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 October 21, 1840, in St. Giles Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.

William Thompson and Mary Ann Baker marriage certificate:

In the 1851, Knottingley, Yorkshire, census William and Mary Ann Thompson, have three children Benjamin “Ben,” William “Billy,” and Mary Jane.


1. Ben Thompson

Birth:            November 2, 1843, Knottingley, Yorkshire, England.

Baptism:       November 13, 1843, Knottingley, Yorkshire, England.

Death:          March 11, 1884, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Burial:           Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Marriage:      November 24,1863, Austin, Travis County, Texas to Catherine Louise Moore.


2.  William “Billy” Thompson

Birth:           August 25, 1845, Knottingley, Yorkshire, England.

Baptism:      September 10, 1845, Knottingley, Yorkshire, England.

Death:         September 6, 1897, Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Burial:          Fairview Cemetery, Bastrop County, Texas.

Marriage:     Never married.


3.  Mary Jane Thompson

Birth:           March 3, 1848, Knottingley, England.

Baptism:      August 18, 1848, Knottingley, England.

Death:         December 1, 1940, Bastrop, Texas.

Burial:          Fairview Cemetery, Bastrop County, Texas.

Marriage:     December 18, 1867, Robert Gill.


In July of 1852, the Thompson family left Knottingley, England, and set sail to America and settled in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Six years later, in 1858, Frances Lenora Estelle Thompson, the fourth child in the Thompson family was born in Austin, Texas.


4.  Frances Lenora Estelle Thompson

Birth:           March 21, 1858, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Death:         March 3, 1954, Palestine, Anderson County, Texas.

Burial:        Annex Cemetery, Palestine, Texas.

Marriage:     October 30, 1878, Leopold Ruddolph Fink.


1860 Austin, Travis County, Census:


Research complied by:  Ken Aaron, Anne Beck, Ron Gossney and Lisa Lach.

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:

Hotel Discount for Ben Thompson Conference Attendees

Hotel Discount for Ben Thompson Conference Attendees Sunday, April 29, 2012

Book your room today at the Clarion Inn & Suites Banquet & Conference Facilities! Space is limited and the price is great! To receive a special rate you must mention the Ben Thompson Foundation Event!

You will want to come to Austin a day early to get settled in and to visit some of the other historic sites before you come to the Oakwood Cemetery and Austin History Center on Sunday for the event.

All attendees will receive a hospitality bag full of great information about Texas, the Civil War and Ben Thompson when they sign in.

Let us know how we can make your visit to Texas special and please make sure to RSVP.

Denice Harlan

Public Relations – The Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation

Executive Director Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce

Ben Thompson Graveside Marker Dedication & History Conference April 29, 2012

DATE:             29 April 2012

CONTACT:            Denice Harlan

PHONE:            (979) 542-3455

EMAIL:            info @

AUSTIN, TX – On April 29, Ben Thompson’s life will be recognized, honored and discussed by experts, authors and descendants for the first time in history. Six organizations, The Austin History Center, The Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation, The Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, The Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Former Texas Rangers Foundation and The Wild West History Association, will celebrate and honor Ben Thompson’s life as a Confederate soldier, gunfighter and Austin City Marshal.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Major George W. Littlefield Camp 59, will host a graveside Confederate service to honor the family of Ben Thompson at the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas. The tribute will include the posting of colors, a 21 musket & cannon salute, and the unveiling of a bronze footstone and Confederate Southern Cross. The Oakwood Cemetery is located at 1601 Navasota Street.

Immediately following the graveside marker dedication at the Oakwood Cemetery, the Austin History Center will host a history conference with an exhibit of artifacts and photos. Special guest speakers, including Thompson family members will be speaking on the life of Ben Thompson and will be available for a question-and-answer session. Authors will have their books for sale. The Austin History Center is located at 810 Guadalupe Street.

There were few men on the western frontier who took part in more historic events or crowded more drama into a forty-year life-span than did Ben Thompson. Ben was a Confederate cavalry officer, major in the Emperor Maximilian’s army, Indian fighter, gambler in most every cow town in the west and served as Austin’s city marshal.

The event is open to the public.  Members of the Press and special guests please RSVP.