Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Thompson

Male 1660 - Aft 1730  (~ 84 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name William Thompson 
    Born Between 1647 and 1660  Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1730  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I015258  Tree1
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 

    Father Scotland Thompson 
    Family ID F42393  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Chittam,   b. Abt 1674,   d. Bef Dec 1726, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married Abt 1690  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Thompson,   b. Abt 1693,   d. Aft 1764, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     2. Margaret Thompson,   b. Abt 1694, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1744, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     3. John Thompson,   b. 1696, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1750/51, Frederick County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F09923  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ===
      Thompson, Grace, widow, Prince George's County, 13th April.,1739; 7th July, 1741.
      To child, of William, viz. John Thompson, Margaret Shaw, and Mary Perry, 1s. each.
      To Christopher Brown, 10s
      Mary Hall, dau. of Col. Joseph Belt, Mary Young, Alice Ray, Col. Joseph Belt and two slaves, personalty.
      To Pompey Young, at 21 yrs., residue Of estate. Shd. he die without issue sd. estate to be divided bet. exs.
      Exs.: Col. Joseph Belt, Mary Young.
      Test: David Shaw Ross, Christopher Brown, Charles Hodges. 22, 523.
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber R, Page 186
      27 Mar 1691; Indenture from Richard Evans, carpenter, to George Miller; for 4,500# tobacco; a parcel called Barbadoes; formerly an assignment of Col. Henry Darnall to Richard Evans; part of a warrant for 5,500 acres granted Darnall 7 Oct 1684; located on the west side of Eastern Branch of the Potomac River; containing 250 acres; /s/ Richard Evans (mark); wit. G. Hamiltone, William Thomson
      ===
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Indenture, 20 November 1695
      From: JAMES THOMSON of Shaftsbury, Dorsett County, sailorman.
      To: JAMES STODDART of Anne Arundel County, planter
      Price: 65 pounds sterling
      Property: All the 500 acre tract called "Yarow" in Charles County, on the north side of the eastern branch of the Potomac River; bounded by land laid out to WILLIAM THOMPSON.
      Signature: JAMES THOMSON
      Wit.: JOHN HONBLON MAIJOR, JOHN SNELLSON, RICHARD CLARKE (mark), THOMAS JACKSON.
      Ackn'd: (none)
      Recorded: 24 November 1696, Vol. A, p. 18
      ===
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Deed of Gift, 26 January 1699
      From: CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON of P. G. County, planter
      To: "my brother" WILLIAM THOMPSON of P. G. County, planter.
      Price: Natural affection and brotherly love
      Property: A 100 acre part of the 300 acre tract called "White Lackington" on the south side of the eastern branch of the Potomac River; said 100 acres being taken from the middle part of the 300 acre tract.
      Signature: CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON (mark)
      Wit.: JAMES BEALL, GEORGE MILLER Ackn'd: (none)
      Recorded: (day & month unspecified) 1699, Vol. A, p. 199.
      ===
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Deed, 28 January 1700
      From: JAMES STODDART of P. G. County, gent.
      To: JOSEPH CHEW of Anne Arundel County, gent.
      Price: 123 pounds sterling
      Property: All the 500 acre tract called "Yarrow" in P. G. Co. on the north side of the eastern branch of Potomac River, bounding on land of WILLIAM THOMPSEN; also a 506 acre tract called "Yarrow Head" on the north side of the eastern branch of the Potomac River, bounding on land of GEORGE MILLER, and intersecting said STODDART'S land where he now lives.
      Signature: JAMES STODDART
      Wit.: THOMAS HOLLYDAY, ROBT BRADLY
      Ackn'd: JAMES STODDART and wife MARY, 25 January 1700.
      Recorded: (date unspecified), Vol. A, p. 340
      ===
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Deed, 29 January 1700
      From: WILLIAM THOMPSON of P. G. County, planter; and wife ANN.
      To: GEORGE MILLER of P. G. Co.
      Price: 6000 Tbs. tobacco
      Property: All the 300 acre tract called "Scottland" in P. G. County, formerly in Charles County, on the west side of Eastern Branch; bounding on the river and land of RICHARD EVANS.
      Signature: WILLIAM THOMPSON
      Wit.: WILLIAM HUTCHISON, WILL. TANYHILL
      Ackn'd: WILLIAM THOMPSON, 29 January 1700
      Recorded: 25 February 1700, Vol. A, p. 352
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 488 - 490
      Petition of Archibald Edmondston 4th Tues. of June last:
      From Charles, Lord Baltimore, to Jeremiah Belt, Basil Waring,
      Benjamin Berry & Walter Brooke, Gent-; regarding boundaries of Whitlackintine WHITELAINTINE; depositions follow:
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of William Thompson, age ca 80; mentions Col. Beale 46 years ago and Whitlackintine belonging to Christopher Thompson
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of William Thompson, age ca 80; mentions Col. Beale 35 years ago, his brother Christopher Thompson and Hudson Son's land
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of Charles Beale, age ca 57; mentions Locust Point of Col. Ninian Beale, his father
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of Charles Beale, age ca 57; mentions ca 18 years ago his father Col- Ninian Beall and Samuel Queen
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of William Scott, age ca 57; mentions 18 - 19 years ago Christopher Thompson brought James Stoddert, Sr. to identify hickory stump on the south side of the Eastern Branch of the Potomac
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of William Scott, age ca 57; mentions whitlackintine, Christopher Thompson and James Stoddert
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 209
      Enrolled at request of William Young 28 Jun 1727:
      Indenture, 19 Dec 1726; Between William Thomson of London, mariner, eldest son and heir of his father Walter Thompson late of Edinburgh in North Brittain, merchant, dec'd, and Margaret Thomson his mother; also heir to estate of his uncle William Thomson formerly of Edinburgh, Gent., but since of Maryland, dec'd, of one part, to William Young; for £40; tracts of land on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac including the Negroes and the effects of his estate in Maryland and manuscripts; appoints Dr. Patrick Hepburn, Col. James Haddock and Christopher Thompson, merchants, as his Maryland attorneys; /s/ Wm. Thomson; endorsed in presence of Wm. Murdock, Burdon Crosby, Robert Walton

      full translation
      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      PGLR M:209
      At The request of William Young the following
      deed was Enrolled June the twentyeighth Anno Dom 1727~~~~
      This Indenture made the nineteenth day of december Anno Dom 1726
      Between William Thomason of London Mariner eldest Son and heir at Law to his father Walter Thompson late of the Citty of Edinburgh in North Brittan Merchant decsd and of Margaret Thomson his mother and also next of kin and heir at Law to the Effects and Estate of his uncle William Thomson formerly of Edinburgh aforesaid Gentleman but since of maryland decsd of the one part and William Young of the Western branch of Patuxent in Maryland Planter of the other Part~~~~
      Witnesseth that the said William Thomson for and in Consideration of the Sum of forty pounds of good and Lawfull money of great Brittain to him in hand paid by Hugh Arbuthnot of London Mariner for and on the part and behalf of the said William Young the receipt whereof he the said William Thomson doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and every Part and Parcell thereof doth fully clearly and absolutely acquit Exonerate and discharge the said William Young his heir Executors and administrators and every of them forever by these Present to have granted bargained Sold Aliend Enfeoffd and made over and by these presents he the said Wm Thomson for himself and his heirs doth give grant bargain Sell Allien Enfeoff confirm and make over unto the said William Young his heirs and assigns all that tract or Tracts or Parcell or Parcells of Land lying and being on the Eastern Branch of Potomack in Prince Georges County in Maryland Together with all other Tracts and Parcells of Land Tenements hereditaments Woods Negroes Effects Estate and things whatsoever Situate lying and being in Maryland
      Lastly the said Wm Thomson hath and doth by these Presents make Ordain Constitute and appoint Doctr Patrick Hepburn Colonel James Haddock and Christopher Thompson all of Maryland Merchants his true and Lawfull Attorneys or any one of them Joyntly or Severally to appear at the Provinciall court of Annapolis and before such Judges or Justices by Commission assigned to acknowledge this Indenture of bargain and Sale to the end the same may be according to the Laws and customes of the said Province recorded In Witness whereof the said William Thomason hath hereunto Set his hand and Seale the day and year first above written~ Wm his mark Thomson
      On the back of which deed was thus Indorsed~~
      Sealed and delivered (being first only Stampt)
      in ye psence of Wm Murdock
      Burdon Crosby Robert Walton
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 268
      Memorandum; Petition of William Young to the Justices on 4th Tues in Aug last (Liber N, folio 498]; Charles, Lord Baltimore, to the Justices; William Young seized of 2 parcels of land called The Neck and Thompson's Town; request to determine boundaries; 12 Aug 1727; depositions follow:
      William Thompson, age ca 80; mentions Walter Thompson and land called Neck
      Christopher Thompson, age ca 60; mentions Neck, Walter Thompson and John Sherwood
      Thomas Johnston, age ca 60; mentions William Hutchison, Sr., dec'd
      Charles Beal, age ca 55; mentions Neck, formerly belonging to Walter Thompson, Andrew Hamilton, land of Andrew Clark and the Eastern Branch
      Enrolled 30 Mar 1728
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 590
      Enrolled at request of John Thompson 19 May 1730:
      From William Thompson, planter, to son John Thompson; my now dwelling plantation being the middle mart of a tract called White Sackington [?Lackington]; laid out for 100 acres; to grandson William Shaw household goods, cattle, carpenter tools, etc.; to grandson James Shaw household goods, divinity books, cattle, etc.; 18 May 1730; /s/ William Thompson; wit. Hugh Conn, James Pearie, Robert Riddle; [not indentured or ack-]
      ===
      Prince George’s Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 7
      Special petition of Michael Taylor to the Justices 4th Tues Mar last:
      From Charles, Lord Baltimore, to John Jackson, William Beall, Sr., James Beall, Sr. and Ninian Beall, Sr., Gent.; regarding bounds of Scotland; depositions follow:
      Walter Tanihill, age ca 76; mentions 30 years ago, Barbadoes surveyed by Col. Beall and Mirryhole
      David Traile, age ca 53; mentions 20 years ago George Mills and his wife
      Adam Miller, age ca 44; mentions his father [unnamed] Mr' Fletchall, Barbadoes, Scotland, William Manduit and Mr. Taylor
      Ruth Lord, age ca 41; mentions Scotland taken up by William Thomson, her father George Milles who bought the land of sd. Thomson's, Butler's Hole, Barbadoes and a tree cut down by Indians for paddles
      Adam Miller, age ca 44; mentions William Thomson 2 years ago Thomas Johnson, age ca 24; mentions George Miller, William Smith and John ?Tattain, Boteler's Hole; 17 Jun 1730
      William Thomson, age ca 70; mentions Scotland originally patented by sd. Thomson; mentions Adam Miller, Michael Taylor; 16 Jun 1730
      William Thomson, age ca 70; mentions Canoe Branch, Col. Beall, Michael Taylor; "Mr. Thomson being sick and not able to attend" deposition taken 16 Jun 1730
      David Frayle, age ca 53; mentions Yarrow, George Miller and his neighbor Joseph Chew
      Adam Miller, age ca 44; mentions 17 years ago Joseph chew and Yarrow, Col. Beall and his son Charles Beall, George Miller 36 years ago; James Thomson
      Adam Miller, age ca 44; mentions Eastern Branch, William Smith, his father George Miller, Barbadoes
      The following depositions taken for William Manduit being part of that tract called Scotland:
      Adam Miller, age ca 44; mentions land he sold Mr. Manduit 5 years ago being part of Scotland adjoining Joseph Chew
      Joseph Chew, age ca 40; mentions James Stoddart and George Miller's land from tract called Scotland
      Joseph Lord, age ca 40; mentions land Adam Miller sold William Manduit
      John Flint, age ca 38; mentions same
      Michael Uris, age ca 48; mentions same
      The following depositions were taken for Mr. Joseph Chew having contiguous land:
      Archi'd Edmonston; mentions Col. Beall 13 years ago, mouth of Canoe Branch and Yarrow
      William Tanyhill; mentions 36 years ago, George Miller, James Thomson and Yarrow
      Christopher Thomson; mentions 44 years ago, James Thomson, Yarrow and Col. Beall
      Adam Miller, age ca 44; mentions 17 years ago; Joseph Chew, Yarrow, Charles Beall, Canoe Branch
      David Frayle, age ca 53; mentions George Miller, Canoe Branch and Yarrow and neighbor Joseph Chew
      William Thomson, age 70; mentions Canoe Branch and Col. Beall Deposition taken at his house not able to attend being sick and weak:
      William Thomson, age 70; mentions Scotland 30 odd years ago, Barbadoes, George Miller, Joseph Chew; 6 Jun 1730
      William Thomson; mentions Scotland and original patentee sd. Thomson, Adam Miller
      Enrolled 23 Jun 1730
      ===
      PGCo Land Records Liber Q, Page 670
      From Charles, Lord Baltimore, to Jeremiah Belt, Thomas Evans, John Magruder and James Beall; regarding boundaries of Barbadoes and Scotland; depositions follow
      2 Aug 1732
      Christopher Thompson, age ca 65; mentions William Thompson and Col. Beall and Barbadoes taken up by Richard Evans; 2nd deposition regarding Scotland
      ===
      The following document naming Hugh Reyley was the same Hugh Riley who was the father of Ninian Riley who migrated to Fredericks/Montgomery County, Maryland and married Elizabeth Taylor. The couple attended Seneca Primitive Baptist Church at Dawsonville, Maryland at the same time that the Fields and Pack family were in attendance. Then Ninian Riley and wife Elizabeth Taylor Riley migrated to Yadkin County, North Carolina on Hunting Creek to a location just a couple of miles to the west of Davie County, North Carolina where John Taylor and wife Elizabeth lived. John and Elizabeth Taylor were the parents of Elizabeth "Betsie" Taylor who married Elisha Thompson who lived in Davie County, North Carolina to the east. Then the neighbor of John and Elizabeth Taylor was Joseph Beall, also descended from the Bealls of Prince George's County, Maryland. Take note that this document proves that Hugh Riley, John Chittam, and Christopher Thomson were neighbors. That also proves that William Thomson, brother of Christopher, was a neighbor of John Chittam I.

      John Chittam I:
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Resurvey, 13 April 1698
      Surveyor: THOMAS ADDISON
      For: HUGH REYLEY
      Property: In response to an order of the Provincial Court dated 12 October 1697, THOMAS ADDISON resurveys for HUGH REYLEY an 800-acre tract called "Majors Lott" on Collington Branch. This tract bounded on Major NICHOLAS SEWALL'S land called ‘Partnership.’ Jurors' Signatures: THO. PINDLE, WILL. SELLBY, JOHN BOYD, JOHN TURNER, URA. WALLKER, JOHN CHITTAM, MAREEN DEVALL, CHR'R THOMPSON, JOSHUA HALL, ROBT. ANDERSON, JAMES STODDART, FFRANCIS COLLIAR.
      Recorded: (date unspecified), Vol. A, p. 189.
      Note: The above listed John Chittam was the father-in-law of William Thomson. The CHR’R THOMPSON was Christopher Thomson, brother of William Thomson.

      Will of John Chittam Prince George's County, Maryland Dated 24 November, 1707 and Proven 01 March, 1708
      In the name of God Amen. I John Chittam of Prince George's County being sick and weak of boddy but of perfect mind and memory praise therefore given to Almighty God, doe make and ordane this my present Last Will and Testament in the manner and form foltowing. That is to say first and principally I command my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through his merits & forgiveneths of all sins and to inheritt everiasting life: my body I comitt to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and as to my temporal estate I give and dispose of thereof as followeth First, I will that my debts be all paid and discharged.
      Then I give unto my loving wife Ann Chittem one mare and her foal. Then I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Thompson, son of William Thompson the first come(note: This is their way of saying first born) calfe that shall come of my stock this next ensuing spring. Then I give unto my daughter Grace Ramsey five shillings. All the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal whatsoever, I doe give and bequeath unto my beloved son John Chittam and his heirs forever, whom I also ordaine my full and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby making void all other former wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of November, 1707. Signed, Sealed, Published and John Chittam
      SEAL Declared in the presence of Clement Hill John Ferguson Thomas Canintans Notation at the bottom of the document indicated that the will was proven 1 March, 1708.

      Note: The following file is included to show that John Chittam's grandson John Thompson owned property that adjoined Phillip Chittam, the son of John Chittam II. When you check John Thompson's will he bequeathed part of Thompson's Hopyard to his son William Thompson. This proves a continued association with the two families because of adjoining properties that they owned during the same time period of about 1745. Phillips file is listed at the bottom of this e-mail which correctly shows him to be the son of John Chittam II and the cousin of John Thompson.

      Prince George's Land Record Book BB 1; Page 299.
      Apr 20, 1745 from Philip Chittam of PG, house carpenter, to Nathaniel Offutt of PG, planter, for 16 £ sterling, a tract of land called Goose Pond, lying in PG, bounded by the brink of Potomack River above the Second Falls, being then the southernmost point of a tract of land called Thompsons Hopyard, containing about 100 acres.
      Signed - Phillip Chittam. Wit - Tho Owen*, Jam:s Edmonston. Recorded May 2, 1745.
      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: SCOTLAND; Owner: Thompson, William: Orig County = C {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Mar 30, 1685: Ref: Liber 22 f 164 : Map Location: Q-09
      ===
      Explanation of depositions and ages by James Ronald Thompson

      in the following records William Young is talking about his uncle William Thompson, brother to Christopher and Walter as being dead bef 1727.

      this is the same William that dispositions that he is 80yrs old in 1727 & 1729 (born Bet. 1647 - 1649)
      12 Aug 1727; depositions follow: William Thompson, age ca 80; mentions Walter Thompson and land called Neck
      22 Aug 1729; Deposition of William Thompson, age ca 80; mentions Col. Beale 46 years ago and Whitlackintine belonging to Christopher Thompson

      Prince George’s Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 7 (born abt 1660)
      William Thomson, age ca 70; mentions Scotland originally patented by sd. Thomson; mentions Adam Miller, Michael Taylor; 16 Jun 1730 This is NOT the actual date of the deposition but is apparently the registration date.
      William Thomson, age ca 70; mentions Canoe Branch, Col. Beall, Michael Taylor; "Mr. Thomson being sick and not able to attend" deposition taken 16 Jun 1730 This is the same William Thomson but he certainly didn't give that deposition on 16 Jun 1730. So this has to be the date of registration.
      William Thomson, age 70; mentions Canoe Branch and Col. Beall Deposition taken at his house not able to attend being sick and weak:
      William Thomson, age 70; mentions Scotland 30 odd years ago, Barbadoes, George Miller, Joseph Chew; 6 Jun 1730

      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 209
      Enrolled at request of William Young 28 Jun 1727:
      Indenture, 19 Dec 1726; Between William Thomson of London, mariner, eldest son and heir of his father Walter Thompson late of Edinburgh in North Brittain, merchant, dec'd, and Margaret Thomson his mother; also heir to estate of his uncle William Thomson formerly of Edinburgh, Gent., but since of Maryland, dec'd, of one part, to William Young; for £40; tracts of land on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac including the Negroes and the effects of his estate in Maryland and manuscripts; appoints Dr. Patrick Hepburn, Col. James Haddock and Christopher Thompson, merchants, as his Maryland attorneys; /s/ Wm. Thomson; endorsed in presence of Wm. Murdock, Burdon Crosby, Robert Walton

      heir to an estate means someone is dead, but this William is still alive in 1730 if these are the same guys

      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 590
      Enrolled at request of John Thompson 19 May 1730:
      From William Thompson, planter, to son John Thompson; my now dwelling plantation being the middle part of a tract called White Sackington [?Lackington]; laid out for 100 acres; to grandson William Shaw household goods, cattle, carpenter tools, etc.; to grandson James Shaw household goods, divinity books, cattle, etc.; 18 May 1730; /s/ William Thompson; wit. Hugh Conn, James Pearie, Robert Riddle; [not indentured or ack-]

      You have to understand the Thompson and Scott's mindset. It might not make sense to you but here is what I think happened. The depositions were taken when William was living and then not submitted to the court until later. And maybe they were guessing at William's age when the depositions were taken. I ran into the same problem trying to research James Fields Thompson. He sold a property in 1807 and bought another property the same day. You would Expect that deed to be recorded in 1807. Not so. I bought every deed abstract book in Rowan County and found nothing. I also knew that the James Fields Thompson will stated that his executor was William Thompson and that the property would be sold after his wife Nancy died. So I looked through Every deed abstract book up through 1832. It was 1828 when William J. Thompson registed the purchase of the property that James Fields Thompson bought in 1807. Then William J. Thompson sold the property via an estate sale as the executor of James Thompson. They Held on to the deed from 1807 until 1828 when it was registered. I don't know if they owed money on it and someone else was holding it or that they just held it But it was registered 21 years after it was purchased.

      I bought a farm from a neighbor years ago. He carried the deeds to properties that he owned In The Bib of his overalls and Never registered them until he sold them.

      I saw the contradiction between the documents but the fact is that it is the same William Thomson that all those pertain to.

      To explain the situation:
      1. Christopher Thomson married Grace Young who had been married previously. (Her maiden name was Grace Young.) So William Young was her brother or nephew and obviously William Young was a nephew to the Thompsons by marriage only and not really William's nephew. Since he was Christopher's nephew by marriage, in their thinking that made him William's nephew. This was their crazy way of referencing people.
      2. William Thomson died before 1726 per the Indenture of 19 Dec. 1726. I believe that, and Therefore the dates subscribed to all the documents made by William were actually deposed prior to his date and the dates give for those documents are either the date of registration or recorded wrongly. William Was Not Alive in 1730. Both the age and date of deposition are Wrong on these documents. but it is for a fact that this is the same William because he is recorded as owning Scotland and also one document states about Canoe Branch was where James Pearre first met William Thompson. And the sale documentation for Scotland includes William's wife Ann Chittam Thompson when he sold the property for 6000 pounds of tobacco.
      3. The witnesses are all the neighbors of William and Christopher Thomson and are common to most of the other documents. Christopher Thomson gave 100 acres of his property White Lackington to the Rev. Hugh Conn who was the pastor at Bladensburg Prebyterian Church. The Rev. Hugh Conn also witnessed the Thompson's will.

      The only thing I know to tell you is that from his nephew's indenture William died in December 1726 and the dates and ages of the other documents contradict each other and some are recorded wrongly. It appears that some of the depositions were taken and kept for years before being registered. That's all I know to say. I saw those contradictions and at first thought it probably was a different William but it is not because every document includes either William's sons-in-law or close neighbors or friends. James Pearre is William's son in law. His daughter Margaret married first James Shaw and second Robert Riddle so that matches. The Chew family are buried in Evergreen Cemetery next to the Thompson's graves. I can identify just about every person and family in those documents.

      I don't know how to handle the contradictions except to state that the documents all pertain to the same William Thomson and that the ages and dates are recorded wrongly on some. I don't blame you for being confused because I was also until I saw proof that they all refer the same William. The proof is the names of the witnesses who are the son's-in-law and neighbors and minister of William Thomson.