Sunday, May 30, 2010

Isabel Cheyne Hay Line

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Gilbert Grey

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Elizabeth England & Silas Morphew

Y-Dna Marker Tests for Different Morphew Descendants

To date (January 2009), two Morphew descendants have had their y-dna tested and their results are posted at under the Morphew surname. 35 out 37 y-dna markers matched proving their relationship.

Their most recent possible common ancestor should be J. Morphew (~1725 - <1783) and their descendant lines were:

1- J. Morphew (~1725-<1783), 2- Silas Morphew ~1752-1807, 3- Uriah Morphew/Murphy ~1780->1840, 4-Hiram Morphew/Murphy ~1815->1860, 5-Abijah F. Murphy 1847-1888, 6-William Robert Murphy 1877-1945 and on for 7 generations

1-J.Morphew (~1725-<1783), 2-James Morphew ~1750-1829, 3-Joseph Morphew ~1771->1820, 4-James Morphew 1805-1871, 5-Rev. William H. Morphew 1829-1912, 6-Riley H. Murphy 1853-1935 and so on for 8 generations.

Y-Dna marker comes from the y-chromosome and only males can pass this on. This makes for an excellent test confirming Morphew lines.

Adult Locations for Silas and Elizabeth England

Silas Morphew + Elizabeth England lived in the following locations, some still being speculative.

1775 Chatham County, N. C: Marriage of Silas Morphew to Elizabeth England.

1783 Guilford County, N.C: Guilford County Quakers mention Silas has moved.

1785/86 Surry County, N.C: tax lists

1790 Burke County, N.C: "Silas Murphy" on U.S. Census list with the Englands.

1807 Burke County, N.C: "Silas Murphey" recorded death near Morganton.

1810 Wilkes County, N.C: Elizabeth Murphey near sons Silas and Uriah.

1814-1823? Knox County, Tn: Children marry here: Silas, Obediah, and Jennie.

1830 Roane County, Tn: Elizabeth Murphey - head of household on U.S. Census.

Details about Silas and Elizabeth Morphew – 1775 to 1807

Silas married Elizabeth England at Chatham County, N.C. in 1775. Why Chatham County has been the source of much speculation, but it has not be researched yet. John England was clearly living in Rowan County, N.C. in 1768 (tithable record) and in the newly divided off Surry County in 1771 (tithable record). In fact, what were both doing in Chatham? Arlie Morphew speculated that John England, father of Elizabeth, traveled back and forth to his father, William England, in Chatham County.

Silas Morphew was considered a Tory by someone, at least enough to attempt to hang him. We don’t know the year, which could tell us more of the story. The years could be from 1775 to 1781. After the war, Tory lands and property were seized. In Wilkes County, Benjamin Cleveland hunted down his enemies for hanging. Cyrus Grubb states Silas was saved when a woman held him up by the legs till help came. In this case, Silas needed to leave the area for a safer site and, perhaps, we will find him living in an unusual location. He does give us one clue. The Quaker Church records at Deep River (Guilford County) note the following:

Deep River, Guilford County, North Carolina Quaker Meeting on their 7th month 1783: “Silas Murphy having been under the care of the preparative meeting, now requests to be joined in membership which this meeting grants (From Quaker microfilm records at Guilford Collage).” The Quaker Encyclopedia indicated he had moved.

The 1785 Surry County, North Carolina taxables list "Silas Murphy" and 1786 "Silas Murphew," but Silas has no acreage.

The 1786 Census of Surry County, N.C. lists Silas Murphy in Captain Wright’s district and shows 1 male 21-60 years of age, 3 males under 21 and above 60, 2 white females all ages. His brother James is also listed here.

The 1790 Burke County, North Carolina Census records Silas “Murphy” and in the same county is Daniel England, John England Sr., John England Jr., Joseph England, and Thomas England, all related to his wife Elizabeth. In July 1790, Silas Murphey is recorded present at the Wilkes County estate inventory sale of Youngs Coleman. His sister, Sarah, was Coleman’s widow. In 1791, a Yakin County Land Grant Map (formerly Surry County) shows “Silas Morphew” with a land grant near Forbis Creek (details not known). This may be seen at .

In 1795, Silas is mentioned in the will of John England, father of Elizabeth, which was probated at Burke County. It gives to Silas’s wife “one calf, one cow, no more, no less.” The wording suggests that John England had disapproved of Silas, but the reason is not known. Silas was probably living in Wilkes County at the time.

The membership list at Three Forks Baptist Church (formerly Ashe County, now Watauga County) includes Elizabeth Morphew. The list covered the years 1790 to 1810. If Silas was living there, he entered no land in the South Fork of New River area. The following is recorded:

"On 10 November (1807), Robert Craig, Esq. of Morganton, (died) of a sudden illness. Also Messrs Silas Murphey, John Bryant, Jonathon Duckworth, __ Moor, and Mrs. Mary Bradley, in the vicinity of the same place. All of whom were called in the course of four days of the disease which has proved so epidemical of late, in every quarter of the union." TM, Thursday, 10 December 1807, Volume 3, page 4, as entered in "Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers 1799-1819," Volume One.

Silas' death was confirmed in the 1810 Wilkes County Census which lists Elizabeth Murphy head of the household, with possible names added:

Elizabeth Murphey - 1810 U.S. Census of Wilkes County:

2 females 0-<10; 1 female 10-<16; 2 females 16-<26 - Rhoda, Jennie, Peggy,Kizzy, and Sallie.

1 female 45+ - Elizabeth Morphew

3 males 16-<26 – Silas, John M., Aaron (Where is James?)

Comment: Note that one son is missing here and Uriah Murphy/Morphew has his own Wilkes Census. Some of Elizabeth's daughters seem rather young and that raises questions.

Last Years of Elizabeth Morphew (1808 – 1830+)

After this point in time, the trail of Elizabeth England Morphew becomes hard to follow. Until recently, she was thought to be the oldest female in the 1820 and 1830 household of Silas Murphy, who lived in the Burke County, North Carolina. Evidence is increasing that this Silas belonged to James Morphew (born ~1750) and that the correct Silas Murphy/Morphew, Jr. had migrated to Tennessee to become a Private in the War of 1812-1814. An 1830 Census of Roane County, Tennessee records an Elizabeth Murphy who must be our Elizabeth England Morphew. She was head of the household and was born between 1750-1760. This same 1830 Census lists Obediah Murphy and John McCarroll, who married Permelea Morphew. Elizabeth does not appear again, but by 1840, Uriah Murphy is now in the same county.

The Old Morphew Cemetery in Watauga County, North Carolina

It is not known where Silas or James were buried. However a very old Morphew cemetery is located in Watauga County, North Carolina, on a mountain top along the eastern bank of the South Fork of New River. Readable grave stones belong to descendants of Silas, including Cyrus Grubb, who furnished some of the earliest clues about the clan. As one inspects the rows of Morphew stones, the dates become older as one walks east. In the eastern-most gave stones, the writing is no longer legible, and one wonders if these belong to Silas and James and even Mary Morphew, wife of the first known Morphew who probably immigrated to America.

The cemetery is located 7-8 miles east of Boone, North Carolina, and approximately 3 1/2 miles north. Drive east from Boone, N.C. along route 421/221 to the church center called Laxon (still in Watauga County), turn Northwest on old state highway road for 0.7 miles, then north on county road 1353 (Hardin Road). As one drives north, a small creek will meander along the west side of the road. This creek suddenly turns west to empty into the South Fork of New River. Not far from this point may be seen the cemetery on top of a high hill along the west side of the road.

Letter by Mrs. Marion M. Ingram of Robbinsville, N.C. (1971)

“I am very much interested in the problems of the Morphews during and following the War of Independence. Because it was so much earlier than the Civil War, accounts are dim. As fond as I am of Silas, the first, I do not believe that the story is quite true, at least the hanging. The story my father told me is so vividly impressed upon my memory.”

“My father never told any of these gruesome tales about his forebearers, so when my brother, as a young boy, came home from Ash County and Watauga where he had been visiting, he had heard even wilder tales concerning the adventures of the Morphews and Greers and Grubbs. What Cleveland’s men had failed to do, the Yankees did! And to cap it all, the Grubbs told him that one Morphew, Silas, had been hanged! We had something at last, on the Wiggins and Deveres – none of them could match a tale like the one we had about Silas. When my father heard that my brother was telling this tale about Silas Morphew being in some big battle and getting hanged and rescued, he told us that it was not true. The reason I remember it so vividly, I was so disappointed! My father said that Silas Morphew and his wife were visiting cousins. Rumors were going around that rewards were being offered for the capture of Tory Spies. Some rough necks, my father called them, came to the house and accused young Silas of being a spy. They marched him out across the clearing and into the woods. His wife and cousin followed along begging and crying and entreating hard and fast, then they began to interrogate him. To each question they asked, Silas is reported to have answered with a riddle. Finally the men went off and left Silas, and no wonder, bested as they were at every turn with the riddles. Despite not being hanged, Silas seems to have emerged from his ordeal as a hero, for, according to my father, that spot where Silas was tried was named Riddle Gap. (Uncle Jim Morphew told me the men heard a noise and left Silas.) There is a Riddle Creek in Watauga County, a Riddle Gap in Yadkin, and a place once called Riddle in Surry.”

A Second Letter by Mrs. Marion M. Ingram (1971)

Greer Medicinal Herbs by Leah Greer Barrow

“The Morphews and Greers got their “cash money” by gathering medicinal herbs and roots high up in the mountains and carrying them many miles to the trading centers. In later years, several of the Greers and Morphews established a huge crude drug plant.”

Leah Greer Barrow added that her grandfather John U. Greer was born in Ashe County, North Carolina in 1867 and died 1972 in Pike County, Kentucky. Lean "grew up digging Mayapple and Bloodroot for my grandfather. He wouldn't let us dig the gensing. He would pay us a little money and then he would lay it out to dry. He then took it to his cousin for money. ...I ran into a girl in Aiken, South Carolina with the name tag of Greer. She married the grandson of R.G. Greer in Pikeville, Kentucky that had the herb business. She told me that they were back in business. My nephew lives in our home place and he sells the ginseng around $450.00 a pound. His first cousin had an herb company in Pikeville, Kentucky, and it is still in operation today." (e-mails courtesy Leah Greer Barrow, 9 and 10 April 2006).

Letter of Arlie C. Morphew, April 30, 1971

The England Link to Chatham County, North Carolina

“A descendant of John England, Bess A. Machtley of West Chester, Pa. has quite a book on the Englands, and I will quote a ...reason (why) John England went to Chatham County, N.C. before moving on to Burke County by 1790. Mrs. Machtley is a descendant of Aaron England, son of John England.”

“William England, born Tyrone Ireland, came with the first Scotch-Irish immigration to Chester County, Pa., and was the first known England to settle in America. He located in Somerset County, Maryland, after marrying 1st to Elizabeth Wilcox or Wilcoxin. One son was born - William England. He married 2nd to Mary Watson, daughter of William Watson, Gloucester, N.J. There were four sons to this 2nd marriage, all born in Maryland: Daniel, Joseph, Samuel, and John England. With the tide of immigration moving south, he took his family in 1760 to Chatham County, N.C. where he received a large land grant. (The reason John went to Chatham County to see his father before going to Burke County). Of course Silas went along to get Elizabeth, but was back in the vicinity of Deep River Quakers. Very shortly thereafter, Mrs. Machtley says there is some doubt about John England’s religion, maybe none, but we do know that Elizabeth was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. Mrs. Machtley says she lived down the road from the land of Goshen Quaker meeting house and cemetery.”

In the same letter, Arlie changes the subject: “Another Morphew has popped up – Jesse Morphew, who died in 1810 and had 2560 acres of land in one tract and another 2500 acres, purchased in 1809, all in White County, Tennessee. On May 15, 1811, an inventory of his estate was made by Uriah Morphew and presented to the courts on that date (will book A-10). Now this is something else - for who was Jesse Morphew and why would Uriah Morphew be inventorying his estate?”

Christopher Stokes & Prudence Ivy

Here cometh the story:

Back in England in the early 1600s, there were two brothers, Thomas and Christopher Stokes. Christopher was the elder, inherited the manor of Titherton Lucas, and married Prudence Ivy, while the younger Thomas sailed off down the Avon to go adventuring in Bermuda. Meanwhile, Christopher and Prudence had (at least) two sons, again duly named Thomas and Christopher -- the first after the paternal grandfather and the second after the father.

This time Thomas was the elder and stayed home to mind the manor and marry Elizabeth Young while his younger brother Christopher sailed off to go adventuring in Virginia. However, oral tradition has it that Christopher lacked the funds to finance his venture [Thomas was stingey?] so his SISTER-IN-LAW hocked her dowry to pay for his pioneering efforts. [My cousin has verified in old English records that Elizabeth Young Stokes did indeed sell her dowry at the appropriate time.] In gratitude, Christopher promised that in each subsequent generation at least one child would be named in her honor.

In the first couple of Virginia generations, they seem either to have used the name Elizabeth or -- perhaps more likely -- several children died before reaching maturity and have hence not been recorded by history. But beginning with Sylvanus [son of William, who was a son of Christopher] the name Young appears as one of his sons, and the name remains used widely even today as the trademark of the line of Christopher of Titherton Lucas.

My own fanciful twist on this story -- and please don't tell my cousins! -- is that our own dear Chris made off not just with the dowry, but with the woman herself! I have no direct proof of this, but Christopher's wife of clear record was named Elizabeth -- no last name known -- and there is also clear record that brother Thomas back in England did later take a second wife -- with no trace as to whatever became of his wife #1, Elizabeth Young.

Hope this is of some help to you, and good luck in your quest!

captain thomas mumford

Thomas Mumford.

The first Mumford name in Virginia was Thomas Mumford I. He was one of 120 settlers who arrived in the colony in the John & Francis and the Phenix about February 1608/9. The “First Supply,” as they called this tiny fleet, dropped anchor at Jamestown only about nine months after the first colonists arrived there on 13 May 1607. Mumford was among the small band of fourteen explorers who accompanied Capt. John Smith on his exploration of Chesapeake Bay in 1608. Thomas also accompanied Captain Smith on his second voyage leaving Jamestown 20 July and returning 7 September 1608. Smith mentioned Thomas frequently in his narratives. Mumford was a member of the Second Virginia Company of London in 1609 and so he may have returned to England. Back in Virginia, he acquired three patents for land, all near the Nansemond River. They were for 200 acres on 5 March 1646/7 , for 700 acres on 24 October 1650 , and for 300 acres on 18 February 1664/5. This Thomas Mumford is likely the ancestor of the Mumford and Munford families of Virginia. Some early records depict the name “Mountford.” Because of the similarity of names, we believe that Thomas was the father of two children who later appeared in the records of York and Gloucester Counties: Thomas <7236.htm> [7236.1] and Edward Mumford <7236.htm> [7236.2].

Friday, May 28, 2010


Cecily Reynolds

The Sister of Christopher Reynolds of Isle of Wight VA?
by Susan E. Clement and Sybil R. Taylor
© 1992 Reynolds Family Association

Reynolds History Annotated (1475-1977)
Compiled by William Glasgow Reynolds
Copyright 1978 by W.G. Reynolds
Rockville MD: Mercury Press, 1978

Except where noted, the following is verbatim from book except for "..." (material which has no value as a source of proof) with reference at end of sentence or paragraph to which it pertains, and W.G. Reynolds' annotation. Roman numerals after a person's name supplied by W.G.R. to differentiate between individuals with same name.

The first Reynolds to reach the New World was an 11 year old girl named Cecily.

Cecily arrived at the VA Colony in Jamestown Aug 1610 aboard the Swan [1]. She came without her parents but under the auspices of several near relatives of Dorsetshire England.

[1] Hotten, Lists of Emigrants to American 1600-1700, p 209; Nugent Cavaliers and Pioneers, p XXX: "Her arrival was a year before 1611, the year that gave birth to the King James Version of the Holy Bible..."]

The name "Cecily" was an hereditary one [2].

[2] Ray, Index and Digest to Ray's NC Historical & Genealogical Register, p 135.

Her mother's maiden name had been Cecily Phippen before she was married around 1594 to Thomas Reynolds (II) [3]

[3] "Thomas Reynolds (II) had a near relative, William Reynolds (I) who attained distinction from a bequest in William Shakespeare's will, whereby he bequeathed 25 shillings 'to William Reynolds, Gent. to buy him a ring.' This will was dated Mar 1616 and was proved at Stratford-on-Avon England Jun 1616." See Bentley, A Handbook of Shakespeare, p 59].

...Her [Cecily's] father, Robert Phippen, sprang from grandfather Joseph Phippen whose wife was Cecily's great-grandmother Alice Pierce. Alice Pierce's forebears have been traced to 1475, which means that this line of Reynolds is now documented on the distaff side back half a millennium to the times of Christopher Columbus.

[4] The lineage of this Pierce family is set forth in Ray, Index & Digests to Hathaway's NC Historical & Genealogical Register, p 135. See also Appendix E [Pierce Lineage Chart, which see later in this article.]

A grandson of Alice Pierce's brother was a Capt William Pierce (III) who, with his wife Joan, served as chaperon to young Cecily Reynolds after her voyage to VA [5].

[5] Ray, Index & Digest to Hathaway's NC Historical & Genealogical Register, p 135. "She lived in their home where she met and married the first of her several husbands, Thomas Bailey."

Thomas Bailey was a member of the Governor's Guard at Jamestown.... Young Bailey became a victim of malaria. He left his widow with a young daughter, Temperance Bailey, who had been born in 1616 [6].

[6] Ibid. Note 5. "It is believed that Thomas Bailey's father was Samuel Bailey."

In accordance with the custom of the Colony, Cecily promptly remarried [7].

[7] "A male protector was an absolute necessity for the safety of the early female settlers in VA. For this reason we frequently find widows marrying within a few weeks or months after the death of their husbands, their newly acquired mate joining with the widow in the administration upon her deceased husband's estate...We find many 'much married persons' among these early immigrants." Hathaway, NC Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol I, No 2, p 310.

Her 2d husband was Samuel Jordan (I), a cousin of her mother, who had been previously married in England, and after the death of his first wife migrated to America. He came to VA on the 1610 voyage of the "Sea Venture" [8].

[8] "The detailed history of this Jordan migration will be found in Ray, Index & Digest to Hathaway's NC Historical & Genealogical Register, p 135. "The 'Sea Venture' left England in 1609. Sir Thomas Gates and Captain William Pierce (III) were fellow passengers with Samuel Jordan (I). The ship ran aground in West Indies and did not arrive at Jamestown until 1610." See Boddie Colonial Surry, p 21-22.

He settled first at "Jordan's Journey" near the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers; later added large holdings on the south bank of the James at Jordan's Point, where he built a house called "Beggar's Bush" named after a popular London theatrical performance at the time. [9]

[9] Samuel Jordan's home on the south bank of the James "he had named 'Beggar's Bush' after a popular play at the time..." in London. Hale Virginia Venturer, p 81.

. . .

As the 'Mayflower' was unloading in New England back in 1620 ... Cecily and Samuel Jordan, along with the surviving stockholders of the first Virginia Company were honored with the label of "Ancient Planters," given legal title to their lands and various immunities and privileges in connection with their use, as rewards earned by their perseverance in establishing the first permanent beachhead of English colonization on American soil...

Nugent, p 226: To all to whom these presents shall come etc Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting. Know yee that I George Yardley Knight, Governor and Capt. Genll. of Virginia etc. by verture of the great Charter of orders and lawes concluded on in a great and Genll. Quarter Court by the Treasurer Councill and Company of Adventurers and planters for this first Southern Colony of Virginia (according) to the authority granted them by his Majtie under the great Seal) and by them dated at London the Sixteenth of November 1618 and directed to myself and the Councill of Estate here resident, do with the appraobation and consent of the same Councill who are joined in Condicion with mee Give and grant to Samuel Jourdan of Charles Citty in Virga. Gent, an ancient planter who hath abode ten years Compleat in this Colony and performed all services to the Colony that might any way concern him etc and to his heirs and assignes for ever for part of his first genll. dividend to be augmented &c, 450 acs. on his personal right, etc. and out of the rules of Justice, equity and reason and because the Company themselves have given us president in the like kind of the personall claim of Cecily his wife an ancient planter also of nine years continuance, one hundred acres more and the other 250 acs. in recompence of his trans. out of England at his own charges of five servants, namely John Davies, who arrived in 1617 for whose passage the sd. Samuel hath paid to the Cape. Mercht., Thomas Matterdy bound apprentice to sd. Samuel by indenture in England dated 8 Oct 1617; Robert Marshall brought out of England by Capt. Burgrave in May 1619, at the costs of sd. Samuel; Alice Wade the same year in the George, etc., & Thomas Steed in the Faulcon in July 1620; and maketh choice in 3 several places: one house & 50 acs. called --ilies Point [Bailies Point] in Charles hundred, bordering E. upon the gr. river, W. upon the main land, S. upon John Rolfe and N. upon the land of Capt. John Wardeefe; 2ndly, 1 tenement containing 12 acs., etc., encompassed on the W. by Martins Hope, now in tenure of Capt. John Martin, Master of the Ordinance; & 388 acs. in or near upon Sandys his hundred, towards land of Temperance Baley, W. upon Capt. Woodlief, etc. To have etc. Yielding & paying to the sd. Treasurer & Company & Provided, & c.
Given at James City 10 December 1620 and Signed
George Yardley
Fr. Pory, Secr.
This patent certifeid to the Treasurer. Lawr. Hulett. At a Genll. Ct. held at James Citty Oct. 20, 1690, Present: The Right Honble. Francis Nicholso, their Maj. Lt. Richard Bland, the patent being for 450 acs. in Chas. Citty Co. granted to Mr. Samuel Jordan in 1620, which is truly recorded. Test: R. Beverley, by W. Soward, Cl. Genll. Ct. P.B. No.8, p125.

Footnote 13: "The story of the massacres at the lower plantations on the James is recounted in Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia, pages 35 and 36."

Footnote 14: Hale, Virginia Venturer, pages 81-82: "Far up the James at Jordan's Point, stalwart old Samuel Jordan, one of the original Burgesses of the first Assembly, having escaped an early attack and being warned of what was happening by a colonist who rowed over the river to his plantation, gathered together a few stragglers, fortified... 'Beggar's Bush' and lived on there without loss of live despite assaults on the enemy and carnage among his neighbors."

Footnote 15: Ray, Index and Digest to Hathaway's North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, page 135: "But not long after that (the 1622 massacre) Samuel Jordan died... Cecily's third husband was William Farrar (I); they had two sons: John and William (II), the last of whom became the sire of the famous Farrar clan of Virginia." [19]

[19] Ibid. Note 18 {Ray, Index and Digest to Hathaway's North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, page 135}.

She next married Peter Montague; they had 7 children during their 23 years of marriage. When Peter Montague died in 1659, Cecily married, Thomas Parker by whom there were no heirs." [22].

[22] Ray, Index and Digest to Hathaway's North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, page 135.

Beyond this point, the history of 'Aunt Cecily' becomes obscured by the ascendancy of the Independents or Puritans. In that transition, the old plantation aristocracy of which she was a part lost power in the affairs of the Colony. But her original chaperon in America, Captain William Pierce (II) wound up on the winning team in that shuffle. So did her brother, Christopher Reynolds (III)." [23]

[23] For a capsule description of the transition that cast the parliament and the King of England at loggerheads during this period, see White, Concise History of England, pages 93-97.

Thus, Aunt Cecily Reynolds-Baily-Jordan-Farrar-Montague-Parker was able to end out her days in calm assurance that her title "Number One Wife and Mother of America" was abundantly secure." [24]

[24] Ibid. Note 22. {Ray, Index and Digest to Hathaway's North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, page 135}.

Jordan Family

History of the Jordan Family of Surry County, Virginia -- Part 1
Prepared by Joseph Luther
Works in Progress, February 1990



The history of the Jordan family must begin with Captain Samuel Jordan of Dorsetshire, England. Samuel Jordan was a member of the Virginia Company and in June of 1609 set sail from Plymouth Harbor, bound for Virginia. There were nine ships in this fleet, containing some 500 settlers known as the "Third Supply."

The fleet was "caught in the tail of a hurricane" and became part of Shakespeare's immortal tale, TEMPEST. Of the original nine ships, one was sunk, and the flagship, called the Seaventure, was wrecked off the coast of Bermuda. For three days and nights the crew bailed frantically to keep the ship from foundering. In the end, the Seaventure was wedged between two rocks on the coast of Bermuda. Most of the cargo and all hands were salvaged.

The flagship carried Sir Thomas Gates, Governor of the colony; Sir George Somers, commander of the London Company's naval operations; and Vice-Admiral Christopher Newport, commanding the ship. Among the passengers on the flagship Seaventure was Samuel Jordan.

Also on the Seaventure was Silvester Jourdain. Perhaps the first authentic news of the disaster to reach England was Jourdain's pamphlet on the discovery of the "Barmudas" published in London in the late autumn of 1610. Silvester Jourdain (Jourdan) was the son of William Jourdain of Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire. He stayed in Virginia but a few weeks.

The remaining seven ships reached Virginia one by one in August of 1609. The first year for these 300 settlers in Virginia was a dreadful experience. This was known as "the starving time" when the infant colony was reduced from 500 to "a haggard remnant of 60 all told, men, women and children scarecely able to totter about the ruined village."

At the height of the despair, in May of 1610, the leaders finally arrived from the Bermudas in the pinnace Deliverance which had been constructed by the shipwrecked crew. Given the grim situation, a decision was made to abandon the colony in the early summer of 1610.

Just as the settlers were making ready to leave the Virginia colony, Lord Delaware's three ships arrived bringing new hope and courage, and Samuel Jordan.

Samuel Jordan is called "the ancient planter" due to his early arrival in Virginia in 1610. He established himself near Charles City on the plantation which is known as Jourdan's Journey. His age at this time was in excess of thirty years.

Samuel Jordan does not appear in the literature again until 1619, when he was a representative to the first legislative assembly ever to be convened in America. At that session in Jamestown, Samuel Jordan and Samuel Sharpe, both survivors of the Sea Venture, sat side by side as the two representatives of Charles City.

In 1620, married Cecily Reynolds Bailey. This is a young woman of some international reputation and speculation. Much has been written about her various marriages and affairs.

Arriving in the summer of 1610 aboard the Swan, Cicely Reynolds was only ten years of age. Soon after she married William Baily. Samuel Jordan's later land grant would be in an area called Bailey's Point. This was owned by William Baley, the first husband of Cicely Reynolds. They had one child, Temperance Baley, born in 1617, who was named for Temperance Flowerdew, the future wife of General Yardley.

Apparently, William Baley died soon after the marriage, for in 1620, Cicely Reynolds Baley married Samuel Jordan. Cicely Reynolds Baley's mother was Samuel Jordan's first cousin in Dorsetshire. The Jordan ancestor in England, Thomas Jordan of Dorsetshire, had at least two children: Thomas, Jr. and Cicilie. Cicilie, married in 1580 to "Robert Fitzpen als Fippen of Wamouth in Com. Dorset." Their youngest daughter, Cicilie Fitzpen, was born in 1593 and married a man named Reynolds. Their daughter was Cicely Reynolds. Thomas Jordan Jr.'s son, Samuel Jordan, married in Dorsetshire and had three children by this first marriage, including Thomas Jordan who was born in 1600.

The year 1620 is notable here for it is the year in which the Mayflower landed at New Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Jordan line had been in America for ten years prior to the Mayflower.

Samuel Jordan and his wife Cicely are described in their grant, "Samuel Jordan of Charles Citty in Virga., Gent., an ancient planter who hath abode ten years Compleat in this Colony" and "Cecily his wife an ancient planter also of nine years continuance". In the land-grant for 450 acres, "Given at James City 10 December 1620," signed by George Yardley, "Knight, Governor and Capt. Genl. of Virginia, etc."

The land-grant is described as being "in severall places: one house and 50 acs. called Bailies Point in Charles hundred, bordering E. upon the gr. river, W. upon the main land, S. upon John Rolfe and N. upon land of Capt. John Wardeffe; 2ndly, 1 tenement containing 123 aces. etc encompassed on the W. by Martins Hope, now in tenure of Capt. John Martin, Master of the Ordinance; & 388 acs. in or near upon Sandys his hundred, towards land of Temperance Baley, W. upon Capt. Woodlief etc."

Apparently, Samuel Jordan's patent ranks next in date to "the earliest extant patent" which was granted by Governor Sir George Yardley to ancient planter William Fairfax, Yeoman of Charles City.

The adjoining land of John Rolfe is of special interest. It was John Rolfe who married Pocahontas, the Indian princess, in 1614. They were neighbors of Samuel Jordan.

The adjoining lands of Temperance Baley was a tract of 200 acres in the "Territory of Greate Weynoke", where "William Baily" and "Samuell Jordan" had tracts of land also. Apparently Temperance Baley's share had been allotted to her as "the sole heir of her father" under the law of 1618. In essence, Samuel Jordan also controlled these lands, as Temperance was not more than three years of age at the time.

It should be noted that Temperance Baley later became the first wife of Richard Cocke and mother of his two oldest sons, Richard of Bremo and Thomas of Malvern Hills. They were married about 1637. Richard Cocke was County Commandant of Henrico, a member of the House of Burgesses, from Weyanoake in 1632 and from Henrico in 1654. His son, Thomas Cocke, married Mary Brashare, sister of Margaret, who became the wife of Thomas Jordan, son of Samuel Jordan.

In 1622, there were Indian raids in the area. Samuel Jordan brought his neighbors into his home "Beggars Bush" at Jourdan's Journey and from this fortified position held off the Indians until relieved.

Samuel Jordan died in 1623, leaving two children by his marriage to Cicely: Mary Jordan and Margery Jordan. He also left his step-daughter, Temperance Baley, as well as his three children by his first marriage in Dorsetshire.

Immediately after the death of Samuel, Jordan, rich, landed, gay and fascinating Cicely was courted intensely by Parson Greville Pooley and Councillor William Farrar. Cicely discarded Parson Pooley with little ceremony and Farrar moved into Beggers Bush. Word of the scandal, aided by an outraged Pooley, spread through colonial America. Pooley sued and the issue became too much to be handled by the government of Virginia and was remanded to England for disposition. Farrar married Cicely Reynolds Baley Jordan.

Cicely became, in fact, the ancestor of the lines of Jordans and Farrars, as well as the children of Richard Cocke, which includes another line of Jordans. She did all this by the age of 24.


I am buying this tomorrow morning. And I emailed the author.

cecily the cute!

She sounds like a lot of fun!

Cecily was born 1600 in England, and died Abt. 1662 in Charles City, Henrico Co. Virginia. She married (1) Unknown Bailey on Abt. 1616 in Henrico Co. Virginia. She married (2) Samuel Jordan on Bef. December 01, 1620 in Henrico Co. Virginia. She married (3) William Farrar on Bet. January 03, 1624/25 - May 02, 1625 in Charles City, Henrico, Co. Virginia, son of John Farrer and Cecily Kelke.

Notes for Cecily:
"CECILY" She was said to have introduced the art of flirting in Virginia... she was the original southern belle, and no doubt beautiful for she won the hearts of some of the colony's outstanding citizens. The fascinating Cecily earned her reputation as a heartbreaker and a place in history when she became the object of the first breach of promise suit in America. There is much myth and speculation, but few facts truly known about this often married elusive lady of whom so many today claim descendancy. There has long been a mystery surrounding the little girl who arrived in Jamestown at the tender age of ten, and received the distinction of "Ancient Planter." Genealogists have long pondered the question, "Who was Cecily"?

FACTS: Cecily was born in England about 1600. In June 1610, at age ten, Cecily sailed from the port of London aboard the "Swan" arriving at the Jamestown Colony in late August 1610. The "Swan" was one of a fleet of three ships belonging to Sir Thomas Gates, which along with the "Tryall" and the "Noah" carried 250 passengers and a years worth of provisions for 400 men. Fortunately for Cecily she arrived well supplied because the previous year 1609 had been known as that dreadful "starving time" when the infant colony was reduced from about 500 souls to "a haggard remnant of 60 all told, men, women and children scarcely able to totter about the ruined village". The only surviving record of the passengers on the "Swan" are Cecily "Sisley Jordan" and ten other persons named in the Virginia Muster of early 1624/25 taken 14 years after the voyage.

Passengers from the Port of London on the Swan to Virginia, June - August 1610:

Biggs, Richard . . . . . . .Age 41 in Virginia Muster, January 22, 1624/5.
Bouldinge, Thomas . . . Age 40 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
Fludd, John . . . . . . . . . See name in Virginia Muster, January 21, 1624/5
Garnett, Thomas . . . . . Age 40 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
Jordan, Sisley . . . . . . . Age 24 in Virginia Muster, January 21, 1624/5.
Lupo, Albiano (Lt.) . . . .Age 40 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
Stepney, Thomas . . . . .Age 35 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
Taylor, John . . . . . . . . Age 34 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
Waine, Amyte . . . . . . Age 30 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
Gates, Thomas (not Sir)..Age ? in Virginia Muster, January 21, 1624/5, arrived 1610, not 1609.
Wright, Robart . . . . . . . Age 45 in Virginia Muster, February 4, 1624/5, arrived 1610, 1608.

FACT: It is not known for certain who Cecily's parents were, who brought her to Virginia, or who raised her in Virginia.

MYTHS ABOUND: Some researchers have assumed her name was Greene because there was a Cecily Greene listed in "Hakluyt's List of Immigrants to Virginia" before 1624. The most popular myth of all is that she was Cecily Reynolds, daughter of Thomas Reynolds and Cecily Phippen (Fitzpen) and sister of Christopher Reynolds, arriving in America in 1610 with her mother and brother. Amazingly the Reynolds' daughter Cecily is listed in numerous Ancestral File and IGI records in the LDS Family Search files as born in 1575, 1586, 1594, 1595, 1600, 1601 & 1605 and all with absolutely no sources to support the dates given. Some alternately list her mother as Jane Phippen, a twin, rather than Cecily Phippen; some list any one of a combination of five supposed husbands, and Cecily's death dates also vary just as widely: 1610, 1620, 1637, 1656, 1659, Sept. 12, 1660, 1662 & 1677. The problem with the theory of Cecily being Thomas Reynolds and Cecily Phippen's daughter Cecily was that the most plausable records place her birth circa 1575-1586 with a death date as early as 1610-20, therefore she was about a generation older than our Cecily (born 1600) and died young. Another variation speculates that Cecily was the first "Reynolds" to reach America, arriving in 1610 with "Uncle Billy Pierce" actually her cousin, but he arrived on the Seaventure 1609-10 along with Samuel Jordan, of whom there is also speculation of a family connection. Christopher Reynolds arrived on the "John & Francis" in 1622.

Another fascinating speculation arises- going back some 50 years before Cecily's birth- The "will of John Yerdely of Myles Grene" of Audeley, Co. Stafford, England, dated in 1558 and proved in 1559, it names "Cicilye my wife" and "John GERNETT, my son in law", and the will of Ralph Yerdley of Audeley, Co. Stafford, gentleman, dated 1587 and proved in 1588 not only states that the testator's father was "William Yerdeley, gentleman" and that his brothers are John and George Yerdley, but he was also appointed as one of the executors of a "kinsman" named "William BOULTON" (Boulding?). --The significance of these names, besides "Cicilye" Yerdley, mentioned in these wills is that there were two men with the surnames- "Bouldinge" and "Garnett" who arrived on the Swan in 1610 along with Cecily and are listed in the 1624/25 Virginia Muster.

Sir George Yeardley was the son of Ralph Yardley, citizen and merchant tailor London; and Sir George Yeardley's brother was Ralph Yardley, "citizen and Apothecarie of London". Exactly what was the link between the Yerdley's of Staffordshire and the Yardley's or Yearle's of London is not known but it is likely that there was some tie of kinship between them both and the little girl "Sislye" who sailed for Virginia in the Swan in 1610. Two of her fellow passengers on that boat were Thomas Garnett, a servant of the famous Indian fighter Captain William Powell, and one Thomas Boulding (Bouldin), who was then twenty-six years old. Neither of them could have been Sislye's father, but the name Thomas Garnett is strangely reminiscent of "Thomas Gernett" who more than fifty years before was the son-in-law of John Yerdley and his wife "Cicilye", and there is a close resemblance between Thomas Boulding's name and that of Ralphe Yerdley's "kinsman" William Bouldin. Perhaps William Bouldin (Boulding), yeoman, who, together with his wife Mary, also came to Virginia in 1610 (whether in the Swan or on another ship) was Sislye's father, but nothing more is known of this couple from the day they came ashore. Not so, however with Thomas Boulding (Bouldin, Bolding, Bolden) "of Elizabeth Cittie Co., Yeoman and Ancient Planter:, and Thomas Garnett, for both of them gradually acquired tracts of land in Virginia and were apparently living side by side as late as 1635.

FURTHERMORE: Based on naming patterns and proximity Cecily seems to have had a close connection to Governor and Lady Yeardley - Temperance Flowerdew, who became Lady Yeardley, and arrived in Virginia in 1609 on the "Falcon" (her husband and Samuel Jordan were aboard the ill-fated Seaventure, presumed lost at sea, but joyfully to all arriving in May 1610). Temperance Flowerdew and Cecily may have been related or simply became friends. Whatever the connection Cecily's first child Temperance Bailey was believed to be the namesake of Temperance Flowerdew.

FACT: There is strong circumstancial evidence that Cecily, at about age 16, married her first husband and had daughter Temperance Bailey from this union about 1617, and was widowed before 1620. Even though solid proof is lacking it is generally accepted as fact that Cecily was the mother of Temperance Bailey based on the two Musters of Jordan's Journey of February 16, 1623 and January 21, 1624/5, land patents and deeds, and wills in the Cocke family into which Temperance Bailey married. Lineage societies accept the descendants of Temperance Bailey Cocke as proven.
SPECULATION: Without stating any sources for the following details some researchers have written that Cecily's first husband was either John or Thomas Bailey, who came to Virginia in 1612 sponsored by William Pierce... he was a young member of the Governor's Guard stationed at Jamestown... He and Cecily were married in the home of William Pierce in Jamestown... The young couple lived at Bailey's Point, Bermuda Hundred... and Bailey died of malaria shortly after the marriage. There are no records to support these details, only the existence ot Temperance Bailey.

As was the custom of the time it was an absolute necessity for the safety of the early female settlers to have a male protector. For this reason we frequently find widows marrying within a few weeks or months following the death of their husbands. Cecily 20, promptly married her much older neighbor Samuel Jordan 42, shortly before December 1620. Cecily was about a year younger than Samuel Jordan's eldest son. Samuel had been previously married in England with four known children, but after his first wife died he immigrated to America in 1609 aboard the "Seaventure" which was shipwrecked off Bermuda, not arriving in Virginia till May 1610. He was a member of the initial House of Burgesses of the Colony in 1619 where the first specific instance of genuine self-government emerged in the British Colonial Empire.

Samuel and Cecily settled at "Beggar's Bush" later renamed "Jordans Journey" near the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers southside. One of Sir George Yeardley's first acts was to grant a patent of land at James City on Dec. 10, 1620 to Samuel Jordan of Charles City in Virginia. Gent. an ancient planter "who hath abode ten years Compleat in the Colony" and to "Cecily his wife an ancient planter also of nine years continuance." The land grants for being "Ancient Planters" were the rewards they had earned by their perseverance in establishing the first permanent beachhead of English colonization on American soil.

Samuel Jordan later added large holdings on the south bank of the James at Jordan's Point. On the point jutting out into the James River, Samuel and Cecily developed a large home plantation later renamed "Jordan's Journey," consisting of a palisaded fort enclosing 11 buildings. They were soon expanding their family too with the arrival of daughter Mary Jordan, born in 1621 or early 1622.

Baby Mary Jordan probably had no memory of that fateful day of the vernal equinox, 22 March 1622, when the Great Indian Massacre fell on the colony like a thunderbolt from the sky. Powhattan's tribe tried to wipe out the entire English Colony in a concerted uprising on Good Friday. Fortunately for the Jordans they received a forewarning of the plot in sufficient time to fortify "Beggar's Bush" against attack. Early that morning Richard Pace had rowed with might and main three miles across the river from Paces Paines to Beggars Bush to warn Samuel Jordan of the impending blow. Without losing an instant, Samuel Jordan summoned his neighbours from far and near and gathered them all, men, women and children, within his home at Beggar's Bush, "where he fortified and lived in despight of the enemy." So resolutely was the place defended, that not a single life was lost there on that bloody day. They were also able to save their buildings and most of the livestock. The agony and terror of the women and children huddled together in the farthest corner of the little stronghold can only be imagined. The next day their neighbor Mr. William Farrar reached "Beggar's Bush" a few miles journey from his plantation on the Appomattox River. Ten victims had been slaughtered at his home and he himself had barely escaped to safety at the Jordan's where circumstances would force him and other survivors to remain for some time. About one third of Virginia colonists died during the Indian Massacre including Samuel's son Robert Jordan at Berkley Hundred in Charles City while trying to warn neighbors across the water of the impending Indian attack. In those days most people got around by boat and freely went from one side of the river to the other.

Less than a year later in early 1623 Samuel Jordan passed away at the home he built later known as Jordan's Journey. Cecily was soon due to give birth to their second child. Samuel Jordan is known to have died prior to the February 16, 1623 census of Virginia colonists because his name is conspicuously missing from the list of inhabitants at Jordan's Journey and his and Cecily's second daughter Margaret had recently been born:

From Persons of Quality: "A List of Names; of the Living in Virginia, February the 16, 1623"
At Jordan's Jorney
Sislye Jordan
Temperance Baylife
Mary Jordan
Margery Jordan
William Farrar"
(37 more names follow the above listed.)

After Samuel Jordan died Cecily 23, was left with daughter Mary 2, her eldest daughter Temperance Bailey 6, and another child soon to be delivered. Reverend Greville Pooley, age 46, who had conducted Samuel Jordan's funeral service, proposed to Cecily only four days afterwards. She apparently consented, feeling the need for a protector, but subject to the engagement being kept secret due to the timeliness of Samuel's death and her pregnancy. However, Rev. Pooley "spread the word" of the engagement, and this so ired the young widow that she refused to go through with the wedding. Soon afterwards Cecily accepted another proposal of marriage and became engaged to William Farrar who had been living at Jordan's Journey since the massacre. Undaunted, the enraged Rev. Pooley brought suit for breach of promise to compel Cecily to marry him. When the Parson sued on June 14, 1623, he accused the lady of having jilted him and alleged that it was nothing short of "Skandelous" for Mr. Farrar, his rival, to be "in ordinary dyett in Mrs. Jordan's house and to frequent her Company alone." This was the celebrated case of its day. William Farrar, trained for the law in England and the executor of Samuel Jordan's estate, was enlisted by Cecily to represent her.

The Governor and Council could not bring themselves to decide the questions and continued the matter until November 27, 1623, then referred the case to the Council for Virginia in London, "desiring the resolution of the civil lawyers thereon and a speedy return thereof." But they declined to make a decision and returned it, saying they "knew not how to decide so nice a difference." Reverend Pooley was finally persuaded by the Reverend Samuel Purchase to drop the case. As a result on January 3, 1624/25, the Reverend Pooley signed an agreement freely acquitting Mrs. Jordan from her promises. Cecily then formally "contracted herself before the Governor and Council to Captain William Farrar."

The Governor and Council of the Colony were so stirred by the extraordinary incident that they issued a solemn proclamation against a woman engaging herself to more than one man at a time. Passage of this law for the protection of Virginia bachelors gave Cecily a place in history. And there is not in Virginia any known record that this edict has ever been revoked.

That the first breach of promise case in this country was filed by a parson is commentary on the times. Although ministers were carefully selected, the salary was very small and Pooley can hardly be blamed for being alert to a chance to feather his nest. The small poplulation afforded little choice of a desirable mate, and insecurity and terror following the Great Massacre the year before would have led any widow to feel need for protection. Due to insecurity of plantation life throughout colonial times, widows often remarried soon after their husband's death, sometimes before settlement of his estate.

A rather dramatic version of events is recounted in the book "The Farrars" by William B. & Ethyl Farrar:
CICILY FARRAR: Interesting accounts of Cicily Jordan Farrar are found whenever the genealogy of the Farrar family is given. Below are portions of two stories:
(After the death of Samuel Jordan)... there was a rush for the hand of his beautiful young wife, led by the Rev. Greville Pooley. Jordan had been in his grave only a day when Pooley sent Capt. Isaac Madison to plead his suit. Cecily replied that she would as soon take Pooley as any other, but as she was pregnant, she would not engage herself she said, "until she was delivered." But the amorous Reverend could not wait, and came a few days later with Madison, telling her "he should contract himself to her" and spake these words: "I, Greville Pooley, take thee Sysley, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold till death do us part and herto I plight thee my troth." Then, holding her by the hand he spake these words, "I, Sysley, take thee Greville, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold till death do us part." Cicily said nothing, but they drank to each other and kissed. Then, showing some delicacy about her condition and the situation she found herself in, she asked that it might not be revealed that she did so soon bestow her love after her husband's death. Pooley promised, but was soon boasting of his conquest, very impetuously for "Sysley" now engaged herself to William Farrar, a member of the Governor's Council. Enraged, Pooley brought suit for breach of promise. The case too much for the the authorities at Jamestown, who referred it to London. The jilted Pooley soon found solace in a bride, it appears, but met a tragic death in 1629, when Indians attacked his house, and slew him, his wife and all his family. (From "Behold Virginia" by G.F. Willison--1951)

Pooley continued as minister for Fleur-Dieu Hundred until his death in 1629, but he does not seem to have been a very peaceful parson, for he was brought into court twice, ironically by William Farrar, for trouble with settlers. At the March 1628 Court "Yt is thought fitt the Mr. ffarrar (then Councilor) at the next meeting of the Court do bring down Mr. Pooley and Edward Auborne to aunswer to such things as shall be objected against them." And on another occasion, after a disagreement with Captain Pawlett, he was brought into court to answer charges against him; however in this case Pawlett was required to apologize. Pooley married and had a family but they are said to have met a tragic death at the hands of the Indians.

During the course of the lawsuit in which he successfully defended Cecily, William Farrar performed the duties of executor of Samuel Jordan's estate in 1623 (Jordan's will does not survive). At a Court held on November 19, 1623, and presided over by Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor, and Christopher Davison, Secretary, records indicate that a warrant was issued "to Mr. Farrar to bring in the account of Mr. Jordan his estate by the last day of December." Another warrant was issued to "Mrs. Jordan, that Mr. Farrer put in security for the performance of her husbands' will." An abstract of the orders were to be delivered to Sir George Yeardley.



WILLIAM FERRAR aged 31 yeares in the Neptune in August 1618.
SISLEY JORDAN aged 24 yeres in the Swan in August 1610.
MARY JORDAN her daughter aged 3 yeares }
MARGARETT JORDAN aged 1 yeare }borne heare
TEMPERANCE BALEY aged 7 yeares }

(There is a single bracket three lines high to the right of the three daughters names, then the words "borne heare" indicating all three girls born in Virginia. William Farrar's age listed as 31 is incorrect. He was ten years older.)

Below the family listing is a section listing "SERVANTS" followed by the names of ten males ages ranging from 16 to 26 years. Following that is a list of food, livestock, ammunition and buildings at Jordan's Journey:

PROVISIONS: Corne, 200 bushells; Fish, 2 hundred.
ARMS AND MUNITION: Powder, 14 lb; Lead, 300 lb; Peeces fixt, 11; Coats of Male, 12.
CATTLE, SWINE ETC: Neat cattell young and old 16; Swine, 4; Poultrie, 20.
HOUSES AND BOATS: Houses, 5; Boats, 2.

MYTH: Cecily is said by some researchers to have had three children with second husband Samuel Jordan. Two daughters- Mary and Margaret, and a son Richard Jordan who married his first cousin Elizabeth Reynolds, daughter of Christopher Reynolds (presuming Cecily was a Reynolds).
FACT: There are no records showing that Cecily and Samuel Jordan had a son Richard. If he existed he must have died before the 1623 and 1624/25 musters of Jordan's Journey on which he is not listed. Cecily was widowed while in the late stages of her pregnancy with youngest daughter Margaret Jordan who would have been a newborn at the time of the 1623 census, and in the 1624/25 muster Margaret Jordan is shown to be "aged 1 years" as would be expected. There was no Richard Jordan, son of Cecily.

William Farrar 42, and Mrs. Cecily Jordan 25, were married shortly before May 2, 1625. Cecily's third husband was the son of John Farrer the elder of Croxton, Ewood, and London, Esquire and Cecily Kelke. He was born into the wealthy landed gentry of Elizabethan England in 1583. The Farrar ancestral estate Ewood had been handed down in the distinguished Farrar family since 1471. William Farrar had arrived in Virginia in August 1618 aboard the "Neptune" and settled a few miles up the Appomattox River from Jordan's Journey. It isn't know if he'd been previously married. William Farrar acquired a ready-made family of females when he married the young, attractive, and wealthy widow Cecily; Mary Jordan 4, Margaret Jordan 2, and Temperance Bailey 8, were thereafter his step-daughters.

Since William Farrar and Cecily Jordan had married, his bond to administer Samuel Jordan's estate was ordered canceled: "At a Court, 2 May 1625, 'Yt is ordered yt Mr. William Farrar's bonde shall be cancelled as overseer of the Estate of Samuel Jordan dec'd."

Within the first year of their marriage William Farrar was given a position of great responsibility when on March 4, 1625/6, Charles I appointed him a member of the King's Council, a position he probably held until just prior to his death in 1636. William and Cecily Farrar continued to reside at Jordan's Journey after their marriage. Records from the Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia 1622-1632 show that William Farrrar was living at Jordan's Journey as late as September 1626, and possibly until 1631/32. William and Cecily Farrar had three children together; the first two born prior to 1631. Their first was a girl named for her mother, Cecily, born about 1625/6. After becoming the mother of four girls there must have been excitement at the birth of Cecily's first son- William Farrar II in 1627. William II, as the first boy, was no doubt the long awaited little prince of the family. His godfather was Captain Thomas Pawlett, who had sailed to Virginia in the "Neptune" in 1618 with William Farrar. Son John was born about 1632 and may have been the only one of Cecily and William Farrar's children to be born at Farrar's Island.

William Farrar's father died in 1628 and William returned to London in the summer of 1631 and sold his sizable inheritance to his brother, Henry Farrar of Berkshire, for £200 in a document dated September 6, 1631. Cecily and their children, Cecily and William, appear in the deed and relinquished their rights to his inheritance. It isn't known whether Cecily or the children accompanied William on the trip to England.
FROM SALE OF WILLIAM FARRAR'S INHERITANCE: "September 6, 1631, indenture between William Farrar of London gent of the one part and Henry Farrer of Reading, Berkshire, Esquire, of the other part. Whereas John Farrer the elder of London Esquire, deceased, bequeathed to William Farrar and Cecily his wife and Cicely and William his children.."

The achievement for which Cecily's husband William Farrar is most remembered is the establishment of Farrar's Island, an estate their descendants would own for 100 years. It was located in what is now Henrico Co. Virginia on a bend in the James River at the former site of the city of Henricus, the second settlement of the colony. The estate consisted of 2000 acres, very large for its day, granted to William Farrar for the transportation of 40 settlers. It was not until after William Farrar's death in 1636, at the age of 54, that the patent for Farrar's Island was granted posthumously by King Charles I to his and Cecily's son William Farrar II on June 11, 1637. Presumedly thrice widowed Cecily Farrar continued to raise her six children at Farrar's Island. Daughter Temperance Bailey married Thomas Cocke in 1637. There are no known records of the fates of Mary and Margaret Jordan. Young Cecily Farrar is said to have married Isaac Hutchins and Henry Sherman, or Michael Turpin? William Farrar II inherited Farrar's Island at the age of ten and followed in his illustrious father's footsteps. Youngest son John Farrar held important offices in the colony, but never married or had offspring. The numerous Farrar descendants of William and Cecily all stem from the elder son, Col. William Farrar II. The name Cecily lived on in the Farrar family as several of her descendants were bestowed as her namesakes.

MYTH: There is speculation that Cecily, widowed again by 1637 (at age 37), married a fourth and fifth time. There has, so far, been no proof of any later marriages for Cecily Bailey Jordan Farrar. She disappears from the records after 1637 and other women named "Cecily", of whom there were several in the colony, have been confused with her.

From Elizabeth Tissot: Many have said, with no proof, that Cecily also married Peter Montague and Thomas Parker. This is FALSE. Cecily Montague was the relict of William Thompson I and had one son William Thompson II who married Ellen Montague, his step sister. Cecily Montague returned to England following the deaths of Peter Montague (in 1659) and her son, William Thompson II. Peter Montague's first wife was Elizabeth and she was mother of all his children.
Source: "A Place in Time, Middlesex Co. VA 1650-1750", by Rutman, pp. 50, 96-98. This is a history of the County of Middlesex which relies on court records.

From- Daughters of The American Colonists, Member #14341 -Mrs.Louise Boone Ratliff: Her papers state Peter Montague, 1st married in 1633 Cecily Watkins -not Matthews, -not Farrar. Her lineage in Vol. 15 also says Peter Montague, 2nd married Elizabeth.
Note: Additionally the marriage of Peter Montague to his Cecily was said to be in 1629 or 1633, both these dates predating the 1636 death of William Farrar, therefore making it impossible for Cecily Bailey Jordan Farrar to be the Cecily that Peter Montague married.
-Peter Montague, born 1603 in England, had come to Jamestown in 1618 aboard the "Charles" at the age of 18 as a headright of Billy Pierce. Peter Montague had six children - Peter, Margaret, William, Ellen, Elizabeth, and Ann with his first wife Elizabeth. He died in 1659 and named his wife Cecily (widow of Thompson) Montague in his will. Evidence shows she was not our Cecily Bailey Jordan Farrar.

-Thomas Parker, the immigrant, died in 1663 in Isle of Wight, Virginia. Parker family researchers are not sure which Thomas Parker of Isle of Wight, Virginia "is said to have married" the widow of a Peter Montague. The unnamed widow of a Peter Montague is mentioned in an Isle of Wight County deed transaction: On May 29, 1683 a patent was issued to Thomas Parker and James "Bagnall" for 470 acres, of which 50 acres granted to Peter Montague, and 40 acres for tranportation of a Negro Francisco. The patent stated that Thomas had married the widow of Peter Montague who had left two daughters Dorothy and Sarah and that Sarah had married James "Bageall."
-Our Cecily Bailey Jordan Farrar would have been 83 years old at the time of this patent, and it has been proven she could not have been the survivng wife of immigrant Peter Montague. Therefore this record does not pertain to the generation of our Cecily or the immigrant Peter Montague who had a widow named Cecily, or to the immigrant Thomas Parker who died in 1663 long before the land patent mentioning the widow of Peter Montague. By all accounts Cecily is estimated to have died years before 1683.

It is thought Cecily Farrar died prior to 1676, probably about 1662, but she may have died much earlier. There is no conclusive proof. Perhaps because her son, Col. William Farrar II, wrote his will in 1676 and doesn't mention his mother in it may be the reason she is presumed deceased before 1676.

Cecily's name survives today on the historical marker in Smithfield, Virginia at the location of "Jordan's Journey," where she lived circa 1620-1631 on the estate of her second husband Samuel Jordan. The marker reads:
Prior to 1619, Native Americans occupied this prominent peninsula along the upper James River, now called Jordan's Point. Arriving in Jamestown by 1610, Samuel Jordan served in July 1619 in Jamestown as a burgess for Charles City in the New Word's oldest legislative assembly. A year later, he patented a 450 acre-tract here known first as Beggar's Bush and later as Jordan's Journey. He survived the massive Powhatan Indian attack of March 1622 here at his plantation, a palisaded fort that enclosed 11 buildings. He remained at Jordan's Journey with his wife, Cicely, and their daughters until his death in 1623."

Today there are impressive brick entrance gates to "Jordan On The James," a high-end residential development. On the pillar is a small insert "c. 1619." In the development there is a road called "Beggars Bush" and outside is "Jordan's Point Road." Nearby one can play golf at Jordan's Point Country Club. The location of Samuel and Cecily Jordan's house, which has perished, was where the base of the Benjamin Harrison Bridge is now that connects both sides of the river. The Jordan Point Yacht Haven is now located at their former home site.

lt. col. richard cocke - 1602-1665

joseph pleasants

Joseph Pleasants 1
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1674 in Bremo, Henrico Co., Virginia
Death: BET 9 SEP 1725 AND 7 FEB 1726 in Henrico Co., Virginia
Burial: Friends Burial Ground near Henrico Co., Virginia
Will: 9 SEP 1725 Henrico Co., Virginia 2
Probate: 7 FEB 1725 Henrico Co., Virginia 3
Joseph Pleasants, son of John Pleasants and Jane Larcombe, married Martha Cocke, daughter of Richard Cocke and Elizabeth Littleberry; Genealogyof the Cocke Family of Virginia by James Southall and The English Descent of John Pleasants (1645-1668) of Henrico Co., Virginia by J. Hall Pleasants, Baltimore, MD, published in different volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. The Pleasants entry does not show Martha's first name.

The Valentine Papers, Vol 1-4, 1864-1908
Pleasants Family
1 June 1698 . George an Indian Boy belonging to Mr. Joseph Pleasants was brought before the Court by his master and was adjudged 8 years old (Henrico Records Feb. 1682-Apr. 1701 , p. 194)
1 Feb. 1698/9 . John Pleasants , of Henrico , for 10,000 lbs tobo. and cask conveyed to his brother Joseph Pleasants two tracts of land known as Pequienocka in Henrico Co. one containing 320 acres purchased by my father John Pleasants decd. of Henry Wyatt , of New Kent Co. by deed 1 April 1697 , the other containing 100 acres purchased by my said father of Giles Webb , by deed 24 Mch. 1696 (Henrico Records 1697-1704 , p. 133)
15 May 1699 . Lycence granted Jos. Pleasants for marriage with Martha Cocke (Ibid. p. 152) 1 Aug. 1699 , Joseph Pleasants vs Mathew Raysons . Action of Debt. Dismisses with costs (Henrico Records, Feb. 1682-Apr. 1701 , p. 232)
22 Oct. 1699 . Joseph Pleasants patent for 98 acres Henrico Co. on Chickahominey Swamp in forks of Queen's Cabin Branch and Chickahominey River and known as John Bottoms Plantation and is King's Land at the foot of a patent granted Capt. Cock, Sr. for transporting 2 persons (Register of the Land Office Book 9, p. 237)
1 May 1700 . Mr. Joseph Pleasants acknowledgeth ye Rect. of ye estate given him by ye last will of his Decd. Father Mr. John Pleasants and upon motion of Mrs. Jane Pleasants ye Exr. it is ordered that ye same be entered upon Record (Henrico Records, Feb. 1682-Apr., 1701 , p. 268)
Received of my Mother Jane Pleasants all the Goods and chattells bequeathed to me in ye last will and testament of my deceased father. I say recd. this 1 day of May 1700 . (signed) Joseph Pleasants (witnesses) Thomas Cardwell (Henrico Records 1697-1704 , p. 168)
21 Aug. 1704 . Mr. Joseph Pleasants by his petition sets forth that his covenant servant woman named Mary Gwinn hath lately had a bastard child in his house. Ordered that said child being a mulatto named Beck be bound to serve said Pleasants according to law; the child as said Pleasants informs the court being now about six months old (Henrico Records, 1677-1692 , p. 46 Orphan's Court)
20 Oct. 1704 . Patent to John and Joseph Pleasants for 286 acres in Henrico Co. on head of Little White oak Swamp (Register of Land office Book 9, p. 268)
1 March 1707 . Joseph Pleasants , Henrico Co. and Martha , his wife, to Thomas Childers of same Co., for L26, conveys land in said Co. N. side James River , on eastermost branch of Four Mile Creek , bounded as in deed from Alexander Makenny to John Bottome dated 10 July 1696 (Henrico Records, 1706-09 , p. 84)
1 June 17-08 . The estate of Thomas Sessiers , indebted to Joseph Pleasants for "souling a pair of shoes 1s-6d and for "16 Bottls. claret L2" (Ibid. 98)
31 July 1708 . Joseph Pleasants , Henrico Co. and parish, and Martha , his wife, to John Alldridge , New Kent Co. Blacksmith, for L50 sterl. convey 50 acres in parish and Co. aforesaid, S. side Chickahominey Swamp , whereon John Bottome formerly dwelt; said land was given to said Joseph Pleasants by the will of his father John Pleasants Senr. but upon asigning said land was found to have relapsed and was granted to John Pleasants the younger, 6 June 1699 and by him sold to said Joseph , by deed 1 August 1705 . (Ibid. p. 104)
10 Oct. 1708 . Joseph Pleasants , of Henrico Co. and parish and Martha , his wife, to Gilly Groomarin , of same, for 9200 lbs. tobo. and cask, convey 47 acres in parish and county aforesaid, on S. side James River , (being part an island) above Porrwhite Creek and falls of the said river, being more particularly bounded as in deed from William Drury and Jeremy Benskin to John Pleasants, Sr. dated 1 Apr. 1697 , which tract of land and island descended to John Pleasants son and heir at law of aforesaid John Pleasants Sr. decd. and by him sold to aforesaid Joseph , by deed 1 August 1705 . (Ibid. p. 117)
6-8ber (Oct.) 1709 . Richard Cocke , Henrico Co. and parish, Merchant and Rebecca , his wife, convey for L10, and 6000 lbs tobo. and cask. 130 acres in Parish and county aforesaid, N. side James River , which said land was purchased of Edward Mathews , decd. by said Cocke, 11 Dec, 1705 . (Henrico Records 1710-1714 , p. 166)
1709 . A List of surveys made in Henrico Co. (recorded 1 July 1710 .) Nov. 14, 1710 Joseph Pleasants , one survey 670 acres, do 550 acres (Ibid. p. 16)
2 Oct. 1710 . Joseph Pleasants vs John Alldridge (Ibid. p. 30)
Jany. 1710 . Joseph Pleasants executor Sarah Mathews , decd. and security for John Redford guardian to John Mathews . Mr. Joseph Pleasants , a Quaker, makes solemn declaration in manner proscribed by law that he attended 5 days as a witness for John Woodson vs Joseph Watson . Ordered that said Woodson pay him for said attendance (Ibid. pp. 30, 34, 36)
March 1710 . Joseph Pleasants , Pltf. vs Elizabeth Perkins , admrx. Nicholas Perkins , decd. Deft. Action of Case L3-10s. 8d. due Plts. by account dated 3 Nov. 1709 . being a Quaker makes affirmation as to truth thereof. Decides for Pltf. (Ibid. p. 48)
Aprl. 1710 , Eleanor Dutsue's Estate due Joseph Pleasants for a parcel of Women's Cloaths, 265 (lbs. tobo) (Ibid. 51) April 1711 , Joseph Bryan 's Estate due Joseph Pleasants for a parcel of Coopers' tools, 105 (lbs. tobo.) (Ibid.)
May 1712 , July 1712 , Nov. 1712 , Feb. 1712 , May 1713 Joseph Pleasants (a Quaker) appears as plaintiff in several suits actions of case and actions of debts (Ibid. pp. 136, 159, 176, 199, 206, 210, 237)
May 1714 . Francis Epes, Jr. Pltff vs John Woodson , John Pleasants and Joseph Pleasants, Defts. Action of case. This cause was referred from court to court. It was instituted by Epes to recover of defendants a certain amount of tobacco paid by him as surveyor to the chain bearers, the said Epes having surveyed lands for the defendants as ordered to do so by the General Court 24 Oct. 17-11 , at expense of defendants. The survey was ordered in a case pending in General Court in which John Bolling is Plaintiff and the defendants in this suit are the defendants. The defendants refuse to pay Epes claiming that he has not complied with order of General Court upon which this suit is brought. The court refuses further action herein and on motion of defendants it is dismissed. Plaintiff appeals to 6th day of next General Court. (Ibid. 282)
1 Jan. 1714 . Amos Leade (Ladd) of Henrico to Joseph Pleasants , of same, for 1500 lbs. tobo. conveys 361 2/3 acres in Co. aforesaid, N. side James River , on Beaver Dam Creek , part of a patent granted said Ladd (Henrico Record 1714-18 , p. 22)
1 Jan. 1714 Joseph Pleasants , Henrico Co. and Martha , his wife to John Redford , of same, for 4000 lbs. tobo. convey 322 acres in said county N. side James River , part of larger tract granted said Joseph Pleasants (Ibid. p. 23)
7 March 1714/15 . Joseph Pleasants , Henrico Co. and parish and Martha , his wife conveys (for 600 lbs. tobo. and cask and L10 Va. curr) to Edward Good, Junr. of same Co., and Parish. 150 acres in Parish and county aforesaid; N. side James River and N. side Four Mile Creek , between Eastern Run and great Branch of said Creek (Ibid. p. 24)
16 Aug. 1715 . Joseph Pleasants , patent for 550 acres Henrico Co. N. side James River , adjoining lands of Mr. Joseph Pleasants on Beaver Dam Creek , for importing 6 persons (Register of Land office Book 10, p. 254)
4 June 1716 Joseph Pleasants , Henrico parish and Co. to John Webb, Senr. of same, for L20 curr. conveys 550 acres as granted said Pleasants in patent 16 Aug. 1715 . (Henrico Record 1714-18 , p. 86)
6 June 1715 Joseph Pleasants , Henrico Parish and Co., Gent. to John Pledge , of same, planter, for L30 curr., conveys 300 acres N. side James River , adjoining John Redford's line , Henrico Co. , being part of a patent granted said Joseph 13 November 1713 . (Ibid. p. 87)
1720 April . Joseph Pleasants vs William Ferris, Jr. Action of Debt. 17 August Robert Blaws assignee of Joseph Pleasants , vs Benjamin Woodson , executor of Tucker Woodson , decd. (Henrico Record 1719-24 , pp. 23, 42)
5 Sept. 1720 . Joseph Pleasants , acknowledges deed to Obediah Smith . Martha , wife of said Pleasants relinquishes dower (Ibid. pp. 45, 53)
Oct. 1720 . Joseph Pleasants deed to Arthur Marcum , and Marcum's deed to Pleasants . Joseph Pleasants and Martha , his wife deed to Learner Bradshaw . 7 Sept. 1720 . Robert Blaws and Anne , his wife, deed to Joseph Pleasants . 5 Dec. 1720 . Joseph Pleasants and Martha , his wife, deed to Wm. Frogmorton (Ibid. pp. 48, 49, 53)
Oct. 1720 . Joseph Pleasants vs Edward Good, jr. Action of case (Ibid. p. 51)
1720. Feb. upon petition of Joseph Pleasants it is the opinion of the court that a bridge be built over Beaver Dam Creek at the charge of the county and the last day of this month is appointed for workmen to come to the Court House and agree with such of the Justices as shall be present for building the same and keeping it in repair 10 years (Ibid. p. 58)
1720 Feby. Joseph Pleasants vs Edward Good, Jr. Action of detenue L4 damages claimed by means of Good's detaining a horse belonging to Pleasants . General issue joined; jury ordered impannelled-verdict incertain, no judgment can be given thereon; ordered to withdraw and find more certain verlct. Continued to next court. 1720 Mar. verdict of Jury-Pleasants vs Good, jr. ; Edward Good bargained for horse with Joseph Childers and was to give 35s last year or 40s. this; Childers was not of age; he never said the sum nor was possessed of the horse. Plaintiff and Childers made an exchange and had each horse in possession; Childers then not of age. Horse worth L3 when in possession of Plaintiff and now worth 4s. Further find 20s. damage for plaintiff if court adjudgeth plaintiff aright to said horse, if not we find for defendant. Joseph Childers and right to the horse; we find the damage for detaining the horse; we find that Margaret Childers consented to her sons sale of the horse to Edward Good, Jr. We find said Good was to take him rough as he. Verdict on plaintiffs motion admitted to record and arguing referred to next court. April 1721 . Argument heard. Decision of court; law with the plaintiff; defendant to deliver colt to plaintiff or pay him 40s. together with 20s. damage; with costs, also Exo. On motion plaintiffs attorney for one attorney's fee to be included in bill of costs; opinion of court: that it ought not to be taxed in this Cause (Ibid. pp. 20, 67, 83, 91)
4 ? Sept. 1721 . Larnar Bradshaw and Hannah , his wife, deed to Joseph Pleasants (Ibid. p. 128)
Oct. 1721 . Joseph Pleasants appointed surveyor of Four Mile Creek and ordered that his own tithables, Mr. Blaws ' Pew Price and his tithables, Edward Good, Jr. , Joseph Woodson , and Henry Childers and Mr. Batty 's tithables do assist in cleaning the same (Ibid. p. 132)
2 July 1722 Joseph Pleasants deed to Jeremiah Hatcher (Ibid 191) Oct. 1722 . Upon the petition of Joseph Pleasants the court are of opinion to excuse him from making a causeway over the branch near his mill this year, Provided he leave the way in such manner as to render it safe and easy for the passage of Horses, carts and coaches (Ibid. 213)
5 Nov. 1722 Joseph Pleasants and Martha , his wife deed to John Owen (Ibid. 219) May 1724 . The grand jury "complain against the Wast of Josept Pleasants Mill" (Ibid. 340)
Dec. 1724 Joseph Jones vs Joseph Pleasants . Action of Case, and Joseph Pleasants vs John Davis , Action of case (Ibid. 373) 7 Feb. 1725 . The Will of Joseph Pleasants , decd. was presented proved and ordered recorded (Henrico Record 1725-37 , p. 3).

Relevant Deeds for area and families:
Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers:
Pleasants, Henrico Co., VA 1025:
John Pleasants of Curles in Henrico Co deeds to John Povall, Jr. for 150 pounds, 100 acres at a place called Malborn Hills in Henrico being the same tract purchased by the Pleasants from Jon. Watkins the son of Henry on 11 Oct 1737-recorded in Henrico. Also 100 acres being the tract of
land purchased by the Pleasants from Joseph Woodson of Curles, bounded by the property of Wm. Porter, Benjamin Porter, "Brackett and John Povall, Jr.", 05 Dec 1748, Vol 1748-50, page 55

John Pleasants Mrcht. deeds to Thomas Hamlet of the Parish of St. James Southland, Goochland Co., for 8 pounds: 60 acres in Henrico beginning at Falling Creek on Thos. Hamlet's line etc. Witness Robert Pleasants, Wm. Waddill and John Ellett. Recorded 1st Monday in Dec 1748, 19 Nov 1748 Vol 1748-50, page 57

John Pleasants Mrcht. deeds to John Elliott for 40:10s: 300 acres in Dale Parish, Henrico bounded as follows: on the south side of Falling Creek, and by Thomas Hamlet's 19 Nov 1748, page 68

Submitted by Peggy Hooper ( 12 Oct 2003; Henrico Co., GENWEB Archives

Pleasants, Joseph
Valentine Papers Vol. 2, p. 1092

Joseph Pleasants, Will of: Joseph Pleasants, 9 Sept. 1725; (Recorded) 7 Feb. 1725/6.

Son Joseph Pleasants, land and plantation whereon Richd. Baze now lives known by
name of Pickanockey, beginning at mouth of Horse Swamp thence up said swamp to a
large branch of the same, parting that plantation and the one which Richard
Baze's wife now lives at, thence up said branch until it meets Obediah Smith's
line thence along said line to head, including in said bounds the 100 acres
formerly Thomas Robinsons, the whole tract containing by estimate 300 acres. Son
John Pleasants, land and plantation whereon William Ferris formerly lived above
Horse Swamp; also land below Horse Swamp from the great Branch bounding my son
Joseph up the said Swamp and Obediah Smith's line to head of my land, including
plantation whereon Richard Baze's wife lives; containing (both tracts) 150 acres
by estimation. Son Richard Pleasants, land joining upper side Buffalo Branch, by
estimation 300 acres. Son Thomas Pleasants, plantation purchased by me of John
Watson on or near a branch of Tuckahoe and on head of a branch called Longand
Hongrey, by estimation 200 acres. Son Robert Pleasants, 200 acres on Four Mile
Creek, beginning at Wm. Frogmorton's corner thence such a breath on said
William's line up the said creek as will contain 200 acres including plantation
whereon Benj. Childers lives. Should my son Joseph or his heirs at any time
disturb my son Robert in his possession of said land, the bequest of land at
Pickanockey made to said Joseph to be void, and said land "remaine to my son
Robert and his heirs forever. Son Joseph, a negro man Jack, goods and chattells,
cattle, mare and horse. Daughter Jeane, negro girl, goods and chattells, cattle,
mare. Daughter Martha, negro girl, goods and chattells, cattle, horse. Son John,
negro girl, goods and chattells, cattle, mare. Son Richard, negro boy, goods and
chattells, cattle, mare. Son Thomas, negro boy, goods and chattells, cattle,
mare. Son Robert, negro boy, goods and chattells, cattle, mare. Wife Martha
Pleasants, during her life, use and produce of real and personal estate, manor
plantation without the impeachment of waste. If wife should marry again estate
to be valued, appraised, 2/3 thereof equally divided among my sons children,
other 1/3 to wife and her heirs forever. Should wife not marry use and produce
of estate during her natural life in consideration of her bringing up my
children in their minority and paying my just debts which I desire may be paid
without charge of lawsuits, creditors proving their debts before two justices of
the peace. My children to remain with their mother during her widowhood until
there may be seen lawful cause to choose a guardian, otherwise to remain with
their mother until they arrive to lawful years. Wife Martha Pleasants, whole and
sole executrix. Wife to have advice of friend Colonel Randolph "whom I beg the
favor of to advise her."
Witnesses - Thomas Pleasants, John Pleasants, Edward Bennett, John__X__Cooke,
Jr., Eliza__X__Morris.
The will proved by solemn affirmation of John Pleasants and Edward Bennett,
Quakers, witnesses thereto and ordered recorded. (Henrico Records. Original
Papers, Bundle No. 4 also,
Records 1725-37, p. 3 et seq).

Peggy Hooper summary note of those name: wife, Martha, sons: Joseph, John, Richard, Thomas, and Robert, and daughters Jeane and Martha; Child not named: Elizabeth, daughter (mentioned in will of Joseph's mother).

Wills, Vol 1706-1709, p. 166. 2 Jan 1708 Will of Jane Larcome Pleasants mentions three of Joseph's children in the following order: Elizabeth, Joseph, Jane, and for that reason I assume they were the first three children born in that order.

elizabeth pleasants

Elizabeth Pleasants> 1
Sex: F
Birth: ABT 1706 in Henrico Co., Virginia
Death: AFT 19 DEC 1767 in Goochland Co., Virginia
Did Elizabeth Pleasant live to adulthood and marry John Merryman. Only secondary sources are available - see the end of the third paragraph of these notes, but no sources are given.

Elizabeth is not mentioned in her father's will dated 9 September 1725; however the 2 Jan 1708 Will of Jane Larcome Pleasants mentions "my Son Joseph's Daughter Elizabeth" [Henrico Wills, Vol 1706-1709, p. 166]. It has been conjetured that she may have married "out of meeting" prior to the date of her father's will, in which case he might have disinherited her. Other have suggested that Elizabeth Pleasants died before reaching adulthood.

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, 4th Ed., Vol. 1, p. 127, shows Elizabeth as a dau. of Joseph and Martha. Footnote 70 says "Cocke, Cockes & Cousins, II, p. 16 sugests she may have married 39, Joseph Lewis (see Woodson). Wiliam Kenneth Rutherford and Anna Clay Zimmerman Rutherford, Genealogical History of Our Ancestors (rev. ed.; n.p., 1977), I, p. 505, and W(2), VIII, p. 134, states she married John Merryman but provide no documentation. In addition, Genealogical history of the Rutherford Family Vol. 1, by William Kenneth Rutherford and Anna Clay Zimmerman Rutherford, 2nd Ed. 1986, has John married to Elizabeth Pleasants, but without sources.

Father: Joseph Pleasants b: ABT 1674 in Bremo, Henrico Co., Virginia
Mother: Martha Cocke b: ABT 1676 in Bremo, Henrico Co., Virginia

Marriage 1 John Merryman b: ABT 1700 in Henrico or Goochland Co., Virginia
Married: ABT 1727 in Henrico Co., Virginia 2
Thomas Merryman b: ABT 1730 in Cumberland Co., Virginia
Elizabeth Merryman b: 1731 in Henrico Co., Virginia
Agnes Merryman b: 1732 in Henrico Co., Virginia
Mary Merryman b: ABT 1735 in Powhatan (then Goochland) Co., Virginia
Judith Merryman b: 1736
John Merryman , Jr. b: 1738 in Henrico Co., Virginia
Jesse Merryman b: 1740 in Henrico Co., Virginia

Title: Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607 - 1624/5, 4th Ed.
Author: Dorman, John Frederick
Publication: Genealogical Publishers, Baltimore, 2005
Media: Book
Page: Vol. 1, p. 127
Title: Stokes Notes
Author: Martin, Mrs. John N.
Publication: Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. IV, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1982
Note: reprinted from the William & Mary Quarterly.
Media: Book
Page: 626
Text: John Merryman of Goochland married Elizabeth Pleasants

cornelius outlande

CORNELIUS2 OUTLAND (UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1630 in Holland, and died 1664 in Nansemond County, Virginia. He married ELIZABETH WALLIS 1648 in Oudekirk, Holland the Netherlands. She was born 1621 in Holland, and died 1672 in Isle of Wight County, VA.

Outland (Oudelant) - What ship brought them to America and where they landed remains unknown. We only know from land grants that they settled in Isle of Wight County, VA. At the office in Richmond, VA Cornelius Oudelant was living in Isle of Wight County, VA, a patent to John Jolliffe mentions land adjourning Cornelius Oudelant May 30, 1653. Cornelius and Elizabeth Oudelant patented 1650 acres of land in Nansemond County, VA before 1666. After his death Elizabeth forfeited the patent. Then she and two of her friends bought back the land as follows: To Elizabeth Oudelant 650 acres of land-escheat being part of a patent of 1650 acres formerly granted to Cornelius Oudelant, deed October 26, 1666. To Nathaniel Bacon 700 acres of land-escheat being part of patent of 1650 acres formerly granted to Cornelius Oudelant. To Richard Penny 300 acres of land-escheat being part of a patent of 1650 acres formerly grant to Cornelius Oudelant. Elizabeth took up another patent in Nansemond and Isle of Wight Counties. To Elizabeth Oudelant 1500 acres of land lying part in Isle of Wight County and part in Nansemond County, beginning on a point belonging to a branch of Beverly Creek and crossing said branch October 26, 1666. To Mrs. Elizabeth Oudelant 300 acres of land beginning and standing in Chuckatuck Creek by the side of a branch and Lawsons land, October 26, 1666.

Isle of Wight County Records

In 1675, Giles Bland, agent of John Bland, sold "Basse's Choice" to Major Thomas Taberer, and Sarah Bland, wife of John, relinquished her dower. In a patent to Taberer in 1681, it was described as beginning at ye mouth of Polentine (Pollington) (1) swamp, which divides ye said Taberer's land from ye land of Mr. James Day, thence up the said swamp north 32 degrees west, 80 poles to a locust saplin in John Munger's line, then by Munger's south west 92 poles to a white oak near ye head of a small gutt, thence down ye said gutt south 25 degrees westerly 60 poles to Hutchinson's (2) creek, and thence by various courses down ye said creek and ye Crosse creek to ye Maine Pagan creek, then northeast by ye Maine creek side 120 poles to ye mouth of said Taberer's own creek, then up that creek and Jone's hole creek to a locust post in ye marsh, and then north 53 degrees west 40 poles to ye first station. Major Taberer left the estate to his grandson, Joseph Copeland, probably a relative of John Copeland visited by Thomas Story. Warrascoyack River as changed to New Town Haven Creek, thence to Pagan Creek. Pagan being originally the name of a point of land. Smithfield was laid out in 1752 by Col. Arthur Smith, and Robert Burwell, Arthur Smith, William Hodsden, James Baker, James Dunlop, James Arthur and Jospeh Bridges were the first trustees.

Information from: Records: William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 4 page 215

According to the law of the times, at her husband's death, the land reverted to the proprietor by escheat. Of the 1650 acres Elizabeth Oudelant was granted 500 acres, 700 acres were granted to Nathan Bacon, 300 to Richard Penny.

From: Cavaliers and Pioneers: "The Isle of Wight, VA Patent Book No. 6"

Elizabeth Oudelant took up another patent in Nansemond and Isle of Wight counties.

Patent book 6 Page 24 Nansemond County
To Mrs. Elizabeth Oudelant 1500 acres land lying part in Isle of Wight county and part in Nansemond county-beginning on a point belonging to a branch of Beverly Creek and crossing said branch, October 26, 1666.

Patent book 6 page 25 Nansemond county
To Mrs. Elizabeth Oudelant 300 acres land beginning and standing in Chuckatuck Creek by the side of a branch and Lawson's land. October 26, 1666

Compiled January 1966 by Lucy Elliott Hollowell

Marriage: 1648, Oudekirk, Holland the Netherlands

2. i. WILLIAM3 OUTLAND, b. 1655, Chuckatuck Parish Nansemond Co, VA; d. 24 May 1687, VA.
ii. MARIA OUTLAND, b. 10 May 1650, Chuckatuck Parish Nansemond Co, VA.
The Oudekirk (the old church) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands records the birth of Maria Oudelant to Cornelius and Elizabeth Oudelant. Research has not unlocked the mystery of what happened to Maria.

Baptism: 1650, OudeKirk in Amsterdam, Holland, the Netherlands
Godparents: Abraham Deleay & Maritie Denieg

iii. CORNELIUS OUTLAND, b. 1652, Chuckatuck Parish Nansemond Co, VA; d. 12 Dec 1676, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; m. HANNAH COPELAND, 05 Mar 1675, Chuckatuck Parish, Nansemond County, VA; b. Abt. 1654, Isle of Wight County, VA; d. 11 Jan 1676, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
Marriage: 05 Mar 1675, Chuckatuck Parish, Nansemond County, VA

More on the Hollands

Virginia Hollands

by Wiley Julian Holland153
April 28, 2007

This section includes two parts. The first deals with five Hollands who arrived in Virginia in the 1619-1622 time frame. The source material for the first section, unless otherwise noted, is the Jamestown records of the London Company. The records were part of the Thomas Jefferson library collection and are stored at the Library of Congress. The second part deals with Hollands who arrived in Virginia 1635-1666. Unless otherwise noted the source material for the second section is from the Book Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, author Nell Marion Nugent, published 1934.
Part 1

On September 18, 1620, the ship Supply left Bristol, England and arrived in Virginia eight weeks later. Two passengers were Gabriel and Richard Holland, probably brothers. They signed an agreement with the London Company, as other male enlistees, requiring them to work for 3 years helping to build the Berkley plantation. For the first year they would be provided “food, lodging, cattle, clothes, weapons, tools and other equipment.” After the first year they would receive” 50% of the profits from their endeavors.” At the end of their 3-year obligation, they would be “granted 50 acres of land.” Seven passengers on the initial manifest stayed in England and did not make the voyage, leaving a ship’s compliment of 49 passengers including the Captain and his wife.

A later report by the London Company lists the status of the passengers aboard the Supply. It states that Gabriel and Richard Holland were among 15 of the passengers who had “died.” It further states that the Captain, William Tracy, and his wife Mary were among 8 who had been “slayne dead’ after their arrival in Virginia. The record did not say Richard and Gabriel were killed, only that they were dead. Many passengers never survived the trans-Atlantic journeys at that time. The ship Jonathan, for example, arrived in Virginia May 27, 1620, and the records show 28 of the 57 passengers and crew dying on the trip. So there is a possibility Gabriel and Richard Holland never set foot on Virginia soil or if they did, died shortly thereafter.

In 1622, the ship John and Francis arrived in Jamestown and among the passengers was another Gabriel Holland and his wife, Rebecca. On Good Friday March 22, 1622, Indians attacked Jamestown and it’s outlying settlements killing 347 men, women and children, roughly one third of the population in Virginia at that time. Following the massacre, the London Company conducted a survey to list the settlers who were killed, “so their lawful heirs may take speedy order for the inheritance of their lands here.” A Thomas Holland at the Berkley Plantation and a Thomas Holland at the Edward Bennett plantation were listed as killed. No other records on these two Hollands have ever been located to my knowledge.

According to John Bennett Boddie in his book, Historical Southern Families, Gabriel was living in Jamestown at the time of the massacre in 1622. Many of the residents of Jamestown were saved because an Indian boy who had been converted to Christianity warned them. The fact that Gabriel was living in Jamestown is born out by the fact that 2 years later on 14 August 1624, Mary Pinke Holland, Gabriel’s second wife patented 12 acres of land on the island of James City which had been part of her former husband’s 100 acres.

Gabriel was a yeoman farmer and served as a sergeant in the militia. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses in the 1623/4 session. According to Boddie, “They appear in the records of the General Court up to about 1627, but disappeared after that.” I could find no records of Gabriel having children.

Part 2

The date of the patent of land being approved is not the date the headrights (transported passengers) arrived in Virginia from England. According to Nugent, all paperwork had to be in order showing proof of payment of passage for each person and a survey of the land had to be performed before a patent could be applied for and granted. The Holland transported in this listing was part of a larger group but I am not listing the names of all the others. I will name the Holland and the number of others with him. I, Wiley Julian Holland, have this book and will provide lookups for any other surnames.

Name Date County, patent and transporation
Hannah Boyse,
daughter of Luke Boyse 11 Nov 1635 300 acres in Henrico County, transportation of 4 servants, including Edward Holland.
Robert Hollom 2 June 1636 1000 acres in Henrico County, transportation of 20 people including Edward Holland
Mary Box, daughter of John Box 12 July 1637 300 acres in Henrico County, 200 acres for transportation of her mother and 3 servants, one being Edward Holland
Frances Rice 29 Aug 1643 200 acres on the forest of Warwick River, transportation of four persons including Francis Holland
Anthony Stephens 26 Mar 1651 500 acres in Northumberland County, for transporting ten persons including Francis Holland
William Wroughton 400 acres on north side of Lancaster County, for transporting 8 persons including George Holland
William Stone 4 June 1635 1800 acres between Hungers Cr. and Mattawomans, transport of himself, his brother and 34 servants including Henry Holland
Samuel Huby and
John Carter 25 Jan 1655 500 acres in Surry County, transportation of ten persons including Mary Holland
Captain Augustine Warner 7 Feb 1658 3000 acres on the borders of Northumberland and Lancaster Counties, transportation of 60 persons including Samuel Holland
Arthur Price 6 May 1651 1700 acres on south side of York River and on N side of Skimeno Cr., transportation of 34 persons including Thomas Holland
Arthur Allen 24 Aug 1665 1000 acres in Surry County, transporting 20 persons including Watt Holland
Cheney Boyse last of May 1636 1550 acres in Charles City County, transportation of 29 persons including William Holland
John Batts and John Davis 2 Apr 1639 750 acres in Charles River County, transporting themselves and 13 persons including William Holland
Lt. Colonel Jno. Blake and Mr. Edward Ison 20 Feb 1664 2500 acres in Nansemond County, transporting 50 persons including John Holland. This is my [Wiley Julian Holland] Holland line so I will expand a little.

This is a verbatim quote from Historical Southern Families, Volume 1, page 269, author John Bennett Boddie.

John Holland of Nansemond is the first ancestor of this present Holland family. He was a headright of Lt. Col. Blake and Edward Isom who patented 2500 acres in Nansemond, Feb. 20, 1664, for the transportation of 60 persons, among whom was John Holland. On April 20, 1682, John Holland patented 760 acres in the Upper Parish of Nansemond at the miles end of Walter Bagley, and on April 16, 1683, he patented 200 acres in the same parish at a place called Kingsdale. Another patent was granted him on April 20, 1694, for 500 acres on the east side of the cape. The date of death of John Holland is not known, but from CIRCUMSTANTIAL evidence, it appears that he had four sons, Henry, James, Joseph and John Holland.”

The following are Hollands mentioned in Nugents book but no other information was given.

Name Date County, patent and transporation
John Madison 4 Jan 1653 600 acres in Gloucester County beg. at Col. Taylors Creek running down the river E. to Mr. Adam Holland’s Creek.
Daniel Holland and William Cornish 9 Dec 1662 bought the patent of 800 acres of Richard Gible for transporting 16 persons to Northumberland County. Daniel’s will was written March 31, 1672, and probated April 17, 1672. “To daughter, Elizabeth, 20 acres in Newman’s creek. Wife Joyce, executrix and residue of estate.”

This is from the Jamestown Record of the London Company: “As early as 1621, the London Company realized the need to furnish women of marrying age to Virginia to “lifte ye morale” of the men.” In November 1621 the ship Tyger arrived in James City from England. The ship manifest stated the following: “Fifty more maids and yong woemen for marriage, with testimonies to their characters, passage to be paid after arrival at not less than 150 pounds of the best leaf tobacco, and proportionately more if any died on the way over.” Ann Holland, age 19, arrived on a similar ship August 10, 1635, with 20 other women. Martha Holland, age 24, arrived on the ship Paul in 1635 with 14 other women.


March 8, 2007
Mrs. Diana Holland Faust, Webmaster Jimmie Holland/Jerutha White Website
Re: Origins of James ("Jimmie") Holland of North Carolina

Dear Diana,

I am not a descendant of Jimmie Holland and his wife Jerutha but I have researched my Holland family and others for many years. You have done a wonderful job on the site and I congratulate you and the others who assisted you.

I have been aware of the controversy surrounding the parents of Jimmie for some time, but because this wasn't my line, I hesitated to intervene. I now feel I should share the findings of my research on this issue with you. The information on your website shows Jimmie being born in Scotland and migrating to America with his wife, Jerutha, in the early or mid 1700s. There is an individual who has stated categorically that your Jimmie was actually James, the son of Joseph Holland Jr. and Esther Edmonds, having been born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

I am only addressing the one issue. Was Jimmie Holland, or was he not, the son of Joseph Holland Jr. and Esther Edmonds? On July 15, 2002, Randy Peacock posted the following message on the Holland family genealogy forum in response to a post by Christina Walter. "What documentation do you have that Jimmie's father was Joseph Holland? Would like to know your sources as I am related to this line."

On July 20, 2002, John Gabriel Holland [a.k.a. Gabe Holland] posted the following message on the Holland family genealogy forum responding to Christina Walter. "Suggest you go to Look for "Jimmie Holland" Someone has done a good job but placing James/John Holland who married Jerutha as an "original" immigrant from England which is absolutely INCORRECT."

Five minutes later on July 20, 2002 John Gabriel Holland posted the following message on the Holland family genealogy forum in response to the inquiry by Randy Peacock. "Randy, you ask for documented proof. Lets start with Kirk Davis Holland's book 'To Those Who Care', Chapman's Wills and Administration, Isle of Wight Co. ,Va. Boddie, etc, etc,etc. In addition to which Joseph'of Spivey'was my 1st cousin, six times removed. My Holland line remained in Nansemond, Isle of Wight ( many still remain there.)"

Let's examine Mr. John Gabriel Holland's citation, Kirk Davis Holland's book, To Those Who Care. The following quote is the only reference in that book concerning Joseph Holland Jr. and his son, James. "Joseph Holland Jr., son of Joseph Holland Sr. was born in 1715. He died in 1799 he had sons, Captain Joseph Holland, Job, James, Jacob, Solomon and John D., Holland. He signed as a witness, a deed to his father, Joseph Holland Sr. in 1744 He signed this as Joseph Jr.".

He was also one of the signers of a petition in 1784 about the division of the County. He signed the petition as Joseph Sr. because he was the oldest Joseph living at that time. When he was a boy, he was known as Joseph Jr. and at the time he signed the petition, he had a son Joseph who was later called Captain Joseph Holland." What does the above tell us. The only reference to James was that he was a son of Joseph Holland Jr. Nothing more.

Let's now examine his citation, Chapman's Wills and Administration, Isle of Wight Co., Va. Page. 258. This is the only reference to Joseph. "Henry Johnson Sr., son Aaron, son William, son Henry, land adjoining Mason Johnson and Joseph Holland, granddaughter, Mary Johnson, grandson Britain Johnson. Executors, William Duck and sons, Aaron and Henry. Died February 26, 1782, Registered January 1, 1784. Witness John Darden, Barnaby Holland and Benjamin Holland." What does this citation tell us? It proves that Joseph Holland Jr. was alive in 1784 and owned property adjoining Henry Johnson's land. There is no reference to Joseph's son James.

Let's now examine his citation on Boddie. John Bennett Boddie wrote the series , Southern Historical Families. Volume 10 has 14 pages, titled Holland of Nansemond. The above section dealing with Joseph Jr. having property adjoining Henry Johnson' land was included in this section. The other reference to Joseph, husband of Esther was, "This Joseph Holland is said to have been known as Joseph "of Spivey" or Joseph Spivey Holland. He is said to have died without a will in 1799. His known sons were Lewis Conner Holland and Lawson S. Holland, who moved to Georgia. Captain Joseph Holland 'of Kingsdale' in Nansemond seems to have been his son." What does this citation tell us. There was a Joseph Holland who probably died 1799 in Isle of Wight intestate. There is no mention of a James Holland in this citation. I have the wills and inventories of Isle Of Wight County and no will of Joseph is on file.

Mr. John Gabriel Holland's citations of etc, etc, etc and his statement of being a distant cousin of Joseph has no bearing on whether James Holland of Isle of Wight was Jimmie Holland of Wayne County, North Carolina, so I will not comment further on those cites.

Binns Genealogy CD series reconstructed the 1790 and 1800 Virginia tax lists. The 1790 Isle of Wight tax lists show the following Hollands: Aaron, Benjamin, Everitt, James, Job, Mary, Robert, Titus, and William. The 1799/1800 tax lists show the following Hollands: Alice, Aaron, Benjamin Jr., Benjamin Sr., Everitt, Hardy, James, Job, John, John of Joseph, Miles, Mills, Patience and William.

James (Jimmie) Holland who married Jerutha White was living in Dobbs County, North Carolina in 1769 and was shown on the County poll tax list. He was also listed on the 1790 Wayne County, North Carolina census.
Based on all the plethora of information, I can only assume that James, the son of Joseph Holland and Esther Edmonds could not be the same person as your Jimmie Holland.

Wiley Julian Holland
Alexandria, Virginia

Additionally, in reference to Jeanette Holland Austin:

On page 176 you state that Boddie said Joseph Spivey had Jacob and James. I have the entire series written by John Bennett Boddie and the only reference he gives on the children of Joseph Spivey is page 4 chapter, Hollands of Nansemond, Historical Southern Families,

"This Joseph Holland is said to have been known as Joseph Holland "of Spivey" He is said to have died without a will in Isle of Wight County in 1799. His known sons were Lewis Connor Holland and Lawson S. Holland, who moved to Georgia. Captain Joseph Holland "of Kingsale" in Nansemond seems to have been his son.

Jeanette Holland Austin has written several books, including Holland 1000-1988, and has a website available to subscribers. Jeanette claims that Joseph Spivey Holland left a will listing James Holland (the James Holland who was married to Jerutha White and had children Enos, Eli, etc.) as one of his heirs. Upon questioning her about including him in that Joseph Spivey Holland family, she responds that Kirk Holland, in his book To Those Who Care, gave the reference that a will did once exist. "Nansemond County records burned," she concludes, conviently. Kirk Davis Holland, actually wrote, on page 43 of his book, "This Joseph Holland is said to have been known as Joseph Spivey Holland. He is said to have died without a will in Isle of Wight County in 1799. And Kirk Davis Holland is quoting John Bennett Boddie almost verbatim.