Biography of Thomas Thompson
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Thompson, Thomas (colored), is a hammersman for the J. & J. Rogers Iron Co.; is a native of North Carolina, was born a slave July 16, 1846. He left his master's plantation in 1862 to seek his liberty, and made good his escape into the Union army at Suffolk, Va. For two years he was employed by the officers of Co. K., N. Y. S. Vol. Infantry, as their cook, and then enlisted in the same company and served until discharged in 1865. He then came to North Elba, and later to Jay where he learned iron making and hammering, which he has successfully followed for the last ten years. Since he came north he has by industry and frugal habits acquired some property and a good education. He is a member and class leader of the First M. E. Church of Jay.

From:
History of Essex County
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: H. P. Smith
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1885


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