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Presented by Jerry C. (J.C.) Thompson

Descendant Register, Generation No. 9

William Thompson, IV, (William Thompson, III, William Thompson, Jr., William Thompson, Sr., Thomas Thompson, James Thompson, Andrew Thompson, John Thompson, Johannes Van Kirk Thompson) was born 3 JUL 1671 in Argyll, Scotland, and died ABT. 1725 in County Donegal, Ireland. He married Margaret in Ireland. She was born in Ireland, and died in Pennsylvania.

Children of William Thompson, IV and Margaret are:

  1. +Matthew Thompson was born ABT. 1692 in County Donegal or Tyrone, Ireland, and died 1753 in Crosskeys, Virginia.
  2. Peter Thompson was born ABT. 1690 in Ireland.
  3. William Thompson was born ABT. 1693 in Ireland, and died in Maryland.
  4. Hugh Thompson was born ABT. 1700 in Ireland.
  5. John Thompson was born ABT. 1702.

Descendant Register, Generation No. 10

Matthew Thompson (William Thompson IV, William Thompson III, William Thompson Jr., William Thompson Sr., Thomas Thompson, James Thompson, Andrew Thompson, John Thompson, Johannes Van Kirk Thompson) was born ABT. 1692 in County Donegal or Tyrone, Ireland, and died 1753 in Crosskeys, Virginia.

Matthew immigrated with his family 1732. He was married prior to his relocation as he brought two sons with him. He first settled in Philadelphia then moved into Virginia by 1741.

Children of Matthew Thompson are:

  1. +John (Theophilus) Thompson was born ABT. 1710 in County Donegal or Tyrone, Ireland, and died SEP 1757 in or near Barbados.
  2. William Riddlehurst Thompson was born 1717 in North Carolina, and died 1776.
  3. Matthew Thompson was born 1720 in County Donegal, Ireland, and died in Abbeyville County, South Carolina.
  4. Richard Thompson was born 1723 in Ireland ?, and died in Maryland.

Descendant Register, Generation No. 11

John (Theophilus) Thompson (Matthew Thompson, William Thompson IV, William Thompson III, William Thompson Jr., William Thompson Sr., Thomas Thompson, James Thompson, Andrew Thompson, John Thompson, Johannes Van Kirk Thompson) was born ABT. 1710 in County Donegal or Tyrone, Ireland, and died SEP 1757 in or near Barbados. He married Nepsy. She was born in Robeson County, North Carolina. He married Alsey Butt ABT. 1737 in Norfolk County, Virginia, daughter of Henry Butt and Martha Etheridge. She was born ABT. 1720 in Virginia, and died in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Child of John (Theophilus) Thompson and Nepsy is:

  1. Nancy Thompson was born ABT. 1747 in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Children of John (Theophilus) Thompson and Alsey Butt are:

  1. Daniel Thompson was born 10 SEP 1738 in Norfolk County, Virginia, and died in Robeson County, North Carolina.
  2. Trimigan Thompson was born 1 MAR 1746 in Norfolk County, Virginia, and died 26 MAR 1817 in Robeson County, North Carolina.
  3. Theophilis Thompson was born ABT. 1748 in Nash County, North Carolina, and died 1805 in Robeson County, North Carolina.
  4. Henry Butt Thompson was born 1750 in Nash County, North Carolina, and died 9 DEC 1826 in Greene County, Alabama (Choctaw Nation, East).
  5. Sarah Thompson was born 31 OCT 1751 in Robeson County, North Carolina.
  6. John Thompson was born ABT. 1755 in Robeson County, North Carolina, and died 27 FEB 1842 in Sumter County, Alabama.
  7. Lemuel Thompson was born ABT. 1756 in Robeson County, North Carolina, and died 1820 in Robeson County, North Carolina.
  8. George Thompson was born ABT. 1757 in Robeson County, North Carolina, and died in Wilkes County, Georgia.

Note: A number of internet sites and eastern Thompson family members state that John's name was Theophilus and that he was English. However, the Emerett Nicholson Papers and the book the Sharp, Nicholson and Thompson families of East Texas, both state he was an Irish seaman (LDS film 1,698,001) All land records list him only as John and not as Theophilus.

He did have a son named Theophilus and this may have been his middle name, or a nick name, but not the name he used on any official papers. This is one reason that those pursuing Theophilus Thompson can go no further back than him.

As to his English origins, all papers related to him including some census records of family members state Scot or Irish ancestry. As a merchant seaman married to an English woman he probably was in England rather often, but clearly from the family bible of his son Daniel, which was purchased in Scotland, this line of Thompson's is Scottish from Argyll via Ulster, Ireland.

John originally settled in Albermarle County, Virginia before moving to Norfolk County, Virginia. From there he took his family to Nash County, North Carolina and then into Robeson County, North Carolina. He was a merchant seaman, owning a ship called the Ranger that he sailed from Bristol, England, to Norfolk and then to the Bahamas and Barbados. His ship was captured and he was killed by pirates near Barbados in 1757.

Lumbee Indian tradition states he one of the primary progenitors of the Thompson's of the Lumbee (Cheraw) tribe. There are also a number of the Thompson family in Barbados today where it is also believed he had a wife or concubine. All of his proven descendants, however, are through his wife Alsey Butt.

There is also the line claimed through a Nepsy with two children Reuben and Nancy. However Reubens date of birth would indicate he was a grandchild rather than a child as Rueben was born 8 years after John's death. I am including him under what some have listed as his older sister through Nepsy for data purposes. More research will have to be completed before a positive link is accomplished. The possibility of Nancy's being Rueben's mother would make more sense. Nancy married a James Thompson, but I cannot determine who this is. The dates are wrong for it to be her first cousin James, who is Matthew's son. JCT 1/23/00

Descendant Register, Generation No. 12

Daniel Thompson, (John (Theophilus) Thompson, Matthew Thompson, William Thompson IV, William Thompson III, William Thompson Jr., William Thompson Sr., Thomas Thompson, James Thompson, Andrew Thompson, John Thompson, Johannes Van Kirk Thompson) was born 10 SEP 1738 in Norfolk County, Virginia, and died in Robeson County, North Carolina. He married Jamima Portlock 2 DEC 1763 in Norfolk County, Virginia, daughter of John Portlock and Sarah. She was born 7 JAN 1738 in Norfolk County, Virginia.

Children of Daniel Thompson and Jamima Portlock are:

  1. +Amos Thompson was born 1762 in Nash County, North Carolina, and died 1781 in Guiliford County, North Carolina.
  2. Anthony Thompson was born ABT. 1767 in Robeson County, North Carolina, and died ABT. 1836.
  3. Henry Thompson was born ABT. 1770 in Robeson County, North Carolina, and died in Alabama.
  4. Portlock Thompson was born 1794 in Robeson County, North Carolina, and died in Georgia.
  5. Jesse Thompson was born ABT. 1775 in North Carolina.

Note: Some have claimed that Daniel's father John was born in England and Daniel was born in Scotland. They base this uppon a family bible bought by Daniel in Edinburgh, Scotland. However, there is no proof or justification for either. Daniel's father John was a seaman and it is known that he took trips from the colonies to England. Most likely his sons at times went with him. This is most likely how they came to purchase this bible in Scotland, as they may have been visiting Thompson (MacTavish/Campbell) relatives there during one of these voyages.

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