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Anthony Armistead Ist. (1587 - 1642)

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Anthony Armistead Ist.
Born in Kirk Deighton, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, UKmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kirk Deighton, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Categories: Armistead Name Study | Armistead of England.



Anthony Armistead

Origin, Uncertain Mother's Maiden Name

Anthony was born c. 1587 at Kirk Deighton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, a son of Roger Armestead and his wife, Epham, (here profiled as Epham Hill). According to Garber in The Armistead Family .... Epham's maiden name is unknown.[1][2]

Charles Penrose Kirk, relying on naming patterns, assumes that Anthony "Armistead" and his wife, Frances Thompson, were the parents of the Armistead immigrants to Virginia.[3]


Anthony Armistead and Frances Thompson obtained a license to marry in 1608 at their home village, Kirk Deighton, West Riding of Yorkshire.[3] "Stephanie Green, TX suggests that Anthony and Frances were married in All St.s Church - K. D. this is not a fact. However, Record shows a license was issued to them in 1608 at K. D. but no record that the marriage took place in All Saint's Church."[4]

Uncertain Children

Traditionally, Anthony and Frances have been assumed to have been the parents of Virginia immigrant, William "Armestead." However, Keith, who wrote The Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison ... (1893), admits he relies on naming patterns alone to connect the Kirk Deighton family as ancestors of William. In fact, in the pedigree chart at the end of the book, no parents are shown for William Armistead of Elizabeth City Co, VA.[3]

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.[5] The bottom line is that we have no record which connects William to any particular English family.

The children of Anthony and Frances are assumed to have numbered twelve (7 sons 5 daughters), born between 1610 and 1632. On record: 10 baptism dates, 6 burial dates ... [4]

Children of Anthony and Frances:[4]

  1. William Armistead, eldest child, bapt 3 Aug 1610 Kirk Deighton Yorkshire, Eng., d 13 Jun 1671 Elizabeth City Co. (York Co.), VA. Emigrated to Va. 1635/6, married to Ann Ellis of Giggleswick at Yorkshire (in the very year the final child was born to Wm's parents. Wm's baby sister is called Rachel, baptised 1632).
  2. Robert Armistead, b Nov 01, 1612
  3. Anthony Armistead, b 1615
  4. Ephraim Armistead, b 1616, d 1636
  5. John Armistead, b 1618, d 1624
  6. Jane Armistead, b Sep 17, 1620
  7. Margaret Armistead, b Dec 14, 1622
  8. Henery Armistead, b Jan 10, 1627/28
  9. Rachel Armistead, bpt 1632

Note: Ralph Armistead is sometimes assumed to have been a child of Anthony and Frances. However, NO RALPH! No record of birth, baptism or death for any Ralph Armistead in Yorkshire.[4]

Death and Legacy

Anthony was buried on 5 Oct 1642, at All Saints, Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire, England.[4] His wife, Frances, was buried on 25 June 1634 at All Saints, Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire, England.[4]

William "Armestead" (whoever were his parents) received a patent on 7 July 1636 for 450 acres at Elizabeth City Co, for the transportation of 9 persons, including his wife, Ann.[6]

Research Notes

Kirk Deighton was located at the time in the Upper Division of Claro, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.


  1. Garber, Virginia A., (1910) The Armistead Family. 1635-1910.] Richmond: Whittet & Shepperson, (Pages 31, 39-4).
  2. Zimmerman family, ARMISTEAD Enchanted World, citing The Armistead Family, 1635-1910. by Virginia Armistead Garber.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Keith, Charles Penrose, (1893) The Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison ... Philadelphia: [J. B. Lippincott Co.] (Pages 13, 18).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Unknown author, (Oct 02, 2005) 1 "Descendants of Robert Armetstead."
  5. Hatcher, Patricia, L., (2012) "Identifying Judith Hone, Wife of John 2 Armistead of Virginia, with Hone and Aylmer Ancestry of Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison." American Ancestors Journal. Boston, MA: NEHGS (2012, Pages 352-64).
  6. Nugent, Nell Marion, (1934) Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, 1st ed. Richmond: Dietz Print Co., (Page 45).

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On 23 Jan 2017 at 01:53 GMT Fontaine Wiatt wrote:

Epham is not my profile. I did not assign her maiden name.

On 23 Jan 2017 at 00:54 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Is there any evidence for mother Epham's maiden name? Thanks!

On 23 Jan 2017 at 00:22 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Armistead-312 Unmerged match

These actually do NOT look like they will turn out to be the same person, however the same name and exactly the same death date would lead one to suspect some sort of edit needs to be made.

Managers, please have a look? Thanks!

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