John Thompson family in Tasmania
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Notes in addition to information supplied by Elaine Dobie, from records in the Tasmanian Archives, Hobart, Nov 2005.
John Thompson arrived Hobart in 1826 with his wife Harriet (unknown maiden
HTG 26 Aug 1826
Aug 18 - ship John Barry, J. Roach commander, 528 tons, from London via Sydney, 6th inst with detachment of Veteran Comp. for this Colony, comp of Capt. D'Arcy and 2 sub alterns, 3 sergeants, 3 corporals, 50 men, 45 women and 42 children.
From Gwenda Webb (3/51A Campbell St., Launceston. Ref Tasmanian Ancestry June
95) - and Tas Archive file
List of wives arriving on the John Barry includes Harriet Thompson
Soldiers includes John Thompson
"possible" children include James Thompson [but no direct evidence and no subsequent confirmation]
Not pay rate in addition to accommodation and rations: 1s 3d / day for privates with seven years service and 1/5 with 14 years.
Thompson enlistment 8/12/1825, at Lynnbury, Ireland.
Colonial Times 23rd Aug 1826 "John Barry" arr 16 August [cf 18th
HTG] dep Hobart 26 Aug
Nicholson: arr Hobart 18 August /. Arr Sydney 8 July from London 20 February 1826, Portsmouth 8 March, Cape 28 May.
WO25/2243 p121 AJCP reel 1303 list final batch discharged from the company (3rd R V) at Hobart Town 24 February 1830. List includes John Thompson
Elizabeth Maria b. 24 March 1827, Bpt 22 Apr by Wm Bedford at Hobart 2277/1827, parents John occ dealer [prob mistaken goaler] and Harriet. [Note Elizabeth m. John Denny 1846]
John Burns b. 27 March 1829, bpt 1 May Hobart by J. Norman 2976/1829. Parent John occ. Prtivate Royal Veterans and Harriet. [He m. Charlotte Elizabeth Ives (see below) 1855 and died 23 February 1898]
Augustus 17 July 1832. Bpt 15 August 1832 by W H Browne, Launceston 4530/1832. Parents: John occ. Watchman, and Harriet.
Death Registration for Harriet:
30/6/1840 Thompson, Harriet, aged 46, Launceston 362/1840, Cause of death: consumption, Informant: Alexander Kean, friend.
Second marriage of John:
John Thompson widower aged 57 pensioner and Eleanor Fulerton widow aged 52, 25 May 1842. Launceston 1590/1842. Signed John Thompson, and E. Fulerton, at Frederick Street in the house of John Thompson, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Independents, John West, ,Minister. In the presence of James Grindland and Ann Hayes.
Death registration for John:
John Thompson 12 Aug 1858 age 74 Launceston 480/1858, Veteran, Natural Decay, John Simpson Undertaker.
Newspaper notice, index to Launceston Examiner 1852-1859:
14 August 1858 D/N Thompson, John, lt. Sgt Grenadier Guards, at res Frederick St on 12th inst. Aged 74. Funeral from res. At ½ past 2 o'cl.
Further reference to John in marriage notice of John Burns Thompson, same index
9 August 1855 M/N Thompson, John Burns, e/sn of John Thomspon, ,lt of Sgt 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, to Chatlotte, 4th/dt Jonathan 1 MS Esq of L'ton on Tues at his res. Upper Charles Street, by Rev W Law.
From Tasmanian Archives file on Royal Veterans Camp. No. 3 Company.
Summary for individual soldiers; researchers: Denny Family Heather Allison, Ulverstone Newsagency; Thompson family Marlene Glass 12 Bonython St., Rochedale, Q'land 4123:
Private John Thompson
Wife (or next of kin) (1) Harriet d. Launceston 30 June 1840
(2) Eleanor m. 25 May 1842, d. Campbell Town 21 Apr 1959.
Born Samlesbury, Lancs., 16 Feb 1786 [which is what I found but they found it also]
Prev. Occ. Labourer [other evidence differs?]
Previous service Sergeant in Grenadier Guards (see Obit) [but see also service record]
Date enlisted 8 December 1825
Date discharged 25 January 1930, Hobart WO25 /2243 p.121.
Land Requested (1) Country allotment LSD 1/73/424
(2) Town allotment LSD 1/82/552-4
Land Granted Allotment, Frederick St., Launceston, CSD 1/15/14
Land Disposed Retained Frederick St property
Census Record Launceston
Children Elizabeth Maria 1827, John Burns 1829 Hobart, James George 3 December 1830 d. 31 Jan 1831, Augustus 1832. RDG baptisms
Died 12 August 1858, Launceston RGD 480/1858 L
Obituary "At his residence, Frederick St., Mr John Thompson, aged 74 late Sgt. Grenedier Gurads, Bur Cypress St C of E Section. L'ton Examiner
Other comments John Thompson's second wife arrived in the colony as the wife of William Hunt, another Royal Veteran. After Wm Hunt died she married Alexander Fulerton, also a Royal Veteran. Her third husband was John Thompson, also, of course a Royal Veteran. Eleanor's daughter Eleanor Williams Hunt married a James Thompson, possibly a brother of John Thompson, in 1830. [This is consistent with the evidence I found in the Samlesbury register: There was one older child of John and Alice Thompson: James Thompson, b. 30 Dec. 1784, bapt. 30 Jan., 1785. The name James there is significant because it was the name of John the father's grandfather. DB] Eleanor Hunt-Fullerton-Thompson died at her daughter's residence in Campbell Town, aged 69, in 1859. ... three of John Thompson's children (by his first wife) survived to found families in the colony, Elizabeth m. John Denny in Launceston in 1846, they moved to NW Coast as pioneer settlers at Melrose. John Burns Thompson became the owner of the "Bull's Head" tavern in Charles St., Launceston, and married Charlotte Ives. Augustus married Mary Ann Featherstone in 1864; she died at Oatlands in 1878 and Augustus died in Hobart in 1884.
See also John Thompson, his military discharge, and his birth and service record.
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