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Thompson Family History pg. 3

At the time of his marriage he bought a farm about two miles from Shapleigh Corners, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres. Besides general farming he did much trading in horses and cattle, and raised much of the stock that he sold. He was prosperous and a man of influence. He was self-educated to a large extent, an excellent mathematician and of wide general information, good judgment and varied capacity. He was active in his support of the temperance movement, and of the Free Will Baptist church of which he was a member. In politics he was a Whig during the ascendancy of that party. He held the office of road surveyor in Shapleigh, Maine. He served in the Shapleigh militia company. He married Patience Gerry, of Alfred, Maine, daughter of Eben Gerry. Children: 1. Caleb, born May 13, 1825, died April 26. 1874. Married in 1855, Mary Stillman of Rockport. Massachusetts ; children : i. Emma, died : ii. Eben ; iii. John. 2. Abbie, born June 25, 1828, died May 15. 1883; married, April 8. 1867, John Stone, of Shapleigh. Maine: no children. 3. Lucy, born October 13, 1830, married, January 2, 1857, William Bradford, of Rockport, Massachusetts; children : i. William Dadman Bradford, born February 9, 1858, married, June 23, 1883, Adelaide Chick : ii. Albert Sumner Bradford, born August 18 1860, married March 24 1882, Fannie R. Mead. iii. Ezra Otis Bradford, born October 25, 1862, married, 1895, Inez Hatch; iv. Loring Samuel Bradford, born October 31, 1864, married, May 7, 1884, Luella H. Bragg; v. Charlotte Patience Bradford, born November 18, 1867, married, July 4, 1894, Fred Thompson; vi. Irving Timothy Bradford, born July 26, 1871, married April 2, 1899, Celia J. Kimball. 4. Susan Jane, born February 27, 1833, married, December 6, 1857, Nathaniel Thurston Abbott, of Shapleigh, Maine; children: i. Eugene Wilson Abbott, born December 26, 1858; ii. Carrie Augusta Abbott, born October 7, 1860, married, December 27, 1884, Stephen D. Blanchard; children: Leon Blanchard, born May 20, 1887; Marion Idella Blanchard, born December, 1890; Amy Lenora Blanchard, born October 2, 1892; Margie Madeline Blanchard, born January 25, 1894; Esther Blanchard, born July 2, 1895: Elmer Steven Blanchard, born January, 1899; iii. Elmer Ellsworth Abbott, born March 19, 1863, married (first), February 4. 1892, Eda M. Smith and had one child: Malcolm Abbott, born September 29, 1875; married (second). June 26, 1902, Agnes M. Stone, of Alfred, Maine. iv. Abbie Luella Abbott, born June 28, 1865, married, June 27, 1891, Elmer Nason : children: Grace Belle Nason, born September 22, 1892 ; Edna May Nason, born May 8, 1899; Marcia Nason, born December 8. 1902 ; George Abbott Nason, born August 3, 1905; v. Nathaniel Thurston Abbott, born November 18, 1867, married, September 5, 1898, Lula O. Dalton, of Emery Mills, Maine, and had Mahlon Wilson Abbott, born July 16, 1905, died August 30. 1905. 5. Timothy Atkins, born August 17, 1835, mentioned below. 6. John Warren, born January 8, 1838, unmarried. 7. Ezra, born May 28, 1841, died in Libby Prison, June 13, 1862, during the Civil war.

(VII) Timothy Atkins Thompson, son of Ezra Thompson (6), was born in Shapleigh. Maine, August 17, 1835, and attended the public schools during the winter terms, working for his father on the homestead at other seasons until he was twenty years of age. He then went to sea on a coasting vessel sailing from Rockport, Maine. Then for a year and a half he worked as teamster for Hatch & Andrews owners of a quarry. He removed to Winchester, Massachusetts, and worked there for three years on the Levi Johnson farm. He established a milk route in Charlestown. After a time he gave up this business and removed to Woburn where he engaged in the butchering business, buying cattle in the Brighton market and selling his meats in South Boston. He built up a large and profitable business. He finally returned to the Johnson farm and conducted it until 1881 when he leased it to his son, William L. Thompson, and engaged in the meat and provision business on Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown. After two years he removed to Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he was in the employ of Charles Jewett, a stone contractor. He removed to Salem, Massachusetts, and thence to Islesboro, Maine, where he was employed by Daniel Sewell for a time. From there he came to Swamspcott, Massachusetts, and worked a year on Charles Sargent's farm, coming to Acton, May 3, 1898, and leasing the Charles Baker place near the center, and he is now conducting a flourishing market gardening business. In religion he is a Universalist; in politics a Republican. He married, at Winchester, Massachusetts, March 28, 1859, Caroline Johnson, born at Woburn, died at Winchester, Massachusetts, July 31, 1868, daughter of Levi and Ruth (Eaton) Johnson, of Woburn. Her father was a farmer. Children: 1. William Levi, born April 18, 1859, mentioned below. 2. Sarah Gardner, born at Woburn, January 5, 1862, died at Winchester, February 10, 1893; married March 14, 1882, Joseph D. Sharon; children: i. Charles Willard Sharon, born September 6, 1884; ii. Annah Powers Sharon, born September 19, 1888. Timothy Atkins Thompson married (second), January 10, 1870, Anne Elizabeth Johnson, sister of his first wife. She died January 1, 1881, and he married (third), at Ipswich, Massachusetts, April 26, 1893, Marion Elizabeth Hall, born November 19, 1861, daughter of John and Catherine (Arrol) Hall, of East Boston, Massachusetts.

(VIII) William Levi Thompson, son of Timothy Atkins Thompson (7), was born at Winchester, Massachusetts, April 18, 1859. He was educated there in the public schools. At an early age he began to assist his father with the work of the farm and he continued until he was twenty-two years old, when he leased the farm of his father and engaged in the business of market gardening until 1883.