Biography - R. R. Thompson

R. R. Thompson, one of the most hospitable and clever gentlemen in the county, was born in Edgar county, Illinois, May 22, 1837, and is a son of Andrew E. Thompson, who was a native of Scotland. His mother was Elizabeth Simpson, before her marriage, and was born in England, and married in Fredericksburg, Virginia. To them eight children were born, of whom only three are living, one in Kansas and the others in Oklahoma.

Mr. Thompson was reared on the farm and has always been engaged in that occupation. In 1858 he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Hardwick. To this marriage were born three children: George D.; H. V.; and Lenie, who died when ten months old. Mrs. Thompson died in 1863. She was born in Kentucky. In 1864 Mr. Thompson married for his second wife Miss Sallie A. Lain, who was born in Lincoln county, in the same state. Mr. Thompson has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Murdock and other places for forty years. In 1898 he was the Democratic nominee for the office of sheriff, but the Republican majority was too strong for him, and he was defeated by a majority of five hundred and forty-one votes.

John Simpson, his maternal grandfather, was a native of England and emigrated to Virginia, thence to Illinois, and died in Edgar county.

Extracted 30 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 163-164.

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