Thompson, Samuel

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                                                         SAMUEL THOMPSON
                                                       People of the Past
                                                        By Andrew Fraser

Samuel Thompson was born at Chatham, N.B., in October of 1825. He was the son of Rev. James Thompson and Catherine McKay.

Rev. Mr. Thompson was with the Secession Church of Scotland, He was the first permanently settled Presbyterian Minister in New Brunswick. He was also the founder of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Chatham. This congregation later merged with St. Luke’s Methodist Church to form St. Andrew’s United Church.

Samuel Thompson was educated at Chatham Grammar School. He then studied law with John Ambrose Street and George Kerr. In 1846, at twenty one years of age, he was admitted as an attorney. Two years later, in 1848, he was admitted as a barrister.

In 1858 he moved to Newcastle. A year later he married Jane McCurdy of Truro, N.S. They had eight children: Anna G., Eliza I., Alma K., Adelaide, Jean, Charles J., Edward B. and George K.

Mr Thompson practiced law for well over fifty years. In 1900 at 75 years oif age and with 52 years of practice behind him, Thompson was Judge of Probate, Clerk of County Court, Clerk of the Peace, Secretary and Treasurer of the County and Clerk of the Circuits.

Source: Northumberland News – May 25, 1983

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