David Thomson knew Pocahantas in England, before he came to America


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DAVID THOMSON (son of RICHARD THOMSON) was born December 17, 1587 in Clarkenwell, England, and died December 1627 in Thomson's Island, Massachusetts Bay, Colonial America. He married AYMES COLLE, daughter of WILLIAM COLLE and AGNES BRYANT.

David Thomson was the immigrant ancestor of the Thompson family of Rockford Township, Wright County, Minnesota.
He was a Scotsman but born near London, England in 1592 to Richard Thomson and Florence Cromlan.
David was also a Mariner and is said to be educated as an apothecary. He apparently was apprenticed by his father at any early age to Sir Fernando Gorges of Plymouth, England and is said to have been an attorney and agent for Gorges in his various trading ventures. David is reported to have sailed with Gorges and his son, Robert Gorges on their fishing and trading trips to New England for which Gorges and his Plymouth Company partners had a royal charter.
The partners granted David a right to claim and settle 6000 acres and an unnamed island in New England and he proceeded to do so about 1622-23. He was the first European settler in in New Hampshire and made his home and trading headquarters in the Piscataqua River region. He along with his wife, Amyes Colle Thomson and a son, John Thomson were the first European family in New Hampshire. He stayed only about two years. Others would come latter and stay longer but he removed to the Boston area and laid claim to his island in the harbor which is still called "Thompson's Island".
Due to Sir Fernando Gorges or his son, Robert, not remaining as New England residents, David was appointed the companies resident and agent and "Governor" of the New England Companies (aka Plymouth Company) activities which also included settlements at Weymouth, Dorchester, Plymouth as well as the New Hampshire settlement. There seems to have been other temporary fishing and trading seasonal outposts in Massachusetts and Maine.
David died on Thompsons Island about 1628 and was survived by his wife, Amyes, a son
John and the "Col. Amy Genealogy" shows a son by the name of Miles. Latter descendants in our branch of the Thompson family will carry a variation of the Miles name but we are descended thru the son John.

Sources for the above information:
1. Adrian Scott, Blackstone, Ma and Henry A Whitney, Bellingham, Ma: The THOMPSON FAMILY, published by the Mendon Historical Society, 1913 and
2. Unpublished paper, DAVID THOMSON, by Mrs Flora Lusk Ward, March 10, 1947, South Pasadena, California which was downloaded by DEE 12/199 from the Thompson Family internet site and
3. Colonel Henry Joseph Amy, USA (Ret.),DESCENDANTS OF DAVID AND AMYES (COLLE) THOMSON AND THEIR SON JOHN, PUBLISHED ON THE Thompson family INTERNET SITE, Family Tree Maker and downloaded by DEE on 12/99 and
4. J. Dennis Robinson, 1997 SEACOAST NH.COM internet site: http://www.seacoastnh.com/history/contact/index.html, downloaded by DEE 12/1999.
From DAVID THOMSON 1592-1628, FIRST YANKEE, by Ralph E. Thompson and Mathew R. Thompson, Peter E. Randall Publisher, Portsmouth, N.H., 1997.

David Thompson moved to Plymouth
England with his mother Florance Thompson after the death of his father in 1603.The widow Thomson moved with the Gorges household when Sir Fernando Gorges moved his family to be near his military post as Commander of the Plymouth Fort.

From 1605 to 1612, David was a servant to Sir Fernando Gorges, living at Plymouth Fort. He lived in the "servants quarters" at the Fort and served as a messenger for Sir Fernando and assisted him as a scribe.

In 1605, David also became the "aide and guide" to five New England Indians that were in the care of Sir Fernando Gorges. Among the five Indians was Sassacomoit aka Squanto who later brought the English settlers through the hard times the first years at Plymouth in New England in the early 1620's.

In 1606, at the age fourteen, David was apprenticed to Dr. Richard Vines to learn the apothecary trade. "In 1600, apothecaries were specialized grocers. Grocers were wholesale merchants dealing in household supplies. Apothecaries were those grocers who dealt in, imported, prepared, distributed, prescribed, sold and administered pharmaceutics. They were the practical medical men of the day." Dr. Vines was a servant in the employ of Sir Fernando Gorges and also resided at the Plymouth Fort. Dr. Vines was engaged in "commercial ventures for Sir Fernando and was his representative on commercial voyages. As Dr. Vines apprentice, David would make early voyages to New England before settling in New Hampshire in 1622.

Shortly before David finished his apprenticeship, he married Amias Colle on July 18, 1613. Amias was the daughter of William Colle and Agnes(Bryant) Colle.

By late 1613, David, had completed his apprenticeship, had a wife, no contracts with Sir Fernando or Dr. Vines and was free to follow his profession and start a family.

In 1615, William Colle, David's father-in-law, gave the newly weds a home in Plymouth where four of the Thomson children would be born and Amias was to entertain "the Indian Princes, Pocahontas" while she was in Plymouth.

1607 Dr. Vines and David Thomson sail with Captain Raleigh Gilbert in the ship MARY AND JOHN and explore the Penobscot Bay area.
1616-1617 Dr. Vines and David Thomson sailed on the ship ABRAHAM and wintered over with six others at Saco in New England
1619 David Thomson tours the New England coast with Captain Thomas Dermer and his old Indian friend, Squanto. They visit Thompson's Island in Massachusetts Bay and Pascataway (N.H.).
1620-21 David Thomson sailed to New England in the ship JONATHAN to begin construction of a fort and settlement at Pascataway on the Piscataqua River.

1623 David, Amyes and son John arrive at Fort Pannaway on the Piscataqua River and become the first residents of what will become New Hampshire. David is the on site representative (Governor) for all of the settlements and projects of the New England Company of Plymouth, England that is lead by Sir Fernando Gorges.

April, 1626 William Bradford, Edward Winslow and Miles Standish of Plymouth setlement, accompanied by David Thompson of Piscataway settlement, travel to the plantation at Monhiggon, an enterprise of the Plymouth England merchants that includes Sir Fernando Gorges and purchase all of their goods and supplies as they disband the settlement. From the NEW ENGLAND CHRONOLOGY by Thomas Prince, page 314 and 315 as published in NEW ENGLANDS MEMORIAL BY NATHANIEL MORTON.

David Thomson and his crew of workers from Fort Pannaway build a post for Samuel Maverick in 1624 on the north side of Massachusetts Bay. Maverick was also on the employ of the New England Company of Plymouth, England and in charge of activities in the Bay area. In 1626, David Thomson built a home/trading post on Thompson's Island in the Bay and moves his family from Fort Pannaway. David continued to supervise the spring and fall fishing seasons at Pascataqua and the Isle of Shoals as well as trading for furs in Massachusetts Bay area and sending them back to England. David died in the spring of 1628 but nothing is known about how he died. For a few months Amyes and young John continue to live on Thompson's Island but by the end of the year she had married Samuel Maverick and moved to his outpost.

David Thomson was a contemporary and business associate of Miles Standish.

David Thomson is the acknowledged founder of New Hampshire.

Nationality: Scotsman.