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Peter Montague Sr (1603 - 1659)

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Peter Montague Sr
Born in Boveney, Burnham Parish, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about in Nansemond, Suffolk co., Virginiamap
Died in Lancaster, Lancaster, Virginiamap
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Categories: Questionable Gateway Ancestors | Boveney, Buckinghamshire | Lancaster, Virginia.

Peter came to Virginia with Sir Francis WYATT (Sir Francis is the brother of Rev. Haute WYATT).

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Peter was the first Montague immigrant to America, was a landowner, businessman, and member of the House of Burgesses. Peter was born in Boveney, a small hamlet on the north side of the Thames river across the Thames from Windsor, where lies Buckingham Palace, the residence of the monarchs of England. He probably received a fair education, based on his knowledge of latin, though there is no evidence that he went to nearby Eton college, though his Uncle, William Montague, was a fellow of both Eton and Kings College, Cambridge. Peter was the son of Peter and Eleanor Montague of Boveney. His mother was the daughter of William Allen of Burnham. He was the elder brother of Richard Montague, the progenitor of the New England Montagues. Peter immigrated to Jamestown in November 1621 on the ship Charles (on its second trip to Jamestown) at the expense of William Ewen, in company with 1300 new settlers along with Sir Francis Wyatt who was appointed the new governor of the colony.

A tradition traced to Latane Montague (b. 1731) claims that during "the first half day's work he did ruined [sic] his hands so that he had to rest. To pass the time, he began to read his master's books, who caught him reading Latin, and soon obtained for him the position of school teacher." The fact that schools were not established in Jamestown until the time that Peter landed suggests that this story is plausible, and that Peter may have been the, or one of the, first school teachers in Virginia.

The muster roll from January 1623 shows that Peter resided on the estate of Captain Samuel Mathews, who later became Governor of the Colony, along with two of his shipmates, William Lusam and William Field. He earned his first land patent in 1637. The occupation of Peter was that of a planter. His crops consisted of wheat, barley, and tobacco, which was exported to England. Peter married his first wife (name unknown) in James City in 1628 while residing at Capt. Samuel Mathew's plantation. He married his second wife, Cicely around 1637. He represented Nanesmond County in the House of Burgesses from November 25, 1652 through July 5, 1653, and represented Lancaster Country from 1651 to 1658. [1]

As to the date of Peter's death and final resting place, "He died the last of April or the first of May, 1659, and was buried on the north bank of the Rappahannock, near his home. His tombstone was standing as late as 1849, but much defaced by the hand of time."[2]

Regarding his wife Cicely, "He married, probably in the spring of 1633, Cicely *----*. Effort has been made to discover the maiden name of his wife and something of the family to which she belonged.[3] They were no doubt married some where in the vicinity of James City, for there it was that the first years of Peter's life in the new world were passed. Tradition says she was a daughter of Samuel Mathews, who was Governor of the Colony in 1656. It is true that Peter lived upon the plantation of Capt. Mathews during these early years, and that Capt. Mathews and Peter Montague were life-long associates and friends. No record of such marriage however has been found. All of the records of James City Co. were destroyed during the late war and no record there dates back of 1865. His wife outlived him and was the executor of his estate jointly with her eldest son Peter. No record of her death has been found."[4]


  • Kinard, June. comp. Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Published by The Researchers, PO box 39063, Indianapolis IN. 46239-0063.
  • Montague III, Robert V.;History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Jamestown, VA 1603-2003 (2013); pg. 15
  • Montague, George William, History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond and Lancaster Counties, Virginia, and his descendants, 1621-1894, AMHERST, MASS., U. S. A.: Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1894. (Print.)


  1. Entered by Clint Montague.
  2. Montague, History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond ---, p. 56.
  3. Montague, History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond ---, p. 56. footnote: "The Muster Roll of 1624 contains the names of but two persons of the name of Cicily. One was Cicily Greene at the plantation of Capt. Ralph Hamor at James City. The other was Mrs. Cicily Jordan, of Jordans Jorney Charles City. She was a young widow, age 24 years, who came in the ship "Swan," in August, 1610, when she was but ten years of age. She owned the Plant. at Jordans Jorney, and William Ferrar was the manager. Her husband had recently died (1624). She had two children, Mary aged three years, and Margaret aged one year, both born in Va. Robert Manuell and John Hely, who came with Peter Montague in 1621, were both located on Mrs. Jordan's plant. Their names appear in both lists, that of Feb'y, 1623, and Jan'y, 1624."
  4. Montague, History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond ---, p. 56.


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