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Birthplace: Brecknock, Breconshire, Wales, England
Death: Died in Henrico, Virginia
Occupation: Ancient Planter, Gentleman Freeholder
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About John Price, Sr.

John Price was born about 1584 in Brecknock, Wales. He died between 1628 and 1630 at the age of 44 in Virginia. The term "Ancient Planter" is applied to those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of at least three years, paid their passage, and survived the massacre of 1622. They received the first patents of land in the new world as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure. John Price is on the list of those designated as "Ancient Planter".

John Price was about 27 years of age when he left to come to America. In The Muster of 1624, he stated he was aged 40 years and had come in the "Starr" in May, but did not state the year of arrival. A tabulation made in 1625 of the ships which brought passengers to Virginia showed that the "Starr" had come in 1608 and 1610. John Price sailed on the later ship which actually did not leave from Land's End England until 17 Mar 1611, arriving in Virginia on 22 May 1611. Under the old style dating the first day of the new year occurred on March 25, so the 17 Mar 1611 departure date was actually in the waning days of 1610. Two sisters ships, The "Prosperous" and the "Elizabeth" sailed in convoy with the "Starr".

Wife Ann was aged 21 having just come in the "Francis Bonaventure" in Aug of 1620. They had a child Mary, age 3 months. Provisions listed were 2 1/2 barrels of corn, 1 1/2 bushel of peas, 5 lb. of power, 10 lb. of lead. 2 fixt Peeces [guns?], 1 suit of Armor, 1 Coat of Steele, a sword and a dager. 5 head of cattle, 15 chickens.

There was a Indian massacre on 22 Mar 1622, killing 347 people of the colony of Virginia. John Price was a survivor of the massacre and listed as living in "the Neck of Land, Charles City."

There were two ways to acquire land in the Virginia Colony - either by paying for it or for laboring for seven years, after which one received a dividend for 100 acres of land. A "headright" of 50 acres could be earned by paying for one's own way or by paying passage for someone else. John Price received 150 acres in 1619; the first 100 apparently through his indenture; the 50 acres possibly acquired by paying passage for someone. If the first land was planted, he could become eligible for a matching tract.

found among the holdings of the VA Historical Society in Richmond. He platted the land of Robert Hallom, who married Ann, widow of the immigrant John Price, which was described as adjoining that of John Price

Son Matthew received the matching 150 acres after the death of his father. [Henrico Patents 1623/43, p.551]. At the time Matthew received this patent, his mother and stepfather, Robert Hallom, were living adjacent the original patent.

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John Price 1584 - 1630

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1. JOH N PRICE1,2,3 was born about 1584 in Brecknock, Wales.4 He died between 1628 and 1630 in Virginia.4

The birth year and place of John Price came from the 1910 book written by Rev. Benjamin L. Price. This book is so fraught with errors, I'd doubt this record of the beginnings of John Price.

Wikipedia says for the surname Price: A patronymic name derived from the Welsh "ap Rhys," meaning "son of Rhys." The given name Rhys means "enthusiasm" in Welsh.

Also ADVENTURERS OF PURSE AND PERSON perpetuates the idea that the land patented to Matthew Price as heir of his father John, was the land eventually inherited by his sons John & Daniel. It is now believed that Matthew had no issue. The two tracts, that of Matthew, and the tract later sold by John & Daniel, were not the same. Matthew had a brother John, missed by most researchers, who likely died at a young age leaving two small sons - these boys inherited the original patent of the immigrant John Price granted in 1619. Matthew received the matching grant awarded to those grantees of 1619 who had in fact cultivated and improved their land. It's possible these tracts did adjoin in some fashion.

John Price was about 27 years of age when he left to come to America. In The Muster of 1624, he stated he was aged 40 years and had come in the "Starr" in May, but did not state the year of arrival. A tabulation made in 1625 of the ships which brought passengers to Virginia showed that the "Starr" had come in 1608 and 1610. John Price sailed on the later ship which actually did not leave from Land's End England until 17 Mar 1611, arriving in Virginia on 22 May 1611. Under the old style dating the first day of the new year occurred on March 25, so the 17 Mar 1611 departure date was actually in the waning days of 1610. Two sisters ships, The "Prosperous" and the "Elizabeth" sailed in convoy with the "Starr".

Wife Ann was aged 21 having just come in the "Francis Bonaventure" in Aug of 1620. They had a child Mary, age 3 months. Provisions listed were 2 1/2 barrels of corn, 1 1/2 bushel of peas, 5 lb. of power, 10 lb. of lead. 2 fixt Peeces [guns?], 1 suit of Armor, 1 Coat of Steele, a sword and a dager. 5 head of cattle, 15 chickens. They list 2 houses. - ADVENTURERS OF PURSE & PERSON VIRGINIA 1607-1624/5; Meyer & Dorman, 1987.

There were two ways to acquire land in the Virginia Colony - either by paying for it or for laboring for seven years, after which one received a dividend for 100 acres of land. A "headright" of 50 acres could be earned by paying for one's own way or by paying passage for someone else. John Price received 150 acres in 1619; the first 100 apparently through his indenture; the 50 acres possibly acquired by paying passage for someone. If the first land was planted, he could become eligible for a matching tract. Son Matthew received the matching 150 acres after the death of his father. [Henrico Patents 1623/43, p.551]. At the time Matthew received this patent, his mother and stepfather, Robert Hallom, were living adjacent the original patent.

In Appendix IV, p.527, of ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF JOHN PRICE, is a "Discussion of the Land Patent to John Price" written by Rupert Taylor, 9 Feb 1936 and found among the holdings of the VA Historical Society in Richmond. He platted the land of Robert Hallom, who married Ann, widow of the immigrant John Price, which was described as adjoining that of John Price - there is a sketch provided. Comparing this land with that of the land sold by Hatcher to Pleasant which had been sold to Hatcher's father by Daniel & John Price, sons of John Price, he determined this was definitely not the land granted to Mathew Price but the original land granted to the immigrant John in 1619. Comparison of dates was convincing that the said Daniel & John could not possibly be sons of the immigrant John, leaving the only conclusion that the immigrant had a son also named John that was their father. The three children and heirs of Robert Hallom, or their heirs, eventually sold the 1000 acres Hallom tract to William Randolph, each of these transactions further proving the location of the land of John Price.

There was a Indian massacre on 22 Mar 1622, killing 347 people of the colony of Virginia. John Price was a survivor of the massacre and listed as living in "the Neck of Land, Charles City."

The term "Ancient Planter" is applied to those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of at least three years, paid their passage, and survived the massacre of 1622. They received the first patents of land in the new world as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure. John Price is on the list of those designated as "Ancient Planter". Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters is an incorporated non-profit society whose purpose is to honor and perpetuate the memory of the Ancient Planters; to promote historical and genealogical research; to inspire patriotism; and to enhance fellowship among those of similar interests. The Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters was founded October 13, 1991 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Membership is limited to descendants of Ancient Planters. Persons unknown to members of the Society may submit the name of their ancestor with a letter of endorsement. An invitation may then be issued. An invitation is valid for one year from the date it is issued.

The book mentioned earlier, ADVENTURERS OF PURSE AND PERSON, is published by the Order of First Families of Virginia and for the most part traces the first four generations of descendants from the "First Families" who arrived between 1607 and 1624. Descendants of John Price are also entitled to membership in the Order of First Families, if they can prove their lineage.


JOHN PRICE and ANN [PRICE] were married between 1620 and 1623 in Virginia.4 ANN [PRICE]3,5 was born in 1603.4 She died before May 1666.

Ann came in the "Bon Aventure" in 1620; she gave her age as 21 when Capt John Harvey took his account of the citizens of the Colony of Virginia in 1624/25, commonly referred to as "The Muster".

There have been claims that Ann's surname was Matthews and she was the daughter of Samuel Matthews, however, the records show that Samuel Matthews did not arrive in Virginia until 1622.

Ann married Robert Hallom after the death of John Price. On 6 May 1638, a patent was issued to Ann Hallom, widow, and the heirs of Robert Hallom, dec'd for 1000 acres in Henrico. Northeast by the woods, southwest by the river, northwest by Bremo & land of Mr. Richard Cocke, & southeast toward Turkey Island Creek adj land of John Price. This would later become William Randolph's plantation known as Turkey Island.

Robert Hallom came from Burnham, County Essex, England to Virginia, Aug 1620 in the "Francis Bonaventure" [the same ship Ann Price came on]. He was living at Neck of Land in Charles City in the Muster as were John and Ann Price. Luke Boyse claimed him as a headright and he was listed as his servant.

Robert had three brothers still living in England. John who lived in London, a poulterer, William of Burnham, County Essex who was a salter; and Thomas who died in 1644 and whose widow married (2) William Mason. Thomas Hallom, Jr, son of Thomas came to Virginia about 1655 bringing power of attorney from the England Halloms. He gave Daniel Llewellyn receipt in full in 1657.

A patent to Matthew Price referred to land granted to his late father John Price and now in possession of his mother Ann Hallom.

Ann had at least three Hallom children: Ann, Sarah, and Robert Jr.

Ann Hallom married John Grundy of Elizabeth City County, VA.

Sarah Hallom married in 1654 to Samuel Woodward of Charles City Co VA who died about 1659, and then married (2) John Sturdivant.

10 Aug 1654 Samuel Woodward and Sarah his wife sold to William Edwards, cooper, one third of 1000 acres purchased of Mr. Richard Cocke and given to Sarah by the will of her deceased father Robert Hallam. That part next to the land purchased by sd Edwards of our brother John Gundry [husband of Sarah's sister Ann].

Sara Woodward, relict, received letters of administration on the estate of Samuel Woodward, 3 Feb 1659.

Samuel Woodward was the son of Christopher Woodward who came to Virginia in the "Tryall" in Jun of 1620. He was listed as dead in Martin's Hundred but a year later he was named in the Muster at West & Shirley Hundred. He represented Westover in the General Assembly of 1629. He had a grant of 300 acres on 9 Nov 1635, increased to 350 acres on 8 Mar 1637 and then renewed and increased on 24 Aug 1637. Some of this land eventually found it's way into the hand of William Williams who left it to his daughter Leah, wife of Ralph Jackson Sr.

Before 14 Sep 1660 Sarah had married John Sturdivant. In 1673 he received permission from the county court to "entertain Indians" and was apparently an Indian trader in the employ of William Byrd I of Westover. William Byrd wrote, 29 Apr 1684 to Thomas Grendon in England that "old Sturdivant, his son, Milner, Shipy, Womacke & Hugh Cassell were killed by the Indians in their returne from the westward". Letters of administration were granted at January Court 1691 to Daniel Sturdivant on behalf of himself and his brothers, on the estate of their mother, Sarah Sturdivant, deceased.

Robert Hallom Jr never married. He was sent to England to live with his aunt Margaret, widow of Thomas Hallom, and her husband William Mason and was apprenticed to learn the trade of salter. He died without issue and his 1/3 of the Turkey Island tract of his father was inherited by nephews Samuel Woodward & John Gundry who sold to William Randolph. Robert was last mention in the will of his uncle William Hallom in 1657 which was to give him 100£ on his coming of age.

Probably Robert had died and Ann married Daniel Llewellyn by 1640. He was in Virginia before 19 Sep 1633 when he was claimed as a headright by Capt. William Perry.


Daniel Llewellyn was in Virginia by 19 Sep 1633 when he was claimed as a headright by Capt William Perry. Daniel Llewellyn, Gent. received a patent on 27 Oct 1642 for 856 acres on the Upper branches of Turkey Island Creek, adjacent to Mr. Aston. He claimed 17 headrights including Robert and Frances Hallom.

By 1646 he had taken over the management of the Hallom family affairs in Virginia. He served as a Burgess from Henrico and Charles City; he was a justice and sheriff of Charles City.

The will of Daniel Llewellyn Sr was signed 6 Feb 1664 and proved 11 Mar 1664 in England. He stated that he was of Chelmsford, Essex, England, planter and bequeathed land in the upper part of the James river area to Virginia to wife Ann for life. He named a son Daniel Llewellyn Jr, a daughter Martha Jones, and a daughter Margaret Cruse and his step-son Robert Hallom Jr in that will.

Daniel Llewellyn Jr married Jane Stith, daughter of Col. John Stith and was referred to in her father's will of 13 Nov 1690 as "daughter Jane the now wife of Capt Daniel Luellin".

Margaret Llewellyn is thought to have married James Crews sometime between 10 Aug 1654 when she witnessed a deed as Margaret Llewellyn and before 1 May 1662 when she witnessed a will "Margaret Crewes". There was no spouse indicated in the will of James Crews in Jul of 1676, indicating Margaret had likely died if she is the same lady.

After Ann married Daniel Llewellyn he undertook the management of the Virginia interests of the Halloms still in England which produced a considerable correspondence and is recorded in the court records of Charles City County.

JOHN PRICE and ANN [PRICE] had the following children:

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i. Mary PRICE 5 was born about 1624 in Virginia. Said to have married Richard Cocke Sr of Bremo. Although these families were closely associated there is no proof of this marriage.


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ii. Matthew PRICE 5 was born about 1626. 23 May 1638. Patent granted Matthew Price as son and heir of John Price for 150 acres on Turkey Island Creek in Henrico Co. "granted by patent to his late father John Price, now in possession of his mother Ann Hallom Widow - being due unto him in right of his father who had a patent granted 20 Feb 1619. PB 1, part 2, p.558.

Apparently Matthew did not survive and this land descended to his younger brother John and then to John's sons. 18 Oct 1681. Henrico Co. Benjamin Hatcher to John Pleasant. Plantation of father William Hatcher which land was purchased of Daniel and John Price, 1677, 150 acres called by the name Turkey Island Point. DB 1, p.186.

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John Price (1584-1628) of Wales, the first known Price immigrant to America, came to Virginia in May 1610 on the ship "Starr," settling in Jamestown. In 1619, he was given 150 acres of land by the British crown. In 1625, he was one of 32 members of the House of Burgesses who appealed to Charles I of England for rights (see document at right).

Lineage of John Price has been approved by the Order of the Garter in England. Descendants are eligible for membership in the National Society, Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede.

The Society of the Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, founded in 1921, seeks to remember the barons who secured the first great charter of English rights and liberties (the predecessor to the U.S. Constitution) called the Magna Carta, which was ratified by the tyrannical King John after his surrender to the barons "in the meadow which is called Runnemede" on the banks of the Thames River on June 15, 1215. The society also promotes appreciation for the principles of liberty insured by constitutional government that originated under the Magna Carta.

Membership in the society consists of women who descend from one of the 25 barons who were instrumental in enforcing the Magna Carta. These 25 are called "sureties." Membership is by invitation of a member of the society and endorsed by two other members, one of whom knows the candidate personally.

The definitive book on the Price family is "Ancestors and Descendants of John Price, Immigrant to Virginia 1610-11," by Vina Chandler Price, 1988, with appendix by Margaret Price Scruggs Carruth, founder of the Society of the Barons of Runnemede. This appendix traces the genealogy of John Price to King Henry II of England, who reigned 1154-1189.

For more info on this family, contact Price family researcher David C. Galloway 918 Jarrett Road Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-6760 dcgalloway1956@hotmail.com

(Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38887715 )

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John Price, Ancient Planter's Timeline

1584
1584
Brecknock, Breconshire, Wales, England
1620
1620
Age 36
Henrico, Virginia
1624
1624
Age 40
Henrico, Virginia, United States
1626
1626
Age 42
Henrico, Virginia, United States
1627
1627
Age 43
Henrico, , Virginia, USA
1628
1628
Age 44
Henrico, Virginia
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