William Weillum Compton, I

Male 1623 - 1694  (71 years)


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  • Name William Weillum Compton 
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    Born 1622-1623  , , England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He stated his birth as 30 in 1645, He made an affadavit in a lawsuit, in his sworn statement he said he was born in 1622 in England.
    Gender Male 
    Old Address 1643  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land Patent: He was among the 39 patentees. Gravesend was an early English settlement in an area in modern Brooklyn adjacent to Coney Island. 
    • Age at this event:23
    Namesake 1645  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He lived among the Dutch and was referred to as Weilleum 
    Also Known As Godly Cavalier 
    Stories and Notes 1645  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was granted a patent by Judge Keith. 
    • Age at this event:23
    Stories and Notes 1652 
    stated in a desposition that he was 30 years old 
    • According to the town records of Gravesend, long Island, on September 30, 1652 William Compton made a deposition in the slander case of Nicholas Stillwell v. Ann Goulder. In his deposition, William stated that he was then 30 years old.
    Stories and Notes 30 Sep 1652  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He made a deposition in the slander case of Nicholas Stillwell v. Ann Goulder. In his deposition, he stated that he was 30 years old. This would put the year of his birth at about 1622
      Age at this event:31
    Stories and Notes 1656  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Estate Owes 
    • The Estate of John Morris owes to William Compton(spelled Cumpton) Age at 34
    Old Address 1658  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land Patent 
    • Age at this event:36
    Stories and Notes 1670  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was sued by Nicholas Stillwell. The suit involved William Compton hogs trespassing on Nicholas Stillwell's property at Settler's Neck. 
    • Age at this event:48
    Stories and Notes 5 Jan 1670  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    An agreement, which William Compton signed at the town meeting, concerned the laying out of the low lands on Garretson Neck, Long Island. 
    • Age at this event:48
    Stories and Notes 1677  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was called as a witness in a land dispute among Samuel Spicer, John Tilton and Samuel Holmes. 
    • Age at this event:55
    Occupation 29 Jun 1677  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was sworn into office as the Constable 
    • Age at this event:55
    Old Address 1683  , , New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Moved with Son 
    • Both the elder and the son William, who migrated to New Jersey appear in the early records
    Stories and Notes 1683  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Law Suit 
    • This suit involved William Compton hogs trespassing on Nicholas Stillwell's property at Settler's Neck.
    To Lady Kathleen Great GrandParent 
    Died 21 Sep 1694  Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I272  Enchanted Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2012 

    Father Earl of Northampton Spencer Compton,   b. May 1601,   d. 16 Mar 1643, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Relationship Disproved 
    Mother Mary Beaumont,   b. 1604,   d. 1654  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship Disproved 
    Married 1621 
    Family ID F3544  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Wilmot,   b. , , , Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1662 
    Children 
    +1. William Henry Compton, II,   b. 1645, Long Island, , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1709, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +2. Mary Compton,   b. 1647,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Compton,   b. 1662,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F135  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1622-1623 - , , England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - Land Patent: He was among the 39 patentees. Gravesend was an early English settlement in an area in modern Brooklyn adjacent to Coney Island. - 1643 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNamesake - He lived among the Dutch and was referred to as Weilleum - 1645 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - He was granted a patent by Judge Keith. - 1645 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - 30 Sep 1652 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - Estate Owes - 1656 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - Land Patent - 1658 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - He was sued by Nicholas Stillwell. The suit involved William Compton hogs trespassing on Nicholas Stillwell's property at Settler's Neck. - 1670 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - An agreement, which William Compton signed at the town meeting, concerned the laying out of the low lands on Garretson Neck, Long Island. - 5 Jan 1670 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - He was called as a witness in a land dispute among Samuel Spicer, John Tilton and Samuel Holmes. - 1677 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - He was sworn into office as the Constable - 29 Jun 1677 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - Moved with Son - 1683 - , , New Jersey, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - Law Suit - 1683 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Sep 1694 - Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • In July 1643, the Church of England was over-thrown and Presbyterianism was the
      only religion tolerated in England. William Compton was a Baptist and left
      England because of religious persecution.

      Legend has it that William went into exile in Holland, as many did at that
      time, then emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony where the same religious
      situation developed. He then moved with other Baptists to Long Island, New
      York (at that time a part of Connecticut).
    • (Research):As there is much confusion and not yet proven that William Weillum Compton and Sir William Compton are the same person. (more fact disprove this than prove it THose listed at the end.)

      I am linking William Weillum and Sir William seperatly under Spencer Compton, but keeping William Weillum as disproved status so I can list all the facts and keep this straight.

      There is a lot of confusion about Sir William and William Weillem and even a William born from an earlier time.

      There was the "Weillum" Compton that refers to was one of the "Puritans" who spent time in Holland prior to moving to America during the English Civil War, and he would have lived 1622 - 1694. This would be the William Compton who died in Gravesend, Suffolk County, New York. This one had a son named William.

      There was "Sir" William he was born in 1625, third son, of Lord Spencer Compton, Earl of Northampton whose ancestral home was Compton Wynyates in Warwickshire, England. This Sir William was knighted at the age of 19 fighting for King Charles I in 1643 and was very active in subsequent conspiracies to bring about the restoration of the Stewart family to the Crown of England, including that of the "Sealed Knot" which lasted for all of about six months; all of these after the execution of Charles I in 1649. Willaim had 2 sons named Thomas and John.

      In the Book: British and American Comptons in New York, New Jersey, Virginia,Tennessee, Alabama and Texas. 1634-1984 First edition 1984. It talks about another William: ...William Compton, the builder of this castle, Compton Wyngates, was eleven years old when his father died. He became a ward of King Henry VIII, who appointed him to wait on his son, Henry, Duke of York. William Compton so igratiated himself with the Duke that his fortune was greatly enhanced by this connection.... THis William is actually born in 1482 and is upline from Earl Spencer.

      Sir William born 1626 was the Governor of Banbury Castle in 1645-1646, and William Weillum was in Gravesend at the time. Sir William also died in England and is buried in England, William Weillum died in Gravesend.

      New Leads:

      Smalehope Bigg, of Cranbrooke in the County of Kent, clothier, 3 May, 1638, by John Bigg. Brother John Bigg, of Maidstone, to be executor. To the poor of Cranbrooke ten pounds. To my Aunt Mary Bridger of West Peckham and her two sons, Robert and Thomas Betts; to my kinswomen, the wife of William Hunt of Brenchley, Anne Bottinge of Brenchley, widow, and the wife of John Saxby of Leeds; to Judith, wife of Thomas Tadnall, late of Dover; to Godfrey Martin of Old Romney and his sisters; to the children of Robert Pell of New Romney, jurat, deceased. "To my kinsfolk Thomas Bate, of Lydd, James Bate, Clement Bate, the wife of William Batchelor, John Compton, Edward White and Martha his wife, all of which are now resident in New England, twenty shillings each. I give ten pounds to be distributed to them or to others in New England by my mother and my brother John Stow. To Peter Master of Cranbrook who married my sister. To my mother Rachel Bigg one hundred pounds. Lands &c. at Rye in County Sussex to my wife Ellin. To my sisters Patience Foster and Elizabeth Stow in New England. To Hopestill Foster, son of my sister three hundred pounds. To Thomas and John Stow, sons of my sister Stow two hundred pounds each. To Elizabeth Stow and the other three children (under age) of my sister Stow. Lands in Horsmonden to my brother John Bigg. Lands at Wittersham, Lidd and Cranbrook to Samuel Bigg, my brother's son, at the age of twenty-three years. My friends John Nowell of Rye, gentleman, James Holden and Thomas Bigg the elder, of Cranbrook, clothiers, to be overseers. To my cousin Hunt's children and John Saxbey's children; to the two sons of my Aunt Betts; to my cousin Bottenn's children; to my cousin Pell's children, viz., Joan Pell, Elizabeth Pell, Richard Pell and Thomas Baytope's wife." Mr. Waters continued, "After a hearing of the case between John Bigg, brother and executor of the one part, and Hellen alias Ellen Bigg (the relict), Patience Bigg alias Foster, wife of Richard Foster, and Elizabeth Bigg alias Stow, wife of Richard (sic) Stow, testator's sisters, of the other part, sentence was pronounced to confirm the will 4 April, 1639

      Is it possable that this John Compton is Williams Father?

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] Comptonology, C. V. Compton 1939 to 1952, (Comptonology was a newsletter published by C. V. Compton from 1939 - 1952. It is available in many genealogical libraries.), V. 1, No.1, p. 1 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S170] Historical and Genealogical Miscellany, John E. Stillwell, M.D., (New York and New Jersey, 1903).

    3. [S171] British and American Comptons, Delton Blalock, (1984 - 257 pages).

    4. [S172] History of Monmouth County, (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York and Chicago), pp. 321 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S174] The Story of Middletown, Mandeville, (Christ Church (January 1, 1927)), pp. 36 (Reliability: 3).



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