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Francis Poythress, II

Also Known As: "captain"
Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Charles City, Charles, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Petersburg, Amelia, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Francis Poythress and Mary Frances Wynne
Husband of Rebecca wynn coggin (cogan) poythress and Rebecca Poythress
Father of Rebecca poythress pace; Rebecca Pace; Francis Poythress, III; John Poythress; Anne Green and 1 other
Brother of Jane Rolfe; John "Deep Bottom" Poythress and Thomas Poythress
Half brother of Robert Wynne, II; Capt. Thomas Wynne, I; Mary Woodlief; Maj. Joshua Wynne and Woodlief Wynne

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About Major Francis Poythress, II

Francis Poythress II was the son of Francis Poythress I and wife Mary Sloman. He was born in 1639 in Charles City County, Virginia and died c.1688 in Virginia. He married Rebecca Coggan in 1668. He may have married Rebecca Wynne in 1666.


Major Francis Poythress (b. 1639, d. 1688) Francis Poythress (son of Francis Poythress and Mary Frances Sloman) was born 1639 in Charles City, VA, and died 1688 in Independent City, Petersburg, Amelia, VA. He married Rebecca Wynne Coggin Cogan on 1668 in Charles City, VA, daughter of John Coggin Cogan and Joyce Boyce Tye Bland.

Notes for Francis Poythress:

This article was taken from "POYTHRESS OF PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA" written by Dr. Claiborne T. Smith, Jr. as found in Historical Southern Families Vol. IV by Boddie, Page 31 --

  • Quote-- Francis Poythress (2), son of Francis Poythress (1), born circa 1630-d. 1688. -- He passed through the militia grades of captain and major and was a justice of Charles City in 1677. (Winder Papers II-406,431).
  • On 9-28-1681 he was granted 609 acres on the Blackwater, bordering on the Nottaway path and the Clearwater spring, in Charles City. (P.B. 7-99). He died about 1688.
  • Francis Poythress m. Rebecca Coggin, daughter of John Coggin. (Charles City Court Minutes 1687-1695). As Rebecca Poythress, she was granted 1000 acres of land in Charles City 4-29-1692, said land being in the late tenure of Edward Ardington. (P.B. 8-241). She later married (2) Charles Bartholomew, the widower of her sister. -- (Actually her half sister, Frances Tye)--. This resulted in court action, as according to the ecclesiastical law in effect in Virginia at that time, this constituted an incestuous marriage. (Exc. Journal Council Col. Va., Vol. 1-3131, dated 6-14-1694). Nothing was proven so the lawsuit was dismissed. Rebecca and her first husband, Francis Poythress, had five children of record; Francis, Anne, Rebecca, Thomas and John. Winder Papers II. pp. 406-431.
  • John Eppes, James Bisse, Nicholas Wyatt, John Smith - 12, 13th and 14th of June 1677, acting as Commissioners examined various persons in regard to a certain petition that had been presented to the Governor and Council from Charles City County. Among others were Capt. Francis Poythress, Mr. Henry Batte and others. This at Westover. Vir. Mag. Hist. & Biog. Vol.XXXIII p. 31-33. Captain Robert Wynne, of Charles City County, long Speaker of the House of Burgesses, in his will dated July 1675 makes his son-in-law Capt. Francis Poythress an executor. Executive Journal Council Colonial Virginia, Vol I p. 3131 June 14, 1694.
  • The Attorney General reported that on the 27th of April last, he took process at last County Cort for Charles City vs. Charles Bartholomew and Rebecca, widow and relict of Major Francis Poythress, and John Moore and Elizabeth daughter of Seth Perkins for their incestuous marriages. Va. Mag. Hist & Biog. Vol. 19, p. 28-9.
  • Deed 15 November 1721, from Burrell Green and Ann, his wife, and Francis Poythress all of Surry County, conveying a tract of land in Prince George County to Robert Hunnicut patented by Rebecca Poythress (being in all 1000 A.) on 29 April 1692, half of which land in the possession of Littleberry Eppes, 300 acres of said land was given to Rebecca Poythress a daughter of said Rebecca, and 200 A. to the said Ann Green.
  • From William B. Hall, "The Poythress Family - A Study of Francis1, Francis2, Francis3 and Francis4," William and Mary Quarterly, Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. IV, p. 175, FTM Virginia Genealogies #2: Francis Poythress, son of Capt. Francis Poythress is shown from the above records to have acquired property in Prince George County in 1681, 82 and 83. The last grant seems to have been deserted possibly after his death, but was regranted to his son John Poythress in 1703.
  • He passed through the militia grades of Captain and Major, and is generally spoken of in his day and in subsequent references to him as Major Francis Poythress.
  • It has been stated that he was married in 1668 and also that he was also a Justice for Charles City County in 1677, but we have seen no authority therefore. We do not know when he was born and hence can draw no inference of his age at marriage in 1668, if that date is correct. We feel confident, however, that he married Rebecca Wynne, for Captain Robert Wynne in his will of 1675 specifically makes his son-in-law Captain Francis Poythress an executor, evidencing confidence in him, for Captain Wynne in his long service as Speaker of the House of Burgesses must have had a broad knowledge of the integrity of men. As seen he was Captain at this date. We think that it is strange that the name of his wife thought always given as Rebecca, should not have been disclosed earlier.
  • A careful study of the children of Capt. Wynne might show a daughter Rebecca which would absolutely verify the above conclusion on our part. This appointment as an executor to the will leads us to put credence in the statement that he was Justice in 1677.
  • The process reported by the Attorney General in 1694, in which he speaks of Rebecca Poythress being the widow and relict of Major Francis Poythress evidences his death prior to this date. Rebecca Poythress acquired 1000 acres of land in Charles City County in her own name in 1692, which land in the deed of Burrell and Ann Green in 1721 is specifically referred to by date. this deed of Francis Poythress of Surry County indicates that he was the son of Major Francis and the one that is termed Francis Poythress. Certainly the daughter were Ann and Rebecca. We there place as the children of Major Francis Poythress and his wife Rebecca Wynne the following though not in the sequence of their ages:
  1. 1. Francis Poythress
  2. 2. John Poythress who married Mary Batte
  3. 3. Ann Poythress, who married Burrell Green.
  4. 4. Rebecca Poythress
  5. 5. Thomas Poythress, married Elizabeth Cocke

There may have been others, but these are all that can be place with record as given. A study of the family of and records in connection with Littleberry Eppes would most probably throw some light upon the Poythresses of his times. There is certainly a marriage connection between Poythress and Eppes of an early date.

More About Francis Poythress and Rebecca Wynne Coggin Cogan: Marriage: 1668, Charles City, VA.

Children of Francis Poythress and Rebecca Wynne Coggin Cogan are: +Rebecca Poythress, b. 1672, Charles City Co., VA, d. 1738, Bertie Dist., Northampton Co., NC.


Francis Poythress family info

18 Nov 2011 ,

Francis Poythress was born about 1639, in Charles City County, the son of Captain Francis Poythress and Mary (Sloman?). He married Rebecca Coggin, the daughter of Dr. John Coggin and Mrs. Joyce Boyce Tye. Their children were (1) Francis, (2) Rebecca (c. 1679-aft. 3/13/1737), who probably married Richard Pace; (3) John (c. 1681-bef. 5/12/1724), who married Mary (Hardyman?); and, (4) Thomas (c. 1683-bef. 5/16/1749). Major Francis Poythress died before April 3, 1688.

nc1092added this on 18 Nov 2011
This story shows that Francis married Rebecca Coggin. This info is from: From: "Michael Tutor" <> Subject: Major Francis Poythress, of Westover parish, 2nd generation Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 10:09:39 -0500 


The page (document attached) summarizes Land Grants to Francis Poythress from the office in Richamond, VA. The paragraph above gives an interesting account which states: "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 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.

Source:Francis Poythress Biography--from Genealoby of VA Families: the Petersons, Claibornes, & Harrisons & Some Other Connections, Page 174

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Major Francis Poythress, II's Timeline

Charles City, Charles, Virginia, USA
Age 26
Prince George, Virginia, USA
Age 29
Charles City, VA, USA
Age 30
Charles City County, Virginia Colony
Age 33
Colonial Beach, VA, USA
Age 33
Charles City, Charles City, Virginia, United States
Age 38
January 1688
Age 49
Petersburg, Amelia, Virginia, USA