Francis Triplett, I (1635 - 1701)

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Nicknames: "The Immigrant"
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Death: Died in Richmond,Rappahannock,VA
Occupation: ("The Immigrant") Cooper (barrel maker) by trade; planter
Managed by: Bryan Moore
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About Francis Triplett, I

  1. ID: I0585
  2. Name: Frances TRIPLETT I
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 1635 in Of Cheapside, London, Cornwall, England
  5. Death: 2 NOV 1701 in Richmond, County, Richmond, Virginia
  6. Note:
   FRANCIS TRIPLETT
   FRANCIS TRIPLETT, WHO BECAME THE PROGENITOR OF THE TRIPLETT FAMILY IN AMERICA BEFORE 1660. HE WAS BORN ABOUT 1635, Of CHEAPSIDE, LOUDON, CORNWALL, ENGLAND. FRANCIS NAMED HIS FIRST SON THOMAS AND HIS FIRST DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH.
   MANY STORIES HAD REACHED ENGLAND CONCERNING THE COLONY IN AMERICA, SOME WERE FAVORABLE AND SOME NOT. AS FRANCIS LISTENED TO THEM, HIS INTEREST GREW AND HE DECIDED TO GO THERE, MAKE A LOT OF MONEY AND RETURN HOME. HE ALSO READ THE BOOKS WHICH JOHN SMITH HAD WRITTEN ABOUT AMERICA.
   HE KNEW THE JOURNEY WOULD BE HARD, THE SHIPS WERE CROWDED, FILTHY AND VERMIN INFESTED. HE HAD MARRIED A YOUNG LADY NAMED ALAIS. THE ONLY RECORD OF HER IS ON A FADED PATENT OF PETER JETTS, WHO HAD MARRIED MARY TRIPLETT, A SISTER OF FRANCIS, IN ENGLAND AND COME TO VIRGINIA ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS FRANCIS. WE DO NOT KNOW WHO WAS THERE TO SAY GOOD BY OR JUST WHEN THEY LEFT ENGLAND, BUT THEY WERE IN OLD RAPPAHNNOCK COUNTY, VA. BEFORE 1660.
   FRANCIS MARRIED SAMUEL NICHOL'S WIDOW, ABIGAIL NICHOLS. ABIGAIL HAD A SMALL SON, JOHN NICHOL WHOM FRANCIS RAISED AS HIS OWN.
   IN THE HEADRIGHT SYSTEM, ANY PERSON WHO COULD PAY FOR THE PASSAGE OF ANOTHER PERSON FROM ENGLAND TO VIRGINIA, COULD RECEIVE A PATENT OF 50 ACRES FOR EACH ONE TRANSPORTED. FRANSCIS TRIPLETT AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW PETER JETT, TRANSPORTED 28 PERSONS, MOST OF WHOM FRANCIS PAID FOR, AND FOR THIS HE RECEIVED A PATENT OF 1,1,000 ACRES OF LAND, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RAPPAHNNOCK RIVER, AND WAS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BERKLEY DECEMBER, 1666.
   LIFE WAS NOT EASY IN THE COLONY, BUT AS THE DUTCH WERE PAYING A GOOD PRICE FOR THEIR TOBACCO, THEY WERE BEGINNING TO PROSPER. THEN THE NAVIGATION ACT WAS ENFORCED AND ALL TRADE WITH THE DUTCH CEASED. PRODUCTION HAD INCREASED AND THE WAREHOUSES WERE FILLED. IT WAS A REAL BLOW TO THE COLONY, AS THE ENGLISH TRADED DID NOT PAY NEARLY AS MUCH FOR THEIR TOBACCO AS THE DUTCH HAD. THEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1665, THE ENGLISH FLEET FAILED TO ARRIVE AND BY FALL, RUMORS OF THE TERRIBLE BUBONIC PLAGUE THAT HAD RAGED IN LONDON AND THE GREAT FIRE BEGAN TO APPEAR. MANY HEARTS WERE SADDENED AT THE THOUGHTS OF LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS, WHO NO DOUBT HAD LOST THEIR LIVES.
   THEN DISASTER STRUCK. ON THE FIRST OF APRIL, 1667, A GREAT STORM CAME, RUINING THE SPRING CROPS AND FRUIT TREES, DAMAGING HOMES AND KILLING ANIMALS. THE RAIN CONTINUED FOR FOUR DAYS AND FINISHED RUINING WHAT FEW CROPS WERE LEFT. THE FOREST LANDS OF FRANCIS TRIPLETT AND PETER JETT WERE ON HIGHER GROUND AND ESCAPED MOST OF THE FLOODING WHEN THE RIVERS OVERFLOWED. WAREHOUSES THAT WERE FILLED WITH TOBACCO READY FOR SHIPMENT, WERE ALL SWEPT AWAY IN THE FLOODS. THEN IF THIS WERE NOT ENOUGH, IN AUGUST, A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM CAME, AND IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT BETWEEN 10-15,000 HOUSES WERE BLOWN DOWN, MANY LOST ALL THAT THEY OWNED.
   LIFE MOVED ON, WITH ALWAYS A THREAT FROM INDIAN RAIDS, BACON'S REBELLION AND THE REMOVAL OF GOV. BERKLEY AND OTHERS APPOINTED IN HIS STEAD, MOST OF WHOM DID NOT HAVE THE INTERESTS OF THE COLONIST AT HEART.
   FRANCIS AND HIS WIFE ABIGAIL (second wife)* SIGNED A DEED APRIL 30, 1669, SELLING A TRACT OF LAND FOR 3500 POUNDS OF TOBACCO. A NUMBER OF TIMES HE ALMOST LOST HIS PROPERTY DUE TO CROP FAILURES. THEY WERE THE PARENTS OF 6 CHILDREN, ALL BORN IN RICHMOND CO. FRANCIS DATED THIS NOV 24 1700, IT WAS PROVED MARCH 4TH, 1701.
   *As Abigail was not mentioned in earlier trans actions, it would seem that they may have been married earlier that year. His will was proved 4 March, 1701 in Richmond Co., VA.
   The descendants of these and possible other later lines of the family in America have spread to all parts of the country and have aided substantially in its growth and development. They have been characterized in general by their integrity, perseverence, fortitude, initiative and patriotism.
   Among those Tripletts' who fought in the War of the Revolution as officers were:Col. Simon, Capt. Thomas, Capt. Francis, Capt. George, Regimental Paymaster William, Lt. Roger, and Lt. Hedgeman, of VA.; Ensign Charles of North Carolina, and numerous others from the various other southern states of that period.
   John, Henry, Thomas, Francis, Hedgeman, Daniel, Simon, Robert, Philip, James, George,a nd William are some of the names most highly favored by the family for its male progeny.
   a few of the members of the family who have distinguished themselves in America in more recent time are:
   Congressman Philip Triplett (latter eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries) of Kentucky, from 1839 to 1843.
   Frncis F. Triplett, Attorney/author (early nineteenth century) of Washington D.C..
   Frank TRiplett, complier and historian of nineteenth century of Missouri and Illinois.
   Henry Franklin Triplett, author and politician (born 1854), of Texas.
   Lousi Ball Triplett, author, (born 1877), of California.
   Charles C. Triplett (latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) of Texas editor.
   Dorothy Triplett (born 1903), of Kansas, educator and author.
   COURT RECORDS, CLERKS OFFICE
   FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA
   ROUND HILL, 1666-1777: Location in district of Fairfax County, seven mileds from Alexandria, Virginia and twelve miles south of Washington D.C., two miles west of Mt. Vernon on the Old Stage Road, now known as Telegrahp Road. Original owner was Thomas Triplett. The history of the Triplett Estate is that of great interest in the Historical World. Dr. Thomas Triplett came from Westminister, England and his remains entombed in Westminister Abbey. He had three sons: Francis, John, Hedgeman, who came to America in 1666 if not before and settled in Westmoreland County, VA.
   In 1670, 5000 acres were given jointly to John Washington and Nicholas Spenser for bringing to the colonies one hundred settlers, and later the entire property was obtained by the Washington family. This property lay on the Potomac River, between Dogu Creek and Little Hunting Creek, now known as the "Mt. Vernon" on the Potomac.
   Francis Triplett died in the year 1701, having a window and three sons, Thomas, William, and Francis II, to whom he left his property by will filed in Richmond County. 

Father: John TRIPLETT b: 25 NOV 1570 in St. Tew, Oxford, England

Mother: Joan YEO b: in Devonshire, England

Marriage 1 Alais JETT

   * Married: 1658 in England

Marriage 2 Abigail HUSE b: 1640 in Westmoreland CO, Rappahannock, Virginia

   * Married: 10 OCT 1664 in Rappahannock, Virginia

Children

  1. Has Children Thomas TRIPLETT b: 1669 in Richmond Co, VA
  2. Has Children William TRIPLETT b: 1670 in Old Rappahannoch, VA
  3. Has Children Frances TRIPLETT II b: 1672 in Old Rappahannoch, VA
  4. Has Children Elizabeth TRIPLETT b: 1673 in Richmond Co, VA
  5. Has Children Abigail TRIPLETT b: 1675 in Richmond Co, VA
  6. Has No Children John TRIPLETT b: 1677

-------------------- The following is copied from RootsWeb (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mysouthernfamily/myff/d0088/g0000010.html#I67262)

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Francis dated his will November 24, 1700. It was proved on March 4th, 1701, in Richmond County, VA. The will mentions his wife (Abigail), his children and grandchildren. It disposes of his 200 acre plantation, another tract of 1,050 acres and several small tracts.

Possibly 1st wife Alais ? Marriage: in England is mother of Children.

"Francis came from London, England about 1660. The headright system, in place at the time, provided that any person who could pay for passage of another person from England to Virginia could receive a patent of 50 acres of land for each one transported. Francis and his brother-in-law, Peter Jett, transported 28 persons, most of whom Francis paid for. On Janurary 21, 1666 a patent for 1050 acres of land on the south side of the Rappahannock River, in Rappahannock Co. was given to him and signed by Governor Berkley, in payment for transporting 21 persons.

Other notes on Triplett's: William Duke of Normandy, conquered England in 1066 A.D. He parcelled out land and divided the spoils among his followers, three of whom were brothers named Tripelette. They were builders and worked on the Tower of London, where they chiseled their names on some stones used in the construction of the Tower. They prospered, and later simplified the name to Triplett. Very little is known about this family until around 1500, when they began to show up in sizable numbers around London.

On the 28th of September, 1668, Francis sold land in Rappahannock for six thousand pounds of tobacco, that being the medium of exchange at that time.

Francis and Abigail were faced with many hardships during this the early days of the Colony. They almost lost their land several times due to crop failure of the tobacco they were growing. They finally signed a deed on April 30th, 1669, selling a tract of land for thirty-five hundred pounds of tobacco. As Abigail had not been mentioned in the earlier land transactions, it would seem that they may have been married earlier that year.

Francis Triplett was born about 1635 in England. His parents have been said to be John Triplett and Joan Yeo. However, this is questioned because John and Joan wed in 1598. It is more likely that he is a grandchild. The Yeo family immigrated to Virginia mid seventeenth century and may have been one reason Francis went to Virginia. He was there by 1666.

The William and Mary Quarterly printed a multipart Genealogy of the Triplett Family in Volumes XXI, page 33, 115, XXII, page 175 and also an addendum on page 37 of a later unknown Vol. They were written by Rev. A. H. Hord. The article noted that Francis Triplett was issued a patent dated Jan 21, 1666 with the title "Mister". The term mister designated a higher degree of social consideration than that of a yeoman. The family continued to be prominent in the life of Colonial Virginia. The patent was for 1050 acres on the north side of the Rappahannock River. That patent is also noted in Cavaliers and Pioneers by Nugent.

From Northern Neck Land Grants there is recorded Francis Triplett of Richmond County receiving 90 acres in forest between the Rappahannock and Potomac near Coleman on November 2, 1692.

There is a Triplett Genealogy website (link no longer works) http://people.mn.mediaone.net/jgoepfert/triplett_generations_1.htm It contains all the information given the sources listed in this piece plus other interesting additions.

About 1665 Francis married Abigail Huse. was noted in Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607 – 1800 by Dorothy Ford Willfech. It went on to say he was "son of Francis Triplett, the immigrant. Futher proof of the marriage came in Captain Symon Miller’s will proved 1684 in Old Rappahannock that mentioned his daughter Isabella who married William Triplett.

Francis Triplett died in 1701. His well was dated Nov. 11, 1700 and proved March 1, 1701. A reference to that is found in King George Records of the clerk's office although the will has been lost. The website states that he died December 1728. All other references say "1738". The will disposes of the plantation of 200 acres on which he lived, another tract of 1050 acres and several smaller tracts. He mentions his wife Abigail and children Thomas, William, and Francis.

It is not known how long Abigail lived after Francis died. " (from hurst and murray familys of mo an ark by joesph lafayette murray on GenCircles.com. -------------------- More on Frances and his line:

http://www.cwis.net/~andrew/famtree/hugueley/d0/i0000465.htm#i465

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Francis Triplett, I's Timeline

1635
1635
Cheapside, London, England
1660
1660
Age 25
City of London, Greater London, UK
1664
October 10, 1664
Age 29
Old Rappahannock Co., VA
1666
1666
Age 31
Westmoreland, VA, USA
1667
1667
Age 32
Richmond, Rappahannock, VA, USA
1670
1670
Age 35
Rappahannock, VA, USA
1673
1673
Age 38
Rappahannock, VA, USA
1673
Age 38
Richmond, Rappahannock, VA, USA
1677
1677
Age 42
Richmond,Rappahannock,VA
1701
February 1, 1701
Age 66
Richmond,Rappahannock,VA