Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jennie Thompson (52 Ancestors #32)

This week’s challenge is to write about one of my 32 great-great-great grandparents.  I chose Jennie Thompson.  I don’t know much about Jennie other than it is written in the history of Vermillion County, Indiana that Jennie was the second white woman to cross the Wabash River at Clinton, Indiana.  It is also written that she was of Irish descent.

Based on census readings Jennie was born between 1791 and 1800.  She married Samuel Malone around 1817 in Ohio.  Their son, Thompson Alexander Malone, was born in 1818 in Ohio. In 1820, Samuel Malone was listed in Vigo County, Indiana with his wife and a son under ten years old.  Daughter Rebecca was born in 1825, daughter Martha Jane was born around 1827, and son James was born around 1830.  

Samuel Malone was listed in the 1830 Vermillion County, Indiana census with his wife and four children.  Samuel and Jennie had one more child after this census. My great-great grandmother, Isabel Malone, was born in 1833.

Samuel Malone died in November of 1836.  His death left Jennie with their five children.  Thompson, the oldest, was eighteen years old when his father died.  He was listed in the 1840 Vermillion County Indiana Census with his four siblings.  Jennie was not listed with the family. 

It has been reported that Jennie died in August of 1844.  However, in March of 1844 Edmond James of Vermillion County was assigned as guardian to Jennie’s youngest daughter, Isabell Malone, so it is likely that the date of death reported for Jennie is not the correct year.  Isabel married in 1850 and is listed with her husband, David Gray, in the 1850 census, so it is not known if she lived with her siblings or with the James family until her marriage. 

I would love to learn more about Jennie Thompson Malone.  It is a rather difficult task, as there were many Malone families living in the same area in the early 1800’s.

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