Descendants of Robert Thompson, of Virginia (Chesterfield
Early Settlers of Alabama
1. Mary Richardson (6) married Gabriel Toombs , brother of the great orator,
Robert Toombs , of Georgia .
2. Sarah Willis Richardson (6) m. - Thompson , of Barbour county, Ala.
3. Louisa Richardson (6) m. - Thompson (brother to above).
4. Walker Richardson (6), m. Miss Sanford , of Barbour county, Ala.
5. William Richardson (6). 6. James Richardson (6). 7. Martha Richardson
(6). Descendants not given.
6. Sarah Thompson (4) (b. in Virginia ) m. - Harper (or Peterson ) and died
7. Mary Thompson (4) (born in Virginia ) married James , son of Dionysius Oliver
, of Broad River, Elbert county, Ga. (His first wife.) Issue: 1. Simeon Oliver
(5), of Hernando, Miss. (For these See Oliver Family.)
8. Frances Wells Thompson (4) (b. in Virginia , circa, 1769 ; d. Petersburg,
Elbert county, Ga. , 1808 ) m. (1787 ) John Oliver (b. circa 1765 ), son of
Dionysius Oliver , of Broad River, Elbert county, Ga. , (his first wife). (His
second wife was Susan Watkins , who married (2nd) Dr. William Richardson ).
1. Prudence T (5). (b. 1788 ). 2. Sarah (5). 3. Mary Xenia (5). 4. John (5) (b.
1800 ) and others. (For these, see Watkins , Bibb and Oliver Families .)
IV. Drury Thompson (3) married Eleanor , daughter of Peter (or Thomas ), and
Anne (MaCartie) Oliver . A daughter, Jane Thompson (4), married Robert H.
Watkins (b. 1762 ), son of James Watkins (b. 1728 ), and had several children.
No other descendants known.
V. Isham Thompson (3)* (b. Chesterfield co. Va. ) married Mary Ann (b. 1742 ),
daughter of Peter
(or Thomas ), and Ann (MaCartie) Oliver . Issue:
1, Jane Thompson (4) (b. 1762 , d. 2d August, 1815 ); m. (27th February, 1779 ),
James Watkins (b. 1758 ), son of James Watkins (b. 1728 ), and Martha Thompson
(b. 1737 .) Issue:
1, Garland Thompson (5); 2, Robert H (5).; 3 Mary (5); 4, Sarah (5); 5, Martha
(6); 6, Jane (5); 7, Susan (5); 8, Elizabeth (5); 9, James (5); 10, Sophia (5);
11, Theophilus (5). (For descendants see Watkins Family.)
2, Sarah Thompson (3) married Daniel Marshall , of Va. Issue not known.
3, Mary Thompson (4), d. s. p.
VI. John Farley Thompson (3), nothing known of him.
VII. Sarah Thompson (3) (b. Chesterfield co., Va. ) married Thomas Burton * ;
and nothing further known of her.
VIII. Elizabeth Thompson (3). Nothing known of her.
IX. Mary Thompson (3) (b. Chesterfield county, Va. ) married Archibald Farley .
Descendants not known. John Farley , mentioned above, is probably related.*
X. Martha Thompson (3) (b. Va. , 10th December, 1737 , d. Elbert county, Ga. ,
20th October, 1803 ) m. (20th November, 1755 ) James (b. 1728 ), son of William
Watkins , of Chesterfield county, Va. Issue:
1. William (4), b. 1756 ; 2. James (4), b. 1758 ; 3. Sarah (4), b. 1760 (only
daughter, who m. Robert Thompson , above); 4. Robert H. (4), b. 1762 ; 5. Samuel
(4), b. 1765 ; 6. John (4), b. 1768 ; 7. Thompson (4), b. 1770 ; 8. Joseph (4),
b. 1772 ; 9. Isham , b. 1774 .
Thomas Wells (1620 ), member of "Virginia Company of Adventurers and Planters,"
(second charter,) and mercer, of London .
Richard Wells (1635 ), came in the "Globe," aged 26.
Robert Wells (1635 ), came to Virginia , aged 30, in the "Thomas ." - (Hotten .)
William Wells (1636 ), Eliz. City county , "at the head of Hampton river ."
Thomas Wells (1647 ), 200 acres in upper Norfolk , on Elizabeth river .
Richard Wells (1647 ), Burgess for upper Norfolk . - (Va. Carolorum).
Richard Wells (1651 ), 1000 acres in Northumberland county, Va., Annesley's
John Wells (1697 ), deceased in Northumberland county .
Richard Wells (1658 ), 100 acres in Westmoreland county . "Wells Point," in
Richard Wells (1646 ), summoned to give guardianship account to the Orphans'
Court of York county ; as well, also, Richard Dudley and Capt. Christopher
Richard Wells (1647 ), deed of gift to children of Eleanor Robinson , of cattle.
- (York Records, 1633 -1794 , p. 644.)
John Wells (1657 ), witness of will of John Fletcher , in York county , - (York
R., 1638 -1648 .)
Thomas Wells (1661 ), on a jury in York county .
Emanuel Wells (1690 ), suit vs. Thomas Montford (1687 -1691 .)
Thomas Wells (1700 ), suit vs. Capt. Charles Hansford .) - (York R., 1694 -1702
William and Elias Wells (1702 ), witnesses in York - Elias , administrator of
David Condon .
John and Emanuel Wells (1676 ), escheat lands, 100 acres, in Warwick county,
Mulberry Island parish , and John (1682 ), 255 acres west side Warwick river .
Emanuel (1682 ), 420 acres, west side of Warwick river .
Ancoretta Wells married (1679 ) Robert Thomas , of Middlesex county, Va.
Thomas Wells (1665 ), patent in Henrico county for 700 acres.
Thomas Wells (1672 ), 560 acres, Henrico county , on north side of Appomattox .
- (Henrico Land Book.)
Thomas Wells (1677 ) was assessed Tithables , in "Turkey Island Precinct," to
(during Bacon 's Rebellion).
He was called "father" (step-father) by William Harris ,* who, with his wife,
Mary (b. 1642 ), made him a deed (1677 ), in which they relinquished their title
to a deed of gift of land, from Thomas Wells , which he formerly gave them, "to
have and to enjoy in the same manner and form as he gave it to us, and if
Richard Holmes , who is now in possession of one parcel of said house and land,
do leave the said plantation, that the rights and privileges return to my
father-in-law, Thomas Wells ." Witnesses: Thomas Cheatham and Thomas Gregory . -
(York R. Minutes of 1682 -1701 .)
Thomas Wells and wife, Grace (1679 ), of ye plantation of "Northhampton," in
Bristol parish, Henrico (now Chesterfield) county , sold to Richard Holmes , of
said parish, "a parcel of land called 'Scurvy Hill ,'*
(100 acres) next to Maj. Thomas Chamberlayne (being the line formerly had by
William Harris ), and being 'a part of the land granted to said Thomas Wells by
Sir William Berkley , Knight, Governor, and Captain General of Virginia , under
the hand and seal of this Colony, ye 28th October, 1672 , as by said Pattent
appears.'" - (Records, 1677 -1692 ).
In 1680 , Col. Wm. Byrd , of Henrico county , made him a deed to 100 acres of
land, "now in possession of Richard Holmes ," the said lands "being imagined to
be a part of Sir John Zouche 's* Pattent, lately escheated and granted to Mr.
Abel Gower , and since assigned to me." - (Recorded in 1690 .)
He was on a jury in 1678 . Had Indian slaves, and in 1683 , one was taken up and
returned to him by Tomakin , a Pamunkey Indian, "living at ye Appomattox
Indian town. " 1689 , that "he had been drinking," and paid his fine in tobacco,
as did many of the best of his neighbors.
The court had granted him a separation in 1686 from his wife, Grace , who was,
he said, such a termagent he was "afraid to live with her."
Thomas Wells (1690 ) sold to Hugh Ligon , a part of his plantation "Northampton"
for 8080 pounds tobacco; next to Maj. Thos. Chamberlayne , on the north side of
the Appomattox River . His wife, Mary Wells , signed the deed.
In 1691 , he and Hugh Ligon , together, made deed to the tract of 100 acres,
(called "Scurvy Hill ," which they owned in common,) to Richard Holmes , "being
a part of a greater divident granted to Thomas Wells by patent from Sir William
Berkley , 1672 ." Mary , wife of Thomas Wells , and Elizabeth , wife of Hugh
Ligon , relinquished their dower. In 1693 he was on the Grand Jury, with Thomas
Holmes , Ed Jones , Hugh Jones , Henry Turner and others.
Thomas Wells ' will (1st October, 1696 ), mentions "wife, Mary , and daughter,
Mary (not yet fifteen). To son, Thomas Wells , jr., all his lands and servants
(he also not fifteen)." Thomas Parker married the widow, and in 1697 , he and
his wife, Mary Parker ,* give bond "for the administration of the estate of Mr.
Thomas Wells ." - (Henrico Records, 1688 -1697 .)
(Thomas Parker , living in Varina parish, Charles City (Henrico), 1632 ,
Thomas Wells , jr., born Bristol parish, Chesterfield county , 1695 , m., and
had, among others, Mary , b. 17-- , m. William Thompson , son of Robert , above.
William and Sarah Wells , of Bristol, Pa. , has issue: Anne Wells (b. 1724 ).
William and Frances Wells , of Bristol, Pa. , had issue: William (b. 1728 ),
David (b. 1730 ), Phoebe
(b. 1732 ), Frances (b. 1741 ), Isham (b. 1743 ).
Abraham , and Sarah Wells , of Bristol, Pa. , had issue: Reuben (b. 1731 ),
Abraham (b. 1733 ).
Abraham and Amy Wells had issue: Jane (b. 1735 ).
Adam and Eleanor Wells had issue: Mary (b. 1734 ), Anne (b. 1735 ), Drury (b.
1741 ), Sarah (b. 1743 ), Pattie (b. 1746 ), Randolph (b. 1749 ).
Barnabas and Joyce Wells had issue: Margaret (b. 1634 ).
David and Sarah Wells had issue: Jeremiah (b. 1735 ).
Richard and Hannah Wells had issue: Richard (b. 1747 ).
Blandford Church. Petersburg , was built (1736 ) on Well's Hill . (All from
Bristol parish Register).
William Wells (1726 ), 200 acres in Prince George county , on Picture Branch.
Bar??aby Wells (1743 ) 578 acres, in Amelia county , on Flat and Molloy creeks .
John Wells (1749 ), 354 acres, in Amelia county , on south side of Lazaretta
Thompson Wells (1765 ), 605 acres, in Lunenburg county .
William Wells (1795 ), 580 acres, in Amelia , south side of Nottoway River .
William Wells , of Lunenburg (1768 ), received a letter through the post office
Dinwiddie county , which was then the mailing point for all that part of
Virginia . Wells Thompson , of Mecklenburg , had also a letter at that date.
(These two counties were taken from Brunswick county 1740 , and Brunswick from
Surry 1720 ).
Samuel Wells , private in Armand 's corps, Revolutionary war (Saffell).
One of the Wells family owned the Tavern at Nottoway, C. H. , and fought the
famous duel with
John Randolph , of Roanoke .
Isham Wells , of Charlotte county (1776 ), advertised a stray horse - on the
little Roanoke river .
(Virginia Gazette, 1776 ).
Drury Wells , of Dinwiddie county 1776 . - (Ibid.)
John Wells , Major of Second Virginia, released by British from prison 1780 . -
John S. Wells (1787 ), Represented Isle of Wight county , with John Lawrence . -
(Va Almanac 1787 .)
Benj. Wells , of Mulberry, Ireland , 1775 , was "much troubled by Lord Dunmore
Mrs. Wells , of Warwick county , m. (1773 ) Rev. Wm. Bland , who m. (secondly) a
daughter of President William Yates , of William Mary College.
* Abraham Wells (1756 ), 200 acres in Dinwiddie county .
William Wells (1759 ), also with land in Dinwiddie county .
The old brick church was built on "Well's' Hill ," near Petersburg, Dinwiddie
county , on land of John Lowe 1736 ; Col. Thomas Ravenscroft agreeing to build
the church for £485. Williams Wells , Jr., with others, helped to run the parish
line in 1745 . The Wells family is said to be of Welsh descent.
Thomas Wells , of Virginia , above, with whose descendants the Thompson's
intermarried, had one son and two daughters.
Mrs. Martha (Watkins) Taliaferro wrote in 1859 that his son and a daughter had
also been well married among the best families of Virginia , but omitted the
names of the two.
Mary Wells , the second daughter, married William Thompson . They were parents
of Mrs. John and Mrs. James Oliver , who lived in Elbert county, Ga.
"Col. George Wells , of Amelia county ," writes Col. J. P. Fitzgerald , of
Farmville, Va. , "had two daughters: Hannah and Susannah . One of them married
Mr. Foster , and had son, George Wells Foster , who moved to Georgia about 1790
. He married Elizabeth Julia , (daughter of Thomas Flournoy ,) of Prince Edward
county (who was born in 1730 ). Issue:
1. Ann Martin Foster married Dr. Lovick Pierce , of M. E. Ch. South. (Parents of
Bishop George Pierce .)
2. Judge Thomas Flournoy Foster , of Georgia . Born Greensboro, Ga. , where he
studied law (with Matthew Wells , Esq.), after 1812 .
The second daughter of Colonel Wells (above), married Mr. Vance , and was
mother of Frederick Vance , of Virginia , great-grandfather of Col. Fitzgerald
"These Wells , "Colonel Fitzgerald adds: "were from Lunenburg county, Va. "
Thomas F. Wells , in 1822 , was Attorney General of Georgia .
Martha Wells , married circa 1752 , Col. Thomas Green . Their 3rd child, Thomas
Marston Green , was born in James City county, Va. , 1758 .
He was Member of Congress from Mississippi , 1802 . "Mr. Green traced his linage
through his maternal grandmother to the distinguished English Howard family of
which the Earl of Surry , afterwards Duke of Norfolk , was the head, and whose
daughter, Catherine Howard , was 5th wife of Henry VIII and Queen of England .
He was Gen'l. Green Clay , of Kentucky , the father of the latter having married
a sister of Col. Thomas Green ." (Liberty Herald, Miss. 1897 .)
Ralph Green , Patent 1653 , of Vestry of Petsworth pa., Gloucester county, Va. ,
after 1677 , and later Patent of Oliver Green , 1651 .
Thomas Green , Sr. and Jr., 1714 . Robert Green 's lands, in Kingston pa. , near
the head of North river , 1768 , and next to Dr. John Symmers , dec'd. (Old
William Green , 1747 . Vestry of St. Marks, Culpeper county , in place of Robert
Green , dec'd. (Meade .)
In 1775 , Maj. John Green entered Continental service, and Richard Yancey was
chosen vestryman in his place.
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