HADLEY, Joseph
(1712-Bef 1783)
HADLEY, Elizabeth
(1722-Bef 1778)
(1743-Abt 1794)


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THOMPSON, James 315

  • Born: 10 Jan 1743, New Castle County On Delaware, Pennsylvania Colony
  • Marriage: CHAMBERS, Martha on 6 Nov 1766 in New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: Abt Aug 1794, Orange County, North Carolina, United States
  • Buried: Old Eno Quaker Cemetery, Orange County, North Carolina, United States

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence, 6 Jun 1767, Cane Creek Mtg, Orange County, North Carolina Colony. 315 James and Martha Thompson moved from New Garden Mtg, PA, to Cane Creek Mtg, NC.

2. Will, Jul 1794, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. Will of James Thompson. Mentions son James (gets one fourth "of tract I purchased of Stephen HART" and "land purchased from Robert BURNSIDE"), son Joshua (under 21, gets land purchased of Thomas NORRIS, and land purchased of James RILEY), son John (under 21), daughters Ellinor and Martha (both under age 18), daughters Sarah LINDLEY and Elizabeth HADLEY, son-in-law Owen LINDLEY, brother Joseph. Also mentions William RILEY, no relationship given. Executors are brother-in-law Samuel CHAMBERS and brother Joseph THOMPSON. Witnessed by William RAILEY, John BOWLE, and Sarah CHAMBERS. Proved August 1794. (Orange Co Will Book C, p21, as posted on USGenWeb archives)

3. Probate, Aug 1794, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. Will of James Thompson was proved August 1794. (Orange Co Will Book C, p21, as posted on USGenWeb archives)

4. Story. 2210 James and Martha Thompson came from New Garden MM in PA to NC (maybe to the Hillsborough area) in 1767 with their certificates going to Cane Creek Mtg. At the time, there was no Eno Mtg at Hillsborough, and the people in that area were associated with the Spring Preperatory Mtg.

5. Religion: Quaker.

6. Story. JAMES THOMPSON (JAMES2, JAMES1) was born 10 January 1742/43 in New Castle, DE. He married MARTHA CHAMBERS 06 November 1766 in New Garden MM,Chester,PA, daughter of RICHARD CHAMBERS and ELEANOR MILLER. Children of JAMES THOMPSON and MARTHA CHAMBERS are: JAMES THOMPSON, JOSHUA THOMPSON, SARAH THOMPSON (b. 12 September 1767, Orange Co, NC; d. 04 June 1797, Orange Co, NC), JOHN THOMPSON (b. Abt. 1769, Orange Co, NC), ELIZABETH THOMPSON (b. 07 August 1771, Orange Co, NC; d. 16 August 1844, Hendricks Co, IN), ELEANOR THOMPSON (b. February 1779, Orange Co, NC; d. 17 April 1849, Orange Co, NC), MARTHA THOMPSON (b. Abt. 1782, Orange Co, NC). (Posted on Lindley Rootsweb mailing list by Patricia Oates <> on 18 Dec 2000)

7. Story. James Thompson, the first child of James Thompson and Elizabeth Hadley, was born January 10 1743 in New Castle County, Delaware. He married Martha Chambers, daughter of Richard Chambers and Elinor Miller, on November 6 1766. James and his bride were both Quakers, and were married at New Garden Meeting. The Chambers family was from White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. Shortly after their marriage the Thompsons migrated to Orange County, North Carolina with Samuel and Sarah Chambers. Sarah was James Thompson's sister and Samuel was the brother of Martha Chambers Thompson. The Thompsons were received into the Orange County, North Carolina, Cane Creek Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends in June 1767. Children of James Thompson and Martha Chambers were: 1. Sarah Thompson, b. c1768, m. 1784 Owen Lindley, 2. James Thompson, b. c1770, d. Aug 1846, m. [1] 1794 Susannah Roberts [2] c1819 Susan ----, 3. Elizabeth Thompson, b. Aug 7, 1771, d. Aug 16, 1844, m. 1787 Simon Hadley, 4. Joshua Thompson, b. c1775, d. cAug 1837, m. 1799 Polly Jackson, 5. John Thompson, b. c1776, d. May 28, 1847, m. 1796 Ester Hastings, 6. Ellinor Thompson, b. c1777, m. 1796 James Lindley, 7. Martha Thompson, b. c1778, m. 1802 William Maris. James and his wife became active in the Eno Quakers, located much closer to their home than Cane Creek or Spring Meeting. The Thompsons had arrived just as Friends in the area were trying to form their new meeting at Eno. On July 15 1768, James and others, acting as trustees for the Eno Meeting, purchased 5 acres on the Great Road (at Mars Hill) to be used by the Quakers. Both James and his brother-in-law Samuel Chambers served as Overseers of the Eno Meeting which involved them in much of the Quaker business. Both were named as trustees in the purchase of the Eno Meeting property. James asked release from that position on June 6 1789. Daniel Cloud was named as his replacement. Samuel Chambers and James Thompson were shown in successive entries on the 1781 Tax for Hillsborough District. James was taxed on 3080 and Samuel on 2800. Both were noted as "not given in and Quaker sixfold," a reference to the Quaker belief that taxes should not be paid in war years. In 1783 James Thompson purchased 100 acres on Seven Mile Creek for 100 [Book 2/371]. The seller was James Riley and his wife Rachel. Witnesses were Thos Mulhollon and John Riley. The land was part of a 422 acre patent to James Rayley first surveyed in 1754 [Book 1/245]. This 100 acres of Riley land would be a point of dispute some 50 years later between Joshua Thompson and William Riley, sons of both parties in this 1783 transaction. Two years later in 1785 James Thompson purchased an adjoining 183 acres from Thomas Norris [Book 2/163]. The land was bounded by property owned by Thomas Hart, James Riley, and Thomas Wilson. Witnesses to the deed were Henry Thompson, Junr. and Benjamin Newman. The 1789 and 1790 Tax List for Hillsborough District indicated James owned a total of 793 acres. He also purchased 244 1/2 acres from Stephen and Catharine Hart in 1792 [Book 4/583]. An adjoining piece containing 300 acres was acquired from High Sheriff John Sloss, apparently a forced sale of Jesse Benton's estate [Book 4/614]. Robert Burnside sold James another 61 acres on January 4, 1794 [Book 5/74]. James was suddenly stricken ill shortly after the Burnside deal. James Thompson's will, dated July 1794, [Orange County Will Book C/21] was proved in August Court 1794, narrowing down his date of death. He left all of his property, an estimated 1168 acres, to his three sons, James, Joshua, and John. Joshua Thompson received the Thomas Norris and James Riley tracts and a part of the land left James III by his father (20 acres), a total of 353 acres. His "wearing apperil" was also to be divided among the three sons. The age of Joshua and John was between 18 and 21 years according to details of the will. Joshua was also left a "Ball faced mare now Raising five years old" and John a roan horse. The three youngest daughters of James were not left out. Elenor and Martha Thompson, both still under 18 years of age, each received "One Fether Bed and Bedding and Sixty pounds lawful money." Son-in-law Owen Lindley, married to Sarah Thompson, was bequeathed "twenty acres adjoining Crabtree's line" and one half of the 300 acre Sloss Tract. For some reason his daughter Elizabeth, married to Simon Hadley, was not specifically bequeathed anything in the will. She was mentioned in the last "item" to share in any remaining part of the estate. Also receiving land in the will was Joseph Thompson, brother of James. He was left 100 acres on the "North end of that tract of Land Lying on McGowans Creek," apparently adjoining Joseph's 280 acres deeded to him by his father in 1779. James' wife Martha was not mentioned in the will indicating she had predeceased him. James Thompson and his wife Martha Chambers are certainly buried in the old Eno Quaker Cemetery, but their graves are unmarked. This was the custom in the 1700s when most Quakers believed that names should not be placed on tombstones. There is only one marked stone remaining from the 1700s, that of Wm. Comb who originally owned the property where the Eno Meeting House, School, and Cemetery were located and was probably not of the Quaker faith. As was the custom of the time an inventory was taken of the estate of the deceased James Thompson. Executors listed two pages of items that included 16 head of sheep, 23 head of cattle, 37 "tame hogs", and "a Quantity of wild hogs" that were evidently hiding in the fields and unable to be counted. The vendue, or public sale of these items, took place on September 22 1794, at the old home place. Total sales amounted to a substantial 431.7.11 which did not include the value of any land. (Ronald E. Johnson posted this at the Thompson Genforum, dated 9 Apr 2000)

8. Story. The story of the Regulators, an informal band of citizens organized in protest of both local and provincial governments, contains mention of Thompson's Meadow. This area was located on the south bank of the Eno River near Hillsborough and was most likely named for one of the early Thompson settlers of Orange County, possibly James Thompson. The meadow is where Governor Tryon's troops camped on May 9, 1771, grouping before their battle with the citizen protestors. Five days later the soldiers marched westward to confront the rebels in the Battle of Alamance. The first casualty of the ensuing battle was Robert Thompson, supposedly the father of Thomas and John Thompson of Orange County. (Ronald E. Johnson posted this at the Thompson Genforum, dated 9 Apr 2000)


James married Martha CHAMBERS, daughter of Richard CHAMBERS and Elinor MILLER, on 6 Nov 1766 in New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. (Martha CHAMBERS died before 1794 and was buried in Old Eno Quaker Cemetery, Orange County, North Carolina, United States.)

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