Fortunatus Sydnor

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Fortunatus Sydnor

Also Known As: "Snider"
Birthplace: Greenwich, Kent, England
Death: March 15, 1683 (40-49)
Lancaster, Virginia
Place of Burial: Lancaster, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Edmund Sydnor and Ruth Sydnor
Husband of Johanna Sydnor and Joanna Lawrence
Father of Ruth Davenport; Fortunatus Sydnor, Jr.; Joanna Joan Sydnor; William Sydnor, Sr. and Anthony Sydnor, Sr.
Brother of Hugh Sydnor and Annabell Sydnor

Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Fortunatus Sydnor

Fortunatus Sydnor was born in Greenwich, Kent County, England on 1638. He was baptized at St. Martin's Church, London, England. He married Joanna in 1670, Lancaster County, Va. Fortunatus Sydnor's parents were: William Sydnor & Ruth Bourdeau (dau. of Hugh Bourdeau). Fortunatus had one sister & brother their names were: Annabell Sydnor and Hugh Sydnor. Hugh died young of back plaque. Annabell remains untrace. Fortunatus came to America from England in 1653 when he was fifteen yrs old. Landed in Leedstown, Va. is where he met Rowland Lawson, a merchant and later he married Joanna Lawson. He died in March 1683.


Fortunatus Sydnor was born abt. 1640 in England, and dies abt. 1682 in Lancaster County, Virginia. He married " in Lancaster Cty., Va. ca. 1670 Joanna Lawson Sockwell (dau. of Rowland Lawson and widow of Lancelot Sockwell). She survived her second husband (Fortunatus) and married William Lawrence in 1683.

"He was probably the Fortunatus Sydnor who as a minor received a bequest of forty pounds sterling from a kinsman, Francis Sydnor of Gray's Inn, London, in 1656. This would indicate that he emigrated ca. 1660. Fortunatus Sydnor witnessed a deed in Lancaster County, Va., on December 5, 1666 and powers of attorney on May 2, 1667, and June 8, 1668. In 1672 he was authorized to prove his ownership, in the right of his wife Joanna, to cattle from the estate of her kinsman Henry Lawson. He was commissioned to stake out a road in Lancaster County, in 1676, and was church warden of Christ Church parish, Lancaster Cty, in 1678, when he was called upon to take proof respecting a charge against another parishioner "for having a bastard child borne of the Body of" a third party. He was also a commissioner in 1679. He purchased 111 acres of land in Christ Church parish from Thomas Keare (Kerr) and his wife Sarah on December 14, 1681. The inventory of Fortunatus Sydnor's estate was filed by his widow in 1683.

"The names and dates of the children of Fortunatus and Joanna Sydnor, apparently the progenitors of all of the Sydnors who later spread throughout the United States, were copied by William Sydnor in an 1804 Bible from an earlier Bible. The 1804 Bible was rediscovered in Hannibal, MO in 1896 by Walter Sydnor, attorney of Ashland, VA, in the possession of Burwell Starke and published in Tyler's Magazine 282-87. The information was subsequently confirmed by Mrs. Addie L. Sydnor of Corder MO, for F. W. Sydnor, F.A.G.S., in 1926. The Bible was later destroyed in a fire" (Sydnor Thompson, "Sydnor of Virginia." Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. XX, No. 1, Dec. 1970, pp. 2065-2094).

Notes from Brad Sydnor Jan 2001:

For the record, he might have married before to Letitia Lawson also the dau. of Rowland Lawson & Letitia Wales.

The Sydnor mainly split up after Fortunatus Sydnor died. Then they had entered in Richmond Co., Va. later on into Northumberland Co., Va., Lunenburg Co., Va. and then into Hanover Co., Va. another branch had entered into Halifax Co.,Va. then from there to Logan, Hart & Simpson Co., Va. Only a few Sydnors enters in Montgomery Co. & Nashville Co., Tennessee. From Virginia, the Sydnors enters in West Virginia and thru Missouri. And for the long shot, they have move far west to San Francisco, Calif. and thru La Jolla, Calif. and back to Arizona. From Hanover Co., va. Sydnors move into Texas to Houston & Galveston County. The is pretty much the way of the movement of the Sydnors here. In England, they were immigrants from Germany. The movement took place somewhere 1100's to 1200's a.d. Germany is much older country than England. There were only a handful of Sydnors in England and they disappeared somewhere in 1840's. Their hasn't been a Sydnor alive in England today.

Fortunatus Sydnor, was born in England, 1638 and died in Lancaster County, Virginia, 1683. He was in Virginia prior to 1671. His name is mentioned in an early will, 1671, of Hugh Brent as Follows: "I give to Fortunatus Sydnor one pair of French foll shoes, one pari of worsted stockings, and one pair of gloves. I appoint my loving friends, Mr. Thomas Haines and Fortunatus Sydnor to be ye overseers of this my last will and testament." Signed, Hugh Brent Probated, March 13, 1671.

Lancaster County, Virginia milltary and civil offices in 1680: Military Officers: Col. William Ball Lt. Col., John Carter Maj. Edward Dale Capt. Wm. Ball Capt. David Fos

Civil: Mr. Bryant Scott Mr. Richard Taylor Mr. Thomas Marshall Mr. Fortunatus Sydnor

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Fortunatus Sydnor's Timeline

Greenwich, Kent, England
November 8, 1673
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, United States
August 24, 1676
Amelia, Virginia, United States
August 2, 1678
November 13, 1680
Lancaster, Virginia, United States
January 18, 1682
Farnham, Richmond County, Virginia, United States
March 15, 1683
Age 45
Lancaster, Virginia
United States