Elizabeth Stafford Thompson McElwain on
15 April 1830
. She was the widow of his brother,
Jesse Turnbull Thompson and also the widow of John McElwain.
around 1830. Elizabeth Thompson
11 October 1876
. David Gentry Thompson gives us a
clue as to his ancestry. David
Gentry is probably his maternal great grandfather.
David Gentry Thompson died
19 October 1851
. Issue: Elvinia Jane Thompson, Mary
H. Thompson, Anne Thompson, Sarah Thompson, and
"Lottie" Imo Thompson.
"Nanny" Jane Thompson. Born
circa 1795. Married first
21 December 1812
to John Stafford, Jr., brother of Catherine and Elizabeth Stafford who married
Nanny's brothers. Married secondly
25 May 1817
"Lorre" Byrn. Issue:
8. Sherrod Duke
14 March 1797
. Married Catherine
"Katie" O. Stafford (1799-1865), daughter of John Stafford and
Elizabeth Quinn. Sherrod D. Thompson
31 October 1833
. Buried in the
. She married secondly Samuel
Emmett. Note his brother, Allen
Thompson, named a son Sherrod Duke Thompson.
Issue: Melinda Crisenburo Thompson,
"Betsey" Ann Thompson, Sinia Valentine Thompson, Priscilla Brewer
Thompson, William Neal "Neal" Thompson, Marthy Susan Thompson, John
Isum Thompson, and Ruth Thompson.
9. Lewis Dunbar
19 January 1799
. Married circa 1824 to Anna
Ragsdale (1806-1870). Died
22 December 1845
. Buried in
Caroline Yates Thompson, William Ragsdale Thompson, Louisa
"Liza" Ann Thompson, Nancy B. Thompson, Shared Dunbar Thompson, Samuel
M. Thompson, Wesley Jesse Thompson, and Lewis Thomas "Tom" Thompson
10. Samuel McNairy Thompson.
12 February 1801
, "18 miles west of
." Moved to
in 1827. Returned to
and married first
17 February 1831
on Turnbull Creek in
to Cynthia McCrary who died in
1 November 1842
, Samuel M. Thompson was a builder and carpenter.
Samuel McNairy Thompson was elected Colonel of the 4th Regiment of the
Illinois Volunteers in the Black Hawk War. Lt.
Abraham Lincoln was in one of his companies.
This is documented in Abraham Lincoln's Deposition made for additional
bounty land dated
21 August 1855
. In that deposition,
declares that, he “... was Captain of a company in the regiment of Illinois
Mounted Volunteers, commanded by Col. Saml. M. Thompson, in the war with the
British band of Sacs and other Tribes of Indians on our Northwestern Frontier in
A.D. 1832 known as the Black Hawk War".
See Basler, R.P. [ed.] The
Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume
II. Page 319.
The muster roll of this company and other service may be
found in Whitney, E.M. [ed.] The Blackhawk
War 1831-1832. Volume I -
Volunteers. Page 126, 129, 171, 176.
Members of the original Company of Captain Abraham Lincoln
in 1832 included Lt. Samuel M. Thompson, as well as Ep Sullivan, Charles
Sullivan, James Simmons who may have been relations.
Colonel Thompson also served in the Mexican War.
After this, he moved to
where he resided for some twenty years. There
he married second in 1855 to Nancy (Sullivan) Waldon of Davidson County,
, he moved to Jackson County, Missouri where he lived for two years.
He then moved to
. In 1876, Samuel M. Thompson was
. In 1885, he moved to
where he is probably buried. Information
about this family is taken from old newspaper accounts and family records.
Issue: Alethia Alice
Thompson, Zane Emeline Thompson, Adeline Thompson, Lovinia Thompson, and Luther
Turnbull Thompson. Born
28 May 1803
13 December 1821
to Elizabeth Stafford, sister to Catherine Stafford who married Sherrod
Thompson and daughter of John Stafford. Jesse
Turnbull Thompson died
13 December 1821
. She married secondly John McElwain
and thirdly David Gentry Thompson, brother of Jesse Turnbull Thompson.
Elizabeth Stafford Thompson McElwain Thompson died
11 October 1876
and is buried in the
Thompson and Matilda Gentry Thompson.
13 April 1781
. He married Mary Scott who was born
16 January 1788
. Mary Scott was the daughter of
William Scott and Mary Pegram. The
maiden name of Mary Scott is probable only, based on the marriage of a William
Scott and Mary Pegram in
and the near proximity of her closely related members of the Pegram family in
and the proximity of the town of
to Kingston Springs and the location of this Thompson family.
See the Pegram group.
William Thompson apparently lived with his family at
Kingston Springs and the Hurricane branch of Turnbull Creek.
He appears in several legal transactions of the time.
William Thompson fought in the War of 1812 and was in the militia company
of Captain Moses and Trigg, along with his brother Allen Thompson and his
father, Neil Thompson. His
brother-in-law, John Simmons was also in this militia company.
Some history of William Thompson's involvement in the Battle of New
Orleans may be found in his grandson's civil war testimony found in Tennessee
Civil War Veterans Questionnaires, page 2050 and the oral history testimony
of this grandson.
Family history notes that William Thompson lived near the
. The graves of William and Mary
(Scott) Thompson were found in the summer of 1990, approximately 3 miles
) on the Little Turnbull Creek on a plot of land which had been owned by his
son, William Carroll Thompson. William
Thompson died on
12 March 1872
and Mary "Polly" (Scott) Thompson died on
18 December 1870
The children of William and Mary (Scott) Thompson were
given in a testimony by James Bollin Thompson in September 1935, three weeks
before his death. This testimony was
recorded by Marguerite Brown Adams, granddaughter, and witnessed by his
daughter, Mattie Thompson Howell, who was Mrs. Adam's aunt.
A notarized statement by Mrs. Howell, dated
9 November 1966
, records the information from James B. Thompson's statement.
The children of William and Mary (Scott) Thompson were:
Madison Thompson. Born circa 1808 in
27 October 1831
to Mary "Polly" Clark, daughter of Henry and Betsey Clark.
He was a Justice of the Peace. Lived
and died in Kingston Springs,
. Buried on the old Thompson farm,
one mile west of Kingston Springs.
They had 10 children, as noted in Census records and the deposition of
his son, James B. Thompson: Andrew
J. Thompson, Joseph "Joe"
B. Thompson, Francis "Fannie" Thompson, William Neil "Neil"
Thompson, Mary E. Thompson, James Bollin (or Bouldin) Thompson, Arizona
Thompson, Huston L. Thompson, Samuel K. Thompson, Nancy F. "Nannie"
Thompson, and probably John
James B. Thompson served in the Civil War in Baxter's Light
Artillery Company. See Tennessee
Civil War Veterans Questionnaires, page 2050.
In September 1935, James B. Thompson provided an oral history testimony
to his granddaughter, Marguerite Brown Adams.
This testimony reveals much about the experiences of those from
in the Civil War and is provided here in appreciation of their service.
The following is an extract from the notarized statement she gave
regarding her grandfather's oral history testimony:
Grandfather told his
mother he wanted to join the Army. But
she asked him to wait until she got his blankets and clothes ready.
She spun the yarn and wove him a blanket, and knitted him socks and a
helmet. He went into detail about
how she made the helmet to cover his head, neck and chest, only his face was
exposed to the wind and cold weather. She
got his clothes and everything ready a month before he left.
When the day came for him to leave, his parents gave him "the best
horse they had on the place" and helped him pack the horse with his
"new army gear."
He left Kingston
Springs and rode to the Turnbull Creek bridge in Dickson County where he joined
the Confederate States Army in the fall before he was eighteen years of age in
January 1, 1862. He said that over a
hundred (100) boys and men joined at the same time.
He said they left the
and went to
"for the Captain to look them
over." He said the Yankees had
before he joined the Army, but they went
through the woods by way of
. He said he was riding his
horse but most of the boys were walking. He
said they appeared to be having so much fun walking together, laughing and
talking, that he rode up to a farm house near
and gave his horse away so he could walk
along with them. His Captain was Ed
Baxter and grandfather was in Baxter's 4-Gun Artillery.
John Marshall from
was the lst Lieutenant.
They fought under General Williams and General Gracey.
When they left
they tamped to Cowan,
, and caught the train and rode a fast car to
fought in the
explained how he carried forty-two (42) shots to one gun on
Yankees had them out-numbered but they hurried and ran up and down the Ridge
with shots, and fired their gun so rapidly that they "fooled them" and
they thought that we had many more guns and ran.
and went by train to
said they spiked their cannon in the mountain tops and the Rebels drove the
Yankees off. At Bean Station,
, all of their company came down with
typhoid fever. They would not give
the boys a drop of water to drink and many were dying of thirst.
One night the guard went to sleep and grandfather crawled around to the
water tub and "drank all the water he could hold."
He also crawled among the men and told them to get some water while the
guard was sleeping. He said there
were eighteen (18) of them in this group and that all who drank the water were
better the next morning, and all who didn't died within a few days.
Naturally he thought he was going to die, so after drinking the water he
said he brushed his hair back and crossed his hands on his chest because he
"wanted to make a nice looking corpse."
He stated they had
few clothes and their shoes had worn out and they were a "sad looking
They started back to
, but the Yankee had
so they went to
they arrived there they built a pine log shanty.
He said they roofed it with boards and that he made them as he was the
best hand in the bunch at making boards because he knew how "to drive them
the bastard way" (irregular). They
stayed there for nine (9) or ten (10) months.
, they had a feint - the Yankees came up
on the South side against their breastworks, they poured on the lead and jumped
over their breastworks - Baxter ordered them to take musket.
Grandfather had one and they fought it out almost hand to hand and drove
the Yankees off.
They were sent from
and from there to
he said he saved three men's lives.
The City was surrounded by Yankees. These
three men were walking along going back to camp when a Yankee drew his gun on
them and was ready to fire. Grandfather
saw him and yelled "don't shoot - they are just going to camp" and the
Yankee held his fire.
Their camp was on the
Combs found himself a girl friend in
and she gave him a Valentine and he gave
it to grandfather. Grandfather
described it at length - the size, the color was red, trimmed in white lacy
trimming, with several small hearts, etc. - sounded very fancy.
It was the first Valentine grandfather had ever seen, and he must have
been greatly impressed. (Matt Combs
was a buddy of his).
Grandfather said he
was in the Confederate States Army for over three (3) years.
When the War ended
they were mustered out in
on April 8, 1865.
They did not have paper to write on, and the men did not receive normal
discharges. They were so anxious to
get home, and so happy to be on their way, they didn't give it a thought.
On the way home, the
train wrecked between
and so they walked to
Yankees had burned
when they got back, and it was a pile of
burned brick. They went from
and returned to
by way of Red Boiling Spring and
Other children of William and Mary (Scott) Thompson were:
2. Lewis T.
Thompson. Born circa 1810.
1 January 1851
to Cornellia Nesbitt. She may have
been his third wife. Issue by this
last marriage included: Robert L. Thompson, Nathan A. Thompson, and Martha A.
3. William Carroll Thompson.
22 March 1816
28 January 1844
to Almira C. Buttrey, daughter of John and Molly Buttrey.
William C. Thompson died
2 May 1893
. Almira died
12 March 1869
. Both are buried in the Thompson
family cemetery on Little Turnbull Creek. They
had seven known children: Ann Jane
Thompson, Woodson M. Thompson, C.W. Thompson, N.E. Thompson, William J.W.
Thompson, Julie A. Thompson, and Jefferson Davis Thompson.
4. David T.
Thompson. Born 1819.
29 August 1844
to Susan E. Aden. Died prior to
1890 at Thompson's Station in
. They had six children:
Cornelius Thompson, Martha M. Thompson, Tilmon T. Thompson, Alford A.
Thompson, D.W. Thompson, and William B. Thompson.
Agibb Thompson. Born
27 January 1822
. Married Ann Gentry, daughter of
William Gentry and Lucy Carr, on
20 March 1844
. Ancestor - see later.
V. Thompson. Probably the Preston
Thompson who married
22 June 1838
to Mary Rains. Preston V. Thompson
is included in the estate sale of his grandmother, Mary Scott, on
17 December 1822
. A "Press" Thompson is
noted as having died in
15 April 1870
Born in 1826. No other
Silas Agibb Thompson
27 January 1822
. Note one of his descendants has a
middle name spelled the same. Married
Ann Gentry, daughter of William Gentry and Lucy Carr, on
20 March 1844
. See the Carr group.
Silas Thompson ran a grist mill and water mill on Beaverdam
Creek, near Burns. He is shown on
the 1850 Census of Dickson County with his wife Ann and 3 children.
On the 1860 census this family has 7 children.
He is also shown on the 1870 Census for
on page 114, number 120. His
wife, Ann, and 5 children are listed. He is noted as a farmer.
This family appears in the 1880 Census of Dickson County at #290.
Silas Thompson, along with his wife Ann and daughter Agnes, is shown on
the 1900 Census of Dickson County, dwelling #113.
His occupation is then listed as farmer.
He is noted as being able to read and write.
He died on
3 October 1900
. Ann (Gentry) Thompson died on
7 September 1906
. Both are said to be buried in the
Welch/Luther Cemetery southeast of Burns, although no such marker is found in
that cemetery. Silas Thompson
described as "a small man who always wore a stove pipe hat."
He was a farmer, a miller and a cabinetmaker.
He is reputed to have been a bushwhacker during the Civil War.
The children of Silas and Ann Thompson included:
1. William Tazewell Thompson.
Born 1845 in
. Married first on
2 September 1868
to Martha E. Yates. Married second
to Mary Josephine Anderson. William
Tazewell "Taz" Thompson died on
25 July 1925
and is buried in the
family cemetery at Hurricane Mills in
. This is now the site of the
Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch. Cemetery is
behind the Anderson House which is now the ranch headquarters.
E. "Zou" Thompson. Born
13 February 1848
13 February 1867
to Joab Levi Shelton. Died in 1925
Suetta Dee Shelton, Silas Edward Shelton, Dorcus Eudora Shelton,
Josephine Agnes "Aggie" Shelton, Wayne Brewer Shelton, Coleman J.
Shelton, and Mary Adeline "Addie" Shelton.
"Tennie" Thompson. Born
August 1850. Married
9 October 1870
to Bartholomew "Batty" Richardson, son of Bartholomew "Battie"
Knox Richardson and his wife, Susie Patterson.
Buried on the old Bartholomew Richardson farm, four miles north of Burns.
Issue: James Whitson Richardson, Cora Elizabeth Richardson, Anna Laura
Richardson, Mary Etta Richardson, Bertie Ethel Richardson, Tillman Richardson,
and Olivia Richardson.
Agnes "Aggie" Thompson. Born
September 1852. Did not marry.
Living with her parents in 1900 Census of Dickson County.
21 January 1928
. Buried in the Welch/Luther
Cemetery in Burns,
E. Thompson. Born 1855.
1 November 1876
to Joel B. Potter. Went to
in 1893. Made a family history
deposition in 1938 in
. Had 8 children, names unknown.
In 1938, she provided the following history to the Dickson County Herald
I was born and reared in
and was eighty-three years old the tenth of last February, having been born in
My parents were Silas and Ann Gentry Thompson.
They reared seven children, five girls and two boys.
I am the only one living now.
My father ran a grist and sawmill by waterpower on Beaverdam Creek, near
. We lived there until 1874; my
father sold out and we moved to
where I met and married Joel Benjamin Potter on
November 1, 1876
6. A.R. (
?) Thompson. Born 1856.
No further information.
Eudora "Dora" Thompson. Born
6 November 1858
12 January 1878
to Aris Bowden Luther (1858-1926), son of John and Laura (
) Luther. Died
2 December 1935
in Burns. Buried in
near White Bluff. Issue: William
Herbert Luther, Silas Emory Luther, Lillie Luther, Lela Luther, Horace Norman
Luther, Annie Laura Luther, and
"Fate" Luther. Ancestor
- see the Luther group.
Basler, R.P. (ed.) The
Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Vol.
II, pp. 319.
Garrett, Jill K. (1984)
: Southern Historical Press.
Garrett, Jill K. (1981) Historical Sketches of
Goodspeed Publishing Company (1896) History of
, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson,
1822) January County Court
Session. pp. 6, 14.
Will Book 4, pp. 296.
Kelley, Sarah Foster (1987)
...Its People and Environs.
Richardson, Robert S. -
: The Parthenon Press.
Whitney, E.M. (ed.) The
Blackhawk War 1831-1832. Vol. 1,
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