Biography of James Thomson
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Thomson, James, born in Nassau November 1, 1841, is the son of Oliver and Jerusha (Wheeler) Thomson, both born in Columbia county, N.Y. The grandfather of James was Edward Thomson, who spent his life in Columbia county. The maternal grandfather was Henry Wheeler, who lived and died in the same county. The father of James was a merchant at Hoag's Corners, a member of assembly and justice of the peace about twenty years and also supervisor of the town for several terms. He died March 11, 1861, and his wife in March, 1885. James was reared at Hoag's Corners and at the age of sixteen went to Troy to clerk in a store, and in August, 1862, enlisted in Co. D, 125th N. Y. Vols., and served until the close of the war. He was at Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg, Auburn Ford, Bristue Station, Mine Run, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, front of Petersburg, and there wounded. After his discharge he came to Nassau and has since been engaged in the meat business. Mr. Thompson was married October 12, 1869, to Mary Shillinger of New Lebanon, daughter of Andrew and Rhoda (Wilson) Shillinger, he born in Germany and she in Kinderhook; he came to Pittsfield about 1845 and is now living at West Lebanon; his wife died in August, 1869. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomson were born four children : Wilson C., Charles F. A. (deceased), Robert M. and Austin A. (deceased). Mr. Thomson is a Republican and has been justice six years. He is a member of Gratitude Lodge No. 674, F. & A. M. The family attend and support the M. E. church at Brainard.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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