Phillip Thompson

1805 - ????


Biography

Servant to Ann Katherine Storer, daughter of Thomas Hill of Shropshire and Westmoreland, Jamaica, wife of Anthony Gilbert Storer (q.v.), who claimed for estates in Westmoreland as receiver of her late husband. The Storers brought Thompson to England from Jamaica where he was enslaved. In 1824 Ann Katherine Storer was accused of maltreatment of Thompson who was a servant at her residence Purley.

  1. In The Times of March 1st, 1825 he is described as 'a black, 19 years of age'. His testimony against Robert Stewart, the "mulatto" servant goes as follows: "On the 15th of August, as he was cleaning the knives in the kitchen, two at a time, Stewart desired him not to do so, as he would let them fall. He gave an impertinent answer, on which Stewart struck him on the face. Thompson "hit again," and Stewart struck a second time, and aimed a third blow, which the boy warded off by the knife he held, which cut Stewart's hand. The defendant, after smearing the blood over the lad's face, left the kitchen, but, returning in a few minutes, collared him, took him to a potato cellar and locked him in. There he was compelled to pass the night, with a blanket and carpet to sleep on, and at five o'clock in the morning was brought out by Stewart to be flogged in the stable he having procured a hunting whip for the purpose. The lad was desired to strop off his jacket and waistcoat and having done so, and seeing Stewart take out a cord to tie him, slipped out of the stable. Stewart followed, seized him; dragged him along the ground, and at last shut him up in another stable. From this place. before any further infliction, he made his escape and came to Reading, where he case was taken up by an attorney, and he obtained a situation in a gentleman's family.' In this case Stewart was found guilty. However in a second case, in which Ann Katherine Storer and Robert Stewart were defendants, both are found not guilty. In this case 'Thompson complained of an assault about a month before he left Purley. He stated that, not being up in time to scour the libby, Mrs. Storer ordered him to be taken out and well flogged, and she would it done. Stewart then took him into the stable-yard, Mrs. Storer following, and ordered him to take off his coat and waistcoat, and strip down his shirt to the waist. This being done, Stewart proceeded to flog him with a postilions whip; and when he had given him about a dozen lashes. Mrs Storer said, "Well done, Robert, give him twice as much." The blood ran down into his trousers and over his shirt; and he was rendered unable to lie down by the effect of the flogging. Despite this account and supporting statements both Storer and Stewart were found not guilty.

  2. In a 1851 census of Whitechapel a Phillip Thompson, age 45, born in Jamaica, occupation being 'labourer" is listed at residing in 93 Wentworth Street.

We are especially grateful to Rita Lamb for help in compiling this entry.

Sources

  1. The Times Mar 03, 1825; pg. 3; Issue 12591.

  2. HO 107/1545.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic

Relationships (1)

Enslaved-manumitted → Previous owner

Addresses (2)

93 Wentworth Street, Whitechapel, London, Surrey, London, England
Purley Park, Purley, Berkshire, Central England, England