Thomas Thompson

Thomas Thompson was born in April 4, 1836, in Norway or at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Thomas was 28 years old and probably living in Ionia County, Michigan, when he enlisted as a wagoner in Company D on May 13, 1861. He was possibly related to Sylvester Thompson also from Ionia County and who would also enlist in Company D. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.) In any case, Thomas was reported as a wagoner from July of 1862 through October, as a Brigade wagoner from May of 1863 through May of 1864, and was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.

After his discharge from the army Thomas returned to Michigan.

He was married to Michigan native Mindwell (1847-1909) and they had at least ten children: Thomas J. (1868-1868), Franklin B. (1870-1887), Albert J. (1871-1974), Harrison (b. 1873), Rosa C. (b. 1874), Henry (b. 1876), Thomas (b. 1878), Warren (b. 1879), Arthur C. (1883-1888) and a daughter (1886-1899).

By August of 1870 he was reportedly living in Saranac, Ionia County when he became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association. By September he was reported as working as a stage driver (he owned $1000 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and son in Hubbardston village, Ionia County. By 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in North Shade, Gratiot County. By the mid-1880s he was residing in Hubbardston, Ionia County, in Brice, Gratiot County in 1888 and Carson City, Gratiot County in 1890, North Shade, Gratiot County in 1894 and Carson City in 1911.

In 1890 Thomas applied for and received a pension (no. 650204).

Thomas was a widower when he died on June 6, 1917, in Gratiot County, and was buried alongside his wife and numerous children in the East Side (Hubbardston East) cemetery, North Plains Township, Ionia County.

Sylvester Thompson

Sylvester Thompson was born on October 21, 1814, in Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont, the son of Wealthy (b. 1778 in Connecticut).

Sylvester (or Sylvanus) left Vermont and by 1840 had settled in Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan.

He married New York native Cynthia M. Whipple Hardenburg (1826-1907) on September 15, 1854, in Ionia County, and they probably had at least two children: Eva (b. 1856) and Carrie (b. 1866). It is also possible that Sylvester had been married before and had a child from a previous marriage: a son Eugene (b. 1845 in Michigan). And in fact, Cynthia had been married to one Aaron Hardenburg and they had at least three children: a daughter Eleanor (b. 1845 in Ionia), Louisa (b. 1847 in Michigan) and Henry (b. 1850 in Michigan). By 1860 Sylvester and his family were living on a farm in Easton, Ionia County.

Sylvester stood 5’8” with blue eyes, dark hair and a light complexion and was a 48-year-old farmer possibly living in Easton, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D on March 4, 1862, at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. He was possibly related to Thomas Thompson, who would also enlist in Company D and who was probably also from Ionia County. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.) Sylvester was reported employed as a Quartermaster’s (“officer’s”) waiter in July, and absent sick in the hospital from August until he was discharged on December 20, 1862, at York, Pennsylvania, for “chronic sinovitis of knee joint and old age.”

After his discharge from the army Sylvester eventually returned to Ionia County, probably to his home in Easton. By 1870 he was working as a farmer (he owned $5000 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and two daughters in Easton. By 1880 he was farming and living with his wife and daughter Carrie in Easton. He eventually settled in Otisco where he was living in 1890.

He applied for a pension (no. 786216), but the certificate was never granted.

Sylvester died in Otisco on December 7, 1893, and was buried in River Ridge cemetery in Belding, Ionia County: section 1, lot no. 8.

In 1895 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 475310).

Stephen Decatur Thompson updated 10/12/2017

Stephen Decatur Thompson was born on December 27, 1839, in Madison County, Indiana, the son of New York natives Leonard Thompson (b. 1810) and Amy Ferguson.

Stephen’s parents moved to Indiana sometime before 1838 and resided there for some years. Between 1844 and 1846 they moved from Indiana to Ohio and by 1849 had moved to Michigan, probably Grand Rapids, Kent County. In 1850 Leonard was working as a blacksmith in Grand Rapids where Stephen attended school with his siblings. According to one source, around 1850 Leonard left Grand Rapids and went west to look for gold in California, but found cholera instead and perished somewhere in the Rocky Mountains; Stephen’s mother died about the same time. Stephen went to live with the George Jenny family and in 1852 Jenny moved to Newaygo County looking for work, which he found with the Brooks construction company. Stephen also took a job with Brooks, but after a short time he went to work at the Big Red Mill.

Stephen stood 5’4” with gray eyes and a dark complexion and was 21 years old and working as a laborer and butcher, probably in Newaygo County, when he enlisted as Fourth Corporal in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was shot in the left forearm on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run. In his pension affidavit for General Israel C. Smith, who had been Captain of Company F at the time, Thompson testified that he saw Smith get hit in the back of his right shoulder, and he remembered this distinctly because he was standing by Smith’s side and was himself “wounded at almost the same instant, and these words passed between us: On receiving my wound ‘I said Captain I am shot’. [Smith] turned practically around towards me, and exclaimed ‘My God I am shot too.’’”

According to Wallace W. Dickinson of Company K, Thompson was promoted to Sergeant for his “gallant conduct” during the action at Second Bull Run. As of early October of 1862 Stephen was a patient in the Presbyterian church hospital in Georgetown, DC, and he remained hospitalized until discharged for disability on December 13, 1862, at New York or Newark, New Jersey.

Stephen returned to Newaygo following his discharge from the army and in 1863 entered into a partnership with his former army comrade, Wallace Dickinson in Newaygo, and they engaged in the business of mining marl in Pennoyer Creek and burning it in a kiln to recover the lime and thus manufacture builder’s lime. However, Dickinson reentered the army in July of 1863, and presumanly the business partnership was dissolved. That summer when he registered for the draft, Stephen was single working as a clerk in Muskegon; his prior service in the 3rd Michigan duly noted in the record.

Stephen married New York native Adelia L. Bennett (1848-1904) on August 30, 1866 in Newaygo, and they had four children: Maud (1869-1932, Mrs. Gregor), Louis Irving (1867-1936), William Grant (1872-1950) and Howard Steven (1877-1916).

They soon moved to Big Rapids, Mecosta County, where Stephen opened a restaurant. By 1870 Stephen was working as a saloon keeper (he owned $1000 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and children in Big Rapids’ 1st Ward, Mecosta County.

Apparently Stephen found the restaurant business unsuitable and returned to Newaygo by 1874 where he was employed by the Simmons grocery store in Newaygo as a “silent partner.”

Soon after returning to Newaygo Thompson became sheriff of Newaygo County in 1876, and on October 26, and according to the Democrat, he “arrested one Ezra Wright and William Mapes last evening, whom suspicion rests upon having burned the new church building in Ashland [Newaygo County] the 23rd inst.”

In 1877 he purchased the grocery store outright, and engaged in this business until 1898 when he turned the store over to two of his sons, Lou and Will, so that he could devote more time to a wood product business, and in 1900 he became involved in the Newaygo Portland Cement company. He was residing in Newaygo in 1879, 1881, 1884-85, 1889, 1891, and 1895. By 1900 Stephen was a merchant living with Delia and three of their children in Brooks. In fact, Stephen lived in Newaygo most of his postwar life.

In 1904 Adelia died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. McGregor, in Michigan City, Indiana. According to her obituary,

Three weeks ago today Mrs. Thompson left home for a visit with her daughter in Michigan City, and her friends, knowing her physical condition, advised her not to go. Thinking that she would have rest while there, she decided to go. She was in her usual health, even better than that, until on Thursday last, she was seized with a relapse, or rather a second attack of la grippe, and while no fears were felt by her friends, her husband was sent for and joined her on Saturday. The physician attending her assured her friends that she was in no danger whatever, even as late as two o’clock p.m. of the day of her death, which occurred at seven o’clock last Monday evening; so suddenly that there was no time to summon a physician.

[She] was the daughter of William and Clarinda Bennett, and was born in Mt. Morris, N.Y., Sept. 7, 1848. In 1862 with her parents she came to Grand Rapids and the year following moved to Newaygo, where was married to Stephen D. Thompson in 1866. With the exception of a few years spent in Big Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have resided in Newaygo since their marriage. Four children, three sons and a daughter, were the fruits of their marriage, all of whom, together with her husband, survive her. Mrs. Thompson was a noble Christian woman, a leader in society, church and social affairs, and to her ambition to aid in every good cause and to her devotion to duty may, perhaps, be partially attributed to her fatal illness. Many times when nature called for rest she has persisted in discharging her duties to her church and the Chapter of the O.E.S., of which she was the Worthy Matron. No charity, no public or private enterprise that needed her assistance was ever refused. Her wonderful energy and executive ability were ever at the command of those in need, and many times she responded to the demands made upon her when her friends warned her that she could not endure the expenditure of health and strength. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a Christian in the broadest sense of the word, and not alone her family, but the entire community, is stricken with grief at the taking away of one whom all loved and respected. The funeral will be held at the home at 2 o’clock p.m. today, Rev. Sidney Beck, of Grand Rapids, officiating.

Stephen married Illinois native Mrs. Jennie Downs Lapham (1842-1935) on August 18, 1908. He was residing in Newaygo in 1903-11. By 1910 he was working as a a real estate dealer and living with Jennie on Wood Street in Brooks.

He was a member of the 3rd Michigan Infantry Association, as well as the Grand Army of the Republic Samuel Judd Post No. 133 in Newaygo, and he attended the 1889 reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1863 Stephen applied for and received a pension (no. 11,170), drawing $12.00 per month in 1883 for wounded arm and shoulder.

He died of chronic nephritis at his home in Newaygo on April 17, 1914, and was buried in Newaygo cemetery: lots 17 & 18.

In 1916 Jennie filed for and and received a pension (no. 544169) based on the service of her first husband, Truman Lapham in the 35th Illinois.

Samuel E. Thompson

Samuel E. Thompson was born on August 11, 1831, in New Brunswick, Canada.

Samuel was married to New York native Salinda or Calinda (1843-1935), and they had at least four children: Nancy (b. 1860), Hattie B. (1862-1906) and Myrtie E. (1869-1885) and Willard E. (b. 1874).

Samuel left Canada and came to the United States where he met and married Salinda, possibly in New York. In any case he and his wife had settled in western Michigan by 1860 when he was working as a carpenter and living with his wife in Blendon, Ottawa County.

Samuel stood 5’8” with black eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was a 29-year-old carpenter probably living in Blendon or Holland, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.)

Samuel was discharged for consumption on August 27, 1861, at Fort Albany, Virginia.

After he was discharged Samuel eventually returned to Michigan settling back in Blendon. He was working as a carpenter and living with his wife and children in Blendon in 1870, but by 1880 he was working as a carpenter and living with his wife and children in Grand Rapids’ Sixth Ward, Kent County. He was back in Blendon in 1888, 1890 and 1894.

Samuel applied for and received a pension (no. 581071).

Samuel died on November 14, 1905, presumably in Blendon, and was buried in Blendon cemetery.

In December of 1905 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 616322).

Bartlett Thompson

Bartlett Thompson was born in 1846.

Bartlett stood 5’5” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was an 18-year-old laborer possibly living in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on February 6, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Manistee, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was slightly wounded in one of his shoulders in early May during the Wilderness-Spotsylvania movements.

He was reported absent sick in May, and was probably still absent sick when he was transferred to Company I, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. On September 21 Thompson entered a general hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a wound in the shoulder, and he remained absent sick in Philadelphia until he was discharged for disability on June 2, 1865, at Mower hospital in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

In late June of 1865 he applied for and received a pension (no. 85670).

It is not known if Bartlett ever returned to Michigan. He may have been the same “Barthel” Thompson, born about 1845 in Norway, who was married to Illinois native Anna (b. 1845), and they had at least six children: Esther (b. 1867), Thomas (b. 1869), Minnie (b. 1871), George (b. 1873), Nellie (b. 1875) and Bertie (b. 1878). In 1870 this same Barthel Thompson was working as a farmer and living with his wife and two children in Greencastle, Marshall County, Iowa, and by 1880 they were living on a farm in Le Grand, Marshall County, Iowa.

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

Barthel of the Old Third was living at 704 Massachusetts Avenue in Chicago sometime around 1900.