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William Thompson, II

Also Known As: "Reverend William Thompson"
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Lancastershire, England
Death: circa 1700 (67-75)
Surry County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. William Thompson, of Braintree and Abigail Thompson
Husband of Katherine Thompson and Katherine Thompson
Father of Elizabeth Sisson; William Thompson, III; Thomas Thompson; Samuel Thompson; John Thompson and 2 others
Brother of Mary Blinman; John Thompson; Elinor French; Dea. Samuel Thompson; Eleazer Thompson and 3 others
Half brother of William Thompson; Anne Thompson and Andrew Thompson

Occupation: graduated Harvard College 1653, Minister, Reverend
Managed by: Jack Brian Scaife
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About William Thompson, II

Descendants of Rev. William Thompson

Generation No. 2

William2 Thompson (Rev. William1) was born 01 January 1629/30 in Lancastershire, England, and died Abt. 1700 in Surry Co., VA. He married Katherine Treat 19 September 1655 in Boston, MA, daughter of Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord. She was born before 29 June 1637 in Pitminster, Somerset, England, and died Aft. 1700 in Surry Co., VA.

Notes for William Thompson:

The Rev. William Thompson preached at Southwark and Lawnes Creek Parishes in Surry Co., VA. In 1679/80 he moved to Westmoreland Co., VA where he was granted 85 acres by Proprietors of North Neck of VA in 1695/6. Other sources say he moved to Westmoreland County about 1690, but he was certainly there at the death of Lawrence Washington.

In the will of Lawrence Washington, Westmoreland Co., VA dated 11 March 1697/8, probated 30 March 1698, he leaves a ring (value of 30 shillings each) to friends William Thompson, Clerk and Mr. Samuel Thompson. Executors were friends Samuel Thompson and cousin Gen. Washington of Stafford Co. [This is from Nola Duffy}

1668 Mr. William Thompson listed as a tithable--Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co., VA

1678-Mr. William Thompson, Samuel Thompson & John Thompson--tithables Lawnes Creek Parish.

At a General Court held at James Citty 2d April 1674 Sir Wm Berkeley Knt Governor &c Sr. Hen:Chicheley Knt Tho:Ludwell Scr Coll Nath:Bacon Hen: Corbyn Lt Col Dannll Parke Esqrs. Mr. Wm Thomson hath order Granted to Pattent about five hundred Acres of Land in Surrey County formerly Granted to Anthony Spiltimber and Since to Richard Awborne and for want of Seateing by them Deserted, Ent rights According to Custome.

22 Sept 1682, Patent Book 7, p 182., Surry Co., Beg. in a Gr. Cyprus Sw; along Mr. Meriwether's line &c. Granted to Anthony Spiltimber 14 May 1666; deserted; & granted sd. Thompson 2 Apr 1674, by order &c; due for trans. of 10 Negroes: Jack, Ned, Tony, Besse, Maria, Tom, Sam, Echo, Oby, Ann. From Cavaliers and Pioneers, p 243.

VA Land Patent BK 6, p 363, 16 March 1670 Patent to Mr. William Thompson, Minister, for 630 acres, Surry Co., for transporting 13 persons including William and Katherine Thompson and their children, William, Samuel, John and Katherine Thompson and Eleazer Thompson, John Allen and Margaret Thomas.

While at Harvard his quarter-bills apparently differ from all before his time in the two particulars of not containing any charge for tuition, and, until near the end of the Junior year, of having a quarterly allowance, "for his services in the hall," of one pound,--nearly enough to meet his college expenses, which were economically limited to study-rent, bed-making, commons, and sizings. On subsequent bills he is credited "by appelles butter and pullettes 17s," and "by an oxe L6, 7s, 7 1/2d"and 9 December 1653 is charged for discontinuance for 5 quarters and fyer and Candell L1, 7s. indicating absence for a considerable period during the latter part of his college course. ( Harvard College Steward's Accounty-Books, i 77, 78 E. Hazard, Hist. Collections)

This William Thompson graduated from Harvard in 1653 and went to Springfield, MA, to preach from 1654-1656. On 20 December 1656 " Mr. Thomson came to Misticke" there he set out to learn the Indian language in order to preach to them. He was appointed missionary to the Pequots in 1657. 12 June 1659 "Mr. Tompson taught at Mr. Buttow's {house, near Mystic]" He probably removed thereafter to New London, where he bought a house. When he left New London in feeble health in 1663, his house was sold to Oliver Manwaring whose descendant Frances Manwaring Caulkins wrote the HISTORY OF NEW LONDON in 1895. 7 Sept. 1659 he received ten pounds "paid to Mr. William Tompson whoe studdieth the Indian Language that he may Teach and Instruct the Pequotts" 1662 twenty pounds paid for "teaching the Indians about New London" 18 Sept. 1663, Mr. William Thompson made a tender of property to the Court of Magistrates at Hartford: "Whereas Mr. Wm. Thomson, of New London, is removing himself from thence to Virginia"...This comes from John L. Sibley's Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard College (pp 354-357.] Savage states "in 1664 he gave his wife all his property by deed," being near death..." On 11 October 1664 he made a tender of property to the Court of Magistrates at Hartford for the liquidation of a debt, and the records of the General Assembly at Hartford, 13 Oct 1664 say: Whereas, Mr. Wm. Thomson of New London, is remoueing himself from thence to Virginia, and is indebted by Bills the sume of Twenty nine pounds, seven shilling and fower pencee, which Bill is in the hands of John Packer, This Court orders the Constable of New London to secure so much of the estate of Mr. Thomson in his hands, as it shall be apprized by indifferent men and the sayd Constable is to keep it in his hands, till he hath order from this Court or the Court of Magistrates to dispose of it to the right owner which is according to Mr. Thomson's tender to the Court of Magistrats." Sprague presumes his death before 1667 since his name is not mentioned in the administration of the estate of his father, and backs it up quoting a letter from Pixford Bay Virginia, 29 June 1665 authorizing his 'Loving brother, Mr. James Treat of Wethersfield, to make sale of property in New London. However, the Catalogue of Harvard Graduates issued in 1700 has no mention of his death..[J. Savage, Genealogical Dictionary, iv 289, 326.

Richard Blinman expressed his appreciation of Mr. Thomson by giving him a piece of land and swamp which was "given me for a wood lot, lying towards the west side of William Cumstock's hill, which if you please to accept as a token of my love I do give and confirm it to you. Your loving friend" Written from New Haven 11 April 1659. Blinman had left the Mystic area in early 1658 and eventually returned to England soon after writing the above letter to William Thompson. In her History of New London, Connecticut 1612-1860 Frances Manwaring Caulkins gives some background on Richard Blinman. He was proposed for freemanship at Plymouth, Mass, 2 March 1640. Mr. Blinman had been silenced for non-conformity to the established church in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, England. He came with other Welsh people first to Green's Harbor near Marshfield, MA, later went to Gloucester near Cape Ann and in the fall of 1650 to New London, then Pequot Harbor.

Mrs. Caulkins points out that while William owned a farm, his residence was in the town plat, on what is now Manwaring's Hill. His house was sold to Oliver Manwaring when he left "in feeble health in 1663."(History of New London" by Frances Manwaring Caulkins, 1895.) footnote, p 128.

Surry Co. Va, Deed Book 1, p 237 1 July 1664. Wm Morton of New England of New London, Gent, have sold to Wm Thompson of Surry Co., VA, minister of God's Word, for considerable sum of money a neck of land sittuate in New London aforesaid disjoyning upon y Great River and was formerly in ye occupation of Richard Blondmore[Blinman?], Minister of ye Parish and from him purchased by me ye sd Morton, and from me to Wm Thompson. Wit. Geo. Jordan, John Gittings.

Other deed records include from Surry County Deed Book I, 1652-1672 p. 303 7 July 1668 Wm. Thompson, of Surry County, sells to Daniell Regan for 100 acres adjoining Francis Sorsby. Wit.: James Watson, John Phillips. Signed Wm. Thompson, Katherine Thompson.

p. 304 6 Nov 1668 Daniel Regan (Regant) and Eliza. Regant assign to Wm. Thompson, Minister, his patent for 900 lbs. of tob. Thomas Candlis his right to one-half as formerly sold his on 14 Oct 1667. Signed Jas. Watkin, John Phillips. ( From Surry Co., VA, Records 1652-1684 by Eliza Timberlake Davis, Baltimore 1980.)

p 260 10 August 1665. All these presents shall know that William Thompson purchased of Francis Sowerby of Surry County 105 1/2 acres of land, being a patent to Mr. John Jennings dated April 1649. Now Wm. Thompson for 300 lbs. tob. sells to Francis Sowerby. Rec. 5 Sept 1665. Wit.: Geo. Jordan, Joshua Adams.

p 241. 1 Aug. 1664. Wm Thompson, of Surry County, Minister of God's Word, orders his loving friend, Geo Jordan, to receive, sue, and execute all business in Court or otherwise. Wit.: James Mills, Jane Flood

p. 227. 7 March 1663. Jas. Sowerby, late of Surry County, planter, possessed that formerly belonged to Mathew Battle and Daniel Massingale, 207 acres, and now Thos. Sowerby, his brother, has power of attorney to sell to whom he ses fit, and sells this land to Wm Thompson, Clarke, 105 acres, with houses, orchards, etc. Wit.: Geo. Jordan, Jane Flood.

p. 26. Samuel Thompson, Wm. Edwards, Thos. Sowerby, admrs. of the estate of Wm Dorch, deceased. Wit.: Wm Thompson, Wm. Malden. Date not given but on page following 25 October 1683 and likely about that time since Samuel would have to be of age to serve.

William is thought to be the grantee in the following patents:

BK.6, p 370, 20 April 1684 Patent to Mr. William Thompson 150 A. in Surry Co. on Gray's Creek. Cavaliers and Pioneers, p 277, says on N. side of the head of Graye's Cr., 140 acres granted Christopher Lawson; 10 acs. being a neck, below the Horse Bridge bet. sd. 140 acs. & land of Luke Meazell; adj. Mathew Merriott; a sw dividing it from land of John Whittson. Trans. of 3 pers: Richd. Budnye, Wm. Metcalfe, Joseph Cox.

Bk. 7. P 408, 21 Oct 1684 Patent to Mr. William Thompson 150 A. in Surry Co., near Southwark Church. (Trans of 3 pers.]

Bk. 7, p 544, 30 Oct 1686 Patent to Mr. William Thompson and Mr. Edward Chilton 160 A in Upper Parish of Surry Co. (24 headrights)

p. 245 Surry Co., VA Deed and Will Book 4, William Thompson appoints son John his attorney 4 Aug 1690 and on 246 Jno acts as attorney in sale for 5000 lbs tobacco to James Boyes.

William is mentioned as a legatee in the Will of Christopher Lewis (Signed 1 Sep 1673, probated 7 April 1674) who gives to the church at Southwarke Parish a silver flagon of two qut. measure. To William Thompson, minister, 1500 lbs of tobacco to be paid in 1675,...To Wm, Thompson, son of Mr. Wm Thompson, 500 lbs of tobacco, and to sister, Katherine Thompson 500 lb tob...Desires to be buried in ye Chancell & exors to lay a tombstone over me & a funeral sermon, for which exors are to pay. Makes James Jones exor. Surry Co. Book 2, p 35.

William sold to John Salway 1 Aug 1673 property described as being near "the church at the head of Gray's Creek." Surry Co., Deeds and Wills 1671-684, p 29.

Some people have tried to say that his wife was other than Katherine Treat, based on her father's will in which she is referred to as Katherine Jonson, but I saw the will on microfilm at the NEHGS and it is clearly Tompson. The initial T is fancy--besides the records of Boston clearly show that William and Katherine were married by Governor Winthrop.

Marriage Notes for William Thompson and Katherine Treat:

The Boston records show that Katherine and William were married by Governor John Endicott.{N.E. H. G. Register, Vol II, p 210.]

Children of William Thompson and Katherine Treat are:

  1. Catherine Thompson, born in Connecticut.
  2. Samuel Thompson, born Abt. 1656 in Connecticut; died Abt. 1720 in Surry Co., VA. He married Mary Marriott5 before 03 July 1683 in Surry Co., VA; born 1663; died before1721.

Notes for Samuel Thompson:

Samuel's will in 1720 leaves everything to brother, sisters, nieces and nephews. His will was made 20 Sept 1720 and probated in Surry Co., VA 17 May 1721. [Surry W & D II 1715-1730, pp 334, 335, 336. He left " the land at Cypress Swamp to my brother, Wm. Thompson, not to be sold, but to any child of his. To my nephew, Samuel Thompson, my entry at Three Creeks, and land at the head of Crouches' Creek, that I lately escheated, 200 acres, not to be possessed by him until the death of my wife Mary and the death of his father William Thompson. To my brother, Wm. Thompson, my land at Meherrin that I bought of Wm. Braswell, at the death of my wife, Mary. To cousin Wm. Moseley, land upon Nottoway River between the forks of Atamoosack, it being 200 acres, provided he will come to it and live on it himself; if not, the land to go to my brother, William Thompson and cousin Samuel Thompson, after his father's death; to brother William Thompson the land where Thos. Higgs lives. My wife to enjoy the profits of all my lands, my brother and cousins to live on them, then at her death, all the rest of the land not mentioned in this will to my brother William; where I live to cousin, Samuel Thompson; if he die his share to cousins Katherine Thompson, William Thompson, John Thompson, and William Moseley and Mary Moseley, equally divided. To my "necey" Elizabeth Thomas [daughter of Mary Moseley by her first husband John Catlett--hence niece] a gold ring that was given to me by my father--Posey, being prepared to follow me, W. T. to Wm. Marriot a seal ring that was my wife's father's ring. To cousin, Robert Payne, gold buttons and shirt buckle. To cousin [nephew] Samuel Thompson, all my Doctor's books, Prayer books and Divinity Books." Makes brother, William Thompson, executor. Wits.: Wm. Foster, Samuel Alsobrooks.

Surry Book II, 1671-1684, p 319 7 November 1692. Roger Gilbert, of Surry County, Colony of Virginia, planter, sells to Alex. More of said County, half of my land at the head of Gray's Creek near the mouth of the Swamp called Warrelow's Swamp and the land of Sam. Thompson. Witnesses" Wm. Thompson, Saml. Thompson, Katherine Thompson. In Cavaliers and Pioneers by Nugent, p 303, reports Patent Book 7, p 539. 350 acs. Surry Co. Granted to William Mills, dec'd & found to escheat, by inquisition under Maj. Samll. Swan, Depty. Esch'r, &c.

Surry Book II, p 3223. 7 9ber 1682. Est. of Wm. Marriott, deceased, Dr. to Jno. Moring, Admr. of Mr. Geo. Proctor, Est. Amt, due Mr. Samuel Thompson as marrying ye surviving of ye two orphans, out of which 1500 is to be paid and deducted from funeral charges of the dec'd orphan by order of Ct. Rec.: of Mr. Thompson in right of his wife 9ber 1681, ex. and settled Maj Marriott's estate. Witnesses Wm. Browne, Wm. Edwards.

Surry Book II, p 331. 3 July 1683. Indenture between Sam Thompson who married Mary, only daughter of Maj William Marriott, deceased, and Thomas Mathas of the other part, land adjoining Nicholas Sessums, 150 acres at Sessums Swamp, etc. Signed: Thos. Flood, Wm. Thompson

Book II, p 343, 8 Dec. 1683. Samuell Swann, for 1550 lbs. tobacco,sells to Thos. Jordan a house at Warenoke formerly belonging to Thos. Swann, now in possession of Thos. Jordan, and land belonging at least one-half acre belonging to said house, extending west to Samuel Thompson to Mill Swamp except dower to Madam Mary Swann. Sarah Swann's consent. John Ironmonger.

The following is made from the upside-down pages inserted in the back part of Book II, p 19. Samuell Thompson, Samuell Plow, Geo. Foster are bound for 500 lbs. tob. to keep an Ordinary with no unlawful gains in house, yard, or orchard, no servant on the Sabbath, Holy days, or during Divine Worship or Sermon take the name of all lodgers, unless the persons are well known. Sell ale, Beer, and Strong Drink lightly sealed, etc., provided for traveller good dyett, Lodging, Housing, etc.

Samuell was Burgess for Surry in 1694.

Samuel served in the Virginia Assembly from Surry Co, in 1715.(the Colonial Virginia Register, Compiled by William G. and Mary Newton Stanard, Baltimore 1965, p 96, Also August 6, 1701, p 94.

Samuel Thompson was Sheriff of Westmoreland in 1698 when the Executive Council of Colonial Virginia in Journals published by H. R. McIlwaine, Editor, Vol I, p401, stated... Mr. Samuell Thompson, Sheriff of Westmoreland is required to apprehend John Cood according to Proclamation 17 Oc t1697. Since he has not said Sheriff is ordered to appeal before the council at James City 23 day February next to show cause.

On 25 Feb 1698/9 p 416. Mr. William Thompson (by way of excuse for his son the present Sheriff of Westmoreland for not doing his duty in apprehending John Cood said John Cood had had notice to withdraw himself before notice was sent to said Sheriff. Thompson was ordered to attend his Excellency and the Council at James City the 17th day of April next to prove his allegations in his said letter.

pp418-419, The council found John Cood guilty of "horrid and Impious Blasphemy and also for contriving and endeavoring to raise rebellion against his Majesties" government.

3. William Thompson, born 1657 in Connecticut; died Aft. 20 December 1731 in Surry Co., VA.

4. Elizabeth Thompson, born 01 January 1659/60 in Connecticut.

5. John Thompson, born Abt. 1661; died January 1698/99 in England. He married Elizabeth Salway.

Notes for John Thompson:

John's will names his brothers and sisters in 1698.

From Book 5, p 185 in Surry Co., Leg. to brother, Samuel Thompson, 50 pounds. after decease of my wife, 50 lbs. more. To wife the labor of certain slaves for life. Brother, William Thompson. Sisters, Catherine and Elizabeth, negroes. (Brother Samuel, not living in Surry Co., ) Desires that Samuel Alsobrooke, son of Samuel Alsobrooke, deceased, be religiously brought up b Exeerx. Friends, Maj Arthur Allen and Capt. Francis Clements, each a ring. To two brothers-in=law, Mr. Robert Paine and Mr. Robert Catlett, each a ring. To wife, certain things given to her by will of Mr. John Salway, deceased. Wife, Elizabeth Thompson, is made Exerx. Made 2 Aug 1698. Prob.: 7 Nov 1699, presented at Court at Southwarke. Wit: Geo Williams, Jos,Case, Eliza. Prier, Mary Allen, Wm Foreman, Richard Holleman.

He made his will prior to his voyage to England. BUT there seems to be evidence that he made a second will after arriving in England in which he gave his brother William Thompson 100 pounds, sterling, when 21.

Boddie says that he served as Burgess from Surry in 1692-95-96.

Source: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncwarren/fam-hist/families/thompson-wm.htm

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William Thompson, II's Timeline

January 1, 1629
Lancastershire, England
December 14, 1657
Age 28
Age 28
Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Age 29
Age 32
New London, New London Co., Conn
Age 41
Surry, Virginia, USA
Age 41
Surry County, Virginia, United States
Age 69
Age 71
Surry County, Virginia Colony