Captain Francis Poythress

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Captain Francis Poythress

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1661 (51-52)
Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Poythress and Susan Poythress
Husband of Alice Poythress and Mary Wynne
Father of Jane Rolfe; John Poythress; Major Francis Poythress, II and Thomas Poythress
Brother of Joshua Poythress, III; William Poythress, Sr. and Elizabeth Cocke

Occupation: Captain
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About Captain Francis Poythress


16 July 1637 400 acres lying in Charles City County; 50 for his own personal adventure and 350 for transporting 7 (Virginia Patent Book 1, p. 439)

22 March 1642 Headright in grant for 200 acres to Robert Eyres of Lower Norfolk1637 He probably went back to England as least twice as he is listed twice as a headright (Virginia Patent Book 1, p. 439)

March 1638/39 The Governor and Council appoint 4 merchants to arbitrate the suit against Poythress by Evans. Decided in favor of Poythress for £10

23 July 1639 A Subcommittee for Foreign Plantations to the Lord’s Privy Council direct further inquiry into the above suit. (Colonial Papers X-29-77)

6 March 1645/46 The Assembly acts to raise men on the north side of the James River under the command of Lt. Francis Poythress who shall follow the directions of Captain Henry Fleet and build a fort on the Rappahannock River etc. (Henings Statute Book, p. 318)

Oct 1648 As Captain, appointed by the assembly to lay and collect taxes in Northumberland County. (Henings Statutes 1, p. 353)

31 July 1648 Francis Poythress binds himself to pay to Thomas Boys "to buy and procure one man servant from the age of 18 to 30 years to serve by indenture four or five years" to be delivered by 1st Feb next for 40 lb beaver (Westmoreland County 1653-57, p. 87)

8 May 1648 750 acres near the mouth of Bayles Creek in Charles City County (Charles City Patent Book 1, p. 139) Bayles Creek is just south of Petersburg and forms a border with Hopewell.

3 Nov 1649 Burgess of Charles City County (Henings 1, p. 319)

Francis married Mary Alice /Payton/, daughter of William /Peyton/ and Miss /Kirkham/, about 1630 in , , England. (Mary Alice /Payton/ was born about 1600 in , , England.)


Capt. Francis Poythress (b. 1614, d. Bef. 1661) Francis Poythress (son of Joshua Poythress and unknown Peachy) was born 1614 in London, England, and died Bef. 1661 in Charles City, VA. He married Mary Frances Sloman, daughter of John Sloman.

Notes for Francis Poythress:

Immigrated about 1633 to From London, England to VA. He owned In VA between 1637 and 1648 in Charles City, VA.27 Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents: (507) Francis POYTHERS (sometimes spelled this way) 400 acres in the County of Charles City, lying north upon the land now in possession of said POYTHRES; and bounded on the West by Bayle's Creek; and bounded on the East by the land of Captain WOODLIFFE. Due for the transportation of said Francis POYTHRES, Richard WELLS, Jane LUCAS, Thos. THOMPSON, Richard FORMER, Byran RAYCOCK (?), Francis HOWES(?), and Richard WHITING. Granted by HARVEY 13, July 1637. (508) Francis OSBORNE, patent for 1300 acres on Appomattox River "bounded North on the river," West upon land of Mr. William FARRAR, and East on Charles City (I) now in the tenue of Capt. Francis EPES. Due in right of his late father Jenkins OSBORN, who transported twenty six persons (named). Granted by HARVEY 14, July 1637. (1) Note: Charles City was on the present City Point, in Prince George County. Most of the land about is owned by the family of the late Dr. Richard EPPES. This land has descended in the family. (Vide. VA Mag. Hist. & Biog. Vol. VII pp. 71-72, 190, 438) Land Office Richmond, Virginia. Grants Book 1, 1623-___. p. 439 13 July 1637 Francis POYTHRESS 400 acres lying in Charles City County, 50 acres for his own personal adventure, and 350 acres for the transpotation of seven persons:- Francis POYTHRES, Richard WELLS, Jane LUCAS, Thomas THOMPSON, Rich. FERMER, Byran RAYCOCK (?), Francis THOMAS (?), Richard WHITING. Book 2, 1643-57 8 May 1648, p. 139 Francis POYTHRESS 750 acres in Charles City County, the land lying at or near the mouth of Bayles Creek, 350 acres formerly granted and being part of a patent of Jenkins OSBORN, July 9, 1635, and pruchased by the said Francis POYTHRESS from the said Jenkins OSBORNE, Mary OSBORNE and Cat. Edward HILL, and the other 400 acres formerly to the said Francis POYTHRESS by a patent bearing the date July 13, 1637. He died before 1661 in , Charles City, Virginia. Sainsbury Papers XIV p. 77 Colonial Papers X No. 29, p. 77 - 23 July 1639 - Report of Sub-Committee for foreign relations to the Lords of Privy Council on petition of Lawrence Evans and letter from Governor and Council in Virginia concerning their proceedings in cause between Evans and Poythress as of March 23, 1639--directed a further inquiry when Evans was to go to Virginia himself. Hennings Statutes. Vol. I, p. 283. General Assemblie, James City I, Oct 1644. mr. fra. Poythress, Burgess for Charles City. Daniel Llewellin for Henrico. Idem. p. 289. Assemblie 17 February 1644-5; for Charles City. Mr. Rice Hooe and Lt. Francis Poythress. Idem. p. 318. Assemblie 6 March 1645-6. Act to raise force of men on North side of James River from counties of Henrico, Charles City, York, Warwick, Elizabeth City and North Hampton under command of Lt. Fra. Poythress, who shall follow directions of Capt. Henry Fleet, and they shall build a fort on Rappahannock River etc. Idem. p. 339. Assemblie 3 November 1647. burgess from Charles City Capt. Francis Poythress. Idem p. 35e. Assemblie October 1648. act for reducing inhabitants of Chickoun (?) and other parts of neck of land between Rappahannock and Potomack Rivers, and same to be known hereafter as Northumberland--also that Capt. Francis Poythress levy and collect taxes, etc. Idem. p. 359. Assemblie 10 October 1648. Captain francis Poythress burgess from Northumberland County. Governor and Council in March 1638-9 referred the Evans-Poythress suit to four of the 'ablest merchants' in Virginia' for arbitration, and these men decided that Evans' present factor should pay Poythress 10 pounds in the hundred for goods sold and tobacco received. From the above records and the Genealogy of the Poythress family, Francis Poythress came to Virginia circa 1633 or before and seems to have been factor or agent for Lawrence Evans merchant of London, England. Later Evans claimed that Poythress committed great abuses in his trust, discharged him and brought suit against him in the General Court. In March, 1638-9 the Governor and Council appointed four of 'the ablest merchants in Virginia' to arbitrate the suit and they decided in favor of Poythress. In 1639 the subcommittee for foreign plantations to the Lords of Privy Council directed that a further inquiry be made when Evans himself was to go to Virginia. Evidently Francis Poythress was acquitted of any breach of trust and became a trusted and valued officer of the colony. He is mentioned in 1644-46 as Lieutenant Francis Poythress, and subsequent to 1647 as Captain. He was Burgess in 1644-45 and 47 for Charles City County and in 1648 for Northumberland. He was in charge of the militia against the Indians and was placed in command of the militia in 1648 with power to collect taxes in the more or less turbulent new county of Northumberland, which extended from the York and Rappahannock Rivers to the Potomack, and represented Northumberland County in the Assembly of 1648. he acquired land in his own right in Charles City County. It is not known whom he married and the date of his death is not accurately known. Dr. Torrence in The Sons of the Revolution Magazine for October, 1925, page 33, states that Captain Francis Poythress who came to Virginia in 1633 died prior to 1661; but we are unaware of his authority for the statement. The name was sometimes spelled Poythers, but later became well established as Poythress. It is also spelled Portriss, as seen in the will of Elizabeth Cocke of 1751 speaking of her daughter 'Elizabeth Portriss' and was often so pronounced. Jane Poythress who married Thomas Rolfe the son of Pocahontas has been said to be the daughter of Captain Francis Poythress. This may be tentively accepted but there seems to be no record to verify the statement. Gov. Wyndham Robertson in his Pocahontas and her Descendants speaks as to the name Jane Poythress under Thomas Rolfe, and we quote from him on page 30 as follows: 'I adopt Jane Poythress'(not Poyers) whom he is stated in the 'Bolling Memoirs' to have married in England.' These Memoirs were written in French by Col. Robert Bolling of 'Chellowe'; Jane Poythress was the mother of Jane Rolfe who married Col. Robert Bolling as his first wife and died in 1676. The wife of Capt. Francis Poythress is not known, and only one child Francis Poythress has been definitely shown, with Jane Poythress as a tentative daughter and yet it is presumed that there were other children. As stated he is said to have died prior to 1661.

More About Francis Poythress: Emigration: Abt. 1633, London to Virginia.

Children of Francis Poythress and Mary Frances Sloman are: +Francis Poythress, b. 1639, Charles City, VA, d. 1688, Independent City, Petersburg, Amelia, VA.

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Captain Francis Poythress's Timeline

July 12, 1609
London, Middlesex, England
Jamestown, Virginia, Colonial America
Jamestown, James City County, VA, United States
Charles City, Charles, Virginia, USA
Charles City, VA
Age 51
Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, Colonial America