On December 6, 1912, tragedy struck in the quaint town of Wood River, Illinois. Samuel Thomas Thompson, the revered Chief of Police and a cherished figure in the community, met a violent end in the line of duty. A twist of fate also claimed the life of his assailant, who succumbed to injuries inflicted by Thompson’s own firearm.

Samuel had migrated from England as a young man, and his family history remained shrouded in uncertainty. Faced with a labyrinth of conflicting information on various family history sites, the need for an exhaustive investigation into our fallen hero’s lineage emerged.

Using modern methods of DNA testing and a fusion of genetic and traditional genealogical methods, the enigma surrounding Samuel Thomas Thompson’s roots is finally unraveled.