The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 720, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN S. THOMPSON was born in Wood County, Ohio, June 3, 1830, and is one of the seven children of MOSES and SARAH (SCOTT) THOMPSON, natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky, and of English and Scotch descent. In 1824, MOSES THOMPSON settled on a large tract of land in Wood County, Ohio, then a wilderness, and there engaged in farming and millwrighting until his death in 1833. Six years later, JOHN S. THOMPSON, then nine years old, came with a younger sister to Cass County, Indiana, where the two made their home with an elder sister. In the spring of 1849, JOHN S. began driving mules on the Wabash and Erie Canal, and in the fall of the same year went to live with a brother-in-law, WILLIAM DODD, at Napoleon, Ohio. In 1850, MR. DODD was elected Sheriff of Henry County, and under him MR. THOMPSON served as Deputy two years. In the spring of 1854, he moved to Logansport, (Cass County) Indiana, clerked in a dry goods store two years, and then in a general store at Middle Fork two years longer. He then returned to Napoleon, clerked a year, and then clerked in Logansport until May, 1864, when he came to Pulaski this County, and opened a general store in company with J. F. TAYLOR. In 1868, he bought MR. TAYLOR's interest and conducted the business alone until 1874, when he was elected Treasurer of Pulaski County, and re-elected in 1876. From 1879 till 1881, he was cashier of the Winamac Bank. He then retired to his farm of 600 acres near Pulaski, and engaged in agriculture and stock raising. In April 1882, he purchased A. A. BUTLER's stock of general merchandise at Pulaski, and is now conducting that business. In 1871, MR. THOMPSON married REBECCA ENT, a native of New Jersey, who has borne him four children, of whom two are still living."