Arthur Thomson lived in Scotland and was a stone mason. He and his wife had at least three children: Arthur Reid, Alexander "Sandy" and Gennia. His wife's name is unknown and both Arthur and his wife died before the younger children were grown.
Arthur Reid Thomson, born in Bannockburn, Scotland, was the first in our direct line to set foot on American soil. He was the son of Arthur Thomson. After his father died in the 1830's, Arthur and and his brother Sandy were raised by their grandfather in Edinburgh where he ran an inn.
March 9, 1843, Arthur Reid set sail for New York, but somehow he ended up going to Canada where he became a woodcutter. On May 9, 1859, he married Margaret Ronald, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Gourley) Ronald, in Wisconsin.
Soon after their wedding they journeyed to Nebraska Territory. They operated the Western House in Nebraska City before moving to a dugout on what was called the Nebraska City Ranch. It was three and one-half miles east of Palmyra on Steam Wagon Road near the Paisley Church.
After a short time, they moved to their long-time home 3 miles east and 1 mile north of Palmyra. They lived for a time in a log cabin, which was replaced by a frame house. In 1880, the house was enlarged to give the family more space.
Arthur and Margaret were the parents to ten children: Arthur Thomas Ronald [m. Mary (Ellen) Sidles]; Mary Artimsha [m. James Orrison]; William Alexander; Dora Margaret [m. Alfred Wallen]; Genie/Genia Reid [m. George Stilwell]; John Andrew; Margaret McMoreland Ronald; Robert Ronald Baxter; Herbert James; and an unnamed infant that died.
Arthur Reid and Margaret (Ronald) Thomson
Arthur Reid Thomson & Children
Front: William, Margaret, Arthur Reid, Gennia
Back: Herbert, Mary, Arthur T. R., Dora, John
Herbert James Thomson, son of Arthur Reid and Margaret (Ronald) Thomson, was born on the family farm near Palmyra, Nebraska. He met his wife Blanche Klinefelter, daughter of Judge & Emma (Ackermann) Klinefelter, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They married in Blanche's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in December 1905. They lived in Nebraska before spending two years near Stettler, Alberta, Canada where Herbert acquired a farm. However, they returned to Palmyra where they spent the remainder of their lives.
Herbert and Blanche had eight children: Alexander Joseph; Arthur Klinefelter [m. Verna Wall]; Alfred Ackermann [m. Helen Caddy]; George Ronald [m. Viola Lanning]; Reid James [m. Dorothy Baldwin, Kathryn Pierce]; Faith Mabel [m. Clair Nash]; May Viola [m. Dale Lamb], and Alma Elberta [m. William "Bill" Caddy].
Herbert and Blanche (Klinefelter) Thomson
Herbert & Blanche (Klinefelter) Thomson Family
Early Years A Few Years Later
From left to right; George, Alfred, May, Reid, Front: Faith, Alma, Reid, May, George
Alma, Arthur, Faith, Alexander Back: Blanche, Herbert, Alexander, Arthur, Alfred
Alexander & Donna (Van Allen)Thomson
Alexander JosephThomson, son of Herbert and Blanche (Klinefelter) Thomson, was born on a farm near Palmyra, Nebraska.
In 1932, he married Donna Isabelle Van Allen, daughter of John (Warren) and Grinda (Hanson) Van Allen. Alexander and Donna became parents to six children: Sandra Loree [m. Carl Sykes, Billie Dean Reinwalt, Richard Stickney]; James Van Allen; Vera Elaine [m.William "Bill" Haupt]; William (Howard) [m. Barbara Coulton]; Virginia Christine [m. Kenneth Leith]; and Rachele Elizabeth [m. Paul Johnson, Frederick Wieler, James May, Gale Newbury].
James Van Allen Thomson
James Van Allen Thomson, son of Alexander and Donna (Van Allen) Thomson, was born near Palmyra, Nebraska. He died at a young age leaving a wife and three children.
Ronald Family History
Margaret RonaldThomas Ronald was born in Scotland in the 1760's or 1770's. He married Margaret Stuart in Paisley, Scotland in 1793.
Thomas Ronald II, son of Thomas and Margaret (Stuart) Ronald, was born in the 1790's in Scotland. He married Mary French Gourley in 1820. They had eleven children: Thomas, William Bunten [m. Mary A. Cutshall, Margaret A. Wilson, Ellen Reynolds], Robert, John [m. Margaret Ward], Margaret, Thomas, Mary [m. Joseph Wallace, George Laing, James Thorne], Agnes, Margaret, Jane [m. William Bunten], and Robert [m. Clara Dougla] before immigrating to America. All the children except those that died young, immigrated to the United States with their parents. The family initially lived in Wisconsin, where Thomas died. Margaret moved with her adult children to Palmyra, Nebraska.
Margaret Ronald was born in Paisley, Scotland. As a young woman, she immigrated to the United States with her parents Thomas Ronald II and Mary French Gourley. It was in Wisconsin that she married Arthur Reid Thomson.
Ronald Photo Album
Phillip's daughter Caroline Helm Krause and Family
Henry & Anna Helm
Thomas and Minnie (Rockwell) Bunten
Thomas, Sarah, Jean, Bernice
Thomas and Nettie Ronald
James and Bernice Lyons
Jane, Sarah, Bernice
John and Martha Ronald
John Ronald Family
M A Bernice Ronald
Ronalds 1900 Iowa
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Gourley Family History
Mary Gourley and Mary Barbara Wallace
Robert Gourley was born in the 1770's in Scotland. He married Margaret Young. They had at least seven kids: Mary French, Elizabeth, Janet, Margaret, Ann, William, and John.
Mary French Gourley, daughter of Robert and Margaret (Young) Gourley, was born in 1803 in Paisley, Scotland. At age 17 she married Thomas Ronald II in her hometown. She immigrated to America with her husband and children living in Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Alfred and Helen Thomson
Alexander and Donna Thomson
Arthur, Alfred, Alexander, George, Reid, Faith
Arthur T R Thomson
George Thomson Family
Faith and Clair Nash
Herbert Thomson Farm
Bill & Alma (Thomson) Caddy
May and Dale Lamb
Thomsons at the Freedom Train
Reid and Dorothy Thomson
Herbert Thomson's 3 daughters
George & Viola Thomson
James THomson and son
James and Janice Thomson
Herbert James Thomson
A R Thomson and John Ronald
George and Viola Thomson
Thomson - Helm Wedding
Herb Thomson Family
Family Group Shot
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Thomson Photo Album
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