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Katherine Robinson (Hone)

Also Known As: "Beverley", "not Catherine Armistead"
Birthplace: Middlesex County, Virginia
Death: April 23, 1692 (48-49)
Jamestown, James City County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Middlesex, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Major Theophilus Hone and 1st wife of Theophilus Hone
Wife of Major Robert Beverley, of Jamestown and Christopher Robinson
Mother of Captain Harry Beverley; William Beverley; Catherine Robinson; Thomas Beverley; Christopher Beverley and 5 others
Sister of Judith Armistead; Theophilus Hone, II and Thomas Hopkins Hone

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About Katherine Robinson

Katherine Hone b: 1640 in Elizabeth City, Virginia, died 23 APR 1693 in Hewick Plantation, Hanover Co., Virginia.

She was not Catherine Armistead - that's been disproved.

She was the daughter of Theophilus Hone and his unnamed first wife.


  1. third wife of Maj. Robert Beverly. Married: 28 MAR 1679 in Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia.
  2. to Christopher Robinson b: 1644 in Hewick Manor, Cleasby, Yorkshire, England Married: 23 NOV 1687


  • 1. William Beverley b: 1680 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia
  • 2. Catherine Beverley b: 1682 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia
  • 3. Thomas Beverley b: in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia
  • 4. Christopher Beverley b: 1686 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Christ Church Parish, Virginia Marriages, 1653-1812 about Major Robert Beverley

  • Name: Major Robert Beverley
  • Spouse: Mrs Katherine Hone
  • Marriage Date: 28 Mar 1679
  • Comment: was Married in Gloster
  • Source Information:
  • Ancestry.com. Christ Church Parish, Virginia Marriages, 1653-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia from 1653 to 1812. Richmond, VA, USA: Christ Church, 1897.
  • http://www.colonial-settlers-md-va.us/getperson.php?personID=I02364... mid identified her

mistaken identity

Robert Beverley's wife has been identified, erroneously, in several works, both old and new, as Katherine (Armistead) (Hone) Beverley. These include Lyon Gardiner Tyler's 1915 Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography and Darrell Rutman's 1984 A Place in Time: Middlesex County Virginia, 1650-1750. She has also been identified by Charles Penrose Keith and others as Judith (Bowles).[2] Other works have guessed correctly that she was a Hone, or have concluded her ancestry is unknown, but these were "without evidence or analysis," according to genealogist, Patricia L. Hatcher.[1]

Genealogists have discussed the meaning of the terms, "sister," and "brother-in-law," in these two wills concerning Col. John Armistead. Remembering that these words did not have the specific meanings of today, and looking at other records, Patricia Hatcher concludes that Katherine Hone, daughter of Theophilus Hone, married twice, 1st to Robert Beverley, and 2nd to Christopher Robinson.

Christopher Robinson wrote in his will of 27 January 1692/3:

I give and bequeath to my loving [brother], Col. John Armestead and to my loving sister, Mrs. Judith Armistead to each of them a ring of twenty shillings value for a remembrance of me." Executors included my loving brother Mr John Robinson my loving brother in law Coll. John Armistead.[1]

Note: The will of Christopher Robinson is in the possession of a descendant, and the meaning of the brackets around the word "brother" is unclear.[1] Possibly difficult to transcribe, Virginia Garber reads, "brother-in-law [italics hers] (p 30).[3]

The 26 August 1686 will of Robert Beverley left his wife, Catherine,

my one half part of the one hundred acres of land and plantation in Gloster Countie, for the whole if I happen to purchase the same before my death, commonly called and knowed by the name the North River Quarter and now held in partnership betwixt my brother Col. John Armistead and myself.[1]

Additional records, including those of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia were studied by Patricia L. Hatcher in an effort to resolve the question for once and for all. Robert Beverley married on 28 March 1678 to "Mrs. Katherine Hone." Christopher Robinson married on 17 November 1687 to "Mad'm Katherine Beverley." Portions of their respective wills are quoted above.[1] Both Theophilus Hone, the elder and Theophilus the younger were living when Katherine married Robert Beverley, so she could not have been the widow of either of them.[1] Robert Beverley administered the estate of Theophilus Hone, the elder, when he died intestate, (also, Katherine and Robert named a son Theophilus). Clearly, she was the daughter of Theophilus Hone, and not the daughter or sister of John Armistead.

This record from England puts to rest any question. In 1712, John Robinson, Bishop of Bristol, England, submitted testimony to the College of Heralds that his brother, Christopher Robinson, had married, as his second wife, "Katherine, daur: of Theophilus Hone of Jamestown in Virginia, Relict of Major Robert Beverley."[1]

Knowing this, the connections of Robert Beverley and Christopher Robinson to Col. John Armistead is clear. They were "brothers" through their respective marriages to Katherine (Hone) (Beverley) Robinson, and Judith (Hone) Armistead. Katherine (Hone) and Judith (Hone) were sisters. They were both daughters of Theophilus Hone (his mother was named Judith). Katherine married to 1) Maj Robert Beverley, 2) Christopher Robinson, and her sister Judith married to Col John Armistead.[1] Family

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Katherine Robinson's Timeline

Middlesex County, Virginia
Christchurch, Middlesex, Virginia, United States
Christchurch, Middlesex, Virginia, United States
Middlesex County, Virginia Colony, Colonial America
January 4, 1680
Blandfield, Middlesex, Virginia
Middlesex County, Virginia, Colonial America
Middlesex, Virginia
February 1686
Middlesex, Virginia