Thomas 'the Quaker' Jordan, Il (c.1634 - 1699) MP

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Birthplace: Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia
Death: Died in Nansemond, VIrginia
Occupation: Quaker minister
Managed by: Carol H. Clark
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About Thomas 'the Quaker' Jordan, Il

Notes to co-managers:

Someone pushed through a merge of Thomas Jordan and with one or more profiles containing dubious and outright false information. Please, in future, do not allow merges unless the other profiles (and their trees, because they'll be affected too) pass the common sense test, and don't blindly copy undocumented information from other profiles or elsewhere on the web. Unfortunately, has a "majority rules" policy and no sanity checks, so if a mistake is copied from profile to profile, when the profiles are merged, the mistake will override more accurate information that may occur in only one or two profiles. I tried to clean up this profile for Thomas Jordan and made the following changes:

First, I removed "Fleming" as his middle name. There is no justification for this that I have seen, and it does not make sense. Unlike today, names were not assigned arbitrarily. If there is a Thomas Fleming Jordan, he would have been born later, after the marriage of Elizabeth Fleming to Charles Jordan in 1703.

Second, I tried to removed the other marriages for Margaret Brasseur but could not because I don't have a paid account. Please, one of you, please remove these. Margaret was married only once, to Thomas Jordan. Both James Biddecomb and Samuel Peachy were married to Margaret's sister Mary.

Third, I changed Thomas Jordan's burial date. It is EXTREMELY unlikely that he was buried 4 years before his date of death.

Fourth, I changed Margaret's father's name in the notes from Richard to Robert.



Margrett Brasseur was the daughter of Robert and Florence Brasseur, Huguenot (French Calvinist) immigrants from Avignon, France who first made their home in Maryland. Robert is reported to have given the land on which the Capitol was built. He patented 1,200 acres in Nansemond County on April 12, 1652.

      Thomas and Margrett Jordan were persecuted for their Quaker beliefs. The following is a tribute (as it was written) by his family after his death: 

Thomas Jordan of Chuckatuck in Nansemond County in Virginia was Born in ye year 1634 and in ye year 1660 hee Received ye truth and [abode] faithfull in it: and in Constant unity with ye faithfull friends there of: and stood in opposition Against all wrong and [Deceitful] spirits: having suffered ye spoiling of his goods: & ye Imprisonment of his Body for ye truth sake: and Continued in ye truth unto the End of his days: is ye [Belief] of us his Dear wife and Children above Ritten. Hee Departed this Life ye Eight day of ye tenth month on ye sixth day of ye weeke about ye second hour in ye afternoone and was Buryed ye twelfe day of ye said month on ye third day of ye weeke in ye year 1699.

      The children were Thomas, John, James, Robert, Richard (who married Rebecca Ratcliffe), Joseph, Benjamin, Matthew, Samuel, and Joshua. 

Hinshaw's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN QUAKER GENEALOGY notes, "Thomas Jordan was probably the most influential Quaker in lower Virginia being a man of position and substance."


Notes for II Thomas Jordan:

Thomas was the first Quaker of his family and became prominent in that faith. He had ten sons, some of whom became Quaker ministers, and two daughters. All of his children were born in Nansemond County, Virginia. He was also a Burgess in Virginia.

All of his children were born in Nansemond County, Virginia:

1. Thomas Jordan III 1660/61 - 1759

    married Elizabeth Burgh

2. John Jordan 1663 - ca 1712

    married Margaret Burgh

3. James Jordan 1665/66 - 1732

    married 1688 Elizabeth Ratcliff 1668 - 1695
    married Anne Roseter

4. Robert Jordan 1668 - 1728

    married Christian Taberer
    married Mary Belsen
    married Dorothy Cary

5. Richard Jordan 1670 - 1739

    married 1706 Rebecca Ratcliff

6. Joseph Jordan 1672 - ca 1752

    married Holia Christian

7. Benjamin Jordan 1674 - 1715/16

    married 1703/04 Sarah Ratcliff

8. Matthew Jordan 1676/77 - 1747

    married 1699 Dorothy Newby
    married 1702 Susanna Bressie

9. Samuel Jordan 1679 - aft 1724

    married 1703 Elizabeth Fleming

10. Joshua Jordan 1681 - 1716/17

      married ca 1700 Elizabeth Sanbourne

In Sept 1664, he was imprisoned for six months for holding a Quaker meeting at his own home. Released by the king's proclamation, he was taken again and bound over to the court. He refused to swear and was sent to Jamestown as a prisoner for ten months. The sheriff confiscated some of his servants, cattle, and household effects, which were valued at the time at 9,000 pounds of tobacco.

He was also a Burgess from Nansemond County serving in 1696-97.
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Thomas 'the Quaker' Jordan's Timeline

July 7, 1634
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia
March 23, 1659
Age 24
Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States
March 6, 1660
Age 25
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia, United States
June 17, 1663
Age 28
Chuckatuck, VA, USA
January 23, 1665
Age 30
Nansemond, Virginia, United States
Age 32
Nansemond, VA, USA
September 11, 1668
Age 34
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia, United States
August 6, 1670
Age 36
Nansemond, Virginia, United States
July 8, 1672
Age 38
Nansemond, Virginia, USA
September 18, 1674
Age 40
Nansemond, Virginia, United States