|Virginia Northern Counties 1775|
The internet is full of misinformation regarding the parentage of Thomas Thomson. Countless trees incorrectly identify his father as Samuel Thomson. Samuel Thomson's 1753 will (Louisa Co., VA WB 1, p. 29) named a son Thomas who was a completely different individual from Thomas Thomson who died in 1774. Our Thomas Thomson's parents are unknown and were probably living in Hanover County.
Thomas Thomson or Thompson the son of Samuel Thomson was a completely different individual. It was he who lived in Fredericksville Parish of Louisa County. There were definitely two different Thomas Thomsons, the one with the slave Frank (left in Samuel's will to his son Thomas) being enumerated near Samuel Thomson's other sons and the one who left the slaves York and Sibba in his 1774 will being enumerated in Trinity Parish where Moses Clack, who married this Thomas’ daughter, was working as an overseer.
By 1770 the Thomas who owned Frank and lived near Samuel's other sons and the Thomas who owned York and Sibbe were on two separate tithable lists. Thomas with the slave Frank was still being enumerated near Samuel Sr.'s other sons after this Thomas died in 1774. Samuel Sr. deeded 400 acres on Tomahawk Branch of Christopher's Run to his son Thomas. in 1752. In April, 1753 Thomas sold 50 acres of it. The Thomas who owned the slave Frank, left to him by his father and who was enumerated near Samuel's other sons in the tithable lists, had 350 acres. In 1777, after this Thomas Thomson was dead, Thomas Thomson and his wife Ann sold 350 acres between Duckinghole and Christopher's Run at the head of a branch called Tomahawk (DB B, p.2).
The internet is also filled with pedigrees recording Thomas' wife as Hannah McAllister. It was Thomas Thomasson who married Ann (Hannah) McAllister. Thomas Thomasson was born February 25, 1737, in Hanover County, Virginia, the son of George and Mary (Pollard) Thomasson. Thomas grew up on the Louisa plantation and married a neighbor's daughter, Anne Mackalester (McAllister), daughter of William Mackalester and his wife, Elizabeth Garland. They moved to Granville County, North Carolina with their extended family before 1800. Thomas Thomasson died in Granville County, North Carolina in 1818.
One of the other questionable entries found at various sites on the internet gives the name of Mourning's mother as Hannah Glass. Until recently, there seemed to be no primary source documenting that maiden name. Countess serious Thomson researchers were as mystified as I about Hannah's name and origins. Very recently another Thomson descendant and researcher discovered a Louisa County deed which referenced a tract of land in Hanover County. The 1765 deed (Louisa County VA, Deed Book C-1/2, pgs 123-125) is from Thomas and Hannah Thomson to James Tait. This deed for land was stated as being initially conveyed to Thomas & Hannah Thomson by an Indefeasible Estate of Inheritance from Thomas Glass of Hanover County.
This discovery does not prove that Thomas Thomson's wife Hannah was Hannah Glass, but it appears to be the first documentation of a connection with the Glass family of Hanover where Thomas Thomson is believed to have originated. Research by several Thomson descendants after this deed was found has identified a community in the area of Totopottomoy's Creek in Hanover County where Glass, Thomson, Moorman, Anderson, Tait, Waddy and several other families with connections to our Thomson family were neighbors. In the course of this search, I even discovered Pryors in New Kent County from which Hanover was created.
Sadly, Hanover and it's parent county, New Kent, are burned counties and have few extant records. However, over the last few weeks we've learned enough to tell us that our Thomsons, Pryors and perhaps Glass ancestors all came from this community.