John Snell, Sir (c.1556 - d.)

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  • 'The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume 26 By William Glover Stanard, Virginia Historical Society
  • The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume 26 By William Glover Stanard, Virginia Historical Society
  • Pg. 202
  • William Berkeley had, by his marriage with Margaret Paulet, several daughters, and a son John, who dissipated the family estate, except Beverstone, and died 16 October, 24 Elizabeth. This John married Frances, daughter of Sir Nicholas Poynts, of Acton, Gloucestershire, and had issue:
  • 1. John2, sold Beverstone Castle to Sir John Poyntz 1597, appointed to take charge of iron works in Virginia, May 11, 1621, vice Mr. Blewett, dead; killed in the Indian Massacre of 1622. He married Margaret, daughter of 'Sir John Snell'; 2. Joan, Abbess at Brussels; 3. Katherine, married Thomas Symonds, a minister; 4. Margaret married Jasper Merricke, of Bevington.
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  • 'The Berkeley manuscripts. The lives of the Berkeleys, lords of the honour, castle and manor of Berkeley, in the county of Gloucester, from 1066 to 1618; (1883)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/berkeleymanuscri00smytuoft
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/berkeleymanuscri00smytuoft#page/235/mode/1up
  • 4. Jone Berkeley youngeft daughter of this lord Thomas, was on Midfommer day in the nineteenth year of king Henry the 8th maryed at Yate, her fathers houfe, to Nicholas Poynz, (after knight,) . . . . *http://www.archive.org/stream/berkeleymanuscri00smytuoft#page/239/mode/1up
  • 9. The faid Frances daughter of the faid Jone Berkeley, was maryed to S'r John Berkeley of Beverfton caflle, knight, by whom fhee had iffue John Berkeley, Jone, Katharine and Margaret. Which John, by Mary his wife daughter of 'John Snell Efqr', had iffue, 1 Maurice, 2 John, 3 Henry, 4 William, 5 Edward, 6 Thomas, 7 Mary, 8 ffrances, 9 Elizabeth, and 10 Anne. Whereof the faid Maurice, by Barbara his wife daughter of S'r Walter Longe, hath iffue Edw'd; and others ; And the faid Mary his fifter is marryed to Edward Conway of Gloucefter fhire. The other eight are unmarryed . 1623. As alfo is Jone the eldeft fifler of the faid John Berkeley, leading a Nunnes life at Bruffells, beyond feas ; And now lady Abbeffe there . 1630.
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     Berkeley, John, He was the son of Sir John Berkeley, of the castle and manor of Beverstone, in the county of Gloucester, England, an eminent branch of the noble family of the Berkeleys of Berkeley castle. He lived but eight months in Virginia, but in that time was well known as the "master and overseer" of America's first effort to manufacture iron. Iron ore was one of the first commodities carried back to England by the ships of the Virginia Company, which as early as 1619 considered the establishing of iron works in the colony. The following year 150 men were sent out to Virginia for this express purpose and, in 1621, Sir Edwin Sandis reports that a Mr. John Berkeley had been found to take up the work who was "very sufficient" in such service. The same year, Berkeley sailed to Virginia to take up the new task. The site chosen for the new works was on Falling creek which empties into the James river about sixty-six miles above Jamestown and some seven miles below the present city of Richmond. Berkeley sent an encouraging report of the conduct of the work and declared that by the following Whitsuntide the company might count on "good quantities of iron." The terrible Indian massacre of Mar. 22, 1622, intervened, however, and Berkeley was among those slain. John Berkeley had issue by Mary, daughter of ''''''John Snell, Esq.'''''' — Maurice, John, Henry, William Edward, Thomas, Mary, Frances, Elizabeth and Anne. His son, Maurice, came to Virginia with his father and happily escaped the massacre. He married Barbara, daughter of Sir Walter Long, and had issue, "Edward and others." There is a prominent Berkeley family in Virginia which descend from Edmund Berkeley, living in 1674, who may have been a son of Edward last named. 
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1556
1556
1580
1580
Age 24
Of Wotton, , Gloucester, England
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