| Line of Descent:
Guillaume VIGNE and Adrienne CUVELLIER
Rachel VIGNE and Cornelius VAN TIENHOVEN
Lucas VAN TIENHOVEN and Tryntje BORDING
Sara VAN TIENHOVEN and Jacob BALCK
Katherine BALCK and Aaron VAN HOOK (a Fulkerson forebear)
David VAN HOOK and Lucy BUMPASS
Jacob VAN HOOK, Sr. and Nancy JONES
Lucretia VAN HOOK and Nicholas THOMPSON
|Jacob Thompson was born 15 May 1810 in Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina, the third child of Nicholas and Lucretia Van Hook Thompson. Studious and bright, he prepared for college at the Hawfield School in Orange Co. and was valedictorian of his class at the University of North Carolina in 1831. Following this he was appointed a tutor at the University. He resigned to study law and later became licensed to practice in the courts of North Carolina.|
|United States Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson|
IN 2008, A VISITOR TO THIS SITE CONTRIBUTED THIS FURTHER INFORMATION:
"My great grandmother, Kathryn Keyes, stayed as a child at the Thompson household during the Civil War. Her father (whose home was also on Old Taylor Road) left her with the Thompson family for the duration of the war when he joined the Confederate Army.
All children in our neighborhood knew the story about the burning of the Thompson house. You may not know that when the daughter in law, Sally, was brought out in her bed, the baby was left in the house. It was only after the house was set on fire that everyone realized the baby was still in the house. My great grandmother, who was just a child, ran into the burning house to save the baby."
"The Queen's Hotel where we stopped fronted on Toronto Bay. It may be said we found Confederate headquarters here at this hotel...There was everything in the prospect at Toronto to make a sojourn enjoyable. The leading newspapers of Canada were published here and the South got a friendly comment on the course of events."Any Southern endeavour which ventured outside the Confederacy during the war tended to be viewed in an unfavorable light by the residents of the Northern states. During the War the Union had witnessed not only Robert E. Lee's invasion reaching Gettysburg, but also many authorized and "not quite official" Confederate cavalry raids deep into Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. These invaders tended to be known as "guerillas," "raiders," "plunderers," "bushwhackers," "looters," "marauders," and "robbers." [see note below] There were also a number of Confederate privateers - regarded by the Northerners as rogue "pirate" ships- which were capturing and sinking Union commercial shipping on the high seas. Complicating Jacob's intended peace mission, or perhaps just complementing his role, there were other, similar Confederate plots involving operations on Canadian soil:
"...various schemes for burning and pillaging were concerted by Confederate emissaries in Canada, and some of them were carried into effect. On the 19th of October, a raid was made on the village of St. Albans, Vermont, about 15 miles from the frontier [Canadian border]. The marauders robbed the banks, fired on the passers-by, killing and wounding several, and succeeded in making their escape into Canada...On the night of November 25th, an attempt was made to burn the city of New York. Fires were simultaneously kindled in several of the large hotels, but were fortunately extinguished before much damage was done. The perpetrators of this crime also escaped into Canada." - G.P. Quackenbos, History of the United States, New York, Appleton, 1868
"Immediately on my arrival in Canada I went to Colonel Thompson at Toronto...He informed me of a plan to take the MICHIGAN (14 guns) and release the Confederate officers confined at Johnson's Island...We arranged our plans...I came to Windsor to collect men...On Monday morning we started..."The MICHIGAN was the only United States war vessel on the Great Lakes, assigned to guard the Confederates on Johnson's Island, off Sandusky, Ohio. Jacob had instructed another Confederate Captain, Charles H. Cole, to create some type of distraction on the MICHIGAN and to give a signal when Beall might attack. In the meantime, Beall and his group boarded the Detroit-Sandusky steamer PHILO PARSONS on September 19, 1864, at Malden, Ontario, posing as ordinary passengers.
"'With forged papers, Mrs. Thompson started up the Mississippi by packet steamer. In Memphis she was sent ashore with the other passengers, and behind a screen with a lady attendant, sho was stripped to the skin. When her corset, into which she had sewn the slip of paper, was handed to inspecting guards, she told a joke. It must have been a good one, for the soldiers tossed the garment back over the screen and she was allowed to continue her flight.
There was one more inspection point to be passed, in Cairo, Ill. For this ordeal the clever Catherine was ready. In Germany she had bought a partial upper plate. Making a tiny wad of the paper, she put it in the roof of her mouth and went safely through to be reunited with her husband.' The southern belle had become an 'iron magnolia." - Jane Gray Buchanan, Thomas Thompson and Anne Finney of Colonial Pennsylvania and North Carolina