William Thompson was born in Lesmahaga, Lanark England in 1797. He joined the British Army on November 12, 1812 at the age of 15. Thompson was a member of the 2nd Regiment York Militia, Corp of Colours under the command of Captain Samuel Ryckman.
Thompson received a land grant in Oxford and brought his family from England including his wife Elizabeth. On the 1851 census Thompson is listed as a blacksmith. Three of their children, William, John and Thomas were born in England and the last three, Isaac, Darius and Mary were born in Canada. Thompson lived to be a remarkable 99 years of age and is buried in the Mount Pleasant Pioneer Cemetery.
Veteran SummaryWilliam Thompson
Captain, 2nd Regiment York Militia, Corp of Colours
Place of Birth
Lesmahaga, Lanark, England
Place of Death
Mount Pleasant, County of Brant, Ontario, CAN
Died on: 28 JUN 1897
Reason: Old Age
Location of Grave
Mt Pleasant Pioneer Cemetery, 703 Mt Pleasant Rd
Mt Pleasant, ON, CAN
Latitude: 43.0771N Longitude: -80.3136