Isaac Thompson

Isaac Thompson was born in about 1772 to a non-conformist family in Sedgley, Staffordshire. He went into business as a Japanner and owned a Japan Factory in Oxford Street in Bilston. Records of some of his property dealings are available in the Wolverhampton Archives (Ref DX-510 from 1807-1828). His father Richard Thompson came from a line of Locksmiths in Sedgley and it is probably he who first ventured into this specialism of the metal trade. 

The art of Japanning had first become fashionable in the court of George III in the 1780’s and Wolverhampton and Bilston in particular became the centre of the revived European industry. In 1818 a Trade Directory listed over 15 Japanning companies in Bilston alone.

Isaac married Sarah Astley on 25 April 1795 in St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton.

in 1818 he is mentionned as the executor of his wealthy uncle, Isaac Whitehouse‘s will. His mother was Elizabeth Whitehouse and indeed he called one of his daughters Elizabeth Whitehouse Thompson.

In 1827 Isaac went bankrupt. In the bankruptcy hearing held on 19 Feb 1827 in Shifnal he is described as Isaac Thompson of Bilston, Japanner, Dealer and Chapman. Records (including a sale poster of 1827) show that the premises in Oxford Street had to be sold, presumably to pay off debts. His sons Joshua and Titus also apparently were engaged for periods in Japanning at least until 1837. His nephew also Isaac was able to continue in the Japanning trade until the 1870’s.

Isaac Thompson died in 1838

His son John Thompson was the most successful and long lived of his children and set up a partnership with Edward Bagnall Dimmack as an Iron Founder in Bilston. His daughter Anne Thompson married Edward Bagnall Dimmack in 1830.


Family of Isaac THOMPSON and Sarah ASTLEY

Husband:Isaac THOMPSON (1772-1838)
Wife:Sarah ASTLEY (bap.1772, d.1844)
Children:Joshua THOMPSON (1796-1849)
Titus THOMPSON (bap.1799, d.1845)
Anne THOMPSON (1801-1881)
Isaac THOMPSON (b.1803, bur.1828)
John THOMPSON (1804-1875)
Richard THOMPSON (bap.1806)
Elizabeth Whitehouse THOMPSON (1809-1883)
James THOMPSON (bap.1811)
Marriage25 Apr 1795St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton

Husband: Isaac THOMPSON

Father:Richard THOMPSON (bap.1742, d.bef1787)
Mother:Elizabeth WHITEHOUSE (bap.1746, d.bef1818)
Death10 Sep 1838 (age 65-66)Oxford Street, Bilston, Staffordshire

Wife: Sarah ASTLEY

Name:Sarah ASTLEY
Father:John ASTLEY (c. 1745- )
Mother:Esther MASON (1748- )
Baptism11 Oct 1772Sedgley
Death24 Dec 1844Oxford Street, Bilston

Child 1: Joshua THOMPSON

Name:Joshua THOMPSON
Spouse:Ann TIBBATS (1798-1879)
Birth13 Feb 1796Sedgley
Baptism17 Apr 1796 (age 0)Sedgley
OccupationInn Keeper (Green Dragon)
Death22 Dec 1849 (age 53)Bilston, Staffordshire

Child 2: Titus THOMPSON

Spouse:Maria TOMKYS (1798-1877)
Baptism4 Aug 1799Sedgley
OccupationWine and Spirit Dealer
Death9 Jun 1845Wolverhampton

Child 3: Anne THOMPSON

Spouse:Edward Bagnall DIMMACK (1808-1875)
Birth23 Feb 1801Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism23 Feb 1803 (age 2)Temple Street Chapel
Census1851 (age 49-50)
1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks
ResidenceApr 1881 (age 80)Birches, Codsall with Henry J Marten, Son in law, aged 80
DeathQ4 1881 (age 80)Codsall

Child 4: Isaac THOMPSON

Birth26 Jan 1803Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism23 Feb 1803 (age 0)Temple St Chapel, Wolverhampton
Burial10 Aug 1828St Leonard’s Bilston

Child 5: John THOMPSON

Spouse 1:Jane NICHOLSON ( – )
Spouse 2:Anne MILLER (1809-1861)
Birth1 Nov 1804Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism17 Dec 1804 (age 0)Temple St Chapel, Wolverhampton
Occupation1851 (age 46-47)Iron Master; Barnhurst, Tettenhall, Staffordshire
Death25 Jun 1875 (age 70)Great Malvern, Worcestershire

Child 6: Richard THOMPSON

Name:Richard THOMPSON
Baptism26 Dec 1806Sedgley

Child 7: Elizabeth Whitehouse THOMPSON

Name:Elizabeth Whitehouse THOMPSON
Birth20 Jan 1809Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism13 Mar 1809 (age 0)Bilston, Staffordshire
OccupationSchool Mistress
Death28 Mar 1883 (age 74)Bilston, Staffordshire

Child 8: James THOMPSON

Baptism30 Jan 1811Bilston, Staffordshire

Note on Marriage

WItnesses Joseph Evans and Joseph Meready


1“1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks”. 1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks. Also John Thompson from Manchester is recorded as a co partner of EB Dimmack