Thompson family papers, 1809-1924.

Creator: Thompson family.
Collection number: 1460
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Abstract: Thompson family members included Jospeh B. Thompson (d. 1849), who left Alabama to grow cotton in Louisiana; his uncle, Lawrence Thompson (d. ca. 1864), who grew cotton round Tuscumbia (Franklin Co.), Ala., and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1856); Joseph’s nephew, Jacob Thompson of Oxford Miss., congressman (1839-1851), secretary of the interior (1857-1861), and Confederate official; and Joseph N. Thompson, a Confederate soldier who was wounded and taken prisoner. Also the related Malone family, represented chiefly by planter Goodloe W. Malone of Franklin County, Ala., and Lucie Blackwell Malone (b. 1847), who married Joseph N. Thompson in 1869. The collection is chiefly Thompson and Malone family letters and financial and legal materials, especially indentures and other items relating to land acquisition and sales. Goodloe Malone’s account book lists about seventy names and ages of slaves in Mississippi. Also included are a few Civil War letters to Joseph N. Thompson during his captivity, and writings of three family members, including the Cockrill family genealogy, written by Granville Goodloe around 1898; Lucie Blackwell Malone Thompson’s autobiographical sketch about her childhood in Alabama and Civil War days, which she spent at Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and reminiscences by Joseph N. Thompson, chiefly about his Civil War experiences in the 35th Alabama Infantry Regiment. There are no materials in the collectio relating to Jacob Thompson’s public career.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: An account book (1861-1862) belonging to Goodloe W. Malone contains a list of 70 enslaved individuals, including names and ages (Folder 8).