Name of Patriot: Col. James Thompson NSSAR Patriot #P-304145

Submitted by: Robert B. Fish, Jr.

Col. James Thompson was born on 17 Feb 1745 in Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Bailey, also from Lancaster County on 5 Dec 1772. They had eight children: Robert, James William, Andrew, Jacob, Francis, William, Elizabeth and James.

On 15 Sep 1777 James Thompson was commissioned by the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania as colonel of the Ist Battalion of Militia in the county of York. His command was attached to the forces of Brig.-Gen. James Potter, who commanded the Pa. militia. In the action at White Horse, Pa. Sept. 16, 1777, Col Thompson was badly wounded while making a charge upon the British line. Gen. Potter dismounted and placing Col Thompson upon his horse, sent him to the rear. On Feb. 13, 1779, the latter was elected councilor for York County, defeating Gen. James Ewing. After the expiration of his term as councilor, he returned to Sadsbury Twp., and there, engaged in business with his brother-in-law, Col. John Steele, in the manufacture of paper, near Steeleville, where he purchased several hundred acres of land.

His father-in-law, Robert Bailey, is also a recognized patriot of the Revolutionary War.

He died on 3 Oct 1807 and is buried in Middle Octorara Cemetery, Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His grave bears several emblems recognizing his role as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.