Saturday, August 5, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ THOMPSON of Westbury, Wiltshire, England and Ipswich, Massachusetts


I have at least four THOMPSON lineages in my family tree. They are not related at all, but are separate lines.  I have already blogged about David Thompson (1592 – 1628) who owned a trading post in New Hampshire in 1621:  ;  Nancy Thompson (1804 – after 1847), my brickwall ancestress from Gilmanton, New Hampshire: ; and Alexander Thompson (about 1636 – 1696), the Scots Prisoner of War who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts:

My 10th great grandfather was the Reverend William Thompson (about 1576 – 1623) vicar of the church in Wesbury, Wiltshire, England from 1603 until his death.  Rev. Thompson never came to America, but several of his descendants immigrated to Massachusetts.   His wife, Phillis, died in 1608 and he remarried to a woman named Elizabeth.  Elizabeth gave him two sons, Samuel, who became a vicar in London, and William, who was sent to Massachusetts to live with his uncle John Cogswell.

Rev. Thompson had five daughters from his first marriage with Phillis, including Elizabeth Thompson (1598 – 1676), my 9th great grandmother, who married John Cogswell and came to America on board the ship Angel Gabriel.   This ship was wrecked in Pemaquid, Maine, but eventually the family made its way to Ipswich, Massachusetts.  John and Elizabeth had twelve children.  In his Great Migration series Robert Charles Anderson speculates that Elizabeth was married young because she had children from 1616 until about 1645.   I descend two of the twelve Cogswell children:  John (about 1622 – 1653) and also from his sister Sarah (about 1645 – 1733) who married Simon Tuthill.

Some Thompson Resources:

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn (New England Historic Genealogical Society), Volume II,  page 138.

The Cogswells in America, by Ephraim Orcutt Jameson, 1884

The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, April 1871, page 187.

Cogswell – Haldeman: The Ancestors and the Descendants of Asa Ferris Cogswell and Arobine Haldeman Cogswell, by Helen Cogswell Trostel, 1966

You might also want to read my COGSWELL Surname Saturday post:

My THOMPSON lineage:

Generation 1:  William Thompson, born about 1576 in Westbury, Wiltshire, England, died 1623 in Westbury; married first about 1600 to Phillis UNKNOWN (five daughters).  She was buried in Westbury on 19 July 1608. He married second to Elizabeth UNKNOWN (two sons).

Generation 2: Elizabeth Thompson, born in Westbury about 1598 and died on 2 June 1676 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts;  married on 10 September 1615 in Westbury to John Cogswell, son of Edward Cogswell and Alice UNKNOWN.   He was born in Westbury abut 1592 and died on 29 December 1669 in Ipswich. Twelve children.

Lineage A

Generation 3: John Cogswell m. UNKNOWN
Generation 4: John Cogswell m. Margaret Gifford
Generation 5: John Cogswell m. Sarah Brown
Generation 6:  Martha Cogswell m. John Andrews
Generation 7:  James Andrews m. Lucy Presson
Generation 8:  Orpha Andrews m. Joseph Allen
Generation 9:  Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10:  Joseph Elmer  Allen m. Carried Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B

Generation 3:  Sarah Cogswell m. Simon Tuthill
Generation 4:  John Tuthill m. Martha Ward
Generation 5:  Martha Tuthill m. Mark Haskell
Generation 6:  Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7:  Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8:  Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jilling Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ THOMPSON of Westbury, Wiltshire, England and Ipswich, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 5, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. Well, that just pushed m Cogswell line back. I share Lineage B with you Heather but hadn't know who John Cogswell'swife had been.So William Thompson is my new found 10x ggf!

  2. William Thompson is my 12th great grandfather. I am part of the Thompson line that settled in Morrow Co. Ohio.
    I have just started this journey in the last 6 months. Thank you for sharing!