This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: thomasker2 Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.nevada/483.1/mb.ashx Message Board Post: I'm not related to any member of this family. It's not likely that you will find the parents of John Thompson in the census records. Facts you should know about the early census records - All census records [1790 - 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female. NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated - city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated - only the county; however some census takers listed the township NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated - single, married, widowed, or divorced NO family relationship was stated - brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc. NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume "white"] 1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces. Step children are not enumerated as "step" children Adopted children are not enumerated as "adopted" Grand children are not enumerated as "grand children" Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan" 1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members 1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships 1900 - Name: Sallie C Garrett [Sallie C Thompson] Age: 41 Birth Date: Mar 1859 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1900: Albany, Nevada, Arkansas [Nevada] Race: White Gender: Female Relation to Head of House: Wife Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: James Garrett Marriage Year: 1886 Years married: 14 Father's Name: John S Thompson Father's Birthplace: Tennessee Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina Mother: number of living children: 3 Mother: How many children: 7 Occupation: James Garrett 38, 2/62 ARK - farmer Sallie C Garrett 41, 3/59 TN - 7 children & 3 living Addie Garrett 13, 11/86 ARK Ressa M Garrett 8, 11/91 ARK Liddia L Garrett 5, 7/94 ARK John S Thompson 78, 3/22 TN - widowed f/inlaw U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Name: Elleanor Albright Gender: Female Birth Place: NC Birth Year: 1825 Spouse Name: John S Thompson Spouse Birth Place: TN Spouse Birth Year: 1821 Marriage Year: Nov Marriage State: TN 1850 - Name: John S Thompson Age in 1860: 38 Birth Year: abt 1822 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1860: Tishomingo, Mississippi Gender: Male Post Office: Carolina John S Thompson 38, TN - farmer Ellenor Thompson 37, NC Asberry T Thompson 14, TN Mary M Thompson 12, TN Thoams J Thompson 10, TN Elisabeth Thompson 8, TN Jacob S Thompson 4, TN Sarah C Thompson 1, TN - AKA = SALLIE 1850 - Name: John Thompson [a possibility for the parents] Age: 30 Birth Year: abt 1820 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1850: Subdivision 20, Roane, Tennessee Gender: Male Nancy Thompson 57, VA John Thompson 30, TN Martha Thompson 17, TN Elizabeth J Thompson 15, TN Richard Thompson 13, TN Miller F Thompson 9, TN James Davis 21, TN Abeline Davis 20, TN Mary A Davis 1, TN James Thompson 57, TN Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board.