Lee County Biography

Robert James Thompson
Willow Creek Township

Robert James Thompson has proved a valuable re-enforcement to the farmers and stock-raisers of Lee County during the twenty-five and more years that he has lived here, as be brings to his work a clear, vigorous mind, has a thorough knowledge of the principles of agriculture, and manages his extensive farming interests in Willow Creek Township after the most approved modem methods.

Nine miles east, of the town of Romney, the county seat of Hampshire County, W. Va., is the birthplace of our subject, and he was born amid its pleasant scenes March 2, 1847. His father, Robert Thompson, was born in the same neighborhood, and was a son of John Thompson, who was a native of the North of Ireland, being descended from an old Scotch family. He came from there to America when he, was a young man, and resided for a time in Pennsylvania, whence he went to Virginia to build up a home in the forest wilds of that part of it that is now embraced in Hampshire County, W. Va. He bought a tract of land and engaged in farming, and also improved a water power on it by erecting one of the first mills in the county. He managed both his mill and his farm, and resided on the latter until his death. He was a brave soldier in the Continental Army during the Revolution. His wife whose maiden name was Martha Beard, also died on that Hampshire County farm.

The father of our subject was but five years old when his father died. He continued to live with his mother, and as soon as old enough assisted on that farn and in the mill, making his home on the old homestead until he married and established a home of his own on a part of bis father's farm that he had inherited, and to which he added by further purchase. In 1868 he left his native State, and coming to Lee County settled in Willow Creek Township on the land that he had previously bought some years before. Here his life record was closed by his death in June, 1881. His wife survived him until December, 1886, when she too passed away. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom these ten grew to manhood and womanhood: John T., Lacy A., Martha J., Mary F., Robert J., Samuel T., Amanda S., Virginia C., Edward H., and Wilder B. The maiden name of the mother was Zulemma Taylor; she was born in Hampshire County, W. Va. Her father was Thomas Taylor, and he was, it is thought, a native of Pennsylvania, whence he went to Hampshire County in the days when it formed a part of Virginia, and took up a tract of land ten miles south of Romney. He improved a good farm, and resided on it all the remaining days of his life.

Robert J. Thompson, who forms the subject of this biography; spent his early life on a farm in his native place, and was living at the old home of his birth all through the war. Like other farmers boys, he was early taught to make himself useful; and he continued to assist his father in the care of his farm until he was eighteen years old. Ambition to see something of the world and to try life on the beautiful prairies of Illinois, he then came to this state, and for a time was employed by his uncle James Thompson on a farm at Twin Grove, this county. He afterward worked his father's land, and at the time of his marriage settled on his present farm in Willow Creek Township. He now has three hundred and five acres of land, of which two hundred and thirty are in a body, and the remainder lies one mile east of his homestead. His farm is admirably adapted to general farming and stock-raising purposes to which he devotes it, gleaning from its productive fields rich harvests, and in its fertile pastures he has numerous cattle and horses of fine grades. Its buildings are ample and are always kept in good order and there is every convenience for carrying on farming so as to produce the best results.

Comfort, prosperity and happiness have come to our subject through his marriage in 1870 with Miss Eveline L. Flagg. They have four children living; Guy A., George P., Nora and Blanche Elma. Mr. Thompson is a Democrat, sound and true, in his politics and always stands by his colors. Socially, he is a member of steward Camp, M.W. A., and Knights of the Globe. He is an intelligent reader of good literature, and is conversant with all subjects of general interest. He is one of the solid men of Willow Creek Township, upon whom his fellow - citizens know they can place their reliance at all times and under all circumstances, and he is esteemed accordingly.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 410

From Christie Noble:
James Thompson b. 17 Mar 1803 Romney, WVA d. 5 July 1868 m to Amanda Dunton b. 1815 NY d 7 Oct 1889
Robert Thompson b 24 Nov 1810 Romney, WVA d 21 Jun 1881 m Zulemme Taylor b 11 Mar 1818 d 4 Dec 1886
James and Robert were brothers. They are suppose to be buried in Twin Grove Cemetery, Willow Creek Township.

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