||William Armistead settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.|
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Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire, England is often given as the place of origin for William Armistead, however we have no record to prove this. Patricia Hatcher, in her 2011 article on Judith Horne, does not accept the idea. She argues there are chronological difficulties with the claimed relationships. In addition, she points out that the surname, "Armistead," is common in Yorkshire, and the given names are found in other areas.
Anthony Armistead and Frances Thompson are frequently named as the parents of William Armistead, immigrant, yet the only "evidence" is that William named two of his children "Anthony" and "Frances." It seems there are no actual records which prove William Armistead's ancestry.
The family of Anthony Armistead and Frances Thompson had a son, William, christened at All Saints Church, Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire, on 3 August 1610. However, if this was the immigrant who patented large tracts of land in Virginia in 1636, then he was "a rather younger man than one would expect," at only twenty-six.
The Parish Records at Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire, England have by now been thoroughly searched, and there is not a Ralph Armistead. On record, there are 10 baptism dates, 6 burial dates (some of William's siblings), but no Ralph. In fact there is not any record of birth, baptism or death for any Ralph Armistead in Yorkshire.
When this is viewed in connection with the discrepancies in time-line between Ralph, supposed son of William, and the other children of William, as pointed out by Virginia Garner, the chances that William had a son named Ralph seem very remote.
William married between 1627 and 1634 probably in Virginia, to Ann Unknown. There is no evidence of Anne's maiden name. She is called only "Anne" by Charles P. Keith, by William Crozier, and also by Virginia Gardner.
Above are the only proven children of William and Anne. Others include the child below (without evidence, source is Ancestry Family Trees and U.S. and International Marriage Records).
Note: Virginia Gardner is not sure that Ralph Armistead (who patented 48 acres in 1678 at Kingston Parish, Gloucester) was a son of William, because his timeline is different than the other children (Page 19). As noted above, it now seems there was no sibling named Ralph, so the chances the Ralph who immigrated in 1678 was a son of William seem remote. If Ralph was not a family name, there is actually no reason to believe he was closely related to William.
William probably arrived by 1635, as he received a patent on 7 July 1636 for 450 acres at Elizabeth City Co (Gloucester County after 1642), for the transportation of 9 persons, including his wife, Ann.
William died by 1660, when on the "last of August" 1660 John Armistead, as executor for his brother, William Armistead, made power of attorney in York County, Virginia. His second son, John, was named heir of his first son, William, who died childless.
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On 24 Jun 2015 at 00:41 GMT Katharine (Mounger) Jones wrote:
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