Shelby County

David J. Thompson



D.J. Thompson

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 772

    one of Shelby county's most highly respected and universally esteemed citizens, a veteran of the great Civil war and for forty years a successful educator of the youth of this county, now lives in comfortable retirement on his farm in Washington township, ten miles southwest of Sidney, O. He was born on this farm August 25, 1829, and  is a son of James and Elizabeth (Jeffrys) Thompson. James Thompson, father of D. J. Thompson, was born in Ireland and was brought to America in his boyhood by his father, John Thompson, settling in Pennsylvania where he grew to manhood and where he married Ellen Briggs. To this union were born four sons: Freeborn, James, John and A. Wesley. His wife dying, he was married secondly to Elizabeth  Jeffries and moved to Warren county, Ohio, but remained there only one year and then came to Shelby county in 1824. The Thompsons were among the pioneer settlers and became identified with the county's early civilizing agencies. Of the issue of his second marriage five children grew to maturity: Huldah,
Eleanor, D. J. Thomas and Arza B. D. J. Thompson is the only survivor.
    D. J. Thompson married, June 17. 1852, Miss Sarah K. Diltz, a native of New Jersey and a daughter of William Diltz, who came to Shelby county in the early forties. Mrs. Thompson died January 1, 1905, and was the mother of eleven children, six sons and five daughters, as follows: Warren B.; David B., who died at the age of thirty-two  years: Tohn M.; James L.; William M. P.; Thomas S.; Mrs. D. W. Gearhart of Piqua, O.; Mrs. D. M. Pruden of Sidney, O.; Mrs. J. C. Suber, of Fletcher, O.; deceased; Huldah Catherine, who died at the age of fifteen years; and Sadie who died aged six years. Mr. Thompson attended the district schools in his youth and had two terms of instruction in the Piqua schools, and afterward began to teach school. For his services he at first received the sum of twelve dollars a month, which was then considered ample pay, and according to the custom, was given boarding and lodging in the homes of his
patrons, each in turn taking care of the teacher for a specified period. Very vividly does Mr. Thompson recall his first primitive school houses, the rooms having no desks but instead slab benches, and greased paper taking the place of glass in the window apertures. He found congenial work in teaching and for forty years gave his life to his profession and all through Washington and Loramie townships and in other parts of the county, there are happy and successful women and men who remember him with regard as their beloved and patient teacher. He also recalls them with warm-hearted feelings and has always taken an interest in the careers of those with whom his close association as an instructor, through so long a period, made him well
acquainted. In 1862, heeding his country's call, he enlisted as a private for service in the Civil war, entering Company B, Fiftieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. While engaged in the service he was unanimously elected first lieutenant of his company, in which he served until March 22, 1863, being a participant in the great battle of Perrysville. After this battle, a captain's commission was tendered him, which he declined. At the close of his military service he returned and resumed teaching and also took charge of the home farm which his son now operates. Mr. Thompson, in the evening of his life, is surrounded by seven living children, fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and a wealth of domestic affection, and cannot fail to be proud of his numerous, bright, attractive and intelligent descendants. He is one of the old members of the Methodist church at Lockington, in which he has held all the offices at various times and to which he has given liberal support. In politics he is a republican and frequently has served as township assessor and as township trustee, and has long been one of the men whose advice and clear judgment have been consulted in local affairs. He is identified with the Grand Army of the Republic and has attended many reunions. He is now spending his  latter days on the home farm with his youngest son, Thomas S. and his wife Emma (Hinskey) Thompson, and two loveable grandchildren. Davis J., Jr., his namesake, and Mary Adyline.

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