THOMPSON (VETERAN CSA), J M DR - Benton County, Arkansas | J M DR THOMPSON (VETERAN CSA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos


Butler Creek Cemetery
Benton County,

Staff Arkansas Cavalry
Civil War Confederate
October 4, 1835 - December 31, 1903

Source: Confederate Veterans of Benton County, AR.
Compiled by William W Degge & Dorothy R Miller

Benton County Democrat
Thursday, January 7, 1904

THOMPSON, J.M. - Dr. J.M. Thompson of Sulphur Springs, Benton County, Arkansas died December the 31st, 1903 and was buried January 1st, 1904. Dr. Thompson died from organic heart trouble and consequent dropsical effusion. This however had been preceded by several years with two strokes of partial paralysis. Dr. Thompson, being a Mason in good standing, was buried by that fraternity. It was said to be the largest funeral ever seen in that town. He had been a citizen of the state for many years, having first practiced his profession in the eastern part of the state, then at Russellville, then at Bentonville, and latterly at Sulphur Springs. During the later part of his professional life he was unable to engage in active practice, consequently confined himself to office business. He was upright, just, fair in his dealings with others, free from trickishness and fraud, acting and have the disposition to act at all times according to justice and moral principle. There are men who choose honesty as a soul companion. Dr. Thompson was one of them. Dr. Thompson left a wife, one son and two daughters to grieve over his departure.

Benton County Democrat
Thursday, February 4, 1904

{from The Russellville Courier-Democrat} Dr. Thompson, a former resident of this place, departed this life on the 31st day of December 1903 at his home, Sulphur Springs, Benton County, Arkansas. Dr. Thompson was a good neighbor and a good citizen and an affectionate husband and father. While residing in the town of Russellville he was the partner of W.H. Hill and they did a large practice. The writer has known Dr. Thompson since May 1874, a period of thirty years and served a term with him in the famous legislature which was called in extra session in what was called the Brooks and Baxter war. He was my family physician and was a man of the softest heart that I have ever known. He performed an operation on a little grandson of mine and so much sympathy did he have for the little fellow that he and Dr. Hill both wept. Dr. Thompson was born October 4th, 1835 in Monroe County, West Virginia. He emigrated from there to Belmont, Kansas in 1854 and afterward began the practice of medicine in St. Joe, Missouri. In 1860 he joined Col. J.E. Craven's regiment of Price's army and served until 1863. He then moved to Colorado and was a member of the first legislature of that state. Returned to St. Joe, Missouri afterwards and married Miss M.C. Merrell, April 15th, 1866. He then emigrated to Hernando, Mississippi and remained there for a short time and from there he came to St. Francis County, Arkansas, engaging in the practice of medicine and farming and was a member of the legislature from that county from 1872 to 1876. He then moved to Russellville January 1, 1880 and practiced medicine and afterwards moved to Bentonville, in Benton County, February 16, 1886. From there he moved to Sulphur Springs in the same county, at which place he departed this life. While Dr. Thompson lived in Russellville he had a paralytic stroke and for several years after he moved to Sulphur Springs engaged in office practice and real estate business. About three weeks before he died, December 31, 1903, he was attacked by a second stroke of paralysis of which he died. He was buried Jan. 1, 1904 by the members of Border Lodge 509 F. and A.M., assisted by the Bentonville Commandery Knights Templar. He had been an active Mason for forty-five years. He leaves a wife and three children, Mrs. Alice S. Jones, Mrs. Annie L. Foster and John B. Thompson, and when the news of his death was received by telegram there was great grief among his friends and all who had known him. The writer does not know whether Dr. Thompson belonged to any church or not. It seems that I learned that he was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. One thing I do know, whatever may have been his religious proclivities, he was a true man in the highest sense and his children and wife, who loved him dearly, can manifest a just pride in that his life had never been marred by a dishonorable act. And may Heaven's blessing rest upon those who are left to mourn his loss. Lewis W. Davis.

Contributed on 5/12/09 by judyfrog
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