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Francis Dade

Also Known As: "John Smith"
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Tannington, Suffolk, England
Death: May 1, 1662 (36-44)
Westmoreland, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Dade, Esq. and Mary Dade
Husband of Beheathland Dade
Father of Francis Dade, Jr.; Mary Hooe; William Bernard Dade; Elizabeth Dade and Anne Dade
Brother of Thomas Dade, Esq. and Mary Soanes

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About Francis Dade, AKA John Smith

Francis Dade (1621 – May 1, 1662), also known as John Smith (John Smith (Virginia burgess)), was a Virginia politician and landowner. He was an English Royalist who emigrated to Virginia some time after the death of Charles I, possibly after involvement in some plot against Oliver Cromwell. He was notoriously attached to the Stuarts. In Virginia he adopted the name "John Smith". He served as Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1658. He died at sea in 1662.[1]

Francis Dade was the seventh son of William Dade, Esq. (1579 - February 22, 1660), having immigrated from Tannington, county Suffolk England and settled in Virginia about 1650. He was doubtless involved in some royalist plot, for he was for many years known as John Smith. He married Behethland Bernard, daughter of Captain Thomas Bernard, a Burgess for Warwick County in the 1640s. He died at sea in 1662. He was a major in the militia of Westmoreland County, Virginia. His widow married Major Andrew Gilson.[2]

Francis and Behethland had one son, Francis Dade II, who married Frances Townsend. Francis Dade II was grandfather of two American Revolutionary War soldiers, Baldwin Dade and Captain Francis Dade, who served in the 3rd Continental Light Dragoons. Francis Dade II was the great grandfather of General Lawrence Taliaferro Dade who served in the 2nd Virginia Artillery in the War of 1812 and served in the Senate of Virginia, 1819-1832. Francis Dade II was also the great-great-grandfather of Francis Langhorne Dade(Francis L. Dade) who was massacred in the Second Seminole War for whom both Miami-Dade County, Florida and Dade County, Georgia are named.

Francis Dade as "John Smith" served in the House only during the 1658 session, representing Warwick County, and was chosen as Speaker. Governor Samuel Mathews tried to dissolve the House on April 1. The House, under Smith's leadership, replied that the dissolution was illegal; it swore its members to secrecy and threatened to censure anyone who left the session. The following day, Mathews and his council offered to refer the dispute to Cromwell. The House refused and declared the governor's and councilors' offices vacant. It then proceeded to reelect Mathews and his council, forcing them all to swear an oath to honor the sovereignty of the House.[1]


  • Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Coloncial And Medieval Families
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  • 15. ANNE CORNWALLIS, married about 1575 (as his 1st wife THOMAS DADE, Gent., of Tannington, Suffolk, son and heir of William Dade, Gent., of Witton, Norfolk, by Margery, daughter and heiress of Nicholas Godbold, Gent., of Badingham, Suffolk. He was born about 1556. They had four sons, William, Esq., Thomas, Henry, Esq., and John, and six daughters, Audrey (wife of Nicholas Garneys, Gent.), Anne, Frances, Margaret (wife of John Fox), Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Fletcher, Gent.), and Ellen. His wife, Anne, died 2 May 1612, and was buried at Tannington, Suffolk. He married (2nd) ANNE HASELOP, daughter of Thomas Haselop, of Trumpington, Cambridgeshire. They had one son, Thomas, and three daughters, Anne, Frances, and Margery (wife of George Harrison, Gent.). THOMAS DADE, Gent., died at Tannington, Suffolk 13 April 1619, and was buried there in the chancel. He left a will proved in 1619 (P.C.C. 80 Parker). .... etc.
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  • 16. WILLIAM DADE, ESq., of Tannington and Ipswich, Suffolk, son and heir, born about 1580. He married (1st) in 1612 MARY WINGFIELD, daughter of Henry Wingfield of Crowfield, Suffolk, by Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Risby [see HANKFORD 14 for her ancestry]. They had seven sons, Thomas, Esq., William, Henry, Robert, Gent., Anthony, [Maj.] Francis, and Charles, and six daughters, Elizabeth, Mary (wife of John Soanes), Anne (wife of John Vere, Gent., and George Gosnell), Frances (wife of Samuel Aldus), Martha (wife of John Glanville, Gent.), and Audrey (wfie of Robert Neale). His wife, Mary died at Tannington, Suffolk 3 Feb. 1624/5. He married (2nd) ELIZABETH REVETT, widow of Robert Armiger, of Freston, and daughter of John Revett, Esq., of Brandeston, Suffolk, They had one daughter, Joan. His wife, Elizabeth, died at Tannington, Suffolk 24 Feb. 1656/7. WILLIAM DADE, Esq., died 22 Feb. 1659/60, and was buried at Tannington, Suffolk with both of his wives. He left a will proved 26 April 1660 (P.C.C. 25 Nabbs). ....etc.
  • 17. [MAJOR] FRANCIS DADE, born about 1622. He immigrated to Virginia, where he settled at Patomak in Westmoreland County. He married in 1652 BEHEATHLAND BERNARD, daughter of [Capt.] Thomas Bernard, by Mary, daughter of Robert Beheathland. They had one son, Francis, and one daughter, Mary (wife of [Capt.] Robert Massey and [Col.] Rice Hooe). He served as a member of House of Burgesses from Warwick County and as Speaker of the Houes of Burgesses, 1658 (under alias as John Smith). [MAJOR] FRANCIS DADE died on a return voyage from England in 1662/3. He left a nuncupative will proved 1 May 1663. His widow, Beheathland, married (2nd) [MAJOR] ANDREW GILSON, of Lancaster, Rappahannock, and Stafford Counties, Virginia. They had issue. She left a will dated 20 Aug. 1716, proved 3 March 1720/1. .... etc.


  • Born: ABT 1583, Crowfield, Suffolk, England
  • Died: 3 Feb 1624, Tannington, Suffolk, England
  • Father: Henry WINGFIELD (Esq.)
  • Mother: Elizabeth RISBY
  • Married: William DADE (son of Thomas Dade and Anne Cornwallis) 1612
  • Children:
    • 1. Thomas DADE
    • 2. Mary DADE
    • 3. Henry DADE
    • 4. William DADE
    • 5. Anthony DADE
    • 6. Robert DADE
    • 7. Elizabeth DADE
    • 8. Francis DADE
    • 9. Frances DADE
    • 10. Martha DADE
    • 11. Anne DADE
    • 12. Charles DADE
    • 13. Audrey DADE
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Francis Dade, AKA John Smith's Timeline

November 28, 1621
Tannington, Suffolk, England
Age 32
Warwick River Co, Virginia
Age 36
Warwick River Co, Virginia
November 7, 1659
Age 37
Warwick, James City Co., VA
Age 38
Westmoreland County, Virginia
May 1, 1662
Age 40
Westmoreland, Virginia
Age 40