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A SKETCH CF THE HISTORV 



From the time of their Settlement In this Country to the present ti 



Anthony Thompson, with his wife, two children and 
two brothers, John and William, embarked at London 
on board the ship Hector and ship (name not known) 
in company with Governor Eaton, Rev. Mr. Davenport 
and others, of Coventry, England, and arrived at Eos- 
ton June 26, 1637, according to Winthrop's Journal, 
though Cotton Mather says it was on the 23d of July 
in the same year. They were dissenters from the 
Church of England, and left home to enjoy quietly 
here the principles of their faith, as well as to avoid 
the constant persecutions, taxes and exactions which 
were so frec^uent during the reign of Charles I. 



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In the spring of 1638, Messrs Davenport and Eaton 
made diligent search for a desirable location for the 
settlement of their colony, and being, perhaps, the 
most energetic and wealthy party which up to that 
period had emigrated to these shores, several towns 
made them tempting offers to join them, but as no 
site appeared to hold out as many advantages as 
Quinnipiac, or New Haven, they finally concluded to 
make that place their permanent abode. Anthony 
Thompson signed the colonial constitution of June 
4th, 1639. As the Thompson brothers had probably 
been more or less connected with agricultural pur- 
suits at home, we find they soon secured lands here. 
John lived at East Haven, and died there December 
II, 1674. It is asserted that the farm which he occu- 
pied is now in the possession of some of his descend- 
ants. 

Anthony and William resided at New Haven during 
their lives, and died there. 

Anthony died March 23, 1647, at which time he 
made a noncupative will, in presence of Rev. John 
Davenport and Robert Newman, who afterwards com- 
mitted his instructions to writing, and appeared before 
the proper officer to prove it, May 27, 1650. He 
bequeathed the lands which were set off to him 
originally, and the house which he had erected thereon, 
to his son John; other lands since purchased, to An- 



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thony; a certain sum to Bridget (a daughter of his 
first wife), provided she married in accordance with 
the wishes of the deacons of the church ; and the re- 
mainder to his second wife, Catherine, and to his three 
daughters by her, her share to continue during her 
widowhood. But as it appears she married Nicholas 
Camp, July 14, 1652, the property probably reverted 
to the family. Anthony, Jr., made his will while on a 
visit at Milford on the 26th, and died on the 29th of 
December, 1654, giving most of his property to his 
brother John. William, who was probably a bachelor, 
made his will October 6, 1682, and died the same year. 
He bequeathed all his property to his relations, par- 
ticularly mentioning his nephew John. 

John seems to have been a sea captain. He had 
three children mentioned on the records of the town, 
viz: — Mary, born September 9, 1667; Samuel, born 
May 12, 1669; Sarah, born January 16, 1671; but he 
probably had two or three previously, whose names 
they neglected to register. John died June 2, 1707, 
and an inventory of his estate is on record. His son 
Samuel was married November 14, 1695, to Rebecca 
Bishop, daughter of the Lieutenant-Governor. They 
lived at the Beaver Ponds, now called Westville, 
about two miles from New Haven. He was captain 
of the military company in New Haven. He must 
have been a healthy, athletic man, as his grandson 



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Hezekiah used to relate that he rode behind him on 
horseback from New Haven to Goshen, a distance of 
about 50 miles, when in his 82nd year, at which latter 
place he died. 

His children were : 

I. Samuel, born December 2, 1696. 

n. James, born June 5, 1699. 

HI. Amos, born March 3, 1702. 

IV. Gideon, born December 25, 1704 
V. Rebecca, born February 23, 1708. 

VI. Judah, born June 10, 17 10 — died August 
5. 1712. 

VII. Judah, October 5, 1713. 
VIII. Enos, born August t8, 17 17. 
This family lived to an advanced age. Some of 
them settled in what is now the town of Stanford, in 
Dutchess County, near the line of North-East, New 
York, and others in Goshen, Conn. Smith Thomp- 
son, Judge of the Supreuie Court of the United States, 
and subsequently Secretary of the Navy, descended 
from this (Stanford) branch of the family. Enos 
Thompson Throop, grandson of Enos Thompson, 
was Charge to Naples, and Governor of the State of 
New York. Hezekiah, Esq., son of James Thomp- 
son, was born in 1735. ^is father died in conse- 
quence of a fall from a cherry tree, in the year 1737. 
He being under the guardianship of his uncle, Enos 



Thompson at the age of 14 years was bound out to a 
saddler's trade; but on arriving at mature age, com- 
menced the study and practice of law in the town of 
Woodbury, and seems to have been a lawyer of some 
eminence. He built there a stately mansion, and 
died March, 1803. He had two sons, William and 
James. The first lived in Sullivan County, N. Y., was 
first judge of the County, and died December 9, 1847. 
James was an Episcopal clergyman, lived in the town 
of New Durham, Greene County, N. Y., and died 
August 4, 1844. 

Mention should have been made of the family of 
Samuel before that of James, the father of Hezekiah. 

Samuel settled on the East line of the town of 
Stanford, a little west of the place known as Federal 
Store. He or Ezra built the brick house now in the 
possession of Widow Phebe Thompson, in the year 
1785. His son Caleb the house a little to the west 
(also a brick house) now owned by J. B. Carpenter, 
in the year 1783. Smith Thompson aforesaid was the 
son of Ezra. 

Amos settled near the pond known by the name of 
Thompson's Pond, as near as can be ascertained, about 
the year 1746; Gideon in Goshen, Conn. But little is 
known about his descendants. Rebecca married a 
man in New Haven by the name of Austin. Her son. 
Deacon Austin, was a prominent man in that place. 



Of Jiidah but little is known. He lived and died 
in New Haven. 

Enos lived on the west side of the square on or 
near the place where Seth Cook now lives. His 
daughter was the mother of Enos T. Throop, before 
spoken of. 

Amos was married to Sarah Allen in 1726. 
Son Allen was born in the year 1727. 
Daughter Rebecca " *' '' 1729. 
Son Amos " '' " 1731. 

Son Ezra " " " 1734. 

Ezra Thompson married Rachel Smith. 
Son Joseph. 
" Ezra, Jr., born Sept. 3, 1765, died April 3, 1829. 
" Smith. 
" Egbert. 
" Nathan. 
Daughter Tamma. 
Rachel. 
Betsey. 
Sally. 
Ezra Thompson, Jr., was born Sept. 3, 1765. 
Ezra Thompson, Jr. and Sallie Burton were married 
July 13, 1786. 

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Huldah, their daughter, was born July 27, 1787. 

Polly, " " " Dec. 19, 1788. 

Tamma, " '' " Aug. 28, 1790. 

Sally, " " " Aug. 22, 1792. 

George Smith, their son, " Mar. 31, 1794. 

Walter, " " " Mar. 4, 1796. 

John Leland, " " " Dec. i, 1797. 

Rachel, their daughter, " Sept, 21, 1799. 

Julia Ann, '' " Feb. 8, 1802. 

John Leland Thompson and Mary P. Thompson 
were married at New London, Conn., Aug. 17, 1829. 

John Isaac, their son, was born April 2, 183 1. 

William Augustus, " " Feb. 2, 1834. 

Mary Elizabeth, their daughter, was born May 14, 
T838, 

George Smith, their son, was born Feb 14, 1840. 

Robert Hallam, " " Aug. 16, 1845. 

James Leland, " " Sept. 17, 1847. 

Walter, " " Jan. 12, 1851. 

Edward Ray, " " March 19, 1854. 

May I, 1880. 



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From the 'Ikoy Morning Whig of March 29, 1880. 

Joljn Edantr Cljompson, 



The death of John Leland Thompson, who for 
nearly sixty-three years has been identified with the 
growth and prosperity of this city, occurred on Satur- 
day last, at 11.23 p. M., at his residence, No. 24 First 
Street. His ancestors were among the early colonists 
who came to these shores, the founder of the family 
in this country being Anthony Thompson, who was 
from Coventry, England, and who with his wife and 
two children, and his brothers, John and William, 
landed at Boston, June 26, 1637. 

In the same ship — the Hector— in which they per- 
formed their journey, they had as part of their com- 
pany, the Rev. John Davenport, who had been a 
famous minister in the city of London, and who be- 
came the first minister of New Haven, and so con- 
tinued from 1638 to 1668; and several who had been 
of his congregation, among whom were Theophilus 

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Eaton and Edward Hopkins, who had been merchants 
in London, possessed of great estates and eminent for 
their abilities and integrity, both of whom were, after- 
wards, governors of Connecticut. 

Anthony Thompson settled in New Haven, became 
one of the founders of that colony, and died there 
March 2;^, 1647. His grandson, Samuel Thompson, 
married Rebecca, the daughter of Janies Bishojj, who 
for many years was lieutenant governor of Connecti- 
cut. Ezra Thompson, the great grandson of Samuel 
Thompson, was an inhabitant of Dutchess county, in 
this State, and represented that county m the conven- 
tion of the State of New York, which met during the 
summer of 1788, at Poughkeepsie, for the purpose of 
considering the Constitution of the United States that 
had been adopted in a convention of the confederacy, 
held in the previous year. Ezra Thompson was born 
September 3, 1765, and married Sarah Burton, July 
13, 1786. They had nine children, of whom John L. 
Thompson, the subject of this notice, was born at 
Amenia, in Dutchess county, on December i, 1797. 
Ezra Thompson was a republican of the school of Jef- 
ferson, and was also a Baptist in religious profession. 
Being a personal friend of the Rev. John Leland, a 
Baptist clergyman of eminence at this period, and a 
strenuous advocate of civil and religious rights, he 
gave the name of this clergyman to his son. 

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Young Thompson passed the days of his boyhood, 
partly on the farm of his father and partly at school, 
until the year 1817, when he was brought by his 
father to Troy, and found employment as a clerk in 
the drug store of his brother-in-law. Dr. Samuel Gale, 
at No. 161 River Street. At this period. Dr. Gale was 
the postmaster of this city and the post office was kept 
at his store. It was at this point, three years later, that 
the historic fire of 1820 was arrested by the extraordi- 
nary exertions of a few gentlemen. The building was 
frequently on fire, but was only partially damaged. 
About 1822, Mr. Thompson was admitted as a partner 
by Dr. Gale, and the business was conducted under 
the firm name of Gale & Thompson until about 1826, 
when Mr. Gale sold his interest to Mr. Thompson, and 
for the next fifteen years the latter was the sole pro- 
prietor. In 1 84 1, David Co wee became a partner, 
and the style of the firm was changed to John L. 
Thompson & Co. In 1855, by which time John I. 
Thompson and William A. Thompson, sons of John 
L. Thompson, had been admitted to the firm, its desig- 
nation was changed to John L. Thompson, Sons & 
Co., and by this name it has since been known. 

The business which Mr. Thompson entered upon as 
a young man, received from its inception his undi- 
vided attention. Under his guidance and direction it 
gradually developed, until the transactions, which at 

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the beginning required only a few rooms for their ac- 
complishment, are now carried on in four large ware- 
houses, and in various other lofts and buildings, which 
are occupied as wanted, and whose floor-room amounts 
to an area of an acre and a half. One of the princi- 
ples by which he was guided, was the observance of 
the strictest integrity in all his dealings, and this rule 
of conduct he laid down as the guide for all who came 
within the sphere of his influence. For nearly sixty- 
three years he conducted business on the same spot, 
and at the time of his death was the oldest and 
wealthiest merchant in this city, and was at the head 
of a drug house, than which there are only two in the 
State whose transactions are larger. 

He never held public office, but was interested in 
the welfare and growth of the city. He was promi- 
nently connected with the organization of the Troy 
and Greenbush Railroad Company in 1844, and in the 
construction of their road, and was a director of the 
company. He was one of the organizers of the Troy 
Union Railroad Company in 1851, was specially active 
and influential in procuring the title to the lands pur- 
chased in this city for the location of that road and 
for the site of the Union Depot, and was a director of 
the company. He became a director of the old 
Farmers' Bank of this city, in 1836, and continued as 
such until that institution was merged in the United 



National Bank in 1865, and resigned his directorship 
in the latter organization only when it became ap- 
parent that he could not be longer usefully active in 
its management He was for many years a trustee of 
the Troy Savings Bank; a director of the Albany and 
Vermont Railroad Company; a governor of the Mar- 
shall Infirmary, and held other positions of trust and 
beneficence. 

When he first came to Troy, he became a member 
of the family of Dr. Gale, at 55 First street, and there 
resided until his marriage to Miss Mary P. Thomp- 
son, which occurred August 17, 1829. He subse- 
quently, and until 1831, lived at 81 River street, at 
the end of which period he moved into house 128 
First street, which he had been building, meantime, as 
a dwelling for himself and family. In the year 1848 
he began the construction of his beautiful and spacious 
residence 24 First street, into which he moved in 1850, 
and where he has since dwelt. He was the father of 
eight children, all of whom, with his wife, between 
whom and himself there always existed the most 
tender and thoughtful affection, remain to respect an 
example and revere in memory a life which never 
failed to elicit from them the most reverent and filial 
devotion. 

In his life and conduct Mr. Thompson exemplified, 
fully, his respect for the laws of health and his devo- 



tion to the highest principles of morality and virtue. 
When the VVashingtonian temperance movement first 
began to exert its influence, in the year 1840, he gave 
it his hearty and undivided support. He had been 
through all his previous life strictly temperate in his 
habits, but from that time forward he resolved to ab- 
stain wholly from spirituous, vinous and malt liquors, 
declaring that no one should ever refer to him as an 
evil example. He was equally opposed to the use of 
tobacco in any form. And thus it happened, that 
having been gifted with a good constitution, he rarely 
ever had suffered from illness until within the lasi two 
years. On Saturday, July 20, 1878, he had a slight 
attack of apoplexy, which rendered him measurably 
apprehensive. On the following Monday, he attended 
the funeral of George M. Tibbits, and while seated in 
St. John's Church, during the service on that occasion, 
was again partially prostrated by the same disorder 
and was assisted to his home, which from that time 
forward he never left, unless when he was taken out 
for a drive. 

During his illness, his articulation, for some of the 
time, was indistinct, and he often seemed to be labor- 
ing to express thoughts which his tongue refused to 
frame into words. On one of these occasions, one of 
his sons, after much patient study, made out this 
expression : " You will never make a success in life 



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without sterling integrity." The son repeated the 
words as he had understood his father to express them, 
and Mr. Thompson, by his assenting looks and ges- 
tures, confirmed the interpretation. In this one 
statement is to be found the keynote of his life. He 
was a man of strong will and inflexible purpose and 
determination. In his business relations he strove to 
do exactly as he had agreed to do, and he required 
the same conduct from others. 

After he came to Troy, he attended the ministra- 
tions of Dr. Coe until the death of that respected 
clergyman. Subsequent to his marriage he worshipped 
at St. Paul's church, and although he was not a com- 
municant until a very late period of his life, yet he 
rarely failed to attend at both the morning and the 
evening service. A few weeks ago, he was told that it 
would do him good, if he would go to his office, and 
mingle with the outer world again. He replied, 
pleasantly, that he would attend church at Easter. 
And it so happened, that just before the Easter light 
was dawning, his soul arose from its earthly enthrall- 
ments, and as this lower world of Christendom was 
singing, with glad accord, "The Lord is Arisen," 
there was doubtless revealed to his disburdened and 
informed spirit, the glories of a resurrection morning. 



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From the Troy Daily Times of March 29, 1880. 



John Leland Thompson, senior member of the 
firm of John L. Thompson, Sons & Co., and one of the 
oldest and most prosperous merchants of this city, died 
at 11:23 o'clock on Saturday night, after an illness of 
nearly two years On Saturday, July 20, 1878, he suf- 
fered a slight stroke of apoplexy, and on the following 
Monday, while at St. John's Church, attending the 
funeral of the late George M. Tibbits, he was again 
attacked with the same malady, from which, however, 
he rallied, but not sufficiently to enable a return to 
business cares and duties. His last illness, the begin- 
ning of which dates back several weeks, was of course 
superinduced by apoplexy, but resulted in general 
mental and physical prostration. For some days prior 

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to his death he was unable to articulate, and could 
only make the members of his family understand his 
wishes by means of signs and silent movements of the 
lips. 

Mr. Thompson was born in Amenia, Dutchess 
County, December i, 1797, and was consequently in 
the eighty-third year of his age. When a youth, his 
father removed to Poughkeepsie, where he owned 
about 300 acres of land in the vicinity of the site of 
Vassar College, and until he was twenty years old, 
— 181 7 — the deceased continued to reside there. In 
1 81 7 the father lost all of his property by unfortunate 
endorsements, and the son, who had been reared in 
comparative luxury, was thrown upon his own re- 
sources. He decided to begin his business life in 
Troy, and coming to this city in the year above 
named, entered the drug store of the late Dr. Samuel 
Gale, then standing upon the site of the present store 
of John L. Thompson, Sons & Co. His industry and 
strict attention to business won for him the esteem of 
Dr. Gale, and in 182 1 he was admitted to a partner- 
ship in the firm, the name of which was changed to 
Gale Sz Thompson. Dr. Gale had married a sister of 
his associate in business, and a few years later the en- 
terprise passed entirely under the control of Mr. 
Thompson. About 1832, the old store becoming too 
small for the increasing trade, the present four story 

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brick edifice was erected. In 1841, David Cowee, who 
had been a clerk for Mr. Thompson a number of 
years, became his partner, and in 1855, John I. and 
William A. Thompson, sons of the deceased, also be- 
came partners, the firm name being then changed to 
John L. Thompson, Sons & Co., which it still remains, 
although J. F. Cowee, a son of David Cowee, united 
with the firm in 1869. For more than half a century 
Mr. Thompson was engaged in business in this city, 
and as a matter of course became largely identified 
with the mercantile interests of Troy. 

His career was one of continued success. Careful 
in his investments, scrupulously honest in all things, 
and respecting his word as he honored his bond, 
fortune seldom frowned upon him or obscured the sky 
of his prosperity with even the smallest cloud. Mr. 
Thom])son was the first merchant in his family, all 
the others having been farmers or professional men. 
Mrs. Thompson survives her husband, who leaves a 
family of eight children, namely : Mrs. Derick Lane, 
John I., William A., George S., Eobert H., James L., 
the Rev. Walter, and E. Ray Thompson. The demise 
of the father is the first death that has occurred in 
this large family. A singular coincidence in connec- 
tion with the life of the deceased is that it began in the 
very year — 1797 — in which Dr. Gale established the 
drug store on the site occupied by the building of 

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the present firm. When Mr. Thompson entered the old 
store as clerk, his father, who took leave of him at the 
street door, said to him, " My son, you may require a 
little money before you earn any ; take this," handing 
him a silver dollar. That was all the money the young 
clerk possessed when he began life ; but his energy and 
industry increased it a million fold. Politically Mr. 
Thompson was a democrat of the Jeffersonian class, al- 
though he never took very much interest in political af- 
fairs, and never aspired to hold office. Mr. Thompson 
was a constant attendant during the latter years of his 
life at St. Paul's church, and always contributed liberally 
to the cause of Christianity. He was an exemplary citi- 
zen, and it may be said of him that during his long and 
successful career no word of reproach was ever uttered 
against him. Quiet and unostentatious, entirely devo- 
ted to commercial affairs and to his family, seldom leav- 
ing the city except on business, and then returning as 
soon as possible, his life was largely passed amid the 
surroundings of his office and the attractions of a re- 
fined and cultivated home. He was a self-made man. 
He had, it is true, the advantages of early education, but 
when he made his first effort for himself he was almost 
penniless, a silver dollar comprising his worldly posses- 
sions. There is much in his life to commend; nothing 
to condemn. He leaves an untarnished name, and in 
his death Troy loses one of its most worthy citizens. 

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From the Troy Press of Monday, March 29, if 



Died at the family residence in this city, Saturday, March 27th, 
at 11.23 P. M., JOHN LELAND THOMPSON, in the 83d 
year of his age. 

John J.. Thompson was born December ist, 1797, 
in Amenia, Dutchess County, N. Y. His ancestry is 
traced to Anthony Thompson, of Coventry, England, 
who arrived in Boston on board the ship Hector, in 
company with Governor Eaton and Rev. Mr. Daven- 
port, June 26th, 1637. Anthony Thompson had two 
children. Then comes John Thompson, two children ; 
Samuel Thompson, who married a daughter of Gov- 
ernor Bishop of Connecticut, eight children ; Samuel 
Thompson, three children ; Ezra Thompson, nine 
children; Ezra Thompson, Jr., nine children; John 
L. Thompson of Troy, who was married in August, 
1829, to Mary P. Thompson of New London, Conn., 
and by whom he has had eight children. 



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The drug house in which Mr. Thompson was senior 
partner was started by Samuel Gale, the father of Mr. 
E. Thompson and John B. Gale, in 1797. In that 
year Mr. Gale opened an apothecary store in a 
frame building on the site of John L. Thompson, Sons 
& Co.'s present store. His trade was general retail, 
but occasionally he did a little in the jobbing line. 
The business increased with the growth of the city, 
and in 1817 John L. Thompson, Dr. Gale's brother-in- 
law, coming from Poughkeepsie, was received into the 
store as clerk. The great fire of 1820, which swept 
away all the buildings on the west side of First street, 
from the third house north of Congress street to the 
junction with River street, also all the buildings on 
both sides of River street nearly to Broadway, left 
Gale's store with no other damage than a scorching 
of the clapboards in the rear. Mr. Thompson became 
a partner in 182 1, and the business was carried on for 
some time under the firm name of Gale & Thompson. 
In 1832 the old frame building wherein Dr. Gale 
founded the business was torn down, and the four- 
story structure No. 161 River street erected and occu- 
pied by Mr. Thompson. David Cowee, who came to 
this city from Westminster, Mass., was clerk in Mr. 
Thompson's store from 1835 to 1841, when he became 
a partner in the business, the firm being then styled 
John L. Thompson Cv: Co. In 1855 John I. Thomp- 



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son and William A. Thompson, sons of the senior 
partner in the firm, were received as partners and the 
firm name changed to John L. Thompson, Sons & Co. 
J. F. Cowee, son of David Covvee, became a partner 
in 1869. The increase in business compelled the firm 
to add the buildings Nos. 159 and 163 River street, 
and at a later period required the erection of a large 
warehouse in the rear of the buildings. The house is 
one of the largest engaged in the drug trade between 
New York and Chicago. There are customers in the 
West also, but the firm has never taken any pains to 
extend the business in that direction. The trade is 
not exclusively in drugs, but includes many other ar 
tides. The house is represented by a London agent 
and in New York by a custom house broker. A large 
proportion of the goods are shipi)ed from London and 
Liverpool to New York, where they are disposed of 
by being shipped to Troy, placed in the New York 
store, or assigned direct to customers. 

Mr. Thompson held many positions of honor and 
responsibility. He was president of the Troy and 
Greenbush Railroad, governor of the Marshall Infirm- 
ary, manager of the Troy Savings Bank and director 
of the United National Bank. He never held a polit- 
ical office, though often urged to do so, but took a 
lively interest in political matters. The day of Mr. 
George M. Tibbits' funeral, July 22, 1878, he was 



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taken from St. John's church to his home, where he 
shortly afterwards suffered a paralytic stroke. He had 
a shock of a similar nature some ten years ago, from 
which he recovered. 

From the last shock he never fully recovered, but 
lingered an invalid, confined to his house, with disease 
and old age sapping the foundations of life until at 
last the end came and death freed the spirit from its 
mortal tenement, and John L. Thompson is no more 
and naught remains but the memories of the kindly 
acts of his life. The children of John L. Thompson 
are John I. Thompson, William A. Thompson, Rev. 
Walter Thompson, George S. Thompson, Robert H. 
Thompson, James L. Thompson, E. Ray Thompson 
and Mrs. Derick Lane. 

The funeral of Mr. Thompson will take place from 
St. Paul's church at ii o'clock to-morrow morning. 
The family invite the merchants of the city to attend. 



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From the Troy Morning Whig of March 31, 1880. 

Ei)t dfuneral of Joljn it. OTjompisott 



The obsequies of John L. Thompson were held at 
St. Paul's church, in this city, yesterday morning, at 
eleven o'clock. The main floor of the edifice was 
filled with an audience representative of the intelli- 
gence, the mercantile ability, and the worth of Troy. 
Of the clergymen of the city and vicinity, scattered 
among the congregation, were to be seen the Rev. 
Peter Havermans, the Rev. George C. Baldwin, D. D., 
the Rev. Richard Temple, the Rev. Jacob A. Prime, 
the Rev. James Caird, and the Rev. Donald Mac- 
Gregor. At the appointed hour, the clergy to whom 
was committed the charge of the burial office, together 
with the surpliced choristers, meeting the body at the 
church entrance, preceded it, while the Rev. Frank L. 
Norton read the solemn sentence beginning : " I am 
the resurrection and the life." The body, which had 



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been taken from the late residence of Mr. Thompson 
to the hearse, by his sons, was borne into the church 
by men who had been for a long time in his service. 
Then followed the relatives, some most intimate 
friends, and the employes of the deceased. The ef- 
fective singing of the anthem was succeeded by the 
reading of the lesson by the Rev. Pelham Williams. 
Then was sung the sentence beginning, " I heard a 
voice," after which came the thoroughly suggestive 
hymn beginning : 

" Weary of earth and laden with my sin." 

The creed and prayers were read by the Rev. 
Francis Harison, D. D., and the benediction was pro- 
nounced by the Right Rev. William Croswell Doane, 
the bishop of this diocese. While the cortege was 
passing from the church, the choristers sang the hymn, 
beginning : 

" Abide with me ; fast falls the eventide," 

the soothing creation of that genuine Christian lyrical 
poet, the Rev. H. F. Lyte. As the congregation left, 
the singing of Taber's hymn, 

" O Paradise, O Paradise, who doth not crave for rest," 

ended the services at the church. The Rev. J. Ireland 
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Tucker, D. D., participated in the service, with the 
bishop and clergy above named. Some of the decora- 
tions of Easter still remained in the chancel, the sug- 
gestive emblems of the counterpart of the funeral 
occasion. The arrangements at the funeral were in the 
charge of G. Parish Ogden and H. C. Lockwood, who 
were aided by W. H. Metcalf and F. T. Buell. The 
remains were deposited in Oakwood cemetery. 



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At a special meeting of the Governors of the Mar- 
shall Infirmary, held March 30, 1880, the President 
announced the death of John L. Thompson, a member 
of the Board, when the following memorandum was 
adopted and placed on the records of the Board: 

John Leland Thompson, one of the Governors of 
the Marshall Infirmary, died in Troy, on Saturday, 
March 27, 1880, in the eighty-third year of his age. 
During a business career in this city, extending over a 
period of nearly sixty-three years, he maintained a 
character in which high integrity, sound judgment and 
practical common sense were so happily united, that 
his life as a merchant was marked, step by step, with 
good results, and was crowned at its close with de- 
served success. 



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As a citizen the prosperity and growth of this muni- 
cipality were watched and aided by him in many ways, 
while in the more private walks of life he exemplified 
the gracious principles of religion and virtue. 

To the welfare of the Marshall Infirmary he gave 
the influence of his own upright and sympathetic na- 
ture, and seconded the efforts of those who were con- 
nected with him in its government, to maintain its 
usefulness and prosperity. 

As a mark of our respect fro his memory, we will 
attend his funeral, and will cause a copy of this ex- 
pression of our thoughts to be sent to his family. 

R, H. V/ARD, 

Secretary. 



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fin JHemoriam. 



John Leland Thompson. Died Easter Eve, March 27, 1880. 

Ilis spirit passed from earth away 
On the eve of glorious Easter Day, 

Christ's resurrection morn. 
And while for him ye truly weep, 
Ye would not wake from blessed sleep 

One who to God hath gone. 

A sire revered — a husband loved — 

In Friendship, true — in honor, proved — 

By all who knew him best ; 
A life unstained — a Christian death — 
Love cannot twine a purer wreath 

To lay upon his breast. 

It was a blessed time to die ! 
With Heaven's Angel minstrelsy 

To join in sweet accord ! 
To quit his prison-house of clay, 
And with the dawning Easter Day 

To gieet the Risen Lord, 
Easter^ 1880. Eloise H. Thatcher. 

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Shipping and Commercial List, Tuesday, March 30, 1880. 

©tituarg. 



The death of Mr. John L. Thompson, senior mem- 
ber of the firm of John L. Thompson, Sons & Co., 
wholesale druggists, of Troy, New York, and an old 
patron of the Shipping List, took place on the 27th 
inst. Deceased had attained to the age of eighty-three 
years, and was one of the oldest members of the drug 
trade in the State, or the United States, having been 
in business in the same location since June, 181 7, dur- 
ing which period he had borne a high reputation lor 
integrity and loyalty to the correct principles of every- 
day life. 



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April 7, 1880. 

Messrs. J. L. Thompson, Sons «&: Co., [ 
Troy, N. Y. \ 

Dear Sirs — By your letter of the 29th ult., we are 
informed of the death of your estimable senior, Mr. 
John L. Thompson. 

While offering an expression of our sympathy for 
your own serious bereavement, we are impressed with 
the importance of this loss to the profession, of which 
he was, for so many years, a worthy and honored rep- 
resentative. 

His own business circle cannot fail to miss the pre- 
sence of one who possessed the confidence and regard 
of his fellows to an unusual degree, while the com- 
munity at large will suffer from the absence of an 
exemplary and respected citizen. 

With kind regard, 

We remain, very truly yours, 
Chas. T. White & Co. 



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2S'] Pearl Street, New York, April 3, 1880. 

Messrs. John L. Thompson, Sons & Co., ) 

Troy, N. Y. \ 

Dear Sirs— We have just read, in the papers, a 
brief account of the life and death of your senior 
partner, and the founder of your house 

Although his departure was, perhaps, long antici- 
pated, it must bring its sorrow to his family and leave 
a gap in your community. 

There is in his long life and good example, every- 
thing to cheer and animate those of us who remain. 

Permit us to extend our sincere and heartfelt sym- 
pathy, and express the hope that we, who now occupy, 
as it were, the "front rank," may leave the savor of as 
good a life behind us. 

Yours, very respectfully, 

Robert Colgate & Co. 



Boston, April j, 1880. 
Gentlemen — We are sorry to see that so good a 
man as ^Ir. Thompson has passed onward, yet he was 
ripe for the harvest and his good "past" is worthy the 
example of those who fill his place. 
Respectfully, 

Cheney & Myrick. 



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