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ister from boyhood, and his labors were principally
in Michigan and New York. Mr.
Ketchumn was Chaplain in the Federal army
during the first part of the war, and his death
occurred during that struggle, at the age of
sixty-four years. Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum
were the parents of six children, viz.: Adaline,
aged seventy years, married John Talbot,
and they reside in Centerville, Michigan;
Sarah, deceased, was the wife of Josephl Talbot;
Platte, who married a merchant of California;
Mrs. Elias Talbot; Lizzie, who died
in St. Louis in 1849, at tlhe age of fifteen
years; and Theodore, a resident of California.
Mrs. Ketchumn died at the age of eighty-six
years, she having visited in Texas two years
before her death. Mr. and Mre. Talbot had
three children: William, a member of the
lumber firm of Whittle & Talbot, of Georgetown;
Edward K., a merchant of El Paso,
Texas; and Ada, wife of James W. Whittle,
engaged in business with his brother-in law,
William. Mr. and Mrs. Whittle have four
children: George Dilley, Blessie Bell, Jennie
Hughes and Hazel Nadine. Mrs. Talbot
has been a member of the church from early
childhood, is a valuable citizen and a most
estimable lady. Mr. Talbot was a member
of the Masonic order and the I. 0. 0. F.,
was kind and generous in giving to any one
in want, and was such a man as any community
might be glad to claim for one of itr
most worthy and esteemed citizens.
AMES A. THOMPSON, a member of
the firm of Thompson & Co., was born
9 in Rusk county, Texas, January 2, 1855,
a son of J. M. Thompson, who was born in
Georgia in 1827. He received a liberal education
for that day, and when a child removed
with his parents to the Cherokee Nation,
where he was reared to tarin life. In 1817
he came with his father to Texas, locating ill
Rusk county, but afterward returned to Kentucky
and attended school. In 1852 Mr.
Thompson came again to this State, and, in
company with his brother, W. M., engaged
in the saw-mill business in Rusk county,
having erected the first mill in that county,
and possibly the first in the State. and many
of the old families of central Texas are still
living in houses of which the lumber was
sawed by Thompson Brothers. They used the
single sash saw, the mill having a capacity
of 3,000 feet per day. and the lumber ,sold
for $20 per thousand at the mill. Mr.
Thompson continued in the lumber business
until 1882, when he began his present occupation
in Trinity county. He is also engaged
in farming in Gregg county, where lie now
resides. During the late war lie espoused
the cause of the South, and in 1861 joined
the Confederate army,-Colonel W. P. Lane's
regimient,-and was appointed Captain of his
company. Previous to this he had raised a
company which was in the Eastern Department.
He afterward secured a transfer, returned
home and raised the second company.
He served in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas,
and took part in all the battles fought against
Banks on his raid to Shreveport. He was
pnce severely wounded in the fleshy part of
the leg in a skirmish on Red river. After
the close of the struggle Mr. Thompson found
himself financially ruined, but being a man
of recognized business ability, he had no
trouble in securing assistance necessary to
again start in life.
Mr. Thompson married Miss Lulu McCord,
a daughter of W. P. and Lulu (Miller)
MeCord, of Mississippi. The McCord fainily
are numbered among the early settlers
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