John Purnal Property (1779)
Halifax Co., NC
In December, 1779 John Purnal bought a piece of land from Jesse Dickson. This land
had previously been owned by John Thompson. Tracing this land back in time may
help establish the names of other Thompsons related to this particular John
One interesting fact about this piece of property is that for at least seven years after
John Thompson had died, the land was still referred to as "Thompson's" land. The
county clerk might have more obvioulsy referred to the land by its contemporary owner, but
he chose to refer back to John Thompson. I believe this suggests that this John Thompson
had been somewhat prominent in the county, or had owned the land for quite a long time.
Hopefully further research will help confirm this theory.
THE JOHN PURNAL PROPERTY HISTORY
- December 29, 1779
Jesse Dickson of Halifax County to John Purnal of same. 5000 pounds. 200 acres
which had belonged to JOHN THOMPSON, dec.,
joining MEAD, MERICK, THOMPSON,Indian Branch, TREW, BRUCE'S
former line. 200 acres which had been conveyed from Thomas Pace to Charles
- August 19, 1772
Thomas Pace of Halifax Co., to Charles Pasteur of Town of Halifax. 200 pounds
proclamation money. 200 acres which had belonged to JOHN
THOMPSON, dec'd, joining MEAD, MYRICK, THOMPSON, Indian Branch, Trent, BRUCE's
old line. 200 acres joining PETER BRUCE'S old line.
- September 1, 1767
Richard THOMPSON of Halifax Co. to Thomas Pace of same.
44 pounds 5 shillings proclamation money. 200 acres which was part of land which had
belonged to John THOMPSON dec'd., joining MEAD, MYRICK,
Indian Branch, TRENT, BRUISE.
Richard Thompson (x)
Wit: Phillip Corlew, Thomas Hawkins, William Thompson
What can be learned from this
- This deed establishes a connection between Richard and John Thompson.
- This deed contains one of several connections between the Thompsons
and Peter Bruce/Bruice.
Things "TO DO" based on the content
of these deeds:
- Investigate prior transactions involving this property
After obtaining another Halifax County deed abstract book, I should be able to trace
this land back to the time that it left John Thompson's possession. Possibly through
that transaction, and the earlier one in which he initially obtained the land, I'll be
able to learn more about his family history.
- Don't overlook the reference to Peter Bruce
This deed deals with land which adjoined the property of Peter Bruce. In the will
filed by a John Tomson in 1760 in Halifax County, he named Peter
Bruce as one of his executors. That raises the possibility that there's a connection
between the 1760 will and the land transactions above.
If you have questions about the information you find here, or you can add to it, please
get in touch with me via e-mail at Glen
These records come from a book published by Dr. Stephen Bradley on Halifax
County, NC deeds. Specifically, the records come from his book, "The Deeds of Halifax
County, North Carolina, 1771-1786.
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