GEORGE THOMSON

B. 1807 in Glasgow, Scotland
D. June 1, 1884 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL
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  • Wife: Agnes (Langmuir) Thomson born 1809 in Glasgow, Scotland; married George Thomson on January 25, 1829 in Gorbals, Lanark, Scotland; Agnes died July 4, 1872 (See section pertaining to Agnes (Langmuir) Thomson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Jane S. (Thomson) Cable born 1830 in Scotland; married David D. Cable (1821-1861) on February 16, 1849 in Lake County, IL; in 1860 they lived in Muskegon County, MI; Jane died 1863; According to the Findagrave memorial of George Beecher Cable (1858-1920) #27038696 by “priscilla ross-fox” and contributed by L. Winslow:

“Suggested edit: George, the son of David and Jane Thomson Cable, was left an orphan in infancy.  His boyhood and youth were spent in Avon Twp. with his maternal grandparents, George and Agnes (Langmuir) Thomson.
   He married Mary Hart Feb. 22, 1882.
   George was a farmer south of Lake Villa until he retired and moved to Grayslake.  he served as a school director for many years.”

According to the Libertyville Independent (Libertyville IL) Thursday, May 6, 1920, page 7 in regards to George Cable:

   “George Beecher Cable was born in Muskegan, Mich., May 24, 1858, and passed away at his home in Grayslake, Ill., April 29, 1920, aged 61 years, 11 months and 5 days.  February 22, 1882 he was united in marriage to Mary K. Hart, and to this union one child was born, Henry David Cable, of Grayslake, who with the wife and one sister, Mrs. Ben Hendee, also of Grayslake, with other relatives and many friends survive to mourn his loss.”

According to the Probate Petition for Appointment of Administrator in Muskegon County, MI dated November 29, 1861:

“That David D. Cable late of the Township of Muskegan in the said County of Muskegan departed this life in said Township of Muskegan on Wednesday the thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one… And your petition further shows that the names and residence of the heirs at law of said deceased, and other person interested in his estate, are as follows:
Jane S. Cable, the widow of said deceased David D. Cable
Ellie Cable
Emma Cable
Charles Cable               {Infant heirs of said deceased
George W. Cable
Laurence D. Cable”

  1. Margaret Thomson (1833-1849)
  2. Agnes (Thomson) Torrance born June 1835 in Ohio; married A. Jarvis Torrance (1825-1896) on April 16, 1859 in Lake County, IL; Agnes died November 9, 1909 in Hebron, McHenry County, IL (See section pertaining to Agnes (Thomson) Torrance buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  3. Isabella (Thomson) Rathbun (twin) born June 14, 1837 in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH; married Bela Frost Rathbun (1833-1903) on October 29, 1867 in Lake County, IL, son of Saxton Rodney Rathbun (1805-1886) and Mariah (Lander) Rathbun (1807-1888); Isabella died December 17, 1926 in Plainfield, Will County, IL; Isabella and Bela are buried in Wheatland Cemetery, Wheatland, Will County, IL
  4. Sophia T. (Thomson) Kapple (twin) born June 14, 1837 in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH; married James Clark Kapple (1834-1866) on October 21, 1857 in Lake County, IL son of James Kapple (1795-1871) and Dorothy (Clark) Kapple (1791-1875); Sophia died February 6, 1924 in Chicago, Cook County, IL (See section pertaining to Sophia T. (Thomson) Kapple buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to James Clark Kapple buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  5. William Thomson born January 1, 1842 in Illinois; married Alice E. Lusk (1846-1918) on November 9, 1863 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Chancelor “Chauncey” Lusk (1828-1900) and Adaline Orlana (Bliss) Lusk (1825-1893) (See section pertaining to Chancelor “Chauncey” Lusk buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); (See section pertaining to Adaline Orlana “Orlana” (Bliss) Lusk buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); William died July 3, 1909; William and Alice are buried in the Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
  6. John L. Thomson (1844-1848)
  7. Frances Elizabeth (Thomson) Burr born in 1845 in Illinois; married Henry F. Burr (1835-1876) on January 12, 1870 in Lake County, IL, son of Gershom and Mary E. (Norris) Burr; Frances died September 15 1902 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO; Frances and Henry are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO

According to the Weekly Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO) Thursday, July 2, 1903, page 3:

“State of Colorado, County of El Paso, ss.
   In the County Court in Probate.
In the matter of the Estate of Frances E. Burr deceased.
   The people of the state of Colorado to Mrs. Agnes Torrance, Hebron, Ill.; William Thompson (sic), Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Isabella Rathbun, Plainfield, Will county, Ill.’ Mrs. Sophia Kapple, 582 E 45th St., Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Emma C. Hendee, Sumner, Ia.; Charles E. Cable, 62 Wells St., Chicago, Ill.; George B. Cable, Lake Villa, Ill; Mrs. J. Dombsky Hurd, Grays Lake, Ill.; Bernice Dombsky, Grays Lake, Ill.; heirs at law of Frances E. Burr, deceased:
   You are hereby notified that an instrument in writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Frances E. Burr, deceased, who resided in Colorado Springs, El Paso county, Colorado Springs, and departed this life at Colorado Springs in said county and state on or about the 15th day of September, A. D. 1902…”

Additional Information:

According to the “Historical and Statistical Sketches, of Lake County, State of Illinois” by Elijah M. Haines. Waukegan, Ill. 1852. page 28:

George Thomson was summoned as Grand Juror of the Lake County Circuit Court for the term beginning April 1840.

According to the “Historical and Statistical Sketches, of Lake County, State of Illinois” by Elijah M. Haines. Waukegan, Ill. 1852, pages 49-50:

“In June 1846, Mr. Gavin resigned his office on Clerk of the Circuit Court, when Isaac Hopkinson, Esq., a member of the Lake County Bar, and the first lawyer who settled at Little Fort, was appointed by Judge young in his stead.  He continued in office until June 1847, when he was succeeded by George Thomson, Esq., of fort Hill, under appointment of Hon. Jesse B. Thomas, who had succeeded Mr. young as Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit.”

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were: George Thompson (sic Thomson), age 43, occupation: farmer, born in Scotland; Agnes Thompson, age 41, born in Scotland; Agnes, Thompson, age 15, born in Ohio, Isabella Thompson, age 13, born in Ohio; Sophia Thompson, age 13, born in Ohio; William Thompson, age 8, born in Illinois; Elizabeth Thompson, age 5, born in Illinois; Charles Walter, age 16, occupation: farmer; born in New Jersey.

According to “A History of Lake County Illinois” by John J. Halsey, LL.D. 1912. Chicago. page 440:

   “GEORGE THOMSON was born in Scotland in 1807.  He came to Lake County in 1838 and was one of the earliest settlers of Avon Township.  He was a lawyer and was Circuit Clerk of Lake County from 1848 to 1868.  He was postmaster at Fort Hill from 1853 to 1884.  He was married in 1828 to Agnes Langmeier of Scotland.  She was born in 1809.”

According to “A History of Lake County Illinois” by John J. Halsey, LL.D. 1912. Chicago. page 593:

FORT HILL.

   The postoffice at Fort Hill was established on July 29, 1840.  This office was originally in McHenry County, and when changed to Lake County, was located in the Town of Fremont, but later removed to Avon Township, where it remained until discontinued on June 14, 1904, at which time the mail was ordered sent to Round Lake. The following named person were appointed and served as postmaster at this office while in existence:

                        Levi Marble, appointed July 29, 1840. 
                        Samuel L. Wood, appointed March 31, 1841.
                        Timothy B. Titcomb, appointed February 5, 1844.
                        Levi Marble, appointed November 27, 1844.
                        Deveraux Goodale, appointed October 2, 1849.
                        Alfred Wood, appointed May 1, 1850.
                        Orrin Marble, appointed April 12, 1852.
                        Geo. Thompson (sic Thomson) appointed February 23, 1853.
                        Elijah Stanford, appointed July 8, 1884.
                        Caroline E. Coombs (sic Combs), appointed February 3, 1886.

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Fox Lake post office the household members were: George Thompson (sic Thomson) age 53, occupation: farmer, born in Scotland; Agnes Thompson, age 50, born in Scotland; Agnes, age 25, born in Ohio; Jarvis A. Thompson, age 35, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Isabella Thompson, age 23, born in Ohio; William Thompson, age 19, born in Illinois; Frances E. Thompson, age 15, born in Illinois.

According to the 1870 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville post office the following household members were: George Thompson (Thomson), age 63, occupation: farmer; Agnes Thompson, age 61, born in Scotland; Sophia Kapple, age 20, born in Ohio; Ella Cable, age 16, born in Illinois; Charles Cable, age 14, born in Illinois; George Cable, age 11, born in Illinois; Agnes Kapple, age 16, born in Illinois; Frank Kapple, age 11, born in Illinois; Beth Kapple, age 5, born in Illinois; Chauncy Inman, age 21, born in Illinois

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were: George Thompson (sic Thomson), age 73, widower, occupation: retired lawyer, born in Scotland, parents born in Scotland; Sophia Kapple, age 42, daughter, widower, born in Ohio, parents born in Scotland; Agnes Kapple, age 21, daughter (sic granddaughter), single, born in Illinois, parents born in Ohio; Frank J. Kapple, age 18, son (sic grandson), single, occupation: apprentice harness maker, born in Illinois, parents born in Ohio; Isabla Kapple, age 15, daughter (sic granddaughter), single, born in Illinois, parents born in Ohio.

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinois”. Wm. LeBaron & Co, Chicago. 1877; page 365:

THOMSON, GEO., farmer and lawyer; Sec. 31; P. O. Fort Hill; holds office of P. M.; born in Scotland, in 1807; came to Lake Co. in 1838; he was the first settler in the township; owns 175 acres, worth $50 per acre; has resided on the same farm for 39 years; Rep.; has been Clerk of Circuit Court; practiced law ten years; has been P. M. twenty-four years; married in 1829, Anges Langmuir, in Scotland; she was born in 1809; eight children, five living – Jane, born 1830 (died 1863); Margaret, born 1833 (died 1849); Agnes, born 1835; Isabella and Sophia, twins, born 1837; Wm., born 1842 (married Alice Lusk in 1863); John L., born 1844 (died 1848), and Frances E., born 1845.”

According to the Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Will of George Thomson:

   “In the name of God. Amen. I, George Thomson, of the town of Avon in the county of Lake and state of Illinois, being of sound mind and perfect memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
   After the payment of all my just debts and financial and burial charges and expenses which I direct to be paid I give bequeath and devise my property and estate as follows.
  First. All my household furniture, begging and other articles of personal property usually used in my dwelling house for family use and for furnishing my said dwelling house, except my writing desk, commonly called the “Post office desk”, I give bequeath and devise unto my daughter Sophia Kapple and unto her heirs and assigns forever and secondly
   All the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate of which I may be the owner at the time of my death of every kind and nature, and all the lands and real estate of which I may be the owner, or of which I may be seized at the time of my death wherever the same may be situated and all my interest and estate any lands and real estate by me owned at the time of my death whenever the same may be situated I give bequeath and devise unto my son William Thomson and unto his heirs and assigns forever.
   And I hereby nominate and appoint my said son William Thomson my sole executor of this my last will and testament and I hereby request that letters testamentary may be granted to him without his giving security for the faithfull  discharge of his duties as such executor.
   And I hereby revoke all former wills by me made. 
   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of October A. D. 1882
            George Thomas {Seal}
Signed sealed and declared by the above named George Thomson to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his person have signed our names as witness there to.
                        Orson H. Heath
                        Dewitt L. Jones”