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Thomas Jessup (b. March 14, 1687/88, d. Bef. October 15, 1744)Thomas Jessup (son of Timothy Jessup and Mary Parrat) was born March 14, 1687/88 in Yorkshire, England, and died Bef. October 15, 1744 in Perquimans County, North Carolina698.He married Rachel Pease on May 13, 1710 in Yorkshire, England, daughter of William Pease and Ann Carnally.
Notes for Thomas Jessup:
Thomas was a linen weaver from near York, England.He came to America in 1722 and settled near New Barn, Craven Co. NC.
Dec. 6, 1722/23-Thomas Jessup left at liberty to marry Jane Robinson.He produced a certificate from Old England.
The following information was found in "The Ancestry of Allen Grinnell Cleaver and Martha Irene Jessup" compiled by William Jessup Cleaver and published by Gateway Publishing in Baltimore, MD.
After Rachel Pease died, Thomas I and young Thomas II, age seven, moved to New Bern,NC and settled in Perquimans Co., in the northeastern part of the state. Although most North Carolina Friends had migrated there through VA from PA, Thomas' port of entry was apparently New Bern, NC, in 1722, undoubtedly because his brother, Joseph, was already settled in Perquimans Co., NC. His first record in the Perquimans MM was 12th month 6, 1722/23 whe he was "liberated to marry" Jane Robinson, widow of Joseph Robinson. In 1723 along with Gabriel Newby, Thomas was appointed to the Meeting to receive the money that belonged to the MM and send it to "ould Ingland" in gold and silver by weight. And by 6th month, 5, 1724 he had been chosen recorder for the Meeting. But he did have an occasional difference with the Meeting. On 2nd month, 7, 1731 the Clerk of the Meeting was appointed to "draw up a Testamony against Thos. Jessup for his outgoings in taking too much Drink at Sundry times to ye great dishonour of our holy profession." After settling in Perquimans Co., NC Thomas immediately began to acquire land and utimately had many acres.
From the Perquimans Co., NC History we find a description of the Jessup house. It had one large room with 2 shed rooms in the rear. The shed rooms were probably used for sleeping since there was no stair to the tiny loft over the front room. The house had a large double shouldered flemish bond chimney. The house was not far from Blanchards Bridge over the Perquimans River. The old Wells Meeting House was near the Jessup home and was eventually used as a school house, called the "Jessops Schoolhouse.'
There apparently was no will, but the division of his estate gave a good insight into the crops, the furniture, the library and what was considered valuable.
More About Thomas Jessup:
Occupation: Linen weaver.
More About Thomas Jessup and Rachel Pease:
Marriage: May 13, 1710, Yorkshire, England.
Children of Thomas Jessup and Rachel Pease are:
- +Thomas Jessup, b. July 10, 1715, Rawcliffe, Yorkshire, England, d. December 13, 1783, Guilford County, North Carolina.