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  • ID: I016422
  • Name: James Thompson , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1753 AND 1760 in NH/NY
  • Death: 9 OCT 1804 in St. Stephen Parish, Charlotte Co., NB/ or at sea?? 1
  • Reference Number: AEK-16422
  • Note:
    Early Probate Records, New Brunswick 1785-1835, p 453
    " Thompson, James
    Parish of St. Stephen, Charlotte Co., Gentleman, Intestate. Administration granted 6 December 1804 to the widow Hannah THOMPSON. Fellow bondsmen Robinson CROCKER and Loring BARKER, all of Parish of St. Stephen.
    Undated inventory valued at 592 pounds by Mimian(Ninian) LINDSAY, William CRISTY and Aaron UPTON included furniture of mahogany, chestnut and maple."

    Was James Thompson the PARTY man?
    The following is from Pikes Notes, p 29:
    "An assembly of 14 persons at James Thompson's, Feb. 2, 1802, for a Ball. Cost $36, for liquor and supper, mostly liquor. The persons present were: John Brewer, Thos. Vose, Stephen Brewer, Shubael Downes, Moses Foster, ? Wetherbee, Elisha Andrews, Wm. Andrews, James McMaster, Aaron Upton, Robinson Crocker, Salmon Goodrich, Joseph Porter, and Peter Christie.

    Crown Land Grant Index:
    #2 Parr Division Letter B, St. Andrews, Charlotte Co., 0.00 acres, 31 July 1784, Vol A, No. 95
    #78 Oak Bay, Saint David Parish, Charlotte Co., 100.0 acres, 3 Aug. 1784, Vol A, No. 96
    (NOTE !! This lot was sold to Daniel Hill of St. David Parish, on 23 June 1803. See Land Titles Registry, Book C, p201)

    The proof that William and David as sons of James Thompson is very weak. However, it appears that from the Crown Land Grant Index and associated maps that he is connected with this Thompson line. It also appears that Dougald Thompson might possible be a son of James(or possibly a brother) as well making James much older than first assumed.
    Pleasant Ridge(Magagudavic River), Dumbarton Parish, Charlotte Co., NB. Land granted Feb 4, 1812.
    Lot #4, 270 acres, Alexander, son of Dougald
    Lot #6, 270 acres, Dougald, Shown as Sub-Branch-Four-English Thompson
    Lot #15, 300 acres, David, Shown as Sub-Branch-Three-English Thompson
    Lot #16, 300 acres, William, Shown as Sub-Branch-Two-English Thompson

    The following notes were received from Mari Morrow and also Jerry Gower:
    2. Deposition of Alex Thompson which was given in support of his sister-in-law Hannah Thompson in her claim for a widow's pension of a RWS:
    "I, Alexander Thompson of the age of 74 yrs depose and say that my brother James Thompson who was a soldier in the RW and enlisted in the town of Derryfield...state of NH, Col Cilly's Regt...removed from said NH about the year 1785 to "Robbinstown in the now state of Maine...acquainted with widow Hannah Fawcett whom he married in Jan 1792. I was then living with my brother...having resided with him some time before his marriage and continued with him & his wife Hannah in their family for 3 yrs after their marriage...The said James Thompson was in a vessel loaded with plaster on a voyage from Windsor, N.S. to Passamaquoddy in 1805; the vessel foundered on the voyage and he with all on board perished."
    signed & dated 5 Sept 1843, from Nat'l Archives film series M804, rol #2375, Pension App #W18122.

    The following ties the James Thompson, Penobscot Loyalist(James had town lot in St. Andrews, #PB2 and farm Lot #78 and Dugald had town lot #MD3[see map of St. Andrews town lots in Penobscot article] and farm Lot #90, to the James Thompson, s/o John Thompson:

    3. Deed for Hillsborough Co. NH (the county where Litchfield is) which is Vol 16, pp 97-98 - a deed from James Thompson to William Bixby. James says "of St. Andrew in the Province of New Brunswick" sells to Bixby of Litchfield, land and dwelling house & barn "heretofore in possession of my late father John Thompson late of Litchfield, cordwainer..." dated 9 May 1785.




    Father: John Thompson b: ABT 1720
    Mother: Sarah Parker b: ABT 1725

    Marriage 1 Sarah Parker b: BEF 1751
    • Married: ABT 1780
    • Note:
      "Maine Families in 1790", p218, states the following:
      "[The identity of Alexander's mother has not been proven. However, in a card index entitled "index cards of volumes of NH Province Deeds & Probate Records from 1623-1772," microfilmed on FHL film #1,001,362, there is a card for the estate of Alexander Parker who d in 1751. This card names his widow, eldest son, and 7 other chn, including a dau Sarah with the notation, "said Sarah m. James son of John Thompson, both of Litchfield." This last statement is believed to be an error, as Sarah Parker must have been born by the early 1750's and would have been too old to have married a son of John Thompson. There are deeds in Hillsborough Co NH in which John Thompson's wife is named Sarah. Though not conclusive, it is proposed that Alexander's mother was Sarah (Parker) Thompson.]"

      Based on the deposition by Alexander Thompson that James Thompson was a RWS then he would have been born prior to 1763 and the time range of 1753-1763 is consistant with him being married to a Sarah Parker who was also born within the same time range. There is also the possibility that they are the parents of William Thompson, b 1781-1782, who came to Charlotte Co., NB in 1802-1803. The main question here is whether Sarah and her children were abandoned by James or Sarah had died and the children were raised by relatives until they were of age to come to Charlotte Co., NB and appear as Thompson families whose parents are unknown.

      Sub-Branch-Eight/Nine-English Thompson are the families who are expected to be connected to children of James and Sarah. Little or no proof other than land transaction, associations, and other very weak evidence, Much of this might best be called speculation.(AEK)

      Anyone using the data and associations shown in this descendancy of the Thompson's of Charlotte Co., NB are warned to verify the data themselves to check, what is shown is correct, as they may have further information that either adds to or subtracts from the evidence. Both cases must be shown and anyone with information is asked to contact me so that more information might be added to this very cloudy picture.

    Marriage 2 Hannah Woodbury b: BET 1757 AND 1758
    • Married: JAN 1792
    • Note:
      "Early New Brunswick Probate Records 1785-1835", R. Wallace Hale, p148
      Fawcett, Robert
      Parish of St. Andrews, Charlotte Co., Yoeman. Intestate. Administration granted 12 March 1791 to James Thompson, yeoman, of Saint David, and his wife Hannah Thompson, late widow of Robert Fawcett. Fellow bondsmen Silas Cummings and Andrew Martins, both of Saint Andrews.
    Children
    1. Has Children James Thompson , Jr. b: 6 JAN 1793 in Charlotte Co., NB
    2. Has Children John Alexander Thompson b: 1 FEB 1794 in St. Andrews, Charlotte Co., NB
    3. Has Children Sarah Thompson b: 23 JAN 1796 in St. Stephen, Charlotte Co., NB

    Sources:
    1. Title: Family Bible
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: as per Jerry Gower

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