Note: ---Richard first came to Northampton Co., Virginia in the 1633-34 voyage of the ship "Mayflower" whose master and owner was Peter Andrewes an associate of Samuel Vassall & Co of London. This was not the "Mayflower" which brought the Pilgrims. Vassall & Co of London. ---Source: Most of the research work for Richard and Jane Fox has been and still is being done by members of the JOHN-L and JOHNS-L at Rootsweb.com. Rob Johns sums it all up in the following: "The birth date of Richard Johns, who sailed from London to Virginia in the ship "Mayflower" in 1633-34 is known from Admiralty records. His age was given in his deposition in The High Court of the Admiralty in November of 1634, as 42. This would place his birth date as about 1592. This Richard might have been the father of Richard of King William, but so could William, Robert, and John Johns, all of whom were involved in the tobacco trade between London and Virginia. The only one of the early Virginia Johns-Johnes ruled out is Roger Johnes who apparently died without issue in 1652. It is also interesting that Roger Johnes did not appear in any of the LVA CRP files as did all of the other Johns-Johnes of London. John Johns is apparently the only one who remained in London the others all immigrated to Virginia. We arrived at this conclusion by my recent study of the chronological record of the Colonial Records Files of the LVA which showed John Johns continuing to make shipments from London to Virginia long after the other Johnes of London appeared in Virginia land records.
I know there are a number of Johns-Johnes references in the records of Saint Margaret's Church of Westminster. I have also recently discovered that the will of John Convers, the father of Elizabeth Convers Fox wife of Captain John Fox father of Jane Fox wife of Richard Johns of King William, was filed in Westminster. It appears to me that the Johns-Johnes of London may have also lived in Westminster, a suburb of London. The lives of the Foxes and the Johnes may have been intertwined. Richard of KW and Jane Fox may have m. in London or they may have immigrated to Virginia with Captain John Fox and m. in Virginia. There are headright records that show a Jane Fox and a Richard Johns arriving separately in Virginia at about the same time, possibly on the ship of Captain John Fox. I suggest that we concentrate on finding connections for the Johns-Johnes in London and or Westminster. If we can get them connected to Richard of King William then we can work back from there with some degree of knowledge and certainty.
---Source: The Virginia Magazine of History & Biography Volume XXV April 1917 NO.2 Extracts from King William Co. Records., January 12, 1702/1703, Will dated, proven March 20, 1703, King William Co., VA Bk 2, pg 21. See Randle VA-01&2. Richard Johns of King Williams Co., Will to Wife Jane, Sons, Richard, Arthur, John#1, William, Thomas, ROBERT, Dau. Eliza, who was wife of James Adams, Mary wife of John Randle, Jane wife of Josias Randle, Martha (under 18) Wife Jane widow of Richard qualified as Adm'x, with Henry & John Fox, Securities. ---Source:Rob Johns -WorldConnect <http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rjohns24&id=I394> ---Source( Cliff Johns through John-L@@rootsweb.com) "Will of Richard Johns 1702, King William Co., VA In the Name of God Amen, I, Richard Johns, of King Wm. County being very sic and weake in body but of Perfect Sence and Strength of memory thanks be to God Allmighty Doe Constitute this. my Last will and Testament as followeth; first I comnitt my Soul into the hands cf Allimighty God who gave it unto me trusting through the merits and intercession of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to have free pardon and forgiveness for all my Sins, my body I commit to the Earth to be Decently buryed at the Deferentions of my Exrs hereafter named and as for the worldly Estate It hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon mee I give bequeath as followeth, It. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Jane Johns the Plantation I now live on and all the Land thereunto belonging as far as beaver dam run durein her naturall life and..after her Decease to my Sonn Richard Johns and the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten for Ever but if Said Sonn Richard Dye without issue as aforesd then the sd Land to fall .to my Sonn Arthur Johns and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for Ever in Case of failure of issue of both my sd Sons as aforesd then my desire is that the Land fall to my Sonn John Johns and his heires for ever. It. It is my Desire that my Sonn Richard have Liberty to Live on the Plantation with his mother dureing the time of her Life and in Case of their disagreeing then my desire is my sd sonn have Liberty to Seate and live on any part of my Land above named. It. I Give unto my Sonn Wm. Johns one hundred acres of Land being the Plantation hee now lives on to him and his heires forever. It. I Give unto my Sonn Thomas Johns one hundred acres of Land out my Land adjoining to the Land my Sonn William lives on to him and his heires for Ever. It. I Give unto my Sonn Robert Johns all the remaining part cf my Land in these parts after the above two hundred acres is Laid out to him and his heires for Ever. It. I Give unto my Sonn Arthur Johns the remaining part of the devident of Land I now live on known by the name cf the Island neck to him and the heires of his body Lawfully begotten for Ever but in Case failure of Such issue then to my Sonn Richard Johns and the heires of his body Lawfully begotten for Ever and in Case of failure of issue as above of both my two Sonns then my desire is that it fall to my Sonn John Johns and his heires for ever. It. I give to my Sonn Richard Johns a Negroe man called Will at the Expiration of three yeares after my decease and Dureing that three years the Said Negroe is to live with my wife and what Ever his labour Shall produce Dureing the time I Desire and appoint it for my Sonn John Johns toward the buying of a piece of Land to him and his heirs for Ever. It. I Give to my Daughter Eliza now the wife of James Adams twenty shillings Ster. It. I give to my Daughter Mary now the wife of John Randle twenty Shillings Ster It. I give to my Daughjter Jane now the wife of Josias Randle Six hundred pounds of Sweet sented Tobacco and Cask Convenient. It. I give to my Daughter Anne Johns two cows and calves and one Thousand pounds Sweetsented Tobbaco and Cask Convenient to be paid at the age of Eighteen yeares or the day of marryage which Shall .first happen. It. I give to my daughter Martha Johns two Cows & Calves and one Thousand pounds of Sweetsented Tobacco and Cask Convenient to be paid her at the age Eighteen yeares or the day of Marriage which Shall first happen. It. All ye rest and residue of my personall Estate both goods and Chattells that I have not allready given away I give and bequeaath to my Loveing wife Jane Johns whom Constitute and ordain my full and sole of this my Last Will and Testament Consisting of this and two other sides of halfe a Sheet of paper. In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seale this 12th day of January Anno 1703. V 1 p 106 The mark of Richard Johns R.J. Seal Witnesses: Henry Fox, Wm. Thomas, John Fox At a Court held for King Wm. County ye 20th day of March Anno Dom 1703 This will was proved by the Oaths of Henry Fox, Jno Fox, Gent., witnesses thereto and order for probate thereof Granted Jane Johns Ex. thereunto named. Vere Rscord Teste Wm. Aylett Cl.Cur. Test. Wm.. Aylett, Cl.Cur. (An account just now read, shows that writer to. believe that Josias Randle married Jane Johns about 1702, and that his will of 1703 (d. Jan) mentions child in Esse, King William Co. VA
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