John Bargrave of Patricksbourne, 1st of Bifrons

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John Bargrave

Birthplace: Bridge, Kent, England
Death: 1625 (53)
Patrixbourne, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Bargrave and Joan Bargrave
Husband of Jane Bargrave
Father of Robert Bargrave, of Bifrons and Dr. John Bargrave
Brother of Angela Boys; Anna Naylor; Alice Tournay; Rev. Thomas Bargrave; Richard Bargrave and 2 others

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About John Bargrave of Patricksbourne, 1st of Bifrons

B. John Bargrave of Patricksbourne, 1st of Bifrons  m. Jane Crouche (dau/coheir of Giles Crouche of London)

From Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial ..., Volume 1  edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler. Page 180

Bargrave, Capt. John, brother of Capt. George Bargrave (q. v.), was born about 1578. He became interested in Virginia, established the first private plantation on James river, and sent thither many servants. He had a long dispute with Sir Thomas Smythe regarding his interests in the colony, and all of his claims were denied.

From Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. By Martha W. McCartney. Page 109

  • Captain George Bargrave's pinnace arrived in Virginia on April 12, 1619 ...
  • On May 12, 1619, John Bargrave's pinnace the Edwin arrived in Virginia with men he planned to set on his land, which was located on the lower side of the James River near Martin's Brandon. ... Within a very short time Bargrave clashed with his neighbor, Capt. John Martin, over the ownership of some livestock, a long term quarrel which culminated in a lawsuit ....


From The genesis of the United States: a narrative of the movement in England ... edited by Alexander Brown. Page 929

Hungerford, Sir Edward. M. C. for Va., March 9, 1607, at which date there were two knights of the name; but I think this was the son of Sir Anthony Hungerford, by his wife Sarah, daughter of Giles Crouch, of Cornhill ward, London, because his mother's sister, Jane Crouch, married John Bargrave, of Bifrons, in the Parish of Patricksborn in Kent, who claimed to have been the first person to establish a private plantation in Virginia.

  • **comment: Sir Edward (roundhead) was a son by Sir Anthony's 1st wife.

From The Bargrave Collection - Canterbury Cathedral

Dr John Bargrave was born in 1610. The Bargrave family were prosperous local yeomen farmers and tanners from Bridge, just outside of Canterbury, who had recently entered the ranks of the Kentish gentry. John Bargrave’s father, Captain John Bargrave, had served as a mercenary soldier and adventurer in the wars with Spain. He was an upwardly mobile and ambitious individual. His lucrative career coupled with a favourable marriage to Jane Crouch, daughter and heiress of the London haberdasher, Giles Crouch, subsequently financed the construction of an impressive family home known as Bifrons, at Patrixbourne, near to Canterbury.

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John Bargrave of Patricksbourne, 1st of Bifrons's Timeline

September 13, 1571
Bridge, Kent, England
Age 26
Kent, England
November 18, 1610
Age 39
Nonington, Kent, England
Age 53
Patrixbourne, Kent, England