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Capt. William Barker, Mariner

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: England
Death: March 3, 1655 (60)
Charles City County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of William Barker, Colonist and Mary Barker
Husband of Frances Drew
Father of John Barker and Sarah Bisse

Occupation: Mariner, ship master
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About Capt. William Barker, Mariner

William Barker was an ancient mariner owning two ships which brought emigr ants to America in early 1600's. He was in Hopewell, VA. Prince George Co .


Sale of the Estate to William Barker by

Elizabeth, Daughter of Abraham Persey

"Abraham Persey, merchant, widower, came to Virginia in the ship Susan in 1616, and was for a number of years Cape Merchant and Treasurer of the Colony. He was also a member of the Council. In 1625 he married Frances, widow of Nathaniel West, of West and Shirley Hundred, a brother of Lord Delaware. Among other lands Abraham Persey owned Flowerdieu Hundred (1,000 acres) and Weynoake (2,200 acres) which he purchased from Sir George Yeardley (Hening 1,145). In his will, dated March 1626, ‘Abraham Persey of Persey’s Hundred, Esquire,’ directs that all his estate in Virginia (after legacies to this brother and sister and his wife’s son, Nathaniel West) shall be sold and gives his wife one-third and one-twelfth part and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth ‘the other one-third, one-sixth, and one-twelfth part.’

"Elizabeth married, firstly, Captain Richard Stephens and, secondly, Sir George Harvey, Governor. Flower de Hundred was included in her portion of her father’s estate. In 1636 it was repatented to her by Governor John West.

"‘The next owner was the picturesque William Barker, mariner, who sailed the seas in the Merchants Hope and was one of the company to found the old plantation, courthouse, and church of that name, along with one Quiney, whose brother, Thomas, married Judith Shakespeare.’

From the Virginia Historical Society holdings:

"William Barker left Flower de Hundred to his son John who, dying, left it to his sisters. An old record reads:

"‘Whereas by and after the decease of John Barker late of Flowerdue Hundred in Charles City Coun. in Virginia deceased, all that tract commonly called Flowerdue Hundred containing 1,000 acres did lawfully descend and come to Sarah then the wife of Richard Taylor, deceased, and now the wife of Robert Lucy and Elizabeth, wife of Phillip Limbry — sisters and co-heirs with the said John Barker.’

"A paper labeled ‘The Patent of flower de hundred Land April 24th 1673’ g ives to Robert Lucy & Sarah, his wife, the Uppermost part and to Phillip Limbry and Elizabeth, his wife, the South part.

"Sarah Lucy’s Uppermost part included the site of the present house. It w as described in 1673 ‘with houseing, fencing, buildings and all other profits, vantages and privileges whatsoever to the same belonging.’


He was master and captain of the ships America and Ye

Merchant's Hope. Most of his land transactions were for transporting

colonists to Virginia. He is referred to as "William Barker,

Marriner." Was in the colony as early as 1625. References to Willam


Port of London. Port Book. Christmas 1639 - Christmas 1630. Item

listin Barker -- f. 34. [35] In the HOPEWELL, Rd Russell Master, Wm.

Barker imported 568 lbs Va tobacco.(List of the Excchequer, Queen"s

Remembrancer, Port Books, Part I, 1565 to 1700) (Virginia Colonial

Records Project, Library of Virginia)

A letter to the Governor and Council of Virginia. 27 June 1632. The

Privy Council has received a petition pf Phillip Meade, Robert Hudson

and William Barker, citizens of London who complain about Richard

Steevens who owes them 220, 0. 0, which he does not pay. Steevens

lives in Virginia and is a member of the Council. Order to investigate

into the matter and make Steevens give satisfaction. (Virginia

Colonial Records Project, Library of Virginia)

Shown on 3/30/1634 as being in possession of 500 acres in Charles

City Co, VA, formerly land owned by Capt. Nathaniel Powell.

As master of the ship America, embarked from Gravesend, Kent,

England, to VA with 87 passengers -- several of which are among the

headrights on the 11/16/1635 patent. Also on board was a Henry Barker,

age 18. Listed in the Port Book, Port of London, Overseas Imports,

Christmas 1629 - Christmas 1630:

25 Feb. 1630.

In the Hopewel

Rd. Russell Ship Master

Wm. Barker imported 568 lbs Va tobacco

William Barker, Mariner, John Sadler, & Richard Queyning [Quiney]

11/26/1635 1250 acres Charles City County Virginia Land Patent Book 1

Page 320

Merchants & to their Associates & Company, extending into the woods

from a seat or tract of land called Merchants Hope, formerly granted

to said Barker, his Associates & Company Due for the transport of 25


William Barker 11/26/1635 400 acres Charles City County Virginia Land

Patent Book 1 Page 321

Bounded upon Chappel's creek, S into the woods, E upon the River,

adj. upon Merchants Hope.

(Virginia Colonial Records Project, Library of Virginia) In 1636-7,

William Barker bought part of Flowerdieu Hundred from Mrs. Elizabeth

Stephens who had inherited the property from her father, Abraham

Piersey. William made the property prosper again. This property was

the subject of a 1677 dispute among William's heirs. Visit Flowerdieu

Hundred! Info and very nice pictures! A perspective from a very

personal point of view OR visit the museum site Flowerdew Hundred A

Virginia Landmark on the James River

In 1637 and 1639, Wm. Barker appears as a headright on 2 Henrico Co,

VA patents involving Arthur Bayley, Thomas Crosby, & Samuell Almond.

On 8/19/1637, Wm. Barker patented 600 acres in Charles City Co, VA,

called Bikers, formerly bounded by Capt. Nathaniel Powell's land.

William Barker and his Associates & Company patented 1850 acres in

Charles City Co, VA 600 acres formerly called Powelbrooke, now

Merchants Hope, had previously been owned by Nathaniell Powell

(Powell, killed at Powellbrooke in the 1622 massacre at Jamestown) and

was later sold by his brother and heir Thomas Powell to John Taylor of

London (This was a renewal of the 11/1635 patent).

John Taylor, citizen and girdler of London sold in 1638, to William

Barker, his interest in "Powellbrooke", which he had bought from

Thomas Powell, heir and brother of Nathaniel Powell, killed at

Powellbrooke in the 1622 massacre. This land was later renamed

"Merchant's Hope".

2/27/1638 William received patent for 24 poles square (.144 acre).

Fee rent: 1 capon., etc.

5/11/1639 William patented 1300 acres in Charles City Co. 500 acres

bounding upon land he purchased of Mrs. Elizabeth Stephens, lying up

to the head of the Creek, & 800 acres in the same creek, being a neck

of land adjacent to land lately belonging to Capt. Francis Hooke &c.

This became the home of William and his family. In 1645, William

Barker represented Charles City County to House of Burgesses in James

City, Governor William Berkley in attendence. Barker was part of a

group to found the parish which built Merchants Hope Church (now in

Prince George Co.)

Born: est. 1591-5, England. Age given as about 56 in 1647 in

depositions given in Books A, B, C, D (1637-1665) in the Norfolk Co.

Clerks Office (23W (1) p38)

Married: before 1623, probably in England

Died: before 3/3/1655


He represented Charles City in the House of Burgesses in 1645.In court records he is always referred to as William Barker, mariner. He captained the ship "America" and patented "much land for the transportation of many persons.He Immigrated from England 3 March 1635.

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Capt. William Barker, Mariner's Timeline

Age 26
Charles City, Charles, Virginia, United States
Age 41
Charles City County, Virginia Colony
March 3, 1655
Age 60
Charles City County, Virginia Colony