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John A. Trussell, Col.

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Isle of Man, England
Death: February 20, 1659 (50-58)
Northumberland, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Franklin M. Trussell; James Trussell; Unknown Trussell and Elizabeth Trussell
Husband of Mary Trussell and Mary Trussell
Father of Elizabeth Rohdam; James Trussell; Anna Trussell; William Trussell and John Marion Trussel
Half brother of Edward Trussell; Jane Rauen and John Trussell

Occupation: High Sheriff, tax collector
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About John A. Trussell, Col.

Marriage WFT Est. 1618-1648

Arrived in Virginia in 1622 on the ship "Southhampton", as the servant of Thomas Paulett. Capt. Paulett appeared in the first assembly at Jamestown, Va. in 1619. John was given 200 acres of land in Elizabeth City, Va. and later was made commander of Northumberland Co.. In 1644 he was appointed High Sheriff and then tax collector in 1656.

Additional Notes:


John A. Trussell came to Virginia in 1622 in the ship Southhampton from England, his passage paid by Captain Thomas Paulett, along with 37 others. For transporting these individuals, Thomas Paulett and his brother, Chiffock Paulett, received a patent of 200 acres in Charles City, Co., VA on 1/15/1637.

The muster rolls of Settlers in Virginia listed: Mr. Thomas Paulett's Muster: Thomas Paulett, age 40 yrs. in Neptune in 1618; and (servant) John Trussell, age 19 yrs. in Southhampton, 1622 (Hotten).

A list of the living in Virginia 2/16/1623 shows both Thomas Paulett and John Trussell were living at West and Shirley Hundred.

Some of the white freedmen succeeded in attaing high social status, working their way up to ownership of plantations. In the 17th century they were occasionally elected to the House of Burgesses. One of these was John Trussell of Northumberland Co. who had been brought over in 1622 at the age of 19.

In 1649 John trussell owned 400 acres on the souther most side of Chicokolne River.

1659 - Colonel of the Militia

1. Col. John1 Trussell was born Abt. 1605, and died Bef. 20 Feb 1659/60 in Northumberland Co., VA. He married Mary Claughton Bef. 1640. She was born Aft. 1611.

Notes for Col. John Trussell:

Adventurers of Purse and Person, revised and edited by Virginia M. Meyer (1974-1981) and John Frederick Dorman, FASG (1981-1987); Published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5 (Third Edition 1987)

"John Trussell came to Virginia, 1622, in the Southampton and was listed, 1623/4, at West and Shirley Hundred, in what is now Charles City County. He was living there, 1624/5, aged 19, with Thomas Paulett when the muster was taken. On 12 Oct. 1635 he patented 200 acres in Elizabeth City County near the Back River and adjoining John Grew. This patent was surrendered and renewed in the name of John Graves. At Elizabeth City on 25 Jan. 1638/9 he deposed he was aged 36 or thereabouts. At the same time Samuel Nichols deposed that John Trussell had been undersheriff of Elizabeth City County and as such had sold the goods of Thomas Lee at outcry.

"Trussell next appears in Northumberland, created a county about 1644 from Indian district Chickacoan. Here he patented, 14 Oct. 1649, 400 acres on the "souther most side of Chicokolne river," adjoining Mr. John Mottram. On 7 March 1650/1 John Trussell, Gent., added 200 acres adjoining this, one of the headrights being Mary Trussell. Col. John Trussell and Gervase Dodson patented 1000 acres in Northumberland on the southeast side of Chickacone River, adjoining Jacob Coutanceau and Col. Mottram, deceased, 29 Nov. 1658.

"The earliest record of Northumberland County, 4 May 1644, names John Trussell as Commander of Northumberland. He deposed, 20 May 1653, that he was aged 50 or thereabouts. He served as Burgess for the county, 1649, 1651-52, and 1654-55. He was a justice, 1653, vestryman of Chickoan Congregation, Nov. 1653, lieutenant colonel, 1655, and colonel of militia, 1659.

House of Burgess

We only know of this Assembly from Hening I, 363-368 and from the county records. There is no complete list of members.

Northumberland: John Trussell, Thomas Baldridge, Mr. [William] Presley, "Mr. Lee" [probably Richard, though there were other Lees living in Northumberland at this time], Mr. Speke, Thomas Wilford. Lancaster: Alcore Fauntleroy, Raleigh Travers. Lower Norfolk: Cornelius Lloyd, John Hill, John Sidney, Bartholomew Hoskins. Sources: The records of the counties named. "Administration of the estate of Col. John Trussell, deceased, was granted to Mary Trussell, the relict, 20 Feb. 1659/60. Mary, whose maiden name is not known, married (2), by 10 Feb. 1662/3, Robert Gooch."

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Will of George Higgins. Dated 27th of Novem. 1648. "My loving friend Mr John Trussell of Northumberland in Virginia" sole Executor. Richard Russell, 1000 acs. Northumberland Co., 25 Sept. 1657, p. 158, (232). Ely. upon Chinkahane Cr. or Mr. Preslyes Cr. Nly. upon land of Col. Mattron, sd. Presly & Col. Trussell.

1705/6 March 12. William Grady of Stafford County to John Shirley of Northumberland - one moity (half) of 100 acres located near the head of Coan River, said land first granted to Col. John Trussell and by him assigned to James Claughton, who assigned it to Robert Seck and John Coutanceau, who divided it. Coutanceau then sold his 50 acres to Henry Moseley, who sold it to Jos. Edmunds whose attorney sold it to John Oliver. Oliver died without heirs, and the land escheated and was bougth by Robert Wilson who had married Oliver's widow. They sold the land to Walter Grady, whose heir was the said William Grady. Said land located on King's Creek. [Northumberland Co., VA abstracts]

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John A. Trussell, Col.'s Timeline

Isle of Man, England
Age 20
Virginia, USA
Age 23
Virginia, USA
Age 28
Virginia, United States
Age 35
Virginia, USA
Age 40
Virginia, USA
February 20, 1659
Age 54
Northumberland, Virginia, United States