Notes for Samuel Silas Jordan
Came to Virginia about 1610
!Information from WWW:
Controversy....seems to have married twice....3 children by first wife and 2 by second.
Second wife's name was Cecilia either Reynolds or Green ???
Samuel Jordan was born in Wiltshire, England in about the year 1578, being the son of Richard Jordan. The Jordans probably came from France into England. The were Huguenots associated with the Reform Movement.
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 Virginia charter was granted in 1606. In December, 1606, three small ships and 104 colonists left England and arrived in Virginia, May 14, 1607. This colony at Jamestown, Virginia became the first permanent English Colony, not withstanding the fact that it almost collapsed a time or two.
Samuel Jordan, 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 Sea Venture 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 Sea Venture unseaworthy. The other ships continued on their way to Jamestown. The passengers of the Sea Venture, 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 Sea Venture. They set sail again for James Towne, May 10, 1610, and arrived on July 25, 1610.
Samuel Jordan was a member of the London Company which established the first legislative assembly in American at Jamestown. The Compendium of American Genealogy states that Samuel "Jourdan" or Jordan "came from France in the `Sea Voyage' which was wrecked off the Bermuda Coast; settled at `Jordan's Journey,' on the James River in 1610; and was a member of the first legislative assembly in America at Jamestown, 1619; He married (secondly) in 1618 Cecily - who was born in 1600 and came in the `Swan' in 1611." A land grant of 450 acres was conveyed by Governor 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 Cecily have been accorded the title of "Ancient Planter", by Virginia. When an Indian uprising occurred in that vicinity 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.
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