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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William M. Thompson, a native of Kentucky, is the son of Horatio and Lucy (Thompson) Thompson, and grandson on his father’s side of John Thompson, and on his mother’s side the grandson of Samuel Thompson. William Thompson was reared in Kentucky and married Miss Lucy C. Yancey, of the celebrated Yancey family of Virginia. She is the daughter of Joel Yancey, and the granddaughter of Joel Yancey, who served the State of Kentucky in the State Senate and in the Lower House of Congress for almost fifteen years. Mrs. Thompson’s maternal grandfather Twyman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In 1856 Mr. Thompson moved to Benton County, Mo., brought his wife and family, which consisted of two children, with him, and settled on a farm a few miles north of where they now live. In 1858 they moved to their present property, where they have a tract of five hundred acres. They became the parents of three more children after coming to Benton County, and at the present time both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are living with their sons, Joel A. and John P. Another son, William G. T., is in Columbia College, from the medical department of which institution he expects to graduate next year. Mattie died of consumption at the age of twenty-four, and L. G. T. was accidentally killed by the discharge of a gun when he was thirteen years of age. Mr. Thompson is Democratic in his political views, and is a member of the Christian Church at Cloverdale. He is quite extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising; has a number of fine horses, of which he is justly proud, and some very fine cattle. Mr. Thompson is a direct descendant of the Jennings family, his great-grandmother being a Jennings.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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