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Catalog Number KSa30
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Papers, Personal
Title Papers (Thompson Family)
Creator Thompson Family
Dates of Creation 1701-1850
Scope & Content Members of the Thompson Family of Setauket include Dr. Samuel Thompson and his sons, Benjamin Franklin Thompson, author of The History of Long Island, published in 1839, and Samuel Ludlow Thompson, postmaster at Setauket. Before the 19th century the family name was often spelled Tomson or Tompson. (Other variants in spelling of names include Samuell, Hawkings, Bigs, etc.) The name of the same person may be spelled several different ways, sometimes in the same document. Note that spelling of names in the finding aid has not been regularized but has been taken from the documents themselves.

Collection includes deeds to land in Old Field, mostly to Samuel Tompson, Jonathan Thompson, or Dr. Samuel Thompson, from Zachary Hawkins, Thomas Bigs, Thomas Smith, Benjamin Brewster, Selah Strong and others, 1701-1828. Account book of Samuel Ludlow Thompson; last will, 1808, of Dr. Samuel Thompson (d. 1811); copy of the last will, 1745 and probate, 1750, of Samuel Tompson, (d. 1750); wills of Mary Thompson and Jonathan Thompson, 1773 and 1787, and other family deeds, bonds, and indentures 1731-1828.

Papers of Benjamin F. Thompson include letters, 1806-1849, including family letters, 1807-1848, to his father, Dr. Samuel Thompson, to his brother, Samuel L. Thompson, to his son, Edward Z. Thompson, and to members of his wife's family, including many to his father-in-law, the Rev. Zachariah Greene. Letters to John M. Williamson, 1822-1832, concerning political matters in the New York State Assembly; letters to Thomas L. Lester, John R. Satterly, Henry P. Dering and others concern legal and political affairs as well as the history of Long Island. Also included are attorney licenses and appointments to the bar, letters of membership in various historical societies, and copyrights and prospectuses for his books.

There are papers of his children Edward Thompson and Mary Thompson including a letter Mary Thompson to her brother Edward and a bill of sale for horse-drawn vehicles, accoutrements, and horse from Edward Thompson to Jacob T. Vanderhoof [his brother-in-law].

There are also papers of Zachariah Greene in a separate document box including an autobiography, family correspondence and a copy of his will.

The collection includes an important letter dated June 11, 1850 from both Edwin and Henrietta Thompson, children of Martin Euclid Thompson - architect, co-founder of the National Academy of Design, and close friend of William Sidney Mount - to a brother then residing in California. These Thompsons bear no known relation to the Thompson family of Setauket who are the subject of this collection. This letter contains a lengthy and detailed description of the William Sidney Mount painting California News.

Finding aid created by Christopher Alario
Size of Collection 0.5 cubic ft.
Credit line Museum Collection
Containers Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 1
Thompson Family Box 2