The Thompson House
is probably the oldest of the above structures. It is about 1/4 mile
east of the old depot, and behind a house formerly occupied by Herman Thompson, dec'd
(not closely related to the original Thompson family there), and near
the Thompson/Pettus Cemetery. The house is now owned and occupied by Kevin M. Price. (yr 2006).
In 1832, David Thompson, Jr. purchased the tract of land from the estate
of Eddins Moore. The tract was half of the Joseph Gregory Senior land
sold in Mecklenburg in 1807, when Gregory remarried to a Charlotte County
Joseph Gregory sold in 1807 to William Tisdale of Lunenburg, who
sold it the following April to Eddins Moore of Lunenburg. Moore was
deceased by 1814 (land tax), and the tract was tied up in the Eddins
Moore estate until purchased by David Thompson, Jr. in 1832. It is likely
this is the part of the Joseph Gregory land on which his family was
reared, as this half of the Joseph Gregory tract lay on the river and
included two acres on the Lunenburg side, "for use of the mill."
In the Thompson household, 1850 Mecklenburg Co., VA Census, all born
David Thompson 44, farmer
Martha Thompson 51
James Thompson 17
Francis Thompson 16
David Thompson 15
John Thompson 13
In the Thompson household, 1870 Mecklenburg Co., VA Census
David Thompson 63, farmer
James L. Thompson 35, farmer
Martha A. Thompson 34 (1st married to
William Walker Pettus I)
Lucius M. Pettus 19, farm hand
William W. Pettus 16, attending school
John H. H. Pettus 9, attending school (correction, should read John
H. H. Thompson)
David J. Pettus 3 (correction, should read David J. Thompson)
Sophia W. Davis, 60, lives with daughter
Note: Above corrections made 16 Feb 2001.
The Big House
William Walker Pettus II moved from the Thompson House to the Big House
about 1918, and lived there until he died in 1932. The Big House was
built by Rennie Meade in the 1880's. William Walker Pettus III, Lucile
Pettus and Thelma Pettus inherited the Big House and 35-acre farm. (Size
of farm subject to correction/16-Feb-01) It was sold to Norman Neblett
in 1948. (Files of William Walker Pettus IV)
The Little House next to the Big House
Was occupied by Henry Norton ("Note") Pettus, son
of Lucius Pettus.
Finneywood Store and Post Office|
Operated by Jake Watson until 1905. William Walker Pettus II and Note
Pettus bought the store and ran it until the 20's, when it was sold
to Mr. Shelton. (Files of William Walker Pettus IV, who believes this
store was one of two near the station.)
Thompson - Pettus Family Cemetery - Located
on east side of Hwy. 682 approximately 1/4 mile south of village of
Finneywood on Thompson farm near old Thompson homeplace.
PETTUS, Betty Reid Hardy 26 Oct. 1887 - 2 Feb. 1970
Jackson Bayne 27 Aug. 1883 - 19 Feb. 1948
Hallie Mason 1908 - 1980
*Neil _____ - _____
*William _____ - _____
THOMPSON, James L. _____ - _____ - CSA, Co. C, 21 VA. Inf., Pvt.
*Martha Ann Davis w/o James L. Thompson - _____ - _____
David, Jr. f/o James L. Thompson - _____ -
Martha _____ - _____
* Marked by field stones as told to me by Mrs. John (Sally)
Bigger, 93 years old (life) resident of the Finneywood area. The census
records were also used by this writer to try to determine who is buried
at the Thompson homeplace.
THOMPSON, Infant d/o D. J. & M. L. Thompson - 16 Jan. 1902 - 23 Jan.
***Stone placed by Munsey Moore. It is believed that a child is buried
in this cemetery. (From Cemetery and Tombstone Records of Mecklenburg
Co., VA, Vol. I, by Munsey A. Moore, 1982, 718 Boyd St. Chase City,
MAP: See Finneywood
section of WPA map at LVA.