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Peter was the first Montague immigrant to America; he was a landowner, businessman, and member of the House of Burgesses for Nansemond County in 1652 and 1653, and for Lancaster County in 1657.
Peter was born in Boveney, a small hamlet on the north side of the Thames river across the Thames from Windsor, wherein lies Windsor Castle, a residence of the monarchs of England. He probably received a fair education, based on his knowledge of Latin, although there is no evidence that he went to nearby Eton college. Nonetheless, his Uncle, William Montague, was a fellow of both Eton and Kings College, Cambridge.
Peter was the son of Peter Montague I and Eleanor (Allen) Montague of Boveney. His mother was the daughter of William Allen of Burnham. He was the older 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 had been 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, whose son later became Governor of the Colony of Virginia, along with two of his shipmates, William Lusam and William Field. He earned his first land patent in 1637. Peter is known to have been a planter or plantation owner. 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 in 1633, according to History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond --- - see below. As Cicely Baily, Jordan, Farrar's last husband (William Farrar) did not die until at least 1635, it's unlikely that she was Peter's 2nd wife. Peter Montague represented Nanesmond County in the Virginia House of Burgesses from November 25, 1652 through July 5, 1653, and also represented Lancaster Country from 1651 to 1658.
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" (pg. 56).
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." It is not proven that this Cicely married Peter Montague.
Peter and Cicely [Unknown] were no doubt married some where in the vicinity of James City, for Peter Montague spent the first years of his life in the New World in and around James City county. Family tradition says she that was a daughter of Samuel Mathews, who was Governor of the Colony in 1656 but this is unproven. It is true that Peter lived on the plantation of Capt. Mathews during these early years, and that Capt. Mathews and Peter Montague were life-long associates and friends. However, no record of such a marriage has been found. All of the records of James City County were destroyed during the 1861-1865 war between the states so that no record there dates to before 1865. Peter's 2nd wife outlived him. She was the executor of his estate jointly with his eldest son, Peter Montague, Jr. No record of Cicely's death has been found."
- Children of Peter Montague and his 1st wife, Unknown:
- Ann Montague, born about 1630, mother Unknown.
- Ellen Montague, born about 1632, mother Unknown. She was also known as Eleanor.
- Margaret Montague, born about 1634, mother Unknown.
- Peter Montague, born about 1635, mother Unknown.
- Children of Peter Montague and Cicely [Unknown]
- William Montague, born about 1639, mother Cicely [Unk.].
- Elizabeth Montague, born about 1640, mother Cicely [Unk.].
- Peter Montague’s Will of 27 Mar 1659; proved 25 May 1659
Peter came to Virginia with Sir Francis WYATT (Sir Francis is the brother of Rev. Haute WYATT).
Douglas Richardson: Could not find "Peter Montague" or "Peter Montagu" in either Royal Ancestry and Magna Carta Ancestry. He also was not included in Medieval Lands (which cover up to 1500). ~ Liz Shifflett, Magna Carta project
- ↑ Virginia. General Assembly. House of Burgesses; McIlwaine, H. R. (Henry Read), Journals of the House of Burgesses of VA, 1659/60-1963. (Vol 1 1619-1658/1659, Page ) Richmond, VA: [Library Board, Virginia State Library] Archive.org accessed 3 February 2016.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Montague, George William, 1894 History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond and Lancaster Counties, Virginia, and his descendants, 1621-1894 (Pages 15, 52, 56) Amherst, MA: Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, Archive.org accessed 8 February 2016.
- ↑ 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 Jordan's Journey at 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 plantation at Jordans Journey, and William Farrar 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 plantation. Their names appear in both lists, that of Feb'y, 1623, and Jan'y, 1624."
- ↑ History and genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond and Lancaster Counties, Virginia, and his descendants, 1621-1894 Authors: Montague, George Wm. (George William), b. 1836. Publisher Amherst, Mass., Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1894. Page 57.
- ↑ Neill, Edward D. 1886 Virginia Carolorum: the colony under the rule of Charles the First and Second, A. D. 1625-A (Page 21) Albany, N.Y., J. Munsell's sons, Archive.org accessed 9 February 2016.
- ↑ Virtual Jamestown Muster of February 24, 1624/5.
- The statutes at large; being a collection of all the laws of Virginia, from the first session of the legislature, in the year 1619. Vol 1 Author: Hening, William Waller, 1750 (ca.)-1828. Publisher: Bartow, New York 1823. Pages 373, 379, 431.
- Kinard, June. comp. Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com; Operations Inc., 2000. Published by The Researchers, PO box 39063, Indianapolis IN. 46239-0063.
- Montague III, Robert V., 2013 History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Jamestown, VA 1603-2003. pg. 15
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On 21 Apr 2016 at 16:03 GMT Eric Daly wrote:
Mary Montague aka Payne, Johnson, Ball, Hewes
same profile and same husbands Mary Montague
On 21 Apr 2016 at 08:04 GMT Eric Daly wrote:
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On 21 Apr 2016 at 04:34 GMT Paula J wrote:
Please be patient as we work out the confusion surrounding this profile, potential duplicates and all of the connecting profiles and their multiple duplicates. Please note our process is to find original sources and add the facts from those sources. There is a current search of digital images of documents in progress. Despite the urge to make decisions based on previously held belief, please be patient. This profile and it's possible duplicates is being researched as part of the Montague family. I expect that this profile will take longer than the rest. Our goal is to strip away anything not proven and sourced. Once what is clearly fact is demonstrated, we will all reach consensus on how to present theories.
On 20 Apr 2016 at 10:04 GMT Eric Daly wrote:
On 20 Apr 2016 at 07:48 GMT Eric Daly wrote:
Peter is 16 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 35 degrees from Anne Frank, 19 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 23 degrees from Neil deGrasse Tyson and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.