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Mary (Bennett) Bland (1632 - aft. 1701)

Mary Bland formerly Bennett aka Day, Cropley
Born in Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1640 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1646 [location unknown]
Wife of — married before 8 Apr 1663 in Isle of Wight, Virginia,map
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 69 in Rappahannock, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Dec 2009
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1622 Birth and Parents

Mary Bennett was born in Virginia in 1622, the daughter of Edward Bennett. [1]

She was said to be age 36 in 1668 when as Mary Bland she married Luke Cropley [2] if this is true it would suggest a revision in the date of her marriage to John Day.

Testimony of Nephew Richard Bennett

Governor Richard Bennett, as shown before, stated on February 12, 1657, that he was born in the Parish of Wiveliscombe, Somerset, and was then aged forty-nine or thereabouts. He was proven to be a nephew of Edward Bennett by Virginia records, and therefore was a son of one of Edward’s five brothers. According to the parish records previously shown, he could not have been a son of William or Richard, and Christopher is not shown to have had any children. Robert’s children are not shown in the Wiveliscombe registers, so were probably born in London. Thomas had a son Richard who was christened in Wiveliscombe August 6, 1609. Christenings often took place long after births. Phillip, a young brother of this Richard appears later in Virginia in connection with Governor Richard. However there is another theory that Governor Richard Bennett was the son of Robert Bennett who died in Virginia in 16223 inasmuch as Robert Bennett had children whose names are unknown. They may have been the Elizabeth, Jean, and Richard Bennett mentioned in Edward Brent’s will. [3]

1640 Marriage to John Day

About 1640 "Mary Bennett, married first ......Day, secondly, Thomas Bland, and on the 12th of September, 1668, "Mary Bland, widow, aged 36, married Luke Cropley, aged 35."

She is mentioned in Governor Richard Bennett's will, 12th April, 1675, as "My cousin Mary, wife of Mr. Luke Cropley of London."

1657 Mary named as wife in John Day's will

John Day of Fulham, co. Middlesex, Gent., (Calendar of Wills, court of Hustings, London, p. 771) by will dated September 15,1657 and proved the following January, left pecuniary bequests to children, John, James, Elizabeth, Anne, and to his wife Mary all lands and tenements held of the lord of the manor of Stepney, Middlesex, and elsewhere, for her to sell and dispose of as she should please for the better maintenance of herself and her children. [2]

1658 Marriage to Thomas Bland

Hoyt has found a marriage record of Mary Day to Thomas Bland in England 1658, [1]

Husband: Thomas Bland
Wife: Mary Bennett
Date: before 8 April 1663
Place: Isle of Wight, Virginia, British Colonial America[4]

1668 Mary Bland, Widow, marries to Luke Cropley

In the marriage allegations in the Registry of the Archbishop of Cantebury (Harleian Society Publications, vol 232, p. 155) there is recorded under date of September 12, 1668, an allegation of Luke Cropley of the parish of St. peter the Poor, London, Gent., about 35, and Mary Bland of the same, widow, about 36, at Deptford or Charlton co Kent or Newington, Surrey, or St. James Clerkenwell. Cite error 2; Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

She was the widow of Luke Cropley at her death.

1701 Death

She was living in 1701, as she is mentioned in the will of Captain James Day of Isle of Wight, her son, as "my ever honored mother Mrs. Mary Cropley." [5]

It was after 1701 when Mary died.

She was the widow of Luke Cropley at her death and is so named in the will of her son James Day, 1700. [2]

Mary's Children

Hoyt states, "It is my belief that all her children were born in England and also believe James Day was the only one who went to America."

  1. Elizabeth Day, daughter, married Charles Molloy 1670 in Hertford, England,
  2. Ann Bennett Day, daughter, married Charles Chapman 1676 in London, England. I'm not sure that Charles Chapman and wife Ann Day came to America, I can't find their passage, nor can I find Charles Molloy and wife Elizabeth Day. [1] Anne Day is mentioned in the will of James Day as his sister, and as it appears she was not a sister of his wife she was probably his own sister. Anne married Charles Chapman, who was clerk of the County Court from 1696 to his death in 1710. He willed his son John his "Great Bible" which was still in existence in 1901, then being in possession of Mr. N. W. Norsworthy. John Chapman, son of Charles, made some of the entries in the bible which are shown below. The bible is the Geneva translation known as the "Old Breeches Bible."[6]
  3. John Day, son. I haven't found what happened to son John Day. [1]
  4. James Day, son, came to America and married Mary Thompson and died there in 1700 leaving 3 sons and a daughter, his wife married John Johnson and then Rueben Gladhill. [1] James Day was a captain in the militia. He married Mary, daughter of William Thompson of Nansemond, and died in 1701. (see will). She married secondly John Johnson, and thirdly, Reuben Gladhill, and made her will as Mrs. Mary Gladhill in 1712. James Day left his Coat of Arms and rapier to his son James and gave his wife two tenements lying in Broadstreet near the Precinct and Circuit of the late dissolved priory of Augustine Friars in the Parish of St. Peters the Poor in London. Micajah Perry, Thomas Lane, and Richard Perry were to dispose of same. [7] Children of James Day:
    1. Thomas Day died in 1723 without issue.
    2. James Day, m. Juliana, daughter of Col. George Norsworthy, sheriff of Nansemond, and son of Tristram Norsworthy, Burgess for Nansemond in 1641. He married, secondly, Anne Allen, sister of Arthur Allen of Surry. He made his will in 1726. His children were his first wife’s children. Anne, his second wife died in 1727. [8] Children:
      1. James Day, m. Martha, dau of Col. Arthur Smith and had Mary and Martha who died sp.
      2. Thomas Day made his will in 1752 leaving wife Mary, son Thomas sho made his will in Isle of Wight in 1772, and son John who made his will in 1776. In Southampton are the wills of Thomas Day, 1771; Edmund Day, 1783, and inventory of Patty Day, 1784.
    3. William Day, probably dsp, as he is not mentioned in later wills of the family.
    4. Elizabeth Day, m. I, Capt Nathaniel Ridley; 2. Matthew Jones. Captain Ridley held 200 acres in Isle of Wight in 1704 and Patented 815 acres in 1714. He was sheriff of Isle of Wight in 1714 and a captain of militia. He made his will in 1719. [9]

Mary's Chapman Grandchildren

  • Chapman family traces back to 1711 resident

(Smithfield reflections – Sig Dashiell)

Chapman ~Foursquare Rd~ Cemetery Transcribed by members of the Grave Site Survey Task Force (GSSTF) Under the Auspices of Isle of Wight County Historical Society (IWCHS) Visited July 10, 2005

The Chapman family, though not one of the earliest to settle in Isle of Wight County, has been here just about 300 years. From "The Chapman Family Association" we learn "The name Chapman is of Saxon origin, from ceapman — a chapman, or merchant.

As early as 1216 the name appears in Whitby, England, being recorded on the rolls of Whitby Abbey. The family was granted patents of nobility at an early date in England, Scotland and Ireland. They became distinguished in civil and military life, as well as in the realm of letters. George Chapman, poet, was a friend of Shakespeare. Sir John Chapman was Lord Mayor of London in 1689. One of the family, Melior Chapman, so distinguished himself in life that in death he found a resting place in Westminster Abbey. The Chapmans were always ready to shoulder their muskets, and representatives of the family are to be found in all the Indian Wars. In the great struggle for Independence-.and in the Confederate War." Charles Chapman is the first of the name to be found in the Isle of Wight records, and is believed to have many descendants still living in the area. In Deed Book 1, p28, a deed of March 9, 1693, conveys to Mr. Charles Chapman 200 acres of land for the importation of himself and Ann Day Chapman, his wife, and John and Charles, his sons, into this country, being legally proved in Court. Signed by Henry Applewhaite. His name frequently occurs thereafter as attorney for various people and as witness on wills and other documents; he served as Clerk of the County Court from 1696 until his death in 1710. In his will, dated Dec. 20, 1709, and recorded Feb. 26, 1710, he mentions son John, grandson Charles, friend Arthur Smith, and names son Joseph executor. (Will Book 2,p516). The wife of Charles Chapman was Anne Day, daughter of Mary Bennett and her first husband, who is believed to have been John Day of London. Mary Bennett Day was a daughter of Edmund Bennett, and an account of this Bennett family is given in John Bennett Boddie's "17th Century Isle of Wight." Charles and Anne Day Chapman had three sons:

1. John Chapman — who inherited from his father his "Great Bible” which was in possession of N. W. Norsworthy as late as 1901. It is the German translation known as the "Old Breeches Bible" and in it John Chapman recorded the birth dates of several of his 10 children and other family information.

2. Charles Chapman — mentioned in the deed of 1693, but not in his father's will of 1710; may have died young,

3. Joseph Chapman — whose will was recorded (Will Book 3, p189) Dec.22, 1729, in which he mentions his wife Alice, leaves to his son Charles "land I bought of John Butler and John Rodaway; son-in-law John Applewhaite; and daughters Mary, Martha, Elizabeth and Alice. Some of the descendants of these two brothers — John and Joseph —will be traced in future articles.

Charles Chapman (died 1710) the first of the Chapman family to settle in Isle of Wight County, and his wife, Ann Day Chapman, had the following sons:

I. John Chapman

II. Charles Chapman

III. Joseph ,Chapman

I. John Chapman — married on Feb. l5, 1704, to Frances, daughter of Thomas Ward. Their children and grandchildren were:

1. Patience Chapman — married Moses Wills Feb. 15,1723.

(a) Mary Wills, born May 3,1725

(b). Ann Wills, born Nov 29, 1730.

2. Benjamin Chapman — born Feb. 8,-1796 and baptized 10th day following; died Aug. 23,1723, in his 16th year.

3. John Chapman (descendants • undetermined.)

4. Charles Chapman (descendants undetermined.) , 5. Mary Chapman.

6. Rachael Norsworthy Chapman — baptized Aug. 6, 1722; Mary Forbes and Wm. Norsworthy, witnesses.

7. Joseph Chapman —born Nov. 13,1724; married Lydia.

(a) Sabra Chapman, born Sept. 22,1755.

(b) John Chapman, born Feb. 29,1763. Frances Ward Chapman died July 22, 1727, in the 39th year of her age. Chapman then married Mary Marshall, widow, and daughter of Thomas Bevan, by whom he had:

8. William Chapman, born Dec.- 28,1729.

9. Thomas Chapman.

10. Elizabeth Chapman. The will of John Chapman, of the Lower Parish, dated Sept 10, 1738, and recorded Nov. 28, 1737, in Will Book 4, pl83, mentions daughter Patience. Wiles (Wills); to son John my Bath Seal, and requests him to care for his own brother Joseph; son Charles; daughter Mary; son Joseph; sons William and Thomas to live with their mothor until they are 14; wife Mary; daughter Elizabeth. Executors, wife Mary and son Charles Chapman. Witnesses: Charles Fulgham Jr. and Mary Bevan.

II. Charles Chapman— who is believed to have died young.

III. Joseph Chapman- married Alice.

(a) Charles Chapman

(b) Mary Chapman

(c) Martha Chapman

(d) Elizabeth Chapman

(e) Alice Chapman

The will of Joseph Chapman was recorded Dec. 22, 1729 (WB 3, pl89) and mentions wife Alice, leaves to son Charles "the land I bought of John Butler and John Rodaway"; son-in-law John Applewhaite; daughters Mary, Martha, Elizabeth.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hoyt Day Family Tree, Accessed December 7, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rupert Taylor, Clemson, S. C. "The Parentage of James Day (Died 1700) and wife Mary of Isle of Wight county, Virginia." Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1981; pp 542-545. Reprinted by Clearfield, Baltimore, 2007. Introduction by John Frederick Dorman. Accessed June 20, 2017. jhd
  3. Boddie, p. 285
  4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2017-06-19), entry for Thomas Bland.
  5. John Bennett Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County. p. 279.
  6. John Bennett Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County. p. 279-280
  7. John Bennett Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County. p. 279.
  8. Boddie, p. 282
  9. Boddie, p. 282

See also:

  • Source: Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 02 October 2018), memorial page for Mary Bennett Day (1630–1701), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91135216, ; Maintained by redbirdintheyard (contributor 47188418) Unknown. Find A Grave: Memorial #91135216


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Daughter of Edward Bennett and Mary Bourne; Wife of John Day; Mother of James Day who married Mary Thompson.[[1]]

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Bennett-21306 and Bennett-61 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband, same child, marriage date was 1640 and so she couldn't have been born in 1640...Father's name was Edward Bennett, not Edmund...
posted by David Hughey Ph.D.
Bennett-9086 and Bennett-61 appear to represent the same person because: I created 9086 and then when I had gathered enough facts realized that it was the same person as Bennett-61.
posted by Jack Day
Bennett-1224 and Bennett-61 appear to represent the same person because: same dates, same husband
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