Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Woman to Woman at Arlington Wreath Laying

      Chapter member, Viki Armentrout, a veteran, was fortunate enough to lay a wreath on the grave of Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins ("the Florence Nightingale of the South"), (1818-1890) at Arlington National Cemetery on December 13, 2014.   Juliet has a great story, which includes being shot in the leg twice while rescuing wounded men from the battlefield during the Civil War with plans to nurse them back to health. During the Civil War, Juliet Hopkins and her husband sold most of their real estate holdings and donated the money to the cause of the Confederate States of America. She was buried at Arlington with full military honors.
     Viki intentionally sought women's graves. According to Wreaths Across America, this is the first year that all of the graves at Arlington received wreaths.

Ancestor Story: Jacques Cossart, II

The Cossart family are descendants of the Huguenot refugee Jacques Cossart, I  ( 1595) and his wife Rachel Gelton, thru their son Jacques Cossart (1639-1685).  They descend from a very old and distinguished family of Norman-French Protestant Huguenots whose original homes were in Normandy and Picardy in northern France.  
After the massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Day in France of French Protestants, Jacques and Rachel Cossart sought refuge among the hospitable Dutch. Their son, Jacques Cossart, II was baptized at Leyden, Holland on May 29, 1639 and died at Bushwick (Brooklyn, Long Island, NY) in 1685.   He was the first immigrant bearing the name Cossart to come to the American Colonies. (See “Baird’s Huguenot Emigration to America”, Vol.1 pages 182-3). 
He married Lydia Willems (sometimes Lea Vilman) in Leydon, Holland.  They left there in 1657 and returned to Leyden, Holland in December 1659 from Germany.    They were received into the Church of Leydon.   After taking their letter from the Huguenot Church at Leydon, in October 12, 1662, Jacques Cossart (Cossairs), wife and two children, aged 5 and one l ½ years, arrived at New Amsterdam on the ship “DePumerlander Kerch”, with Captain Benjamin Berentz, and other passengers from Leydon, Holland. (Year Book of the Holland Society, 1902, page 22)
           Jacques and Lydia had 6 children:
1.     Child  - 5  in 1662
2.     Child – 1 ½ in 1662
3.     Jannette – bap. 1665 m Jacobus Goelet
4.     Jacques(Jacob) – bap. 1668
5.     David – b 1671 – m Styntje Joris
6.     Anthony – bap. 1673 m Elizabeth Valentine 
The Latinization of the name Cossart, by the additions of the letters “is” or “us” is not uncommon.   The name has many variations:   Cozad, Cosart, Cozart, Cossairs plus several more.
They joined the Dutch Church at New Amsterdam on April 1, 1663.   He took the oath of allegiance to England in 1664.  Jacques Cossart II held the office of collector of monies, under the British administration, promised by the inhabitants for support of the clergy.  The court allowed him 4% of what he collected.  (Court Minutes of New Amsterdam, Vol.VI, pp.40, 44and 79). 
He had arrived just 36 years after Manhattan Island  was purchased  from the Indians.  He purchased a house and a lot in New York City which  is  now at the corner of Whitehall and Marketfield Street. His youngest son, Anthony, removed to Morris County, New Jersey. My line continues  as Cozad.   The grandson of Anthony, Samuel Cozad, of New Jersey,  was  a Captain in the American Revolution.
This 419 year line is verified by The Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames and NSDAR.  Contributed by Ann Skidmore.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ancestor Stories: Webster, Johnson, Rolfe

         John Webster of Warwickshire, England, came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1630-1633. He moved from Newtown, now Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the present site of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1636, presumably with the Rev. Thomas Hooker. Hartford was then known as Suckiaug meaning black earth. John located on the south side of Little River,on what would later become known as Governor Street. He served the Connecticut Colony as follows: 1637, Officer of the Court and elected to the General Court; 1638 elected as Deputy Commissioner, 1639-1655, Magistrate or Judge; 1654, appointed Member of Congress of the United Colonies; 1655, Deputy Governor; 1656, Governor; 1657-1659 First Magistrate or Chief Judge. He was one of ten gentleman out of 153 original settlers of Hartford honored with the title of Mr. In 1659 he went with 59 other persons to establish Hadley, he lived temporarily in Northampton. He lived almost two years in Hadley before he died there in 1661. He served in 1660 and 1661 as Magistrate. His wife, Agnes, died six years later. They had seven children: Matthew, William, Robert, Thomas, Anne, Elizabeth, and Mary.

        John Johnson was born about 1590, records found in England state his family was from Abbotts Ann, County of Hampshire located just outside of Andover, West of London.  Although, known as a London man he was in business with his brother, Robert, a merchant (today we call it a grocer).
He sailed in the Virginia Company about 1611. Records show he was in Jamestowne on or before 1612. He was known as an Ancient Planter, one who came to the Virginia Colony as a permanent settler. He was also a yeoman, a small farmer or freeholder. When he patented his land, he was granted 100 acres by Governor Sir George Yeardly. John served as juror several times.
        He had 15 acres on the NE part of Jamestowne Island and 85 acres north of Archer’s Hope Creek called Jockey’s Neck, now the site of the Williamsburg Winery. Research shows he lived on the 15 acres and farmed his cash crop on the 85 acres, probably tobacco. There seems to have been a number of disputes regarding neighbors and the mistaken identity of one’s own hogs, resulting in the slaughter of each other’s swine. Johnson went to court over the issue and afterwards began branding his live stock.
        John married Ann, who was probably one of the ‘Maids’ that arrived in 1619. They had three children: Anne, John, and unknown. The family traveled back to England in the 1630s and returned with 5 servants, this entitled them to 450 acres of land. John died around 1636.
         John Rolfe served as secretary and recorder general of Virginia (1614–1619) and as a member of the governor's Council (1614–1622). He is best known for having married Pocahontas in 1614 and for being the first to cultivate marketable tobacco in Virginia. Joined by his first wife, whose name is unknown, Rolfe sailed on the Sea Venture, a Virginia-bound ship that wrecked off the islands of Bermuda in 1609. There his wife gave birth to a daughter, but mother and child soon died. In Virginia, Rolfe turned to experimenting with tobacco, a plant first brought to England from Florida. The Virginia Indians planted a variety that was harsh to English smokers, so Rolfe developed a Spanish West Indies seed, Nicotiana tabacum, that became profitable and, indeed, transformed the colony's economy. In 1614, Rolfe married Pocahontas, daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of Tsenacomoco. The marriage helped bring an end to the First Anglo-Powhatan War (1609–1614), but Pocahontas died in 1617 while visiting England with Rolfe and their son, Thomas. While in England, Rolfe penned A True Relation of the state of Virginia Lefte by Sir Thomas Dale Knight in May Last 1616 (1617), promoting the interests of the Virginia Company of London. Back in Virginia, he married Joane Peirce about 1619 and had a daughter, Elizabeth. He died in 1622. Source: Encyclopedia Virginia.

Our Most Popular Ancestor: Abraham Estes

Thirty six of our members name Abraham Estes as an ancestor.

      Abraham Estes It is not known where Abraham Estes' family emigrated from. Much research has been attempted throughout the years, some in rather secluded places for authentic copies of wills, deeds and other court records, which were once of record in the various Virginia courthouses.  Because of the destruction of many of the county court records of Virginia by fire, war and theft, these searches have led to superior and district courts to which cases from the various county courts were often times appealed, or where authentic transcriptions of county court records were found, presented as evidence in pending suits, and now perhaps preserved in no other place. Researchers have also found family papers, petitions to the legislature, and many wills from those counties commonly called the “burnt Counties” of Virginia.  One of those sources found was the will of Abraham Estes, Sr., which is copied below: 
      The Will of Abraham Estes of Caroline County, Virginia:In the Name of God Amen, I Abraham Estes of the County of Caroline and Parish of St. Margaretts being sick and weak do make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say first and principally I do recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping for forgiveness of my manifold sins through the merritts and mediation of my blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and for my body to be buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named.
      And for what worldly Goods it has pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of as follows:

Item:  I have given my former wife’s children namely Catherine Tamplin, Abraham Estes, Barbery Brock, Mary Booten, Samuel Estes and Phillip Estes all that I do intend to give them and my will is that they shall have no more of my estate.

Item: I do lend to my loving wife Elizabeth Estes all my Estate real and personal that shall be left after my just debts are paid during her widowhood, but if in case she should marry then my will is that she shall enjoy none of my Estate only what the law allows her.

Item: I do lend to my five children, which I have by my present wife namely Lucy Estes, Elisha Estes, Benjamin Estes, Mary Ann Estes, and Edmund Estes all my Estate real and personal which I have before lent my wife to be equally divided amongst them and their heirs forever, but if in case either of the said children should die before they come to the age of eighteen or day of marriage then my will is that my Estate shall be equally divided among them such as shall be found alive of the children I had by my last wife to them and their heirs lawfully begotten forever but if in case no such heir should be then my will is that my Estate should be equally divided among the children I had by my first wife before named and to their heirs forever.
      Lastly I do hereby constitute ad appoint Colonel William Waller and Samuel Hawes, Jr., Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby empowering and requiring them to be my lawful Executors. And I do hereby declare this to be my Last will and Testament revoking all former wills by me made.  And in witness whereof I have signed sealed and published and declare this to be my Last will and Testament this 10th day of August 1757.

****** Abraham Estes, Sen:  *Seal*******

Signed sealed and published this to be my Last Will in the Presence of: Her Ann X Tamplin Mark

Her Elizabeth X Tamplin Mark

Saml Hawes, jr.

At a Court held for Caroline on the 8th of February 1759: The Last will and Testament of Abraham Estes, deceased, was proved by the others of two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  William Waller, and Saml Hawes, jr. Executors named in the said Will refuse to take upon themselves the burden of the said Executorship and On the motion of Elizabeth Estes it is ordered she have Administration of the said Estate with the will annexed and acknowledge a Bond for the same.

A Copy Teste Jn Pendleton, D.C. 

     The family of Abraham Estes has migrated to all parts of America; a large group migrated to NC in the early years.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ancestor Stories: Hopkins, Alden, Bartlett, Bradford, Brewster, Chilton, Cushman, Fuller, Harlow, Hopkins, Irish, Snow, Standish, Warren

These ancestor stories were contributed by Ella Mabie and are from the "House of Burgesses Ancestor Roster Book", which is only on CD will be available at our February meeting, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of our Society. This group of ancestors is from Plymouth.  If the information is not cited, it was supplied on the application or by the member.

      Stephen Hopkins was a passenger on the Mayflower, identified as one of the “strangers” recruited for the voyage. He was accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth Fisher, and children Constance, Giles, Damaris, and Oceanus, who was born during the voyage.  He was called Master and only two others on the voyage were so styled. He was probably the same young man who served as minister’s clerk on the vessel "Sea Venture" which sailed from London in 1609 bound for Virginia. The ship was severely damaged in a hurricane and the company washed ashore on the Ile of Divels. The 150 survivors were marooned for nine months, building two vessels, which took them to Virginia. The newly built Patience and Deliverance arrived in Jamestown in 1610. It is presumed he soon returned home to England to his family.
      The home in England was just outside of London Wall. In his neighborhood lived John Carver, William Bradford, Robert Cushman, and Edward Southworth. Stephen was a tanner or leather-maker at the time of the Mayflower voyage. Stephen had two children by his first wife and seven children by his second wife. 
      Upon the ships arrival at Cape Cod in 1620, Stephen was among the men signing the Mayflower Compact. He was one of three men designated to provide counsel and advice to Captain Miles Standish on the land expedition in the New World. Stephen was able to explain the function and dangers of an Indian deer trap they found. When Indians appeared he went with Captain Standish to negotiate with the savages, thereafter he was deputized to meet the Indians and act as interpreter. He served as envoy to Chief Massasoit and he often entertained another Indian named Samoset in his own home. He was referred to as a merchant and a planter in Plymouth records, and was also known as Gentleman or Master. 
      He kept throughout his life the original home he made upon his arrival. He had other homes but always returned to the original home. He built and owned the first wharf in the Plymouth Colony. He was made freeman in 1633, served as Assistant in the Colony from 1633 to 1636, and was a volunteer in the Pequot War of 1637. 
      Despite the mortality caused by tribulations of the voyage and first winter in New England, Stephen’s household of 8 persons was one of only four households that escaped loss. 
       John Alden migrated in 1620 on the Mayflower. His first residence was Plymouth, and in 1632 he removed to Duxbury. His occupation was Cooper. In 1633 he was on the Plymouth list of freemen, among those admitted prior to 1 Jan 1632/33. Although there is no direct evidence for his literary and educational attainments, his extensive public service, including especially his appointments as colony treasurer and to committees on revising the laws, certainly indicates that he must have been well-educated. He is listed in Duxbury as a man able to bear arms. Duxbury listed him as Assistant, Deputy for Duxbury to Plymouth General Court, Acting Deputy General, Treasurer, Council of War, Committee to revise laws, Committee on Kennebec trade, and numerous other minor posts and committees by Plymouth General Court. In 1623 Plymouth land division granted him an unknown number of acres as a passenger on the Mayflower. From "The Great Migration Begins".  
      Robert Bartlett migrated in 1623 on the Anne.  He resided in Plymouth, and was a Wine Cooper.  He was listed as Freeman in the 1633 Plymouth list. Robert signed all deeds with a mark. He worked on the committee to lay out highways, the Plymouth petit jury, Plymouth grand jury, surveyor of highways, committee to lay out land, and was able to bear arms. He was granted 1 acre of land as a passenger on Anne. From "The Great Migration Begins".  
      William Bradford migrated in 1620 on the Mayflower. He resided in Plymouth and was Magistrate. He was a prominent member of the Scrooby congregation in Leiden and Plymouth.  He was listed on the Freeman list of 1633 at Plymouth. Although not educated at any university, he could hold his own with those that were. His library was one of the most extensive among the first settlers. Like many ministers, he had a knowledge of many languages, including Hebrew. His education is evident in his many writings. He was the Governor of Plymouth Colony, Plymouth Colony Assistant, Plymouth Commissioner of the United Colonies. He received 3 acres of land as passenger on the Mayflower. From "The Great Migration Begins".  
       William Brewster migrated in 1620 on the Mayflower. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary, and two children Love and Wrestling. He resided in Plymouth and removed to Duxbury. He was a printer in Leiden and one of the original members of the separatist congregation at Scrooby. He became the elder and teacher of the Leyden Church in Holland. He was lay leader and preached to the congregation at Plymouth regularly. He was listed on the 1633 Freeman list at Plymouth. He entered Peterhouse, Cambridge but did not graduate. He had an extensive library with titles in Latin and English. He received 6 acres of land as passenger on the Mayflower. From "The Great Migration Begins".  
       James Chilton migrated in 1620 on the Mayflower with his wife and one child, Mary. He died before the Mayflower reached Plymouth. He was a tailor at Leiden. In the 1623 land division his wife, Marie, received an unknown number of acres as a passenger on the Mayflower. From "The Great Migration Begins".  
      Thomas Cushman was the son of Robert Cushman, and arrived on the first ship after the Mayflower, the Fortune in 1621. Thomas, aged 14, was left in Plymouth with William Bradford. His father, Robert, returned to England and died the next year. Thomas was brought up by Bradford and was chosen Ruling Elder in 1649 to succeed Elder Brewster. Thomas received two acres in partnership with William Beale as passengers on the Fortune. He was admitted Freeman 1 Jan 1633/4 and married the daughter of Isaac Allerton. From "The Great Migration Begins".
      Edward Fuller migrated in 1620 on the Mayflower with his wife, son, Samuel, and brother, Samuel. In a 1623 land division, Edward's son, Samuel, received 3 acres of land as passenger on the Mayflower. Bradford reported that Edward Fuller and his wife died soon after coming ashore but son Samuel lived, married and had four or more children.  From "The Great Migration Begins".         
      William Harlow Old Fort Meeting House: For his many services he received as payment the timbers of the Old Fort when it was dismantled after fear of Indian attacks had ceased. His house was built from those original timbers in 1677 and was still standing in 1974 at 119 Sandwich St. in Plymouth. Today the pilgrim household life is reenacted and open daily to the public. 
    Constance Hopkins came on the Mayflower with her family. She was a 14 year old girl and sure to have been a great help to her mother, who had a baby during the voyage.  She married Nicholas Snow who arrived on the Anne in 1623, and bore him twelve children. They moved to Eastham, Massachusetts around 1647. 
       John Irish lived in Plymouth and Rhode Island Colonies. He was a Volunteer for Pequot War, 1633-1637 under Captain Myles Standish in 1643, and surveyor of lands in Duxbury, Plymouth. He migrated in 1630, resided in Plymouth, and removed to Duxbury. He was a laborer, roper, planter and signed his deeds by a mark. Listed as able to bear arms, he was willing to serve in the Pequot War April 1637. From "The Great Migration Begins".  
      Nicholas Snow arrived on the Anne in 1623 and was made Freeman at Plymouth in 1633. His occupation was carpenter. By 1627 he married Constance Hopkins, who arrived on the Mayflower, and they had 12 children. He was named in 1634 to lay out highways at Plymouth, and he served there as arbitrator, surveyor of highways and on juries.  By 1645 he settled at Eastham where he served as clerk, selectman, deputy, constable, highway surveyor, excise collector, and on court committees.  His will shows he was a landowner of several parcels, left livestock and household goods, had a lengthy inventory including many cooper’s and carpenter’s tools, and a parcel of old books. 
      Myles Standish, from Holland, arrived at Plymouth in 1620 on the Mayflower with his wife, Rose. His occupation was soldier. He was a Captain and the military commander. He was made a Freeman in 1636. Rose, died in the first wave of sickness in Plymouth, and his second wife, Barbara, arrived on the Anne in 1623. They had four sons. Myles was a leader of the first and third discovery expeditions on Cape Cod in 1620. In 1623 Myles went to trade with the Indians. In 1625 he returned to England with papers from the Colony and returned in 1626. He was Plymouth’s acting Governor, Assistant Governor, Treasurer, and served on the Council of War. His inventory included several books, several guns, cattle, and real estate.
      Richard Warren migrated in 1620 on the Mayflower and resided in Plymouth. In a 1623 land division he received an uncertain number of acres as a passenger on the Mayflower and as passenger on the Anne (presumably for his wife and children). He was in the party that explored the outer cape in early December 1620. From "The Great Migration Begins".

Ancestor Stories: Graves, Harris, Kennon, Mason, Montague, Randolph, Reade, Stegg, Stokes, Tucker, Warner, Yowell

These stories were contributed by Ella Mabie and come from the "House of Burgesses Ancestor Roster Book", which will be available at our February meeting when we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our Society. The Ancestor Roster Book is only available on CD. These ancestors are from Jamestown.

     Thomas Graves, Gentleman, arrived in Virginia in October 1608, coming from England in the ship Mary and Margaret with Captain Christopher Newport’s second supply.  Although one researcher states he was accompanied by his wife Katherine and two sons, most other researchers agree he did not bring them until later.  In fact, it is most likely that he did not even marry Katherine until 1610 and his first child was born about 1611.
Thomas was one of the original Adventurers (stockholders) of the Virginia Company of London, and one of the very early planters/settlers who founded Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English Settlement in North America. He was also the first person named Graves in North America.
        Thomas did not have the title Captain attached to his name in the Charter of 1609; therefore he acquired the name after arriving in Virginia. Early on he became active in the affairs of the infant colony, but returned to England at various times. On an exploring expedition he was captured by  Indians and taken to Opechancanough. Thomas Savage, who had come to Virginia with the first supply on the "John and Francis" in 1608, was sent to rescue him, in which he was successful. Capt. Thomas Graves endured the hard times and soon after April 29, 1619, Governor Yeardley wrote to Sir Edwin Sandys: “I have entreated Capt Graves, an antient officer of this company, to take charge of the people and workers.”
        Capt. Thomas Graves was a member of the First Legislative Assembly in America, and sat for Smythe’s Hundred when they met at Jamestown on Jul 30, 1619.  His removal to the Eastern Shore is unknown, but was after Aug 1619, since he was then a representative from Smythe’s Hundred to the first meeting of the House of Burgesses.  It was also prior to Feb 16, 1623, for “A List of Names of the Living in Virginia, Feb 16, 1623” shows Thomas Graves “at the Eastern Shore”. He patented 200 acres on the Eastern Shore on 14 March 1628, in what was then Accomack Co, now a part of Northampton Co., Virginia.  In the census of February 1625, Capt. Thomas Graves was one of only 51 people then living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and later in the year, he was put in charge of the direction of local affairs. In September 1632, he, with others, was appointed a Commissioner for the “Plantacon of Acchawmacke”.  He was a Burgess to the Assembly representing Accomack for the 1629-30 and 1632 sessions, and attended many of the meetings of the Commissioners.
       The old Hungars Episcopal Church, located north of Eastville on the north side of Hungars Creek, had its first vestry appointed in 1635; the first vestry meeting was September 29, 1635 and Capt. Graves headed the list of those present.
       Very little is known about his wife, Katherine, although her maiden surname could have been Croshaw. The patent granted to John Graves (son of Capt. Thomas Graves) on Aug. 9, 1637, states that the 600 acres granted to him in Elizabeth City was “due in right of descent from his father Thomas Graves, who transported at his own cost himself, Katherine Graves his wife, John Graves the patentee, and Thomas Graves, Jr. and 8 persons”. The 50 acres assigned for each person transported shows they came after 1616; the other 8 persons transported did not include any members of his family.  The girls, Ann, Verlinda, and Katherine most probably came later and Francis was born in Virginia. The last mention of Katherine Graves shows her living at the Old Plantation, Accomac as of May 20, 1636.   
        Captain Thomas Graves died between November 1635 when he was witness to a deed and 5 Jan 1636 when suit was entered against a servant to Mrs. Graves (Adventures of Purse & Person pp. 188-189).  His birth date is not known, but is believed to be about 1580, which would have made him only about 55 years of age at his death.
        Thomas Harris - Ancient Planter; Captain in Charles City Regiment against the Indians 1623; Member of House of Burgesses from Charles City Co. 1623-1624 and from Henrico Co. 1629 – 1647.  
       Richard Kennon - House of Burgesses Virginia 1685-1686. 
        George Mason was a wealthy planter and an influential lawmaker who served as a member of the Fairfax County Court (1747–1752; 1764–1789), the Truro Parish vestry (1749–1785), the House of Burgesses (1758–1761), and the House of Delegates (1776–1780). In 1769, he helped organize a non importation movement to protest British imperial policies, and he later wrote the Fairfax Resolves (1774), challenging Parliament's authority over the American colonies. In 1775, Mason was elected to the Fairfax County committees of public safety and correspondence. He represented Fairfax County in Virginia's third revolutionary convention (1775) and in the fifth convention (1776), where he drafted Virginia's first state constitution and its Declaration of Rights, which is widely considered his greatest accomplishment. As a member of the House of Delegates, he advocated sound money policies and the separation of church and state. Mason represented Virginia at the Mount Vernon Conference (1785) on Potomac River navigation and at the federal Constitutional Convention (1787). Although Mason initially supported constitutional reform, he ultimately refused to sign the Constitution, and he led the Anti-Federalist bloc in the Virginia convention (1788) called to consider ratification of the Constitution. After Virginia approved it, Mason retired to his elegant home, Gunston Hall, on the Northern Neck, where he died in 1792.    
         Peter Montague House of Burgesses, Nansemond Co., Virginia 1652.      
      William Randolph - House of Burgesses-1685-1710; Escheater General-1699; Clerk Henrico Co Virginia -1673-1683; Speaker House of Burgesses-1698; Col. Militia; attorney general of Virginia -1695; Founder of William and Mary College.
        George Reade - Member of House of Burgesses, Virginia, 1649.              
        Thomas Stegg - House of Burgesses; Speaker, Charles City Co, Virginia, 1642-43; Commissioner.
        Christopher Stokes, III - Coroners Jury 1624; House of Burgesses for Warwick River 1629; Captain, Landowner, July 1635 Virginia. He was
baptized on 6 April 1589 at St. Nicholas Acons, London, England and in 1610 immigrated to America on the ship, Mary and James.  In 1618 Governor Samuel Argall appointed Captain William Tucker commander of Point Comfort and in 1619, Captain William Tucker of Kicoughtan was one of 22 men elected as members of the House of Burgesses--the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America--which met on July 30, 1619 in the church on Jamestown Island. 
        Captain William Tucker On 16 July 1622, Captain William Tucker received a commission from Sir Francis Wyatt, the Governor and Captain General of Virginia, to command Kecoughtan.  Captain Tucker was given “absolute power & command over all the people in the plantation at Kicoughtan adjoining to Elizabeth Citty and his area of responsibility was later expanded to cover all of Elizabeth Citty".   
        He reported in the Muster of 1624/25 that there were twenty-two residents of Elizabeth Citty including his wife, Mary Tomson Tucker, and her three brothers George, Paul and William.  He noted that there were provisions of corn, oatmeal, fish, 3 swine, 3 houses, 1 boat, and arms, powder and lead. 
        William Tucker patented 850 acres of land in the colony between 1620 and 1635 and was a partner in the 1636 Berkeley Hundred Land Deal of 8000 acres in Charles City County.  In October of 1642 William Tucker was appointed to be an Assistant to the Committee that went to Ireland.  His will, proved 17 February 1643/44 left his estate to his second wife, Frances, and to his three children, William, Thomas and Mary.
        Augustine Warner, II - Speaker, House of Burgesses, Gloucester Co., Virginia, named Council-1677; Colonial Commandant of Gloucester County Militia.  
       Thomas Yowell discovered Kent Island; founded a settlement there in 1631; was Secretary of State of Virginia as young man; had a Letter from Col John Washington to Major Richard Lee and Captain Thomas Yowell dated 9/6/1675; and took part in Bacon’s Rebellion. Journal of House of Burgesses records Mr. Thomas Yowell as an established member 1685-1686.