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John Person, Sr.

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Somerset, England
Death: Died in Isle of,Wight, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Frances Cooke
Father of John Persons, II

Occupation: Planter
Managed by: Private User
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About John Person, Sr.

I JOHN PERSON (circa 1630-1707) sailed from England to Virginia and settled in the

Isle of Wight County by 1648. He bought land near the Blackwater river. He must have

been a neighbor of William and Mary (Miles) Cooke because in 1658 he married their

daughter, Francis Cooke (b 1640 d 1721). John and Francis (Cooke) Person were the

parents of one child, John Person, Jr. b 1660.

Notes for John Person:

Or John Parson or John Parsons.

"John is listed as coming to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1648 on the Transport at age 18. There is an entry tying John to Richard: "John Perce, sonne of Richard Perce of Somersetshire, England. Said to own land in Virginia Colony near to land owned by Captain John Ratliff, the first Governor." John was the neighbor of William Cooke (1615-1679)."

A number of Parson, Parsons and Person folks were immigrants to Virginia between 1637 and 1653. Others went to Maryland. This John Person may be the one that landed at Nansemond County, which adjoins Isle of Wight Co., VA. Had he arrived prior to 1642, it would have been upper Norfolk County.

"He settled on Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County, which was near the plantation of his future father-in-law, William Cooke. Cook(e) was a well known name and there are many references to them. Sir William Cooke is listed in " several journals.

Thanks to Mr. George Fields Whatley of Pensacola, FL for the book "Whatley, Person ..." (where's that title page!) published by Genealogy Publishing Service.

His name is often reported as John Parson or John Parsons. He was designated as overseer of the execution of the will of Captain Francis England of Blackwater in Isle of Wight on 13 May 1677.

His will: "I give and bequeath my while Estate Real and personall to be Equally Divided between my Loving wife Frances and my only Son John to you and their heirs forever." John Parson. Note : all names spelled Parson in the will.

George Fuller Walker, "Person(s) Lineage", c 1951 indicates that John Person may have come to Virginia as a headright for Nicholas Dixson. Patent Book 2, p. 166 tells of Dixson receiving land for 6 people, including John Person, on 20 Nov 1648. (Cavaliers and Pioneers, 1623-1666, Geneological Publishing Company, Inc., 1963)

In March of 1667, following Bacon's Rebellion, John Person joined with m any neighbors in Isle of Wight County to sign a petition supporting the King but also calling attention to their grievances. In 1704 his name appears on the Rent Roll of Isle of Wight Co.


"The appearance of legatee Francis Parsons supports the statement that William Cooke, Sr. had a daughter Frances who married _______ Person and was ancestor of Governor Person of Alabama. There was a Francis Person in Surry County who was son and heir of John Person whose will was dated 08 August 1721 and proved on 21 March 1738. The wife of John Person was named Sara. He named ten children as legatees: John, thomas, Francis, Joseph, Benjamin, Samuel, William, Jacob, Mary and Elizabeth Person. Grandson Joseph Tuke and sister Averelah Tuke were also heirs. He made bequests of two tracts of land on Fountain Creek, one on the second swamp of main Blackwater, one on the Meherrin River, one in Isle of Wight County, one on which he lives, one on which his son John lives and one on which his mother lives."

"Joseph tuke and Averelah Tuke (Tooke) were grandchildren also of John Tooke whose will, dated 17 November 1720 and proved on 15 February 1720/1, included as heirs Joseph Tooke and "Aureola" Tooke. John "Parsons" was named as an executor and also as an overseer of the will. Obviously a son of John Tooke married a daughter of John Person.

John Person and John Person, Jr. witnessed the will of Susanna King Jones on 19 December 1691 which was proved in Isle of Wight County on 06 May 1713. Arthur Jones and Susanna King had a daughter Mary who married thomas Cooke, son of William Cooke, Jr. Arthur Jones was transported to Virginia by William Cooke, Sr.

[LEAVES OF A STUNTED SHRUB, by William G Scroggins, Vol One, p. 182]

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John Person, Sr.'s Timeline

Somerset, England
Age 30
Isle of Wright, Virginia
Age 71
Isle of,Wight, Virginia, United States
Age 71
Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States