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John Tomson and Mary Cooke

Born in 1616 in the northern part of Wales, and it is presumed that he was of Scottish descent; son of _?_ TOMSON. It is said his father died soon after his birth, and his mother married again. [S13]. Even the name of his step-father is not known.

Ignatius Thompson's Genealogy of John Thompson says he came to America in the third embarkation, a company under the patronage of Thomas Weston, a merchant of distinction in London. The company contained 60 or 70 men, some of them with families. Among them was John Tompson, then 6 years old. They landed at Plymouth early in MAY 1622 (S11,S13). However, there seems to be some errors in Ignatius's account. (S5).

What is properly called the third embarkation, the ship Little James and Anne, actually arrived in August 1623 with 60 passengers.(S5). There were other other arrivals, for example the ship Sparrow in May 1622, with seven passengers, was also sent by Thomas Weston. Still another arrival was the Charity and Swan in July 1622, also sent out by Thomas Weston, with sixty colonists bound for Wessagusset or Weymouth, which stopped at Plymouth with letters from Mr. Weston stating that he had quit the Adventurers. John Thompson may have indeed arrived in May 1622 as Ingnatius Thompson said, but this was not termed part of the third embarkation. (S5).

He was a carpenter, though his primary occupation was a farmer. Besides building his own houses, he built homes for others. In 1637 he and his friend Richard Church built the first framed meeting house in Plymouth. He then sued Thomas Willett, the town's agent, for not complying with the contract. As compensation for his labor, the town gave him a deed to a piece of land extending back from the market house to the herring brook, later called Spring Hill. (S5). He was great friends with Richard Church, and after his death, with his brother, Captain Benjamin Church, the Indian fighter. (S5).

On 3 March 1645 he purchased a house and garden of Samuel Eddy near Spring Hill in Plymouth.

John Tompson married Mary Cooke (in 1643-S4)(on 26 December 1645-S5, S11,S13,S14) at (Plymouth)(Bridgewater), Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

He purchased his first farm in Sandwich, in that part called Nobscusset, where he lived for a few years. He soon came to the conclusion that he could better his fortune by moving further into the interior.

He selected a place 13 miles west of the village of Plymouth on the outskirts of Bridgewater, Middleborough, and what later became Halifax. He purchased land of William Wetispaquin, sachem of the Neponsets, the purchase having been approved by the Court. (S11). The deed is recorded in Book 4, page 41, in the Registry of Deeds for Plymouth County. His homestead, including other purchases other than the above deed, contained more than six thousand acres. It was later divided into more than one hundred farmsteads. It commenced at the herring brook in the northern part of Halifax and extended nearly five miles south into Middleborough. He built a log house in Middleborough, about twenty rods west of the Plymouth line, where he lived until it was burned by the Indians. (S5).

Tradition says that he began clearing land with the intention of locating his house near where the saw mill of Ephriam B.Thompson later stood. After working for a while, he became thirsty and went into a valley near by to search for water. Upon finding a lively brook of pure water, he came to the conclusion that the spring could not be far away. He followed the brook up about one hundred rods and came to the fountain of pure, gushing water. A clearing was made here and a log house built. (S5). Charles H. Thompson says, The importance of locating near a spring of never failing water, instead of attempting to dig wells, at that time, is apparent when we consider that shovels and spades in those times were made of wood instead of iron; wooden shovels were used by the third and fourth generations from John Thomson. When Ebenezer, a grandson of his, had a wooden shovel pointed or shod with iron, it was considered a very great improvement and was borrowed by the neighbors far and near. The ancient practice of building dwelling houses near springs and running water accounts for the very crooked roads in many localities of the old colony. (S5).

He served as deputy to the General Court, representing Barnstable in 1671 and 1672. (S12).

He was a sergeant of the military company in 1673. (S12).

He served as deputy to the General Court, representing Middleboro about 1674 and served for the next eight years. (S9).

He became a Lieutenant of the military company in 1675 (S12), and was in that year a commander of a garrison in King Philips War. (S12).

He died 16 June 1696 at Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, in his 80th year. He was buried in the first burying ground in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. His tombstone reads: In Memory of LIEUT. JOHN THOMPSON, who died June 16, ye 1696, in ye 80th year of his age. This is a debt to nature due, Which I have paid, And so must you. (S13).

Mary COOKE. [PC T4-25]. [How are we Related].
Born between March 1624 and 22 May 1627 (1626-S5,S6,S8) at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; daughter of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu. Some sources say she was born at Leyden, Holland as were all her siblings. She was born after 1623, however, when her mother came to Plymouth Colony.

She married John Tomson (in1643-S4)(on 26 DEC 1645-S5,S11,S13) at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

She died on 21 March 1714-1715 at Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, in her 88th year; and is buried at the first burial ground there in Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

  1. Adam TOMSON. Born before 26 September, in 1646. He died (in 1648)(about 1648-S14) (before he was one and a half). (S5,S14).
  2. John TOMSON. Born in November 1647 (in 1648-S3,S14). He died on 11 February 1648. (S5). Probably the John Tomson who died on 11 February 1648. (S14).
  3. John TOMSON. [PC T4-25]. [How are we Related]. Born on 24 November 1649 (S14) at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He married Mary TINKHAM (in 1676)(about 1680-S14) in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He died on 25 November 1725 at Middleboro, Massachusetts. (S14).
  4. Mary TOMSON. Probably born in 1650 or 1651. (S14). Born in 1650. (?S). She married (in June 1672)(about 1673-S14) to Thomas TABER, son of Philip TABER, as his second wife. His first wife was Esther Cooke, a cousin of Mary. (S14). He had married (1) Ester Cooke, daughter of John COOKE. Mary died (after June 15-S14) in 1723 (on 3 MAY 1734-S3). [She is named in her husbands will, which is dated 15 June 1723, and is proved 20 March 1732-1733, in Dartmouth. Source: Francis Cooke. Pilgrim, pg 95].
  5. Esther TOMSON. (Hester-S14 Barnstable Records) Born 28 July 1652 (S14,S15) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. (S15). She married in 1675 to William REED (READ-S14)(READE), who was born 16 October 1634, son of (Deacon) William READ and Avis. Esther and William both died in 1706 (she died between 26 October 1705 and 12 September 1706-S3)(in 1705 or 1706-S14).
  6. Elizabeth TOMSON. Born 28 January 1654 (S14,S15) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. (S15) She married William SWIFT (about 1679-S14). She died after June 1700 (after 12 May 1701 and before 1756-S3)(after 12 May 1701-S14).
  7. Sarah TOMSON. Born (4-S14,S15)(7-S4) April 1657 (S14,S15) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. (S15). She never married. She died (on 2 December 1730-S?)(after 19 June 1696-S14).
  8. Lydia TOMSON. Born on 5 October 1659 (S14,S15) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. (S15). She married James SOULE, son of John SOULE, (on 14 December 1693)(about 1694-S14). She died 14 March 1741-1742 (S14) at Middleboro, Massachusetts.
  9. Jacob TOMSON. Born on 24 April 1662 (S14,S15) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. (S15). He married Abigail WADSWORTH on 28 December (1692)(1693-S3,S14). Abigail was born on 19 October 1664 (S14). She died (15 September 1744-S5). He died on 1 September 1726 (S14) at Middleboro, Massachusetts.
  10. Thomas TOMSON. Born on 19 October 1664 (S14,S15) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. (S15). He married Mary MORTON on 13 December 1715 (S14) at Middleboro, Massachusetts. He died on (16)(26-S14) October 1742 at Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Mary died on 20 March 1781 age 91. (S5).
  11. Peter TOMSON. Born (in 1667)(before 1679-S3), at Barnstable, Massachusetts. He married (1) Sarah (THOMSON-S?) about 1699. He married possible (2) to Rebecca STURTEVANT. (S?) (He did not marry Rebecca Sturtevant-S14). He married possibly (3) to Sarah WOOD. He died (before 29 April 1731)(about 1731-S14).
  12. Mercy TOMSON. Born (in-S?)(about-S14) 1671. She did not marry. She died on 19 April 1756 (S14) at Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


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