Genealogy Report: Ancestors of Sage Saylor Thompson
Ancestors of Sage Saylor Thompson
2048.Major Robert Thompson272, born 1661 in New Kent Co., VA273,274; died 12 Apr 1702 in New Kent Co., VA274,274.He was the son of 4096. Maurice Thompson and 4097. Frances Richardson.He married 2049. Judith ??? Abt. 1686 in New Kent, Virginia, USA274.
2049.Judith ???274,274, born 1666 in New Kent, Virginia, USA274; died 14 Mar 1709 in St Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia, USA274.
Notes for Major Robert Thompson:
Robert Thompson, who first purchased land in New Kent Co., VA in 1674,
along with Thomas Thompson. His exact age is unknown, but he died 2
Apr 1702 in New Kent Co., VA, He married Judith --?-- who died 14 Mar
1709. Robert and Judith had five children recorded on the Parish
Register of St. Peter's Church from 1687 to 1701, however there may
have been others as there were long lengths of time between the
recordings. They may have been the parents of all the other 1st
generation Thompson Families in this genealogy. Because of the loss
of New Kent Co., VA records very little is known about this family.
George Downey comments:
"The tradition of the Waddy-Thomsons, preserved in widely separated branches, claims their descent from Maurice Thomson, a wealthy London merchant." In English pedigrees it is stated that Robert Thomson, great-grandfather of this Maurice Thomson "come out of the North," and settled near London. There are numerous allusions to this family in English History... "Maurice Thomson, Gentleman," came to Virginia in 1620. It is further stated that beside Maurice, the eldest of his family, there were at least three brothers and a sister living in Virginia in 1624, in which colony they possessed considerable property. The sister, Mary Thomson (born 1599), was the wife of Captain William Tucker (came to Virginia 1610), Commander of the fort at Kiccoughton (now Hampton), 1625, member of the King's Council, and at various times, member of the House of Burgesses. The brothers of Maurice Thomson who lived in Virginia were, George (born 1603), Paul (born 1611), and William (born 1614). Another brother, Robert, may have lived in Virginia also, but there is no record of it. Maurice Thomson was a man of great business enterprise and much interested in public affairs. He established a fishing station in New England, erected sugar works in Barbadoes and was Governor of the East India Company in the reign of Charles the First. He sided with Parliament in the Civil War, and, in 1649, was examined by the Committee of Admiralty as to what the interests of the Commonwealth required in Virginia. Maurice Thomson's son, John Thomson, was created Baron Haversham in 1673. Major Robert Thomson, brother of Maurice, owned considerable property in both England and New England. He became "so great with Cromwell that he had nearly married his daughter." He died in 1695. Another brother, William Thomson,, after his returned from Virginia to England, was knighted and became Governor of the East India Company in the reign of Charles the Second. Colonel George Thomson, another of these brothers, was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1629 and, in the same year, was also Lieutenant of a force sent out against the Indians. Colonel George Thomson returned to England and "lost his leg fighting against the king, but got a great estate. *** When the army had fallen into the posture of a brand-iron, with the Rump in the middle, threatening a battle royal, Haselrigg and Morley to support the Rump and Lambert and his party to pull them down, this Colonel George Thomson was, with some thousands, in St. George's-in-the-Fields, Southwark, and, with Bibles in their hands, and good swords also, they declared, for King Jesus, which signified what they pleased except King Charles."
"The coat-of-arms which the Waddy-Thomsons claim together with their descent from the Maurice Thomson family is as follows: Arms: "Or, on a fesse dancette, azure, three estoiles of the field; On a canton of the the second, the sun in glory, of the first." Crest: An arm erect, vested gules, cuffed argent, holding in the hand, proper, five ears of wheat." Motto: "In lumine Lucem.
The family to which Mary Thomson, cousin and first wife of Samuel Waddy, belonged has, for two centuries, been known as the Waddy-Thomsons. The two families of Waddy and Thomson were neighbors in New Kent county, Virginia, in the seventeenth century, and it is reasonable to suppose that an early intermarriage introduced the unusual Christian name of Waddy as mark of distinction in this Thomson family. The compiler of this article, and other descendants, have never been able to verify this reasonable presumption. The lamentable destruction of the early records of New Kent and adjoining counties, renders verification of this connection and other persistent traditions impossible at the present day, unless they may somewhere be preserved in private record. We find, from the "Register of St. Peter's, New Kent," that the first of the family publicly recorded was Robert Thomson, who died April 12th, 1702. His wife was Judith, who died March 14th, 1709. Their children recorded in the Register were, Robert, baptized April 24th, 1687; David, baptized September 4th, 1690; Hannah, baptized February 25th, 1696, and Martha, baptized August 31st, 1701. A division of St. Peter's parish, located this family in St. Paul's, Hanover, whose Register is not preserved and the record is again rendered incomplete." George Downey, "The Thompson Conundrum", http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~bianco/Resources/riddle.html
DEATH: Robert Thompson died 12 Apr 1702. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sassytazzy/family/land/vanewkentlandrec1.html
More About Major Robert Thompson:
Property: Reported to have owned land in New England.
Tithe: 1655, Paid two tithes in Lancaster County.
Notes for Judith ???:
DEATH: Judith Thompson died 14 Mar 1709. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sassytazzy/family/land/vanewkentlandrec1.html
Marriage Notes for Robert Thompson and Judith ???:
MARRIAGE: St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia: Robert Thompson, died 1702, married Judith, died 1709, had the following children of record (Douglas Register): Robert, son to Robert Thompson, bap. 24 Apr 1687; David, son to Robert Thompson, bap. 4 Sep 1690; Hannah, dau to Robert Thompson, bap. 22 Jan 1698/99
Susannah, dau to Robert Thompson, bap. 25 Feb 1696/97; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sassytazzy/family/land/vanewkentlandrec1.html
Children of Robert Thompson and Judith ??? are:
|i.||Robert Thompson274,274, born 24 Apr 1687 in New Kent Co., VA274,274; died Jun 1778 in Fredericksville Parish, Albemarle, Virginia, USA274|
|1024||ii.||Reverend David Thompson, born Bef. 04 Sep 1690 in New Kent Co., VA; died 1769 in Albemarle Co., VA; married Elizabeth Catherine "Caty" Waddy 1715.|
|iii.||Hannah Thompson274,274, born 25 Feb 1696 in New Kent Co., VA274|
|iv.||Susannah Thompson274, born 25 Feb 1696 in New Kent Co., VA274|
|v.||Martha Thompson274, born 03 Aug 1701 in New Kent Co., VA274|
2050.Anthony Waddy, born Abt. 1673 in Alloways Ck, Salem, New Jersey, USA274; died Feb 1764 in New Kent, Virginia, USA274.He married 2051. Sarah Parke Abt. 1692.
2051.Sarah Parke274, born Abt. 1677 in St Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia, USA274; died 1729 in St Pauls Parish, Hanover, Virginia, USA274.
Child of Anthony Waddy and Sarah Parke is:
|1025||i.||Elizabeth Catherine "Caty" Waddy, born 1692 in New Kent Co., VA; died Abt. 1735; married Reverend David Thompson 1715.|
2056.Richard Anderson, born Abt. 1666; died Abt. 1720.He was the son of 4112. Robert Anderson, Sr. and 4113. Cecelia Massey.He married 2057. Charity Pouncy.
2057.Charity Pouncy, born Abt. 1680; died Abt. 1756.
Child of Richard Anderson and Charity Pouncy is:
|1028||i.||Pauncy Anderson, born Abt. 1705 in St. Martins Parish, Hanover Co., VA, USA; died Bet. Jan - Oct 1781 in Hanover, Virginia, USA; married Elizabeth Holland Bet. 1762 - 1763 in VA, USA.|
2060.Colonel David Meriwether, born Abt. 1690 in James City Co., VA275; died 25 Dec 1744 in "The Farm", Charlottesville, Louisa Co., VA, USA276.He was the son of 4120. Colonel Nicholas Meriwether II and 4121. Elizabeth Crawford.He married 2061. Ann Holmes Abt. 1713 in King & Queen Co., VA, USA.
2061.Ann Holmes277, born 19 Dec 1695; died Bet. 11 Mar 1735 - 1736.She was the daughter of 4122. George Holmes and 4123. Anne Reade.
Notes for Colonel David Meriwether:
Planter. Buried beside his father on the east side of the Rivanna River. Site has been lost. The Meriwether Society; Rootsweb; http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=tmsidb0&id=I3
More About Colonel David Meriwether:
Burial: In Albermarle Co. beside his father on the east side of the Rivanna River. Site has been lost.
Children of David Meriwether and Ann Holmes are:
|1030||i.||Thomas Meriwether, born Abt. 1713 in New Kent Co., VA; died Abt. 1757 in Fredericksville, Louisa Co., VA; married Elizabeth Thornton Abt. 1735 in Louisa Co.,VA.|
|ii.||Captain David Meriwether II, born 05 Oct 1716 in Hanover Co., VA, USA; died 23 Aug 1772 in Aboard "York" at sea seven days out of York Town enroute to Bristol, England.|
| Notes for Captain David Meriwether II:|
Boston News-Letter and New England Chronicle
October 13, 1768
A letter from Capt. Brown, who is arrived at North Carolina from this place, mentions that on his passage thither, the 19th of August, in Lat. 38. 30. Long. 69. 46 he met with the ship York, Capt. Merriweather, bound from Virginia to Bristol, who is the morning of that day left his main and mizen mast, in a violent gale of wind, or rather, hurricane, and then lay as a wreck upon the water.
Note: This is David Meriwether, [TMSI #105], son of David Meriwether and Anne Holmes. He died 23AUG 1772 aboard the "York" at sea seven days out of York Town enroute to Bristol, England.see: http://meriwethersociety.org/The Meriwether Society Message Board; Posted: 10 Dec 2006 1:48PM GMT
Boston Post Boy (Boston, MA)
July 2, 1759
Extract of a Letter to his Excellency from Captain Hallowell, dated on board the Ship King George, Lat. 37.10.N Long _ 1w
I have frequent accounts of three Privateers, a Brigatine, Schooner and Sloop cruizing here, which I have been informed by almost every vessel I have spoken with . . .
[Includes the news of many ship arrivals and problems with the privateers. Also war news of the ships transporting provisions for the "Northern Army" leaving Albany and arriving safely in Oswego.]
Capt. Meriwether from Bristol, came out in Company with three other ships, two of which were bound to the coast of Guinea, the other for New York, without convoy. Id., Posted: 24 Nov 2006 10:08PM GMT
David Meriwether married Mary Harvie, and they had a daughter named Martha Watkins Meriwether who married Benjamin Taliaferro on 8 Apr 1782 in Amherst Co., VA. How was the above David Meriwether related to the Meriwether family that married into the Lewis family on at least two occasions (Jane Meriwether, daughter of Nicholas, married Colonel Robert Lewis, and Lucy Meriwether, daughter of Thomas, married William Lewis, son of Colonel Robert Lewis (and William and Lucy had Meriwether Lewis, the explorer)......all as I understand it). The above William Lewis had a sister named Mary Lewis, and she married first Samuel Cobbs and second Waddy Thompson (out of the Robert Thompson line from New Kent Co., VA).
There was another (possibly unrelated) Thompson family in Amherst Co., VA, and three Harvie women married into that family (Elizabeth, Nancy and Sarah "Sally"). Does anyone know if the above Mary Harvie who married David Meriwether was a member of this same Harvie family (and if so, how was she related)?
There was also a man in Amherst Co., VA named Taliaferro Thompson (Taliaferro was either his first or middle name), and he was given this name, it appears, because of the marriage between James Thompson and Elizabeth Stevens, and Elizabeth's mother was Beheathland Taliaferro. Does anyone know how/if Beheathland was related to Benjamin Taliaferro who married Martha Watkins Meriwether?
By the way, Nicholas Meriwether (one of them) was a witness on a 1762 Albemarle Co., VA deed between David Thompson and Caty Thompson (David's wife) and another man. This David Thompson was an apparent relative of Waddy Thompson. As stated above, however, there is no proof that this Thompson family originally out of New Kent Co., VA was related to the Thompson family in Amherst Co., VA that intermarried with those three Harvie women (though Robert Thompson "III" of the New Kent line also lived in Amherst Co., VA). The Thompson family in Amherst that married into the Harvie family on three occasions has been traced back to a James and Mary Thompson who were married around 1764/1765. Posted: 15 Aug 2005 4:20PM GMT http://meriwethersociety.org/
|iii.||Nicholas Meriwether IV, born Bet. 11 Feb 1719 - 1720 in New Kent Co., VA, USA.|
|iv.||Anne Meriwether, born 11 Nov 1721 in Hanover Co., VA, USA.|
|v.||Sarah Meriwether277,278, born 12 Feb 1724 in Louisa Co., VA279; died 05 Sep 1725 in Louisa Co., VA279|
|vi.||Francis Meriwether, born Abt. 1726 in VA, USA.|
|vii.||James Meriwether, born 21 Jun 1729 in Hanover Co., VA, USA.|
|viii.||William Meriwether, born 25 Dec 1730 in Goochland Co., VA.|