George Thomason II

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George Thomason II

Cheshire, England
Death 13 Feb 1666 (aged 63–64)
Greater London, England
Burial Fleet Street, City of London, Greater London, England
Plot Original Upper Churchyard
Memorial ID 105588951 · View Source
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......................................................IN MEMORY OF...................................................

......................................................OUR FOREBEAR....................................................

....................................................GEORGE THOMASON....................................................

..................................................."THE BOOKSELLER"...............................................

............................................Written and compiled by: Rebecca A. Prillaman, 7th great granddaughter
............................................(Descendant of Georges's son Thomas, who came to Virginia in 1677, eleven
.............................................years after his father's death, following his brother Edward.
.............................................Descendant of Thomas's son George, born 1703, a Revolutionary War Patriot,
.............................................of Louisa, Co., VA.).

......It is believed that Thomas and Edward Thomason who settled in Virginia in the 17th century were the sons of
George Thomason, "The Bookseller", of London, however I have not seen supporting documentation connecting them. More
research is needed to confirm this connection. In his will dated 1664, George mentions his sons "Thomas" and "Edward", and made bequests to them. See his will below.
When Thomas traveled to Virginia in 1677, his father would have been dead 11 years. There was a patent for a Thomas
Thomason, recorded 23 Oct. 1703, in King William County, Va., claiming the transport of 3 persons under the headright
system for 150 acres. In this patent, Thomas is already living in a house nearby.

Thomas's brother, Edward Thomason, believed to have preceded Thomas to Virginia, was living in Stafford county, accessed by the Potomac River. There were 2 recorded patents for Edward Thomason in Stafford County on 20 Nov. 1678. One for 12 acres and the other for 104 acres, and claiming transport for three persons under the headright system, 50 acres for each person. Edward, also, is already living in his "dwelling", with his own "landing" on the water. Dates of the patents were not always the dates when the land was occupied. I believe that both Thomas and Edward paid their own passage to Virginia, and were not transported under the headright system.
In 1676, a Richard Fassaker of Stafford Co., Va. in his will dated 24 July 1676, specifies that Mr. Edward Thomason and Mr. Robert Hall were trustees of his will.
On Feb. 28, 1690, Edward Thomason is a witness to the will of Edward Mason of Stafford Co., Va.
Edward Thomason was one of the Justices present at a court held Sept. 13, 1692, "ye County of Stafford". This tells us that Edward was of some importance in his county government. I have no other information on Edward....if he married, had children, or when he died.


.....................................................GEORGE THOMASON, "THE BOOKSELLER".................................

.....George Thomason,II was born c. 1602 in Sudlow, Cheshire County, England, the son of George Thomason, I, thought to have been a farmer. His mother is unknown. In 1617, George was apprenticed to Henry Featherstone, a bookseller and publisher at Old St. Paul's Churchyard, London. Henry's bookstore was the "Sign of the Rose". Later, George Thomason married Henry Featherstone's niece Katherine Hutton, daughter of Henry's sister, Mary Featherstone (Fetherston) Hutton (1576-1614).
.....In 1626, after an apprenticeship of nine years with Henry Featherstone, George, now independent, became a member of the Stationers Company. He would have been 24 years old (b. circa 1602)... he remained a member for forty years. The Stationers Company, or the "Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers" maintained The Stationers Register, a record book in which publishers made entries of works they would like to publish, this documented that work in their name, and no other member was entitled to publish that work, a form of modern day copyright. The Stationers Company was located at Stationary Hall, Abergavenny House, Ava Maria Lane, from 1602-1666. George probably frequented Stationary Hall, entering works that he wanted to publish, and especially during the years that he was collecting his Civil War Tracts, beginning in 1640 ( date from his will), when he required storage space for them. George was renting at least five warehouses at Stationers Hall. He wrote in a Codicill to his will, dated 22 May 1665, as follows:
"My Iron Chest and all that is in it I bequeath to my dear sonne Thomas. That legacie to the company of Stationers I give under condition that they take into their hands and discharge me of the rent of the five bigger warehouses I hold of them by lease at Stationers Hall." It appears that George wished to clear his debts after he died. After writing his Codicill, George died the following February, in 1666. Seven months later, Stationers Hall at Abergavenny House, where George was leasing warehouses, burned to the ground in the Great Fire Of London, September, 1666. St. Paul's Cathedral and much of London burned. Old St. Dunstan in the West Church, where George had been buried in it's burial grounds seven months earlier, and his wife Katherine had been buried twenty years earlier, was spared.


......After his apprenticeship, and now an independent publisher/bookseller, George became partners with Octavian Pullen in a shop named the "Rose", also in St. Paul's Churchyard. George moved to his own shop named the "Rose and Crown" when his partnership with Pullen dissolved.
.....In 1640, having collected a few books, George began an extensive collection of English Civil War Tracts. His colection consisted of newspapers, books, and phamphets published both in England and abroad. He continued collecting for the next twenty one years, until 1661. Today this important collection, known as "THE THOMASON TRACTS"
is housed at the British Museum Library.

.....George married Katherine Hutton b. 1612 d. Dec. 16, 1646, the daughter of Francis Hutton (1578-1614) and Mary Fetherston (1580-1614), daughter of Cuthbert Featherstone, who served as Gentleman Usher to Queen Elizabeth I.
George and Katherine were the parents of seven children: George, Katherine, Edward, Grace, Henry, Elizabeth, and Thomas. Sons Thomas and Edward were our "immigrant" ancestors to Virginia. Thomas came to Virginia in 1677.

1....PHOTO...Public garden containing remaining portion of the old original St. Dunstan in the West Burial Ground, Fleet Street, London, with a few remaining headstones. The church has a history dating from approximately 988-1070 AD.

2....PHOTO....Remaining headstones in the Burial Ground of St. Dunstan's , located in the garden (See above photo #1)

3.... PHOTO... St. Dunstan's in the West as it appeared in 1829; burial place of George Thomasson in 1666, (In the Burial Grounds) His wife Katherine was buried there in 1646.

4....PHOTO.... St. Dunstan in the West, as it appeared about 1729 on Fleet Street (London)

5.... PHOTO.... Old St. Pauls Cathedral, London, destroyed in The Great Fire of 1666. George's bookstore was in the yard of St. Paul's, and was also destroyed. His collection of Civil War Tracts had been moved to another location and were not lost in the fire. The current St Paul's Cathedral was built after the fire, in 1677.
In George Thomason's day, Old St. Pauls was a hub of activity, and a center for carrying out business, catching up on gossip, lawyers meeting their clients there, etc. George's bookstore was well situated.


...............................BURIAL INFORMATION..........

......George is listed in the burial register of St. Dunstans in the West, Fleet Street, London, as: "George Thompson statoner was buryed in the Upper Churchyard, 13 Feb. 1666. Today, in 2013, all that remains of this old burial ground is in a small public garden near the church on Fleet Street, entered through a small gate and surrounded by an iron fence. A few early tombstones remain, surrounded by grass, plantings, and trees in the west perimeter, overlooked by modern office buildings. A portion of the old burial ground was lost when the new church was built over it in 1831-1833. George's wife Katherine Hutton Thomason, predeceased him, dying twenty years earlier in 1646. She was buried in the South Aisle of St. Dunstans 12 Dec. 1646. In his will, George requested that he be buried as near to her as possible, however, twenty years had passed, and it probably wasn't possible to be buried by her side.

......St. Dunstan in the West has a long history, named after St. Dunstan, born 909 AD, or earlier. He became Archbishop of Canterbury in 960, and is buried at Canterbury Cathedral. St. Dunstan in the West is believed to have been built between 988 and 1070 AD. It survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, already approximately 600 years old at that time. George Thomason died in 1666 (He did not die in the fire).
.......Due to the ravages of time of over 800 years, St. Dunstan was rebuilt in 1831-1833, in Neo-Gothic style, and is the present church. The church tower was damaged by German bombers in 1944, and was rebuilt in 1950. Lord Baltimore, George Calvert, who died in 1632, the founder of Maryland, is buried there, along with his son.
......When George requested to be buried at St. Dunstan's near his beloved Katherine, the church was already approximately 600 years old.

.......It was questioned whether this George Thomason was buried at St. Dunstan on 13 February 1666, as there was another George Thompson, bookseller, of the White Horse, Chancery Lane (London). It appears that indeed our George Thomason, is the entry in St. Dunstan's burial register..."George Thompson stationer was buried in the Upper Churchyard, 13 February 1666"
.......Reference: In the obituary of a Richard Smyth....he has a catalog "of all such persons as he knew in their life from 1627 to 1674". The following appears: "10th April 1666, Geo. Thomason, bookseller buried out of Stationers Hall (a poore man)". This was our George Thomason, of Stationers Hall, St. Paul's, and referencing his will and codicil.....not a wealthy man.
.......St. Dunstan's burial register date: 13 Feb. 1666
.......Richard Smyth entry date: 10 April 1666


..............MY SUMMARY OF GEORGE THOMASON'S WILL......... DATED 21 NOVEMBER 1664.... by Rebecca Prillaman, 7th great granddaughter.... written Feb. 20, 2013. (George's Will follows my summary).

His estate appears to consist of: His library, the library of his deceased wife Katherine Thomason, household goods, some money, and his collection of pamphlets. He does not appear to have owned his residence or other real estate, and rented warehouse space to store his collection of Civil War Tracts.

HIS BEQUESTS:.........(21 Nov. 1664).....Original will
1...His Bible and all loose papers within to son George
2...books of Martyrs in three volumes (from wife Catherine's library) to daughter-in-law Avis Thomason, wife of son George.
3...Tenne volumes of books in Folio, twenty volumes of books in quartro and thirty volumes in Octavio of her choice, to daughter Katherine Stonestreet.
4...King Bible to grandson William Stonestreet.
5...Tenne pounds in money to purchase a piece of plate to grandsonne William Stonestreet.
6...Remainder of deceased wife Katherine's library to children Edward, Grace, Henry, and Thomas
6...Watch and Ebony cabbinett, including all the goods within it (belonging to her late mother Katherine) plus his best bed, and other furniture to daughter Grace Thomason.
7...Six hundred pounds to daughter Grace Thomason.
8...The great iron chest to son Thomas Thomason.
9...The summ of forty shillings per year To son Thomas.
10..Tenne pounds (to purchase a piece of plate for the wor? Company of Haberdashers.
11..Five pounds to servant John Durham.
12..Forty shillings each to all other man servants and mayd servants.
13..His collection of pamphlets to be sold to benefit his three sons Edward, Henry and Thomas equally.
14..Forty shilling each to friends Doctor Barlow, Doctor ? and Mr. Rushworth.
15..Rest of money, plate goods, household stuff and other estate whatsoever I give and bequeath to sons Edward, Henry and Thomas.
16..Forty shillings ea. to friends Mr. Anthony, Dause?, Mr. Farmer/Farrier and cousin F____Griffith


"HIS ADDENDUM" to the original will: (Jan. 20th 1665)

He states:
I give to my deare children Grace Thomason and ? Thomason the full summe of money that my collection shall be sold for to be equally divided betwixt them...


"HIS CODICILL" (May 22, 1665)


1...It appears that he wants the Iron Chest (originally bequeathed to son Thomas in the original will) to now go to the Company of Stationers to pay for his rent charges on five bigger warehouses at Stationers' Hall which he is leasing, to discharge that lease.

2...It now appears another decision has been made as to the dispensation of the proceeds from the sale of the pamphlets. That is as follows: The sum needed to bring daughter Grace's inheritance up to six hundred pounds, a sum of six hundred pounds to son Thomas and the balance amount from the proceeds to be equally divided between sons Henry and Edward.

There is no mention of a house or any real estate holdings, so I assume there were none.



.............Transcribed by Julie Shepherd, January 2004..(Descendant).........................
.............From the Public Record Office, Richmond, Surrey, UK..................................................
.............Documents Online: Image ref. 209/191 cat. ref. PROB 11/
.............(The document is handwritten, apparently by a clerk of the period, as there are parts of other documents
............ on the image all written in the same hand. There were few periods, commas, or paragraphs, so I did not edit them in.
............ Underscores indicate words I could not decipher. ? before and after indicate the word I think is written.........................
............ ^ indicates an insertion, the word being written in the margin of the original with an .
............insertion mark in the body of the text...Julie Shepherd )

"I George Thomason Citizen and Stationer of London being in health of body and of sound and perfect mynde and memory Thanks be given to Almighty God yet considering the frailty of human ? condition? and the certainty of my departure out of this present life and likewise the ? uncertainty ? of the day & hour when it shall please God to call for me out of it I so therefore make & declare this my personal last will and testament in writing in manner and forme following That is to ? Say ? First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that____it_____ hoping & sincerely believing that by and through the only_____ of his only begotten soone my Savior Jesus Christ I shall be saved and after this short & transitory life ended be made p_____with the holy Saints and Angels of his everlasting kingdom of Glory And my body if? commit ? to the earth to by buryed in ? decent or devout? and ? seemly ? manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and if I dye within the city of London or within Tenne miles thereof my desire is to be buryed in the South ? Ile ? of Saint Dunstan in the west London as near to my Deare and only wife Katherine Thomason as ? reasonably ? may be And as touching that? portion ? of temporal estate, which God in his infinite mercy and goodness hath conferred upon me in this life I give and dispose thereof in manner and form following That is to say I___do give each of my executors my children grandchildren and servants living with me at my death mourning at my funeral and ____(maybe knoe?) other and I do will that each other person that is invited and doth come to my funeral shall have delivered one small volume which I have long since pakt up for that very purpose and if there be any left undispersed of at my funeral my will is that my executors do distribute them amongst such of my friends and acquaintances as shall not be present at my funeral which are mentioned on a list written with my own hand where ever their habitations and in such convenient tyme after my funeral as may be and my will also is that what other charge is? usual? expended maynely upon funeralls be distributed amongst the poor of the parishes of Saint? Faith? and St. Dunstans' in the west London____the____at the____of my executors And whereas I being a freeman of the City of London and a widower by the?current?and laudable customs thereof my estate ought to be devided into three parts. Two parts whereof are in my owne disposition and the other third part ought to come to my children unprovided for I do therefore after payment of my debts and funerall expenses according to that current and laundable custom do give and bequeath^unto my four younger children vizt Edward Grace Henry & Thomas one third parte the whole into three ^ equal parts to be devided of all my estate so:_____equally and proportionally part and parts alike: My eldest sonne George Thomason and my eldest daughter Katherine now wife of William Stonestreet being both advanced in marryiage have had and received from me liberal and plentyfull portions of my estate And as touching the other two third parts The whole into three equal parts to be devided of my estate I give and bequeath those summes in manner and form following That is to say I give & bequeath unto my said son George Thomas so many books of such quality as he shall^_____ Personal of my stock of books as may be reasonably worth Tenne pounds t be sold in every year for the span of Tenne years next after my death And I do will my executors to deliver the? same or summes? unto him yearly and every year on the fowre and twentyth day of June in every year during the said span of Tenne years The first delivery to be made on the fowre and twentyth day of June after my death And all the deliverys to be made at the dwelling house of my executor Henry Thomason wherever it shall be I also give unto by said sonne George my Bible which I dayly used being__with a pair____, with two hands and a heart in the____and all loose papers in that Bible And I give unto my daughter Avis Thomason wife of the said George my books of Maryrs (1) in three volumes out of my library called my late deare wifes library (2) I____I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Katherine Stonestreet as a testimony of my fatherly affection unto her____of my said library Tenne volumes of books in Folio Twenty volumes of books in quatro and thirty volumes of books in Octavio (3) such as she shall make choise of? except? books of Martyrs which I have given unto her formerly and the King Bible with? Cutts? in it which was bound at_____which King Bible I give unto my grandsonne William Stonestreet for the? cutts?? sake? wherein he taketh much delight And I also give unto my said grandson Tenne pounds in money to be bestowed on a piece of Plate for him thereby better to remember me. And my sonne George having? received? a larger portion of my said late ^ Deare wifes library already I do give and bequeath the remaynder of the said library unto and amongst my said children Edward Grace Henry and Thomas to be equally and proportionally divided amongst them parte and portion alike. That looking upon them they may remember to whom they did once belong hoping that they will make the better use of them for their presious and dear mothers sake? Then? I give and bequeath unto my daughter Grace Thomason her late dear Mothers watch and Ebony cabbinett and all the goods in it And my best bed and? furniture? I also give to my said daughter Grace six hundred pounds in money over and besides her customary part and other ? regards? before? bequested? to her paid at the birth of her first child or within twelve months after her marriage (4) which shall first and next happen after my death. And to my sonne Thomas thomasson I give my greate iron chest Then I do give and bequeathe the summe of forty shillings per Annum during so long tyme as my Sonne Henry one of my executors hereunder named shall live to be paid unto such able and orthodox Divines as he shall yearly make choyce of to preac two sermons yearly the? one? in the parich Church of St. Dunstans in the West upon Good Fryday in every year in commemoration of the sufferings of Our Lord and blesed Savior for mankind And the other to be preached at St P______ church in London upon the thirteenth day of August in every year in commemoration of the greate deliverence from the Spanish invasion in Anno Domini one thousand five hundred f_____four and eight (Note: the defeat of the Spanish Armada occurred in 1588)?a mercy? to this kingdom still be kept in the memory and never forgotten. Then I do will my executors to bestow the summe of Tenne pounds in?one? handsome piece of Plate and present it as my gift to the wor* Company of Haberdashers who have ever honored me with their love and solemn___Then I give to my servant John Durham if he shall still be living at my death? five? pounds in money And I desire my sonne Henry to? accept? him into partnership of? stocks and trade? with him for one half or one third if able to accomplish it And all other man servants and mayd servants that shall be living with me at my death I give forty shillings a piece in money And whereas I have a collection of Pamphlets and other papers and writings bound up with them og several volumes gathered by me and beginning the third day of November Anno Domini one thousand six hundred and forty and continued untill the? happie? return and coronation of his most gracious Majestie King Charles the second upon which I put a very high esteem? in? regard that it is so? entire? a work to be paralled and also of the long & ? greate paynes? industry? and charge that hath been taken and expended in & about the collection of them Now I do give the said collection ofpamphlets unto my personal friends Thomas Barlow Doctor of Divinity and now Provost of Queens College in Oxon and Thomass? L____ly? Doctor of Divinity and principal keeper of the Public Library in Oxon and John Rushworth of_____ ______Eaquire upon trust to be by them sold for the use and benefit of my three sonnes Edward Henry and Thomas to be paid to them equally and proportionally parte and parte alike and I give to each of my said honored friends Doctor Barlow, Doctor? L__Ly? and Mr. John Rushworth forty shillings a piece to buy each of them a ring to wear in remembrance of me. The? rest? and? residue? of my__money plate goods household stuffs and other Estate whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my three sonnes namely Edward Thomason ,Henry Thomason and Thomas Thomason to be equally divided amongst them parte and portion alike And of this my last will and testament I make and ? constitute? my said sonne Henry and my sonne in law William Stonestreet the full and sole executors commanding them to see it punctually performed and according true meaning herein expressed And I do desire my loving friends Mr. Anthony? Dawse? Mr.____Farmer/Farrier? and my cousin F_____Griffith to be overseers of this my last will and testament and to be ayding and_____ing unto my executors in the execution thereof And in token of my love unto them I give each of them forty shillings in money to buy each of them a ring to wear in rememberance of me. And my will and mynd is, and I do declare the same so to be that whatever legacies I shall give to any of my friends & ? organisations? by any codicill written with my own hand and annexed to this my will shall be taken as parte of this Testament contayned in seven sheets or leaves of paper subscribed my name to every sheet and prefixed my seale to the toppe and laste sheets this one and twentieth day of November Anno Domini 1664 (Sentence in Latin)
George Thomason

Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator as and for his last will & testament on the day aforesaid in the presence of us. Richard Farmer George Jones John ? Stowiton?

Now not knowing how my estate mayfall out after my death attending to my will lately made, in case it should fall short Then I do give tomy ^ two deare Children Grace Thomason and my sonne ? Thomason that full summe of money that my collection of pamphletts shall be sold for to be equally divided betwixt them both for their advancement, which collection is in the hands of Doctor Thomas Barlow Provost of Queens Colledge in Oxford who is now in ? treaty?___about them for the publique Library with me and I doubt not but near a conclusion which being concluded then shall I ______and desire my good friend Mr. Matt Goodfellow to be assistant to my sonne his servant in that particular, which I have no cause to doubt of.
George Thomasson
January 20th 1664 Signed and sealed in the presence of John Durham William Fletcher


I have made my last will and Testament bearing date the one and trentieth day of November Anno Domini 1664 I do by this Codicill constitut and make my sonne Thomas Thomason another executor to be added to his brother Henry Thomason and his Brother-in-law William Stonestreet. I also____my loving friend Mr. Goodfellow "his/has? Mr? to be another overseer of this my last will, a person of whose integritie and fidelity I am well assured of My Iron Chest and all that is in it I bequeath to my dear sonne Thomas. That legacie to the company of Stationers I give under condition that they take into their hands and discharge me of the rent of the five bigger warehouses I hold of them by lease at Stationer's Hall. And as for the six hundred pounds in money bequeathed to my deare daughter Grace if the customary parte fall short as I faer it may then that ? Like? summe be paid to her out of that money which the pamphletts shall be sold for. And the like summe of six hundred pounds? issuing? out of the sale of those Phamphletts I bequeath to my deare sonne Thomas now made one of my executors And the remainder thereof to my sonne Henry and his brother Edward with the blessings of the Almighty God upon them all. May the two and twentieth year of our Lord 1665
George Thomason

Note: the dates as transcribed are correct as written in the record ie 21 November 1664 for the original will, 20 January 1664 for the addendum and 22 May 1665 for the Codicil

Probatum: in Latin, including the names and date in order: Thoma Reade____Doctor Surragato, venerabilis, William Musick/Movick sextimo dia?monsia?Aprilis Anno Domoni millimo sexcenttisimo sexagesimo sexto (6th day of April one thousand six hundred sixty six) William Stonestreet Henrie Thomason Thoma Thomason

His will was proved 27 April 1666 with his son Henry and son-in-law, William Stonestreet as executors, (and son Thomas Thomason?



Note: In the above will, George mentions his deceased wife and six children, one daughter, Elizabeth, predeceased him:

Katherine Thomason (deceased wife)
His younger children:

Eldest son:
5...George..(wife Avis Thomason)

Eldest daughter:
6...Katherine..(husband William Stonestreet)



1...Thomas Thomason (His son) (1650-1728)came from Eng. To Va. in 1677
2...George Thomason (His grandson) (1703-1783) Va.,Louisa Co.,Va., DAR Revolutionary War Patriot
3...William Thomason (His great grandson) (1720-1800) Louisa County, Va., Henry Co., Va.
4...Joseph Thomason (His great, great grandson)(1773-1867) Henry County, Virginia
5...William Simpson Thomason (His third great grandson)(1810-1916) Henry County, Virginia
6...Wilson Owen Thomason (His fourth great grandson)(1842-1916) Henry County Virginia, Confederate Civil War Soldier
7...Albert Frank Thomason (His fifth great grandson (1875-1953) Henry County, Virginia
8...Annie Glenwood Thomason Prillaman (His sixth great grand daughter) (1912-1993) Henry County, Virginia


By: Rebecca Prillaman, descendant, seventh great grand daughter.........(February 20, 2013).

Note: Today many of his descendants in Virginia spell Thomason with two "s"s: Thomasson.

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