Tara, Thanks for checking the microfilm. I first checked the death record for Thomas Compton in the 1980's and have checked it a number of times since then. I didn't mean to imply he was born in Russell Co., Va. I'm interested in Thomas because he is tied to Lee Compton (my ancestor) by records.
Thomas Compton, David Compton, John Wallis, and Larkin Henrdon all showed up in Russell Co., Va records about 1809. David, John, and Larkin were all from the same area of NC. David Compton is a known son of James Compton and Frances ?Herndon?. In the 1840 Census for Russell Co., Va, John Wallis, Thomas Cumpton, David Cumpton are listed consecutively on page 23. Larkin Herndon was on p 2.
Thomas Compton is much more likely to be related to the Herndons than the Murpheys. It's possible that he was not related to either family but just needed the tools he purchased or knew the family from NC. John Wallis married a Fuller in Caswell Co., NC. Lee Compton's, alleged brother, William F. Compton is said to have a middle name of Fuller.
I question the accuracy of Hannibal A. Compton's quote, in the original COMPTONOLOGY, regarding the parentage of Lee Compton.