- 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.
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?