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Edward Berkeley

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: England
Death: 1622 (46-54)
Yorktown, York, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Maurice Berkeley and Barbara Berkeley
Husband of Jane Martiau
Father of Jane Berkeley
Brother of Edmund Berkeley

Occupation: Immigrated to Virginia from England
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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.
  • John and Margaret (Snell) Berkeley, had issue:
  • 1. Sir Maurice3, married Barbara, daughter of Sir Walter Longe; 2. John, unmarried 1630; 3. Henry, unmarried 1630; 4. William, unmarried 1630; 5. Edward, unmarried 1630; 6. Thomas, unmarried 1630 (all then in England); 7. Mary married ___ Conway of Gloucester; 8. Frances, born 1596, unmarried 1623; 9. Elizabeth married Sir John Sutton, Lord Dudley, Bedfordshire.
  • Maurice and Barbara (Longe) Berkeley had a son:
  • Lieutenant Edward4, of Coxendale, Henrico, and Southampton Hundred Va., died ante 1630 in Va. Came over in ships Unitie and Seafloure, 1623. He married Jane ___, and had an only child, Jane5, who was unmarried in 1639. Jane, widow of Edward Berkeley married secondly, Capt. Nicholas Martian, of Kiskiak (Yorktown, Burgess 1632 &c, will York Co., 1651.
  • Pg. 203
    • 4. . . . . He served an a jury of inquest in 1625, but this is the last notice of him that is to be found in any record. It is probable that he died soon thereafter, for before 1630, Captain Martian married his widow. No record of the family name of this Jane Berkeley exists. There is also no record of other children to Jane and Lieut. Berkley than Jane, the daughter who accompanied them from England, and who was then about seven years of age. In 1645, Captain Martain married Isabel Beech, and died in 1651. The three daughters of Jane Barkley and Nicholas Martian (Will. and Mary Mag. V. XII), were Elizabeth, who married George Reade; Mary, married John Scasbrooke of York Co.; and Sarah married Captain William Fuller, Governor of the Palatinate of Maryland.
    • 5. Jane Berkley, the only child of Edward and Jane, appears not to have married, but lived in the household of her mother and Captain Martian. In 1639 her name is mentioned in a land patent to Nicholas Martian in Charles City County as his daughter. In the register of Bruton Church, Williamsburg, there is an entry of the death of "Jane Berkley, 1666". At that date, she would of been about 53 years of age.


  • 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)
  • 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,) . . . .
  • 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.
  • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography


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Yorktown, York, Virginia, USA