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Samuel Silas Jordan

Male Abt 1578 - 1632

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  • Birth  Abt 1578  County Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Apr 1632  Nansemond Co., Virginia - "Beggars Bush" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Apr 1632  Jordan Point, Prince George Co., Virginia - Jordan's Journey Plantation Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Were survivors of the Jamestown Massacre of of March 22, 1622
    • http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~tmetrvlr/bio18.html

      Samuel Jourdan left Dorchester, England, in the Sea Voyage in 16-- with Sir George Somers. They were wrecked off the coast of Bermuda 1608 and arrived in Virginia 1609. Two authorities say he was married twice. Our family records say he was married first in France and daughter Anne Marie was born there 1597. One authority says that Samuel Jourdan came to Virginia when he was about 32 and that he arrived in 1609. He married second wife, Cicely [---] in 1618.

      Samuel Jourdan was a member of House of Burgesses 1619 and of the first Legislature that convened in America. After the Great Massacre of 1621 he gathered together the stragglers left about him at Beggar's Point, fortified it, and held it in spite of all the Indians and disturbances. He died 1623. His home was on the James River, known as Jourdan's Point.

      Sanuel Jordan came to Virginia, 1610, according to the patent for 450 acres in Charles City issued to him 10 Dec. 1620, which recited that he was "as ancient planter who hath abode ten years complete in this colony." This grant was divided in three parcels which, together with houses thereon, are described in the patent.

      The location at which Samuel Jordan lived originally was called "Beggar's Bush," and after the massacre of 22 March 1621/2, "Master Samuel Jordan gathered together but a few of the stragglers about him at 'Beggar's Bush,' where he fortified and lived in despite of the enemy."

      In maintaining his settlement Jordan had the approval of Governor Francis Wyatt who wrote to the Council in London, April 1622, "that he thought fitt to hold a few outlying places including the plantation of Mr. Samuel Jordan's; but to abandon others and concentrate the colonists at Jamestown." By 1623, this plantation on the south side of James River across from "Berkeley" was known as "Jordan's Journey."

      Samuel Jordan represented Charles City at the first representative legislative assembly in the new world which convened at Jamestown, 30 July 1619. He died before April 1623 and the following November a warrent was issued "to Mr. Farrar to bring in the account of Mr. Jordan's estate." and at the same time "another warrant was issued to Mrs. Jordan that Mr. Farrar put in security for the performance of her husband's will."

      Samuel Jordan married Sisley (Cicely) [---], who came to Virginia in 1611 and was listed in the census of 1623/4 at "Jordan's Journey." (See below) She presumably was the widow of [---] Baley and mother of Temperance Baley. She married (3), 1625, William Farrar.

      Issue of marriage to Sisley: Mary, born in Virginia, 1621; Margaret, born in Virginia, 1623.

      (Source: Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5; pages 378-379; published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5.)

    Name:
    • Alternate name variation "Jourdan"
    Person ID  I45856  4-22-08
    Last Modified  16 Jan 2010 

    Mother  Sarah Winter,   b. Abt 1564 
    Family ID  F07083  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Cecily Greene,   b. Abt 1580, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1609, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Thomas Jordan,   b. Abt 1600, County Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Aug 1644, Nansemond Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Samuel Jordan,   b. Abt 1602, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Robert Jordan,   b. Abt 1604, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1622/23, Jamestown, James City Co., Virginia - "Jordan's Hundred" Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F18177  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Cicely (Sisley\Cicilly) Reynolds,   b. Abt 1601, Melcombe Regis, County Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1660, Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Dec 1620  Charles City, Charles City Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Mary Jordan, *,   b. Abt 1594, London, County Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1629, London, County Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Margaret Jordan,   b. Abt 1622, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Richard Jordan,   b. Abt 1624, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F18538  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Dec 1620 - Charles City, Charles City Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Apr 1632 - Jordan Point, Prince George Co., Virginia - Jordan's Journey Plantation Link to Google Earth
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