|Moses B. Thompson|
MOSES B. THOMPSON (deceased was of Irish birth and descent. His grandfather, Adam Thompson, was born on a farm four miles form Belfast, Ireland, and devoted his life to agricultural pursuits and the manufacture of linen. He was married to a Miss McComb, who bore him five children: Adam, Benjamin, James, Moses and Robert. Robert Thompson, son of Adam, was born on the home place near Belfast, where he was married to Elizabeth Wilson, and in 1811 they came to America, the voyage occupying six weeks. They landed at Philadelphia, whence they came westward to Pittsburgh, Penn., the journey of two weeks being made by wagon. In Pittsburgh he was engaged in the coal business, but later he moved to Peters township, Washington county, where he erected the first house in Thompsonville. He then for a time resided in Noblestown, Allegheny county, from there proceeding to Finleyville, this county, and finally opened a store in Library, Allegheny county. He died leaving three children: John, married to a Miss Lorimer (had two children, Emeline Finley and William, the latter of whom died in 1889); Rachel, deceased at the age of thirty-five years, and Moses B. Moses B. Thompson was born in 1811, in County Antrim, Ireland, and when an infant was brought by his parents to Pittsburgh, Penn. He assisted his father in various lines of business, and was also engaged in buying and selling grain. In 1850 he came to the farm in Union township, Washington county, and carried on an extensive traffic in sugar, making trips to the Southern States, where he bought a large quantity, and then sold in Pittsburgh, Penn. In 1875 he was married to Eliza Ann, daughter of Samuel M. Wilson, a native of Ireland, who in 1848 came to America, first landing at Baltimore, Md., thence proceeding to Wheeling, W. Va., and afterward locating in Pittsburgh, Penn., in the courthouse of which city he was a clerk. He was married to Elizabeth Mayne, a native of County Armagh, Ireland. Mr. Wilson bought, and moved upon a farm in Allegheny county, Penn., near Lock No. 3, and bought wool in addition to attending to his farming interests. He was the father of two daughters: Jane, and Eliza Ann, who was married to Moses B. Thompson. Moses B. and Eliza Ann Thompson began wedded life on the farm in Union township, Washington county, where the remainder of his life was passed, and his widow is yet living. He owned four farms, and also hotel property in the "Diamond" of Pittsburgh, which is yet undivided. In political opinion he was an ardent Republican, and was one of two in his township to vote the Abolition ticket. He died January 1, 1881.
This article was transcribed by Liz DuBois of Bremerton, WA in September 1998.
|Raymond M. Bell Anthology   Genealogy in Washington Co., PA|
Published with permission of Raymond M. Bell.