Berry-Miller Genealogy Hedgecoe-McKenna

The madness of Thomson, P or no P.

Posting Member:  Jenn, but Jake’s in the other room cursing me if that counts!
Topic: Everything under the sun!  Mostly Thomson and Thompson.
Family Name Associations: Thomson, Thompson, Yancey, Whaley, Newby, Hopkins, Berry, O’Neill
Location: Home in Barrie
Mood: Pretty good, I’ve got a full cup of Coffee keeping me company, thank you Tim Hortons!

Well, what a few days this has been! We’re almost as far back as we dare go with the Thompson, Thomson section of the tree.  Our line begins with Sarah Paulina Brown, daughter of Elizabeth Rebecca Hopkins and Benjamin Raymond Brown.  Elizabeth’s parents were Mary Polly Newby and William H Hopkins, Mary Polly Newby’s parents were Sally Orpha Gadis Hopkins and James Whaley Newby.  With me so far?

I have yet to go back and sort of exactly how related the Hopkins lines are, but we’ll get there.
James Whaley Newby, and really the whole Newby family are vastly historical and interesting.  James was son of Elizabeth Thompson and Whaley Newby.  Elizabeth Thompson was daughter of Hannah McAllister and Thomas Thompson, the oldest son of Samuel Thomson who may or may not have used a ‘p’ in his name.  The Thomson family is…  complicated as soon as you get to Samuel.  Okay, honestly, that whole two paragraphs was complicated, but bare with me.
Samuel Thompson was born in Blair Manor, Aryshire, Scotland according the writings of Robert Peter M.D.  It took me a while, but finally I found this link:
I’m pretty sure that’s where Samuel claims to be from.
Now, Samuel had, most likely, three wives.  Hannah Glass, Mary McDonald and finally Temperance Yancy.  Genealogists argue every point of Samuel’s life over and over.  At this point, I don’t think there’s going to be more than conjecture.  I do believe that Temperance Yancey was  widow of Robert Yancey and mother of Captain Charles Yancey, Reverend Robert Yancey and all of his children.  Her maiden name was Dumas, and she had siblings in the US as well, despite her father originating from France.  Secondly she married Samuel, who passed in 1753 to which time only allows the last son, Asa Thompson to be born.  From there I believe she married Pewid Hix, who might have been Prewid Hicks.  She bore three more children.
 Because we’re looking at before Census, Wills and Court records and Family Bibles are about it for resources.  Word of mouth has confused these families 6 ways to Sunday, and I’ll be honest, what we’ve got for dates, spouses and what not…  Well, they’re not written in stone!
We’re looking forward to really getting into the Hopkins lines, sorting out William H and exactly who Sally Orpha Gadis is.  Then it’s into the Whaley family, bless all these lines for family naming, it’s really helped us keep it together over the generations.

And finally for all you O’Neill cousins out there…  Gathering of the Clans in Ireland, 2013.

We’re looking at going along ourselves.  Imagine that 😉  I just have to decide if I want to O’Neill, or wander off.  It’s mighty tempting to think about Carlow, Monaghan or Derry.

What we’re working today:  The Newby line of Narcissa J Newby and John H Berry.  Berry cousins, don’t get all excited, we don’t even know where this John H Berry fits in!   Born in Kentucky (Weren’t they all?) and most probably married to Narcissa in Oregon where the Newby family founded just about everything, we have very little to go on.  Narcissa died by 35, and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in McMinnville, Yamhill County.  Narcissa was the daughter of Sally Orpha Gadis Hopkins and James Whaley Newby.  Here’s hoping we can figure out how everyone’s connected 🙂
Once we’ve done playing around in Oregon, we’re going to head back to North Carolina and the Brown lines.  So much to do, so little time!
Always one for making things pretty, Jenn is our resident artist. Métis, British Home Child Descendant, family historian and genealogist, she is always looking into some new branch of research and encourages historical preservation and education.


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