W. R. THOMPSON was born in Belfast, Ireland, September 16, 1844. Came with his parents to America in 1844; served in the Federal army during the civil war; after the war moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee; was married to Miss S. E. M. Walker, January 19, 1871. His wife was a Presbyterian and his father a Methodist exhorter. Mrs. Thompson afterwards joined the Baptist church at Poplar Grove, Gibson county, Tenn. Brother Thompson professed religion at a Methodist revival, and was baptized by Elder V. G. Cunningham into the church at West. In May, 1877, his wife died, leaving him with seven children. He was married a second time to Mrs. N. J. Dameron, in October, 1892. He was in the organization of Independence church, and has been her Board member ever since then. He is now vice president of the Associational Board, which comprises all the churches on the west side of the Brazos.
Source: J. L. Walker and C. P. Lumpkin, History of the Waco Baptist Association of Texas (Waco: Byrne-Hill Printing House, 1897), p. 323.