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Thompson, Samuel M.

Born: 1801-02-12 Davidson County, Tennessee

Died: 1888-01-27 Ottawa County, Kansas

Thompson was a military instructor in Davidson and Dickson counties, Tennessee, before moving to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1828. He soon returned to Davidson County where, in 1831, he married Cynthia McCrary, with whom he had seven children. He resettled in Sangamon County that same year and volunteered in the Black Hawk War. Thompson mustered into the same company as Abraham Lincoln, and its members elected him as their first lieutenant. After the company joined with two others to become the 4th Illinois Volunteer Mounted Regiment, the men elected Thompson as the regiment's colonel. After his discharge in 1832, Thompson moved to Beardstown. He relocated to Burlington, Iowa, in 1836. His wife Cynthia Thompson died in 1843, and in 1855, Thompson married Nancy Waldon in Mahaska County, Iowa. By the mid-1870s, they lived in Osage County, Kansas.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 713; Gravestone, Fairview Cemetery, Ada, KS.