Robert Augustine Thompson

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Robert Augustine Thompson, Jr. and his brother Thomas Larkin Thompson settled in Santa Rosa with their wives.

Their father was Robert Augustine, Sr. who was born near Culpeper Court House, Virginia. He attended a private school at Gallipolis, Ohio, and the University of Virginia studying law. Admitted to the bar in 1826, he commenced practice in Charleston, Virginia(now West Virginia). He served as member of the State senate 1839-1846.

Thompson Sr. was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1849) declining to be a candidate for reelection. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1852 and then served as member of the board of visitors to the University of Virginia in 1852. Thompson, Sr. moved to San Francisco, California, in 1853. He was appointed in 1853 a member of a commission to settle private land claims in California. He was appointed by the Governor a reporter of the California Supreme Court in 1870. He served as member of the justices' court of San Francisco from 1870 until his death in San Francisco, California, August 31, 1876. He was interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Family Group



Robert Augustine Thompson
Birth: 30 Nov 1832 in Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death: 3 Aug 1903 in San Rafael, Marin, California, USA
Burial: Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA (Plot Number: 148)
WikiNo: Thompson-46225

Married: 16 Apr 1861 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
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Elizabeth Page West Thompson
Birth: 18 Apr 1837 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Death: 10 Feb 1892 in Redwood City, San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial: Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA (Plot Number: 148)
WikiNo: West-15249

Children:

Andrew Glasswell Thompson
Born: 30 May 1861 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 21 Jan 1875 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, USA
WikiNo: Thompson-46957

Reginald W. Thompson
Born: 30 Nov 1864 in San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 13 Feb 1942 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA
WikiNo: Thompson-46423

Mary Nixon (Thompson) Deady
Born: 14 Feb 1867 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 02 May 1955 in Fulton, Georgia, USA
WikiNo: Thompson-46424

Virginia Carter (Thompson) Whittaker
Born: 06 Jul 1868 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 21 Aug 1960 in Fulton County, Georgia, USA
WikiNo: Thompson-46425

Marion Elizabeth (Thompson) Sutcliffe
Born: 21 Jan 1872 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, USA
Died on 07 Jan 1912 in Alameda, California, USA
WikiNo: Thompson-46426

Edith Thompson
Born: 1874 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 1880 (6 years old, not included in June1880 census )

Paul Thompson
Born: 1876 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 1880 (4 years old, not included in June 1880 census)
Robert Wilmer Thompson
Born: 29 Nov 1878 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 13 Feb 1941 in Haverford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: Thompson-46427

Resources



Genealogical and Historical Notes on Culpeper County, Virginia, R.T. Green, 1900 - Culpeper County (Va.) - 160 pages, Page 88

Sonoma County History: Township Histories: Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa History, A Far Away Outpost of Dixie, 1861

Sonoma County Historical Society, Timeline, date 1896 (Note: Temporarily not available)

A History of St Mark's Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia: With Notes of Old ... By Philip Slaughter, Page 176

California, Biographical Index Cards, 1781-1990, Snow - Z

1880 Federal Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, 22 Jun 1880, page 32

Books Written by Robert A. Thompson

Conquest of California: Capture of Sonoma by Bear Flag Men June 14, 1846, by Robert A. Thompson

Historical and Descriptive Sketch of Sonoma County, California, Robert A. Thompson, L.H. Everts, 1877 - Sonoma County (California) - 104 pages

The Russian Settlement in California Known as Fort Ross, Founded 1812, Abandoned 1841: Why the Russians Came and why They Left, Robert A. Thompson, Sonoma Democrat Publishing Company, 1896 - Fort Ross (California) - 34 pages

A Bibliography of the History of California and the Pacific West 1510-1906 by Robert Ernest Cowan, page 229

News Articles

The Petaluma Courier (Petaluma, Sonoma, CA), 11 Nov 1885, Wed, Page 2, Article Title: A Deserved Reward, appointment as appraiser

The San Francisco Call, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 17 Oct 1897, Sunday, Page 2, Article Title: Farmers' Institute Adjourns, Closing Session of a Highly Interesting Meeting. Robert A. Thompson attended this meeting with Luther Burbank

The San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 14 Apr 1888, Saturday, Page 8, Article Title: Appraiser Thompson. This is a political speech referring to Governor Cleveland and Senator Stanford who were both running for President

Frank P. Thompson Dec 1897, Robert's brother dies

Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb 1898, Page 3, Robert's brother Thomas L. Thompson dies

Petaluma Daily Morning Courier, (Petaluma, California), 16 Mar 1898, Wed, Page 2, Robert identifies himself with the Pioneer. a San Francisco paper

Petaluma Daily Morning Courier, (Petaluma, California), 19 Oct 1898, Wed, Page 2, Article Title: Democratic State Ticket with listing of Robert running for Secretary of State (Note: He did not win)

The Petaluma Argus-Courier, (Petaluma, California), 20 Mar 1902, Thu, Page 1, Article Title: Robert A. Thompson Again Here to Boom the Town Again

Petaluma Daily Morning Courier, (Petaluma, California), 16 Jun 1903, Tue, Page 2, Article Title: Robert A. Thompson III, obituary

The Petaluma Argus-Courier, (Petaluma, California), 10 Aug 1903, Mon, Page 2, Article Title: In Honor of the Late Robert Thompson, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Pen is Laid Aside, Press Democrat, 5 Aug 1903, Editor Robert A. Thompson's Long and Useful Career has Ended in Death
Oakland Tribune, (Oakland, California), 7 Aug 1903, Fri, Page 6, Article Title: Robert A. Thompson obituary

More . . .

Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States, Volume 25, Page 95, United States. Congress. Senate 1901 - United States

Langley's San Francisco directory for the year commencing .. Publication date 1886, Publisher San Francisco : Francis, Valentine & Co., Volume 1886 Page 1140

Find A Grave Memorial #143379245

Pseudonyms of California Authors, News Notes of California Libraries, Volume 7, Number 2, McTavish, Page 146

History of Santa Clara County, California, with biographical sketches of the leading men and women (Elizabeth's sister Mary is included) of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present, by Sawyer, Eugene Taylor, 1846- Publication date 1922, Pages 763-764