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Anthony Thompson Sr. (abt. 1614 - 1648)

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Anthony Thompson Sr.
Born about in Coventry, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, British Americamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement.

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Anthony Thompson Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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"THOMPSON. There were three early families of the name: the brothers William, John & Anthony, of whom William died without children on 24 April 1683 [Vital statistics, New Haven]."[1]

"First European Settlers. These were a company of English Puritans, led by John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton. . . . The company [which included the three Thompson brothers,] sailed from London in the 'Hector' and another vessel whose name has not been preserved, and arrived at Boston, June 26, 1637. . . . In April, 1638, the whole party arrived from Boston [to Quinnipiac]. . . . Sept. 1, 1640, the General Court [of Quinnipiac] ordered the name changed to New Haven. In the names of those who commenced the settlement, is Anthony Thompson, four persons in his family; estate, 150 pounds; lands in the first division, 17 1/2 acres; lands in the neck, 3 1/2 acres; meadows, 9 1/2 acres; lands in the second division, 38 acres. . . . 'Seating the Meeting House in 1647. First for the men's seats, viz: the middle seats have to sit in them.' Anthony Thompson was assigned to seat 6, William Thompson was assigned to seat 7."[2][pp 7-9]

"ANTHONY THOMPSON, died September 1648 (New Haven Probate); married (1) _____; married (2) Katharine _____; she married (2) 14 July 1652 (Vital statistics, New Haven) — Nicholas Camp of Milford."[1][3][p 199]. "The Proprietors' 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."[3][p 199]

"Children By First Wife:
JOHN, died 2 June 1707 (Vital statistics, New Haven); "mariner"; married 4 August 1656 (Boston Vital Record) — Ann Vicars.
BRIDGET, died 19 May 1720 (Vital statistics, Derby); married John Bowers.
ANTHONY, born December 1634, died 29 December 1654 at Milford (Vital statistics New Haven).
Children By Second Wife:
HANNAH, baptized 8 June 1645 (First Congregational Society, New Haven); married John Stanton.
LYDIA, baptized 24 July 1647 (First Congregational Society, New Haven), died December 1729; married (1) 20 September 1665 (Guilford Vitals) — Isaac Cruttenden; married (2) [Deacon] John Meigs.
EBENEZER, baptized 15 October 1648 [posthumous] (First Congregational Society, New Haven), died 1676; resident of Guilford; married June 1671 (Guilford Vitals) — Deborah Dudley."[1]


1614. Dutch explorer Adriaen Block sails along the Connecticut coastline and up the Connecticut River.

Approximately 1614. Birth of Anthony Thompson [probably in Coventry, England[2][p 11]]. (Based solely on birth date of son Anthony on December 1634.)[3]

Approximately 1631. Anthony Thompson's first marriage, probably in England. Spouse's name unknown. Date solely based on birth of son Anthony in December, 1634.[1]

1637, June 26. Arrival in Boston of the three Thompson brothers and families aboard the Hector and another ship from England.[2][p 7]

1638, April. The Davenport and Eaton party (following an advance party from the year before), with the Thompson families, arrived in Quinnipiac.[2][p 7].

1639, June 4. "Anthony Thompson with other male church members, signed the Colony Compact, at a meeting held in Robert Newman's barn."[2][p 9]

1640, September 1. The General Court [of Quinnipiac] ordered the name changed to New Haven.[2][p 8]

1644. Marriage of Anthony Thompson and Katherine _____, probably in New Haven Colony, British America. Date based solely on baptism date of daughter Hannah on 8 June 1645.[1]

1647, March 23. Nuncupative will of Anthony Thompson mentions eldest son, son Anthony, daughter Bridget (from former wife), other daughters, wife, brothers William and John.[3][p 199]

1647. In Hartford, authorities hang Alse Young, the first person in Connecticut to be executed for witchcraft.

1648, September. Death of Anthony Thompson, New Haven Colony, British America.[1][3][p 199]

Research Notes

The parentage of the three Thompson brothers (William, Anthony, and John) is unknown. In his 1912 article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Donald Lines Jacobus states that "[t]he earlier generations of the Thompson families of East Haven and of New Haven have been confused, and the published accounts are inaccurate without exception." He continues, and shows evidence, that the three Thompson brothers of New Haven were not the sons of Henry Thompson of Lenham, County Kent, England nor the sons of Thomas Thompson of Pethem, County Kent. He points out that the previously published "pedigree must be abandoned." These previously published pedigrees are the History of Goshen by A. G. Hibbard, 1897; the Marks-Platt Ancestry by E. H. Lines, 1902, pp. 46-50; and several other accounts. The reader is directed to Mr. Jacobs article for details.[3][pp 198-199]

According to Jacobus, "John Thompson, 'farmer,' of East Haven, apparently was not related to the three brothers who founded the New haven family."[3][pp 197]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jacobus, Donald Lines. Families of Ancient New Haven. Reprinted Nine Volumes in Three, Volumes VII-VIII. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, pp 1749-1750. [Originally Published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT: 1922-1932; database online]. Quotes edited for flow and to expand abbreviations.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Thompson, William Baker. Thompson Lineage with Mention of Allied Families. Harrisburg, PA: The Telegraph Printing Company, 1911. [digital copy available at Internet Archive.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Jacobus, Donald Lines, M. A. "Notes on Thompson Families of Connecticut.: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1912, Volume LXVI, pp 197-209. [Digitized images available on Google Books.]

See also:

  • Reynolds, Cuyler. Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs. New York: Lewis Historical Publishingh Co., 1911. Volume I, p 94. [Digital copy available from Internet Archive.
  • Find A Grave contributors. "Anthony Thompson, Memorial# 27814730." Find A Grave. Accessed 27 Jun 2017. [Facts are not sourced. However, memorial has location of cemetery and the text, "NO TOMBSTONE REMAINS."


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On 27 Jun 2017 at 19:17 GMT Robert Haviland wrote:

Edited Anthony's profile to remove facts and sources not directly pertinent to his profile (e.g., those of his wife and children which would be more appropriate under their profiles); Combined the two biographies into one; Combined the two Source headings into one; added Research Notes; added Timeline; Changed birth date as there is no reference for the 30 Aug 1612; Deleted Henry and Dorothy as parents; Deleted spouses Mary Welby and Mary Webb as there are no references to these marriages; Edited biography to flow smoother.

On 19 May 2015 at 17:24 GMT Anne B wrote:

Thompson-556 & -5538 are undoubtedly the same person, but they have two sets of parents, neither of which has any proof.

Anthony is 14 degrees from Claude Monet, 17 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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