John Thompson "mariner,"

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John Thompson "mariner,", son of Anthony Thompson and Mary (…), was born probably shortly before his baptism at Metheringham, Lincolnshire, England, 22 January 1631/32.1,2 He died at New Haven, Connecticut, 2 June 1707.1

John married Anne Vicars, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, 4 August 1656.1,3,4

John Thompson "mariner," is sometimes assigned a wife Ellen or Hellena, but this is an error as there is no wife of record other than Ann Vicars. On 25 February 1657, John Tompson made a claim against the estate of John Roberts (then in the hands of a Mr. Wakeman) on the grounds that "there had been a treaty of marriage betwixt the said John Roberts and Ann Vicars (now wife to the said John Tompson), and that her former betrothed had by word of mouth left his estate to Ann (Hoadley, Records of the Jurisdiction of New Haven, 2:198).

Jacobus noted that while there is no proof that Ann Vicars was the mother of all the children, no other wife has been found.

Later in life, John Thompson "mariner," deeded most of his land to his sons John, Joseph, Samuel, and William (New Haven Deeds, vols 2 & 3). After his death, there was no recorded distribution of his death, so placement of his daughters is problematic.

He died intestate, and the inventory of Mr. John Thompson, Marriner, late decd," was presented 28 October 1707 (New Haven Probate, 3:116).1


Anne Vicars
  • John Thompson1,3 b. 12 May 1657, d. 15 Nov 1711
  • Joseph Thompson5,3 b. 4 Apr 1664, d. 14 Dec 1711
  • Anne Thompson1,3 b. say 1667, d. 15 Jan 1692
  • (…) Thompson5,3 b. Sep 1667
  • Samuel Thompson5,3 b. 12 May 1669, d. 26 Mar 1749
  • Sarah Thompson5,3 b. 16 Jan 1672, d. 21 Nov 1711
  • William Thompson+6,3 b. 17 Jan 1674, d. 13 Mar 1717
  • Mary Thompson5,3 b. 16 May 1678
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  1. [S340] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Notes on Thompson Families of Connecticut," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 66 (July 1912): 197-209, at 200, further cited as Jacobus, "Notes on Thompson Families."
  2. [S2681] Lincolnshire Baptisms, Internet database online at, 66.
  3. [S53] Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, 9 vols. in 3 (1924-1932; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1974), 1749-1762, further cited as Jacobus, New Haven Families.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1508, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S340] Jacobus, "Notes on Thompson Families," 201.
  6. [S340] Jacobus, "Notes on Thompson Families," 201, 203-204.