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Mary Thompson

  • Birth: ABT 1597 in Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: BEF 1643 in Elizabeth City Co, VA
  • Father: Ralphe Thompson b: ABT 1560 in Engl
  • Mother: Elizabeth Harsnett

Note: !MISC: Aunt of 1st Baron Haversham.

Passenger of the George to Virginia, 1623


  1. William Tucker b: 7 Jan 1589 in Cornwall, Engl c: 6 Apr 1589 in St Nicholas Acons, London, Engl


  1. Elizabeth Tucker b: Aug 1623 in Elizabeth City, VA
  2. William Tucker b: ABT 1625 in Elizabeth City, VA
  3. Thomas Tucker
  4. Mary Tucker



The following entiries were obtained from my Hotten book 8a from the Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia 1624/1625 chapters, pages 201 thru 265, which lists the muster captain, and what ship the individual arrived on.

  • Tucker, Mary, 1623 voyage, wife of Capt. William, muster at Elizabeth City.
  • Thompson, William, 1623 voyage, aged 17 at muster at Elizabeth City under Capt William Tucker.
  • Tompson, George, 1623 voyage, aged 17 at muster at Elizabeth City under Capt William Tucker.
  • Tompson, Paule, 1623 voyage, aged 14 at muster at Elizabeth City under Capt William Tucker.

from Tucker, William (1624- ? )

William Tucker was the first person of African ancestry born in the 13 British Colonies.  His birth symbolized the beginnings of a distinct African American identity along the eastern coast of what would eventually become the United States.

William Tucker was born in 1624 near Jamestown, Virginia, the son of “Antoney and Isabell,” two African indentured servants. Historians do not know much of William Tucker’s life due to the fragmented pieces of primary source material available for contemporary study.

According to the 1624-1625 Virginia Census, 22 Africans lived in Virginia at the time of Tucker’s birth. The first 20 of these Africans arrived in 1619 and all of them worked under indentured servitude contracts.  These men and women were not slaves because Virginia’s General Assembly had not yet worked out the terms for enslavement in the colony. Consequently these first Africans in Virginia received the same rights, duties, privileges, responsibilities, and punishments as their white indentured counterparts from Great Britain.  They also worked under the same terms and many but not all were given land at the end of their period of indenture.  In fact they and their descendants became the nucleus of the free black population which existed in Virginia prior to the Civil War.

William Tucker’s parents were among this group of 22 first Africans. They worked for a Captain William Tucker, the Virginia envoy to the Pamunkey Indians, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Tucker. Anthony and Isabella participated in the establishment of Elizabeth City County, Virginia which is now the city of Hampton, in 1634. In the early 1620s Captain Tucker allowed the couple to wed though the practice violated English custom for indentured servants. Anthony and Isabella married at least a year before giving birth to their son William Tucker in 1624.

William Tucker seems to have had a childhood similar to that of other children born to indentured servants in the colony. According to the 1624-1625 census, there were two other servant children, both white, born around the time of William Tucker.

Many facts regarding Tucker’s life remain a mystery. The historical record did not reveal his personal experiences in Virginia, whether he was married or had children, or the date of his death. What was known was Tucker’s baptism in the Anglican Church and that he was named after his family’s master, Captain William Tucker. Young William Tucker was counted as one of Captain Tucker’s 17 servants.

From Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Virginia Company of London: Virginia Historical Society, 1888 - Virginia.  Page 183

The first of this family recorded was Robert Thompson, "that com out of ye North," married and had issue: 

  • Maurice, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, who married Katharine, daughter of Harvay, and had issue: 
    • Ralph Thompson, of Walton, Hertfordshire, living in 1634, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Harsnett, and had issue: 
      • i. Maurice (of the text); 
      • ii Colonel George, as above, born 1603, came to Virginia in 1623, Burgess in 1629, and served gallantly the same year against the Indians; 
      • iii. Sir William, Governor of the East India Company in the reign of Charles II; 
      • iv. Paul, born 1610, and came to Virginia in 1628; 
      • v. Major Robert, who owned considerable property in New as well as Old England;
      • vi. Elizabeth, married Stokes, Rector of Walton. 

Maurice Thompson, the eldest son, had a son, Sir John, long a prominent member of the House of Commons, and created, May 4, 1696, Baron Haversham, a title which expired with him. Captain William Tucker, of Elizabeth City county, Virginia, married Mary Thompson. In 1636 William Tucker, Maurice Thompson, George Thompson, and others, had a joint grant of land. In 1624 William Tucker had a grant in Elizabeth City, and among the "head rights" were his wife's brothers, George, Paul and William Thompson.

from Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 19 edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, Sir Sidney Lee. Page 1212

TUCKER, WILLIAM (1589P-1640P), colonist, born in England about 1589, seems to have gone out to Virginia in 1610 in the Mary and James (see Neill, op. cit.) He was one of the first subscribers to the Virginia Company, and in 1617 sent over two men in his service to the colony, liimself following in 1618. He apparently devoted himself to trading voyages as well as to planting, and probably from this obtained the title' Captain' by which reference is generally made to him. To judge from instructions which he left on one of his visits to England, he was a shrewd and hard man of business (Cal. State Papers, Colonial, 1574-1660, p. 151). Here resided at Kiccowtan (afterwards Elizabeth City), where he had an estate of eight hundred acres and a large establishment, and on 30 July 1619 he was elected member for that city to the first assembly of Virginia. He toon a leading part in the fighting arising out of the massacre in the colony by the Indians in 1622. Before 1623 he had become a member of the council of Virginia, and apparently was reappointed in subsequent years till his | death. In 1630, and again in 1632 and 1633, he made voyages to England. On the last of these occasions he made an application to the privy council for a renewal of the ancient charter of Virginia, and for restraint of the Dutch from the trade. He seems to have died in England, probably before 1640. He married, before 1618, Mary, daughter of Robert (SIC: Ralph)Thompson of Watton, Hertfordshire, who was aunt to the first Baron Haversham.

[Brown's Genesis of the United States, ii. 1034; Neill's Virginia Carolorum, p. 40; Calendar of State Papers, Colonial, 1574-1660.]

!MISC: Aunt of 1st Baron Haversham.* Updated from RootsWeb's WorldConnect via father Ralphe Thompson by SmartCopy: Jun 20 2015, 19:49:10 UTC

  • "Thomson - Tower Ward" in The Visitation of London: Anno Domini 1633, 1634, and 1635. Made ..., Volume 17. By Sir Henry St. George, Sir Henry Saint-George, Sir Richard Saint-George.  Page 282.
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Mary Tucker's Timeline

Watton-on-Stone, Hertfordshire, England
Age 21
Age 21
Virginia Colony
Age 22
Virginia, United States
April 2, 1624
Age 27
Elizabeth City, Virginia
Age 27
Westmorland, England
Age 31
Virginia, USA
Age 31
Age 43
Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States