|About The Thompson Family
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The Thompson website was started with information given to me by my grandfather, James M. Thompson, Sr. He and his wife, Doris, had traveled extensively to visit with relatives and learn about his ancestors. Family was very important to him during his life. He strongly encouraged us to attend Price Family reunions when I was a small child. (Sarah Price was his mother.) Years later, my sister, Linda Blackman, and I joined our parents and our children in attending an Ellis Family reunion at Lake Arrowhead in Oklahoma. (Nina Ellis was my father's mother.) After the death of my grandfather, I endeavored to add to the already long list of family members. I began corresponding with several relatives who were also interested in learning more about our family. My father, James M. Thompson, Jr., and I took oral histories in Arkansas and visited court houses in Howard and Sevier counties in Arkansas. In 1974, my husband, Fred, and I visited living relatives in Georgia and the gravesites of deceased relatives there. Shortly after that, my son, Lee, was born and the research project took a back seat for the next 32 years while Lee was growing up, getting married to Britany Webb, and adding a new leaf on the tree, Rylee Grace Davis, in 2005. Following the deaths of my parents in 2005, interest resurfaced in this tribute to all the special people in our family. Of course, our family tree is very extensive, so you see many names besides Thompson here. As mentioned before, my grandfather passed on several files loaded with much information. However, Raymond Ellis, who lived in Fayetteville, AR, until his death, is the champion genealogist of our family. Ray spearheaded the Ellis reunions in Oklahoma that were grand times! He collected, researched, and shared pages and pages of information about that family branch, and I am personally indebted to and amazed by his dedication to family. 7-29-08 I want to give credit to two cousins who hail from Fayetteville, AR, who have contributed valuable information that completed some "branches" and precious family pictures which make the "photo tree" view very special. Thanks to Jim Britt Walker, my mother's nephew, and Ruud Land (Rudy) DuVall, my father's cousin's son. Their interest has been an inspiration to me this summer. I hope you will enjoy this website. Feel free to email your comments and suggestions to me. Let me know if I need to make corrections and when I need to make additions to this fine old "tree." Be sure to sign the guest book!