James Thigpen,4th (b. December 08, 1710, d. January 21, 1779)
Office of Dr. James Thigpen,IV
James Thigpen,4th (son of James Thigpen,3rd) was born December 08, 1710 in Perquimans County, North Carolina, and died January 21, 1779 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Notes for James Thigpen,4th: Died of pneumonia 4:30 am at age 68. He was 5 foot 10 inches, brown hair and a deeply cleft chin , a Thigpen characteristic. Dr. James Thigpen IV, son of Dr. James and Elizabeth Manwaring Thigpen III, was born on December 8, 1710 Perquimans Precinct, North Carolina. He married Mary Penelope "Penny" Hill, daughter of Henry and Mary Hill, on October 20, 1729. Penny Hill was born on August 18, 1713 (In 1710 Henry Hill proved his rights for transportation of Henry, Mary and Abraham Hill Both Henry and his wife Mary Hill died and are buried in Perquimans County, North Carolina. However, even after their removal to North Carolina, they styled themselves "of Nansemond County, Virginia>" Perquimans County, NC Deed Book A #371 - Henry Hill "of ye upper Parish of Nansemond County", for 5,000 pounds of tobacco to me pd byWilliam Easson, assigns right 600 acres of ye main desert of Perquiman River, on the liner of Christopher Givens. Patented by me August 30, 1714. Dated February 15, 1714/15 /s/ Henry and Mary Hill. 'Test: John Sutton, Farlow Quin, and Henry Hill. Hathaway Vol. - 2 p. 475 - Chowan Precinct: Mary Hill, widow of Henry Hill of Nansemond County, Virginia to Thos. Herman of Albermarle County, North Carolina. General Power of attorney April 18, 1720. Mary Hill was living in Perquimans Precinct when above was drawn. Henry Hill died in Perquimans Precinct in 1719) Dr. James Thigpen IV called his manor home, built by his father James Thigpen III, "Penny Hill" after his beloved wife. It was built up high, in order that with slight excavation an underground room could be made, used in the early days as protection against Indians, in later years for storing the valuable papers of the family. The family records were here when Penny Hill burned in 1832. Although slightly scorched, they were non-harmed. Penny Hill was rebuilt with different arch itecture and away from the river. According to family records James Thigpen IV was 5 foot 10 inches, brown hair and deeply cleft chin, a Thigpen characteristic. Penny was small, 5 foot 2 inches, auburn-brown hair and deep blue eyes. Her portrait (now in the home of Arthur Smith) was painted in 1850 from a seared miniature in ivory. (The miniature all that was left from the burning of Penny Hill, except for those things in the underground storage room.) The old portraits of James and Penny were destroyed. Penny was a historian and kept very good records making copies of the ancient records where time was obliterating the writing. From the notations on the margins of her bible, through the years James and Penny was an ideally happy pair, and typified a Thigpen tradition of "handsome men and pretty women. They were Episcopalians and conducted daily family devotional, in which all the house servants joined. James, like his father, was a large-scale planter with slaves to tend to his acres. He owned one of the first mills of the area. He sold t he boats he inherited from his father to his cousin John, reserving only two small boats to navigate the Tar River. The Thigpens, from the beginning had an abiding love of the land, and most of them, wherever they settled, had large tracts as not many of them were not interested in public office, many of them - all branches were teachers, minister, and educated as lawyers. Although a man of wealth, James Thigpen IV engaged in many activities, he was most interested in healing the sick. It is said that he invented a surgical instrument for operations in the Revolutionary War, which was owned in 1920 by an Edgecomb County descendant. When James and Penny were married they came by boat to their new home, then in Edgecomb, later when Pitt County was cut off from Edgecomb, the home fell in Pitt County. Friends and Thigpens of all branches of the family visited often at Penny Hill, some bringing families and staying for weeks and months. They liked having family and friends around them. Many notations of gala entertainment at Penny Hill testify to this fact. In the early days until the Civil War (1661 1865) - the Thigpens were a closely knit family. The relationship being so close outsiders said that it was difficult to tell brothers or sisters from distant kindred. After the war they drifted far away and until today - they know not their kindred. There is today a town by the name of Penny Hill, near the spot of the old plantation home. The land no longer owned by the Thigpens. In the early years it was said that one could ride for miles on the lands of Thigpens in Edgecomb and Pitt Counties. James and Penelope 'Penny' Hill Thigpen had ten children: Henry Thigpen, Bartholomew Thigpen, John Thigpen, Job Thigpen, Margaret Elyn Thigpen, Mary Penelope Thigpen, Joseph Gilead Thigpen, James Thigpen V, Travis Hill Thigpen, and Lyman Calvin Thigpen. A falling tree killed Henry. Bartholomew and Travis served Continental Army during the Revolutionary War (1775 - 1781) Dr. James Thigpen IV died at pneumonia at 4:30 am on January 21, 1779 at the age of 68. When she recorded the death of her beloved husband in the bible, she reserved space for her own demise to be recorded next to his. Beside the death she had written: "The light of my life is gone." His wife, Mary Penelope Thigpen died of fever on July 30, 1786 at the age of 72. They are buried at the family cemetery at Penny Hill. More About James Thigpen,4th: Burial: Unknown, Family Cemetery Penny Hill, North Carolina. Occupation: Doctor. More About James Thigpen,4th and <Unnamed>: Marriage: October 20, 1729, Perquimans, North Carolina. Children of James Thigpen,4th are:
Henry Thigpen, b. October 21, 1730, Perquimans County, North Carolina, d. April 14, 1746.