W. THOMPSON, one of the numerous members of the Thompson family of Bedford County, is a farmer living about four miles west of Shelbyville.  He was born August 20, 1842, in Bedford County.  His father, John F. Thompson, was born in Bedford County, being a son of one of those Thompsons who came to Bedford County from North Carolina in the very early settlement of this part of the State.  He was a farmer all his life, his death occurring August 23, 1883.  The mother is now living five miles northwest of Shelbyville.

The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm.  At the age of twenty-two he married and continued farming, which he has successfully followed ever since, now owning 300 acres of good land well improved.  He was one of the boys in gray, serving from July, 1861, till June, 1862, in Blanton’s company of the Twenty-third Tennessee.  At the battle of Shiloh he lost a leg and in June, 1862, returned home.

He was married in 1864, to Hulda B. Wilhoite, the results of this union being ten children, seven of whom are now living, viz.:  Eunice, Richard, Lydia, Warner, Charles, Purdey and an infant.  Mr. Thompson is a Democrat in politics.  He, his wife and eldest daughter are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.