The same Thomas Compton attended and bought at the estate sale of Gabriel Murphey. He was the only Compton on the estate sale list. The sale took place in Russell Co., VA in 1819.
Gabriel married Clarissa Herndon in Caswell Co., NC. She appears to be a sister of Larkin Herndon. James Compton ca 1750-1831 married Frances who may have been another sister of Larkin Herndon. David Compton b NC, who came to Russell Co., Va about the same time as Thomas, is a known son of James Compton and Frances ?Herndon?. My recollection is that David Compton, Thomas Compton, and a John Wallis who allegedly married a Fuller lived near or on Thompson's Creek.
It may be that Thomas Compton was just a neighbor of the Murpheys and needed an ax, a pot, and an auger. I'm still trying to determine if Thomas was b ca 1788 in NC, SC, or VA. All the other above folks moved from the Caswell Co., NC area to Russell Co., VA and the above James Compton was in Caswell as late as 1820.
The inventory and sale of Gabriel Murphey's Estate may be found at;