Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ok, let me get a few things out before I get you my main post. Sorry for not writing last week, I was out of town and before I knew it I had forgot. Last thing is this blog is Genealogy by Eric. It's just my opinion of what I have seen, heard, and found. If you see something I have misinterpreted please feel free to comment below or you can email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that I've got that out of the way lets get to my post. My blog today is about accidentally finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it, Serendipity. My most recent serendipity moment was with my wife Kathy. I don't do much research on Kathy's side, not that I don't want to, I just want her involved with it. I asked her a few weeks ago to help me with some of my tree organization. Its always easiest to talk to someone about people they know so we were in the Thompson tree. For those who don't know, Kathy's mother, Mary is a Thompson.
So now that you know which branch I am going down let me throw this one at you. The Thompson's weren't always Thompson's, they use to be Lennox and that's where I am going to take you. The Thompson name in this family is only about 5 generations old and starts with John David Thompson/Lennox, Kathy's Great Great Grandfather.
Here is the story as I know it. Sometime between 1862-1870 John's parents William and Martha Lennox died. It is thought that a Dr Thompson was the last care giver of William and Martha and by the 1870 census a Bridget Thompson was the head of house for both John and Eliza Lennox. Ten years later John had taken the last name of Thompson as his own. Then sometime after 1900 John dies and from what I know was lost. From what was left of family memory he died some where north of St Joseph, MO.
Serendipity you might ask. Well while I was talking with Kathy about my tree organization I was checking one of my favorite sites. www.findagrave.com it's one of the thing I'm trying to get a hold of is collecting and linking each family member with their find a grave memorial. Well on that day I got a hit for John David Thompson my serendipity moment. Thanks to a Russ C who had built a memorial for John not only did I get a death date but a location of where John's last resting pace is. However John David Thompson are all pretty common names so I wanted to did a little deeper to verify that I found the right guy.
So after one day of Serendipity on find a grave I was able to continue my luck with "The Holt County Sentinel" on the Library of Congress website. I knew the approximate death date and location from the headstone and with help that the Library of Congress had each of the pages of the sentinel in PDF format. This allowed me to name search each page, an hour later I found what I was looking for "A Sad Accident" I'm not going to transcribe the accident, I want you to discover it like I did. I will say its in the bottom right side of the paper.
Hope you enjoy my serendipity moment and I will talk to you all next week.