William R. Thompson
William R. Thompson, an early
settler of Walnut Township, resides on section 18, on land he bought in 1856.
bought 230 acres of land, forty acres of which had been broken, and a small
cabin had been built by the former owner, Mr. Elam. His farm now contains 250
acres, 180 acres being under cultivation and the rest being pasture and timber
land. He has a fine residence, and has made other substantial building
improvements. Mr. Thompson was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, January 10,
1824. His father was a native of North Carolina, and his mother, whose maiden
name was Susannah Stillwell, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky.
were married in Kentucky, and subsequently moved to Indiana, spending the rest
of their lives in Bartholomew County. William R. is the seventh of eight
children, six of whom are living: Silas and Archibald live in Bartholomew
County; Mrs. Elsie Jackson lives in Virginia; Mrs. Martha J.
Campbell, in Davis
County, Iowa, and John, in Nodaway County, Missouri. Mrs. Lucinda Smith
and James died in Indiana. William R. remained with his parents till manhood. March
27, 1849, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Anna Pyle, a native of Franklin
County, Indiana, born December 27, 1825. Three children were born to them:
Archibald F., an attorney, of Centerville; Mary Ellen died September 7, 1870, in
the nineteenth year of her age, and Martha died in infancy.
Mrs. Thompson died
November 10, 1877. She was a most estimable woman, kind and loving as a wife and
mother, and a thoughtful friend and neighbor. She had been a member of the
Christian church thirty years. September 26, 1880, Mr. Thompson married
Elizabeth Ann Lain, who was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, January 24,
1842, a daughter of Sillick and Permelia (Arvalt) Lain, pioneers of Davis
County, Iowa, settling there in 1848. Her mother died in 1854, and her father in
1872. She has two brothers and four sister, viz.: Sarah Jane, the eldest, is in
an insane asylum at Mount Pleasant; John M., George W., Mrs. Mary Headrick
and Mrs. Matilda Taylor live in Davis County, and
Mrs. Clarissa Jeffreys lives in
Ellsworth County, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are members of the Christian
Church. In politics he is identified with the Democrat party. He is a member of
the Masonic fraternity, Jackson Lodge, No. 42, Centerville.
Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa, Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1886.