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Jakob Grosshans 1872-1917

1872GROSSHANS Jakob 1914_02[1]

1914 photo of Jakob Grosshans

When Jakob Grosshans was born on May 21, 1872, his father, Jacques, was 30 and his mother, Salome Reinhardt, was 27. He had one daughter with Marie Nowatzky in 1898. He died on June 2, 1917, in France at the young age of 45.

Jakob was born in what is now modern day France. But, Jakob had been born shortly after Germany had annexed that Alsace region of his birth.

Jakob and Marie’s daughter was Mina Grosshans. Through ancestry, I was able to meet a direct descendant of Jakob’s family. They hosted us while we were on a trip to France in January of 2020. We were given a tour of the village Sundhouse where our ancestors had lived. The feeling of standing on that French soil brought me closer to the story of the family line. We even saw the church that our ancestors had attended and where their home was located.

Note that Jakob’s name Grosshans was spelled with one more letter “s” than we use in the spelling of our family name. Many folks in our ancestral line still use the spelling Grosshans.

This is how we relate:

Jakob Grosshans 1872-1917 was a 1st cousin 2x removed of Robert Groshans’ children
Jacques Jacob Grosshans 1842-1941 was the father of Jakob Grosshans
Jean Jacques “Jacob” Grosshans 1808-1869 was the father of Jacques Jacob Grosshans
Gottlieb (Theophile) Grosshans 1847-1919 was a son of Jean Jacques “Jacob” Grosshans
Gottlieb Jack Groshans 1878-1941 was a Son of Gottfried Gottlieb Theophile Grosshans
Robert Jack Groshans 1926-1984 was a Son of Gottlieb Jack Groshans


Ransom Flournoy Thompson 1857-1938 (great grandfather of my Barnes family brother-in-law)

Family of Robert King Thompson

Ransom is in the front row on the far right hand side of the photo. 

When Ransom Flournoy Thompson was born on April 5, 1857, in Lawrence, Mississippi, his father, Robert King Thompson, was 38 and his mother, Margaret Malvina Meeks Thompson, was 29. He married Susan “Sudie” Arabella Spurlock on March 10, 1881, in his hometown. They had nine children in 22 years. He died on April 23, 1938, in New Hebron, Mississippi, at the age of 81, and was buried there.

I was lucky to find information on Ransom in the following US census records: 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.

At the time of the 1860 census, Ransom was only 5 years old. His father Robert listed his occupation as farmer. The home address is listed in Lawrence, Mississippi.

At the time of the 1870 census, Ransom was 13 years old and lists his occupation as farm laborer. The family home is listed as Township 8 Range 18, Lawrence, Mississippi. Ransom was still living with his parents.

By the time of the 1880 census, Ransom was 23 years old and lists his occupation as working on a farm. The address is listed as Beat 4, Lawrence, Mississippi, USA.

In 1890, this land grant was recorded. See below:

U.S. General Land Grant issued 30 Jun 1891.PNG

In the 1900 census, Ransom and his family state that their land is a farm. Ransom states that he owns the farm (not rents). His occupation is farmer. Also shown is that the sons Maxie and Eddie are farm laborers. (Maxie is Evander Maxwell Thompson – an uncle to Samuel Barnes and Eddie is Edward Earl Thompson, Sr. also an uncle to Sam Barnes.) Ransom lists his birth date as May 1858. His birth date was NOT 1858 (see photo of grave marker below)

Ransom and Susan tombstones at the Thompson Buckley Cemetery

Thompson Buckley Cemetery. Ransom and Susan were Samuel Barnes’ grandparents.

In the 1910 census, Ransom’s wife Susan Arabella lists her name as “Sudie.” The family is still farming with the home listed at Beat 4, Lawrence, Mississippi, USA.

In the 1920 census Ransom is 62 years old and is still farming. He lists his father’s place of birth as Georgia and his mother’s place of birth as Alabama.

In 1930, the census taker listed Ransom as Roscoe. A mistake or a nickname? In this census he changes information he gave in 1920 and states that both of his parents were born in Mississippi. But, his parents were NOT born in Mississippi. Their places of birth were accurate in the 1920 census.

This is a memorial link:

death of Ransom Flournoy Thompson

Here is how the family relates:

Ransom Flournoy Thompson 1857-1938
grandfather of Sam Barnes
Alice “Christine” Thompson 1905-1994
Daughter of Ransom Flournoy Thompson
Samuel Henry Barnes 1930-
Son of Alice “Christine” Thompson
Here are the children of Ransom and Susan that I have researched on
children of Ransom F Thompson