William Thomas Hampton, Sr. (1592 - 1652)

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Birthplace: Twickenham, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Hampfield, Gloucester, Virginia
Occupation: m1614 middlesex
Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About William Thomas Hampton, Sr.

There are many websites already devoted to the origins of the Hampton’s. Our originator was supposedly Richard Gervais de Hampton, born about 1430, and his wife Maud, of Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England. But I am going to start with our immigrant ancestor, William.

William Hampton, born ca May 1590/92, christened 28 May 1592 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England, “Heritage of Stokes County, NC” states “he was the eldest son of Laurence Hampton, Sr. and his second wife. Laurence had two children by his first wife (John and Cassandra) and six by his second wife (William, Ann, Richard, Elizabeth, Laurence and Philadelphia). William Hampton, the first generation Hampton in this country, came at the age of 29 to Jamestown, VA aboard the ship Bona Nova in the fall of 1620 when the colony had about 1,200 people. He had been a wool merchant in London and probably came at the bidding of his uncle, Thomas Hampton. Thomas had been an original stockholder in the "London Company" which in 1607 sent a group of English settlers to Virginia to establish a colony. This was strictly a business venture and land in the colony was available through stock investments, to the settlers. William later paid the passage of his wife Joan and their three children, William, Jr., Grace and Elizabeth. They arrived in 1621 on the ship Abigail; a cousin, John Hampton also arrived on the Abigail. His first property was at old Point Comfort, near Mobjack Bay in Gloucester Co. VA, then Isle of Wight Co., then Eastermont River, where he built a plantation named "Hampfield" after 1651. He was a wool merchant, buying wool from other Virginians and shipping it to his brother Laurence Hampton in London, who was a merchant tailor.

William and Joan/Joane had the following known children:

1) William, Jr. HAMPTON (b.Bet. 1615-1617-MIddlesex,England)

|   sp: UNKNOWN

2) Grace HAMPTON (b.Abt 1618-England)

3) Elizabeth HAMPTON (b.England)

4) Rev. THOMAS HAMPTON (b.16 Apr 1623-Elizabeth City County,Virginia d.Oct 1690-James City County,Virignia (age 67)) sp: Unknown (note: his relationship to the emigrant and name of his oldest son is had in the old Deed for Hampfield in 1745.)

http://oursoutherncousins.com/hampton.html

-------------------- SOURCE: http://kueber.us/p1219.htm#i24370

William Hampton moved to Virginia before his 30th birthday. When a muster was taken of the inhabitants of the colony in January of 1624, William and his wife, Joane were listed in the muster of Edward Waters at Elizabeth City. William was said to be 40 and Joane 25. Joane and children came to Virginia in 1621 on the Abigail. They also were recorded in William's own muster in Elizabeth City, with his age given as 34, indicating that Waters had recorded the first muster and William his own. He was said to have arrived on the Bona Nova (ship) in 1621. William and Joane had a house, five barrels of corn, 200 ct. fish, plus eight pieces (guns), a pound of powder and 20 pounds of lead. The dual record enabled Waters to receive credit for transporting William and William was later able to patent land for transporting nine person, including Willi Hampton, Grace Hampton, Elizabeth Hampton and Alice Curtice, children; Virginia meyer and John F. Dorman. Adventures of Purse and Person, 1987, Page 60, 67; Land Patent Book 1, pt II, p. 752.

By 1627, he had leased 50 acres at Buck Roe "on a creek parting the land from James Bonall and John Henry, and east upon a creek parting the same from Point Comfort Island" (ibid). That he is the William Hampton of Twickenham is revealed by his brother Laurence's will, proved in Twickenham 9 November 1627. Laurence, Jr. left legacies to his wife and to his sibliings: 10 Pounds (English Money) to William "when he returns from Virgnia, but if he dies the money is to go to sister Philadelphia;" another 20 Pounds to Philadelphia and a bequest to sister Ann and her husband Henry Rand. William by now a tobacco planter, continued to expand his land holdings. In March 1632 he patented 50 acres at Buck Roe, laying easterly upon the creek parting Point Comfort Island, alongside James Bonall and John Hayney (Land Patent Book 1, pt I, page 153). In 1634 he executed a 100 year lease on another 100 acres adjoining Bonall (ibid), and in December 1640 he patented 550 acres for himself, Joane and nine headrights, located between Nutmeg Quarter and Poquoson Forest, north and west of Buck Roe (Land Patent Book 1, pt II, page 752). Then on 25 March 1651 he patented an additional 700 acres on the easter side of the East River "in Mockjack [Mobjack] Bay," claiming fourteen headrights, including his sister Philadelphia (Land Patent Book 2, page 311). This property, located near present day Mathews Courthouse, he named "Hampfield." He died soon thereafter. His will was written 5 September 1652 (the record of this will survives in a deed made by his great-great-grandson John Hampton II in Caroline County in 1743.

Why did William Hampton migrate to Virginia? Probably because a relative, Thomas Hampton of London, was a stockholder in the Virginia Company in 1612, investing another 25 Pounds in 1620. When the company was chartered in 1606, Sir William Wade, son of Armigal Wade of Yorkshire, was appointed to oversee its affairs. Thomas's relationship to William Hampton is unknown, as is that of Sir William to the Wades who were in Virginia with the Hamptons, but a John Hampton, indentity also unknown, but perhaps William's older brother, lived nearby at Buck Roe in 1627. There is also a Reverend Thomas Hampton who came to Kecoughtan Parish as a minister (the peninsula on which Elizabeth City was created had been home to the Kecoughtan Indians). Kecoughtan church had been built in 1613 and was rebuilt in 1624 when the parish was renamed, Elizabeth City. In 1637 Reverend Thomas moved to Nansemond Parish in Upper Norfolk County, pantenting 1,000 acres on the Nansemond River, but by 1639 he had become the rector of James City parish and moved to Jamestown Island. Following this he became the minister of York-Hampton Parish, where he d.s.p. 5 January 1648 and for want ofheirs, his property was escheated.

It is believed that the Reverend Thomas was instrumental in sending William's son Thomas to England to study for the clergy. When the older Reverend Thomas died, the younger Thomas succeeded him as minister of York-Hampton Parish. Thomas Jr. was born 16 April 1623, after the family's arrival in Virginia (entry in a bible given to him on his 65th birthday that has been passed down to his descendants; Joseph L. Miller, The Virginia Hamptons, Howard Hampton Papers, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas).1 -------------------- ID: I58586

Name: ***William Hampton 1

Sex: M

Birth: ABT 28 MAY 1592 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England

Death: AFT 5 SEP 1652 in Hampfield, Gloucester County, Virginia

Note:

He arrived in Virginia prior to 1624 when he was listed in the Muster of 1624/5 of Edward Waters.

He arrived in the ship Bona Nona in 1620.

(Adventurers of Purse and Person, Dorman, 1987, page 60.)

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He is a qualifying member for the Jamestowne Society.

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Gloucester County was formed from York County, Virginia in 1651, and represents the northern part of York County. Va.

Father: ***Lawrence Hampton , Sr. b: 1558 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England

Marriage 1 Joane

Married: ABT 1620 in Middlesex, England

Children

William Hampton b: 1618 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England
Grace Hampton b: 1619 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England
Elizabeth Hampton b: 1620 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England
***Thomas Hampton , Sr. b: 15 APR 1623 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia

Sources:

Title: The Venturers by Maynard, pages 1-9.

-------------------- Immigrated from England and landed in Jamestown, Virginia aboard the Bono Novo in 1620, lived on 700-acre estate, Hampfield, in Gloucester Co., Virginia. -------------------- William Hampton, born ca May 1590/92, christened 28 May 1592 in Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England, “Heritage of Stokes County, NC” states “he was the eldest son of Laurence Hampton, Sr. and his second wife. Laurence had two children by his first wife (John and Cassandra) and six by his second wife (William, Ann, Richard, Elizabeth, Laurence and Philadelphia). William Hampton, the first generation Hampton in this country, came at the age of 29 to Jamestown, VA aboard the ship Bona Nova in the fall of 1620 when the colony had about 1,200 people. He had been a wool merchant in London and probably came at the bidding of his uncle, Thomas Hampton. Thomas had been an original stockholder in the "London Company" which in 1607 sent a group of English settlers to Virginia to establish a colony. This was strictly a business venture and land in the colony was available through stock investments, to the settlers. William later paid the passage of his wife Joan and their three children, William, Jr., Grace and Elizabeth. They arrived in 1621 on the ship Abigail; a cousin, John Hampton also arrived on the Abigail. His first property was at old Point Comfort, near Mobjack Bay in Gloucester Co. VA, then Isle of Wight Co., then Eastermont River, where he built a plantation named "Hampfield" after 1651. He was a wool merchant, buying wool from other Virginians and shipping it to his brother Laurence Hampton in London, who was a merchant tailor.

William and Joan/Joane had the following known children:

1) William, Jr. HAMPTON (b.Bet. 1615-1617-MIddlesex,England)

2) Grace HAMPTON (b.Abt 1618-England)

3) Elizabeth HAMPTON (b.England)

4) Rev. THOMAS HAMPTON (b.-Elizabeth City County,Virginia d.Oct 1690-James City County,Virignia (age 67)) sp: Unknown

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William Thomas Hampton, Sr.'s Timeline

1592
May 28, 1592
Twickenham, Middlesex, England
1619
1619
Age 26
Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, , England
1620
1620
Age 27
Twickenham Parish, Middlesex, England
1620
Age 27
UK
1620
Age 27
1621
1621
Age 28
On the "Abigail"
1623
April 16, 1623
Age 30
Elizabeth City, VA
1652
September 5, 1652
Age 60
Hampfield, Gloucester, Virginia
September 6, 1652
Age 60
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