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John Thompson (1585 - 1626)

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John Thompson
Born in Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in London, Englandmap
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Name: John Tompson, gent. [1]


Born: abt. 1585 Little Preston, Northamptonshire, England.
Rough estimate based on first marriage by 1609.

Marriages and Children:

Married: 1st - An unknown first wife. It is certain that he had an first wife by who he had a son and heir, John Tompson.[2] The son was born in 1610, so the marriage occurred by 1609. She died by 1616 at which time John Tompson had remarried.
Married: 2nd - Alice Freeman, daughter of Henry Freeman and Margaret Edwards, about 1614 which is the estimated birth date of their first child. He had been previously married to an unknown wife by whom he had one son, John Tompson. On this date, John Tompson and Alice his wife jointly purchased a moiety of the manor of Saxby. [1] [3] [4]
Children of John Tompson by an unknown 1st wife: [2]
  • John Tompson - was named as son and heir in the IPM of his father which also makes clear that Alice Freeman was not his mother. Though heir to his father he did not receive the manor of Saxby as it had been entailed to the heirs of his father by Alice Freeman; Saxby went to his younger half-brother Thomas Tompson. The IPM gives his birth date as 1 October 1610. [4]
Children of John Tompson and Alice Freeman:[2]
  • Thomas Thompson – was named in the IPM of his father specifically as the son of John and Alice. The IPM gives his birth date as 23 December 1616. [4] He does not appear in the baptismal records of Preston Capes, co. Northampton where 6 of his brothers and sisters are found. He did not travel to New England with his mother and sisters. In several records he is called Thomas Tompson of London, fishmonger. He inherited from his parents a moiety of the manor of Saxby, co. Leicester which was originally purchased for £650 by John and Alice Tompson on 1 April 1616 with a remainder interest to the heirs of John by his wife Alice.[3] Saxby was originally leased at the time of the 1616 sale to Richard Trist of Mayford for a term of 40 years. This lease was then transferred to Rev. William Spencer by Richard Trist and Thomas Tompson on 23 September 1639. [5] [6] In May of 1641 all remaining lands in Saxby were leased to William Spencer by Thomas Tompson for the term of 99 years.[7] Finally, William Spencer assigned this lease and Thomas Tompson outright sold all interest to Robert Richardson of Coston for the sum £700. [8] Thomas Tompson is last noted living on 2 December 1643, but was dead prior to 27 January 1646 when his brother Samuel, executor of the will of Thomas Tompson of London fishmonger, was in an agreement of general release with Robert Richardson.[9] On 10 October 1646, a case was settled between Robert Parke and Alice his wife of Wetherfield, in New England and Robert Richardson over the land and the advowson of Saxby, with a quitclaim by Robert Parke and his wife to Robert Richardson. [10]
  • Samuel Tompson – bp. 25 May 1618 at Preston Capes. [11] This baptism was not found/missed in the original research on the family, so this son is usualyy not the list of children of John and Alice Tompson. He married Elizabeth Dayrell at Shalstone, Bucks on 27 Feb 1639. They had one known child Elizabeth baptised at Preston Capes on 19 Aug 1641. He was the executor of his brother’s will prior to 27 January 1646. In it he is called Samuel Tompson of Preston Parva in parish of Preston Capes, co. Northampton, gent. Like his older brother, he did not travel to New England with his mother.
  • Mary Tompson – baptized 14 November 1619 at Preston Capes. She married Rev. Richard Blinman.[12]
  • Dority Tompson – baptized 2 July 1621 at Preston Capes; buried 19 October 1621.
  • Bridgett Tompson – baptized 11 September 1622 at Preston Capes. She married Capt. George Denison in March 1640 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Almost immediately after their marriage, letters of attorney were sent to London to collect the inheritance of her father. They had two children, Sarah and Hannah, both baptized at Roxbury. Bridget died of ‘fever and consumption’ and was buried at Roxbury in August 1643.
  • Dority Tompson – baptized 5 July 1624 at Preston Capes. She married Thomas Parke, the son of her step-father Robert Parke by his first marriage to Martha Chaplin
  • Nathaniel Tompson – baptized 16 October 1625 at Preston Capes.
  • Martha Tompson – baptized 17 December 1626 at Preston Capes.

Death, Will and IPM

Died: 6 November 1626 in London, England.
Date and place stated in IPM. [4]
Note that the IPM state he died 6 November, however, a codicil to his will is dated 7 November. Therefore the IPM appears to be wrong. It would still seem likely that he died very close to this date, perhaps on November 7 when the codicil was made? He was noted as deceased in the baptism record of his youngest child Martha Tompson on 17 December 1626
Abtract of will: Dated 6 November 1626, codicil 7 November 1627 and proved 11 April 1627. [1]
my wife Alice Thompson
son Thomas Thompson, then not of full age of twenty-one years
all my children," without naming them.
brothers-in-law, William Spencer, a minister, and Henry Freeman, gentleman
Gives all his "messuages, closes, lands, tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever in the town parish and fields of Woodford-by Hinton," in Northamptonshire, to be sold, "the money thereof made to be distributed equally amongst all my children except my son Thomas Thompson, and to be paid unto them at their several ages of twenty one years, or day of marriage
Mentions his interest in a moiety of the manor of Saxby, and in "other lands, tenements, closes and Hereditaments in Saxby in the County of Leicester
Wife and brother-in-law Thomas Freeman to be executors.
Inquisition Post Mortem of John Tompson: [13]
Writ, 5 July, 5 Chas. I [1628]
Inquisition, Leicester town, 26 Sept., 4 Chas. I [1628]
Saxbye. A moiety of the manor, with the manor house, and 4 1/2 virgates of land, lately occupied by William Brigges; a cottage, lately occupied by John Bescob; and a third part of the advowson, with the right of every third presentation: held of the honour of Huntingdon, by suit of court every 3 weeks at the manor court of Huntingdon; worth beyond reprises 40/p.a.
William Sharpe of Rolleston, gent., by indenture, dated 1 Apr. 14 Jas. I [1616] conveyted the premises, for £650, to John Tomson, then of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and Alice his wife; remainder of one moiety to Alice, then to the heirs male and female, successively, of John and Alice; and the other moiety to Richard Trist of Maydford, Northamptonshire, gent, and to the heirs male and femalie of John and Alice; as appears by the charter of feoffment, shown the jurors as evidence.
He died at London, 6 Nov., 2 Chas I[1626].
His widow Alice is living at Preston.
Heir of John Tompson; his son John Tompson, aged 16 1 Oct 1627.
Heir of John Tompson and Alice; his son Thomas Tompson, aged 9 years, 10 Months, and 14 days at his father's death.

Further Research Notes

A new article has been published regarding Alice Freeman:
The American Genealogist vol. 87 no. 3 (January/April 2015 - pub. Oct. 2015): 209-217. Alice Freeman, Wife of John Tompson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and of Robert Parke of Connecticut: New Information on Her Parents, Siblings, Children, and First Husband. by Randy A. West.
It has not yet been examined for new details on Alice Freeman.


Citations and Footnotes
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The American Genealogist vol. 87 no. 3 (July/October 2014 - pub. July 2015):209-217. Alice Freeman, Wife of John Tompson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and of Robert Parke of Connecticut: New Information on Her Parents, Siblings, Children, and First Husband, by Randy A. West.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The American Genealogist, vol. 13 (July 1936):1-8. Alice (Freeman) Tompson) Parke, by Clarence Almon Torrey.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The National Archives: Access to Archives online. Feoffment of Saxby,
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The American Genealogist, vol. 14 no. 3 (January 1938):145-146. John Tomson of Little Preston, Northamptonshire, England, by Clarence Almon Torrey.
  5. The National Archives: Access to Archives online. Assignment of Saxby, DE1431/134, 23 September 1639.
  6. The National Archives: Access to Archives online. Bond regarding Saxby, DG11/613 15 Charles I, 1639 September 23.
  7. The National Archives: Access to Archives online. Deed to Lead Uses of Fine: Saxby, DE1431/141, 19 October 1641.
  8. The National Archives: Access to Archives online. Sale of Saxby, DE1431/142, 20 October 1641.
  9. The National Archives: Access to Archives online. General Release DE1431/143 27 January 1645/6.
  10. The National Archives: Access to Archives online. Copy of proceedings in court: Parke v Richardson, DE1431/146, 14 October 1646.
  11. Preston Capes Genealogy website: baptism of Samuel Tompson.
  12. The Genealogist vol. 4 no. 2 (Fall 1983):173-186. Mary, Wife of the Rev. Richard Blinman of Marshfield, Gloucester, and New London: An Unsolved Problem, by David L. Greene F.A.S.G.
Complete source list:
  • The American Genealogist vol. 87 no. 3 (January/April 2015 - pub. Oct. 2015): 209-217. Alice Freeman, Wife of John Tompson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and of Robert Parke of Connecticut: New Information on Her Parents, Siblings, Children, and First Husband. by Randy A. West.
  • "The American Genealogist" vol. 11 pp 144 145 vol. 14
  • "The Denison Society"
  • "Magna Carta Sureties" Adams 7 Weis p. 125
  • Richard Anson Wheeler. History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 - 1900. (New London, CT, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900).

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