Rev. William Thompson

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Rev. William Thompson, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born, say 1570.1 He died at Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England, about 10 July 1623.1

William married (1) Phyllis (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), say 1594;1 he married (2) Elizabeth (…) (whose parents are also unknown or untraced), about 1614.1

Rev. William Thompson left a nuncupative will dated 10 July 1623 and proved 5 March 1623/4 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London, England, mentioning:
wife Elizabeth Thomson;
son-in-law Mr. Hounsell;
five unnamed daughters;
sons William and Samuel Thomson;
brother-in-law Mr. White;
an unborn child;
various other beneficiaries;
"special friends" John White, Clerk, Nichols Phippe, and John Cogeswell, executors;
Witnesses Elizabeth Cogeswell, Mr. George Widley, and "divers other credible witnesses."

Presuming "brother-in-law Mr. White" is the same man as John White, Clerk, Greenlees points out that White officiated the marriage of John Broadhurst, Phyllis Cogswell (Rev. William Thompson's granddaughter), as well as baptizing all their children. White's will of 1671 included John Broadhurst and Phyllis "his nowe wife," as residuary legatees and executors. The will also mentioned their sons John and Edward as trinepotes [great nephews] as overseers, great-nephews Charles and Samuel Broadhurst, both under 21; and "cousin Phyllis Broadhurst," daughter of John Broadhurst. Greenlees also points out that Phyllis, first wife of William Thomson appears to be a sister or half-sister of Rev. John White, Clerk of Chirton.2

Family 1

Phyllis (…) d. bef. 19 Jul 1608
  • Elizabeth Thompson+1 b. say 1595, d. 2 Jun 1676
  • (…) Thompson1 b. say 1597
  • (…) Thompson1 b. say 1599
  • (…) Thompson1 b. say 1601
  • Maria Thompson3 b. 1604

Family 2

Elizabeth (…)
  • William Thompson1 b. 23 Apr 1615
  • Samuel Thompson1 b. 30 Nov 1616
  • (…) Thompson1 b. aft. Jul 1623
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  1. [S293] Helen Cogswell Trostel, Cogswell-Haldeman: The Ancestors and the Descendants of Asa Ferris Cogswell and Arobine Haldeman Cogswell (with allied lines) (Denver, Colorado: Big Mountain Press, [c1966]), 22-23, further cited as Trostel, Cogswell-Haldeman.
  2. [S1930] Priscilla Colstad Greenlees, "Identification of the Unnamed Daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thomson) Cogswell Who Remained in England," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 162 (Jan 2008): 5-7, further cited as Greenlees, "Daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thomson) Cogswell."
  3. [S296] Ephraim Orcutt Jameson, The Cogswells in America (n.p.: p.p., 1884), XV, further cited as Jameson, Cogswell Family.