Thomas Jessop

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Thomas Jessop, whose parents are unknown (or untraced), was born at Leeds, England, about 1715.1 He died at Guilford Co., North Carolina, 14 December 1783.1

Thomas married (1) Sarah (…), whose parents are unknown (or not traced), about 1737;2,3 he married (2) Hannah (…), whose parents are unknown (or not traced), say 1761;4,5 he married (3), as her 2nd husband, Ann Matthews, daughter of Walter Matthews and Mary (…), at Guilford Co., 1 January 1766.6

Thomas Jessop immigrated with his parents to North Carolina in 1722.1

In 1770 Thomas Jessop purchased 192 acres in Guilford County, with Walter Matthews, probably his father-in-law, as one of the witnesses.

The farm was the site of the Battle of Guilford Court House in the Revolution. One witness reported that "after the battle, Ann Jessop cared for a number of the wounded soldiers; she was truly an angel of mercy." Jonathan Jessop, ten years old at the time, recounted how the wounded were brought to the house to be cared for. He later documented the battle with a map showing the locations of the British and American camps, the residents along the road between Salisbury and Guilford Court House, and the part of his father's farm where the most severe fighting occurred.

For more information on the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, see:,1

Family 1

Sarah (…) d. 6 Jan 1757
  • Joseph Jessop2 b. 7 Nov 1738
  • Mary Jessop2 b. 5 Feb 1739/40
  • Timothy Jessop2 b. 7 May 1742
  • Alice Jessop2 b. 8 Mar 1743/44, d. 29 Dec 1756
  • Thomas Jessop2 b. 10 Mar 1745/46
  • Rachel Jessop2 b. 12 Oct 1747
  • Caleb Jessop2 b. 24 Jan 1750/51
  • William Jessop2 b. 23 Aug 1752
  • Jacob Jessop2 b. 14 Feb 1754
  • Sarah Jessop2 b. 8 Nov 1756, d. 29 Oct 1757

Family 2

Hannah (…) d. 1 Nov 1763
  • Sarah Jessop2 b. 11 Feb 1763

Family 3

Ann Matthews b. 10 Oct 1738, d. 26 Sep 1822
  • John Jessop8 b. 1768, d. 1769
  • Hannah Jessop8 b. 19 Sep 1768, d. 13 Sep 1847
  • Jonathan Jessop8 b. 30 Sep 1770, d. 19 Aug 1857
  • Ann Jessop8 b. 16 Jan 1777, d. Jun 1785
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S1619] Terry Cowan and Harry Shetrone, A Matthews History: The Family of Thomas Matthews (ca.1631) of Hall Comb With Particular Emphasis on the Descendants of Walter Matthews (ca. 1702 - ca.1783) of New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina (Wolfe City, Texas: Henington Industries, 2002), 22, further cited as Cowan and Shetrone, Matthews History.
  2. [S1156] William Wade Hinshaw and Thomas Worth Marshall, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (six vols., 1938; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 1:504, further cited as Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy.
  3. [S1330] Estimated from birth date of first child (1738).
  4. [S1156] Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy, 1:505.
  5. [S1330] Estimated from birth date of first child (1762).
  6. [S1156] Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy, 1:539.
  7. [S1633] Henry Griswold Jesup, Edward Jessup of West Farms, Westchester Co., New York, and His Descendants: With an Introduction and an Appendix: The latter containing records of other American families of the name, with some additional memoranda (Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, 1887), 365-6, further cited as Jesup, Jessup.
  8. [S1619] Cowan and Shetrone, Matthews History, 23.