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  • ID: I01065
  • Name: Samuel Silas Jordan 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: In Lynn or Melcome, Devon, England 1578
  • Title: Captain
  • Reference Number: HW2753
  • Death: Jordan's Journey, James Towne, Charles City, Virginia MAR 1623
  • Note:
    Death: ABT 1624 in At His Home "Beggar's Bush"
    Burial: "Jordans Journey" Plantation, Virginia
    Occupation: Burgess 1st Assembly, Planter.

    Sources: Type: Book
    Author: William Glasgow Reynolds
    Periodical: REYNOLDS HISTORY ANNOTATED (1475-1977)

    [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #2780, Date of Import: Nov 6, 2000]

    Samuel Jordan is our first known Jordan ancestor, and he is definitely the first Jordan to arrive in America. Some reports (no source given) say that he was born in Lyme, Dorset County, England, and his birth year is said by some to be 1578. His surname was occasionally rendered as Jourdan, and he was also referred to in a number of early accounts as Captain Jordan.
    Samuel Jordan's antercedents are not known. Prominent Englishmen with the same or similar surnames in that time period include Silvester Jourdain (or Jourdan), Ignatius Jourdain (or Jourdan), John Jourdain (or Jourdan), and Joseph Jordan, but it is not certain that any of these men are related to us.
    According to one account, as related in the book THESE JORDANS WERE HERE by Octavia Jordan Perry, the Jordans originally bore the name Deandon. The first of the Deandons came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066 and settled in Devon. Later a William Deandon went to Palestine with the Crusaders around 1200, and upon his return to England he was knighted as Sir William de Jordan. During the reign of James I, part of the large family of Ignatius Jordan, a descendent of Sir William, migrated to the New World. Other Jordans went to Ireland, and some remained in England.
    Another writer noted that the Jordans of Wiltshire, England, used a coat-of-arms with the motto Percussus Resurgo (When Struck Down I Rise Again) and said that the Jordans in Virginia may have been descended from the Wiltshire Jordans.
    Interestingly, most Virginia Jordans pronounce their name as Jerdan (possibly derived from Jourdan).
    Historical records tell us the following:
    Silvester Jourdain (Jourdan) was a son of William Jourdain (Jourdan) of Lume Regis, Dorsetshire, brother of Ignatius, and cousin of John. Silvester accompanied Sir George Summers and Sir Thomas Gates, deputy governors of Virginia, on their trip to that colony in 1609-1610, and he experienced shipwreck on Bermuda (Samuel Jordan was on the same ship and the two are sometimes confused by researchers). On his return to England, Silvester wrote "A Discovery of the Barmudas, otherwise called the Ile of Divils". It is believed that Shakespeare used this and other shipwreck survivor accounts as background for "The Tempest".
    Ignatius Jourdain (Jourdan), Silvester's brother, became a prosperous merchant at Exeter and served as mayor of that city as well as a Member of Parliament. According to one English source, it was part of the large family of Ignatius Jourdain that went to America.
    John Jourdain (Jourdan), Silvester's cousin, was a captain in the service of the East India Company.
    Sir Joseph Jordan (1603-1685) was a Vice-Admiral in the King's Navy.
    Samuel Jordan, our ancestor, married around 1595. His first wife's name is unknown. The couple had a daughter, Anne Marie, and three sons, Thomas, Robert, and Samuel fils. Samuel's wife died around 1608, and the widower arranged to leave his three young sons with relatives before setting sail for the New World. As fortune would have it, he was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked in Bermuda in July, 1609. The survivors constructed two ships and eventually continued on to Jamestown, arriving in May, 1610. Witnin a few years Samuel established a plantation at a place which he called "Jordan's Journey", located on the south side of the James River some miles upstream from Jamestown (near the present town of Hopewell and at a point where the Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge now crosses the river).
    Samuel represented Charles City at the first representative legislative assembly that convened at Jamestown, July 30, 1619. The assembly consisted of two elected representatives from each of the eleven boroughs in the colony. Samuel was also a member of a committee appointed to review the "Greate Charter" of Virginia.
    In 1620, Samuel met and married a widow named Cicely Baley, and they had two daughters, Mary and Margaret.
    In 1622, the local Indian tribes organized a surprise attack on the English colonists, and many men, women, and children were killed. After the attack , Samuel gathered together a few of the survivors at Beggar's Bush, the name of the plantation house at Jordan's Journey. He fortified the place and lived there despite the enemy, with the approval of Governor Francis Wyatt. At the time of a survey in 1623, Beggar's Bush housed 42 people, including many neighboring families who had gone there for protection. In early 1623 Samuel was still established in his plantation. Samuel died at Jordan's Journey sometime before April, 1623, and an inventory of his estate included Cicely and her two young daughters, two plantations, five houses, two boats, ten servants, and several coats of chainmail.
    Samuel's three adult sons from his first marriage, Thomas, Robert, and Samuel fils, are believed to have come to Virginia in the 1620s. Robert reportedly died on March 22, 1622, during the Indian massacre. He was killed at Berkley's Hundred, some five miles up the river from Jordan's Journey, when he went there to warn the inhabitants there of the planned Indian attack. Thomas settled in Isle of Wight County, and he is believed to be our ancestor. Samuel fils, evidently the youngest son, is believed to have come to Virginia as a young man, returned to England to study at Oxford, and then came back to the Virginia after completing his studies at All Souls College, Oxford. Samuel is believed to have first settled in Surry County, Virginia. Later he moved on west to Lunenburg County, and his trail was lost. [jordan.FTW]

    Notes from; -A-Jordan-OR/BOOK-0001/0009-0025.html

    This Branch of the Jordan family probably originated in France and become associated with the reform movement (huguenots). They went to England and eventually came to the New World.
    King James I of England granted a charter for settling two plantations in America; one in the Massachusetts area and the other in the Virginia area. The charter for the southern area was granted in 1606.
    In December, 1606, three small ships and 104 colonists left England and arrived in Viriginia, May 14, 1607. This colony at Jamestown, VA, became the first permanent English Colony, notwithstanding the fact that it almost collapsed a time or two.
    Samuel Jordan (1578-1623), the first of the Jordans to come to America, left Plymouth, England on June 18, 1609, and sailed for James Towne with the interim governor, Sir Thomas West. They sailed on the Seaventure with Sixe hundred land men in a fleet of eight good ships and one pinnance under the command of Sir George Somers, Somers flotilla encountered a severe storm near the Bermudas, which left the Seaventure unseaworthy. The other ships continued on their way to Jamestown. The passengers of the Seaventure, including Governor West, Samuel Jordan, and the Flotilla Commander, Sir George Somers, decided to stay in Bermuda and build two new ships, instead of attempting to repair the Seaventure, in order to carry additional food and supplies the island provided. Samuel Jordan was elected to keep the day-to-day journal because he was well educated.
    Samuel's log serves as the basis of much of our information today. The shipwrecked persons built two new ships, the Patience and the Deliverer partly out of the wreckage of the Seaventure. They set sail again for James Towne, May 10, 1610, and arrived on July 25, 1610.
    His first wife, whom he married in England, probably died before he departed for America. She was dead by 1620 as he was considered a special catch for any eligible woman at that time.
    Samuel Jordan was a member of the first House of Burgesses, the first legislative body in the Western World, a representative of James City, convened at James City, July 30, 1619, by Sir George Yardley, Knight, governor and Captaine General of Virginia.
    A land grant of 450 acres was conveyed by Gov. Yardley, December 10,. 1620, to Samuel and Cecily Jordan, which lay on the south side of the James river just below the confluence of the Appomattox with the James, and he called his plantation "Jordan's Journey". He built a manor house on it which he spoke of as "Beggars' Bush". Both Samuel and Cicely have been accored the title of "Ancient Planter, by Virginia. When an Indian uprising occured in that vicinty on March 22, 1622, Samuel gathered his family and neighbors into his home, fortified it, and survived. But his son, Robert, was killed by the Indians.

    From: html
    Thanks are also due to Jordan researchers Barbara Hamman (( )) and Claudia Cox Welton
    (( )).
    Samuel Jordan was aboard the Seaventure, as were Sir Thomas Gates, the Governor, and Sir George Somers. A sever storm was encountered off the coast of Bermuda in the latter part of July 1609. The Seaventure was wrecked beyond repair. The other ships outrode the storm and proceeded to Jamestown with the Seaventure's cargo, but none of her passengers.
    The officers and crew of the Seaventure remained on the coast of Bermuda for nine months building two ships, aptly named Patience and Deliverer. The ships arrived at Jamestown in May 1610. Samuel Jordan, an educated man, was assigned the task of keeping a record of events which are found in Hakluytls "Voyages, Travels and Discoveries.''
    In 1618 Samuel married Cicely a widow with a young daughter, Temperance Bailey. Cicely was born in England in 1600 and arrived in America in 1610 aboard the Swan. I have also read that she was his cousin through William Phippen and Joan Jordaine.
    Samuel Jordan was a member of the first House of Burgesses, a representative of St. James City, which was convened in 1619 by George Yeardley, Governor and Captain general of Virginia. This was the first legislative body to convene in America.
    A land grant of four hundred and fifty acres was made at St. James City in 1620 to Samuel and Cicely. He patented the
    land, which lay on the south side of the James River just below the confluence of the Appomattox with the James. He
    called his plantation "Jordan's Journey" or "Jordan's Point."
    Both Samuel and Cicely were accorded the title of Ancient Planters.
    Samuel Jordan and Cicely received land grants for being "Ancient Planters".
    On one of these grants on the south side of James River, Samuel built a very large plantation called "Jordan's Journey", where he and his family survived the Indian Massacre. However, Samuel died the following year in March 1623 at his home, called "Beggars Bush" (present locationis Prince George Co., Virginia).
    When the Indian Massacre-occurred in March 1622, Samuel gathered his family and neighbors into his home and fortified it. His son, Robert, was killed by the Indians "at Berkley-Hundred some five miles from Charles City." Although it would seem that Thomas Jordan had several children, only one is on record.
    Thomas Jordan II was born in Virginia in 1634; died 1700. He married Margaret Brashere in 1659, the daughter of Robert Brashere of Huguenot decent.
    He was the first Quaker of his family and became very prominent in that faith. He had ten sons, some of whom became Quaker ministers, and two daughters. All his children were born in Nansemond County, Virginia.
    Samuel's name is inscribed on the momument erected on the site of Jamestown Virginia. In 1619 he was a nember of the first House of Burgesses, from Charles City. Samuel Jordan came to america on June 10, 1610...
    Note: "Meet our ancestors:Culbreth, Autry, Maxwell-Bundy, Winslow, Henley and allied families"(second ed), by V. Mayo Bundy, Media, Inc., Greensboro, NC Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Bennett College, 1978.
    Birth: ABT 1578 in Wiltshire, England
    Death: MAR 1623 in Charles City, VA
    Endowment: 13 JUL 1939
    Sealing Child:
    LDS Baptism: 12 JUL 1939

    Son Robert was killed by Indians March 22,1672 in a series of raids in which several hundred colonists were killed in Virginia
    THESE JORDANS WERE HERE by Octavia Jordan Perry

    Father: Robert Jordan b: 1562 in Melcombe, Dorset, England
    Mother: [----]

    Marriage 1 Cecily Reynolds b: ABT 1599 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
    • Married: 1620 in Beggar's Bush VA 1
    1. Has Children Mary Jordan b: 1621
    2. Has No Children Margarett Jordan b: 1623 in Virginia, USA

    Marriage 2 [----] b: BET 1556 AND 1582
    • Married: ABT 1595 in England
    1. Has No Children Anne Jordan b: 1596
    2. Has No Children Robert Jordan b: 1598
    3. Has No Children Thomas Jordan Sr b: 1600 in England
    4. Has No Children Samuel Jordan b: AFT 1600

    1. Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
      Title: World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1-Researched By: Frank T Bailey 6150 Robin Hood Rd., Pfafftown, NC 27040
      Publication: Name: Release date: November 29, 1995;
        Name: Frank Tennyson Bailey, Jr., 6150 Robin Hood Rd., Pfafftown, NC, 27040-9328

      Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1-Researched By: Frank T Bailey 6150 Robin Hood Rd., Pfafftown, NC 27040 (Release date: November 29, 1995), Source Medium: Family Archive CD
      Customer pedigree.
      Page: Tree #0232
      Text: Date of Import: Dec 7, 1998
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