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Nicknames: "Fludd"
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Death: Died in Surry, Virginia
Occupation: " Ancient Planter"
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About John Flood, of Jamestown

"COLONEL JOHN FLUDD GENT.\ FLOOD was baptized on 18 Mar 1592 in Canterbury, Saint Paul, England. He died in 1658 in Surry Co.Virginia. Col. John Flood of James City and Surry Counties, Virginia, arrived in 1610. In the "Muster Rolls, of Settlers in Virginia, 1624/5" is: The MUSTER of John Fludd: John Fludd arrived in the "Swan" 1610, Margaret his wife in the "Supply" 1620, Frances Finch her daughter in the "Supply" 1620, William Fludd his son aged 3 weeks." John Flood was living in Charles City in 1616 and at "Jordan's Journey" in 1625; in 1638 he patened land and settled in James City County just across the river from Jamestown in the section which in 1652 became Surry County. The above mentioned patent, dated 12 May 1638, was issued to "John Fludd, Gent." and was for 2100 acres "E. upon land of Capt. Henry Browne, N. upon the maine river, S. into the maine woods & W. upon Benjamine Harrisons marked trees being upon the W. side of Sunken Marsh Cr.", for transportation of 42 persons. On June 7, 1650 "Capt. John Flood, Gent." surrendered this patent and was given another of 1100 acres. Among his headrights were listed: John Flood, an Ancient Planter, Margt. his wife, Frances Finch her daughter, John Flood, Junr., Eliza. Browne, John Lawrence, John Writhe, Wm. Wood, and others ("Cavaliers and Pioneerss", pages 86 and 194). The Grand Assembly held at James City October 5, 1646, enacted-" that upon any occasion of message to the Gov'r. or trade, the said Necotowance and his people the Indians doe repair to fforte Henery alias Appmattucke fforte, or to the house of Capt. John Ffloud, and to no other place or places of the south side of the river, att which places the aforesayd badges of striped stuffe are to be and remaine." ***"Be it also inacted that Capt. John Ffloud be interpreter for the collony, and that for his service therin and transporting such indians as shall be employed from thme to tyme to the Gov'r. in message or otherwise, he is to be allowed from the publique the salary of four thousand pounds of tob'o. yeerly." ("Virginia Historical Genealogies" by John Bennett Boddie, pg 301, 302" "John Flood had become so proficient in the language of the Indians and so tactful in his dealings with them that he was made official interpreter for the Colony, and the Indians were commanded to go to no other but to his home or Fort Henry on the south side of the river when they had a message for the Governor". ("My Southern Families" pg.330)

Col. John FLOOD "the Immigrant" 18 Apr 1591 - 1658 ID Number: I47925

TITLE: Col.

RESIDENCE: of Brastead and Canterbury, co. Kent, England and 1610 Charles City; Surry Cos. VA [S1817] BIRTH: 18 Apr 1591, Canterbury or Milgate, Kent, England DEATH: 1658, Surry Co. Virginia RESOURCES: See: [S720] [S1817] [S2639]

-------------------- BIO: In the Muster Rolls of Settlers in Virginia, 1624/5 is the following entry:

The Muster of John Fludd: John Fludd arrived in the "Swan" in 1610. Margaret his wife in the "Supply" 1620, Frances Finch her daughter in the "Supply" 1620, William Fludd his son aged 3 weeks. In 1616 John Flood was living in Charles City; in 1625 at "Jordan's Journey;" in 1638 he patented land and settled in James City County just across

the river from Janestown in the section which in 1652 became Surry County.
In 1646 the General Assembly appointed Capt. Joh ffloud interpreter for
the colony, apparently interpreting to the Indians.

Col. John Flood died in Surry County in 1658 not long before the marriage

of his daughter Mary to John Washington. At the time of his death, he was

Chairman of the Surry County Commission. His will has not been found, but extracts from it are quoted in various recorded deeds. -------------------- Arrived in Jamestown, Virginia 1610 relief ship. One of first settlers of permanent Colony. Lived on S. side of James River in 1638. Indian Interpreter 1646. Captain 1642. Lt. Colonel 1652. Hundred holder. Colonel John Fludd

(1592-1658)

John Flood alias Fludd sailed from London aboard the ship "SS Swan(n)" in the summer of 1610 and landed at Jamestowne, Virginia, America in the same year. The passenger list describes him as "a gent" (gentleman). He took with him a considerable supply of provisions, including "corn, pease and beanes", and also firearms and ammunition. He was the son of Nicholas Fludd, who is thought to be a relative of Sir Thomas Fludd, a wealthy land owner living at Millgate, Bearsted, Kent. Nicholas married Elizabeth Davis at St. Andrews Church, Canterbury, Kent in February 1588/9.

Initially John would have worked for various employers but he is known to have been employed in 1616 by The Reverend Alexander Whitaker, in Charles City, a settlement just to the west of Jamestowne, who is reputed to have converted Princess Pocahontas to Christianity in c1613. She is said to have been married to John Rolfe by Reverend Bucke at about this time.

John was to marry Margaret Finche, widow, in c1624/5. She had arrived in Jamestowne in 1620 aboard the "SS Supply" with her husband William Finche and their daughter Frances. In September 1620 they are recorded as each holding fifty acres of land, but by 1624 William had passed away and John had married the widow Finche and they were living in Jordan's Journey with their children Frances Finche and William Flood.

By 1638 John had accumulated a considerable amount of land including that of his wife by right of marriage, and he was declared an Ancient Planter such that he was entitled to another 100 free acres of land. He was also granted a Patent of 2100 acres of land, where he established his plantation, located on the south side of the James River just opposite the town of Jamestowne. Here their other children were born, John c1627, Thomas c1629, and Mary c1635.

His wife Margaret died c1644, leaving John with the young children. A year or so later he married Fortune Jordan, sister of Col. George Jordan, legislator, a member of a well known and influential family of Virginia. Their first daughter Jane, was born soon after and son Walter was born in 1656 when John was aged sixty-four.

John served as a Representative in the Virginia House of Burgesses for twenty-two years, representing the areas of Flowerdieu Hundred, Westover and Weyanoke and served at least one term as their Speaker. By 1643 he was one of the representatives of James City County. In 1655 as Colonel John Flood, he was serving as a member of the local militia.At his death in 1658 he was Chairman of the Surry County Commission which held Court and administered the affairs of the County.

John survived many hardships including the Indian uprising and massacre of 1644 which caused a break in the Colony's fur trade. The Indian Treaty of 1646 gave the trade some protection with the erection of 4 forts along the frontier to which the Indians were permitted to come and trade. One of them, Fort Henry, was located on the south side of the James River, on the Appomattox. Across the river from the fort was the home of Captain John Flood, as he was then, who was appointed to the post of official interpreter for the colony.

The Grand Assembly held at James City October 5, 1646, enacted the following: "that upon any occasion of a message to the Gov=r or trade, the said Necotowance and his people the Indians doe repair to fforte Henery, alias Appmattucke fforte, or to the house of Capt. John ffloud, and to no other place or places of the south side of the river, att which places the aforesayd badges of striped stuffe are to be and remaine. Indians found in ceded lands who were not wearing special striped coats picked up at the designated forts were to be killed on sight, and any white illegally entertaining Indians was to be punished severely. Be it also enacted that Capt. John ffloud be interpreter for the collony, and that for his service therin and transporting such Indians as shall be employed from time to tyme to the Gov=r in a message or otherwise, he is to be allowed from the publique the salary of four thousand pounds of tob'o [tobacco] yeerly.". (The farming of tobacco was so widespread that it was used as a basis for money and trade).

This item is taken from an article submitted by Don Timmerberg.

-------------------- Sailed from England to Jamestown, Virginia in 1610, aboard the ship "The Swan". Rose in prominance in early Virginia becoming an interpreter and official contact with the local tribes, as well as serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses for several years. Promoted to Captain in the Virginia Militia in 1643, Lt, Colonel in 1652, and Colonel in 1653 -------------------- COLONEL JOHN FLUDD GENT.\ FLOOD was baptized on 18 Mar 1592 in Canterbury, Saint Paul, England. He died in 1658 in Surry Co.Virginia. Col. John Flood of James City and Surry Counties, Virginia, arrived in 1610. In the "Muster Rolls, of Settlers in Virginia, 1624/5" is: The MUSTER of John Fludd: John Fludd arrived in the "Swan" 1610, Margaret his wife in the "Supply" 1620, Frances Finch her daughter in the "Supply" 1620, William Fludd his son aged 3 weeks." John Flood was living in Charles City in 1616 and at "Jordan's Journey" in 1625; in 1638 he patened land and settled in James City County just across the river from Jamestown in the section which in 1652 became Surry County. The above mentioned patent, dated 12 May 1638, was issued to "John Fludd, Gent." and was for 2100 acres "E. upon land of Capt. Henry Browne, N. upon the maine river, S. into the maine woods & W. upon Benjamine Harrisons marked trees being upon the W. side of Sunken Marsh Cr.", for transportation of 42 persons. On June 7, 1650 "Capt. John Flood, Gent." surrendered this patent and was given another of 1100 acres. Among his headrights were listed: John Flood, an Ancient Planter, Margt. his wife, Frances Finch her daughter, John Flood, Junr., Eliza. Browne, John Lawrence, John Writhe, Wm. Wood, and others ("Cavaliers and Pioneerss", pages 86 and 194). The Grand Assembly held at James City October 5, 1646, enacted-" that upon any occasion of message to the Gov'r. or trade, the said Necotowance and his people the Indians doe repair to fforte Henery alias Appmattucke fforte, or to the house of Capt. John Ffloud, and to no other place or places of the south side of the river, att which places the aforesayd badges of striped stuffe are to be and remaine." ***"Be it also inacted that Capt. John Ffloud be interpreter for the collony, and that for his service therin and transporting such indians as shall be employed from thme to tyme to the Gov'r. in message or otherwise, he is to be allowed from the publique the salary of four thousand pounds of tob'o. yeerly." ("Virginia Historical Genealogies" by John Bennett Boddie, pg 301, 302" "John Flood had become so proficient in the language of the Indians and so tactful in his dealings with them that he was made official interpreter for the Colony, and the Indians were commanded to go to no other but to his home or Fort Henry on the south side of the river when they had a message for the Governor". ("My Southern Families" pg.330)

Col. John FLOOD "the Immigrant" 18 Apr 1591 - 1658 ID Number: I47925

TITLE: Col.

RESIDENCE: of Brastead and Canterbury, co. Kent, England and 1610 Charles City; Surry Cos. VA [S1817] BIRTH: 18 Apr 1591, Canterbury or Milgate, Kent, England DEATH: 1658, Surry Co. Virginia RESOURCES: See: [S720] [S1817] [S2639]

-------------------- BIO: In the Muster Rolls of Settlers in Virginia, 1624/5 is the following entry:

The Muster of John Fludd: John Fludd arrived in the "Swan" in 1610. Margaret his wife in the "Supply" 1620, Frances Finch her daughter in the "Supply" 1620, William Fludd his son aged 3 weeks. In 1616 John Flood was living in Charles City; in 1625 at "Jordan's Journey;" in 1638 he patented land and settled in James City County just across

the river from Janestown in the section which in 1652 became Surry County. In 1646 the General Assembly appointed Capt. Joh ffloud interpreter for the colony, apparently interpreting to the Indians. Col. John Flood died in Surry County in 1658 not long before the marriage

of his daughter Mary to John Washington. At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the Surry County Commission. His will has not been found, but extracts from it are quoted in various recorded deeds. -------------------- Arrived in Jamestown, Virginia 1610 relief ship. One of first settlers of permanent Colony. Lived on S. side of James River in 1638. Indian Interpreter 1646. Captain 1642. Lt. Colonel 1652. Hundred holder. Colonel John Fludd

(1592-1658)

John Flood alias Fludd sailed from London aboard the ship "SS Swan(n)" in the summer of 1610 and landed at Jamestowne, Virginia, America in the same year. The passenger list describes him as "a gent" (gentleman). He took with him a considerable supply of provisions, including "corn, pease and beanes", and also firearms and ammunition. He was the son of Nicholas Fludd, who is thought to be a relative of Sir Thomas Fludd, a wealthy land owner living at Millgate, Bearsted, Kent. Nicholas married Elizabeth Davis at St. Andrews Church, Canterbury, Kent in February 1588/9.

Initially John would have worked for various employers but he is known to have been employed in 1616 by The Reverend Alexander Whitaker, in Charles City, a settlement just to the west of Jamestowne, who is reputed to have converted Princess Pocahontas to Christianity in c1613. She is said to have been married to John Rolfe by Reverend Bucke at about this time.

John was to marry Margaret Finche, widow, in c1624/5. She had arrived in Jamestowne in 1620 aboard the "SS Supply" with her husband William Finche and their daughter Frances. In September 1620 they are recorded as each holding fifty acres of land, but by 1624 William had passed away and John had married the widow Finche and they were living in Jordan's Journey with their children Frances Finche and William Flood.

By 1638 John had accumulated a considerable amount of land including that of his wife by right of marriage, and he was declared an Ancient Planter such that he was entitled to another 100 free acres of land. He was also granted a Patent of 2100 acres of land, where he established his plantation, located on the south side of the James River just opposite the town of Jamestowne. Here their other children were born, John c1627, Thomas c1629, and Mary c1635.

His wife Margaret died c1644, leaving John with the young children. A year or so later he married Fortune Jordan, sister of Col. George Jordan, legislator, a member of a well known and influential family of Virginia. Their first daughter Jane, was born soon after and son Walter was born in 1656 when John was aged sixty-four.

John served as a Representative in the Virginia House of Burgesses for twenty-two years, representing the areas of Flowerdieu Hundred, Westover and Weyanoke and served at least one term as their Speaker. By 1643 he was one of the representatives of James City County. In 1655 as Colonel John Flood, he was serving as a member of the local militia.At his death in 1658 he was Chairman of the Surry County Commission which held Court and administered the affairs of the County.

John survived many hardships including the Indian uprising and massacre of 1644 which caused a break in the Colony's fur trade. The Indian Treaty of 1646 gave the trade some protection with the erection of 4 forts along the frontier to which the Indians were permitted to come and trade. One of them, Fort Henry, was located on the south side of the James River, on the Appomattox. Across the river from the fort was the home of Captain John Flood, as he was then, who was appointed to the post of official interpreter for the colony.

The Grand Assembly held at James City October 5, 1646, enacted the following: "that upon any occasion of a message to the Gov=r or trade, the said Necotowance and his people the Indians doe repair to fforte Henery, alias Appmattucke fforte, or to the house of Capt. John ffloud, and to no other place or places of the south side of the river, att which places the aforesayd badges of striped stuffe are to be and remaine. Indians found in ceded lands who were not wearing special striped coats picked up at the designated forts were to be killed on sight, and any white illegally entertaining Indians was to be punished severely. Be it also enacted that Capt. John ffloud be interpreter for the collony, and that for his service therin and transporting such Indians as shall be employed from time to tyme to the Gov=r in a message or otherwise, he is to be allowed from the publique the salary of four thousand pounds of tob'o [tobacco] yeerly.". (The farming of tobacco was so widespread that it was used as a basis for money and trade).

This item is taken from an article submitted by Don Timmerberg.

-------------------- Sailed from England to Jamestown, Virginia in 1610, aboard the ship "The Swan". Rose in prominance in early Virginia becoming an interpreter and official contact with the local tribes, as well as serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses for several years. Promoted to Captain in the Virginia Militia in 1643, Lt, Colonel in 1652, and Colonel in 1653 -------------------- From England 1610.

Captain of the "Swan." -------------------- John Flood immigrated from England to Jamestown VA in 1610 aboard the ship Swan. His surname was listed as 'Fludd'. He was chosen Burgess for Flowerdew Hundred in 1630, for Westover-Flowerdew-Weyanoake in 1632, and for James City County in 1643, 1645 and 1652. He was appointed captain of militia in 1643, then lieutenant colonel in 1652 and colonel in 1653.

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Col. John Flood's Timeline

1591
March 18, 1591
Canterbury, Kent, England
1622
1622
Age 30
Virginia,USA
1625
January 1, 1625
Age 33
Surry Virginia
1627
1627
Age 35
James City,,Virginia,USA
1629
1629
Age 37
Surry Co., Va.
1635
1635
Age 43
Surry, Virginia
1655
1655
Age 63
1658
June 1658
Age 67
Surry, Virginia
1658
Age 66