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Thompson Family Collection (MC 226)


Biographical Note

James M. Thompson was born about 1845 and died on February 3, 1894 in Columbus, Georgia. Henderson, Vol. IV, p. 956 gives the Civil War record of James M. Thompson, in Co. C, 46th Georgia Infantry Regiment out of Muscogee County. His widow, Elizabeth (Lizzy) Amanda Parkman Thompson (1844-1922), applied for a Confederate widow's pension in 1910.

According to the 1850 census, the Thompson family was living in Columbus at household no. 509. The family included Margaret A. Thompson, 29, born in SC, Malvina C., aged 8, born in Georgia and James M, aged 5, also born in Georgia, and William H. Thompson, 17, a carpenter, born in Florida.

In the 1870 City Directory for Columbus James M. Thompson, age 25, was working in a cotton mill and living with his wife Elizabeth 25, and children Hattie T., aged 3 and Clifton M., aged 3/12 months) old. James' mother, Margaret A. Younger aged 48, was also in Columbus with her daughter, Malvina C. Johnson, aged 25, and her son Eddy, aged 2.

In the 1880 census, Thompson was across the river living in Brownville, Alabama, the mill village that became the northern part of present-day Phenix City, then located in Lee County, Alabama. He was listed as James T. Thompson 35, working in cotton mill, wife Amanda E, and children Hattie T, Clifton M., aged 11, Charles E. aged 8, Elizabeth M., aged 5, and James W., aged 2. James' mother Margaret was listed in Columbus in 1880 as M E Younger, 59, living with daughter N. C. Johnson 37, and grandson J. E. Johnson, 12.


Scope and Content

The bulk of these letters appear to be between James M. Thompson and his mother, Mrs. Margaret A. Younger, of Columbus, Georgia, with several to the post-Civil War ones to his wife, Lizzie. Also included are scans of photographs, some identified, of family members, as well as of several steamships. The physical objects metioned below, such as the brown wallet, were returned to the family

1862-1937 5 CDs, 1 box (.3 l.f.)


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Thompson Family Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Thompson Family Collection (MC 226)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Provenance

This collection was loaned to the CSU archives in 2007 for arrangement and scanning. The originals have been returned to the family, but the scanned documents and photographs are on CDs and the letters and some other materials have been photocopied. The folder numbers below refer to the arrangement on the CDs and not to the photocopies, which are arranged by year in 6 physical folders, with the remaining photocopies in 5 other folders.


CDs, Box and Folder List


CD 1 – Folders 1-119

CD 2 – Folder 121-139

CD 3 – Folders 140 +


Series 1: Letters 1862-1871 from James M. Thompson

Folder 1 – Letters 1-5, March 14, 1862-March 24, 1862

Folder 2 – Letters 6-10, March 30, 1862-April12, 1862

Folder 3 – Letters 11-15, April 13, 1862-April 27, 1862

Folder 4 – Letters 16-20, April 29, 1862-May 6, 1862

Folder 5 – Letters 21-24, May 10, 1862-June 10, 1862

Folder 6 – Letters 25-29, June 12, 1862-July 2, 1862

Folder 7 – Letters 30-34, July 3, 1862-July 17, 1862

Folder 8 – Letters 37-39, July 26, 1862-August 8, 1862

Folder 9 – Letters 40-44, August 13, 1862 -August 29, 1862

Folder 10 – Letters 45-49, August 31, 1862-September 23, 1862

Folder 11 – Letters 50-54, September 13, 1862-Septerriber 25, 1862

Folder 12 – Letters 55-59 September 28, 1862-0ctober 19, 1862

Folder 13 – Letters 60-64 October 27, 1862-December 12, 1862

Folder 14 – Letters 65-69 December 16, 1862-January 2, 1863

Folder 15 – Letters 70-74 January 4, 1863-January 9, 1863

Folder 16 – Letters 75-79 January 25, 1863-February 12, 1863

Folder 17 – Letters 80-83.5 February 14, 1863-February 23, 1863

Folder 18 – Letters 85-89 March 5, 1863-April 5, 1863

Folder 19 – Letters 90-94 April 7, 1863-April 25, 1863

Folder 20 – Letters 95-98 April 28, 1863-June 1, 1863

Folder 21 – Letters 100-104 June 21, 1863-July 5, 1863

Folder 22 – Letters 105-109 July 11, 1863-August 16, 1863

Folder 23 – Letters 110-114 August 19, 1863-August 30, 1863

Folder 24 – Letters 115-119 September 2, 1863-September 24, 1863

Folder 25 – Letters 121-124 September 26, 1863-0ctober 9, 1863

Folder 26 – Letters 125-129 October 14, 1863-0ctober 29, 1863

Folder 27 – Letters 130-134 November 1, 1863-November 15, 1863

Folder 28 – Letters 135-139 November 17, 1863-March 6, 1864

Folder 29 – Letters 140-144 March 9, 1864-April 15, 1864

Folder 30 – Letters 145-149 April 22, 1864-May 13, 1864

Folder 31 – Letters 150-155 May 16, 1864-June 29, 1864

Folder 32 – Letters 156-160 July 6, 1864-July 25, 1864

Folder 33 – Letters 161-165 July28, 1864-April 1, 1865

Folder 34 -- Letters 166-169 April 2, 1865-April 25, 1865

Folder 35 – Letters from James Thompson to his wife 1865-1871

Folder 36 – Miscellaneous Letters and Notes


Series 2 – Photographs

Folder 1 – Photographs of Hattie Tillman Thompson Johnson

Folder 2 – Photographs of Ernest Forest Johnson taken in 1937

Folder 3 – Photographs of Elizabeth Hazel Johnson Wynn

Folder 4 – Photographs of Various Thompson Family Members

Folder 5 – Photographs of Steamboats

Folder 6 – Three Postcards of Columbus


Series 3 – Newspapers

Folder 1 – Columbus Enquirer May 9 and May 10, 1885

Folder 2 – Newspaper Article on the Death of James Thompson, February 5, 1894

Folder 3 – Columbus Enquirer-Sun April 6, 1917, pages 1,2,7,8

Folder 4 – Columbus Ledger July 1, 1918, pages 5-8

Folder 5 – Atlanta Constitution August 11, 1918, pages 7-10

Folder 6 – Columbus Ledger August 16, 1918, pages 3-6

Folder 7 – Columbus Ledger August 18, 1918, pages 1-8

Folder 8 – Columbus Ledger August 19, 1918, pages 1-6

Folder 9 – Columbus Enquirer-Sun August 20, 1918, pages 1-6

Folder 10 – Columbus Ledger August 20, 1918, pages -4


Series 4: Miscellaneous

Folder 1 – A Copy of the Marriage Record of James Thompson and Lizzie Parkman, April 12, 1866

Folder 2 – Memoriam to Edward Pryor Wagner, Killed Near Culpepper, Virginia, August 29, 1863

Folder 3 – Copy of Widow's Pension of Lizzie Parkman Thompson, September 19-20, 1910

Folder 4 – Genealogy Chart for Diana Elizabeth Dollar

Folder 5 – Miscellaneous Letters and Notes

Folder 6 – Billfold, Brown, Leather, Owner Unknown, Date Unknown