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Thomas Batte Sr. (abt. 1642 - aft. 1694)

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Thomas Batte Sr.
Born about in Okewell Hall, Birstall, West Riding, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Henrico County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Charles City County, Virginiamap
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Thomas Batte Sr. settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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Thomas Batte Sr. is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Barons Saher de Quincy and Robert de Vere.



Thomas Batte, son of John Batte and Martha Mallory, was born about 1642.[1] John Batte, Esquire, was captain in the regiment of Agbrigg and Morley and justice of the peace in the West Riding, son of Robert Batte, fellow and vice master of University College, Oxford, grandson of Henry Batte and great grandson of Henry Batte, of Okewell in Birstall (in the West Riding, Yorkshire) who lived in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and until the second year of Queen Elizabeth. John's wife Martha was the daughter of Thomas Mallory, Dean of Chester.[2]
Thomas came to Virginia with his father John Batte after Martha died in 1644/5.[3]
Thomas Batte married Mary (maiden name unknown).[1]
Note: Richardson shows wife of Thomas Sr. as Mary _____. No clear evidence for either Mary Randolph or Mary Jennings. His five children were by Mary _____, presumably just one of the two.
Thomas and Mary had five children.[1] Thomas has no descendants of the name in Virginia at this day. His only (known) son, Thomas Batte, Junior, having left issue only one daughter. There are, however, many descendants of Thomas Batte, Senior, through his daughters. Those persons of the name of Batte now resident in Virginia are descendants of Captain Henry Batte (a brother of Thomas Batte, Senior) who lived in Charles City County, later Prince George, was a member of the House of Burgesses and a militia officer. The brothers, Thomas and Henry Batte, had two uncles, named William and Henry Batte, who were in Virginia at an earlier date.[4]
Thomas and Mary's children:[5]
  • Thomas Batte, Jr. (c. 1662-1691), m Temperance Browne (one child: Martha);[6] b 1660[7]
  • Martha Batte (1667-post 1717), m Jones, Banister, Cocke[7]
  • Mary Batte m Peter Jones of Charles City County;[6] Mary (b 1669) m Peter Jones, brother of her sister Martha's husband Abraham Wood Jones[7]
  • Amy Batte[6] (b 1671[7]), m Richard Jones[8]
  • Sarah Batte (probably the Sarah Batte m 1697, John Evans, Jr.);[6] (born 1673, probably m John Evans)[9]
Thomas Batte and Henry Batte sons of Mr. John Batte, deceased, had patent 29 April 1665 [or 1668] for 5878 acreas, 2 rods, 8 poles, on south side James River in Appomattox in Charles City County beginning at head of Jordan's land and Merchants Hope - the head of Charles City Creek; due for transportation of 118 persons into the colony, among them, William Bate, Jur. 2 times, Martha Bate, Jno. Bate, Senior, Jno Batte, Junr. Henry Batte, Tho Batte.[4]
Thomas Batte was a member of General Abraham Wood's exploring party in 1671 when they went over the Alleghany Mountains.[10] He was a member of the Orphans Court in 1679 and the Henrico County Court in 1680.[11] On August 29, 1688, he and his brother Henry patented 5875 acres of land on the south side of the James River in "Appomatock" in Prince George County, Virginia.[12]
  • Sources:
    • p 132, Part I (#Torrence1-3) Heads of Families in Henrico in 1679 with Tythables, Mr. Tho Batte 4
    • p 140, Part I (#Torrence1-3) Henrico County patents, and other sources, of other names which appear in the list for 1679 are "Patents also appear for Thomas Batte 1665(2)"

Life in Virginia

"During a race at the Varina track where Thomas Batte and Richard Parker waged one hundred pounds of tobacco. Batte claimed that Parker crossed in front of him and forced his horse to a slower stride. When the dispute was submitted to the court, the judges ordered that the race should be run again on the same course."[13][14]
Literacy of the gentry in colonial Virginia was high: " ...among the hundreds of justices whose signatures appear in our county records in the 17th century, Mr. Bruce could find only three who could not write their names is another piece of strong evidence as to the amount of education among the upper classes. One of these three, Thomas Batte, must, it would seem, have been physically disqualified, for he was paternally grandson of an Oxford M.A. and maternally of a dean of Chester."
from an article reviewing Institutional History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century, by Philip Bruce (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1910), see p 222 in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr., 1911), pp. 219-224 (published by Virginia Historical Society, accessed March 24, 2015)
Thomas Batte of Henrico and Charles City counties was living in January 1693/4.[1][15]

Virginia Locations

By 1617 the Virginia colony had been divided by the Virginia company into the Incorporations of Henricus (Henrico), Charles City, James City, and Kecoughtan (Elizabeth City, which replaced the "heathen" name).[16] The eight original "Shires" formed in 1634 and immediately referred to as "Counties" included the four Incorporations. See Parishes of Virginia for information about parishes within counties. The following information covers major changes for Henrico, Charles City, and Prince George counties up to 1850, as given at the History of County Formations in Virginia 1617-1995 (accessed March 24, 2015). See that site for additional changes to counties formed from Henrico, Charles City, and Prince George counties and for changes past 1850.

Henrico County

1634: Henrico County formed
1728: Goochland County formed from Henrico County
1744: Albemarle County formed from Goochland County
1753-1754: Bedford County formed from Albemarle and Lunenburg counties
1749: Cumberland County formed from Goochland County
1749: Chesterfield County formed from Henrico County
1777: Powhaten County formed from Cumberland and Chesterfield counties
Manchester City (Chesterfield Co.), incorporated 1769
Richmond City (Henrico and Chesterfield Cos.), incorporated 1782
Petersburg City(Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, & Prince George Cos.), incorporated 1850

Charles City County

1634: Charles City County formed
1702-3: Prince George County formed from Charles City County

Prince George County

1702-3: Prince George County formed from Charles City County
1720-1732: Brunswick County formed from Prince George County
1732: Brunswick gained from Isle of Wight and Surry counties
1734-5: Amelia formed from Brunswick County and Prince George County
1753-1754: Prince Edward County formed from Amelia County
1845: Appomattox County formed from Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, and Prince Edward counties
1788: Nottoway County formed from Amelia County
1746: Lunenburg County formed from Brunswick County
1752: Halifax County formed from Brunswick County
1780-1781: Greensville County formed from Brunswick and Sussex counties
1752: Dinwiddie County formed from Prince George County


Notes on Thomas Batte (Immigrant) (1634 - 1698), Ancestry link, document (subscription required)
Oakwell Hall, Yorkshire, England, Ancestry link, image (subscription required)
Expedition of Batts and Fallam, Ancestry link, document (subscription required)
Two Thomas Batte, Ancestry link, document (subscription required)
Establishes that the Thomas Batte who went on the exploration of the Appalachian Mountains and was married to Mary IS NOT the same Thomas Batte who is married to Amy. (Title: 1671 and other interesting things)
Thomas and Amy, Ancestry linke, image (subscription required). Conflates Thomas married to Mary and Thomas married to Amy
Thomas Batte, Sr, Ancestry link, document (subscription required)
Batte Land Patents in Virginia, Ancestry link, document (subscription required)
geni link, photo (login required)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Source: #MCA1, Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry (2011)
  2. page 207, Part II (#Torrence1-3), citing "Waters Genealogical Gleanings in England, p 105."
  3. Source: #RA1, Richardson, Royal Ancestry (2013)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Part II (#Torrence1-3)
  5. Richardson (#RA1) does not name the five children; #Evans Website-258 names them; p 269, Part III (#Torrence1-3) lists four children: Thomas Jr., Mary, Amy, and Sarah
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 p 269, Part III (#Torrence1-3)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 #Evans Website-258
  8. Early Virginia Jones Families, Kathryn Gearhart's Website (accessed March 24, 2015)
  9. Sarah, #129 on Evans Website (father Thomas: #Evans Website-258).
  10. William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol XV, pp 234-5, cited on Notes for Thomas Batte (accessed March 24, 2015)
  11. from Notes for Thomas Batte (no citation; accessed March 24, 2015)
  12. Part I (#Torrence1-3)
  13. The History of Henrico County, Louis Manarin and Clifford Dowdey, University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville (cited on Notes for Thomas Batte, accessed March 24, 2015)
  14. see "Playing the Ponies in 17th Century Henrico" (News 2009, First Quarter, Henrico County Historical Society). Also see Gwen Boyer Bjorkman's Rootsweb page & Norvan L. Johnson's Rootsweb page. (sites accessed March 24, 2015)
  15. One profile (Batte-193) had death in Henrico County, Virginia in 1698, citing FindaGrave and Ancestry (no links).
  16. Virginia Places


  • Farrar will, written March 4, 1684-5 (names Thomas Batte Senior & Junior and three daughters - presumably of Senior: Mary, Amy, and Sarah, all under 21 & unmarried)
  • Batte Family, by Kathryn Gearhart (covers Farrar connection with Battes and much, much more)
  • Rootsweb tree with five children - four with Mary Randolph (Thomas Jr., Martha, Mary, Sarah) and one with Amy Butler (Amy).
  • this site lists five children by Mary Randolph: Thomas Jr. (died 1691), Martha, Mary, Amy, Sarah

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On 13 Nov 2016 at 03:21 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I just proposed a merge with his "brother" & went to propose a merge of the daughters (Sarah m Evans) of the two Thomas Battes & found they're married to two different Evans. Do you have sources you can share for Sarah & her husband?

On 13 Nov 2016 at 03:19 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

hmm. went to propose the merge of the daughters (Sarah m Evans) of the two Thomas Battes & they married two different Evans. Anyone have sources for them?

On 13 Nov 2016 at 03:15 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Batte-193 and Batte-58 appear to represent the same person because: new duplicate - same parents/married to same woman/both with daughter Sarah m Evans. Please merge.

On 20 Jan 2016 at 14:30 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: merge completed

Batte-58 and Batte-182 appear to represent the same person because: figured out where the earlier birth date had come from (baptism record for the Henry who died young) and changed it. These profiles can now be merged. Thanks!

On 20 Jan 2016 at 14:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

aha. Henry was baptized 13 August 1628, not Thomas. Entry is listed here, but link is to Ancestry page (subscription required).

(Henry died 1629.)

On 19 Nov 2015 at 15:28 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Batte-182 and Batte-58 are not ready to be merged because: Hi Peter! The dates for these are just off enough that I'm worried they're two different people. Could you post your sources & anything else you know about Thomas Batte-182? Thanks!

On 19 Nov 2015 at 14:18 GMT Pete Toemmes Jr. wrote:

Batte-182 and Batte-58 appear to represent the same person because: I am wrkign on my cousin connection to Lynn Lea Arnold and believe from her Ancestry tree and first hand accounts that Batte-182 and Batte-58 are the same person. She is descended from Sarah "Sallie" Batte Evans and I am Descended from Mary Batte Jones. The discrepancy in birth dates appears to come from Lynns discovery Ancestry's reference to "Thomas Batte Sr

in the Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current".


On 7 Sep 2015 at 07:19 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

two wives, both with maiden names unknown: (1) Mary & (2) Amy, about 1686. Article says children are probably all by Mary/not by Amy (children are listed as Thomas with a daughter Martha, Amy, Mary, & Sarah).

pp 268-9, "Henrico County: Virginia: Beginnings of Its Families: Part III," William Clayton Torrence, The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Apr., 1916), pp. 262-283 (Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; DOI: 10.2307/1914683). Stable URL:

On 24 Mar 2015 at 14:35 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Still need resolution of maiden name of his wife Mary. Torrence does not list a daughter Martha (Evans shows her as born 1667). John Farrar's 1684 will lists the underage daughters of Thomas Batte: Mary, Amy, Sarah. The explanation, to me, would be that Martha had married at the time Farrar wrote his will (her profile shows "about 1685" for her first marriage, but could easily be 1684, since she and Abraham Wood Jones had more than one child and she was remarried by April 1687)

On 24 Mar 2015 at 13:17 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Robert Bates (Bates-2510) was removed as a son

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