Name: Swan Thompson
Birth: ABT 1750
Death: 1801 in Wake County, NC
Swann Thompson, a descendant of the Reverend William Thompson of County Lancaster in England, came to America with his brother Michael about 1745. Swann settled in the Barton's Creek area where he gradually aggregated a large estate, residing there until his death in 1801. Michael settled elsewhere in North Carolina. According to colonial records, Swann was comnmissioned a lieutenant in the North Carolina Militia in 1772 and served on the staff of Cols. Joel Lane and John Hinton.
On May 16, 1788, Swann Thompson purchased half of one hundred and fifty acres lying on both sides of the Neuse River, including the Great Falls, from Samuel High. The purpose for this transaction was to set up a grist mill at the falls. According to family tradition, Swann Thompson built the first grist mill in Wake County with material brought from England. He was a local merchant and large land owner.
The abstract of North Carolina Wills gives the following description of Swann Thompson's family: wife Susannah and the following children: Solomon, William, James, Mark, Jacob, Drewery, Michael, Penny Moore, Gilly Grady, Delilah, and Charles.
Some North Carolina Deed book transactions that mention Swan Thompson:
p. 351 Stephen Loyd of Franlin Co., N. C. to Reynold Allen, Junr. of Wake Co., Sept. 1, 1786, for 200 pds. specie a 200 acre tract of land and plantation in Wake Co. on the south bank of Nuce River adjoining Cheves and Swan Thomson. Wit. Amoss Floyd, Young Allen.
p. 408 Samuel High of Wake Co. to Swan Thomson of same, May 16, 1788, for 75 pds. specie one-half of a certain tract of land containing 150 acres lying on both sides of Neus River including the Great Falls, adjoining Daniel Higdon on one side of the River and Allen on the other, which land was granted to Joseph Montfort from Earl Granville by grant bearing date June 25, 1762. They were to jointly build a grist mill and other useful buildings. Wit: William Mayes, Richard Hudson, Charles Thomson.
p. 303 Richard Hudson of Wake Co. to John Pullin of same, Aug. 29, 1788, for 60 pds. specie a tract of 5323 acres lying on the north side of Fall creek adjoining Bell and Swan Thomson. Wit: Sam'll High, John Spain.
p. 297 Reynold Allen, Senr. to Reynold Allen, Junr., Dec. 1, 1783, for good causes and considerations and 50 pds. specie part of a certain tract of land and plantation containing 180 acres lying on the south bank of Nuce River near the Rocky Ford adjoining Swan Thompson. Wit: John Foolman Harrison, Young Allen.
Wake County, North Carolina
Wills, Inventories and Settlements of Estates 1802-1804
Record Book No 6, page 236
Family History Center microfilm # 002006
In the name of God, amen, I Swan Thompson of Wake County and the State of North Carolina at this time weak in body, but of perfect mind and -------(Illegible)---the first day of September in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand eight hundred make, publish, ordain ----(illegible)---to be my last will and testament (that is to say)----first of all I commend my soul to the Lord Almighty God who gave it to me and my body ----- to be buried in a decent like Christian manner
First of all my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid as follows ---(Illegible)
Item 3to my son Drury Thompson a negro girl named Haney to him and his heirs forever.
Item 4I give to my daughter Penny a negro girl named Jane to her and her heirs forever.
Item 5 I give to my son Solomon Thompson one negro boy named Stephen to him and his heirs forever.
Item 6I give to my son James Thompson one negro boy named Will to him and his heirs forever.
Item 7 I give to my son Jacob Thompson one negro boy names Luke to him his heirs forever.
Item 8 I give to my son Michael Thompson one negro girl named Phillis to him and his heirs forever.
Item 9 I give to my daughter Delilah Thompson one negro girl named Rachel and one negro boy named Dick to her and her heirs forever.
Item 10 I give to my daughter Gilley Grady the sum of fifty two pounds in Virginia money which will be ------(illegible)----
I lend to my beloved wife Susannah Thompson three negroes (to wit) Benon, Peter and Nan and also the land and plantation where on I now live and the stock and household furniture and every other thing to ----(Illegible)---- to her during her natural life and after death or marriage the above --- stock, utensils, household furniture ---- to be divided among my children Solomon Thompson, James Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Delilah Thompson and Michael Thompson and my land, plantation, mill and ---
After my wife's death or marriage is to be divided among Solomon Thompson, James Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Michael Thompson equally and if they do not agree on the division of the lands and mill when each shall come of age of twenty-one years ----must be sold and equal division of the money made among the four boys ---- And as to the above ----negroes ---Benon and Nan and the issue of their bodies ------death of my wife Susannah my ----is to be equally divided among my Children Charles, Drury, Mark, Solomon, James, Michael Thompson and my daughters --- and ------,
Gilley Grady and Delilah Thompson -----(Illegible)----
---Solomon Thompson and John Pullen my sole ----
My last will and testament -----
Swan (X his mark) Thompson
Amilia Canada Jurat*
Lorena Harrell Jurat*
Will was proven by the oaths of Amilia Canado Jurat* and Lorena Harrell*
Wake County, North Carolina
Wills, Inventories and Settlements of Estates 1799-1802
Record Book No. 5 page 226
An Inventory of the estate of Swan Thompson decd. taken on 20th April 1801 by Sol Thompson
Three negroes (to wit) Binon, Peter, Nan, two horses, cows and calves, four cows and yearlings, one yoke of oxen, cash seventy dollars, eighty head of hogs, five feather beds and furnishings, five ----,
ten chairs, one table, one chest, eight -----, twenty four gallons of brandy, nine cups and three mugs, two glass tumblers, one door ---, sugar bowl, one looking glass, one salt cellar,----, two jugs, one pitcher, one earthen dish,----, plates, four do bowls, one head of whiskey, eight---, five pewter dishes, six do plates, four ---, one frying pan, three bottles, one dutch oven, one ---, five water vessels, one table, one loom, three ---, one cart, ----four barrels.
Seven negros Luke, Will, Dick, Rachel,------
Father: William Thompson b: ABT 1725 in Lancaster County, England
Susannah ? b: ABT 1755
- Gilley Thompson b: ABT 1770
- Charles Thompson b: ABT 1772
- Drury Thompson b: ABT 1774 in NC
- Mark Thompson b: ABT 1774
- Penny Thompson b: ABT 1776
- Solomon Thompson b: ABT 1778 in NC
- James Thompson b: ABT 1780
- Jacob Thompson b: ABT 1782
- Delilah Thompson b: ABT 1784
- Michael Thompson b: ABT 1786