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Margaret Jordan (Brasseur)

Also Known As: "Brashears", "Brashare"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Nansemond, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: October 07, 1708 (66)
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia
Place of Burial: Nansemond County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Brasseur, of Calvert County and 2nd wife of Robert Brasseur
Wife of Thomas 'the Quaker' Jordan of Chuckatuck
Mother of Thomas Jordan, Ill; John Jordan Sr; James Jordan; Robert Jordan; Richard Jordan and 7 others
Sister of Martha Moseley and Mary Peachey
Half sister of Benoit 'Bennet' Brasseur; John Brasseur, I; Thomas Brashears; Perside "Persie" Cobreath; Robert Brashear, “the Elder” and 1 other

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About Margaret Jordan

MARGARET BRASSEUR (daughter of ROBERT) was born 07 Sep 1642 in Nanesmond Co, VA, and died 07 Oct 1708 in Nanesmond Co, VA. She married THOMAS JORDAN, JR. Abt. 1658 in Isle of Thanet, Kent Co, Eng, son of THOMAS JORDAN. He was born 1634 in VA, and died 08 Oct 1699 in Chuckatuck, Nanesmond Co, VA.

"Margaret Brashare was descended from French Huguenot Protestants but joined the Society of Freiends in 1658 when she was only sixteen years old. She married Thomas Jordan in 1660, and soon after her husband, Thomas, also converted to the faith. Both Thomas and Margaret suffered much for their faith."


Margaret Brashear was born in 1642 in Nanesmond Co., VA to Robert Brashear and is identified as a sister of John Brasseur according to Quaker records in Nanesmond County. Their family is reasonably well documented in the Records of Society of Friends, Lower Virginia Meeting, Record Books 1673-1727 in Quaker Records of VA, by W. W. Renshaw. The Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers also has information on the family. The writings include persecutions the Quakers suffered by refusing to support the established Anglican Church. Thomas & Margaret Jordan lived their entire married lives in Chuckatuck Parish, Nanesmond Co, VA.

Thomas & Margaret's son reported that his mother became a Quaker at age 16 in 1658. He said his father "in ye yeare 1660 he received ye truth and Abode faithful in it." His father was probably influenced by his wife's membership, since he joined shortly after they married. They had ten sons. Some served the society (Quakers) as ministers and leaders. Thomas Jordan was probably the most influential Quaker in lower Virginia, being a man of position and substance. In spite of his position, he suffered greatly for his faith. Some of the sufferings are found in the Chuckatuck record:

(I suffered first) by six weeks imprisonment for being taken at a meeting in my own house, and released by the King's proclamation. (secondly) for being taken at a meeting at Robert Lawrence's and bound over to the court of Nanesmond for refusing to swear according to their wills and against the commands of Christ; and was sent up to James towne a prisoner for upwards of ten months. Presently Blake (sheriff) took away my three servants and left my wife in a distressed condition with a young child sucking at her breast that to help herself the child did hurt it selfe with crying. The servants were kept abut nine weeks and returned by the Governor's order. (third) there was taken by John Blake, high sheriff, of Nanesmond County, two feather beds and two feather bolsters and furniture to them, with other goods which did amount to 3907 lbs tobacco and also a servant man who had three years to serve. (fourth) taken by John Blake & by distress by Thomas Goodwin, sheriff, ten head of cattle and delivered to William Stinton of James Towne. The suffering of these goods did amount to 3,907 lbs. by appraisement. The servant - 1,800; in all 5,607 the chattels I have no account of

/s/ Thomas Jordan Chuckatuck, first day of ye 7 mo. 1661 (1 Sept 1661, March was 1st month. )

Margaret also suffered: "despoiling and confiscation of her goods against her will: Margaret Jordan, the elder widow, on the 25th day of the first month 1701 (25 Mar 1701), had 120 lbs. of tobacco taken by distress from her for Priests dues."

/s/ George Norsworthy, sheriff


Thomas and Margaret (Brasseur) Jordan's memorial services included listing their sufferings because of his religious beliefs. Thomas' memorial was on "8 10 mo 1699 (8 Dec 1699) and he was buried "ye twelfe day of ye said mo on ye third day of ye week in ye yr 1699 (12 Dec 1699)."

Margaret's memorial was held on 7 of the 10 mo 1706 (7 Dec 1706) and presented by her son, Benjamin. He said she was a daughter of Robert Brashare and was born in 1642, 7 mo (Sept, 1642). Benjamin related confinement by the sheriff for her religious beliefs. He said she was a good wife, mother, neighbor, minister, etc. During her 63rd year, she became ill and was ill for 3 years before her death. "She died at 6 o'clock att night in remarkable quietness on the 7th day of the 10 mo in the yr 1706 (7 Dec 1706)."


After becoming a Quaker in 1660, he was imprisoned and fined several times for being a Quaker.

GENEALOGIES OF VIRGINIA FAMILIES, Vol. III, The Hunnicutts of Prince George.


Religion: 1660, Quaker


i. THOMAS3 JORDAN III, b. 06 Mar 1659/60; m. ELIZABETH BURGH, 06 Dec 1679, Her parent's home.

ii. JOHN JORDAN, b. 17 Aug 1663; m. MARGARET BURGH, 09 Dec 1688, Her parent's home.

iii. JAMES JORDAN, b. 23 Jan 1664/65; m. ELIZABETH RATCLIFF, 29 May 1788, John Copeland's house.

iv. ROBERT JORDAN, b. 11 Jul 1666; d. 03 Oct 1728; m. (1) DOROTHY CARY; m. (2) CHRISTIAN TEBERER, In Robert Jordan's father's home.; m. (3) MARY BELSEN, In John Scott's home.


Occupation: Quaker Minister

Religion: Quaker


Widow of: William Oudeland

v. RICHARD JORDAN, b. 06 Aug 1670; d. 29 Dec 1739; m. REBECCA RATCLIFF, 22 Aug 1706.

vi. JOSEPH JORDAN, b. 08 Sep 1672; d. 1752; m. HOLD CHRISTIAN.


Residence: Moved to North Carolina

vii. BENJAMINE JORDAN, b. 18 Sep 1674; d. 12 Feb 1715/16; m. SARAH.


Occupation: Quaker Minister

viii. MATTHEW JORDAN, b. 01 Jan 1675/76; d. Bet. 1747 - 1748; m. (1) DOROTHY, 06 Sep 1699, Quaker General Meeting at Chuckatuck; d. Bef. 17 May 1702; m. (2) SUSANNA, 17 May 1702.


Residence: Isle of Wight, VA

More About DOROTHY:

Residence: Nanesmond Co, VA

ix. SAMUEL JORDAN, b. 15 Apr 1679; d. 1760; m. ELIZABETH FLEMING, 08 Oct 1703.


Margaret Brashier (also spelled Brashare and Brasseur) was one of the first known converts to Quakerism in the Virginia colony. She was born in 1642. She became a Quakeress when she was sixteen in the year 1658. Soon after her marriage in 1660, her husband, Thomas, also converted to the faith: "in ye yeare 1660 hee received ye truth and Abode faithful in it."

Notes for Margarett Brasseur:

Margaret's father, Robert, was a french huguenot and he received a patent of 1,200 acres on April 12, 1653 on the southern branch of the Nansemond River. Margaret was born in the new world. The patent of land was received for transporting nine colonists and his family.


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Margaret Jordan's Timeline

September 7, 1642
Nansemond, Virginia, Colonial America
March 6, 1660
Age 17
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia, United States
June 17, 1663
Age 20
Chuckatuck, VA, United States
January 23, 1665
Age 22
Nansemond, Virginia, United States
September 11, 1668
Age 26
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Colonial America
August 6, 1670
Age 27
Nansemond, Virginia, United States
July 8, 1672
Age 29
Nansemond, Virginia, USA
September 18, 1674
Age 32
Nansemond, Virginia, Colonial America
January 1, 1676
Age 33
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia, United States