Thirty-seventh in a series of biographical sketches of qualifying ancestors of the Jamestowne Society whose descendants belong to the First Mississippi Company
1602 - after 1628
Henrico County, VA
Mary Addy, daughter of Francis Addy of Darton, Yorkshire married Christopher Branch on 2 Sep 1619 at St Marin, Ludgate, London. In March 1620 she sailed to Virginia on the London Merchant with her husband and settled with him in Henrico County, VA. She is listed in the 1624/25 Muster with her husband and son Thomas and bore more sons, William and Christopher, after the Muster.
Qualifying Ancestor of First Mississippi Company member Charles David Hill
Henrico County, Virginia
Adria Hoare was baptized 28 Aug 1604 in Buckinghamshire, England. She arrived in Virginia in 1621 on the Marmaduke at age 20. At the time of the Muster of 1624/25, at age 23, she was married to Thomas Harris, who was fifteen years her senior. She and Thomas Harris had two children, William and Mary.
Qualifying ancestor for First Mississippi Company member Charles David Bertrand Hill
Jamestown and Jordan’s Journey
Cicely (also spelled Sisley) Baley was an Ancient Planter, arriving in Jamestown in 1611 on the Swan. Her maiden name is not known. She married three times and died sometime after 1631.
Her first marriage in VA can be inferred from the 1624/24 Muster, as Cicely has a seven-year-old daughter named Temperance Baley (Bayly) living with her and two other children named Mary and Margaret Jordan. Her second husband Samuel Jordan is also dead by 1624/25, but Temperance Baley is an adjacent landholder in the 1620 patent of Samuel Jordan’s land, suggesting that Temperance Baley must have been the sole heir of her deceased father. Samuel Jordan of Charles City is described as a gentleman and ancient planter owning 700 acres, a combination of land from Cicely as an ancient planter in her own right and from Samuel’s land granted after ten years of service to the colony and for transporting other English men and women to VA. Samuel named his plantation “Jordan’s Journey” and was dead by April 1623 before his second daughter was born. The administration of his estate was granted to William Farrar.
Immediately after the death of Samuel Jordan, Rev. Greville Pooley made an offer of marriage to Cicely while she was still pregnant with Jordan’s second child. Cicely said she would not marry until her second child was delivered. Pooley insisted that Cicely had entered into a contract of marriage with him and took Cicely to court for the first breach of promise case in America. The VA council heard the case on 4 June 1623. A reluctant witness was called who knew marriage had been offered by Pooley but was unable to testify as to Cicely’s reply. The matter, not being settled by the council, was sent to London for a decision, with the following note: “This Woman before Mr. Grivell Pooley called her into the Court, contracted her self to Mr. Willm Ferrar.” The Governor and the Council admitted that it did not know if the matter should be decided under canon or civil law. London, not knowing how to settle the case either, returned it back to VA. In January 1625 Pooley withdrew his claim, and Cicely Jordan then married William Farrar.
Cicely and William Farrar had three children named Cicely, William, and John Farrar. There are many proven descendants from two of Cicely’s children: daughter Temperance Baley who married Richard Cocke and son William Farrar. Nothing is known about her daughters Mary and Margaret Jordan after they are named in the 1624/25 Muster of the Inhabitants of VA.
Cicely was mentioned in a deed in 1631 and was known to be alive at that time. The exact year of her death is unknown.
Qualifying ancestor for First Mississippi Company member Thomas Webster Walters
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