Seventh Generation (Continued)
Thomas COMPTON (Ann6, John5, John4, Tristram3, John “the Elder”2, Edward1)
. Born on 2 Oct 1734 in Chalderton, Amport Parish, County Hants, England. Christened on 13 Apr 1731 in N. Tidworth, England. Thomas died in Amport, Hampshire, England, on 18 Feb 1795; he was 60.
- Marriage listing in Phillimore Hampshire Marriage Index, in Amport:
COMPTON Tho. CHILDEROY Frances.M. 01 Oct 1754
-Thomas Jr. and Frances had 13 chilren, eleven of which lived to adulthood (only 12 listed). Most of them married locally [England].
-In his will dated Dec 17, 1794, Thomas bequeathed 2000 pounds to his son Col. Harry Compton.
- (From “Thomas Compton ‘The Hedgeplanter’”) Thomas was the eldest son of Thomas who came from Wiltshire. When he was 23 he was married off to the family’s adopted daughter, Frances Mount Childeroy, an orphaned French heiress.
He is mentioned in the Quarley Manor Court Rolls for two misdemeanors. Quarley was the parish running alongside Amport where the Comptons’ land was.
The entry for Nov 11, 1762 reads: “The present that Thomas Commpton the Younger of Cholderton for turning a Highway leading from Quarley to Thrusxton by means whereof he hath encroached upon the said Highway and contract and made it very narrow whereby the said Highway is become ruinous and not fit for Carriages and Horses and Passengers to pass and repass over and through the same.” It was mentioned again in 1765 and 1769.
If this was not irritating enough for the neighbouring parish we read on 26.6.1775: “They present that Thomas Compton the Younger has planted a quick hedge to[o] near the road leading from his House towards Salisbury whereby he has contracted the same Road and rendered it very narrow.”
This was repeated continuously until 1804! There are tiny changes - after his father died in 1791 he was no longer the Younger and, after he died himself, the Court minutes of 29.10.1795 and thereafter referred to him as “The late Mr. Thomas Compton”.
- Thomas was basically a gentleman farmer. He was also an invester in the East India Company like his father, doing quite well. The interest from the 3% matured shares must have contributed to their well-being. Thomas seems to have had more invested than his father had. Frances did bring some money with her, that “bag of guineas”.
- Thomas’s will was drawn up in 1794. He died on February 18th 1795 at the early age of 61 and is buried between his parents in a tomb identical to theirs. There is a slight breakage in the front plate ... the inscription, being closed in by the neighbouring tombs and thus protected from the wather, is fresh and clearcut. ... All the sums in the will added together come to eight thousand one hundred pounds, quite a large sum in his day. His money was divided thus:
* Thomas: two thousand pounds with the interest on two hundred and fifty for his mother
* Harry: two thousand in annuities entailed for his sons Arthur and Thomas after Harry’s death
* Frances, the wife of John Weekes: two thousand, but entailed for her children
* George: five hundred in annuities
* Edmund: five hundred in annuities
* Ann: four hundred in annuities
* Edward: four hundred in annuities
* Elizabeth, the wife of Richard Gale: fie hundred in annuities
* John Allen: four hundred in annuities
Frances was to get the interest on one hundred and fifty pounds in matured annuities, also the interest in Mr. Wakefield’s hands to be divided between the said ten children. Only nine are mentioned, he leaves out Mary Anne who married Thomas Dee, surgeon of Weyhill. / [Thomas] then leaves “the little stock” on Lains farm to fall equally between the four youngest children (Edward, Mary Anne, Ann and John Allen).
- birth years vary from 1725 to 1734, depending on source.
On 1 Oct 1754 when Thomas was 19, he married Frances Mount CHILDEROY in Amport, Hampshire, England. Born abt 1739 in France. Frances Mount died in 1829; she was 90.
An orphaned French heiress (probably Francoise de Mont Childeroy) adopted by the Comptons [Thomas and Ann] as a small child. We think this occurred through the family’s connection to the Winchester family (Marquess of Winchester). Thomas was Norton Powlett’s executor. Experts think Frances may have been 1) a child of Norton with a French aristocratic lady 2) a Bourbon bastard, there were many, whom Norton took on and found a home for. She came with a “bag of gold”. She later married her adoptive brother Thomas.
- name previously recorded as Anne (mixed generations).
- birth year may be 1733 or 1739 - said to be age 15 when married, which would imply 1739 birth.
- 2009 from Catherine: We have never traced the Mont Childeroys. The -roy ending meands "king" a little like Childe Harold of Byron when a childe was a squire. The -roy ending is found in place names in Normandy, like Pomeroy. The red herring was info that Harry lived i Brittany and everyone thought his French mum was from there. Later we found otherwise via various false trails.
- on familysearch.org there is a Mary Childeroy, christened 21 Jun 1747 , St Mary Whitechapel, Sstepney, London, daughter of Abraham and Mary Childeroy. Also an Anne Childeroy, born about 1736, Tyne Valley, PEI [likely erroneous], married to Thomas Compton.
They had the following children:
Mary COMPTON (Ann6, John5, John4, Tristram3, John “the Elder”2, Edward1)
. Born in 1740 in N Tidworth, Wiltshire, England. Mary died in Penton Mewsey, Andover, Hampshire, England, in 1813; she was 73.
- Tidworth is just barely in Wiltshire, very near the Hampshire border.
Mary married George JENNINGS. Born in 1738 in Lymington, Hampshire, England. George died in Penton Mewsey, Andover, Hampshire, England, in 1810; he was 72.
- gent, Penton Mewsey
- Son of George Jennings and Sarah Chalke, 10.11.1723 Ringwood
- George Jennings was a witness at the wedding of Harry Comtpon and Charlotte Newman. Harry Compton was his wife Mary Compton’s first cousin.
They had the following children: