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  • ID: I51899
  • Name: Maurice Thomson (Thompson)
  • Surname: Thomson
  • Given Name: Maurice
  • Suffix: (Thompson)
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: in Watton, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: 1676 in Haversham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • _UID: 37E754239A45C8459DC1B2C61E88AEDB8644
  • Note:
    ! (1) Tracy Hancock (Mar 2008). Cites: (a) "English Adventurers and Emigrants, 1609-1660," p.39. (b) PRO H.C.A. 13/60. (c) "Genealogical Gleaning in England," by Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register," (1895), original from the University of Virginia, p.510-511.
    (2) "Merchants and Revolution: Commercial Change, Political Conflict, and London's Overseas Traders, 1550-1653," by Robert Brenner (2003; extracts rpt. http://books.google.com, 2008) p.147, 185, 188-189. Cites: (a) "A History of the English Church during the Civil Wars and Under the Commonwealth, 1640-1660," by W.A. Shaw (London, 1900) 2:301. (b) House of Lords MSS. (c) "Virginia Venturer," by Hale, p.232-233, 236. (d) "Colonial Period," by Andrew, 2:284 n1. (e) "Memorials," by Lefroy, 1:724. (f) "Colonizing Acitivites," by Newton, p.267, 315. (g) "Cloberry Transcripts," "Maryland Historical Magazine," 26 (1931), 27 (1932).
    (3) Tucker Family Genealogy Forum, Capt. William Tucker (1589-1644) Timeline, by Thomas Clark (http://genforum.genealogy.com/tucker/messages/11257.html, 6 Nov 2006). Cites: (a) Merchants and Bankers From 1625-1650 (http://www.danbyrnes.com.au/merchants/merchants6a.htm).
    (4) "Stepney Folk - Maurice Thomson of Watton, Hertfordshire" (http://website.lineone.net/~fight/Stepney/thomson.htm, Mar 2008).

    ! Birth: (1,4) s/o Robert THOMSON/Elizabeth HARSNETT. (4) Eldest of 5 sons.
    Marriage to Dorothy VAUX: (4)
    Death: (1) 1676. (4) Will proved 9 May 1676. Of Haverhsam, Buckinghamshire.

    (4) Maurice THOMSON was a wealthy Puritan merchant of good family.
    (1c) 1624, Feb: Edward BRENT made his will. All such goods at I have laden on board the "Jeames" of London, Tobias FELGATE, Master, or in the "Anne" of London, Jeames CARTER, Master, as by the Invoice or book shall appear, and all debts due to me in Virginia by bill or by my book I do appoint Robert BENNETT to receive and make sale of and also to recover what debts shall be due to me in Virginia or, after his decease or by his appointment, to Maurice THOMPSON of London, merchant, whom I appoint to see this my last will and testament performed. (1c) 1625, 20 Aug: Edward BRENT will proved upon the oath of Maurice THOMPSON and Theophilus DODSON before the Right Worll Sir Francis WYATT, knt, governor and Capt. General of VA.
    (2g) 1631: William CLOBERRY, Maurice THOMSON, John DE LA BARRE, Simon TURGIS and William CLAIBORNE were partners in the Kent Island Project.
    (4) 1632: The Governor of the Virginia colony recommended him, with two others, for a three year monopoly of all the tobacco grown in VA.
    (1a) 1633: Robert SOUTH & Maurice THOMPSON v. KINGE. Examinations made in 1633 re the disposition of tobaccos brought to London in the "Charity", Mr. Richard LOWE, master.
    (4) He got into trouble in Canada and was fined 400 pounds which he would not pay and also was accused of poaching on Guinea Company preserves and he and his colleagues were arrested.
    (2) 1637-1638: William HARRIS and Thomas DEACON, 2 merchants in the sydicate that purchased Berkeley Hundred, were partners in a London cheesemongering business who were attracted to the Virginia tobacco trade in which they were active starting in 1631 at the latest, which led them to take up temporary residence in the colony. During the later 1630's they were members of several, perhaps connected, London-based Virginia trading operations, in 1637 and 1638 with Maurice THOMSON and William TUCKER, and in 1639 with William and Thomas ALLEN, two other leading tobacco merchants.
    (4) He shipped goods to the Company of Providence Island for a few years.
    (3a) ca. 1638: Captain William TUCKER was in partnership in trade to an unnamed area with Maurice THOMSON, George THOMSON and James STONE.
    (2c,f) 1638-1642: William CLAIBORNE and the Providence Island Company, and perhaps Maurice THOMSON, were partners in the founding of the colony at Ruatan, Honduras.
    (2d,d,e) 1639: William CLAIBORNE, Maurice THOMSON, Samuel MATTHEWS, George FLETCHER, William BENNETT, and the Bermuda Company applied for a land grant encompassing land between Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. The application was never acted on.
    (2a,b) 1641/2: Maurice THOMSON, his brother George THOMSON, their brother-in-law William TUCKER, William ALLEN, Richard BATESON, and George PAYNE, colonial merchants, signed the St. Dunstan petitions calling for the appointment of John SIMPSON as minister, one of the more radical and more prominent of London's congregationalist ministers, who served in the New Model Army and became a strong radical opponent of the Protectorate. The petition was signed by more than 150 parishoners on separate sheets circulated within the several parish precincts. As had many others in the city, the Puritan parishioners of St. Dunstan's-in-the-East had sought to initiate reformation in their parish under the sanction of the Commons' bill of 8 Sep 1641, which authorized parish appointments of weekly lecturers. Having apparently been thwarted temporarily by their minister John CHILDERLY, they now sought to exploit the favorable political situation to have Parliament approve their selection of John SIMPSON as their lecturer. In this they succeeded, and SIMPSON's appointment was confirmed by the Commons 22 Mar 1642.
    (1b) 1645, 6 Sep: Maurice THOMSON was of St. Dunstan in London per a deposition.
    (4) 1648: He was appointed a commissioner from Parliament to the States of the United Provinces to obtain contributions for the Protestants of Ireland.
    (4) 1650: Maurice lived at a mansion called Worcester House on Mile End Green which he sold in 1675 to the 'Church'.
    (4) 1652: He was living in Bishopsgate St. (4) 1654: Was one of the founders of the Old Poplar Chapel.
    (4) 1655: He purchased the manor and entire parish of Elsham in Lincolnshire.
    (4) He was a supporter of CROMWELL's Government. Upon the Restoration his connection with CROMWELL was looked upon with suspicion.
    (4) 1660: He was pardoned by the king. (4) 1661: He and his brother Robert were charged with giving information to the Dutch of the English Fleet. 'Maurice THOMPSON was always violent against kingly government, he was intimate with the Protector, sat at the High Court of Justice, and sentenced some of the beheaded lords ... he was once a poor fellow in Virginia, but got a great estate in the wars, mostly rent out of the bowels of the King's party.' Nothing came of the charge. (4) 1672: He bought property known as the 'Vinegar Yard, Grand Alley' in Stepney. (4) 1676, 9 May: The will of Maurice THOMSON, Haversham, Buckinghamshire, was proved. To be buried in Haversham chancel by my dear wife. To 100 poor silenced ministers. To Helena, Elizabeth and Arthur THOMSON, children of my dear son Sir John THOMSON, Baronet; to Katheline, Anne and Helena WITTEWRONG, children of my eldest daughter, Lady Katherine WITTEWRONG, late wife of Sir John WITTEWRONG, Knight and Baronet. My grandchildren William and Samuel OLDFIELD at 21; my brothers George, Sir William and Robert THOMSON to be trustees for daughter Martha CORSELLIS. Her son Nicholas CORSELLIS at 26. Daughter Elizabeth and her husband Joseph ALSTON, Esq., and their three sons, Joseph, Edward and Maurice ALSTON. To Lady Frances, wife of Sir John THOMSON. Property in England, Ireland, Barbadoes, Antego, St. Christophers, Virginia, the Carobee Islands, England and elsewhere.
  • Change Date: 26 Mar 2009 at 01:00:00



    Father: Robert Thomson (Thompson)
    Mother: Elizabeth Harsnett

    Marriage 1 Dorothy Vaux
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