Thomas I was born in the highland's region of Inverness-Shire on the east bank of the Loch Ness in 1618. He indentured his services in exchange for his passage to the "New World" aboard the British frigate, the Paule. Thomas indenture was bought by William Stone, a large landowner, who would become the first colonial Governor of Maryland and the grandfather of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In return for his indenture, Thomas received his warrant for 50 acres of land. His main crop was tobacco.
In 1650, Thomas bought a total of 1200 acres on the Wicomico River, which he named "St. Thomas Plantation". Thomas met and married Elizabeth Willan, a daughter of a prominent Baltimore lawyer, in 1658, the same year as the newly formed Charles County separated from St. Marys County. Thomas and Elizabeth had two sons, Thomas II (b. 1661) and Andrew (b. 1663). In one reference, Thomas and Elizabeth had a daughter, Elizabeth; however, there is no significant data to substantiate it. In 1671, Thomas bought a tract of land, 1180 acres known as "St. George", which bordered "St. Thomas" to the northwest along the Wicomico River. In 1685, Thomas deeded both tracts of land to his sons: Thomas II receiving "St. Thomas" and Andrew, "St. George". Thomas died intestate about 1690.
There are three very good references for the early Simpson families in Maryland: Harry Wright Newman, Charles Heavrin, and Fr. Timothy J. O'Rourke.
Note: In many early records (court, land, and probate), the Sympson spelling was commonly used. It appears to have changed about the time of Thomas III. Thomas I was also referred to as Thomas, Sr.
Elizabeth Willan Simpson (1620 - 1692)*
Thomas Simpson (1661 - 1733)*
Andrew Simpson (1663 - 1744)*
Saint Marys Catholic Church Cemetery
Created by: Thomas Simpson
Record added: Jan 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63832232