Biography of David C. Thompson
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





DAVID C. THOMSON, a prosperous farmer of Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, is the owner of a farm of 105 acres. He comes of one of the earliest pioneer families of that township, one which has long been identified with the development and progress of the community. Mr. Thomson was born in Pulaski Township, August 4, 1860, and is a son of Robert and Mary (Carnahan) Thomson, and grandson of Alexander Thomson, who was of Scotch Irish extraction, and became a settler in Pulaski Township when it was all heavily timbered.

Robert Thomson was born in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, July 14, 1803, and engaged in farming there all his active life, which was a long and useful one. His death occurred June 14, 1893, at the age of ninety years. The mother of our subject died in 1905 at an advanced age. Mr. Thomson was twice married and was the father of a large family of children, of whom the following are now living: Sarah, widow of David McKee, resides in Kokomo, Ind.; Rebecca, widow of Ebenezer Byers, resides at Albia, Iowa; Ira B., a resident of Eureka, Cal.; Thomas M., who lives in Indianapolis, Ind.; Achsah E., wife of Thomas Wineman, of Allegheny City; and David C., whose name heads this sketch. Robert Thomson was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, which he served as elder for many years.

David C. Thomson received his educational training in the public schools of his native township, but his broader education has come from contact with the world and association with those who had been more fortunate in the matter of schooling than he. He has always followed farming on the home place, and has met with much success. He is a man of progressive spirit and has ever been among the foremost to support such measures and enterprises as are calculated to benefit the community.

September 24, 1885, Mr. Thomson was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Miss Margaret A. Crooks, who was born in Pulaski Township and comes of a prominent old family of the township and county. She is a daughter of John M. and Sarah (Love) Crooks, and a granddaughter of James Crooks, who was an early resident of Mahoning County, Ohio. John M. Crooks attended the schools of Mahoning County, Ohio, where he was born, and at an early date crossed the line into Lawrence County, where he taught school for some years. He then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits in Pulaski Township, where he became the owner of a farm. His death occurred in 1872, and was mourned as a loss to the community. Religiously, he was a member of the Neshannock Presbyterian Church, as was also his wife, who died August 1, 1906, at the age of seventy nine years. Mrs. Thomson is one of seven children born to her parents, the others being: Mary L., wife of David W. Semple, of Pulaski Township; Eva A., of Pulaski Township; James L., of Pulaski Township; William, pf New Wilmington; Sarah E., wife of William J. Allison; Dr. John H., a well known physician of New Wilmington.

David C. and Margaret A. Thomson are parents of three sons, namely: John R., Harry M. and Harold C., the two last named being twins. Religiously, they are members of the United Presbyterian Church at New Bedford. Politically, he is a Republican and served as township assessor three years.


From:
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Pennsylvania
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908


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