John Thompson, a farmer of Wayne Township, was born May 12, 1845, being the oldest of six children born to James and Sarah (Heates) Thompson. Our subject was born and reared in Grant County, Ind., and remained here until his marriage in 1873, to Mary Harter, of Grant County. Mrs. Thompson was born August 20, 1847, and reared in Dark County, Ohio, until eight years old when she removed with her parents to Grant County, Ind. Our subject was raised as a farmer boy and after his marriage began farming for himself on 120 acres of purchased land in Huntington County, Wayne Township, on Section 23, where he remains up to the present day. Mr. Thompson is a large man, rather dark complexioned, and is a man of energy and endurance. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have had three children to bless their home: the oldest, David, born August 30, 1874; Otto, born December 31, 1876; Laura, born December 3, 1878. James Thompson, the father of our subject was born June 29, 1814; Sarah Thompson was born September 15, 1814. Mrs. J. Thompson’s parents were born (Solemon Harter) April 12, 1799, and died April 18, 1868. Mrs. Harter was born May 30, 1813.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Wayne Township, p. 883.