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Monday, 16 November 2020

Thompsons of Northamptonshire

St Andrew's Church, Cransley
Photo © Philip Halling (cc-by-sa/2.0)
The earliest known [to date] of my Thompson ancestors is a 6th great-grandfather, Benjamin Thompson, who married Sarah Munn on 8 Oct 1744 at Pytchley, Northamptonshire. 

Their son, Solomon Thompson Sr, was baptised on 25 Aug 1745 at St Andrew's Church, Cransley and later married Ann Rawson in Geddington, on 27 Oct 1767. 

Solomon Thompson, labourer, appeared on the Northamptonshire Militia Lists 1771. "The Militia Act of 1757 required each county to raise an assigned quota of able-bodied men to serve in the militia. The act was passed as a reaction to the French invasion during the Seven Years War. The militia was responsible for the defense of Great Britain and Ireland. They never served abroad. Men were between the ages of 18 and 45 and served for a minimum of 28 days a year, over three years."

Solomon Thompson Sr died, aged 78, and was buried on 2 Sep 1823.
 
Next was Solomon and Ann's son, Solomon Thompson Jnr, who was baptised 15 Jun 1786, also at St Andrew's Church, Cransley and who later married Maria Willis at All Saints Church, Thorpe Malsor on 19 January 1807. Solomon Thompson Jnr's occupation was as a carpenter. Solomon Jnr and Maria's children, all baptised at St Andrew's Church, Cransley include; 
  1. Mary Thompson baptised 14 Dec 1807
  2. Daniel Thompson baptised 30 Jul 1809
  3. Thomas Thompson baptised 14 Apr 1811
  4. Maria Thompson baptised 19 Dec 1814
  5. Lucy Thompson baptised 18 Dec 1815
  6. Anne Thompson baptised 20 Oct 1817
  7. Eliza Thompson baptised 9 Jul 1820 (buried 14 Oct 1821)
  8. Solomon Thompson baptised 4 Apr 1822
  9. Eliza Thompson baptised 8 Feb 1824
  10. William Thompson baptised 31 Dec 1825 
  11. Elizabeth Thompson baptised 20 Dec 1831 (age 3y 3m, so b. 1828)
  12. Martha Thompson baptised 20 Dec 1831 
By 1841, Maria Thompson (née Willis), Pauper, is listed on that census as the head of the family with younger sons Solomon, a Carpenter's Apprentice and William, and daughter Martha, as well as a John James (presumably a boarder/lodger) also listed as a Carpenter's Apprentice, living with her. Her husband, Solomon Thompson Jnr, having died, in 1839, aged 54.

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