Ancestor Sketches:
A Closer Look at Our Ancestors
Prepared by Members of the Chesapeake Bay Company
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NOTE: The last generation listed in lineages following Ancestor Sketches is one generation above the last generation
 which currently contains the names of living persons, but in no case includes listing of parents of Members,

 

1.  ROBERT BEVERLEY by Charles Willard Hoskins Warner

2.  HENRY FLEETE by Anne Dudley George Hagerty Warner

3. SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY, GOVERNOR by Susan Noel Godman Rager

4. ROBERT BEHEATHLAND, GENTLEMAN by Susan Noel Godman Rager
Additional Lineages from Sheri Lynn Black Hillman Dagg and Mary Elizabeth Stewart

5. RICHARD KENNER by Patty Stephens Arnold

6. COL. JOHN MOTTROM by Bryan Scott Godfrey

7. CAPT. THOMAS PUREFOY by Kathlyn Lee Harris Waltermire

 

 

ROBERT BEVERLEY

 

The information below was taken from "Hoskins of Virginia and Related Families" by Charles Willard Hoskins Warner, published in 1971, and from "The Beverley Family of Virginia" by John McGill, published in 1951. "Hening's Statutes, Vol. III" also contains much of this information.

Robert Beverley came from near Beverley in Yorkshire, England to Virginia in 1663. Robert Beverley was Clerk of the House of Burgesses and served in the Governor's Militia and rose to the rank of Major. He was a very prominent figure in Bacon's Rebellion and a close friend of Governor Berkeley. Major Beverley became a member of the Council, the upper house of the colonial government.  In 1687, when he died, he was the largest landowner in the history of Virginia. Major Robert Beverley introduced Whig politics into Virginia, and remained active in political life and one of the most colorful and controversial figures of the seventeenth century.

Jefferson considered him a forerunner of the American Revolution by creating antagonism with the British government. Major Beverley stood by Governor Berkeley when Bacon led the Rebellion in 1676. When the King sent Commissioners over to investigate the causes for the Rebellion, Beverley felt as Berkeley did that the Crown was ungrateful for their loyalty. Beverley as Clerk of the House of Burgesses refused the Commissioners' request for the records – the records were seized by the King's commissioners and the Burgesses retaliated in support of Beverley and sent a strong protest to Parliament. Charles II became antagonized and ordered that Beverley be removed from his seat on the Council. This was done but he was reinstated later. Some years later Beverley led the planters in his own county of Middlesex in the cutting of tobacco plants so that the price might be increased. The Crown became antagonized again at Beverley for this, and put him on board a prison ship in the Rappahannock River. The House of Burgesses and the Council protested so much that he was released, but was restricted for the rest of his life to Middlesex County.

His life stimulated his son Robert Beverley II to write to first history of Virginia, "The History and Present State of Virginia," published in 1705.

LINEAGE FROM ROBERT BEVERLEY

Robert Beverley I (b.ca.1630-d.1687) married twice, first to Mrs. Mary Keeble, the widow of George Keeble of Lancaster, and they had issue: Peter, Robert, Harry and Mary Beverley.

Harry Beverley did the original survey of the Town of Tappahannock in 1706 and was on the survey party that created the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina, and was Clerk of the House of Burgesses. Harry Beverley died in 1730. He married Elizabeth Smith about 1696. She died in 1720. She was the granddaughter and heiress of Major General Robert Smith of Brandon in Middlesex County and his wife Elizabeth Wormeley. Elizabeth Wormeley was the daughter of Col. Christopher Wormeley and the niece of Ralph Wormeley I of Rosegill.

Harry Beverley's daughter, Judith Beverley, born 1710, died 1756, married twice, having married secondly, Thomas Roy of Port Royal, Caroline County (born about 1712, died 1772).

Captain Beverley Roy, born about 1760, died 1820, served in the Revolution, and was a charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Captain Beverley Roy married Jeanette Dickey, the widow of Robert Byrd of Poplar Grove in King and Queen County.

Dr. Augustus Gustavus Dunbar Roy was born at Poplar Grove in King and Queen County in 1804, and died at Ashdale in Essex County near Center Cross in 1873. His wife was Lucy Carter Garnett. They were married in 1834. She was born in 1816 and died in 1850.

Janet Carter Roy of Ashdale (1838-1910) lived in the lower end of King and Queen County with her husband Dr. William Hoskins. Dr. Hoskins was born in 1833, and died in 1895. He was a major in the Civil War and a member of the legislature after the war, and the father-in-law of Attorney General John R. Saunders and Governor Andrew Jackson Montague. Dr. and Mrs. Hoskins were the parents of a large family, well known in that area. One of their daughters married an attorney general of Virginia, and another married the first twentieth-century governor of Virginia, and she followed Mary Custis Lee as head of the Confederate Home for Needy Women.

His son, Willard Dunbar Hoskins(1860-1910) married Ella Garnett Hundley of Hundley Hall, Essex County. She was born in 1869 and died in 1910. He was a merchant in Dunnsville.

Willard Dunbar Hoskins and Ella Garnett Hundley the grandparents of Charles Willard Hoskins Warner, preparer of this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

 

 HENRY FLEETE

 

The information presented below comes from a Virginia state highway marker placed near Windmill Point. Also see article on Henry Fleete in Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society Magazine.

"Henry Fleete was born about 1602 in Kent, England, and moved to Jamestown, Virginia in 1621. Fleete was seized by the Anacostan Indians during a trading expedition, and held for five years. He learned their language and after his release in 1627 became a negotiator for the Virginia and Maryland colonies. Fleete helped established Maryland in 1634 and served in its General Assembly from 1635 to 1638 and in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1652 to 1661. He established the boundaries of Lancaster County when it was created in 1651. In May 1661 Fleete died and was buried at his home here on Fleet's Island."

Henry Fleete had the first patent in the Colony of Maryland, and he owned thousands of acres in Virginia.

LINEAGE FROM HENRY FLEETE

Sources for the following are: "The English Ancestry of Henry Fleete," pp.109-112; "Americans of Gentle Birth and Their Ancestors," by Mrs. H. D. Pittman, Editor, Volume I, pp.248-250 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,1970); "Smith Family Bible, 1801-1942," Smithfield, King & Queen County, Virginia,  copy of which is in the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

 Henry Fleete, Esq. died in 1729; he was Justice and Sheriff of Lancaster County. He married before 11 April 1701 Elizabeth Wildey, daughter of William and Jane Wildey.

Captain William Fleete, Esq., WP 13 Mar 1734, married 1 Nov 1718 Anne Jones, daughter of William Jones, Esq. of Middlesex County.

William Fleete, Esq., born 19 Oct 1726, died about 1773, married in 1755 Susannah Walker, daughter of John and Elizabeth Baylor Walker of King and Queen County.

Captain William Fleete, Esq., of Goshen, King and Queen County, Sheriff of King and Queen, married Sarah Brown Brooke Tomlin, daughter of Bennet Brooke and Mary Hill Brooke, of Essex County.

Their daughter, Priscilla Brooke Fleete, born 1802, died 1876, of Goshen, King and Queen County, married James Smith, Esq., born 1801 and died 1859, of Smithfield, King and Queen County, lawyer and planter. He was the son of William and Ann Throckmorton Smith of Essex County, Virginia. James Smith was the uncle of the Honorable George William Smith, Governor of Virginia, who perished in the Great Theater Fire where Monumental Church was built as a memorial in Richmond, Virginia. He died trying to save others' lives.

James William Smith, Esq., born 1828, died 1893, of Smithfield, King and Queen County, lawyer, planter, Captain of 26th Virginia Infantry, CSA, married Lelia Olivia Adelaide Ellis, of Linden, Essex County.

Francis Wyatt Smith, Esq., of Smithfield, King and Queen County, born 1871, died 1942, graduated from University of Virginia, member of House of Delegates 1910-1915, and Judge of King and Queen County, married Anne Lavinia Ryland, born 1873 and died 1960, daughter of John Newton and Anne Lavinia Brown Ryland of Farmington, King and Queen County.

Francis Wyatt Smith and Anne Lavinia Ryland were the  grandparents of Anne Dudley George Hagerty, preparer of this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company, who married first Reno Harp III of Richmond. She married secondly Charles Willard Hoskins Warner.

 

SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY, GOVERNOR

 

Creating a reputation as a leader and dedicated proponent of the successful colonization in Virginia, George Yeardley served the fledgling colony as Deputy Governor (1618-1621, 1625) and also as Governor (1626-1627), and presided over the convening of the first representative legislative assembly in North America 30 July 1619. The veteran of more than one voyage across the Atlantic, his first arrival in Jamestown was aboard the "Sea Venture." The storm-plagued journey was the basis of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," and while they left England in 1609, they were shipwrecked off Bermuda, and did not reach Jamestown until 1610.

By the time of Yeardley's arrival in Jamestown, his future wife had already beaten him to it. Temperance Flowerdew arrived in Jamestown aboard the "Falcon" in 1609, and is one of the few to survive the difficult "Starving Time" the following winter. Her family name survives in Flowerdew Hundred, one of the original "hundreds" along the James River, and the site of the first windmill on what would become American soil. Today Flowerdew Hundred is open to the public, and has a museum which contains a medallion belonging to Sir George Yeardley.

His connection to the Eastern Shore of Virginia began at least as early as 1620. That year, land there was given to Sir George Yeardley through Thomas Savage from Debedeavon, "The Laughing King." Capt. John Smith wrote that Sir George Yeardley with his company went to Accomack to his new plantation and stayed there for 6 weeks in the summer of 1620.  At the time of his death, he owned 3700 acres on the Eastern Shore alone.

Yeardley was designated Deputy Governor in 1616 when Sir Thomas Dale, appointed Governor, returned to England. He returned to England late in 1617 and stayed there until he was appointed to replace Samuel Argoll as Governor and Captain-General of Virginia 18 November 1618. He was knighted 22 Nov 1618 at Newmarket, and he and wife Temperance sailed aboard the "George" 10 January 1619, arriving 19 April 1619 in Jamestown.  Declining a second term, he remained in Virginia as a member of Council and served as Deputy Governor in 1625 when Wyatt returned to England. However, Yeardley was commissioned as Governor once again 4 March 1616/7. He died 13 Nov 1627 and was buried at Jamestown.  Visitors today to Jamestown Island can see what is acknowledged to be his tomb in the chancel area of the Memorial Church.

His will mentioned his house in James City, his lands and houses within the island of James City and his thousand acres of land at Stanley in Warwicke River, and he owned 3700 acres on the Eastern Shore. By the time his will was written, he had already sold Flowerdew Hundred to Capt. Abraham Piersey.  

Sources for the above information include Virginia's Eastern Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties, by Ralph T. Whitelaw (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1951, reprinted 1981), Vol. I; "Parentage and Ancestry of Sir George Yeardley and Temperance Flowerdew," by Noel Currer-Briggs, in National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Washington, DC, Vol. 66, pp.17-28 (1978); The Knights of England: A complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of Knights Bachelors, by William A. Shaw, Litt.D. (Baltimore. MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1971), Vol. II, p.170;  The General Assembly of Virginia (30 Jul 1619-11 Jan 1978), a Bicentennial Register of Members, by Cynthia Miller Leonard; Adventurers of Purse & Person, 1607-1624/25, revised and edited by Virginia M. Meyer (1974-1981, John Frederick Dorman (1981-1987), published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 3rd edition 1987, pp.723-726; George Yeardley, Governor of Virginia and Organizer of the General Assembly in 1619, by Nora Miller Turman (Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, Inc., 1959), pp.183-186

 

LINEAGE FROM SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY, GOVERNOR

Sources for the following lineage include some of the above cited sources and additionally: Maryland Eastern Shore Vital Records, 1648-1725, 2nd Ed., by F. Edward Wright (Silver Spring, MD: Family Line Publications, 1982); Marriages, Northampton County, Virginia, 1660-1854, 3rd Rev. Ed., by Jean M. Mihalyka (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000); Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia, 1663-1800, by Stratton Nottingham (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000); US Census 1870, 1860, 1850 and 1820 for Accomack Co., VA and US Census 1900, Westmoreland Co., VA; Barnes Families of Accomack: A Genealogy, by Louis N. Barnes (privately printed, 2003); Graven Stones: Inscriptions from Lower Accomack County, Virginia, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries, 3rd Ed., by Jean M. Milhalyka and Faye D. Wilson (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1992), pp.15-17;

Sir George Yeardley, Governor (bap. 28 Jul 1588. - WD 12 Oct 1627 WP 14 Feb 1628) married Temperance Flowerdew (d.1628/9), who arrived on the "Falcon" in 1609. The "Knight's Tomb" discovered when the original Jamestown Church was excavated is believed to be that of Yeardley.

Col. Argoll Yeardley, Sr (b.1619-d.bf.29 Oct 1655) married Frances Knight (d. by 1648). They were married 9 Mar 1635/6 in London. In 1638, Argoll Yeardley received land which has been earlier granted to Sir George Yeardley, Knight, by patent ; in 1639 Argoll Yeardley became a member of the Governor's Council.

Argoll Yeardley, Jr (d.1682) married Sarah Michael (pronounced McKeel) in 1671 in Virginia.  Their three daughters were Frances, Elizabeth and Sarah, who married, and ultimately inherited all of the Yeardley lands.

Sarah Yeardley married John Powell (b.27 Sep 1674 Somerset County, MD, d. 1718, VA).

Sarah Powell (d. by 1764) married John Haggoman (d.1764)

Betty Haggoman  married Esau Jacob (d.bf.6 Dec 1775). They were married in Northampton County, VA on 4 Jun 1741.

Elizabeth ("Tabitha") Jacob married John  Barnes (WD 10 Sep 1799, WP 28 Oct 1799, Accomack County, VA). They were married 6 Dec 1775 in Northampton County, VA.

Parker Barnes II (b.ca.1789-d.15 Oct 1868, Accomack County, VA) married Elizabeth Taylor (b.ca.1804). They were married on January 29, 1817 in Accomack. He served during the War of 1812 as a member of the Accomack Militia.

John Parker Barnes (b.25 Sep 1820-d.17 Dec 1878 Accomack County, VA) married Sarah (Sallie) Justice on 25 Jan 1847, Accomack Co, VA. They are buried in Liberty Cemetery, Parksley, VA.

Edward Parker Barnes (b. 25 Mar 1852, Accomack Co., VA, d. 27 Jan 1921, Coles Point, Westmoreland Co., VA) married Susan Anna Barnes (b.29 Jan 1856, Hunting Creek, Accomack Co., VA - d.14 Sep 1927, Coles Point, Westmoreland Co., VA). They sailed from the Eastern Shore to the Northern Neck of Virginia about 1882, where Barnes, a merchant and farmer, became the founding Postmaster of Coles Point, Virginia, and a founder of the Coles Point Methodist Church.

Effie Lee Barnes (b. 29 Mar 1879, Accomack Co., VA, d. 8 Jul 1984) married George Warren Godman (b.19 Jan 1869, Crisfield, Somerset Co., MD, d. 25 Oct 1965).  They were married 14 Jun 1900 at Coles Point, Westmoreland Co., VA in the Methodist Church her father had helped found, and lived their entire lives in Coles Point.

Effie Lee Barnes and George Warren Godman were the grandparents of Susan Noel Godman Rager, preparer of this Ancestral Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company, and of Virginia Lee Appich Boudreaux, and Mary Susan English Newton, and the great-grandparents of Virginia Lee Boudreaux, all of whom are members of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

 

ROBERT BEHEATHLAND, GENTLEMAN

 

As an English settler who arrived in Jamestown 13 May 1607 who left descendants, Robert Beheathland is listed by Thomas Studly who recorded the "names of them that were the first planters."  Studly, who recorded names according to their stations in life, listed Robert Beheathland as one of the "Gentlemen" on board.  Leaving Blackwall in late December 1606, the voyage seemed anything but promising as bad weather kept them just off the English coast until February 1607. Finally breaking free of the inclement weather, they sailed across the Atlantic, sighting land at what would become known as Cape Henry 26 April 1607. They chose Jamestown Island to be their place of settlement, arriving on May 13.

Robert Beheathland was among Capt. John Smith's party who visited Powhatan on the Pamunkey (York) River in February 1607/8, and visited Powhatan a second time aboard the "Discovery" in December 1608. Because of bad weather, the explorers stopped at Kecoughton (Hampton) and spent the first Christmas in the colony with Indians there.

Later, in 1609, Beheathland was among the settlers who traveled to the Pamunkey River site where Opecancanough was staying, and was one of two men chosen as guards for that visit.

In 1620, Captain Robert Beheathland, back in England by this time, petitioned the Royal Council to establish a permanent governorship in Virginia. He indicated he would be willing to return if this was accomplished.

He survived the Starving Time, clashes with Indians, and generally had seen the worst that the new settlement could offer. Perhaps the stability offered by the convening of the first representative assembly in 1619, although the Colony was still controlled very much by England, had signaled to Beheathland that the lack of stability which plagued the settlement in the early years was now abating. Having survived the famine that took many and having survived a dearth of leadership at various times in the early years, this sturdy gentleman lasted long enough to see Virginia become a colony of the Crown. After his death (by 1627), his widow Mary married Lieutenant Thomas Flint of Warwick River. She was still living on 9 Apr 1651, but died before 18 Oct 1680.

Sources include the following (for the biographical information above and for the lineage information below): Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia: 1607-1624/5, 4th ed., compiled and edited by John Frederick Dorman (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 2004), Vol. I, pp. 216-225; Robertson Family Bible, Ingram Family Bible, Noel Family Bible; The Marriage License Bonds of Northumberland County, Virginia, from 1783 to 1850, by Stratton Nottingham (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1976);  The Descendants of Hugh Brent, Immigrant to Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1642, by Chester Horton Brent (Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publishing Co., Inc., 1936); The English Storkes in America, by Charles A. Storke (Santa Barbara, CA: News-Press Publishing Co., 1936); Cradle of the Republic by Lyon Gardiner Tyler (Richmond, VA: Hermitage Press, Inc., 1906), pp.100-106,; 1810 and 1850 US Census; "Genealogy: Major Andrew Gilson and Some of His Descendants," by J. B. C. Nicklin, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol.38, No.2, Apr 1930,  p.184, 185 190; "William & Mary Quarterly," Vol. 9, No. 3, p.176, and Vol. 9 No. 1, p.60; Lancaster County, VA Will Book 28: pp.18-19.

 

LINEAGE FROM ROBERT BEHEATHLAND, GENTLEMAN

 

Robert Beheathland  (d. by 1627) m. Mary Nicholson (d. bf 18 Oct 1670).  After his death, Mary married Thomas Flint. They had a son, John, (WD 15 Jun 1636-WP 22 Oct 1639), and two daughters, Mary and Dorothy.

Mary Beheathland married Capt. Thomas Bernard of Warwick. He served as a member of the House of Burgesses for Warwick 1644-46, and died before 10 Nov 1651.

Behethland Bernard Dade married, secondly, Andrew Gilson (her first marriage was to Capt. Francis Dade). Andrew Gilson was High Sheriff of Old Rappahannock County in 1660, 1656, 1664, and Justice of Old Rappahannock in 1652. His will was dated 2 April 1697. Beheathland Bernard Gilson's will (WD 20 Aug 1716-WP 3 Mar 1720/1) names her grandson William Storke.

Behethland Gilson received a land grant when she was a year old in 1667 for 1050 acres in Rappahannock County. She married Nehemiah Storke of Westmoreland County, who was a justice there. Both of their wills were presented for probate 29 Nov 1693.

Elizabeth Storke was 72 years old when she died in April 1759. She married, firstly, in 1702, Capt. Thomas Newton (b.1678 Westmoreland Co., VA, WD 26 Aug 1727-WP 31 Jan 1727/8). She and Thomas Newton had four children, Willoughby, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Beheathland. After Newton's death, she married Col. Samuel Oldham. She is buried in Westmoreland County, VA.

Catherine Newton Martin married, firstly, Thomas Martin (d.1727), and secondly, on 26 Jul 1727, James Brent (b. ca. 1706, Lancaster Co., VA; WD 19 Apr 1750-WP 11 May 1750, Lancaster Co., VA).

Hugh Brent (b. ca. 1728, Christ Church Parish, Lancaster Co., VA, d. 7 Feb 1778 Lancaster Co., VA) married Susannah Payne, daughter of George Payne and Frances Edmonds.

Newton Brent, Lieutenant in the American Revolution, was born ca. 1758 and died before 21 Jul 1795 in Lancaster Co., VA. He married Ann Steptoe Lawson

Lettice Lawson Brent (b. 12 Sep. 1785, d. 29 Dec 1824), married Thomas Glasscock Robertson (b.10 Mar 1782, d. 03 Jul 1830) on 16 Dec 1801 in Northumberland Co., VA. He was the son of Andrew Robertson and Ann Elizabeth Glasscock.

Lettice Terebena Robertson (b. 5 Jun 1821), married on 25 Feb 1841, Benedict Julian Ingram (b. ca. 1819, d. aft. 1850).

Julian Cicero Ingram (b. 31 Dec 1841, d. 22 Sep 1906 in Ophelia, Northumberland Co, VA) married Mary Elizabeth Owens (b.28 Nov 1858, Lodge, Northumberland Co., VA; d. 18  Oct 1937, Folly, Northumberland Co., VA).  They lived at "Greenfield," Folly, Northumberland County.

Minnie Blanche Ingram (b.01 Dec 1886, Lodge, Northumberland Co., VA, d. 09 Nov 1976), m. William Robert Noel (b. 15 Oct. 1863 and d. 30 Jan 1939 in Ophelia, Northumberland Co., VA), 

Minnie Blanche Ingram and William Robert Noel were the grandparents of Susan Noel Godman Rager, preparer of this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

 

The following lineage represents descent from Robert Beheathland, Gentleman of Sheri Lynn Black Hillman, Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company:

Robert Beheathland (d. by 1627) m. Mary Nicholson (d. bf  Oct 18, 1670).

Mary Beheathland m. Captain Thomas Bernard (d. by 10 Nov 1651).

Beheathland Bernard (b.1635 prob. Warwick Co. VA, WP 3 Mar 1720/1) m. (2) Andrew Gilson (WD 2 Apr 1697).

Thomas Gilson (b.1665, d. 8 May 1707 Stafford Co., VA) m. Elizabeth Newton (b.1685, d. 22 Feb 1763, Westmoreland Co., VA).

Beheathland Gilson m. ca 1719 John Berryman (d.1727).

Gilson Berryman (d. 4 Apr 1749, Stafford Co. VA) m. 1741 Hannah Bushrod Berryman (b. ca 1726, d. 1745 Fairfax Co., VA).

John Berryman (b.23 Jun 1742 Stafford Co. VA, d. 16 Apr 1787 Lancaster Co. VA) m. ca 1761 Martha Newton (b.2 Sept 1744, d. bf 16 Apr 1787).

Gilson Newton Berryman (b.25 Mar 1762 VA, d. 17 Aug 1836 Fayette Co. KY) m. Ann Waters Berryman (b.2 May 1769 VA, d. 18 Oct 1856 Fayette Co. KY).

Thomas Alexander Berryman (b.31 Jan 1801, Owen Co., KY, d. 12 Dec 1875, Owen Co., KY) m. 4 May 1824 Owen Co., KY, Lucy Harriett Gower (b. 28 May 1804, Owen Co., KY, d. 21 Aug 1872, Owen Co., KY).

Ann Mary Berryman (b.12 May 1825, KY, d. aft 1902, Owen Co., KY) m. 4 Nov 1840 Owen Co., KY, Daniel S. Adams (b. 19 Apr 1814 KY, d. 6 Oct 1902, Owen Co., KY).

Stanley G. Adams (b.29 Jul 1863 KY, d. 30 May 1936, Port Royal, Henry Co., KY) m.12 Sep 1893 Stella Dean (b.4 Nov 1871 OH, d. 18 Jan 1953, Jefferson Co., KY).

Margaret Dean Adams (b.29 Jun 1899, Owen Co., KY, d. 20 Mar 1964 Owen Co., KY) m. 29 Mar 1920 Owens Co., KY, Robert Squire Duncan (b. 26 Jan 1890 Owen Co., KY, d. 20 Dec 1991 Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL).

Margaret Dean Adams and Robert Squire Duncan were the great-grandparents of Sheri Lynn Black Hillman, member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

Sources for the lineage of Sheri Lynn Black Hillman from Robert Beheathland, Gentleman, include the following: Robert Squire Duncan and Margaret Dean Adams: Death Certificate, Owen Co., KY Marriage Register, 1900 Owen Co. KY Census, Record of Funeral; Stanley G. Adams and Stella Dean: Owen County Marriage Register; 1870 Owen Co. KY Census, "Port Royal Cemetery Records from Henry County, KY Cemeteries," by Meek; Daniel S. Adams and Ann Mary Berryman: Owen County Marriage Register; McDonald & New Funeral Home Records; Owenton KY Records; "History of Owen County, Kentucky," by Owen Co. Historical Society, p.25; Owen County, KY, Censuses of 1850, 1870, 1900; Gravestone in Berryman Family Cemetery, Owen Co., KY; "Owen County Historical Society Preserving Local Memorabilia," "Henry County Local" newspaper article; Thomas Alexander Berryman and Lucy Harriet Gower, "Kentucky Cemetery Records Project, Vol. 1, Owen County," by Kentucky Historical Society; Owen County KY Marriage Register; Gravestone picture; Last Will and Testament of Lucy Berryman dated 1861; Fayette County Will Book P, p.312; Last Will and Testament of Lucy Gower proved 21 Sep 1872; "Owen Co. Historical Society Preserving Local Memorabilia;" Gilson Newton Berryman and Ann Washington: "History of Kentucky," Vol. III, edited by Judge Kerr, p.261; Fayette Co., KY Will Book ), p.84; Fayette Co. KY Records, Vol. 5 by M. & B. Cook; Fayette Co. KY Will Book, p.133; John Berryman and Martha Newton: The Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798, Pub.1960, p.11; Bible of Willoughby Newton; "Genealogies of Virginia Families," William & Mary Quarterly, p.243; Last Will and Testament and Inventory of John Berryman; Gilson Berryman and Hannah Bushrod Berryman: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families, p.243, 254; The Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798, Pub.1960, p.11; Will of Gilson Berryman: Virginia County Court Records, Stafford County, VA Will Book, Abstracts, p.23; Behethland Gilson and John Berryman: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, Genealogies of Virginia Families, p.243, p.254; Will of Benjamin Berrymant: Virginia County Court Records, Deed and Will Abstracts, Westmoreland County, VA, p.103; Thomas Gilson and Elizabeth ______: Westmoreland County Order Book 1705-1721, Part 3, Abstracted by J. Frederick Dorman, 1991; William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families," p.257; Major Andrew Gilson and Behethland Bernard: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families," pp.242-243, 254, 257; Captain Thomas Bernard and Mary Beheathland: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families," p.242; Robert Beheathland and Mary Nicholson: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families," p.242.

 

The following lineage represents descent from Robert Beheathland, Gentleman of Mary Elizabeth Stewart, Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company:

Robert Beheathland  (b. St. Endelyon, Cornwall, England, d. by 1628) m. Mary (_____), immigration 13 May 1607, Jamestown, Virginia.

Mary Beheathland m. 1631 Capt. Thomas Bernard, Warwick County, Virginia, d. a 1651.

Beheathland Bernard (b. ca 1635, d. 1720, WP 30 Mar 1720, Westmoreland County, Virginia) m. 1652 Capt.. Francis Dade.

Mary Dade (b. ca 1661, d. 1694, Stafford County, Virginia) m. (1) 1677 Capt. Robert Massey, (2) Col. Rice Hooe.

Capt. Dade Massey Sr. (b.1679, d. 16 Apr 1735, WP 13 May 1735 Stafford County, Virginia), m. Elizabeth ______.

Sigismund Massie (b. a 1705, d. 16 Jun 1746, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia) m. 4 Apr 1743 Mary Stuart, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.

Sigismunda Mary Massey (b. 29 Jun 1746, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia, d. 18 Apr 1832, WP 7 Jan 1833, Prince William County, Virginia) m. 18 Apr 1765 Col. William Alexander, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.

Elizabeth Ashton Alexander (b. 22 Dec 1773, d. c Mar 1815) m. c 1795 Col. Gerard Alexander.

Harry Ashton Alexander (b. 12 May 1805, d. 12 Jun 1891, WP 10 Aug 1891, Campbell County, Virginia) m.  10 Jan 1838 (2) Sarah Ann Moorman, Campbell County, Virginia.

Mary Elizabeth Alexander (b. 17 Jan 1839, Bedford County, Virginia, d. 1 Feb. 1923, Campbell County, Virginia, bur. 2 Feb 1923 Hill's Creek, Campbell County, Virginia) m. 24 Dec 1867 Charles Jones Winston, Campbell County, Virginia.

Mary Elizabeth Alexander and Charles Jones Winston were the great-grandparents of Mary Elizabeth Stewart, member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

Sources for the lineage of Mary Elizabeth Stewart from Robert Beheathland, Gentleman, include the following: Mary Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Jones Winston: Obituary written by Lucy Winston Clay, 10 Feb 1923; tombstone; Campbell County, VA MB 2, p.109; Marriage certificate of C. J. Winston and M. E. Alexander, photocopy in possession of M. E. Stewart; "Census Microfilm Records: Campbell County, Virginia, 1900" (Heritage Quest: Family Quest Digital Microfilm, 1999) T623-1703, T623\1703\Part 1\210B. ED 28, page 7B; Death certificate, VA: Campbell County, VA; Campbell County,  VA, WB22, p.511; Henry Ashton Alexander, Sarah Ann Moorman: Samuel Moorman Family: Holy Bible, LVA, MBRC2, Acc. No. 21403 (Transcription by Juliet Fauntleroy 11 Sep 1937: John Adams, printer, 1804, Philadelphia, PA); Death Certificate, VA: No record was found in Campbell County 1890-1892, Virginia Department of Health, 16 May 2001; Campbell County, VA, WB17, pp.156-157. Elizabeth Ashton Alexander, Col. Gerard Alexander: George Harrison Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798,  Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1960), p.93; Sigismunda Mary Massey, Col. William Alexander: George Harrison Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798,  Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1960), p.93; Sigismund Massie, Mary Stuart: George Harrison Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798,  Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1960), pp.93, 134; Capt. Dade Massey Sr., Elizabeth ______: Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp.47-53; George Harrison Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798,  Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1960), p.93; Mary Dade, Capt. Robert Massey: John Frederick Dorman and Virginia M. Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5" (Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), pp.109, 373-374; Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp.47-53; Beheathland Bernard, Capt. Francis Dade: Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp. 15-16; John Frederick Dorman and Virginia M. Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5" (Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), pp.107-109; Mary Beheathland, Capt. Thomas Bernard: Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp. 6, 10-14; John Frederick Dorman and Virginia M. Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5" (Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), p.107; Robert Beheathland: Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp. 1-7, p. 6 quotes Cavaliers & Pioneers, Minutes of Council & General Court; John Frederick Dorman and Virginia M. Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5" (Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), pp. 105-107.

RICHARD KENNER

 

Richard Kenner was born about 1635, probably in England, and died in 1692 in Northumberland County, VA. According to some sources, he was a Captain in the British Navy and the son of Richard Kenner (b.1600) who died in Lower Norfolk County, VA about 1651. Richard Kenner married Elizabeth Rodham (b. ca. 1649, Kent Island, MD, d. 20 Apr 1709, Northumberland, VA), the daughter of Matthew Rodham and Elizabeth Hewitt. At the time of the marriage, Elizabeth's father executed a deed of gift of 750 acres in consideration of their union. With this, plus property he owned and later acquired, his plantation included more than 2000 acres. Matthew Rodham was one of the early English settlers in Northumberland County, VA, being first located in Accomack County in 1634 at age 14. In a 1653 deposition, he stated he was about 33 years old.

"Kennersley" was the seat of the Kenners; it was a large estate on the Coan River near the mouth of the Potomac. "Kennersley" was divided in 1818, and by 1844 left family ownership after more than 150 years. At the final sale, the property was described as "on the waters of the Coan River bounded by Catesby Jones, James Haynie, Thomas Oldham and John Grindstead." There is no record of the house except the will, inventory and appraisal in 1786 which  suggest a large, well-furnished home attended by 22 house slaves plus 47 others, totaling 69 slaves. The family also owned a 30-ton brigantine named for Richard's daughters, "The Elizabeth and Hannah," which was used in the tobacco trade.

Richard Kenner represented Northumberland in the House of Burgesses in 1688 and 1691. He also served as Justice. His son Rodham served as Burgess in 1696-97 and 1699. Richard and Elizabeth had five sons and two daughters: Rodham, Richard, Francis, John, Matthew, Elizabeth and Hannah. Richard Kenner's youngest son, Matthew, married Elizabeth Aldridge, daughter of Clement Aldridge. Matthew Kenner's will provided generously for the welfare and education of his younger children. His inventory included the usual furnishings of a large family, along with books and musical instruments (fiddle, bagpipe and drums), farm implements, cattle, beehives, slaves, and the contents of the Ordinary. Matthew Kenner was a shipwright, tavern owner and planter.

Nancy Kenner, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Kenner, was underage when her father died. She later married William Gallihue, son of Darby Gallihue and Charlotte Ewell of Lancaster County, VA. Charlotte Ewell was a granddaughter of Rev. John Bertrand and Charlotte de Jolie, Huguenots of "Belle Isle." Charlotte Ewell's mother, Mary Ann Bertrand, was married three times, to (1) Charles Ewell, (2) William Ballendine, and (3) James Ball. She is buried at Saint Mary's White Chapel, Lively, VA.

Sources include the following (for the biographical information above and the lineage information below): "Matthew Rodham," by C. D. Cohran, Northumberland County Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. XVII, Bicentennial Issue 1975; "Lone Gone Kenner Plantation - Kennersley," by Isabel Gough, Northumberland County Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. VIII, NO. 1, 1971;  "A History of the Ernest Rodham Kenner Family 1634-1865," by Alexander G. Young and Harry F. Young, 1992; "White Pillars," by J. Frazer Smith; "Northumberland County Wills and Administrations, 1713-1749," p.145; "Virginia County Court Records, Northumberland, 1680-1683," p,88; William & Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. IV, No.3, Jan. 1896, p. 179; Vol. XIV, No. 3, Jan. 1906, pp.173, 174, 177.

 

LINEAGE FROM RICHARD KENNER

 

Richard Kenner (b. ca 1625-d. ca 1692), Burgess of Northumberland County, married Elizabeth Rodham (ca 1664), daughter of Matthew Rodham who came to the Eastern Shore of Virginia in 1634.

Matthew Kenner (b. ca 1679-d. ca 1742), fifth child of Richard and Elizabeth Rodham Kenner, was a mariner and tavern owner who married (ca 1700) Elizabeth Aldridge.

Nancy (Ann) Kenner (b. ca 1731-d. ca 1790) married William Gallihue(Gallahough) of Prince William County (b. ca 1730-d. ca 1750.

Charlotte Gallihue, daughter of Ann Kenner and William Gallihue, and granddaughter of John Bertrand, Huguenot of "Belle Isle," married Sam Dalton, Jr in 1767. He died in 1789-90.

Nancy Kenner Dalton (1772-1840) married Absalom Scales (1769-1835). They moved to Tennessee and lived at "Rocky Glade," in Williamson County; the county line was changed and the house is now in Rutherford County.

John Scales, Sr (1793-1859) was born in North Carolina and died in Tennessee; he married, secondly, Lucy Fields (1792-1820) who was also born in North Carolina and died in Tennessee.

Mary Gallihue Scales (1819-1862) married, secondly, in Williamson County, TN, William Garner Osborne (1812-1883), merchant and farmer.

Lucius Junius Osborne (1853-1935), merchant in Bedford County, TN, married Martha Jane Elmore (1852-1903).

Lucius Junius Osborne and Martha Jane Elmore were the great-grandparents of Patty Stephens Arnold, preparer of this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

 

 

COL. JOHN MOTTROM

 

Col. John Mottrom (or Mattrom), a Cavalier immigrant often regarded as the founder or first English settler of the Northern Neck of Virginia, is believed to have been born in Cheshire, England, about 1610. By 1640, he settled at York, founded by Governor Sir John Harvey and located on the York River at the west side of Wormeley’s Creek, three miles away from latter-day Yorktown. At that time York and Chiskiack were the first two plantations on the York River. Mottrom used a shallop to trade with other plantations in Virginia and Maryland.

About 1645, Mottrom settled at Chicacoan (or Coan), the first English settlement on the Virginia side of the Potomac River at the confluence of the Coan and Potomac Rivers in what was soon to become Northumberland County, Virginia. His home there became a refuge for Protestants and some disenchanted Catholics across the Potomac River in Maryland who opposed the Roman Catholic government of Lord Baltimore.

For the first few years of the Chicacoan settlement, its residents enjoyed living tax-free and free from governmental control until authorities needed revenue to finance the Indian wars, which cause the House of Burgesses to pass an act levying taxes on Chicacoan residents in the form of tobacco payments. The residents were alarmed, and Mottrom became involved.  John Mottrom was present at the State House at Jamestown Island (James City), the first colonial capital of Virginia, on November 20, 1645. It probably took several days to sail from Northumberland down the Potomac into the Bay and then up the James River to Jamestown. Here the Assembly acknowledged Mottrom as a Burgess from the Plantation of Northumberland. Shortly afterwards, Northumberland County was created, at which time Mottrom became its first Burgess, and he served again in 1652. Mottrom’s home at Coan was the first county seat. At Coan he established the first wharf and warehouse on the Northern Neck. Mottrom also served as Presiding Justice and Colonel of the Militia, making him the highest ranking military officer of the Northern Neck.

The land acquired by Col. John Mottrom on the Northern Neck and/or Middle Peninsula amounted to more than 8222 acres, largely for transporting over 100 settlers to the Colony of Virginia. These land grants included sites on the "Pyankatanke River," on Nomini Bay and the Potomac, on the Coan, at Doegs Island and vicnity, and on "Wicocomoco Creek." Mottrom’s "Coan Hall," which was the site of his large personal library,  no longer survives. There is a Victorian cottage, built about 1870, near what is believed to have been the home site. It is on Route 630 near Claraville in Northumberland County.

Mottrom was known to be married twice and had three children. His first wife was the mother of his children Anne (who married Captain Richard Wright, then David Fox, then St. Leger Codd), John, Jr. (who married Hannah Fox and Ruth Griggs), and Frances (who married Nicholas Spencer, Acting Governor of the Colony of Virginia in 1683-84, and (second) Reverend John Bolton). Mottrom’s second wife was Ursula Bish Thompson, who after Mottrom’s death married (third) George Colclough. Two years after John Mottrom died about 1655 in Northumberland, his 1657 estate inventory was valued at 33896 pounds of tobacco.

Mottrom’s descendants have played a major role in the heritage of the Northern Neck and elsewhere. His grandson, Major Francis Wright, married a great-aunt of George Washington, and was one of the principal contributors to and vestryman of Westmoreland’s historic Yeocomico Episcopal Church in Cople Parish. Distinguished jurists Spencer Roane (1762-1822) and nephew Thomas Ritchie (1778-1854), natives of Tappahannock, Virginia, and namesakes of two West Virginia counties, were Mottrom descendants. Among others, Jamestowne Society Chesapeake Bay Company member and local historian/ author Charles Willard Hoskins Warner descends from Colonel John Mottrom, as did Westmoreland County educator James Dall Brown, Jr., late husband of member Virginia Felts Brown of Westmoreland, and second cousin of Bryan Godfrey’s paternal grandfather.

Sources include the following (for the biographical information above and for the lineage information below): “Mottrom—Wright—Spencer—Ariss—Buckner” in Volume V of Genealogies of Virginia Families From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland in 1982); "Ayres-Dawson and Allied Families," by Henrietta Dawson Ayres Sheppard (1871-1960) of Hanover, Pennsylvania (published posthumously by The American Historical Company, Incorporated, 1961), and "The Stronghold: A Story of Historic Northern Neck of Virginia and Its People," by Miriam Haynie (published by The Dietz Press of Richmond, Virginia in 1959). Information on Mottrom and his activities is scattered throughout the early chapters of this narrative.

 

LINEAGE FROM COL. JOHN MOTTROM 

 

Col. John Mottrom (b ca. 1610 probably in Cheshire, England, d abt 1655 in Coan, Northumberland Co., VA) m ?

Ann Mottrom (b ca. 1639 England, Maryland, or Virginia, d ca. 1713 in Westmoreland Co. or Lancaster Co., VA) m (1) Capt. Richard Wright (b ca. 1633 London, England?, d ca. 1663 Northumberland or Westmoreland Co., VA)

Ann Wright (b ca. 1660 Northumberland Co., VA, d in probably “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA) m Col. George Nicholas Hack (b ca. 1657 Accomack Co., VA, d ca. 1705 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA).

Capt. George Hack (b ca. 1680 Cecil Co., MD or “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d ca. 1712 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA) m Sarah Preeson (d aft 1733 Accomack Co., VA?)

Francina Hack (b 24 Sep 1706 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 17 Dec 1784 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen) m Adam Muir (b 5 Nov 1705 probably in Scotland, d 29 Jun 1772 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen”).

Margaret Muir (b 6 Mar 1744/45 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 16 Jan 1774 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen”) m Walter Hatton (b ca. 1740 probably at Hatton Gardens, London, England, d ca. 1784 on high seas).

Margaret Hatton (b ca. 1768 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d ca. 1846 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA) m Capt. John Kellam (b 1 Jan 1769 Wachapreague, Accomack Co., VA, d ca. 1800 Accomack Co., VA).

Col. Thomas Hatton Kellam (b 6 Jul 1790 probably at “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 25 Sep 1841 Northampton Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen”) m (first) 23 Jan 1819 in Northampton Co., VA to Mrs. Elizabeth Bell Jacob Dorsey (b 3 Nov 1793 probably at Eastville, Northampton Co., VA, d 26 Dec 1835 probably at “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen”).

Thomas Hatton Kellam, Jr. (b 28 Oct 1819 or 1823/24 probably at “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 10 Jul 1907 Shady Side, Northampton Co., VA, buried at Johnson’s United Methodist Church, Bayside Road near Routes 618 and 622, Northampton Co., VA) m 23 Jun 1845 in Accomack Co., VA to Susan Ann Taylor (b 13 Apr 1824 Northampton Co. or Accomack Co., VA, d 22 Sep 1873 probably Accomack Co., VA, probably buried at “Evergreen”).

Rebecca Susan Kellam (b 29 Jun 1856 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 28 Nov 1931 Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, buried Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC) m 6 Sep 1881 at   Baltimore, MD to John Gregory Stevens (b 13 Aug 1855 near Taylor’s Beach, Camden Co., NC, d 9 Oct 1942 Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, buried Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC).

Rebecca Irene Stevens (b 10 Feb 1888 Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, d 14 Nov 1963 Butner, Granville Co., NC, buried Shiloh Baptist Church, Route 343, Camden Co., NC) m 24 Mar 1913 in Camden Co., NC, to  Charles Forbes Godfrey (b 16 Nov 1886 Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, d 11 Mar 1962 Elizabeth City, NC, buried Shiloh Baptist Church, Route 343, Camden Co., NC).

Rebecca Irene Stevens and Charles Forbes Godfrey were the paternal great-grandparents of Bryan Scott Godfrey, member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.

 

CAPTAIN THOMAS PUREFOY

 

Thomas Purefoy arrived in Virginia in 1621 in the ship, George, shortly before the 1622 Indian massacre.  The friendly chief Powhatan was dead, and his brother Opekankano, who had never been friendly to the English, ruled. This chief instituted a massacre in which 347 of the settlers were killed; but the remaining colonists put up a furious defense and, in turn, killed a far greater number of the tribe. Twenty-two years later this same chief made a second attack on the settlement, killing over 200; but his tribe was again defeated and he was taken captive and put to death.  When the Crown (Charles I) took over in 1624, the colony had been established. 

Lt. Thomas Purefoy (age 43) completed a muster role for the 1624/5 census.  At the time there were 1,232 surviving inhabitants, out of perhaps 7000 who came to Virginia between 1607 and 1624 Lt. Purefoy first owned land near James City.  He was appointed a commissioner (justice) for Elizabeth City August 1626, led an expedition against “the Nansamungs” in 1627, and was made principal commander for Elizabeth City in 1628/9.  In 1628, he was granted 100 acres in Elizabeth City, near Fort Henry (now mostly Hampton, Va.).  In 1630 he represented the lower part of Elizabeth City in the Assembly and was a member of the Council, 1632-37.  He patented large tracts of land, including 2000 acres called “Drayton.”  By 1637, he was called Capt. Thomas Purefoy.  He was alive 27 Sept. 1638 but dead by 4 October 1639. 

 

LINEAGE FROM CAPTAIN THOMAS PUREFOY

Capt. Thomas Purefoy and his wife Lucy ____ had a son Thomas Purefoy

Thomas Purefoy married Anne _______. Thomas was a large landholder whose holdings included land on the south side of the Rappahannock River near Nanzimum Towne.  He was living in 1671, but ded by 19 Jun 1675.

Frances Purefoy, daughter of Thomas and Anne, married once before marrying William Lowry.  Frances' first marriage provided her with two children. Her second husband, William Lowry, was a justice of Elizabeth City, surveyor of Warwick and Elizabeth City counties, and held land in Elizabeth City.   When William died in 1724, his son William Lowry inherited land in Essex and King and Queen Counties, a lot in Hampton Town, twenty head of cattle, money, and tobacco.

William Lowry first shows up in Essex County records in 1706 when he had land cleared.  William married Jane Nutting from York County, probably before he settled on his land in Essex Co.  They had several children, including John. William died in 1750.

John Lowry, son of William Lowery and Jane Nutting, received the slave,  “Lemon,” through his father's will.  This legacy is part of the proof that William of Essex County was the son of the William of Elizabeth City. In 1716, John Lowry witnessed a legal document by Edward and Richard (?) Booker, probably his cousins.  John Lowry married Sarah Rust, probably a neighbor, in 1729.  John was living in South Farnham Parish when he died in 1758.  He left 40 pounds and some of his estate to his wife, Sarah; 25 pounds to his brother, Robert, and all the rest to his daughter Ann Lowry. 

Ann Lowry married as her second husband and as his second wife, Robert Payne Waring, a prominent citizen of Paynefield in Essex County. Waring was a large landowner, county court justice, and supporter of the Revolution.  They had two sons, William Lowry Waring and John Waring.  After Ann’s death her husband married a third time and had a total of eleven children.

John Waring eventually lived in Portobago, Caroline Co.  He married Elizabeth Latane in 1810.  He appears in the 1820 and 1830 census with a family of about the right size and ages.  He married second Katherine Gray of Tappahannock.  In the 1850 census, a John Waring was living in Tappahannock in the home of Lucy Gray, age 62 and blind.  His death notice is found in The Fredericksburg News on Sept. 17, 1857:  In New Kent County, on Friday, the 11th inst., JOHN WARING, formerly of Port Tobago, Caroline Co. One of John and Elizabeth’s sons was William Payne Waring

William Payne Waring moved to King William Co., south of the Mattaponi River He bought Liberty Hall in 1838, and it was charged to him in the Tax returns until 1848.  (Malcolm Harris, Old New Kent County).  After 1848, William and his young wife, Maria Ellen Brumley, moved to New Kent to be near her mother; they then sold Liberty Hall (Land Tax Returns for New Kent County, 1838-48).  In the 1850 and 1860 census, William is listed as a farmer in New Kent County, with wife, Maria E., and children.  By 1870, he is 60 years old and his wife had died the year before.

Their son William Henry Waring was born 2 Dec. 1842.  On 28 October 1878, he married Martha Ellen Williams.  By 1882, he was farming part of the former Williams property called Cypress Spring in King and Queen County, VA.  William and Martha (Mattie) had seven children, but two died young.  He died 20 August 1893, about 6 weeks before the birth of his last child.

A daughter of William Henry Waring and Martha Ellen Williams, Anna Maria Waring, was born 24 March 1885. In 1912, she married James Godwin Hart, born 30 October 1885, Middlesex Co.  They lived in north Baltimore and raised their family of two sons and a daughter.  Godwin died 14 November 1951 in Lancaster Co. Virginia.  Anna died 11 February 1964 in Charlotte, N. C.  She and Godwin are buried at Harmony Grove Baptist Church in Topping, Virginia.

(NOTE:  Subsequent generations have been omitted for safeguarding identity.)

Kathlyn Lee Harris Waltermire, descendant and author of this ancestral sketch, is currently a member of the Jamestowne Society.

 Sources:  Adventurers of Purse and Person, 4th Ed., Vol. 2, John F. Dorman, p. 863 ff.; Will of William Lowry of Elizabeth City County, proved 16 Sept. 1724, Eliz. City Co. Wills and Administrations; Deeds, Wills and Orders 1704-1730, Pt. 1 (Reel 5), Library of Virginia; Will of William Lowry, Essex Co., VA WB8, p. 392, proved 18 Dec. 1750; Will of John Lowry, Essex Co., VA. WB 11, p. 105, proved 16 May 1758; Will of Robert Payne Waring, Essex Co., VA, WB 15, p. 457, proved 17 June 1799; Essex Co. Marriage Register No. 1. p. 226, John Waring and Elizabeth Latane; Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, July 1903, p. 104, William Payne Waring as a son of “James” [John] and Elizabeth Latane Waring; 1850 Census, New Kent Co, VA, William Payne Waring family (Ancestry.com, Roll M432_963, p. 338, Image 236); Motley, Arnold, Thomas Waring, Gentleman of Essex County and His Descendants, App. 1, Tide-Neck Press, Tappahannock, VA. 1960; W. H. Waring and M. E. Williams family Bible record.

 

 

 

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