About Thomas Fleming Jordan
Thomas was born in Wiltshire, England around 1600. He came to Virginia in 1623, on the ship Diana. Thomas served as a soldier under Sir George Yardley, early Governor of Virginia, and was in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1629-1632 representing Charles City.
On July 2, 1633, he received a land grant consisting of 900 acres near the head of the Warrasquioake River. This plantation was called Ware Neck, and it was located in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He also acquired land in Nansemond County. Thomas evidently prospered as a tobacco planter.
Thomas and his wife, Corker, Lucy b: Abt 1600, had, five children, Richard, Thomas, Jordan, Margaret b: Abt 1642, Matthew and Joseph.
• Thomas Jordan was born in 1600 and was living in Virginia in 1624; burgess for Warrosqueake, Isle of Wight, 1629, 1631, and September, 1632, and a commissioner in 1629. His descendants have been numerous in Isle of Wight county. Richard Jordan, a burgess for Isle of Wight in 1676 was probably a son. • Came to Isle of Wight Co VA before 1634 • Thomas Jordan represented Warrosquyoake in the Virginia House of Burgesses • • Thomas Jordan (son of the immigrant, b. 1600-d. by Aug., 1644) came to America on the ship " Diana" in 1620 and was living at James City, 1623; in 1624 heads the list of the Governor's men at Pasbehaigh (James City), indicating he was a soldier in the Governor's Guard;The Governor being Sir George Yardley). • • In 1629 he is mentioned as one of the Commissioners of Warriscoyack" (Isle of Wight Co. by 1637), which area he represented in the House of Burgesses, 1629, 1631-32." His land is of record 1635. • It is said that he married Lucy Corker of Eng 1605-1644. • From: "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography", edited by Lyon Gardiner • • Thomas Jordan "born 1600 and was living in Va in 1624; burgess for Warrosqueake, Isle of Wight 1629, 1631 and Sept 1632 and a commissioner in 1629." • • Notes for Thomas Jordan • Came to America from England on the ship Diana and settled in Isle of Wight county, Virginia from which he was a member of the House of Burgess from 1629-1632 • ___________________________________ • Historical Notes on Isle of Wight County, Helen Haverty King, Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors, 1993, pp 5 • During the first hundred years a grant of fifty acres was given for the importation of every immigrant. The names of the "Head-rights" were given in the grants. Thomas Jordan, 900 acres July 2, 1635 near the head of Warsq. RIver on west side of an old Indian Towne into the woods a mile and down to Cross Creek. For trans. 18 persons. • ___________________________________ • Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5 • Order of First Families of Virginia, 3rd Ed, 1987, p 379 • Came to Virginia in the "Diana" and was living at James City, 1623/4 where in the muster of 1624/5, aged 24, he heads the list of the Governor Yardley's men at Pasbehaigh (James City), indicating that he was a soldier in the Governor's guard. In 1629 he is mentioned as one of the commissioners of Wariscoyack (Isle of Wight County by 1637), which area he represented in the House of Burgesses, 1628, 1629, 1632 (February - March and September). On July 2, 1635, he received a patent for 900 acres in Warrasquioake County (Isle of Wight) near the head of Warrasquioake (Pagan) River, "beginning on the Westerly side of an old Indian Towne...being upon the North West side of the river..." • A patent issued to Thomas Davis, August 10, 1644, for 300 acres in Nansemond Co notes that it adjoined the "patent land of Mr. Thomas Jordan, dec'd" • ______________________________________________________ • Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia, John Bennett Boddie, Chicago, Chicago Law Printing Company, 1938 • . p 117, He represented Isle of Wight in the House of Burgesses in 1629 and 1632. He followed the Puritan trek to Nansemond as he patented land there soon after receiving his Isle of Wight grant. • . P 657, Land Grants 1628-1674, Thomas Jordan, 900 acres July 2, 1635, near the head of Warsq. River on west side of an old Indian Towne into the woods a mile and down to Cross Creek, for trans. of 18 persons. • . p 656, Land Grants 1628-1674, Benjmain Harrison, 200 acres, July 7, 1635, about 2 miles up Warresquioake Creek, extending NW which land is now in the tenure of Thomas Jordan, gent. due by deed of sale from John Davis of Kisiake, July 9, 1633, being part of a dividend granted Davis by order of Court June 5, 1633 as being heir to his uncle Walter Davis. • 012 • • «b»Notes on Thomas Jordan- Found on web • «/b» • THOMAS JORDAN1600 - Thomas Jordan, born in 1600, the son of Samuel by his first marriage in Dorsetshire, came to Virginia in 1618 in the ship Diana. He was a soldier in the service of General Yardley.In the Census of 1624, he is shown as living in "the Maine" on his father's land patent, at Pasbyhayes. His land grant of 1624 was for land that the Virginia Company had given his father, Samuel, but the father had never taken out the patent on the tract. Thomas Jordan was a Member of the Houses of Burgesses from Warrosquoyacke (Isle of Wight County) in 1629, 1631, and 1632. He was Commissioner in 1627.In 1635 he was granted 900 acres known as the "Great Indian Field Neck" near the head of Warroquoiacke River, beginning at the western side of an old Indian town. This was near the head of Pagan River. He was granted this land by Governor West for transporting 18 persons. One branch of the Jordan family still possessed this grant until 1840.Thomas Jordan married Lucy Corker, daughter of Captain Corker, and had at least three children: Thomas, Jr., Richard and Phillis.Thomas Jordan followed the Puritan trek to Nansemond as he patented land there soon after receiving his Isle of Wight grant. Thomas Jordan died in 1688 in Surrey County. His will includes, "a pair of very old Virginals and a bass viol."The son of Thomas and Lucy (Corker) Jordan, Thomas Jordan, Jr. who was born in 1634. He married Margaret Brashare (Brasseur) in 1660. She was the daughter of Robert Brashare and the sister of Mary Brashare who married Thomas Cocke, Cicely Reynolds Baley Jordan Farrar's grandson.Margaret Brashare was one of the first known converts to Quakerism in the Virginia colony. She was born in 1642. She became a Quakeress when she was sixteen in the year 1658. Soon after her marriage in 1660, her husband, Thomas, also converted to the faith: "in ye yeare 1660 hee received ye truth and Abode faithful in it."Hinshaw's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN QUAKER GENEALOGY notes, "Thomas Jordan was probably the most influential Quaker in lower Virginia being a man of position and substance."In 1661, he was held, as he writes, "in six weeks imprisonment for being taken at a meeting at my own house and released by the King's proclamation." The latter royal intervention speaks of the influence of the Jordan family in both Virginia and in England.In the same year, Thomas Jordan also "suffered" the following abuses for his Quaker beliefs: ". . . for being taken at a meeting at Robert Lawrence's and bound over to the court of Nansemond for refusing to swear according to their wills and against the commands of Christ, was sent up to Jamestown a prisoner for upwards of ten months. Presently John Blake took away my three servants and left my wife in a distressed condition with a young child at her breast . . . which servant was kept nine weeks and released by order of the Governor. There was taken by John Blake, sheriff of Nansemond, two feather beds, two feather bolsters, and furniture which together with other goods amounted to 3,907 lbs. tobacco and also a serving man who had three years to serve. There was taken by Thomas Godwin, sheriff, ten head of cattle amounting to 5,507 lbs." This testimonial was signed, "Thomas Jordan, Chuckatuck, 1st month, 1661."In 1666, Thomas Jordan [II] was deeded 550 acres in Nansemond County. The Norfleet family owned land adjacent to them. Thomas and Margaret Jordan had ten sons, as follows: 1. Thomas [III], born 1/6/1660 married Elizabeth Burgh. 2. John, born 6/17/1663 married Margaret Burgh. 3. James, born 11/23/1665 married Elizabeth Ratcliff. 4. Robert, born 7/11/1668 married Mary Belson. 5. Richard, born 6/6/1670 married Rebecca Ratcliff. 6. Joseph, born 7/8/1672 married Ann ___. 7. Benjamin, born 7/18/1674 married ?. 8. Matthew, born 11/1/1676 married Dorothy Bufkin (widow). 9. Samuel, born 2/15/1679 married Elizabeth Fleming.10. Joshua, born 6/1681 married ?.Thomas Jordan "departed this life the eighth day of the tenth month of the sixth day of the week about the second hour of the afternoon and was buried the 12th day of the said month on the third day of the week of the year 1699." As his memorial notes, in part, " . . . he stood in opposition against the wrong and deceitful spirits, having suffered the spoiling of his goods and the imprisonment of his body for . . ."
The following entiries were obtained from my Hotten book 8a from the Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia 1624/1625 chapters, pages 201 thru 265, which lists the muster captain, and what ship the individual arrived on.
The 1619 voyage took place Jan to April, with 100 children from London, but arrived with only 80 children. 40 pg 308
Beane, William, 1618 voyage, aged 25 at muster Elizabeth City under Richard Mintrene. Flynt, Thomas, 1618 voyage, mustr at Elizabeth City with Merres, Wheeler, Brocke and Savadge. Goldsmith, Arthure, 1618 voyage, aged 26 at muster at Mathews Plant, James City as servant to Capt Samuel Mathews. Greene, Solloman, 1618 voyage, aged 27 at muster Elizabeth City. Hutchinson, William, 1618 voyage, aged 32 at muster in Elzabeth City as one of William Tucker's men. Jorden, Thomas, aged 24 at muster as a Governor's Man at Pasbehaighs, James City. Prouse, George, muster at Archer's Hope, James City. Puggett, Cesar, 1619 voyage, 20 at muster at Hog Hand as one of Sir George Yearley's men. Swinhow, Thomas, muster at Pasbeheigh's, James City. Threnorden, Edward, 1619 voyage, wife Elizabeth on the 1619 George. Water, Grace, 1618 voyage, aged 21 at muster Elizabeth City, wife to Edward on the Patience. Woodward, Henry, muster at Hog Hans with wife Jane.