Monthly Archives: April 2012

Commissioner Jerry Patterson -guest speaker at the Ben Thompson Dedication

We would like to welcome Jerry Patterson to the Ben Thompson Dedication & History Conference on Sunday. It’s an honor to have Commissioner Patterson as a guest and guest speaker. We look forward to hearing him talk. Link

When Ben Thompson came to America – A Great Find

 When Ben Thompson came to America – A Great Find   The exact arrival date of when Ben Thompson and his family to America has been a question that has fascinated researchers and authors for decades. Canadian Author and researcher Lisa Lach, along with Ken Aaron, Baker family researcher from Knottingley, England, get full credit for both finding the arrival… (more…)


Ben Thompson Civil War Record Lisa Lach Ben Thompson served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War in the 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles, commanded by Colonel John S. Ford.  On April 17, 1861, Company H of the 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles was organized, under Captain George. W. Hamner. At various times Captain Hamner’s Company H was also… (more…)

Dedication CD/DVD Order Form Available (Art Nunes)

If you can’t make it to the Ben Thompson Dedication this April 29, in Austin, we can deliver the event to you. Art Nunes, will be video taping both the graveside ceremony and the history conference making it available to you to order and watch anytime you want. You won’t have to miss a thing!  Click on the thumbnail below,… (more…)

A Message from Anne Beck, Founder & Director

I want to thank all the wonderful people who are helping make the Ben Thompson Graveside Marker Dedication & History Conference April 29, 2012, a big success. My great-grandfather, Ben Thompson, would have been so proud to have received this honor during his lifetime.  A huge thank you goes to the members of the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation Board for… (more…)

Frequently asked questions about Ben Thompson

1.  When and where was Ben Thompson born? Ben Thompson was born on November 2, 1843, in Knottingley, Yorkshire, England, to William and Mary Ann (Baker) Thompson. Ben Thompson’s birth certificate:  2.  How many siblings did Ben Thompson have? Ben Thompson had one younger brother Billy, and two younger sisters Mary Jane and Fannie.  William “Billy” Thompson – (1845 Knottingley,… (more…)

Whatever became of Ben Thompson’s six-shooter?

By Mike Cox (Reprinted with permission)   Thompson, a British-born former Texas Ranger and soldier of fortune with a penchant for booze and gambling, made quite a reputation as city marshal of Austin in the early 1880s. His life ended violently in San Antonio on the night of March 11, 1884 when someone gunned him down along with former outlaw-turned-lawman King… (more…)

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Ben Thompson Geneaology

A Brief Look into the Geneaolgy of Ben Thompson William Thompson, (Ben’s father) was born December 17, 1816, in Hull, Yorkshire, England. William Thompson came from a line of Master Mariners and at a very young age earned his own sea legs.  He served for eight months  in the Royal British Navy. William Thompson married Mary Ann nee Baker on… (more…)

The Life and Adventures of Ben Thompson the Famous Texan by William M. Walton

Ben Thompson was killed on March 11, 1884, in San Antonio, Texas. A month later on April 12, 1884, Ben’s close friend and attorney Major William M. “Buck” Walton published Ben’s biography, The Life and Adventures of Ben Thompson the Famous Texan. Texas History Portal has a free copy of the book online available at: