Edward Thompson

Male 1766 - 1842  (75 years)

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  • Name Edward Thompson 
    Born 30 Sep 1766  Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died From 2 Sep 1842 to 9 Sep 1842  Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Nauvoo Cemetery, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2282  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2015 

    Family Annis Gillett,   b. 25 Jul 1784, Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1853, near Corley, Shelby, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married Bef 1840  of Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F843  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1840 US: Hancock Co., Illinois, pg. 1, all occurring together in sequence:
      John Reed [possible relation of Sophronia Reed?], males 2@5-10, 1@15-20, 1@50-60; females 2@10-15, 1@50-60.
      Israel Barlow, males 1@10-15, 1@40-50; females 1@20-30.
      Truman Barlow, males 1@20-30.
      Edwd. Thomson, males 1@70-80; females 1 @50-60
      Joh'than W. Barlow [separate from above names by one family named Albert Rockwood], males 1@30-40.

      1850 US: Not with his wife who is living with her son Truman Barlow at Rock Island.

      2. Ora Barlow, "The Israel Barlow Story and Mormon Mores":
      P. 180, references a census taken of the Nauvoo, Illinois wards which show the following in the 3rd ward:
      Israel and Elizabeth Barlow
      [Next door:] Edward and Anis Thompson, Truman R. Barlow
      P. 310 in a letter written by Israel Barlow to his wife, Sep. 1853, from a visit he was making to the Nauvoo and Rock Island area while enroute from Utah to New York: "Wednesday, the 7th of Sept. crossed the [Mississippi] River in hopes to get a boat and pass on to Rock Island. Called on Edward Tompson. He lives in Montrose. He has a brother living in the Valley. It is Herin Shuny's partner. Br. Tompson wishes me to say to his brother in my letter he does not know when he will come to the Valley. Br. Piert will know him." [Comments: I do not believe this to be the Edward Thompson who was married to Annis in that other good sources quoted herein including the same Barlow book says he was deceased in 1842. Israel doesn't mention a relationship of this Edward to his mother. Normally in the letter, he talks alot about relationships. Additionally, if this was the Edward who was married to his mother, he would have been about 87 years old and it would seem improbable that he would still be holding out the possibility of a trek to Utah. Checking the 1850 census, there is an Edward S. Thompson, age 23, living at Mt. Pleasant in Henry County which is one county away from Montrose who may or may not be involved.

      3. Nov 2002 email from Ruth Jensen : Here is my theory is regard to the identity of Edward Thompson, 3rd husband of Annis Gillett. Let me first say that it is just a theory at this point, not proven fact; but I think it would be good for us to check into this more. I have used two different sources to come up with a possible identity of Edward. At the Family history center I used the Heritage Quest CD titled "Pioneer Heritage." I was wanting to do this because I had read in the "Israel Barlow Story" that Annis and Edward were in Nauvoo along with some of Annis' Children. If you will go to page 180 or 183 of this book you will see the list of those who were in Nauvoo and members of the Nauvoo 3rd Ward. I knew that the CD which I mentioned above has the early LDS Vital Records as researched by Susan Easton Black. I looked for both Annis Gillett and Edward Thompson. I think I found Annis, but the strange thing is that the sex was given as male. Here is the information that I found:
      Thompson, Annis B. (Male)
      Birth: Thompson, Annis B. (Male) Date: July 26, l788.
      Temple Ordinance Data: Thompson, Annis B. (Male) Endowment Date: December 23, 1845
      Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
      Comments: Thompson, Annis B. was a member of the Nauvoo 3rd Ward.
      Then, from this same source I also found an Edward Thompson:
      Thompson, Edward (Male)
      Birth: Thompson, Edward (Male) Date: October 10, 1766. Place: Goshen, Litchfield, CT, USA
      Marriage Information: Thompson, Edward (Male) Spouse: ____, Rhoda
      Church Ordinance Date: Thompson Edward (Male) Patriarchal Blessing
      Date: 1836 Place: Kirtland, Geauga, OH, USA, Officiator: Joseph Smith.
      From there I went to the Ancestral File and found what looks to be the same Edward Thompson, AFN:2ZTS-GQ. The place of birth was also Goshen, Litchfield, CT; but the birth date was 30 Sep. 1766. His death date was listed as 6 Sep 1842, Nauvoo, Hancock, IL; Father Elisha Thompson, mother Dorcas Wright; Spouse was Amanda Rhoda Smith, married 1791 in Conn. His temple work was done in the Arizona temple in 1934, 1935, with sealing to spouse and parents being done in 1937 and 1950 respectively. Several children were shown being born to him and his wife in the early 1800's, but there was no second wife listed. As Thompson is such a common name this is certainly not enough to connect him with Annis Gillett. But, there is another little fact that I gleaned from the Israel Barlow story that certainly intrigued me and made me believe that this could be the man. On page 183 of this book there is a statement to the effect that Israel Barlow [son of Israel and Elizabeth Haven] was born in "the Thompson home 5 Sept. 1842, the day after Edward Thompson had died there." Notice that the Edward who is listed in the Ancestral File has as his death date 6 Sep 1842, Nauvoo, Hancok, IL. This would be one day after the birth of Israel Barlow, and it seems plausible to me that someone has made an error in giving Edward Thompson's death date. Perhaps he really died a day after the birth of Annis' Grandchild rather than the day before - or, maybe it is the Ancestral File that is wrong when it gives the death date. Of course, none of the information given proves beyond a doubt that the Edward Thompson listed by Susan E. Black and the one in the Ancestral File are the same. But I find his date of death to be very intriguing, and believe that more research could prove profitable. There could very possibly be a burial record for Edward Thompson which might shed more light. If a marriage record could be located for Edward and Annis, that might help too."

      1. Per research notes above and death notice below.

      2. Online Ordinance Index extracted birth record per FHL film 0002957, batch 7450371: Edward Thomson, b. 30 Sep 1766, Goshen Twp., Litchfield, Connecticut to Elisher Thomson.

      1. First wife before Annis was Amanda Rhoda Smith. Marriage to Annis assumed to be before the 1840 census.

      1. Per research notes above.

      2. From the book "Nauvoo Deaths and Marriages 1839-1845," by Lyndon W. Cook, Grandin Book Company, Orem, Utah, p. 78: "Thompson, Edward. Sometime between 2-9 September 1842 at Nauvoo; 76 years old; fever. ('Wasp' 10 September 1842.)"

      3. Nauvoo LDS Land and Records Office research file (copy in my possession as of 2 Jun 2007 and also partially viewable at www.earlylds.com). Includes:
      A. Cemetery Record for Old Nauvoo Burial Ground, 780 East 2300 North Sonora Township, Inventory of Markers and Graves: Edward Thompson, b. Abt 1776, d. bef 10 Sep 1842, age 76. [At age 76, he would have been born 1766 and not 1776.] Wife Anis.
      B. "Record of Baptisms for the Dead, Nauvoo," by Black and Black, Nauvoo Baptismal Records of the Dead: Edward Thompson was baptized for his mother Elizabeth Thompson and his father William Thompson in 1841 (probably baptism in the Mississippi River). Source: Nauvoo Baptismal Records of the Dead, Book A165 and A161 respectively. This was also when opposite genders could be baptized for the other gender.

      1. Had a patriarchal blessing in Kirtland. Try for a copy.