The American Revolution in North Carolina

William Thompson (aka William Thomson)

Colonel over the Carteret County Regiment of Militia - 1775-1779

On Setepmber 9, 1775, the NC Provincial Congress appointed William Thompson as Colonel/Commandant over the Carteret County Regiment of Militia. He resigned his commission at the end of 1779, and was soon replaced by Col. Enoch Ward.

William Thompson had been a Colonel over the Carteret County Militia in 1771, and he marched with Gov. William Tryon in the War of Regulation.

William Thompson was a delegate to the First Provincial Congress of August 1774 in New Bern; the Second Provincial Congress of April 1775, also in New Bern; the Third Provincial Congress of August 1775 in Hillsborough; and, the Fourth Provincial Congress of April 1776 in Halifax. He was elected tor represent Carteret County in the NC Senate in 1778 and 1779.

William Thompson was born on February 3, 1732 in County Down, Ireland, and he died on November 22, 1802 in Beaufort, NC. His grave is in the Old Burying Ground.

More information about William Thompson can be found online at the Beaufort County Blog compiled by Mary Warshaw, and drawn mostly from Jean B. Kell's "Carteret County during the American Revolution 1765-1785," dated 1975.

The last two paragraphs above were provided by Andrew C. Wells in March of 2014.

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