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Family: Electius Thompson / Martha Sherrill (F5671)

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  • Electius ThompsonFather | Male
    Electius Thompson

    Born  c 1750  MD,USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Dec 1840  Morgan,AL,USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Russell Cemetery, Florette, Morgan, AL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Elizabeth Alexander | F5672 
    Married  14 Aug 1780  Prince Georges, MD Find all individuals with events at this location

    Martha SherrillMother | Female
    Martha Sherrill

    Died  After Dec 15, 1842  Morgan,AL,USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Francis Holley | F5668 
    Married  2 Feb 1780  NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Phillip Sherrill | F5667 Group Sheet 

  • Notes 
    • THOMPSON, ELECTIUS—"We are assembled, on this interesting occasion, around the grave of Electius Thompson, a revolutionary father, to pay to his memory the last tribute of respect.

      "But we hasten to give you a brief sketch of Electius Thompson. He was born in 1750, near the place where the city of Washington now stands, and died at the advanced age of ninety years. Losing his father when an infant, he was committed to the charge of an uncle, who placed him on a vessel at sea at the early age of nine years, to learn the arduous duties of a sailor. It is not intended in this address, nor is it in the power of the speaker, to recount to you the many thrilling incidents attending him, while leading the eventful life of a wanderer on the ocean. He will only remark, that he was a bold and faithful sailor, whose patience never forsook him in the calm, and whose courage never failed him in the storm. By his candor, firmness and integrity, he always secured the confidence of those with whom he associated, both on land and sea.

      "In 1775, when the tocsin of alarm was sounded from the hill tops, and the flames of the revolution began to rage on our borders, he relinquished his home on the briny waves, to serve his country in the humble capacity of a private in a volunteer company, bearing on his helmet, in legible letters, the motto, 'Liberty or death' and he continued to battle in the cause of freedom. through most of the long and bloody war.

      "The officer in command has many incentives, besides those of patriotism, to impel him on to the deadly strife. The thrilling anticipation of wreathing around his brow the chaplet of unfading glory—the hope that his name and his deeds may be handed down, on marble records, and on the annals of history, for the praise and admiration of posterity, urge him on to face the storm, and to expose his bosom to the firey gleam of the sabre and the bayonet. But no other motive than the love of liberty and the pride of country. animated Electius Thompson on the ensanguined field, and sustained him under the privations and hardships of the camp, the toil and fatigue of the march. Ambition's mad'ning influence held no sway over his simple and honest heart. 'Liberty or death' was written on his frontlet and graven on his heart no panting desire for fame urged him onward in the perilous and dreadful conflict; His country and his rights alone stood before him, and he felt the warrior's arm nerved by the patriot's heart. He was an honest and a virtuous man—a brave and faithful soldier, his youthful days were devoted to the service of his country, and his declining years to the service of his God. His infant mind was imbued with the Roman Catholic faith; and although he continued a dupe to priestcraft until middle age, often contributing his humble mite to the sordid cupidity of the priest, to absolve him from his sins, he finally cast off the veil of ignorance and superstitution which had been thrown around him in early life, and refused to acknowledge the power of absolution in any other being but Him, 'who formed the heavens and the earth, who holds the sun in his hand, and upholds the immense fabric of the universe by the word of his power'. The true light of Christianity beamed upon his benighted soul, and dispelled the dark cloud of superstitution which had so long overshadowed him—and at the age of forty, having renounced the Roman Catholic religion, he connected himself with the church of that ancient and respectable denomination of Christians, the Baptists. Nor was he a silent and an inefficient member; for although compelled to obtain his living by the sweat of his brow, he spent a portion of his time in promulgating the imperishable truths of Christianity—in extending the benign influence of the gospel; and his energy as a minister of the gospel continued unabated, even in the sunset of life. He lived to see the country for whose liberties he had fought, free, prosperous and happy. Thus he filled up the measure of his existence, and closed his eyes forever on America's cloudless sky. And although we shall see him no more on this earth—although his body lies crumbling into dust; yet, from the tenor of his life, we have the most confident assurance that, new-fledged, he has towered away to dip his pinions in the fount of light".—Huntsville Democrat, July 17, 1841.

      THOMSON, ELECTROUS, aged 78, and a resident of Morgan County; private, Maryland Continental Line; enrolled on September 17, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7,1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $50; sums received to date of publication of list, $125.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34. He resided in Morgan County, June 1, 1840, aged 91. Census of Pensioners, 1841, p. 148.