John B. Thompson

John B. Thompson, farmer, Bingen, Ark. Among the younger agriculturists of   
this township, who are rapidly coming to the front as progressive and        
industrious farmers and stock-raisers, we can not fail to mention Mr.        
Thompson. He owes his nativity to Bledsoe County, Tenn., where his birth     
occurred on May 29, 1853, and is the third of eight children born to         
William and Sarah (Bryant) Thompson, natives of Tennessee. The parents moved 
to this State and settled in Pike County in 1858, and the father, who was a  
physician, followed his profession for some time. At present he is engaged   
in agricultural pursuits. John B. Thompson attained his growth in Pike       
County, Ark., received an ordinary English education, and at the age of      
twenty-two years, followed the precepts of his father, whose principal       
occupation has been farming, and also tilled the soil. He was married about  
the same time to Miss Eliza Power, a native of South Carolina, and the       
daughter of J.B. and Louisa (Moore) Power, natives also of South Carolina,   
who moved to Arkansas in 1859. Mr. Thompson is the owner of 230 acres of     
land, with 75 acres under cultivation, and is one of the wide-awake,         
enterprising men of the township. His marriage resulted in the birth of nine 
children, all living but one: Orah J., Barnet L., Lucy E., John W., Sarah    
L., Samuel B., Julia J., and Joseph D. Mr. Thompson has given his children   
every advantage for an education, and is quite deeply interested in school   
and church matters. he has been school director in Brewer Township for six   
years. He is an active worker in the Methodist Protestant Church, and his    
wife in the Baptist Church, where they have held membership for a number of  
years. Mr. Thompson is a members of the Wheel, and in his political views    
is a Republican, although not an active one.                                 
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 342.                                                                    
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