Anthony Thompson

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Anthony Thompson, son of (…) Thompson, was born say 1605.1 He died at New Haven, Connecticut, September 1648.2

Anthony married (1) Mary (…), before 1632;3 he married (2) Katherine (…) say 1644. The ancestries of both women are unknown (or not traced here).2,4

He apparently came from Lincolnshire as the baptisms of his first three children are recorded there. For Bridget, the mother's name is given as "Mary" and she is presumed here to be the mother of John and Anthony as well.

Anthony was in New Haven by 1 September 1640 with four persons in his family. His estate was valued at £150 for 17 1/2 acres in the First Division, 3 1/2 in the Neck, 9 1/2 in the Meadow, 38 in the Second Divison, and his yearly rate for land was 16s 6d.

At one time, it was believed Anthony Thompson and his brothers, William and John, originated in Lenham, co. Kent, England (Hibbard, History of Goshen, 1897). However, Jacobus shows how this identification errs. That the three were brothers is shown both by his own will, and the will of William Thompson who died unmarried.

In his will, dated 23 March 1647, Anthony Thompson bequeathed to:
his wife;
his eldest son;
a second son, Anthony;
daughter Bridget by his former wife "provided that she dispose of herself in marriage with the consent and approbation of her mother and the Elders of the Church,"
and to his brothers William and John. (New Haven Probate, 1:55)
Witnesses John Davenport and Robert Newman.

The will was presented in court 27 May 1650 and "found to be defective in sundry particulars so that court could not allow it for a legal will, yet being known that it is a declaration of the mind of the deceased concerning his estate, and therefore ordered that the wife of the said Anthony Thompson should administer upon the estate according to this writing."

The inventory was taken 26 September 1648 by Richard Miles, Matthew Camfield, and William Thompson and totaled £150 15s 4d

Proprietors' records show several payments to Anthony's children by "Kattern Camp," including John, Hannah, Liddia, Ebenezer, Anthony, and Bridget. (Proprietors' Records, 2: 91, 98, 114, 229).2,5,6,7

Family 1

Mary (…) d. bef. 1 Sep 1640
  • John Thompson "mariner,"+2 b. 22 Jan 1631/32, d. 2 Jun 1707
  • Anthony Thompson2 b. 2 Aug 1634, d. 29 Dec 1654
  • Bridget Thompson2 b. 15 Jan 1636/37, d. 19 May 1720

Family 2

Katherine (…)
  • Hannah Thompson2 b. 8 Jun 1645
  • Lydia Thompson2 b. 24 Jul 1647, d. Dec 1729
  • Ebenezer Thompson2 b. 15 Oct 1648, d. bef. 6 Nov 1676
This person was last edited on4 Mar 2024


  1. [S1330] Estimated from estimated date of marriage (1630).
  2. [S340] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Notes on Thompson Families of Connecticut," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 66 (July 1912): 197-209, at 198-199, further cited as Jacobus, "Notes on Thompson Families."
  3. [S2681] Lincolnshire Baptisms, Internet database online at, 67.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1506, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1946] Winifred S. Alcorn, "Abstracts of the Early Probate Records of New Haven, Book I, Part I, 1647-1687," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 81 (April 1927): 121-135, at 132-133, further cited as Alcorn, "Early Probate Records of New Haven."
  6. [S2682] Edward F. Atwater, Robert Atwater Smith, Bessie E. Beach and Lucy M. Hewitt, History of the Colony of New Haven to its Absorption Into Connecticut (Meriden, Connecticut: Journal Publishing, 1902), 111, further cited as Atwater, Smith, Beach & Hewitt, History of the Colony of New Haven.
  7. [S2681] Lincolnshire Baptisms, 66-68.