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....Zachariah Thompson and Priscilla Albaugh came to Brush Creek or Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa, in 1865, following the lead of sons Samuel and Morris J.  who pioneered in the Taylorville/Brush Creek area in 1854. Sons William and Alex would soon remove to Fayette County .   The Thompson's were a true pioneer family in the southeast corner and central part of Fayette County, Iowa, in the early 1850's,  and in Harrison/Carroll County, Ohio in the 1820's.  All of  the other Thompson children would migrate to Fayette County, Iowa, and many descendents would move as pioneer farmers to the west as land opened up in the 1870's through the 1890's.
 ..... Priscilla Albaugh (1805-1879) would meet and marry Zachariah C. Thompson (1796-1880) on January 15, 1822, in New Rumley Twp., Harrison Co., Ohio. The Thompson's were of Scottish background, having immigrated to American as part of the Scotch-Irish movement in the early 1700's. The Thompson Story will be told on another page.  Zach Thompson had migrated at the age of 21 from Maryland to Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1817.  Zach and Priscilla would farm and have ten children in Harrison Co., Ohio. In 1854, two of their children Samuel and Morris Jackson Thompson would migrate and be very early settlers near Taylorsville, three miles to the N,NW of Brush Creek (later Arlington), Iowa.   Brush Creek however, would soon become the dominate village in the area for the Thompson Clan.  Other children would also migrate to Brush Creek with their siblings. 
.... Samuel (my gggrandfather) would die on the way back to Ohio in 1865, perhaps to get the parents, and be buried in Allen Cemetery in Harrison Co. Thus in 1865, Zach C, age 69, and Priscilla, age 60, would buy 120 acres of a government tract on the very southern edge of the tiny pioneer village of Brush Creek (the history of Brush Creek/Arlington is on other pages} and farm their until their deaths fifteen years later. The farm land was tall and wet grass prairie, located to the SE of the Six Corner Intersection at the south edge of Brush Creek. The old Mission Trail from Dubuque to Ft. Atkinson ran on the western edge of their land. Son Morris J. was farming two miles to the west of Brush Creek.  Son Samuel had been farming in the Grannis Canyon area six miles to the north, and apparently ( my gggrandmother) Samuel's wife Martha Sherman Thompson, with six children (ages 1-10) were still on that farm when Zach and Priscilla arrived from Ohio, in 1865. At least some of Samuel's and Martha's children were taken in by Morris J.  Martha would go on the marry John Little, a Brush Creek farmer and cooper a couple of miles NW of town.
.... Thus the Thompson/Albuagh Clan connection to Taylorsville, Brush Creek/Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa, began in 1854, with the migration of the sons, and of Zach Caleb I and Priscilla Albaugh Thompson in 1865, and the migration of several other children. Zach and Priscilla, Morris J. Eli, and William. are buried in Groat Cemetery, Arlington, Iowa, along with their spouses and some grandchildren.   Many of the grandchildren of Zach and Priscilla continued the pioneer migration to the west, during the last decades of the 1800's. The Clans were true American Pioneers.

Descendants of Zachariah I Caleb Thompson

1 Zachariah I Caleb Thompson b: February 20, 1796 in Hartford Co, Maryland d: November 15, 1880 in Brush Creek, later Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
.. +Priscilla Albaugh b: December 15, 1805 in Farm near Kilgore, Carroll Co., Ohio d: November 06, 1879 in Brush Creek, later Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
.... 2 [1] William David Thompson b: January 12, 1823 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, Ohio d: August 02, 1894 in Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
........ +Eliza Jane Stewart b: 1829 d: April 14, 1848 in Carroll Co., Ohio
.... *2nd Wife of [1] William David Thompson:
........ +Jane Capper b: December 04, 1825 in Carroll Co., Ohio d: 1905 in Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
.... 2 Eli Isaac Thompson b: November 03, 1824 in Perryville, New Rumley Twp., Harrison Co, OH d: February 03, 1903 in Sargent, Custer Co., NE
........ +Eliza Kirby b: 1825 d: January 02, 1881
.... 2 Morris Thompson b: April 1826 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: July 01, 1826 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH
.... 2 Samuel Andrew Thompson I b: August 15, 1827 in Rumley Twp., Harrison County, Ohio d: April 07, 1865 in Trip to Harrison County, Ohio
........ +Martha Jane Sherman b: January 10, 1833 in Harrison County, Ohio d: January 25, 1921
.... 2 [2] Morris Jackson Thompson b: September 03, 1829 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: 1918 in Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
........ +Sarah Jane Brown b: 1832 d: 1870 in Brush Creek, Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
.... *2nd Wife of [2] Morris Jackson Thompson:
........ +Catherine H. Briney b: 1838 d: 1926 in Arlington, Fayette Co, Iowa
.... 2 Catherine Thompson b: September 26, 1831 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: May 02, 1914 in Custer, Custer Co., Nebraska
........ +John Mordecai Amos b: March 25, 1831 in Pennsylvania d: July 13, 1907 in Wescott, Custer Co., Nebraska
.... 2 Alexander Thompson b: November 09, 1834 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: 1894 in Carroll Co, Ohio
....... +Lavina Foster b: 1832 d: 1909
.... 2 Martha Thompson b: May 15, 1836 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: 1911 in Fayette, Fayette Co., Iowa
........ +William J. Allen b: 1836 in Carroll Co, Ohio d: 1909
.... 2 [3] Allen C. Thompson b: January 30, 1838 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: 1913
........ +Helen Matilda Billings b: 1853 d: April 17, 1921
.... *2nd Wife of [3] Allen C. Thompson:
........ +Louisa Sell b: 1841 d: 1912
.... 2 Elizabeth Thompson b: May 05, 1842 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: 1908
........ +Willian Henry Moore b: 1840 d: 1904
.... 2 David B. Thompson b: May 01, 1845 in New Rumley, Harrison Co, OH d: July 13, 1932 in Fayette, Fayette Co., Iowa
........ +Mary Ellen Hill b: 1848 d: 1933


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MORRIS J. THOMPSON from, "The Portrait and Biographical Album of Fayette County, Iowa, 1880"

Morris J. Thompson has for thirty years resided upon his farm on section 31 of Fairfield Township. Add to that period seven years and we have the length of time in which he has resided in the county. He was born in Carroll County, Ohio, September 3, 1829, and is of Scotch descent.

His great-grandfather Thomas and grandfather Andrew were both born in Maryland. Andrew being reared on a farm near Baltimore where he married. In an early day Andrew removed to Harrison County, Ohio, then a new country, where he spent the remainder of his life, devoting the greater part of his attention to farming. In religious belief he was a Universalist. The family numbered eight children, of whom Zachariah, father of Morris, was born in Maryland, February 12, 1796. At the age of 21 he accompanied his parents Andrew and Elizabeth Denbow Thompson to New Rumley Twp., Harrison County, Ohio, and four years later Zach married Priscilla Albaugh, a lady of Holland descent who was born and reared in Harrison, now (in 1880) Carroll County, having never been outside its borders until she accompanied her husband Zach to Iowa in 1866 to settle in the area with their sons, who had been in the Brush Creek/Taylorville vacinity of Fayette County for about ten years.

Zach obtained land from the Government in Fayette County and from the wild prairie developed a good farm, upon which he resided for eleven years and where he died. Many were the hardships and privations endured by the early settlers and to them we owe a dept of gratitude which can never be repaid. West of the mountains all of their salt had to be brought across the mountains and a bushel of wheat would not by a pound of coffee. Eleven children, however, came to bless the home of Zach and Priscilla. About 1865 Zacariah Thompson and his wife bade good bye to Ohio and came to Iowa, settling on a farm about one mile from Brush Creek, where the remainder of their lives were spent. Her death occurred in 1874, at the age of sixty-eight and he died in October 1880, at the age of eighty-four. When a young man Mr. Thompson had learned the carpenter’s trade which he followed to some extent in connection with farming but made the latter occupation his chief work in life. He and his wife were members of the Christian Church for a half-century, having joined the movement in its beginning. While a young man Zach was ordained for the ministry and was active in the work and interests of the church, doing much work for the Master. He was a Democrat in politics and an honest, upright citizen, who made the world better for this having lived.

Of the eleven children in the Thompson family, ten grew to mature years. William was one of the early settlers of Smithfield Township, where he still resides; Eli, in Nebraska; Samuel, who died in Ohio in 1864; Morris, our subject; Mrs. Catherine Amos and Alexander, both of Nebraska; Mrs. Martha Allen, of Ringgold County, Iowa; Allen, a veteran of the Ohio regiment in the late war; Elizabeth, of Ringgold County; and David, a farmer of Fairfield Township.

Looking backward many years we find Morris conning his lessons in a log schoolhouse that is furnished with slab seats, a huge fireplace in one end and desks along the wall. He only attended in the winter season and then was frequently absent on account of the work upon the farm requiring his services. He was early inured to hard work and at the age of seventeen began to learn the blacksmith’s trade which he followed until twenty-five years of age when he came to Iowa. He made the trip with his brother Samuel, and the journey was accomplished by means of the railroad, the lakes, the Mississippi, and ox-teams which bore them to their destination. He purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land a short distance east of Taylorville at $3 per acre which exhausted his capital. Here Morris endured many hardships and privations such as fall to the lot of a pioneer and did much hard work. He was forced to go bare-footed some of the time and often worked out of doors in cold weather without shelter, shoeing oxen. He and his brother Samuel walked five miles to cut logs for their house; eating frozen dinners in the woods and when the cabin was built lived in it from April to Christmas without a window. Morris and Samuel came to Fayette County in the fall of 1854, and having lived for seven years upon one farm purchased his homestead in 1861. The land was wild and unimporved but he at once began its development and now has two hundred and forty acres under a high state of cultivation, furnished with the necessary buildings and in connection with this he has enough to keep him in his declining years in peace and plenty. Beside farming he engaged in blacksmithing for thirty years.

Morris was married in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1851, to Sarah Jane Brown, a native of Ohio, who died December 28, 1870. They were the parents of seven children---Othello D., a farmer of Sioux County, Iowa; John A., a prominent citizen Fayette County and a leading merchant of Brush Creek whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; Mrs. Maggie Walrath of Brush Creek; William A., of Brush Creek; Edward, of York, New Brunswick; Annie, wife of Cornelius Little of Linn County, Iowa; Joseph B. of Brush Creek.

On the 30th of June 1872, in Buchanan County, Iowa, Morris wedded Mrs. Catherine Briney, daughter of Henry M. and Elizabeth (Williams) Holman, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia. They were married in Indiana where the mother died, after which Mr. Holman came to Buchanan County in 1850, with his daughter, then eleven years of age. On attaining to womanhood she became the wife of James L. Briney, and unto them were born three children, all now deceased. By the second marriage there are two children—Morris Everett, born December 1, 1873; and Jessie May, born August 30, 1880.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Thompson are members of the Christian Church of Brush Creek, with which he has been connected for twenty-eight years, some of that time as Elder. He has done much for its upbuilding, labored untiringly for its interests and given liberally for its support. A Christian life has won him many friends who respect him for his many excellencies of character. As a pioneer settler of the county he has been identified with its history, has seen its growth and progress and watched its development. He used to haul wheat forty miles with an ox team to the Mississippi River and then receive only forty cents per bushel, but now has a market almost at his door (the Railroad came in 1873). In political sentiment he is a Republican, having supported that party since casting his first vote for J. C. Fremont.


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