- Born: 26 Aug 1712, Elsinburough, West New Jersey
- Marriage: HADLEY, Elizabeth on 16 Apr 1742 in New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony
- Died: Bef 1783, Mill Creek Hundred Twp, New Castle County on Delaware, Pennsylvania Colony
Noted events in his life were:
1. Religion: Quaker.
2. Story. James Thompson, the only surviving child of James Thompson and Ann Hollingsworth, was born August 26, 1712, in Elsinborough, West New Jersey. His father died the same year he was born, so James was raised by his mother and inherited all of the Thompson estate, including the homestead which was sold to John Hancock of Alloways Creek in 1725. The money was evidently held for James until he came of age, a very wealthy young man. As a teenager, James removed to Leacock Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, most likely after the death of his mother. On March 22, 1735, the very eligible bachelor married Sarah Worsley, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Worsley of New Castle County. Sarah was born April 3, 1717, and was of some wealth herself. The marriage took place at the New Garden Meeting House. No other Thompsons signed the marriage certificate confirming that James was possibly the only surviving child and that his mother was deceased. The couple relocated after their marriage to Mill Creek Hundred in New Castle County, Delaware, onto land owned by Sarah bordering the Delaware/Pennsylvania line. Children by James and Sarah: 1. Grace Thompson, b. Mar 9, 1736, m. Jan 17, 1763 Moses Pennock, 2. Daniel Thompson, b. Nov 16, 1737, m. Oct 25, 1764 Elizabeth Chambers, dau. of William Chambers, 3. Ann Thompson, b. Oct 7, 1739, d. young. After the untimely death of his first wife circa 1741, James remarried on April 16, 1742, Elizabeth Hadley. The marriage took place at the New Garden Meeting House. Once again no other Thompsons signed the marriage certificate. Elizabeth, born in 1722, was the daughter of Joseph and Amy Gregg Hadley of Mill Creek Hundred. Both of her parents and her paternal grandparents attended the ceremony. James and Elizabeth's children were: 1. James Thompson III, b. Jan 10,1743 d. Jul 1794, m. Nov 6, 1766 Martha Chambers, 2. Sarah Thompson, b. Sep 29, 1744, m. Samuel Chambers, 3. Amy Thompson, b. Feb 8, 1746, m. 1767 Joseph Chambers, 4. John Thompson, b. Apr 29, 1752, d. bef1779, 5. Ann Thompson, b. Dec 13, 1754, d. Jul 2, 1805, m. 1776 Caleb Pennock, 6. Joseph Thompson, b. Oct 13, 1756, d. May 1832, m. 1778 Hannah Hutton, 7. Elizabeth Thompson, b. Jun 14, 1760. James Thompson made his will on October 4, 1779. Two weeks later on October 16, 1779, "James Thompson of New Castle Hundred" deeded his son Joseph 350 acres (Orange County DB 3/60) of the "Granville to Andrew Mitchell tract on both sides of McGowans Branch waters of Eno River." The property had been purchased by James in 1764 indicating that he may have had plans to relocate to North Carolina. In 1779 he was still in Delaware. James also gave his son James Thompson adjoining land in Orange County, North Carolina, possibly as early as 1767. James Thompson's will was proved in Mill Creek Hundred, Delaware, on June 12, 1783. Son Daniel and son-in-law Joseph Chambers were named executors. It is not known when his wife Elizabeth Hadley died, but she was shown as deceased in the New Garden Marriage Certificate of her son Joseph on March 19, 1778. The location of their burial has not been found, but the most likely place would be at the New Garden Meeting House. Shourds stated that the Thompson land was still in the possession of his numerous descendants in 1879. (Ronald E. Johnson posted the following at the Thompson Genforum, dated 9 Apr 2000)
James married Elizabeth HADLEY, daughter of Joseph HADLEY and Amy GREGG, on 16 Apr 1742 in New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. (Elizabeth HADLEY was born in 1722 and died before 19 Mar 1778 2293.)