John Lanier, "the Emigrant"

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John Lanier

Also Known As: "Thomas"
Birthplace: Lewisham, Kent, England
Death: Charles City County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Clement Lanier and Hannah Rebecca Lanier
Husband of Lucreece Lanier
Father of John Lanier, Jr and Katherine Elizabeth Lanier
Brother of Hannah Swetman; Susanna Lanier, I; Nicholas Lanier; Robert Lanier, Sr.; Lionel Lanier and 6 others

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About John Lanier, "the Emigrant"

John Lanier was born about October, 1631 in Lewisham. He married Lucreece (BASSANO) (SIC: name of wife unknown) before leaving England for Virginia where they are mentioned in Charles City records in 1657, living on the south side of the James River. The rest of the records of Charles City are lost, and we do not know when John Lanier died. In 1767 a John Lanier was sent by the men of Charles City to plead with Governor Beckley for protection against the Indians. The Governor refused and shortly thereafter Bacon's rebellion occurred. We do not have any record of John Lanier's death but we know he was living in 1683.



ID: I937

The above is incorrect; Lucreece Bassano married his grandfather

Name: John LANIER Jr.

Surname: Lanier

Given Name: John

Suffix: Jr.

Sex: M

Birth: 1655 in London, England

Death: 1719 in Charles City County, Virginia

_UID: 185D37EA62EFEE4792BBD38A42161E04405A


John came to America as a baby. He grew up on the James River, Charles City, Virginia.

There is the accepted possibility that John Lanier Jr. is the same person as his father. It is believed that they are father and son, but if not, then John Sr. above married three times, first to Lucreece, then to the two wives below. In that case the daughter above would be contributed to John Sr. However we have gone here with the assumption that these are two different people.

He lived in Virginia and married first in 1677 in Charles City County, Virginia to Alice or Katherine Sampson (d. bef 1685). Then about 1685 he married to Sarah Edmunds/Edmonds (widow) also in Charles City County, Virginia.

Participated in Bacon's Rebellion with his father in 1676.

In 1683 he bought land with Peter Wycke in Parish of Westover. John is a common ancestor of Larry Jones/Bess Chancellor Jones.

Will of John Lanier, 1719 - Prince George Co.VA. Will of John Lanier - 1719

(Deeds etc. 1713-28, page 304, Prince George Co.VA.)

In The Name of God, Amen. I John Lanier in the County of Prince George, being verry weak and ailling in Body, but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore, it is appointed for all men once to dye. I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my Body, I commend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Like and Decent manner, to the Discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless in this Life, I give Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First. I give to my son Robert Lanier one shilling. 2'ly. I give to my son John Lanier one shilling. 3'ly. I give to my son Sampson Lanier twelve shillings. 4'ly. I give to __ Daughter Sarah Brewer one cow or heifer of three years old. 5'ly. I give to my grandson John Lanier, the son of Nicholas Lanier, my son,a feather bed and bolster, and blankets and Rugg, all new and good, and a small Gunn well fixt, and I give to him two pewter Dishes and Bason, and one chest with Lock and Key, and six spoons, one Iron pott and potthooks, and frying pan, and a small pair of Hillyards(?), and two combs, and a young calfe of three years old, and three sheep. Lastly. I give to my son Nicholas Lanier, all the Land which I now live upon, and all my Land on the otter dams, to him and his heirs for ever, and I give to my son Nicholas, all my moveables and unmoveables. I do make my son Nicholas Lanier my whole and sole Exr. of this my Last Will and Testament, to see that it is performed. As witness my hand and seal this 5th of Janry. of 1717. John Lanier Sealed wax. William(hisWPmarke)Peebles Henry Peebles Thomas(hisxmarke)Burrow At a Court held at Merchants hope for the County of Prince George on the second Tuesday in April being the fourteenth Day of the said month Anno Dom.1719. The above written Last Will and Testament of John Lanier Dece'd. was Exhibited into Court by Nicholas Lanier his Exectr. who made oath thereto, and it being Duly proved by William Peebles, Henry Peebles and Thomas Burrow, the sevrl. witnesses thereto, is by order of the Court truly Recorded and Certificate is granted the said Nicholas Lanier, for obtaining a probate in due form. Test Wm.Hamlin ClCur.

Submitted by Russell L. Lawrence

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Change Date: 9 Jul 2003 at 01:00:00

Father: John LANIER Sr. b: Oct 1631 in Lewisham or Lewisburg, England c: 10 Jun 1633 in Kent County, England

Mother: Lucreece UNKNOWN b: ABT 1633 in Kent County, England

Marriage 1 Katherine Elinor SAMPSON b: 1665

Married: 1677 in Charles City County, Virginia


Robert LANIER Sr. b: 1678 in Surry County, Virginia
John LANIER III b: 1680 in Charles City County, Virginia
Sampson LANIER b: ABT 1681

Marriage 2 Sarah EDMUNDS Edmonds


Sarah LANIER b: ABT 1686 in Charles City County, Virginia
Nicholas LANIER b: 1690 in Charles City County, Virginia

ID: I29992

Name: John L. LANIER

Given Name: John L.

Surname: Lanier

Suffix: Imm Sr

Title: Imm Sr

Sex: M

Birth: OCT 1631 in Lewisham,Kent,Eng 1 2

Death: 1719 in Charles City,Prince George,Va 1 2


John moved to Virginia, and his brother Robert To Barbados. All of Robert's sons later cam e to Virginia also. These two brothers are given credit for being the initial ancestors of n early all the Laniers in America.

Sometime before his emigration from England to American in 1656, he married Lucreece (LNU), but thought to be either Bassano or Lanier and also a descendant of the same line. John and L ucreece, along with infant son John, were transported to America in 1656 by Howell Price (Col onial Abstracts, Vol II, p33). They took up residence in Charles City Co. Virginia, presumably to raise tobacco.

John Lanier, along with son John Jr. served as members of Bacons Rebellion to protest Gover nor Berkeley's lack of protection from the Powhatan Indian attacks. John Sr. along with Joh n Woodlief plead with Gov. Berkeley and were refused. The rebels were then led by nathania l Bacon to defeat the Pamunky Indian tribe and lay seige on Jamestown in defiance to Berkeley 's lack of suport. The rebellion was crushed by forces sent from Charles II. John Sr.'s fat e during this rebellion is unknown.

Burial info is not known about John Lanier Sr.


John and Lucreece Lanier lived in Charles City County, on the south side of the James River. Most of the records of the county have been lost, but a few fragments remain. The second mention of them is an inquest held in the Court of William Bird, to investigate the death of their infant daughter, KATHERINE, who was strangled in her bed "on a hot May day" [May 7, 1665]. The verdict was returned June 6, 1665.

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John Lanier, "the Emigrant"'s Timeline

October 1631
Lewisham, Kent, England

Name: John Lanier
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 17 Apr 1631
Birthplace: Seasalter, Kent, England
Father's Name: Robert Lanier
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I04799-2 , System Origin: England-EASy , GS Film number: 1737007 , Reference ID: item 1


Age 23
London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Age 33
Nansemond, Suffolk, VA, USA
Charles City County, Virginia