Thompson #8058

Thomas Thompson (1610-1655)

Born in England and arrived probably in Massachusetts before 1636, later settling in Connnecticut and

Anne Welles (1618-1680)

Born in England and arrived in Massachusetts about 1635-36.

Thompson #8058

I have not been able to locate much information regarding our ancestor, Thomas Thompson.  According to published genealogies, he was born on 1 Oct 1610 in Stourton, Whichford, Warwickshire, England and died 25 Apr 1655 in Farmington, Connecticut.  The circumstances and timing of his migration to America are unknown, as are details of his early life, including his parentage.

The original brownstone monument erected in 1837 was replaced by this one in 1986. It stands in the Ancient Burying Ground, which is located to the rear of the First Congregational Church at the corner of Main and Gold Streets in Hartford. This cemetery is also known as Old Center Cemetery. It lists the original Founders of Hartford.

Thomas Thompson is one of the original proprietors listed in the “Book of Distribution of Land” as being those who settled in Hartford, Connecticut before February 1640.  As such, his name appears on the “Founders Monument” in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground of the First Congregational Church of that city, presently known as “Center Church”.

On 14 Apr 1646 at Hartford, Thomas Thompson married Ann Welles, the daughter of Governor Thomas Welles and Alice TomesAnn Welles was born about 1619 in Stourton, Warwickshire, England[1] and died about 1680 in Farmington, Connecticut.  She came to America with the parents in about 1635-36[2], arriving mosy likely at Boston.  The family of Thomas Welles and Alice Tomes resided briefly in Cambridge, Massachusetts before settling in Hartford, Connecticut in 1636, along with other members of the congregation of Rev. Thomas Hooker[3].

First Church of Christ (Congregational), in Farmington, Connecticut was founded in 1652. The present church (the third) originally known as the Meeting House, was built in 1771. The slender steeple on top of the bell tower can be seen for miles. It was a hub of the Underground Railroad, and housed the slaves of the Amistad during the first civil rights case in the United States. The Amistad case was important for the abolitionist cause and significant in the history of slavery in the United States.

Thomas and Ann later removed to Farmington, Connecticut where he was an original member (one of the “Seven Pillars”) of the Farmington church, which was organized in 1652, or, as the record has it:

Upon the 13th of October Mr. Roger Newton, Stephen Hart[4], Thomas Judd[5], John Bronson, John Cole, Thomas Thomson, and Robert Porter joined in Church Covenant in Farmington.

Thomas Thompson died 25 Apr 1655.  About 1656 his widow, Ann Welles, married (2nd) Anthony Hawkins, our 9th g-grandfather, through two of his daughters (with his first wife, Isabel Brown), discussed under their own heading.

The children of Thomas Thompson and Ann Welles are listed as follows: Beatrice (1647), John (1649), Thomas (1651), Mary Thompson (1653) and Esther (1655).

The children of Anne Welles and Anthony Hawkins are: Sarah (1657), Elizabeth (1660) and Hannah (1662), all born in in Farmington, Connecticut.

The daughter of of Thomas Thompson and Ann Welles is Mary Thompson, born 7 Jun 1653 in Farmington, Connecticut and died about 1691 in Stratford, Connecticut.  On 20 Mar 1673, she married Samuel Hawley, born about 1647 and died 24 Aug 1734, both in Stratford, Connecticut.  The lineage of is Mary Thompson, and Samuel Hawley is continued under the heading of Joseph Hawley (1603-1690).

[1] Since Thomas Thompson and the family of Ann Welles both came from the same area of  Stourton, Warwick, England, it is possible that they knew each other before they arrived in America, and could possibly have even arrived together, but these speculations lack documentary support.

[2] They most likely did not arrive, however, on the Susan and Ellen voyage of 1635. There was a “Thomas Welles” listed as a passenger on that ship (later known as “Thomas of Ipswich”), but this is mostly likely a different man from Ann’s father.

[3] For more information on Rev. Thomas Hooker and the “Hooker Party”, refer to the discussion under the heading of William Kelsey (1600-1676).

[4] My 10th g-grandfather, discussed under his own heading.

[5] My 9th g-grandfather, discussed under his own heading.



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