George Poindexter, I (c.1626 - 1692)

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Nicknames: "George Poingdestre"
Birthplace: St. Savour Parish/Channel Islands, Jersey, USA/UK
Death: Died in St. Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia, United States
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Name: George Poindexter Sex: M Birth: 1627 in St. Saviour's Parish, Isle of Jersey Death: ABT 1690 in St. Paul's Parish, New Kent (Hanover), Virginia Baptism: 23 DEC 1627 St. Saviour's Parish, Isle of Jersey Note: BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE POINDEXTER

George Poindexter was born on the Isle of Jersey in late 1627. He was baptized as the son of Thomas Poindexter, who was the son of Edward Poindexter, at St. Saviour's parish on the Isle of Jersey on December 23, 1627. He undoubtedly attended the St. Mannlier School and was surely tutored at home also.

It is possible that George was present with his uncle John at Elizabeth Castle in Jersey at the surrender of Cromwell's troops, and was forced into exile, arriving in Virginia in 1657. He and George Thompson were granted 350 acres in Gloucester County, at the head of Eagle Nest Creek in Milford Haven, on March 15, 1657. Apparently, he did not settle on the Gloucester land, because on January 8, 1667, he and Otho Thorpe were granted 850 acres at Middle Plantation in York County for transporting seven persons to Virginia. He soon became a prosperous merchant and planter. He was also joint owner of several ships, with Nathaniel Bacon, of Bacon's Rebellion fame.

The family name of Susanna, George's wife, is not known, but tradition says that because he was a royalist and Susanna was the daughter of a high court official of the new Parliamentarian government, they married against the wishes of their families. It's possible that Susanna's family may have forced George's departure from Jersey. In 1673, a certificate was granted to George to import several persons to Virginia, among whom was Susanna Poindexter. After many years apart, his wife joined him at that time. Upon the founding of Bruton Parish in 1679, George was named to the first Vestry. His name can still be seen on a memorial plaque on the wall of the present Bruton Parish Church at Williamsburg.

After joining Bacon's Rebellion in 1676, the family moved to New Kent County in about 1680. There, between the Pamunkey and Chickahominy Rivers, about 1685, George built a fine home which was still standing in the Twenty-first Century. It was of brick and timbers, an elegant mansion for so early a period. He named it Christ's Cross and it became known as "Criss-Cross". It is one of the six oldest homes in Virginia. In New Kent, George was one of the founders of St. Peter's Anglican Parish. He was a member of the first Vestry, which met at Criss-Cross before the church was completed in 1701. Church records show that George declined to serve the vestry on May 12, 1690, probably because of declining health. Other records show a change in slave ownership from George to Susanna in 1693, he probably died between those dates. Susanna was buried on July 15, 1698.

Information from "Poingdestre-Poindexter, a Norman Family, Through the Ages, 1250-1977" by John Poindexter Landers Change Date: 22 MAY 2005

Father: Thomas Poindexter b: 1581 in Isle Of Jersey Mother: Elizabeth Effard b: 1597 in Isle Of Jersey

Marriage 1 Susanna Married: BEF 1650 in either England or Jersey Children George Poindexter b: ABT 1650 in Jersey, Chanel Island John Poindexter b: ABT 1652 Elizabeth Poindexter b: ABT 1656 Sarah Poindexter b: ABT 1663 Thomas Poindexter b: ABT 1665 in Williamsburg (Middle Plantation), Virginia

Immigrant (about 1657) George Poindexter and Susannah Nichols. George was a merchant, a part owner of ships, and a planter. He built a Manor, which is still standing, "Chriss Cross" or "Christ's Cross" during 1686 in New Kent Co. VA, which has been restored and occupied and is one of the oldest in VA. The Poindexter family dates its ancestry back hundreds of years to France and England, with the French spelling of the name "Po- ingdestre" used by the family. They were deeply involved in the Huguenot religous controversies in France. The earliest appear- ance of the Poingdestre name in England came with John Poingde- stre moving from France about 1400 to become baliff of the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel in 1424. He was the first of four successive John Poigndestres with the title of baliff, de- scending from father to son until the early 1500's. By 1544, the Poigndestre family had been granted an estate by the King of Eng- land. The holder of the estate at that time was John Poigndestre who married Girette Ahiers. They had a son named John and a grandson named Edward Poigndestre. Edward's wife was Pauline Ahiers. Edward and Pauline were the parents of Thomas (b 1581) who married Elizabeth Effort. Thomas and Elizabeth were the par- ents of George the immigrant. PROVEN: LDS files, Published genealogy. No one knows for sure when George left the Isle of Jersey. Next he went to England with other members of his family. It is thought he married Susanna there and then came to America alone. It is probable that George Poindexter was present with his uncle John in Elizabeth Castle in Jersey and that he went into exile after the surrender of Cromwells troops, arriving that year in Virginia. The earliest record is a land grant: George Poyndexter and George Thompson, 350 acres in Gloucester County at the head of Eagles Nest Creek in Milford Haven, Adjoining the lands of Richard Long and Conglins; march 15, 1657. In April 1673 George Poindexter had imported into the colony several persons, including a Susanna Poindexter, as shown by a certificate granted to him by the courts that month. Some research states it was not his wife Susanna but some one else. I believe it was his wife whom he married in England. There is a family tradition that George was supposed to have become enamoured with a lady above his station (or beneath) against the wishes of his family (or hers). Consequently the pair where separated, only to reunite later in Virginia. No known record exists of the real maiden name of George Poindexter's bride (althouge it is often given as Nicolle (Nicholes). This a Jersey name, but we know her christian name was Susanna. It has been surmised that that she may have been the daughter of a courtier exiled with King Charles in Jersey. Another source states that a woman was brought over with the TOBACCO MAIDS to be wives of the early settlers in Williamsburg. George was supposed to have paid 50 bails of tobacco for his wife's passage. IF George and Susanna met in Jersey, but their families objected to a union, they could have "eloped" to England. Married (we know his first child was born in England). George would have then immigrated to America leaving Susanna in England, settling in the Williamsburg area. Gained enough wealth to build a home and to send for Susanna, then paid for her passage. Some of the dates do not exactly match some of the other information, but it's a romantic thought anyway. (See notes with Susanna on "story" ) He first settled in Virginia between 1640 and 1650 at Middle Plantation (now Williamsburg). By 1680 he was joint owner with Nathaniel Bacon and others of a small fleet of ships. Also a merchant and planter. Family tradition also has it that George was the one to introduce Jersey Cattle into America during his early years here.

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George Poindexter, I's Timeline

1626
December 23, 1626
Jersey, USA/UK
1627
December 23, 1627
Age 1
St. Saviour Parish, Isle of Jersey, UK
1649
1649
Age 22
1650
December 23, 1650
Age 24
Channel Islands, England
1652
1652
Age 25
St. Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia, United States
1654
1654
Age 27
1660
1660
Age 33
Williamsburg, James City, Virginia
1666
1666
Age 39
St. Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia, United States
1692
1692
Age 65
St. Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia, United States
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New Kent, Virginia, United States