Mrs. W. A. Thompson
Dedicated to my Children and Grandchildren
A brief sketch of our ancestors and from what
was handed down from my parents. The names are from history as I know
nothing of my people from across the sea. My father told me that our
people came from Ireland and Scotland, they went to England then to
America with a Colony.
I find these in history so I feel that I
have linked together a very good biographical sketch of my father's
My mothers people were true Irish in ways and complexion.
My mother had the Irish wit. Her people came from O'Molleys, O'Conners,
and Lindsay in America..
Mother spoke of living in Tennessee and
Mississippi while the Indians were there. I do not know the date they came
I now give Scotland from the beginning. We find that two
distinct races, the Picts and the Scots. We came from the
Our first view of the Scots is when they abandoned idolatory
and became Christians, about the fifth century. They accepted the Roman
rule but the Roman Church was not established in Scotland for nearly four
hundred years. The first king reigned in 1034, King Duncan, the gentle
Duncan of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The people spoke Gaelic and Latin and
then English. Civilization, law, religion and the language of England
gradually superseded the customs and language of the Scots, but did not
change the race for they were loyal to their country.
were brave fighters as was shown in the defeat of the English. They fought
with spears, the lance and arrows. Scotland became a free and independent
country in 1372. In 1414 the first university was established. The
Presbyterian Church was organized in 1560 and is the established church of
Scotland today. We are told that in no country can people live more
peacefully than in Scotland.
In 1609 the Scotish Parliament and the
church were to cease to have any separate existence. The Scots formed
colonies in Ireland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Then
emigrated to America as we will see in the history of Ireland
HISTORY OF IRELAND
Ireland is more fertile than
Scotland. The soft air, the abundance of rain, the extent and fertility of
the soil, and the food producing richness of Ireland all comprise to make
life easy. There are twenty million, thirty-two thousand square miles in
The history of Ireland begins with the Gaelic Celts. By
tradition they are the oldest race in Europe west of the Alps. They are
the longest settled on their own soil. Modern scholars agree that Ireland
was first peopled by neolithic man, users of flint, they were dark, small
people from the Mediterranean. They used bronze too.
and Northern Ireland were peopled by a race called Picts. In 350 B.C. the
Celts came from central Europe. A tall race, red-blond of hair, speaking a
language close to Latin. Today Ireland is the only Celtic state left in
The religion of the Irish was Druidism, but when
Christianity came to this powerful caste took on a veneer of new faith.
When writing came in with Christianity , they were able to write down
epics and records which they formerly kept orally.
In 500 the Latin
tongue, the study of the Bible, and Catholic theology entered the country.
Religion, learning and education flourished, the Irish Monasteries, at
once, became the schools.
By 800 A.D. Ireland became a unity of
civilization and law. No language save Gaelic and Latin were spoken.The
Irish mind was fresh and vivid and seemed likely to achieve great things
in poetry, prose and drama.
In all the conquests the Irish were
brave, strong and self-willed, capable of ruling their country. No country
has resisted invasion more successfully.
In 1560 the Prayerbook and
New Testament were published in Irish, they had the Old Testament.A
Protestant group grew up, the mass of the people were Catholic as firmly
as the Scots were Presbyterian and the English Puritans.
O'Neills, we are told, was the most noted name. They were known for their
loyality to their country and for military service. O'Neill married a
woman by the name of Fridola, a Highlander, known to the Irish as the Dark
Lady. They had three boys. She brought thousands of Scots to Ireland and
formed a colony.
We haven't sufficient proof of when some of the
people went back to England. Scotland gained her independence from the
English after years of war. For three centuries, until the year 1603, when
the crown of England and Scotland were peacefully united in the person of
James VI of Scotland and James I of England. During these three hundred
years the two neighbors were quarrelsome neighbors.
SCOTCH-IRISH IN AMERICA
In the year 1750, 258 years
after America was discovered, the Scotch- Irish settled in the state of
Pennsylvania. History says that they were different to the peace loving
Germans who have settled in Pennsylvania. A life of uninterrupted peace
did not appeal to them. To be sure these fighting Scotch-Irish were not
easy to get along with. How could they be peaceful? For years they had
fought the English domination in Scotland and when they moved over to
Ireland they fought the Catholics.
The Scotch-Irish were staunch
Presbyterians, so when they came to the new world they brought their hardy
spirits and hatred for interference of any kind. They were sturdy men with
a chip on their shoulder for Indians, Quakers, Germans and the English.
Such bold courage had these people in America that they soon swept
westward across the whole continent. Most of them settled in the mountains
on free land. They set to work at once clearing land, hewing the tress to
build their crude cabins. They threw themselves into the life of the
frontier. At first the homes were one room cabins. The stock that they
brought over soon fell prey to wild animals or were driven off by the
Very different were the scenes of the first arrivals, they
saw broad flat lands dense with tangled underbrush. Behind the shores were
almost impenetrable uncut forests. No kindly tingle of a cowbell. They
heard the wail of lonely winds through the tree tops, the cry of wild
beasts at night, it was hideous and desolate wilderness of beasts and wild
In such a wilderness the first need was to make some kind of
shelter from the crude materials at hand. Uniform legs were cut for the
sides, shingles were made for the roof, the chinks between the logs were
filled with sticks and daubed with clay. The big chimneys were made of
sticks and coated with clay, they had puncheon floors.
were cleared at first for corn and vegetables. They made sugar by boiling
maple sap. There were wild bees for honey, tallow candles and they made
the cloth for clothes and knit their stockings. Life was an endless round
of tasks .
Some of these families drifted into Georgia. My father
told me that one of our ancestors joined the first society that John
Wesley organized in Georgia. Then in 1817 a colony was given a grant of
land in Alabama. They didn't prosper there, so they conceived the idea of
moving to Texas. One hundred and twenty colonists settled on the Trinity
River in 1820.
The people would remain in these forts for days,
the men keeping watch. One of my relatives was wounded in a raid. They
lived in constant dread, some of the men worked in fields while others
kept watch with guns. Besides the Indians there were the wild animals such
as bear, wildcat and panther.
But time marches on, when the people
were safe from the Indians they began to move on to other places. My
Grandfather moved to Anderson County and settled on a farm and lived there
for years, he reared a large family of four girls and three boys. In 1849,
during the gold rush in California, one of my uncles went. He wrote back
that he had a large quantify of gold, as he was never heard from again it
was supposed that he was murdered.
The Civil War came in 1861 and
lasted four years. My father enlisted in the Confederate Army although his
sympathies were with the North. He was never in a battle. None of his
people were killed but two of Mother's brothers enlisted and were reported
ill and sent to a detention camp and were never heard from.
the death of my father's first wife, father moved to Rains County, Texas.
My mother's husband had died during the war, she lived in Rains County,
near Emory. My father and mother married in 1866. Mother had four children
and father had seven, three were born to this union. A sister four years
older than I, Mrs J.D. Fenley, living now in Ft Worth, Texas and a brother
two years my senior, G.G. Killion, living in Santa Maria, Texas, this
I was born in 1870, I visited my grandparents in Anderson
County. We went in a covered wagon, it took us days to go. I remember that
we camped close to a railroad track so that we children could see the
train, Iron Horse as they called it then. It came through during the
night, when we saw the big light we ran back to the wagon,
My father=s people lived close to the Parkers. Cynthia Ann
Parker was stolen by the Indians in 1836 and recaptured twenty-five years
later, she didn't live long. She died at her brother=s home in Anderson
County. Her son by an Indian marriage, Quannah Parker, lived near Cache,
Oklahoma. His home still stands, I have seen it often. I heard Quannah's
son speak some five years ago in Snyder, Oklahoma. He was interested to
know that my father knew his grandmother Cynthia Ann Parker.
seventy years one sees great changes. I remember the old log house where I
was born. It had two large rooms, a big porch in the front and a lean-on
room on the back. The kitchen, as were all homes then, was off from the
house, with a big fireplace to cook on. My father hewed the logs for the
walls, made shingles for the roof, the floors were puncheon. It was a
mansion in those days. A straightened wagon tire spanned the mouth of the
fireplace for hanging pots over the fire to cook. There was a dutch oven
for baking and how good were sweet potatoes cooked in it. Shelves of hewn
boards were placed on pegs in the walls for dishes. The doors and window
shutter were of the same kind of boards hung on wooden pegs for
The beds were four high posts with rope or rawhide strips
woven back and forth for springs. So often these would slacken and would
have to be tightened. Our mattresses were of straw, they had to be
re-filled each year. Most people had feather beds on the straw ones. We
did and how well do I remember picking time. I had to hold the heads of
the ganders while mother picked feathers. The old gander often would catch
me in the side and pinch me.
Father made the chairs, rope or
rawhide seats. The talkes were handmade too. He made our shoes, he tanned
the hides, for tacks he used wooden pegs.
They picked small crops
of cotton, then at night, each child had his allotted pounds of seeds to
pick out. The seed was fed to the stock and mother made clothes from the
lint. We used gords for drinking cups, flat ones for lard and small ones
for salt and for seeds. People gathered medicine from the woods. I enjoyed
going with father to gather herbs, then helping him make pills. He would
boil the juices to a gum then roll them into pills. I helped father mould
bullets too. We made tallow candles, they were the only kind of ights that
we had for so long except lard in a saucer with a string for the wick. We
had little brass lamps later, without a globe
We made our sorghum,
vinegar, dried our fruit, for canning was unknown then. Father cut his
wheat with a mowing blade or scythe, thrashed it by tramping with horses
then fanning it in the wind for biscuits which we ate on Sunday morning or
when company came. Our sugar was made by letting our sorghum turn to sugar
then dripping out the syrup. Coffee was too high after the war so we
children drank bran and barley coffee. Our soap was made by dripping lye
from ashes, adding grease and boiling into a jelly like substance then
storing it in barrels.
Father butchered our own cattle and hogs. We
lived close to a forest where wild turkey. deer, squirrel and quail were
plentiful. The lakes and streams abounded in fish. We were a big happy
family, our parents leaders in the community and church activities. Our
house was always open to strangers and friends. Let me live in my house by
the side of the road and be a friend to man--that was my home until I was
nine years old. At that time we moved to west Texas, Brown County, then to
Hamilton County. We lived there until I was nineteen.
Willie Thompson in 1889 in the town of Hamilton. We lived in Hico, Texas
until 1902 when we moved to Headrick, Oklahoma. In 1916 we moved to
In 1923 Mr. Thompson passed away. All our five
children have high-school education, and some college education, they are
all happily married.
Jesse, the oldest boy, married Cleo Clearwater
of Snyder, Oklahoma, they have four girls, Phyllis, Margie, Janet and
Emily. Dee, the second child, married George Williams of Headrick,
Oklahoma. She has two children, Athena and George. Gladys married Bill
Blanton of Altus, Oklahoma, they have one child, Betty and they live in
Clinton, Oklahoma. Burnys married Clara Williams of Norman, Oklahoma and
they have one boy, Tommy, and live in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Mattylynn
married A.B. Carson of Bryan, Texas, they have one son Barrow, and live in
Fort Worth, Texas.
My home is now in Hobart, Oklahoma
stated before that some of my ancestors joined John Wesley's first church
or society in America. I will add that I was a charter member of the first
Aid Society organized in Hico, Texas, also a charter member of the first
Missionary Society in Headrick and its first president. Now, in 1940, I am
a charter member of the Society of Christian Service at the Riverside
Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is a sketch of my
life's history. Our lives are the strongest part of us, or else the
weakest. One knows the least of the influence of his own life. Life is not
mere length of time, but the daily web of character we unconsciously
weave. Our thoughts, imaginations, purposes, motives, love and will are
the threads. Our words, tone of voice, looks, acts and habits are the
upper threads and the passing moment is the shuttle swiftly, ceaselessly,
relentlessly weaving those threads into a web, and that web is life. It is
woven not by our wishing or willing, unavoidably woven by what we are,
moment by moment, hour by hour.
January 18, 1997
This life sketch has been reproduced
by me from a typed copy of the original. I received the typed copy in the
late forties or early fifties from my Grandmother Dee (Thompson) Williams,
the second daughter of the author Henrietta Rebecca (Killion) Thompson.
The known ancestry of Henrietta Rebecca is as
Goodwin KILLION was born on 9 Feb 1790. He was a Methodist
Minister and farmer. He died on 14 Jan 1860 in Anderson Co., TX. He was
married to Jane THARP on 9 Aug 1808 in Jefferson Co., Tenn. Jane THARP was
born in 1784 in Tenn. She died on 3 Mar 1843 in San Augustine, TX. She was
buried in Private Cemetery between Rush and Palestine in Anderson Co., TX.
One of the children of this family was John Anderson KILLION.
Anderson KILLION was born on 17 Mar 1806 in White Co., Tennessee. He died
on 16 Oct 1895 in Anderson Co., TX. He was buried on 19 Oct 1895 in
Palestine (Anderson Co), Tx. The exact parentage of John Anderson is an
unknown as of this writing. It is known that he was the oldest child in
the family and was a half brother or sister to all the children later born
in the family. He was married to Nancy MOORE on 6 May 1824 in Blount Co.
Alabama. Nancy MOORE was born on 31 May 1803 in White Co., Tennessee. She
died on 28 May 1881 in Anderson Co., TX. Nancy may have been named Nancy
JANE Moore. The third child of this couple was James M.
James M. KILLION was born on 13 Apr 1829 in Blount Co.,
Alabama. He died on 2 Aug 1915 in Stephenville (Erath Co), TX. He was
buried on 3 Aug 1915 in Valley Grove Cemetery, Stephenville (Erath Co) TX.
He was first married to Elizabeth C. Palmer on 7 Oct 1847 in Anderson Co.,
TX. Elizabeth C. Palmer was born on 18 Apr 1830 in Missouri. She died on 9
Aug 1863 in Erath Co., TX. Eight children were born of this union. He
second married Eliza Lucinda (Lindsay) Mills KILLION in 1865 in Woods, TX.
She was previously married to John Mills who died in the Civil War. Four
children were born of her first marriage . Eliza Lucinda (Lindsay) Mills
KILLION was born on 18 Apr 1830 in Tennessee. She died on 9 Mar 1925 in
Snyder (Kiowa Co), OK. She was buried on 10 Mar 1925 in Fairlawn Cemetery,
Snyder, (Kiowa Co) OK. Nothing is known of Eliza Lucinda's heritage as of
this writing. Anyone discovering anything in this matter is asked to
kindly contact me. In addition to Henrietta the following other two
children were parented by James M. KILLION and Eliza Lucinda (Lindsay)
Martha C. "Matty" KILLION. She was born on 15 Sep
1866 in Rains Co., Tx. She was married to J. D. Fenley on 25 Feb 1884.
Martha C. "Matty" KILLION and J. D. Fenley had no known
G. G. "Gip" KILLION. He was born on 8 Mar 1868 in Rains
Co., Tx.. He was married to V. A. MORRISON on 31 Aug 1886 in Hamilton Co.,
TX. 1891. G. G. "Gip" KILLION and V. A. MORRISON had no known
Henrietta was married to William Alonzo THOMPSON. He was
born on 26 Mar 1868 in Alabama. He died on 17 Jan 1923 in Snyder (Kiowa
Co), OK There is NO knowledge of the ancestry of William Alonzo THOMPSON.
Again, anyone with any knowledge on this is asked to please contact
Homer M (Pete) Simmons
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