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of Thompson was founded by three brothers, William, Anthony, and John. An
attempt has been made to connect them with the Thompson family of Lenham, co. Kent
This Lenham myth has been set forth as a certainty in the History of Goshen
(by A. G. Hibbard, 1897), in the Marks-Platt Ancestry (by E. J. Lines, 1902,
pp. 46-50), and in several other accounts, and so far as known has never been refuted.
Henry Thompson of Royton in Lenham
married Dorothy Honywood, and died 20 Oct. 1648
issue, sons John, William, and Anthony. The coincidence of names would seem
promising, and it is not strange that somebody hastily conjectured their
identity with the emigrants, but investigation overthrows the theory.
to William Berry's Pedigrees of the Families in the County
in 1830, pp. 15-17), Anthony Thompson of Lenham was
baptized 30 Aug.
, and died in England
13 Feb. 1682
, leaving as heiress an only daughter.
Moreover, John Thompson of Lenham was born in 1604,
too early for John of New Haven, who as probably the youngest of the emigrant
The Lenham brothers had three cousins, sons of Thomas Thompson
of Pethem, co. Kent
likewise named John, William, and Anthony; but this John was a knight, and died
in 1645 without issue. Furthermore, the evidence of chronology tends to show
that the emigrants could not descend from Henry of Lenham
or Thomas of Pethem in the following generation. At
all events, the accepted pedigree must be abandoned.
1. William(1) Thompson died unmarried in New
24 Apr. 1683
. In his will of 6 Oct. 1682 he
calls himself "far stricken in years," and mentions his nephews
Benjamin Broadly and brother Abraham Broadly; nephew John Thompson, son of
brother Anthony; cousin John Thompson, nephew John abovesaid;
cousin Mary Lynes, Anna Broadlye,
and Elizabeth Broadlye, daughters of sister Ellen Thompson;
Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Benjamin Broadlye; and
cousins Bridgett Bowers, Anna Stanton, and Lydia
Cruttenden (New Haven Probate Records, vol. 1, p. 192).
2. Anthony(1) Thompson died Sept. 1648. In his will of 23 Mar.
1647 he mentions his eldest son; second son, Anthony; daughter Bridget which he
had by former wife; other daughters; wife; and brothers William and John (New Haven
Probate Records, vol. 1, p. 33). He married first ____?____;
and secondly Katharine _____, who married for her second husband, 14 July 1652
, Nicholas Camp of Milford
Proprietor's records contain several references to payment of portions to
Anthony's children, by "Kattern Camp," the
children mentioned being John, Hannah, Liddia,
Ebenezer, Anthony and Bridget (Proprietors' Records, vol. 2, pp. 91, 98, 114,
by first wife:
John(2), II. Anthony, b. Dec. 1634; d. at Milford
29 Dec. 1654
. In his will of 26 Dec. 1654
he names his brother John
Thompson; his eldest sister, his father's daughter by his own mother; and his
sisters, daughters of his father by his mother-in-law, goodwife Camp (New Haven
Probate Records, vol. 1, p. 55). III. Bridget, m. Rev. John Bowers of Derby
d. 14 June 1687
; d. 19 May 1720
by second wife:
IV. Hannah, bapt. 8 June 1645; m. ________Stanton. V.
. 24 July 1647
; m. (1)
20 Sept. 1665
; m. (2) Dea.
John Meigs; d. Dec. 1729. VI. Ebenezer (posthumous), b. 15 Oct. 1648
John(1) Thompson, called "Senior" to distinguish him from his nephew
the "Mariner," married, 25 Feb. 1650, Ellen Harrison, probably a
sister of the Thomas Harrison who married the widow of John Thompson of East
. He died 14 Dec. 1674, and on 9 June 1675 "Ellen ye
relict" presented the inventory of his estate, which was distributed to
herself, to Samuel Lines in right of Mary his wife, to Abraham Bradlye in right of Hanna his wife, to Elizabeth, and to
"the younger daughter" (County Court Records, vol. 1, p. 86). His widow
died 8 Apr. 1690
in her will of Oct. 1689 she mentions her daughters Mary, Hannah, and
Elizabeth, her sons-in-law Abrahamm and Benjamin Bradlye, and her grandchild Sarah daughter of her daughter Elizabeth
Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 41).
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