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John Garner, of Cherry Point Neck

Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Death: before May 26, 1702
Cherry Point Neck, Northumberland , Virginia
Place of Burial: Northumberland, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Garner and Katharn Garner
Husband of Susanna Garner
Father of John Garner, II; Henry Garner, Sr.; Vincent Garner, I; Capt. Thomas Garner, of Tinpot & Licking Run; Benjamin GARNER and 5 others
Brother of Martha Garner

Occupation: Planter
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About John Garner, of Cherry Point Neck


This John seems to be the same as Garner. Further analysis will be warranted after that profile is made public.

family, et al

  • Birth:  before 2 Sep 1634 - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England   [1] 
  • Baptized: 2 Sept 1634 - St. Chad's, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England [4]
  • Parents: Richard Garner, Katharn
  • Marriage: Feb 1659/60 - Cherry Point Neck, Northumberland, Virginia - to Susanna Keene   [3] 
  • Death: before 26 May 1702 in Northumberland Co., Virginia
  • Buried: John Garner Plantation, Kinsey, Northumberland, Virginia, United States

John and Susanna Keene Garner had issue: (1) John Garner; (2) Henry Garner; (3) Vincent Garner; (4) Thomas Garner; (5) Parish Garner; (6) Benjamin Garner; (7) James Garner; (8) Mary Garner; (9) Susan Garner; (10) Martha Garner.

brief biography

He was probably born in England, as he was (1) of thirty two colonists, transported to Northumberland County, VA by Lewis Burwell. He lived at Cherry Point, Northumberland, VA

From J. H. Garner – 2007

Immigration: 1637 from England to Henrico, Virginia.

One account states John Garner was born on 2 Sep 1633, St. Chad's (?), Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England or Northern Wales. He married Susanna Keene, daughter of Thomas Keene II and Mary Thorley, ca Feb 1660, Stafford Co, VA or Cherry Point Neck, VA. He died 26 May 1702 (near) Kinsdale, Westmoreland Co, VA at age 68.

He acquired land (3000+ acres) in Northern Neck area of VA. He was a builder. He and Richard Garner emigrated on 10 Jun 1637. He and Thomas Keene, Jr. John Garner was Thomas Keene's guardian before 5 May 1665. He emigrated about 1672. He left a will on 22 Jan 1702

"Many of your own ancestors came to Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas as "headrights," i. e., some business man (usually a Virginia tobacco planter, a boat captain, or a London merchant) had brought them into the Colony, paid their transportation and settled them onto land that the business man was entitled to as a result of this enterprise of importing labor for clearing land, planting and curing tobacco. Within a few years of the Garners' arrival, Richard died and left young John Garner in the care of William Farrar, an "ancient planter of Virginia" for whom Farrar's Island was named, and the man who had transported them from England to Virginia. For their first few years in the Colony, all your Virginia ancestors probably worked on the plantations of other people. But as the Colony grew and their terms of indenture ended, more westerly lands were offered for settlement and your people located their own plots on the frontier of that time. Within John Garner's own lifetime, this frontier region was pushed from a line only slightly west of Williamsburg, Virginia to a line about even with present-day Richmond, Virginia....."

From Garner-Keene Families of Northern Neck Virginia Page 1 JOHN GARNER (1633-1702)

John Garner, founder of the family with which this book is chiefly concerned, came to the County of Northumberland in the Colony of Virginia about 1650, at the age of 17; for in that year Lewis Burwell was granted a tract of land in Northumberland for bringing 32 new colonists to the county, among them John Garner, Thomas Broughton, Samuel Moseley, Elizabeth Moseley and their daughter, Jane. (Va L. Gr. B. 2, p 250). This was two years after the county was established. Those who have done research on the Garner family feel certain that John Garner was of English origin, or even whether he came directly from England, from another English Colony, or from another part of Virginia, is not known. Following the beheading of Charles I in England in 1649 there was a great exodus to Virginia of Stuart sympathizers or Cavaliers, as they were called. John Garner may have come in from England on this wave of immigration.

John Garner was born about 1633 for in 1633 he made the deposition in which he stated he was thirty years old. (North, R. B. 15, p. 102). According to H. Ragsland Euban, John Garner settled west of Garner's Creek near the site of the present village of Lewisetta in 1660. This was near the mouth of the Coan River on a neck of land then called Cherry Point but today known as Cowart's Point. Across Garner's Creek on the east Cypress Farm, still extant today, was established in 1662 by Captain John Rogers and his wife, Ellen.

John Garner married Susanna Keene, daughter of Thomas and Mary Keene of Northumberland County. Susanna was probably born on Kent Island in the Potomac River during the period (1634-1649) when it was in dispute between Virginia and Maryland. In 1649 it officially became a part of Maryland.

This marriage is thought to have taken place about 1660, for in 1659 Susanna's stepfather and guardian, Thomas Broughton, gave her her share of her father's cattle, designating her by the name of Susanna Keene; (North, R. B. 16, p. 30) while her mother's will in 1662 mentioned her as the wife of John Garner and as having a daughter. (North, R. B. 15, p. 92).

July 15, 1657, Francis Roberts patented 500 acres of land "lying beyond Col. Speakes and the Doegs Island, south to the mouth of a creek above the said Speakes, easterly upon James Magregorys, westerly into the Mr. Jernews," due Roberts for transporting ten persons into the colony. (Va L. GR. B 4, p 114) February 20, 1658, Francis Roberts assigned to John Garner and Joseph Fielding a patent of 500 acres of land "lying beyond Col. Speake's land and Doege Island in the Potomac River," and promised to defend them against "claim or title of any except the Indians." (North. R. B. 1658-66, p. 10) June 20, 1663, "Joseph Fielding and John Garner, both of Northumberland County in Virginia, transfer and assign all rights, titles and interest in the 500 acres of land" which had been transferred to them by Francis Roberts, to John Garner, Jr., Son of John Garner, and to John Bailes Jr., son of John Bailes deceased. (North. R.B. 15, p. 100) By March 1667, Joseph Fielding had married "the relict and administrix of John Bailes deceased." This land apparently neither John Garner, Sr., nor John Garner, Jr., ever lived on it.

John Garner died early in 1702, for his will (west. D. & W. B. #3, p 153 et seq.) was dated January 22, 1702, proved May 25, 1702, and recorded January 1, 1703. It reads as follows:

Susanna Garner survived her husband by about 14 years. She left no will but the records show her estate was inventoried March 28, 1716 by James Carr, James Thomas and William Garner. (West. D. & W. B. 4, p. 560) On May 30, 1716 her son Benjamin, stated that his mother's clothes had not been appraised but had been divided among her daughters at the time of her funeral. (west. D. & W. B. 5, p. 57)

Thomas Garner (2) son of John Garner (1) and Susanna Keene Garner, lived in Stafford Co., Va. where his will was ordered to be recorded in 1727 but the will book for that year was destroyed. He patented 1400 acres of land on Tinpot Run and Liking Run in 1715 in that part of Prince William County that is now Fauquier Co., VA. He secured another patent for 1,000 acres of land in 1724 or 1725 he patented 489 acres of land in Stafford Co. adjoining Thomas Withers and others and later 625 acres on Tinpot and Licking Run. In 1760 Parish Garner sold 400 acres of land patented by his father, Thomas.

In order book of Fauquier Co., Va. March 1774 page 69 is a record of a suit brought by Thomas Garner, Vincent Garner, Parish Garner, Charles Garner, and James Garner, devisees of Thomas Garner, and John Garner, William Garner, Mary Garner, Susannah Garner and Charles Garner, children of John Garner, deceased who was one of the devisees of the said Thomas Garner, versus Thomas Harrison, Gent. From this it would appear that Thomas Garner had issue:

       28. Thomas Garner (3)
       29. Vincent Garner (3)
       30. Parish Garner (3)
       31. Charles Garner (3)
       32. James Garner (3) who granted land in Guilford Co., NC in 1789
       33. John Garner (3)

John was guardian of his younger brother Charles Garner upon his father's death - after Jul 1726. He and Mary M. Bushnell were Co-executors of Thomas Garner's will, 3 Jul 1726.



To his sons John and Henry Garner he gave 800 acres of land where they then lived to be equally divided between them. To his son, Vincent Garner, he gave the land on which he then lived in Horn Point, his long gun and hanger, a yoke of oxen, and one half of the sloop Outcry. He willed his chest and wearing apparel to his son Henry. His son Vincent was to pay 2,000 pounds of tobacco to his sons Thomas and Parish Garner and 2,000 pounds of tobacco to his son Benjamin Garner when the latter arrived at the age of twenty-one. He gave to his sons James Garner 2,000 pounds of tobacco. He felt his daughters, Mary, Susan, and Martha Garner, each a "thomb" ring. The remainder of his estate went to his wife, Susanna Garner. This will was witnessed by William Garner, John Gilliams, and William Moore.



John Garner came to Virginia about 1650, settling in Northumberland County, which had been formed two years earlier. He was seventeen years old. His parents are unknown. He was transported into the colony of Virginia by Lewis Burwell, along with 31 other new colonists. Burwell paid for John's passage, and would have been granted 50 acres for John, and 50 acres for each of the other 31 new colonists, for a total of 1600 acres in Northumberland Co.

It is believed that John was born in 1633. He stated in a deposition in 1663, that he was thirty years old. He settled near present day Lewisetta, in Northumberland County on Cherry Point near the mouth of the Coan River, alongside the Potomac River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. About 1660, John married Susanna Keene (1646-1716), daughter of Thomas and Mary Thorley Keene(Later Broughton), also of Northumberland Co. In the following ten or so years, John was active with some land transactions, jury duty, transported five persons from England, receiving a land grant for 250 acres, sworn in as constable for Cherry Point Neck in 1663, appointed an attorney for himself, etc., and father of ten children. Tobacco was the important commodity. In 1672, John and Susanna left Northumberland Co. and moved farther north to Westmoreland County (Cople Parish) near present day Kinsale. The early colonists settled along waterways, as it was a safe means of transportation, providing a way of shipping tobacco from their own docks, as there were no inland roads. John continued to purchase and sell land. John and Susanna had ten children. John died in early 1702. His will was dated Jan. 22, 1702. proved May 26, 1702 recorded Jan. 1, 1703. John's wife Susanna lived another fourteen years. In his will, John leaves his son Vincent the plantation and land that he (John) was living on. This was his land near Kinsale, where John and Susanna were probably buried, near their plantation home.

The children were remembered in their father John's will as follows:

1. John Bequested: half of 800 plus acres of land, upon which he was all ready living)

2. Henry Bequested: the other half of the 800 plus acres bequested to brother John, upon which Henry was all ready living, plus my chest with my wearing apparel.

3. Vincent Bequested: the whole plantation and land I now on, together with the lands adjoining. Also a parcel of land lying in horn point. Also my long gun, my hanger and a yoke of oxen. Also the one half of the money from what is got from the the sloop called the "Outcry". Vincent, executor to pay his brother Thomas the sum of 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask; to pay his brother Parish, the sum of 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask; to pay his brother Benjamin 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask, when he shall be one and twenty years old; to pay his brother James the sum of 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask, when he shall come to the age of one and twenty.

4. Thomas Bequested: 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask

5. Parish Bequested: 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask

6. Benjamin Bequested: 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask, when he becomes age 21

7. James Bequested: 2 thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask, when he becomes age 21

8. Mary Bequested: A thomb ring

9. Susan Bequested: A thomb ring

10. Martha Bequested: A thomb ring

John gave and bequeathed to his well beloved wife Susan the rest of his estate "as Goods and Chattels moveables and unmovables". He made Susan his sole Executor.

I have seen no written description of what John's plantation home looked like, possibly log or brick construction.

Today, there are many descendants of John and Susanna Garner living across the U.S.

THE WILL OF JOHN GARNER, SR (Abstract) Westmoreland County, Virginia 1702

GARNER, JOHN, 22 January 1702; 1 January 1703.

Sons John and Henry 800 acres of land to be divided between them where they are now seated; Henry my chest and wearing apparel; son Vincent plantation whereon I live and land in Horn Point, my long gun and hanger and a yoke of oxen. Also one-half of money of sloop the Outcry; Vincent to pay sons Thomas and Parish 2000 lbs. tobacco and to son Benjamin 2000 lbs. tobacco at age of 21 years; son James 2000 lbs. tobacco; to daughters Mary, Susan, and Martha each a thomb ring; wife Susan residue of estate; Witnesses; William Gardner, John Williams, William More.

Source: WILLS of Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1654-1800, printed 1925, reprinted 1982

By: Rebecca Prillaman Note: Graves not located for John and his wife Susanna.

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John Garner, of Cherry Point Neck's Timeline

September 2, 1634
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
September 2, 1634
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
January 20, 1663
Age 28
Lewisetta, Northumberland, Virginia
Age 29
Westmoreland, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Age 31
Westmoreland, VA, USA
Age 33
Stafford , Virginia
Age 35
Westmoreland, VA, USA