George Thompson Jnr was the son of a clothier, which would probably mean something more than a weaver. Though George Thompson Snr may well have had a loom himself, he would probably also have co-ordinated the production of other workers.
In Baildon, as in the West Riding of Yorkshire generally, the woollen industry was the main source of income and the Thompson family made their living in the various branches of manufacture. Sheep no longer roam on Baildon Moor but in George’s day the whole process from lambing to the finished cloth would take place in and around the village.
George Jnr was described as a “worsted weaver” in marriage and birth registrations, as distinct from the “clothiers”. His wife Mary was the daughter of a weaver and his daughter Mary would marry a woolcomber. Spinning and weaving would be done at home with the younger children quickly picking up skills.
In 1724 Daniel Defoe, in his Tour of Great Britain, described the Yorkshire wool trade: “no hands being unemployed all can gain their bread, even the youngest to the most ancient. Hardly anything above four years old but its hands are sufficient to itself.”
Father of Mary Thompson and son of George and Mary Thompson
Baptised on 16 October 1743 at Baildon, Yorkshire
Married Mary Longcaster on 23 March 1767
No record of death found