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Posted: 974289600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1020879584000
Indiana County PA - Would love to hear from any Thompsons from Indiana, PA or anyone researching the Thompsons from Indiana, PA.


Jim Hindman (View posts)
Posted: 974376000000
Classification: Query
Lydia THOMPSON, b. abt 1791, was wife of Abraham DAVIS. They lived most of their lives in West Mahoning or South Mahoning twps. I don't know of any of Lydia's siblings, but her parents MAY have been James THOMPSON and Lydia.

If you find anything on these people, I would love to hear from you.


Chris. Barnes (View posts)
Posted: 998339104000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thompson/White/Cannon/Liggett
Jeff- Just caught your old query. I descend from two apparantly seperate Thompson lines from Indiana CO, one a Robert Thompson 1737-1809, the immigrant from Ireland buried @ Gilgal and wife Mary Cannon. Have little info. about them except their son Hugh who married a Martha ( ). The second line is a John "Blockhouse" Thompson 1761-1838, who came to Indiana CO from either Philly or from Philly to Westm'd. CO to Indiana CO. He married a Rachel White. Have a scant more on this line. Would like to hear from others of these lines to compare notes and fill in blanks-


Janet Miller (View posts)
Posted: 998420387000
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGuire/Pendergast/Miller/Thompson
I have two Thompson women trying to match with families in about same area and time period. My gg-grandmother was Jane Thompson McGuire, born 1828 Allegheny County, Pa. ; don't know parents. She married Jacob McGuire of Derry, Westmoreland co., in 1846 and lived there until her most of husband's family moved to Illinois in 1859. Also have Sarah Thompson McGuire, b. 1842 also in Allegheny Co., married to Daniel McGuire, Jacob's brother . However, Sarah arrived in Illinois in 1861 & married Daniel in 1862. Do not know if Sarah and Jane were related but likely. Sarah had brother Robert Thompson whose wife's name was Elizabeth. Sarah's death certificate gave father's name as William Thompson and mother's last name was Weaver. There is story about a fire in which parents were killed and children separated. Where or when don't know. The McGuires came to Derry late 1780s; there are Cannons living in proximity to them in 1850 Derry census.


Posted: 1001464399000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1026578212000
In 1930, William C. Gaston, created a genealogy record. I have copied the Thompson information here. I would be curious to know if the Lydia in William C. Gaston's genealogy record is the same as yours.

"James Thompson, Sr., born about 1747 married about 1772. His wife born about 1750 dies ( ) both were born in County Down, Ireland and with their six children, all born there, moved to America in the year 1789. Births of their children except Frances Elizabeth, are approximated
as follows,

1. Mary Thompson born about 1774.
2. Lydia Thompson born about 1776.
3. James Thompson, Jr., born about 1778.
4. Jane Thompson born about 1786,
5. Rebecca Thompson born about 1782.
6. Frances Elizabeth Thompson born 1785 died 1871 in Indiana Co., Pa., at the age of 86 years.

The Thompson family after their arrival in America first settled in Maryland and afterwards moved to western Pennsylvania. All of the family lived and died in America and each of the five daughters married here.

Mary Thompson, daughter of James Thompson, Sr., and wife married John Matson of Brookville, Pennsylvania in 1804, both born in Ireland. They moved to Brookville, Pennsylvania where they lived and died, He was born in 1772 and died in 1866. She was born in 1774 and died in 1872. To this union twelve children were born as follows,

1. Isabelle Matson born (
2. Jane Matson born (
3. Uriah Matson born (
4. James C. Matson born (
5. Clark Matson born (
6. John Matson, Jr., born (
7. Rebecca Matson born (
8. Robert L. Matson born (
9. Lydia Matson born (
10. Harry A. Matson born in Brookville, Pa. in 1825, died in 1895. Married. Children follow,
Wade Matson, Jennie Matson,Harry F. Matson, Jr.
11. William Matson born (
12. Mary Ann Matson born (

Lydia Thompson, daughter of James ‘Thompson and wife born about 1776. Married Mr. Davis in western Pennsylvania. No further record.

James Thompson, Jr., son of James Thompson, Sr., and wife, born about 1778, moved to Beaver Falls, Pa, and was a local Methodist minister, No further record.

Jane Thompson, daughter of James Thompson, Sr., and wife, born about 1780, Married Peter Ostrander in Pa. No further record.

Rebecca Thompson, daughter of James Thompson, Sr., and wife, born about 1782. She married Mr. Decker in Pa, No further record.

Frances Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of James Thompson, Sr., and wife, born in 1785 and died in 1871 in Indiana Co., Pa. at the age of 86 years, she was the youngest of the children, and only four years of age when they arrived from Ireland. She married Stephen Gaston. He was born on the Isle of Jersey, which at that time belonged to France, There is lacking any record as to whether his parents went to America or to France, or to some other country, or lived and died on the Isle of Jersey. His parents were Huguenots, hence, for that reason were driven from their native country France, during the time of the religious persecutions. (Revocation of Edict of Nantes – 1685?) His friends in Pa. nicknamed him the “Jerseyman”, because of his birthplace being the Isle of Jersey. About 1810 he married Frances Elizabeth Thompson at North Fork Jefferson Co., Pa. Stephen Gaston died about 1833 with pleurisy, age about 48 years.
Children follow,

1. Lydia Gaston, born about 1812, died (
2. Nancy Gaston, born Apr. 7, 1814, died Sept. 19, 1895.
3. Sarah Gaston, born 1815, died 1890.
4. Ellen Gaston, born Oct. 5, 1817, died1890.
5. James Thompson Gaston, born Oct. 9,1819, died Sept. 10, 1894.
6. Mary Gaston, born 1822, died Mar. 9, 1889
7. Rebecca Gaston, born Jul. 25, 1823, died Mar. 21, 1888.
8. John Gaston, born Oct. 5, 1825, died Aug. 13,1907.
9. Martha Gaston, born April 5, 1829, died Sept. 15, 1897
10. Mariah Gaston, born Feb. 9, 1832, died 1907.
11. Jane C. Gaston. born Dec. 18, 1833, died Oct. 21, 1924."


Posted: 1007177181000
Classification: Query
I have been search of my Thompson line in Cambria co. It started in Indiana/Westmorland cos. I have a David Thompson, name only. I'll guess on the dates (1850's - 1930's). He had a son out of marriage, Robert Fredrick Thompson (d. 1974 Johnstown, PA). His mother was Rebecca (Ager) McCreery of the Derry area. Have you come across anything matching any of this?


Lois Thompson Rekowski (View posts)
Posted: 1007940188000
Classification: Query
Dear Jeff,

First of all, I am probably of no help to you, but am at a gridlock in researching the family name.

Am a descendant of John H. Thompson, b. March 10, 1838, son of a John Thompson (according to his death certificate, filed in 1910 near Seattle WA). Various military and other records show him born in "Indianna Town, PA." I am betting on Indiana, instead of Indian Town Gap, PA simply because it is closer to where his wife, my gg grandmother was from, in Clearfield Co., PA.

He was quite a cad, (went to Oil City, made and lost a fortune, abandoned gg-grandma and her two children, was a bigamist, fought in the civil war, lied about his pension, went out to the Washington Territories, etc.) so this "Drover John" guy that is popping up in the emails is a quite tantalizing possibility for an ancestor. :-)

So I guess I am asking, any insights or revelations here? Does he tie in anywhere that you know? Do you know if Indiana was called Indiana Town at one time?

I appreciate all help.

Lois Thompson Rekowski


Lois Thompson Rekowski (View posts)
Posted: 1007940497000
Classification: Query
Am researching a John H. Thompson b. March 10, 1838 in Indianna Town, PA. Father's name was supposedly John. Could he be Blockhouse's child?

Do you have any info about descendants?


Posted: 1011563926000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1043675883000
Surnames: Thompson/Weir
Hi Chris: My ancestor, John Weir, born: 1801, Brush Valley, Westmoreland (Indiana) County, PA married John "the Blockhouse" Thompson and Rachel White's daughter Elizabeth in 1819.
I don't have a lot on the Thompson line except what I could extract from the History of Indiana County - but, I do have quite a bit on the Weir line. I would be glad to share info with you.


Posted: 1011564314000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1043675883000
Dear Jeff: My ancestor, John Weir, born 1801, Brush Valley, Westmoreland/Indiana County, PA. He married Elizabeth Thompson, Born: 1794, Saltsburg, PA, in 1819. Elizabeth was the daughter of John "the Blockhouse" Thompson and Rachel White.
Love to share info with you if this is the same line.
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