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Jesse THOMPSON
Piercy BOYT
Husband:  Jesse THOMPSON
Birth:  1780-85, Duplin Co., NC
Death:  1840-50, Bladen Co., NC
Father:  Benjamin THOMPSON
Mother:  Ms. __?__
Marriage:
Wife:  Piercy / Pearcy BOYETTE / BOYT
Birth:  1800/1, NC
Father:  Jacob B. BOYT (1755- )
Mother:  Lydia THOMPSON 
Children born in Bladen Co., NC:
  1.  Thomas C. THOMPSON, b. 18 Aug 1822
  2.  David THOMPSON, b. 1820-25; d. aft. 1874
  3.  (Daughter A) THOMPSON, b. 1820-25
  4.  Benjamin Aquila THOMPSON, b. 29 Jul 1829 
  5.  John Iver THOMPSON, b. 29 Jul 1829 
  6.  Elinda THOMPSON, b. 22 Aug 1830; d. 9 Jan 1907, Columbus Co., NC; m. Elisha HOOKS (c1830- )
  7.  Richard H. THOMPSON, b. 1833/4; d. bef. 1884; m. 1855, Charlotte BATTEN (c1835- )
  8.  Winnifred B. THOMPSON, b. 1835/6
  9.  Margaret Jane THOMPSON, b. 22 May 1839 
10.  Catherine A. THOMPSON, b. 1841/2; m. 27 Jul 1860, William STONE (c1842- )
 
Our subjects are said to have this daughter, but she does not appear with her mother in the 1850 census:
.  Elizabeth THOMPSON, b. 25 May 1840; d. 11 Sep 1904, Bladen Co., NC; m. John J. PENNY (1841-1862)
The only unmarried Elizabeth THOMPSON in the 1850 census of Bladen Co., NC, is a seven-year-old (b. 1846/7, NC) living with Thomas McLELLAND (æ 29, b. NC) and his wife, four households from Widow Piercy.  How do we know she's Piercy's daughter?  And if so, why the discrepancy in birthyears?
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Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.  The only Jesse THOMPSON (or variation) in North Carolina is a Jesse THOMASON in Rowan Co.  The only THOMPSONs in Bladen Co. are John and William.

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.  There's a Jesse THOMPSON indexed in Guilford Co. and one in Wayne Co., but none in Bladen or Duplin Cos.

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #49 of 70 image missing at Ancestry.com and barely readable at Genealogy.com; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 NC Bladen Co. Roll 119 (Book 1) p. 81 Ln. 25 Jesse Thompson 220 000 100 - 010 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = John Iver (b. 1829)
= Benjamin Aquila (b. 1829)
2 males 5-9 1820-1825 = David
= Thomas (b. 1822)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = Jesse 
1 female 5-9 1820-1825 = Daughter A
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Piercy (b. 1800/1)

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17-18 of 56; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 NC Bladen Co. Roll M704_355 pp. 198A-198B Ln. 30 Jesse Thompson 140010-310100 0400000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male free colored 9 or under 1830-1840 = Richard H. (b. 1833/4)
4 male free colored 10-23 1816-1830 = John Iver (b. 1829)
= Benjamin Aquila (b. 1829)
= David (b. 1820-25)
= Thomas (b. 1822)
1 male free colored 55-99 1740-1785 = Jesse
3 female free colored 9 or under 1830-1840 = Margaret (b. 1839)
= Winnifred (b. 1835/6)
= Elinda (b. 1830)
1 female free colored 10-23 1816-1830 = Daughter A
1 female free colored 36-54 1785-1804 = Piercy (b. 1800/1)
4 persons employed in agriculture
Listed one line above Jesse's presumed brother, James THOMPSON, and two lines below presumed father, Benjamin THOMPSON, who is one line below presumed brother, John THOMPSON, who is one line below presumed brother, Shadrach THOMPSON.  Benjamin and his wife are enumerated as white, but his four presumed sons are enumerated as free colored. 

6.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #27 of 69):  Southwest side of Cape Fear River, Bladen Co., NC, Roll M432_621, p. 116A, 207/207, enumerated 29 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Piercy Thompson 49 F     172 NC
Richard H   " 16 M Farmer     "
Winifred B  " 14 F       "
Margaret J  " 11 F       "
Catherine A "  8 F       "

7.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #113 of 171):  Elizabeth Town, Bladen Co., NC, Roll M653_888, p. 135A/269, PN 113, 797/797, enumerated 30 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
S B Thompson 25 M   Farmer   1.05 NC
Margaret J " 21 F   Domestic     NC
Hayse      "  3 M         NC
B B        "  2 M         NC
Jesse F    " 8/12 M         NC
Pearcy Thompson 58 F   Domestic     NC
S. B. is Shadrach Basil THOMPSON, Pearcy's nephew, son of her husband's brother, Shadrach THOMPSON, who is listed next to them. 

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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