THOMAS C. THOMPSON was born February 8, 1848, in Bedford County, Tenn., son of W. F. and Harriet P. (Hall) Thompson.  The father was a native of North Carolina, born September 9, 1816, and of English descent.  The mother was of Irish descent, and by her union with W. F. Thompson she became the mother of four children.  She died in 1850, and in 1857 the father married Mrs. Mary Muse, a native of this county.  To this union were born four children.  The father was a tiller of the soil.  He died in 1865 and his widow is still living.

Our subject was educated in the country schools, and assisted his father on his farm until December, 1861, when he enlisted in the Twenty-third Regiment, Tennessee Confederate Infantry, and served with that command nineteen months.  The principal battles in which he was engaged were Shiloh, Perryville and Murfreesboro.

In 1866 he married Miss Achsah King, a native of this county, and a daughter of C. B. and Mary C. King.  To our subject and wife were born the following children:  Mary B., Hattie V., Charles F., James B., Sarah E., Robert E., Thomas E. and George E., all now living with the exception of Sarah E.

The mother of these children died May 9, 1882, and in 1885 Mr. Thompson married Miss Maggie A. Rankin, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of Rev. Alexander F. and Mary Rankin.  Our subject is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and at present is a magistrate of his civil district. He owns a farm of over 200 acres, all under a good state of cultivation.  Himself, wife and four eldest children are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and he is a Democrat in politics.

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.