THOMPSON, George W.

GEORGE W. THOMPSON, one of the old and highly respected citizens of Bedford County, was the oldest son and second child of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson.  He was born February 1, 1823, near Shelbyville, and was reared on a farm, his father being a wealthy farmer and manufacturer.

At the age of eighteen he engaged in the tanner’s trade, and continued till he was married, when he moved to Shelbyville and served as constable, then a lucrative office, for two years.  He then ran a saw-mill for four years and also bought a large tract of timber land.  He then returned to Shelbyville and served as constable or collecting officer again for four years.  He then engaged in the family grocery business till 1861.  During the war he was a Union man and was not engaged in any special avenue of business.  In 1866 he was elected to the Legislature and attended the regular and call sessions of 1866 and of 1868.  During this time, and ever since, he has been a farmer.

He was married, May 18, 1843, to Martha M. Cannon, who bore him five children, three of whom are now living, viz.:  Amy F., the widow of C. A. Warren, Sr.; Letitia, the wife of C. A. Warren, Jr., and Mollie G.  Mrs. Thompson departed this life July 14, 1874.  Mr. Thompson is a member of the Masonic fraternity and I. O. O. F.   Politically he is a firm Republican, and he is and always has been an enterprising and energetic citizen of Bedford County.

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.

THOMPSON, John W.

JOHN W. THOMPSON, chairman of the county court of Bedford County, is a son of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson, natives of North Carolina.  The parents moved to this county in about 1809.  The father was a carpenter and he built the first houses of Shelbyville.  He afterward engaged in fanning two and one-half miles west of Shelbyville and there raised his family and became wealthy, but the war involved him.  He died in 1879 at the age of seventy-five.  The mother died at eighty-one, in 1886.

Our subject was born January 8, 1831, and was reared on a farm.  He remained with his parents till April, 1846, when he engaged at clerking in a store.  After several years he opened a family grocery trade which he continued until the war.  During the war he was engaged in the Adams Express office at Nashville.

In 1857 he was elected recorder of Shelbyville and held the office till 1866.  In that year he was elected register of Bedford County.  In 1868 he was appointed deputy circuit court clerk, which office he held till 1882.  He was elected magistrate in 1870, and in 1882 was elected chairman of the court.  He was mayor of Shelbyville from 1872 to 1877, having been an alderman for five years previous.  He was elected recorder of Shelbyville, in 1885, without his knowledge or consent, and now holds that office.

He was united in marriage, in December, 1849, to Miss M. J. Pannell; a native of this county  Five children have been born to this union, four of whom are now living.  For thirty years Mr. Thompson was a member of the I. O. O. F. He is now a member of the K. of H. and A. O. U. W. fraternities.

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.