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Name and Place

James Thompson moved to the Illinois territory in 1814 and settled on a farm in township five, range seven.


James was born in Abbeville, South Carolina.




Offices Held

He was a skilful surveyor. For twenty years he surveyed public lands for the United States government, and was county surveyor for several terms. In pursuit of his favorite occupation his foot probably left its impress on every section of land in Randolph County. He was judge of the probate court from 1831 till the office was abolished by the constitution of 1848. He was also a surveyor, and was employed in surveying the public land for several years. 


James Thompson commanded a company of militia in the Black Hawk War. 




  1. Combined History of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties, Illinois, page 71