Clan MacTavish Official BadgeThe crest badge Clan MacTavish contains the crest and motto of the clan chief. The crest is blazoned a boar's head erased or langued proper. The motto is NON OBLITUS, which translates from Latin as "not forgetful" of "not forgotten" William James Thompson 1918

William James 'Willie' Thompson
Celtic Knot depicting eternal lifeCeltic Knot depicting eternal life



Born - February 18, 1903 at Aunt Joanna Metcalf's home in Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

Parents - Frederick James Thompson and Agnes Templeton Meikle

Married - Virginia Lenore Wood in April 1920 presumably in Denver, Colorado


Died - August 19, 1920 at Thompson Ranch, Adams County, Colorado

Buried - Thompson Family Plot at Crown Hill Cemetery

Willie, as he was affectionately known by his family, was the second born son of FJ and Agnes. His childhood was no different than any of the other Thompson boys. They played hard, worked hard, and were a part of a loving, close family.

We know he graduated from Eighth Grade in June 1918 from Columbian School in Denver, Colorado. Here is a picture of his graduating class - Class of 1918. It was at Columbian that he met his future wife, Virginia.

They eloped in April 1920, both of them around the age of 17. Her parents attempted to annul the marriage but failed. They lived at the Thompson Ranch after that.

Willie died on August 19, 1920 after what appeared to be an agonizing illness. Willie's mother was cleaning up the house on the day of the funeral when she found a packet of strange looking powder underneath a doily in their room. She gave it to her husband who in turn called in the Adams County Sheriff. Without going into a lot of details, his death has remained one of Adams County "Unsolved Murders". You can read a newspaper article about it here. Willie's death caused an enormous strain on the family, in particular his Mother. Agnes suffered tremendously over the years and desperately tried to expose the truth whatever it was. She never did.

The family always said that after Virginia was released from jail, she later moved to somewhere in California with her parents. I have always been told she was pregnant at the time and died in childbirth along with the baby. So far in my research, I have yet to find proof of her death or proof of a childbirth.

Willie's Photo Album

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