THOMPSON FAMILY GENEALOGY
(version 4/1/14)
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  1. Nathaniel Thompson (c.1737-1817/1820) was probably born in the late 1730s in the Stepney district (Tower Hamlets borough) of London. He might be the same Nathaniel Thompson, son of Nathaniel and Rebecca, who was baptized Aug. 26, 1739 at St. Botolph Church in Bishopsgate, which in those days included parts of Stepney. We know from the baptism records of his children that the Nathaniel Thompson we are seeking was a weaver. Interestingly, the record books of the Weavers Guild in London have an entry for a much older Nathaniel Thompson who on May 16, 1709 was bound as a weaver's apprentice. If father and son shared the same name, which is but a guess, then this 1709 apprentice might be the father of our Nathaniel. To speculate further, there is a Nathaniel Thompson of Wentworth Street who on Nov. 11, 1763 was buried at the age of 68 at Christ Church Spitalfields, Stepney. If this is the father of our Nathaniel, then 1695 is an approximate birthdate for the father.

    The wife of our Nathaniel was named Ann, which makes it likely that he is the Nathaniel Thompson who married Ann Sandcroft (Sadgrove) on Sept. 28, 1760 at Christ Church Spitalfields. Neither bride nor groom could write, as both signed their names with an X. Because there are no other Sandcrofts listed in the parish register, whereas there are entries for Sadgrove, Thompson (1964) speculates that the minister wrote down the brides name as he heard it, but that he should have spelled it Ann Sadgrove instead of Ann Sandcroft.

    It is possible that our Nathaniel is the same Nathaniel Thompson of Bethnal Green (Tower Hamlets borough) who was buried Jan 23, 1820 at the age of 83 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney, which would make 1737 his approximate birth date. It is said that at one time the family of his descendant Edmund Symes-Thompson had a sketch of him with a statement penciled in on back of the sketch indicating that he died about 1817. Also, there is an 1847 pedigree of Frederick Elijah Thompson (1797-1849) on file with the College of Heralds in London that shows Elijah's grandfather to be a Nathaniel Thompson who was born about 1737, and died in 1817 in Islington, London, which would seem to indicate that he is not same man as the Nathaniel Thompson buried at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church. Thus, all we know for sure about our Nathaniel Thompson is that he was a weaver with a wife named Ann. Everything else - when and where he was born, when and where he died, and who his parents might have been - is uncertain.

  2. children - THOMPSON

    Nathaniel Thompson (1761-1825), who follows.

    Mary Thompson (1765-?) was born Nov. 7, 1765 at Wheeler Street, and baptized 10 days later on Nov. 17 at Christ Church Spitalfields, Stepney.

    Ann Thompson (1767-?) was born born Nov. 6, 1767 at Fleur De Lies Court, and baptized 16 days later on Nov. 22 at Christ Church Spitalfields, Stepney.

    William Thompson (1769-1825?) was born Oct. 2, 1769 at Flower De Luce Court, and baptized 13 days later on Oct. 15 at Christ Church Spitalfields, Stepney. He was apprenticed as a barber on March 24, 1784 to Francis Pearson of Winchester Street in London. He probably is the same William Thompson who married Unity Lambert on Oct 12, 1791 at the Whitechapel St. Mary Church in the Tower Hamlets borough. The Thompson Family Bible lists a William Thompson who died Jan. 13, 1825. However, this cannot be confirmed, and it may or may not be the same William as the one baptized in 1769.

    John Thompson (1771-1830) was born Dec. 18, 1771 at Wheeler Street, and baptized 7 days later on Dec. 25 at Christ Church Spitalfields, Stepney. He married Sarah Walton on May 4, 1794 at St. Mary Whitechapel in the Tower Hamlets borough, with his sister Easter Thompson as witness. The Thompson Family Bible lists a Sarah, wife of John and mother of John and James, who died July 25, 1821 and was buried at Stepney. She is almost certainly the same Sarah who was buried on July 29 of that year at the age of 60 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney. If true, then she is probably the same Sarah who was baptized at the age of 10 days on Nov. 26, 1760 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney. John outlived Sarah by several years and was buried June 27, 1830 at St. Dunstan and All Saints, the same church as where Sarah was buried. The descendants of John and Sarah from 1821 to 1875 kept a list of dates in a bible that is referenced at the end of this lineage as the Thompson Family Bible.

    Philip Thompson (1774-1822) was born May 1, 1774 at Mile End New Town, and baptized 14 days later on May 15 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney. He was apprenticed as a barber on Sept. 28, 1788 to Joseph Pobjoy, and received on July 5, 1796 his freedom of admission papers as a barber. He is probably the same Philip Thompson who married Sarah Cotterell on June 27, 1797, with his sister-on-law Unity Thompson as witness. Sarah was buried July 26, 1822 at the age of 45 at St. Giles without Cripplegate in the City of London, and Philip was buried a few months later on Dec. 22, 1822 at the same church. The deaths of both Philip and his wife are listed in the Thompson Family Bible.

    Easter Thompson (1776-?) was born April 4, 1776 at Mile End New Town, and baptized 14 days later on April 18 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney.

    Benjamin Thompson (1780-?) was born July 14, 1780 at Mile End New Town, and baptized 18 days later on Aug. 2 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney.

    Robert Thompson (1783-1822) was born March 29?, 1783 at Mile End Old Town, and baptized 8? days later on April 6, 1783 at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney, Middlesex. The Thompson Family Bible also lists a Robert Thompson of Holburn who died Feb. 14, 1822 and was buried at Stepney, which makes it likely that he is the Robert Thompson who was buried Feb. 21, 1822 at the age of 39 at Stepney St Dunstan and All Saints Church.

    James Thompson (1785-1818?) was born March 6, 1785 at Mile End Old Town, and baptized 28 days later on April 3 at Christ Church Spitalfields, Stepney. Thomspon (1964) writes that James was a Timber broker who lived next door to his brother Nathaniel in Islington, and that he died in 1818, but none of this has been confirmed.

     

  3. Nathaniel Thompson (1761-1825), the son of Nathaniel and Ann Thompson, was born Dec. 7, 1761 at Deacons Court, Quaker St., and baptized 20 days later on Dec. 27 at Christ Church in the Spitalfields parish (Tower Hamlets borough). He married Margaret Maw (c.1765-1811) in London on Sept. 2, 1784 at St. Dunstan Church in the nearby Stepney district (also Tower Hamlets borough). He appears to have originally been a pattern maker, but he became a member of the London stock exchange about 1799, and Nathaniel can be found from 1799-1825 on lists of members of the exchange. He took in his 14-year old son Thomas first as his apprentice, and Thomas later became Nathaniel's partner.

    Nathaniel and Thomas apparently were quite successful in the stock exchange, bringing in several hundred pounds a year by the turn of the century, and they remained business partners until about 1810, when Nathaniel may have decided to retire. Margaret died at the age of 46 in early 1811 at St. Mary's Islington after a protracted illness and was buried on March 28 at St. Mary Le Bowe Church in the City of London, her last-born child Theophilus being only three-years old. Nathaniel then married Susan Clarke of Windsor in 1813 at Kensington, Middlesex, and had three more daughters with her.

    Nathaniel died in Nov. of 1825 at the age of 64 at St. Mary's Islington, and was buried near his first wife on Nov. 15 at St. Mary-le-Bow Church, which is on Cheapside Street, and just east of St. Paul's Cathedral, in the City of London. The site of the old cemetery, little of which is in evidence today, is on the west side of the church, but many graves and tombstones were also placed in the church crypt, which today houses a café. It is not known in which of these the Thompsons lie. Nathaniel's death date is also listed in the Thompson Family Bible. He also left a will, written in 1821 and proven on Nov. 26, 1825, that is in the Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845 collection of the Society of Genealogists. This will, which identifies him as "a Stock Broker of Saint Mary Islington , Middlesex", is also available from the British National Archives.

    Nathaniel had the seventeen children who are listed below, with fourteen children by his first wife and three children by his second wife.

    children - THOMPSON (with first wife Margaret Maw)

    Thomas Thompson (1785-1865) was born Aug. 19, 1785 in the City of London and baptized there Sept. 25, 1785 at St. Sepulchre Church. He apprenticed with his father, who later became his business partner, and became a member of the Company of Merchant Taylors, which was a trade guild whose members were involved in buying and selling textiles. He and his father were also members of the London Stock Exchange. Thomas apparently also had an interest in the careers of his younger brothers, as he took on three of them at various times as apprentices - Nathaniel in 1807, William in 1810, and Edward in 1819 - and although his brother Henry had apprenticed as a pattern maker, he probably enabled Henry's entry into the stock exchange as well.

    Thomas married his first wife Elizabeth Pinckney on June 4, 1808 in Islington, London, just one year after his youngest brother Theophilus was born, and he is said to have overseen the care of his younger brother to honor a dying wish from their mother. Thomas' wife Elizabeth apparently was quite an invalid, and she died May 29, 1837, afterwhich Thomas on Jan 1, 1839 married Charlotte Margaret Noel (1792-1869), who was the widowed sister of the Earl of Gainsborough, and the sister of the Rev. Baptist Noel, who had been the Thompson family's minister when they attended services at St. John's in Bedford Row, London.

    Thomas became quite wealthy prior to his second marriage, and he was well-known for his philanthropic efforts. He was also a very prominent member of the British Foreign Bible Society, as well as other missionary societies, and founder of the Sunday School Union However, he is most remembered for being the father of the hymnist Jemima Luke (1813-1906). He resided at Vanbrugh House in Blackheath, London in the 1830s, but relocated after his second marriage to the 16th century manor house of Poundisford Park, Somerset, where he spent most of his final years. He died Dec. 8, 1865 at Prior Park in Bath, Somerset, which he had been renting since 1859, and the Rev. Charles Chapman on the Sunday of Dec. 17 following Thomas's death dedicated a sermon to him at the Percy Chapel in Prior Park - the topic being "Christian Living and Christian Dying". Another sermon that day dedicated to "Uncle Thomas" was by W.S. Edwards in the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, where the topic was "Fruits in Old Age". He was buried Dec. 15, 1865 at Locksbrook Cemetery in Lower Weston near Bath, where an obelisk-shaped monument stands over his grave. His second wife Charlotte lies there also. He had eight children by his first wife.

    • Margaret Elizabeth Thompson (1810-1812) was born Feb. 4, 1810 and baptized March 7 the same year at Islington in London. She died before her 3rd birthday and was buried Dec. 31, 1812.

    • Jemima Thompson (1813-1906) was born at Colebrook Terrace in Islington on Aug. 19, 1813, the same day as her father, and was baptized November 9 that same year at Clerkenwell St. James in the same borough. She was married on May 10, 1843 to a British Congregational minister, the Rev. Samuel Luke (1809-1868) of Clifton, and became widely known as a writer of hymns, as well as religious studies, children's books, biographies and other works. However, she is best known for her hymn 'I Think When I read that Sweet Story of Old', which was extremely popular in Victorian England. She died Feb. 2, 1906 at Isle of Wight. It is not known where she is buried, but her husband is buried at the Hope Chapel in Bristol, Gloucestershire.

    • George Pinckney Thompson (1816-1817) was buried on Jan. 31, 1817 at age of 8 months.

    • Theophilus Thompson (1820-1897) was born Nov. 2, 1820 in Surrey; and married Marion Elphinstone Coates Snodgrass on Sept. 13, 1849 at St. George's, Bloomsbury, London. He died in 1897 at age of 76 in Islington.

    • Cornelius Thompson (1821-1822) was born Nov. 13, 1821 in Surrey; and died in 1822.

    • Christiana Thompson (1823-1886) was born Sept. 1, 1823 in Surrey, with her twin sister Elizabeth. She married in Samuel Ratcliffe Carrington (1812-1883) in 1848, and they had several children. She is probably the Christiana Carrington who died Mar 26, 1886 in Southport, Lancaster, and whose estate was settled in probate.

    • Elizabeth Pinckney Thompson (1863-1901) was born Sept. 1, 1823, with her twin sister Christiana, and baptized Oct. 3, 1824. She married William Owen Harling in 1863 at Bath, Somerset; and died in 1901 in Steyning, Sussex.

    • Selina Thompson (c.1826-1896) was born about 1826; and married the Rev. Joseph Ditcher on Jan. 7 1864. She died April 9, 1896 in Reigate, Surrey.

    Ann Thompson (1787-1863) was born July 11, 1787 in London, and baptized there Aug. 5, 1787 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). She married in 1812 John V. Broughton, a woollen-draper of Oxford Street, and Thompson (1964) writes that in 1855 she was already a widow. She died at Cliffe House Criggletone, near Wakefield, on Aug. 10, 1863, leaving five children and an estate that was settled in probate.

    Nathaniel Thompson (1788-1789) was born Dec. 24, 1788 in London, and baptized there Jan. 18, 1789 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). He died an infant at St. Mary le Bow and was buried Dec. 27, 1789 at St Dunstan and All Saints Church in Stepney.

    William Thompson (1790-1792), was born May 1, 1790 in London, and baptized there April 11, 1790 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). He died at two years of age at St. Mary le Bow, and was buried June 17, 1792 at St Dunstan and All Saints Church in Stepney.

    Nathaniel Thompson (1791-1850) was born Nov. 16, 1791 in London, and baptized there Dec. 11, 1791 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). He was apprenticed as a merchant taylor on Oct. 8, 1807 for a term of seven years to his older brother Thomas, and ultimately worked for his father as a stock broker. He married Mary Wilkinson on July 10, 1816 at Islington St. Mary, and he is listed as junior in 1817 at 19 Throgmorton Street, which was the same business address as his father. It is evident from the wording of his father's will, written in 1821, that he had abused his father's trust by speculating with his father's money, and though not written out of the will, he was treated with far less generosity than his siblings. He next appears in the early 1830s as a house painter, which remained his trade for the remainder of his years.

    Nathaniel's wife Mary died April 26, 1838, afterwhich Nathaniel appears to have married another women who was also named Mary (b. c.1810), and who, on the basis of the records, appears to be much younger than the first one. However, it is evident from the records that Nathaniel lied in later years about his age, and perhaps his wife lied about hers as well, his grandson writes with conviction that Nathaniel was married to two different women, both named Mary. Nathaniel died on June 11, 1850 when he fell off a ladder and died of a fractured skull. He had several children, at least four from his first marriage, and several from his second, including a son Benjamin Thompson (1846-1901) who is the father of the Edward Thompson (1879-1970) whose 1964 history of the Thompson Family is referenced.

    Margaret Thompson (b. 1793) was born March 19, 1793 in London, and baptized there April 14, 1793 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city).

    William Thompson (1794-1843) was born July 13, 1794 in London, and baptized there July 20, 1794 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). He was apprenticed as a merchant taylor on Dec. 8, 1810 for a term of seven years to his older brother Thomas. However, he felt a different career calling, and decided to enter the clergy instead. He was admitted to Trinity College on June 23, 1817, receiving a B.A. there in 1821, and an M.A. in 1825. Then prior to receiving his M.A., he became assistant curate of a parish in Westmoreland known as Over Denham and Fareham, where he served until 1842, when he became vicar of St. Barnabus Church, south of Islington. He married a woman named Eliza (1799-1838), and had at least one son named Edward (d. 1844), and a daughter Elizabeth who in 1853 married Rev. H. Williams of St. Albans at St. Georges, Bloomsbury. Rev. Thompson died April 28, 1843 and is interred in a family vault at St. Barnabus with his wife and son Edward.

    James Thompson (1796-1797) was born Feb. 22 in London, and baptized there March 20, 1796 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). He died at the age of 14 months, and was buried March 16, 1797 at St Dunstan and All Saints Church in Stepney.

    Frederick Elijah Thompson (1797-1849) was born Oct. 4, 1797 in London, and baptized there Oct. 29, 1797 at St. Sepulchre Church in the City of London (the very center of the city). He became a solicitor (a type of lawyer), and married Mary Ann Springall (Springhall) on Nov. 23, 1819 at St. Marylebone, London. He was granted arms in 1847 that are described as follows, "Per pale or and sable two Barrulets embattled counter-embattled between three falcons belled all counterchanged. Crest: On a wreath of the colours a dexter arm embowed in armour or charged with a pheon sable in the hand a spear point upwards proper and pendant therefrom by a strap also proper a spur gold. Motto: Lux in Luce (We shine in the light)."   Frederick Elijah died on Aug. 17, 1849 when he fell off his horse, possibly on a fox hunt near the city. He and Mary Ann had at least four children - the two listed below, as well as a daughter who died a spinster, and another daughter who was the Superior of a Church of England religious community.

    • Springall Thompson (1820-1899), who Thompson (1964) writes is portrayed in some of the novels of Robert Smith Surtees, and represents the hero (under a changed name) in Siegfried Sasson's 1928 best seller "Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man". Springall went to Cambridge University, and, like his father, became a solicitor. He was also a Major in the 1st Buckinghamshire Rifle Volunteers, a militia unit. Apparently, he was reasonably wealthy, as he made a large donation to the church of St. Peter and St. Paul parish at Lavenham, Suffolk where his brother-in-law was vicar. This donation enabled the church to put in a magnificent stained glass window known as the St. Peter (West) Window that won a prize in the 1851 International Exhibition in London. Springall's son Harold Croker Springall Thompson (1862-1932), or his family, also gave a bequest to Cambridge University for the 1934 construction of a building at Trinity Hall that displays the family coat of arms shown on the right.

    • Phoebe Springall Thompson (1838-1892) married Rev. Joseph Morrison Croker (1819-1891), the vicar of Lavenham in Suffolk. Both are buried at Lavenham.

    Sophia Thompson (b. 1799) was born Jan. 23, 1799 in London, and baptized there Feb. 17, 1799 at the St. Mary Church in the Islington borough. She married Rev. Crackett.

    James Thompson (1800-1802) was born Oct. 19, 1800 in London, and baptized there Nov. 16, 1800 at St. Mary Le Bow in the City of London (the very center of the city). He died at the age of fifteen months and was buried Jan. 24, 1802 at St. Mary Le Bow.

    Edward Thompson (1804-1868) was born May 21. 1804 in London and baptized there June 16, 1804 at St. Mary Church in the Islington borough. He was apprenticed as a merchant taylor on April 7, 1819 for a term of seven years to his older brother Thomas, and ultimately became a member of the London stock exchange. His first wife died around 1854 leaving five children, afterwhich he married his second wife Charlotte Firth (1824-1903) on Dec. 14, 1854 at Hampstead Christ Church, and had at least three more children. He died March 5, 1868 at Islington St. Mary, afterwhich his estate was settled in probate. His widow subsequently married the Reverend Edward Valentine Williams (1826-1912) on Jan. 17, 1874 at Addlestone parish in Surrey.

    Henry Thompson (b. 1805) was born May 19, 1805 in London, and baptized there June 11, 1805 at St. Mary Church in the Islington borough. He appears in 1833 to have become a pattern maker, which was the trade his father originally followed before joining the London Stock Exchange. Thompson (1964) writes that Henry had four children. He may identify with the Henry Thompson of Islington who in the 1871 U.K. Census was married to Charlotte Jones and gave his occupation as retired stock broker, but this is a guess. If so he changed his carrer in mid-life, as had his father many years before.

    Theophilus Thompson (1807-1860) who follows:
     

    children - THOMPSON (with second wife Susan Clarke)

    Caroline, Emily, Mary were the only children that Nathaniel Thompson had with his second wife Susan Clarke. They were born at Colebrook Terrace, and baptized at the St. Mary Islington Church, with Caroline born on March 25, 1814 and baptized Aug. 12 of the same year, Emily born June 23, 1816 and baptized April 13 of the next year, and Mary born March 16, 1818 and baptized April 19 of the same year. They were spinsters, and Edward Thompson (1964) recalls that the family referred to them as the "Colebrook Aunties".

     

  4. Theophilus Thompson (1807-1860), the son of Nathaniel Thompson and Margaret Maw, was born Sept. 27, 1807 in the Islington of London, and baptized at St. Mary Church in the same borough. He married Elizabeth Anna Maria Wathen on Jan. 25, 1831 at St. Pancras Church in Camden, London, in a marriage that was most likely arranged by her father Nathaniel Wathen, and by Theophilus' older brother Thomas, both of whom were prominent members of the British Foreign Bible Society. Thomas and Nathaniel were probably also business associates, as Thomas was a Merchant Taylor involved in trading textiles on the stock exchange, and Nathaniel was a clothier who made the textiles.

    Theophilus became one of the best-known physicians in London, and he is said to have introduced the stethoscope to Britain in 1828. He died at the age of 53 on August 11, 1860 in Sutton, Surrey, and was buried six days later in the Norwood Cemetery in Lambeth, London, which is where his wife and father-in-law are also buried. Elizabeth died on Nov. 14, 1867, a few days after her 60th birthday. According to Thompson (1964) there is a life of Theophilus in the British Museum. The photograph of him that is shown here hangs in the British National Portrait Gallery.

    children - THOMPSON

    Theophilus Wathen Thompson (1832-1905) who follows:

    Elizabeth Gertrude Thompson (1833-1904), was born Dec. 26, 1833 in London, and baptized there April 30, 1834 at St. George Church in the Bloomsbury parish of Camden. She married John Kempthorne on Jan. 4, 1860, and died in 1904.

    Arthur Steinkopff Thompson (1835-1919), was born Dec. 27, 1835 in London, and baptized there Feb. 29, 1836 at the St. George Church in the Bloomsbury parish of Camden. He attended Warden College at Oxford where he obtained several degrees, his final being a doctorate in 1869. He entered the clergy, and served as chaplain at St. Petersburg from 1864 to 1877, and also became vicar of Arundell, Baulking in Berksire, and Little Marlow. He married Ellen Jameson on June 15, 1875, and died April 27, 1919 at the White Cottage in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.

    Edmund Symes-Thompson (1837-1906), was born Nov. 16, 1837 in London, and baptized March 25, 1838 at All Saints Church in the Edmonton Parish. Although his father arranged for him on Feb. 5, 1852 to serve as a grocers apprentice to Charles Hillhouse, Edmund decided to follow his father's calling and studied medicine instead. He became a very well-known London physician and academic, lecturing widely and publishing on a variety of medical topics. He married Elizabeth (Lilla) Watkins (1849-1920) on July 25, 1872 at the Potters Bar St. John the Baptist Church in the South Mimms borough. Although their main home was at Cavendish Square in London, they bought Finmere Manor in Oxfordshire in 1898 for a country residence, and Finmere remained in the family until it was sold in the 1960s. Edmund died on Nov. 24, 1906 at his Cavendish Square house, and his wife subsequently published a biography on him in 1908 titled 'Memories of Edmund Symes-Thompson'. Both Edmund and Elizabeth are buried in the St. Michael and all Angels Churchyard in Finmere. Edmund and Elizabeth had five children, including Henry Edmund Symes-Thompson (1873-1952), who like his father became a doctor. Another son, Cholmeley Symes-Thompson (1881-1914) was killed in action at the Battle of Ypres in World War I and is buried in Belgium in the Zillebeke Churchyard.

    Constance Mary Thompson (1841-1924), was born Oct. 29, 1841 in London, and baptized there Jan. 5, 1842 at the St. George Church in the Bloomsbury parish of Camden. She married the Rev. Robert Cholmeley (1818-1880) on Jan. 9, 1866 in St. Marylebone, London, and moved with him to the village of Findon in Thakeham, near the coast in West Sussex, where since 1859 he had been vicar of the St. John the Baptist Church. They lived at the Rectory on High Street, which is now the Findon Manor Hotel. They probably did not have any children. Robert died on Aug. 30, 1880 at Findon, afterwhich Constance returned to London where she died in 1924 in the St. Pancras parish.

     

  5. Theophilus Wathen Thompson (1832-1905), the son of Theophilus Thompson and Elizabeth Anna Maria Wathen, was born May 22, 1832 in London and baptized Aug. 9, 1831 at St. George's Church in the Bloomsbury parish of Camden, London. He was admitted Nov. 15, 1841 at the age of 9 to St. Pauls, a preparatory school in Prior Park, Bath that his Uncle Thomas Thompson was associated with. The biography of his brother Edmund Symes-Thompson portrays Theophilus as being athletic, and there is an inscribed trophy still owned by the family that commemorates a bicycle race he won. He is also said to have been very good in rowing competition. After his graduation from St. Pauls in 1848, he went on to King's College in London, where he probably studied law, as he ultimately became a law clerk, then a solicitor, which is a type of British lawyer.

    Theophilus married Maria Elizabeth Abbott on Oct. 21 1857 in Bath, Avon, Somerset, and they lived for a time at 118 Cambridge Street in the Pimlico district of London with her parents William and Sophia Louisa Abbott. In fact, Theophilus and Maria in 1861 had two children born at the Cambridge Street address, and when Theophilus filed his application to take out an Attorney's Certificate in Chancery, he gave the same address. Later, Theophilus and Maria moved to the other side of the Thames River and lived for several years in Surrey. Eventually, they ended up at Bedford Park in the Chiswick borough of London, and during this time Theophilus was friends with the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). He must have been quite successful in his law practice, as he retired in 1876 at the age of 44, after which we find him living in Acton in west London. He died May 24, 1905 in the Brentford borough of London. Despite having had a career as a lawyer and probably preparing wills for others, he left no will himself, and his estate was settled in probate. Maria Eliza outlived him by 12 years and died on June 28, 1917 in South Hammersmith, London. Maria's attending physician when she died was her nephew Henry Edward Symes-Thompson (1873-1952).

    • children - THOMPSON

    • Paul Ernest Thompson (1859-1859) was born March 4, 1859 in the Kensington borough of London, and baptized April 27, 1859 at St. George Church in the Bloomsbury Parish of Camden, London. His parents at the time lived in Bedford Park. He lived only a few months and died sometime from July to September of 1859 in the St. Giles registration district, which sits just to the northeast of Kensington.

    • Claude Edmund Thompson (1860-1924) was born April 4, 1860 in the St. George Hanover Square registration district of London. His birth certificate gives his address as 118 Cambridge Street, which is not only the address for his parents, but is also the same address listed in several sources for his grandparents William and Sophia Louisa Abbott. The 1871 U.K. census shows him as a boarder at a boy's school in Temple Cowley, Oxfordshire. He married Florence Lloyd Unwin (c.1866-1930) on March 10, 1892 at St. Mary the Virgin Church in the Norwood Green Parish of Ealing, London. Claude died Nov. 27, 1924 at Blaenau Gwent in South Wales, but his estate went to probate in Canerbury, Kent. Florence died in 1930 at the age of 64 in Blean, Kent. They do not appear to have had any children.

    • Alan William Thompson (1861-1945) was born Nov. 2, 1861 in the Pimlico area of London (St. George Hanover Square registration district) at his grandparents house at 118 Cambridge Street, which was where his bother Claude had been born the previous year. He went to Australia as a young man, where he married Ada Emily Frances Summers (1863-1940) on March 25, 1885 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Ada, who had been born during the 4th quarter of 1863 in the Lewisham district of London, had emigrated to Australia at the age of 15, arriving on June 23, 1878 at Rockhampton aboard the S.S. Kapunda. Alan and Ada were in Australia for the birth of their first three children, and then about 1891 they came to the United States. They lived first in New Jersey, and then they were in Haverhill, Massachusettts during the 1900 US Census, when Alan listed his occupation as an insurance salesman. They next moved in 1904 to Niagara Falls, New York, where Alan was superintendant of the Niagara Falls district for Metropolitan Life Insurance until his 1920 retirement. Alan and Ada lived in Niagara Falls initially at 626 Walnut Ave. until about 1911, afterwhich they lived at 546 10th Street for the next thirty or so years. It was here that in 1935 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Ada died suddenly on September 15, 1940 at their home on 10th Street and is buried in Riverdale Cemetery in Lewiston, New York. Alan in his later years served as vestryman and warden of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Niagara Falls, where he was held in high esteem. He died on June 24, 1945 at his home after a long illness and is buried in the same lot as Ada in Riverdale Cemetery. The Niagara Falls Gazette ran a short front page article with photograph on Alan on the day of his funeral. He and Ada had several children, who are listed below.

      • John Wathen Thompson (1886-1886) was born Jan. 15, 1886 in Queensland, Australia, and died there on May 25, 1886, when he was just four months old.

      • Frank Arthur Abbott Thompson (1887-1909) was born Dec. 5, 1887 in Queensland, Australia. He appears with the family during the 1900 U.S. Census and 1905 State Census, and was buried on Aug. 19, 1909 in Riverdale Cemetery in the same lot as his parents.

      • Marion Emily Elizabeth Thompson (1889-1990) was born Dec. 8, 1889 in Queensland, Australia, and came to the United States about 1891 with her parents. She married Canadian George Clyde Bartlett (b. 1890) on Nov. 10, 1915 in New York, and they lived generally in Niagara Falls. George last appears in the 1935 city directory for Niagara Falls, and he is not mentioned in the 1940 obituary for his mother-in-law, which indicates he had probably passed on by then. His wife lived to see her hundredth birthday and died as Emily Bartlett (SSDI) in June of 1990 in Niagara Falls, New York.

      • Harry Theophilus Thompson (1892- ) was born on Jan. 20, 1892 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He married Barbara Agnes Thomas (b. 1892), the daughter of George Bartlett and Margaret Flinn, on Nov. 15, 1916 in New York, and he was working as an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life when he registered for the draft during WWI. Harry aned Barbara were living in Buffalo, New York during the 1920, U.S. Census, and Barbara is shown living in Niagara Falls as a widow with two children during the 1930 census.

      • an unknown child was born on March 7, 1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey and probably died an infant.

      • Alan Robert Thompson (1895-1959), whose name is sometimes listed in the records as Robert Alan Thompson, was born Oct. 3, 1895 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He married Cecelia Henderson (1893-1957) Oct. 13, 1915 in New York, and they were living with three children in Niagara Falls during the 1930 U.S. census. Alan died on Nov. 14, 1959 in Los Angeles County, California and is buried with Cecelia as Robert A. Thompson in Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia, California.

      • Florence Marjorie Thompson (1897-1970) was born Oct. 28, 1897 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and typically went by the name of Marjorie. She never married, and in later years she may have lived with her younger sister Ruth in Florida. She died on Feb. 2, 1970 in Broward County, Florida, where she is buried as F. Marjorie Thompson in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Pompano.

      • Ruth A. Thompson (1900-1994) was born Jan. 25, 1900 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She married Lewis Phillip Ohliger (1900-1994) on Oct. 5, 1922 in Niagara Falls, sometime afterwhich they moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. They were living by 1940 in Syacuse, New York, and they retired to Deerfield Beach in Broward County Florida. Ruth died in Jan. of 1978 in Broward County, and she is buried with Lewis at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Pompano.

      • Mary Constance Thompson (1901-1995) was born Dec. 30, 1901 in Massachusetts, probably in Haverville. She married Bruce P. Haire (1899-1964) on April 1, 1928 in Niagara Falls, and they resided generally in Lewiston, New York. She died on Dec. 22, 1995 in Lewiston.

      • Unnamed Baby Girl was born in Niagara Falls and buried there in Riverdale Cemetery in the same lot as her parents.

      • Helen Maud Thompson (1904-1990) was born June 30, 1904 in New York, probably in Niagara Falls. She married Edward Duncan Mallam (1902-1991) on Sept. 15, 1927 in Niagara Falls, and they resided in Ames, Iowa. She died in Sept. 22?, 1990 and is buried with Duncan in the Iowa State University Cemetery in Ames.

      • Francis D. Thompson (1910-1980) was born Jan. 18, 1910 in New York, probably in Niagara Falls. He married a woman named Irene (1914-1990), and they lived in Niagara Falls. He died on Sept. 23, 1980 and is buried with Irene in Niagara Falls Memorial Park.

    • Ethel Louisa Thompson (1863-1945) was born March 3, 1863 in Wimbledon, Surrey and baptized March 16, 1863 at Saint Luke Church in the Marylebone parish of Westminster in central London. She lived with her parents until their deaths, and never married. She is almost certainly the Ethel L. Thompson who died in 1945 in Kensington, London.

    • Theophilus Oswald Thompson (1865-1865) was born in February, 1865 in Wandsworth, Surrey (London), and baptized March 15, 1865 at the Holy Trinity Church in the Upper Tooting parish of Wandsworth. He died at the age of six weeks and was buried March 18, 1865 at Battersea St. Mary in Wandsworth.

    • Maud Anna Maria Thompson (1866-1948), who follows:

    • Arthur Wathen Thompson (1869-1842) was born sometime from April to June of 1869 in Wandsworth, Surrey (London) and baptized there June 25, 1869 in the Saint Anne parish church. Curiously, he is not listed with the family in the 1871 census, and instead we find him being cared for by a Mrs. Goatcher in Findon Village, West Sussex, which was the home of his Aunt Constance Cholmeley, the wife of the vicar of the Findon parish church. Arthur eventually returned to London, where he is listed as an insurance salesman during the 1891 UK Census. He then served in the Imperial Yeomanry (volunteer calvary), probably participating in the Second Boer War, and was discharged in 1902 with 1 years of service. When he and his brother Claude handled the probate for their father's estate in 1905, he gave his occupation then as a commercial clerk. When he was about 40 years old, he married Gwladys Elvira Lewis (b. c.1880) in 1909 in the Brentwood District of London, near where his Mother and sister Ethel lived. Although he was now married, when WWI broke out he re-enlisted on Sept. 29, 1914 in the Royal Army Service Corp and served until Oct. 22, 1917, probably on the home front. We then find Arthur and Gwladys in the London Electoral Registers from 1918 to at least 1932, living on Abinger Street in the Brentwood District. He retired at some point to West Sussex, where he died in 1942 at the age of 73 at Chanctonbury, which is very close to Findon Village where he had spent some of his childhood. Gwladys died in 1956 at the age of 76 at Brighton, which is a short distance east of Findon. There is no evidence that Arthur and Gwladys had any children.

    • Constance Emily Thompson (1870-1919) was born Constance Ione Thompson on March 30, 1870 at Sunnycroft in Wandsworth, Surrey, England, and baptized Constance Mary Thompson, but we do not know when and where she was baptized. She married in 1892 in the Brentford district of London (Middlesex) John Sayer Crawley (1867-1948), an aspiring actor who had also spent time as an officer in the British army. His nickname within the family was Rawdon, after the character in the novel 'Vanity Fair'. Constance became a very well-known Shakespearean actress, acting in Europe, South Africa and the United States, but she was especially famous in California. She eventually moved to Los Angeles, and starred in a few largely forgotten silent movies, whereas her husband John, from who she informally separated, moved to New York and made his mark on Broadway under the stage name of Sayer Crawley. Constance died March 17, 1919 in Los Angeles, and John remarried several years after her death. Obituaries of both Constance and Sayer Crawley were published in the New York Times. Interestingly, his obituary makes no mention of the fact that he had once been married to the famous Constance Crawley. They had one daughter, Vere Crawley (1893-1918), who settled in Los Angeles with her mother, acted in at least one play, and died of tuberculosis at the age of 25. Constance and Vere are buried in the same plot in Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

    • Cecil Abbott Thompson (1875-1875), was born in London and baptized April 4, 1875 at St. Peters Church in the Streatham parish of Lambeth, London. He lived for only a few short months and died that summer.


     
    The family of Theophilus Wathen Thompson and Maria Eliza Abbott taken about 1890. The parents are seated, and their children are standing from left to right (oldest to youngest): Claud, Ethel, Alan, Maud, Arthur and Constance.

     

  6. Maud Anna Maria Thompson (1866-1948), the daughter of Theophilus Wathen Thompson and Maria Elizabeth Abbott, was born as Maria Thompson on Sept. 11, 1866 in Wandsworth Common, Battersea, Surrey (London) and baptized Maud Anna Maria Thompson on Nov. 14, 1866 in the Holy Trinity Church in the Upper Tooting Parish of Wandsworth. She came from a well-to-do family, and married the painter Herbert Sidney Percy on Oct. 22, 1891 at the St. Michael and All Angels Church in the Bedford Park parish of Chiswick, London. Her great uncle the Vicar Arthur Steinkopff Thompson officiated at the wedding and her father, and her uncle Arthur Wathen Thompson were witnesses. Maud and Herbert lived in a large house at 29 Sycamore Gardens (formerly Avenue) in Hammersmith, London, and Herbert was successful enough in his career that they had servants. Herbert died in 1932, but he left Maud secure financially with investments that he had made.

    When the Germans bombed London during the 1940 and 1941 Blitz of World War II, Maud was living in the Sycamore Gardens house alone with her servants, and bombs are said to have landed near the house. Maud's daughter Sidney remembers that when she visited her mother after the war in 1946, the house was full of soot from the bombings, her mother was senile, and the servants had stolen many of the things in the house of value. Sidney's original intent had been to bring her mother back to the United States, but she decided that Maud was too frail to travel, so she put her in a Derbyshire nursing home and returned to the States alone. Maud's sister-in-law Amy Reynolds, and her nephew Kenneth Reynolds, looked in on Maud from time to time in these final years.

    Maud died at the Gate House in Wirksworth (Belper Registration District), Derbyshire on Nov. 14, 1948. The Gate House is a historic three-story Georgian building that presumably was being used as a nursing home. Maud was buried on Nov. 19, 1948 next to her husband Herbert in the Hammersmith Borough Cemetery (Mortlake) in London. Please see the Percy Genealogy for the children of Maude and Herbert.

     

     


REFERENCES:

  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, The MacMillan Company, London.

  • Symes-Thompson, Edmund: Second Supplement, vol. 3 (1912), p. 466-467.
    Thompson, Theophilus: First Series, vol. LVI (1898), p. 222-223.
  • Luke, Jemima, 1868, Sketches of the Life and Character of Thomas Thompson, James Nisbet & Co., London, 259 p.

  • Symes-Thompson, Lilla, 1908, Memories of Edmund Symes-Thompson: A Follower of St. Luke, Elliott Stock, London, 195 p.

  • Thompson, Edward, 1964, The Thompson Family (A Search into History). Edward descends from Nathaniel Thompson (b. 1791) in the above history. Edward married Ruby Side whose diaries have been published as World War II: London Blitz Diaries 1939-1945 - A Woman's Revelations Enduring War and Marriage, ed. by Victoria Aldridge Washuk, 1995, in 4 vol.

  • Thompson Family Bible. Descendants of John Thompson (b. 1771) living today in Melbourne Australia have a copy of a bible printed in 1858 by the British and Foreign Bible Society that contains pages torn from an older bible with dated family events (birth, marriage, death) written on the pages that cover the years 1821 to 1875.

  • UK Census Records, 1841-1901 and Parish Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records: online databases available on Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, and FindMyPast.com.

 

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