Biography of Z. J. Thompson
Potter County, PA Biographies

Z. J. THOMPSON, grocer, Coudersport, is a native of Plymouth, Chenango Co., N. Y., born January 3, 1820, and was there reared and educated. His grandfather, Jacob Thompson, was of German descent, and was one of the pioneers of Chenango county, but removed to the Western States, where he died. Henry Thompson, son of Jacob, and father of Z. J., was born in Smyrna, Chenango Co., N. Y., and was married to Jane Henry. He was a farmer by occupation, and later in life followed shoemaking at Sherburne Four Corners, in his native county the first pair of shoes he made being for his son Z. J. He and his wife died at Sherburne Four Corners. The subject of this sketch married, October 3, 1848, Julia A. Shuart, born June 7, 1820, daughter of Col. William and Hannah (Wortendyke) Shuart, natives of Bergen county, N. J., and of Holland and French descent, respectively. In 1849 Z. J. Thompson moved to Mansfield, Tioga Co., Penn., where he took up the trade of wheelwright. He afterward went to Welisboro, and in 1855 came to Coudersport, Potter Co., Penn., where he engaged in business as a wagonmaker, which he continued until the disastrous conflagration of 1880, when he lost everything he had excepting his residence. He, however, erected a new place of business on Second street, where he is now located in the grocery trade. He has been honored by being placed in many positions of trust and honor, and is at present justice of the peace. He has but one child living, W. W.; a daughter, Ella J., born March 7, 1853, at Welisboro, Tioga Co., Penn., died January 13, 1874.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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