Thomas Wilson – Thomas Pynchon

While lounging in my easy chair, I did some DNA Surfing. I wondered who Jane Empson was. Turns out, she’s Thomas Pynchon’s great, great, great grandmother. Thomas is in Shakespeare’s family tree, and, the great Schwarzenberg tree. Jane married John Pynchon, whose grandson is the famous William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield and Roxbury Massachusetts. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and had to know Rev. John Wilson, who was a leader of the MBC. Pynchon’s book was burned. Was Wilson involved in this?

Thomas Pynchon and I are already in the same family tree, if it is true, that my ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, married Tom. This makes the three of us Golden Boston Bluebloods. You know I am going to go deep with the burning of this book. Did the Shakespeare Curse follow the Pilgrim’s Progress to the New World? And, just when they thought they had shook, this curse.

Jane marries Thomas Wilson, as the widow of, John Pynchon. Does Thomas raises John’s children? I am confused. I am sure Thomas Pynchon did not connect the Webb name with Shakespeare. Did Wilson inspire Pynchon’s children to write? Did they read Shakespeare, whose kinfolk founded an American Dynasty? Who knew? It’s in my – blood! My DNA can be read – like a book!

The Great American Novel waits to be written. Another anointed one…..has been chosen! This path to fame, is one of the most dangerous one known to mankind, after the tribulations of Zheng Xuan, who found the true source of the I Ching.

When newspaperman, John Rosamond, discovered evidence that William Shakespeare was murdered, while following his DNA test he took at, he discovered Western Rhetoric had met Eastern Confucius Logic through the early Kings of Bohemia. A hundred years of book burning took place. Now, the first book was burned in America. Spirits are unleashed. John is approached by a troubled man.

“You need my help!”

Here are people related to Rev. John Wilson, that includes Thomas Pynchon. Dan Brown’s holy line did nothing by comparison.

John Presco

Copyright 2019

“From the early-19th century onward, historical societies began to use Pynchon’s text as a literal and figurative footnote — often referencing The Meritorious Price as America’s “first banned book”. It is also worth noting that Pynchon’s equally enigmatic descendent, Thomas, has brought occasional attention to the book over the past five decades, making multiple references to his family history in his short stories, as well as in his classic novel Gravity’s Rainbow.”

“Wilson was twice married: first, to Jane, daughter of Sir Richard Empson [q. v.], and widow of John Pinchon of Writtle, Essex (Baker, Northamptonshire, ii. 141). By her Wilson appears to have had no issue; and he married, secondly, Agnes, daughter of John Winter of Lydney, Gloucestershire, sister of Sir William Winter, the admiral, and widow of William Brooke.”

William Pynchon (October 11, 1590 – October 29, 1662) was an English colonist and fur trader in North America best known as the founder of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. He was also a colonial treasurer, original patentee of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the iconoclastic author of the New World’s first banned book. An original settler of Roxbury, Massachusetts, Pynchon became dissatisfied with that town’s notoriously rocky soil and in 1635, led the initial settlement expedition to Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, where he found exceptionally fertile soil and a fine spot for conducting trade. In 1636, he returned to officially purchase its land, then known as “Agawam.” In 1640, Springfield was officially renamed after Pynchon’s home village, now a suburb of Chelmsford in Essex, England — due to Pynchon’s grace following a dispute with Hartford, Connecticut‘s Captain John Mason over, essentially, whether to treat local natives as friends or enemies. (Pynchon was a man of peace and also very business-minded — thus he advocated for friendship with the region’s natives.) Pynchon’s stance led to Springfield aligning with the faraway government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony rather than the more geographically and ideologically compatible Connecticut Colony.

William Pynchon is an ancestor of renowned American novelist Thomas Pynchon.

In 1649, William Pynchon found time to write a critique of his place and times’ dominant religious doctrine, Puritanical Calvinism, entitled The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption. Published in London in 1650, it quickly reached Boston and caused a sensation. Pynchon was one of Massachusetts’ wealthiest and most important men, and in his book — which confounded Puritan theology by claiming that obedience, rather than punishment and suffering, was the price of atonement — was immediately burned on the Boston Common (only 4 copies survived), and soon after became the New World’s first-ever banned book. Officials of the Massachusetts Bay Colony formally accused Pynchon of heresy and demanded that he retract its argument. Coincidentally, Pynchon’s court date took place on the same day and at the same place that the New World’s first witch trial — that of Hugh and Mary Parsons (not Mary Bliss Parsons) of Springfield — took place. Instead of retracting his arguments, Pynchon stealthily transferred his land holdings to his son John — who later became an equally large influence in Springfield — while William Pynchon returned to England in 1652, where he remained for the rest of his life.[6] He died in Wraysbury, then in Buckinghamshire in England in 1662, and was buried there at St Andrew’s Church.

After Pynchon’s return to England, his son John extended his father’s settlements in the Connecticut River Valley northward, founding Northampton, Westfield, Hadley, and other towns. His daughter, Mary Pynchon, married Elizur Holyoke, after whom the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts and the nearby Holyoke Range are named.

William Pynchon is an ancestor of the novelist Thomas Pynchon.

Jane Empson MP

Gender: Female
Birth: circa 1510
Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, England
Death: November 14, 1587 (73-81)
Writtle, Essex, England
Immediate Family: Wife of John Pynchon, MP and Thomas Wilson, MP
Mother of Elizabeth Gates; William Pynchon; John Pynchon; Sir Edward Pynchon, Kt. and Jane Paschal
Added by: Natanyel Bohm-Levine on June 15, 2007
Managed by: Andrew Jonathan Smith and 19 others
Curated by: Margaret (C)

John Steele Gordon wrote on soc.gen.medieval 5 Dec 1998 :”I know of four children for Sir Richard Empson. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, his eldest son was named Thomas and was restored to his father’s estates in 1513. His son John became a barrister at the Middle Temple. His daughter Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlecote, Warwickshire. His daughter Anne married Robert Ingleton, grandson of Edward IV’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.”


Jane EMPSON died in 1587. Waters has will proved 14 Feb 1587. 11th ggm of Gordon Fisher

“John married second, JANE EMPSON, daughter and coheir of Sir Richard Empson, knight. ….. Jane’s father, Sir Richard Empson, was a statesman and lawyer, prominent in public life during the reign of Henry VII, and was executed with Sir Edmund Dudley in 1509. Jane made a good second marriage, the record of which is found in the register of Terling, Essex: “1576, 15 July the Rt Worshipful Mr. Thomas Wilson Esq., Master of the Requests, to Mrs. Jane Pinchin of Writtle, gent., wid.: by dispensation from the Bishop of London. Thomas Wilson (died 1582) was Ambassador to the Low Countries and to the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots, and at the time of his death was Secretary to Queen Elizabeth. Wilson’s brief will, dated 19 May 1581, proved 9 July 1582, makes no mention of a wife, presumably because she had been provided for in a prenuptial contract, But Jane’s own will, made 10 Nov. 1587, proved 14 Feb. 1587/8, describes her as “Jane Wilson of Writtle widow, late the wife of the Right Hon. Thomas Wilson Esq. one of Her Majesty’s principal Secretaries, deceased.” She named her three sons, William, John and Edward.” —Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman, *Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley*, Hartford, CT (Connecticut Historical Society) 1952, p. 722

“Jane, the wife of the above-mentioned John Pynchon [our “gent”], was the daughter of Sir Richard Empson, of Northamptonshire, whowas beheaded at London on Tower-hill, Aug. 15th, 1510, in the early part of the reign of Henry 8th. From this date the Pynchon arms are quartered with the Empson on the monuments in the chancel of Writtle Church. Mary, another daughter of Sir Richard Empson, married for her second husband Edward Bulstrode of the ancient family of the Bulstrodes, of Bulstrode Park, County Bucks. not far distant from Windsor, and in the immediate neighborhood of Horton and Wraysbury. Bulstrode Whitlocke was of this family.”

— Henry F Waters, *Genealogical Gleanings in England*, Boston (New-England Historic Genealogical Society) 1901, p 851″


— *Record of the Pynchon Family in England and America*, originally compiled by Dr. Joseph Charles Pynchon, 1885, revised by W F Adams, Springfield MA (Old Corner Bookstore) 1898, p 3-4.

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Zheng Xuan (127–200), courtesy name Kangcheng (康成), was an influential Chinese commentator[1] and Confucian scholar near the end of the Han Dynasty. He was born in modern Weifang, Shandong, and was a student of Ma Rong.

Like his teacher, he was a member of the Old Text School that was challenging the state orthodox New Text School. His contemporary rival was He Xiu (Chinese: 何休, 129-182). Zheng is notable for his syncretic attempt to bridge the two centuries of rivalry between the two schools. He adopted the strengths of each school in the interpretation of the Confucian classics although he usually favored the Old Text teachings. He was very influential but the government never officially adopted his teachings. The Han Dynasty was already in decline during his lifetime and collapsed a generation after his death. Both schools did not survive the chaos but Zheng’s conception of Confucianism would be the mainstream interpretation for centuries.

In 200, during the Battle of Guandu, Zheng was ordered by the warlord Yuan Shao to Yuan’s stronghold (in modern day Daming County, Hebei Province), where he died of illness in June.

The commemorative shrine of Zheng Xuan in Shandong was rebuilt under supervision of Ruan Yuan

Ann Wilson (Webb)






November 13, 1612 (62)
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom

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Daughter of Sir Henry Alexander Webb, I and Grace Webb
Wife of Rev. Dr. William Wilson
Sister of Humphrey Webb; Sir Alexander Webb, I; Agnes O’Dell / Hill / Arden; Henry Webb, Jr.; Mary Arden Webb and 8 others


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