About Josian Bartelmore
From the biography of Mayflower Capt. Christopher Jones:
2. Jones married his second wife, widow Josian ___ Gray, widow of Richard Gray, age 21 at St. Nicholas Church in Harwich a few months after Sara’s death in 1603. Josian had seafaring relatives and her late husband was a noted mariner with friends among the Captains of the 1588 Armada Fleet and which included ‘treasure hunting’ in the Indies, this have may included attacks on Spanish treasure ships. Josian probably brought a substantial marriage portion and had inherited her late husband’s house in Church Street, Harwich together with other land and property.
It is believed Josian may have remarried in 1626 as in that year a ‘Joan Jones’, widow, married one Thomas Bartelmore at Stepney, London, directly across the Thames from Rotherhithe.
The marriage to Christopher Jones produced eight children, of whom the following four children were known to have been born in Harwich:
- Christopher b._____
- Thomas b. 1607
- Josian b. 1609
- John b. 1621. He was baptized March 4, 1621 in Harwich, Essex, where Jones’ wife had gone to reside while he was on his voyage to the New World and was anchored in Plymouth Harbor over the winter of 1620-1621.
- And the following children were born in Rotherhithe, London to which the family moved in 1611.
- Roger b. 1611
- Christopher b. 1614
- Joane b. 1615
- Grace b. 1619