Our adventures in Billshit begin with the human birth of William T Compton in 1835. He was a loyal son, husband, father, soldier, and friend during his human life. His ancestors originally from England, came to the New World in the late 17th century and soon settled in Louisiana. Enhanced feature, season 1 bluray.
William grew up a privileged young Southern gentleman living near the newly named parish seat of Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Shreve Town was originally contained within the boundaries of a section of land sold to the company by the indigenous Caddo Indians in the year of 1835. In 1838, Caddo Parish was created from the large Natchitoches Parish and Shreve Town became the parish seat. Shreveport remains the parish seat of Caddo Parish today. As other states, except Alaska, have counties: Louisiana has parishes. In essence, they are the same. On March 20, 1839, the town was incorporated as “Shreveport.” Originally, the town consisted of sixty-four city blocks, created by eight streets running west from the Red River and eight streets running south from Cross Bayou, one of its tributaries.
Shreveport soon became a center of steamboat commerce, mostly cotton and agricultural crops. Shreveport also had a slave market, though slave trading was not as widespread as in other parts of the state. Steamboats plied the Red River, and stevedores loaded and unloaded cargo. By 1860, Shreveport had a free population of 2,200 and 1,300 slaves within the city limits. Wikipedia
He met his lovely wife, Caroline at a Debutante Ball, more than likely in Shreveport, in 1857 and he was so smitten that he married his Deb 3 months later. Caroline Grant Compton was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1840, to Theodore and Leona Grant. Her father owned a sugar plantation and was one of the first men in Louisiana to free his slaves prior to the Civil War. From this information we can assume that the first of William and Caroline’s children, Sarah Compton was born sometime between 1858 and 1861. Her mother had sent her to Tennessee during the smallpox outbreak, which claimed the life of the Comptons’ other child, Thomas, in 1868. Caroline became a war widow in 1865 and died in 1894. Bloodlines, season 3, bluray, S3, bluray extras.
William left his wife Caroline and their two young children for training with the Confederate Army’s Gray’s 28th for the South in the Civil War against the Northern Aggression at, Camp Jackson, near Vienna — June – July, 1862. However, William would have been conscripted to war on April 16, 1861 when the Confederate conscription law approved by CSA President Jefferson Davis and it required service by all eligible males between the ages of 18 and 35. Caroline would have raised her children and busied herself in the war effort. During the American Civil War, Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana from 1863–1865, having succeeded, first, Baton Rouge, and then Opelousas after each fell under Union control. The city was a Confederate stronghold throughout the war and was the site of the headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate Army. Isolated from events in the east, the Civil War continued in the Trans-Mississippi theater for several weeks after Robert E. Lee‘s surrender in April 1865, and the Trans-Mississippi was the last Confederate command to surrender, on May 26, 1865. Confederate President Jefferson Davis attempted to flee to Shreveport when he left Richmond but was captured en route in Irwinville, Georgia.
“The women of Shreveport and vicinity labored long hours over their sewing machines to provide their men with adequate underclothing and uniforms. After the excitement of Fort Sumter, there was a great rush to get the volunteer companies ready and off to New Orleans. . . . Forming a Military Aid Society, the ladies of Shreveport requested donations of wool and cotton yarn for knitting socks. Joined by others, the Society collected blankets for the wounded and gave concerts and tableaux to raise funds. Tickets were sold for a diamond ring given by the mercantile house of Hyams and Brothers. . . .
A Confederate minstrel show gave two performances to raise money for the war effort in Shreveport in December 1862. The Shreveport Ladies Aid Society announced a grand dress ball for April 6, 1863. That same month students at the Mansfield Female College in Mansfield in De Soto Parish presented a vocal and instrumental concert to support the war.
June 2, 1865, General E. Kirby Smith’s army of the Trans-Mississippi surrendered, the last of the Confederate army to do so. William would have been released for his long walk home. Hungry, he came upon a cabin, knocked and met his maker and he was turned vampire by Lorena Krasiki.
Sarah William and Caroline Compton’s son, Thomas Charles Compton was more than likely born in the beginning of 1862 and died of smallpox during a local outbreak in 1868. He was buried by his father, who by then had become a vampire. Bloodlines, season 3, bluray.
William returned to his former home and his wife only saw him once again. It was a devastating reunion, ending only after Bill glamoured her into forgetting about his return, then buried their son, Thomas. Bloodlines, season 3, bluray.
William and Lorena had a variety of alter-egos, though Faviana and Guillaume were two of their favorites. While the characters they played often changed, the ritual remained the same. Bluray features 2.06
Los Angeles, California
William is conflicted with his vampire existence. He had grown tired of the games he and Lorena played for 70 years, but William had been making good use of his nights. William wanted to be on his way and persuaded Lorena to release him.
Pam’s character perspective
Vampire 101. A maker always has control over their progeny, a given of course. But during those healthy petulant years ‘as your maker I command you’ reminder never hurts. They can roam the world without you, their obliged to you in every way, but of course, every rule has a loophole. Set your progeny free and they are no longer yours to control.
The only way a vampire can be set free by his or her maker is by having the maker say the words, “As your maker, I release you.”
Being released by your maker so soon after turning is not common. But then what is with Bill Compton? Always playing by different rules, forging new ground fighting some sanctimonious fights that doesn’t even exist. Such drama. But in this particular scenario, he won. Lorena released him which means he’s as free as a bird. He will always sense her but he will no longer be obliged to follow her orders. I just lost a little respect for her. Bluray features 2.07
Diane Virginia Hardwicke
(Born 1904, made vampires 1938) Diane ended her human life in Niagara Falls, Canada, the night the Honeymoon Bridge collapsed. Diane had been brought there on a “second honeymoon” by her husband Virgil, with whom she had a tumultuous relationship in which Diane was berated for being barren. This trip turned out to be their last together. No deaths were reported, but Diane knows better. . Not long after her transformation, Diane has a single sexual encounter with Bill Compton. Years later, she was destroyed in a Bon Temps fire set by Royce Williams. Enhanced feature, season 1 bluray.
Bill Compton obtains employment in the court of Sophie Anne LeClerq, Vampire Queen of Louisiana, as procurer.
Bill the punk vampire meets Nan Flanagan in a dark alley.
After Bill spent roughly 150 years wondering the world he returned to Bon Temps after the Great Revelation in order to “mainstream” into the community he and his family once called home. Bill quickly met Sookie Stackhouse and fell in love with her, and will do anything and everything to protect her. Bloodlines, season 3, bluray.