Person:Jane Thompson (38)

m. ABT 1750
  1. Esther ThompsonABT 1752 -
  2. Jane ThompsonABT 1755 -
  3. Mary 'Polly' Thompson1758 - 1797
m. SEP 1786
  1. Elizabeth Lyle Walker
  2. Jane Patterson Walker1791 - 1832
m. AFT 1791
  1. Joel Walker Cowanabt 1794 - 1850
  2. Matthew Cowanabt 1796 -
  3. Thompson Cowanabt 1798 -
m. AFT 1799
Facts and Events
Name Jane Thompson
Alt Name Jean Thompson
Gender Female
Birth? ABT 1755 Ireland
Marriage SEP 1786 Augusta County, Virginiato James Walker
Marriage AFT 1791 to Andrew Cowan, of Jefferson County, TN
Marriage AFT 1799 to Joel Ellis
Death? near Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States
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Much of the family history for Jane Thompson is obtained (or inferred) from a statement made by her mother in a 1796 deposition. From this we learn that Jane was was born in County Antrim, Ireland in 1761. She migrated to America with her mother, two sisters, and perhaps her father. [1] In anycase, the three girls apparently married in America; where in America is not clear. By the time of her mothers statement, Jane, her mother Elizabeth, her sister Esther (wife of John McSpadden) were living in Jefferson County, while her other sister Mary (wife of Samuel Weir) was living in Sevier County, TN.

Jane had initially married James Walker, son of Samuel Walker and Jane Patterson, His parents had settled in the Natural Bridge area of modern Rockbridge County in the 1750's, and remained there the rest of their lives. It is likely that this is where Jane and James met and married in 1786. It is not clear whether this couple remained in the Rockbridge area, or moved to Tennessee after marriage. In any event he had died by 1792, and Jane shortly thereafter remarried to widower Andrew Cowan in Jefferson County, TN. It is possible that the move to Tennessee occurred after her husbands death, in the company of her mother, and elder sister Esther, who had married John McSpadden, as all three were in Jefferson County by this time.

Personal Data

Personal Data
DOB: August, 1761

Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796 b

POB:County Antrim, Ireland

Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796 b

Father:James Thompson

Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796b

Mother:Elizabeth Donnell

Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796b

Spouse 1Person:James Walker (94)
Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796b  Source:White, 1902
DOM:Sept 1786
Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes
Elizabeth Lyle Walker 17 March 1789 Thomas McSpadden c 1809 Source:White, 1902:180, 181; Note that son James (c1810-c1900) lived in Alverado, Va, on Holston watershed
Jane Walker 17 March 1791 John Richie Imman July 27 1807 Source:White, 1902:180 gives DOB as 17 march 1891, presumed typo for 1791, but note same day of month birth as sister Elizabeth
Unknown [Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796b, indicates that there were three children, but not named; White 1902 indicates only 2 children; but 1786 DOM of parents allows for another child early on in the marriage.
Spouse 2Person:Andrew Cowan (5)

Affadavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796b; Source:White, 1902

Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes
Spouse 3
Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes


See Disambiguation:Jane Thompson for an inventory of persons by this name on this site.



  1. Her mothers statement is recorded as showing that "The said Ester, Mary and Jean are the three lawful heirs of the estate of James Thompson deceased their father of the county of Antrim in Ireland." That may indicate that he died in Ireland, though this is not clear.