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Rev. John S. Tompson

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Pastor

First Parish Congregational Church
 
Background

Employment History

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5. c. 1810 – John G. Tompson House -- 229 Main Street
www.oldberwick.org, 10 Mar 2011 [cached]
John G. Tompson (b. 1799), bookbinder 5. c. 1810 - John G. Tompson House -- 229 Main Street
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John G. Tompson (b. 1799), bookbinder
5. c. 1810 - John G. Tompson House -- 229 Main Street
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In 1825, John Goodwin Tompson founded one of South Berwick's longest-running businesses, a book and stationery store. He lived in this house, and his bookstore, now gone, was several doors away to the south.
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John G. Tompson was 26 years old when he opened his book and stationery store, according to the 1880 History of York County. A South Berwick map of 1835 shows him living in this house at 225 Main Street, where he remained until his death in 1872.
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John G. Tompson was born on April 30, 1799 in Standish, Maine, according to family records. His father, William Tompson, was the eldest son of Rev. John Tompson, pastor of the First Parish Congregational Church, and had been born in Standish while Rev. Tompson served as minister there before coming to South Berwick at the close of the American Revolution, when William was almost 14.
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They moved to Standish, and named their second son John Goodwin Tompson.
John G. Tompson's uncles in South Berwick included William Allen Tompson, the preceptor of Berwick Academy who lived at today's 190 Main Street, and attorney Edward P. Hayman, cashier of South Berwick Bank.
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When John arrived here and set up in business, he had many other family connections through his mother's family and, of course, his grandfather, the minister, whose new church was built in 1826, a year after the bookstore opened.
A c. 1860 South Berwick map shows the J. G. Tompson house, the bookstore, and another Tompson building, perhaps a bindery shop, set back from the street.
On February 20, 1827, John G. Tompson married his mother's niece from the Old Fields neighborhood, Olive Elizabeth Goodwin (c. 1803-1864), daughter of Ichabod Goodwin.
3. c. 1780 – Tompson-Sanborn House – 190 Main Street
www.obhs.net, 28 Feb 2006 [cached]
Their father, Rev. John Tompson, had been pastor of the nearby First Parish Congregational Church just before it was built in 1826.
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William Allen Tompson's father, Rev. John Tompson, was minister of the First Parish Congregational Church, then located at today's Brattle Street and Old South Road.
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In 1825 Rev. John Tompson retired after 22 years as Berwick Academy's president, but his son-in-law, Edward Hayman of Vine Street, continued as treasurer.
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In 1826 Rev. John Tompson's new meetinghouse (the present First Parish Federated Church), was built near William Tompson's house.
April 25, 2013 - Reverend John Tompson and the Founding of Berwick Academy
www.oldberwick.org, 25 April 2013 [cached]
April 25, 2013 - Reverend John Tompson and the Founding of Berwick Academy
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April 25, 2013 - Reverend John Tompson and the Founding of Berwick Academy
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Seth Hurd will discuss the founding of Berwick Academy and how many members of the Berwick community, including Reverend John Tompson, enthusiastically embraced the need to further the education of the youth in their growing town.
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But John Tompson had dedication to his mission and prevailed, returning home with a charter passed by the Massachusetts legislature and signed by Governor John Hancock, to start a school that today is Maine's oldest educational institution, Berwick Academy.
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Tompson himself was pastor of the First Parish Church, which later became the South Berwick First Parish Federated Church of today. In 1791, Maine was part of Massachusetts. Berwick - comprising today's Berwick, South Berwick and North Berwick -- was founded in 1713 when it separated from Kittery.
Parson Tompson, who was Berwick Academy's president from 1803 to 1825, also preached throughout the Seacoast area, delivering sermons in Somersworth, Eliot, Kittery, York, Dover, Newington, Durham, Rochester, Wakefield, Portsmouth, Kennebunk, and Wells in addition to Berwick. Tompson followed the latest ideas of his day. He was considered an Arminian, a follower of the theology of Jacobus Arminius, a Dutch pastor and theologian in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Rev. John Tompson ...
www.obhs.net, 9 Feb 2010 [cached]
Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
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Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
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Rev. Tompson (as his name was more commonly spelled in that day) would have been about 52 years old. Less than eight years before, on May 7, 1783, he had been installed as minister of First Parish Church of Berwick, in present-day South Berwick, Maine.
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Tompson had been born on October 3, 1740 in Scarborough, Maine, where his father William was minister, and graduated from Harvard College in 1760.
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Rev. John Tompson, Rev. William Tompson's great-great grandson, took his new post just a few months before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War in 1783.
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Captain John Storer Tompson (1783-1863) . Courtesy of Ralph N. Thompson
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Rev. Tompson's youngest son, William Allen (c. 1786-1835), born in the Old South Road parsonage and like his eldest half brother named William after his famous Massachusetts Puritan ancestor, may have studied as a minister.
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It is not known exactly how Rev. Tompson, then 77, managed to organize the funds to reopen the doors.
By 1820, though, the community was changing. South Berwick had become a separate town in 1814, and a new commercial center was developing along our present-day Main and Portland Streets, which formed part of a stagecoach route linking Boston and Portland.
"On April 10, 1824," writes church historian Colburn, "it is recorded with a sense of dismay that 'various other Societies have risen up among us which have greatly reduced our numbers and our resources, and so small is our number and so remote are most of us from the place of worship, that our average congregation does not usually exceed fifty individuals.'" Worship services began to be held at Berwick Academy, closer to the population center, where Tompson, now 84, had been president for 21 years.
Rev. John Tompson c. ...
obhs.net, 28 Feb 2006 [cached]
Rev. John Tompson c. 1739-1828 - minister of the First Parish Church , and his "truly amiable & virtuous Consort," Sarah . Tompson was the last Congregational pastor to serve at the Old Fields meeting house, and saw the present church built on Main Street just before his death.
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Rev. John Tompson c. 1739-1828 - minister of the First Parish Church , and his "truly amiable & virtuous Consort," Sarah . Tompson was the last Congregational pastor to serve at the Old Fields meeting house, and saw the present church built on Main Street just before his death.
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Mr. Tompson evidently plucked up his courage in accepting the call to Berwick. It was not only that he succeeded his predecessor, but the call was given in the darkest days of the Revolution, by a poor and anxious parish, with whom he frankly condoles upon its divided and languishing state. Berwick, as neighbor to her parent town of Kittery, had shared in the glorious successes of Pepperell in the siege of Louisburg; and no doubt some of her men marched with the company, formed about Saco, that was present at the fight on Bunker Hill. There is a devout assurance of Mr. Tompson's 'Requests at the throne of Grace, that the God of Peace may be with us and bless us,' as he ends his letter of acceptance."
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