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  • Name: John Thompson
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: John "Theophilus" /Thompson/
  • Birth: ABT 1710 in County Donegal or Tyrone, Ireland
  • Death: SEP 1757 in or near Barbados
  • Burial: the Caribbean sea
  • Note:
    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 1,698,00 1) 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 Irish ancestry. As a merchant seaman married to an English-Scot 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 via Ireland (Ulstermen).

    John originally settled in Albermarle County, Virginia before moving to Norfolk County, Virginia. From there he took his family to Nash County, Nor th Carolina and then into Robeson County, North Carolina. He was a merchant seaman, owning a ship called the Ranger (not to be confused with the "Ranger" used by John Paul Jones during the Revoluitionary War) 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 September 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. NOTE: However, from all provable data, this line cannot go beyond John Thompson. All points beyond this are from family tales and some peoples speculations. I am leaving it in this database until I can get clarification but caution is advised.

    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

    See info related to family bible bought by Daniel Thompson in 1769: Dallas Morning News, Sunday, March 8, 1940, under heading, "Owns Prerevolutionary Bible" Article on Martin Luther Thompson of Smith County, Texas. Provided by Ras & Virginia Pool, JCT 11/10/03

    Father: Matthew Thompson b: ABT 1692 in County Donegal or Tyrone, Ireland
    Mother: Nancy Moore

    Marriage 1 Nepsy b: ABT 1730 in (Bladen County) Robeson County, North Carolina
    • Note: There is no proof that this marriage really happened. Only internet sites and references to children thought to be connected to John. JCT 5/18/12
    1. Has Children Nancy Thompson b: ABT 1747 in Robeson County, North Carolina

    Marriage 2 Alsey Butt b: ABT 1720 in Virginia
    • Married: ABT 1737 in Norfolk County, Virginia
    1. Has Children Daniel Thompson b: 10 SEP 1738 in Norfolk County, Virginia
    2. Has No Children Henrietta Thompson b: ABT 1740
    3. Has No Children Camelia Thompson b: ABT 1742
    4. Has Children Trimigan Thompson b: 1 MAR 1745/46 in Norfolk County, Virginia
    5. Has Children Theophilis Thompson b: ABT 1748 in Nash County, North Carolina
    6. Has No Children Sarah Thompson b: 31 OCT 1751 in Robeson County, North Carolina
    7. Has Children John Thompson b: ABT 1755 in Robeson County, North Carolina
    8. Has Children Lemuel Thompson b: ABT 1756 in Robeson County, North Carolina
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