Mary A. Thompson Papers, 1882-1974

Collection Number SC 0152


Compiled by:  Colleen Boyle and Chris Bolgiano, March 1999

Revised by: Kate Morris, July 2013


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Mary A. Thompson Papers, 1882-1974

Collection No.: SC 0152

Creator:  Mary A. Thompson

Extent: 1 box; .4 cubic feet

Language:  English

Abstract: This collection documents the life and activities of members of the Thompson family of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, particularly John W. Thompson and his wife Elizabeth F. Thompson, and also contains items relating to the Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Virginia.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation:  [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Mary A. Thompson Papers, 1882-1974, SC 0152, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Deposited by contract with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in 1998.

Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3097.

Bio/Historical Note:  John W. Thompson, born in 1874 and died in 1932, lived in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area where he operated a small farm. His wife was Elizabeth F. Thompson who was born in 1872 and died in 1958. They had five children, one of which was Mary Anna Thompson, who lived from 1903 to 1997. John W. Thompson and other Thompson family members were involved in the purchase of land for the Mt. Zion Brethren Church of Dayton, Virginia around 1895 and the later sale of the church and land around 1945.

Scope and Content:  The Mary A. Thompson Papers, 1882 - 1975, consist primarily of documents and notebooks pertaining to the lives of John W. Thompson and his wife Elizabeth F. Thompson. These materials include notebooks of various household income and expenses from the years 1935 - 1974, including lists of purchases for gasoline and various auto parts from several different stores including Wayne Motor Sales, Standard Oil Co., and Madrid Fil[l]ing Station. Other materials comprise a notebook of church council meeting minutes and legal documents from the Mt. Zion Brethren Church of Dayton, Virginia from 1895 - 1945, various financial and legal papers from 1892 - 1932 that include fire insurance appraisals and policies for the farm, tax receipts, estate debts, land deeds, and a 1930 Farm Census.

Other materials within the collection relate to Mary A. Thompson, daughter of John and Elizabeth Thompson, from the years 1921 - 1945. These papers include temporary nursing permits and a letter from the principal of Dayton High School. There is also a small amount of Thompson family genealogical materials including written birth and death dates, newspaper clippings relating to the Thompson Geological Museum and various Thompson family members from 1921 - 1980, and three photographs. Other genealogical materials relate to the Heatwole and Weaver families and include the pamphlet, "A History of the Heatwole Family" from 1882. Also included is a small folder of schedules and list of staff for the WSVA radio station in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 6 folders.


Folder Title Box:Folder
Household Income and Expenses (6 Books), 1893-1936 1:1
Household Income and Expenses (7 Books), 1935-1974 1:2
Miscellaneous Notebooks (3 Books), 1895-1945, undated 1:3
Financial and Legal Papers, 1892 - 1945 1:4
Genealogy, 1882, 1921 - 1969, undated 1:5
WSVA Radio, undated 1:6