||Judith (Hone) Armistead settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.|
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Ancestor of William Henry Harrison 9th US President
Judith was born about 1646. This date is a guess, based on other approximate dates, such as children's births and marriages. Judith was the daughter of Theophilus Hone and his first wife (name unknown). She may have been born in Elizabeth City County. Her father was a Burgess representing that county on 25 November 1652.
For decades, the ancestry of Judith, wife of Col John Armistead has been in question. Also the ancestry of her sister, Katherine, wife of 1) Robert Beverley, and 2) Christopher Robinson has been unclear.
A great deal of the misunderstanding has centered around the wording of two wills which referred to Col. John Armistead and his wife, Judith. Their ancestry is particularly important because two of their descendants were Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.
Robert Beverley's wife has been identified, erroneously, in several works, both old and new, as Katherine (Armistead) (Hone) Beverley. These include Lyon Gardiner Tyler's 1915 Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography and Darrell Rutman's 1984 A Place in Time: Middlesex County Virginia, 1650-1750. She has also been identified by Charles Penrose Keith and others as Judith (Bowles). Other works have guessed correctly that she was a Hone, or have concluded her ancestry is unknown, but these were "without evidence or analysis," according to genealogist, Patricia L. Hatcher.
Genealogists have discussed the meaning of the terms, "sister," and "brother-in-law," in these two wills concerning Col. John Armistead. Remembering that these words did not have the specific meanings of today, and looking at other records, Patricia Hatcher concludes that Katherine Hone, daughter of Theophilus Hone, married twice, 1st to Robert Beverley, and 2nd to Christopher Robinson.
Christopher Robinson wrote in his will of 27 January 1692/3:
Note: The will of Christopher Robinson is in the possession of a descendant, and the meaning of the brackets around the word "brother" is unclear. Possibly difficult to transcribe, Virginia Garber reads, "brother-in-law'' [italics hers] (p 30).
The 26 August 1686 will of Robert Beverley left his wife, Catherine,
Additional records, including those of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia were studied by Patricia L. Hatcher in an effort to resolve the question for once and for all. Robert Beverley married on 28 March 1678 to "Mrs. Katherine Hone." Christopher Robinson married on 17 November 1687 to "Mad'm Katherine Beverley." Portions of their respective wills are quoted above. Both Theophilus Hone, the elder and Theophilus the younger were living when Katherine married Robert Beverley, so she could not have been the widow of either of them. Robert Beverley administered the estate of Theophilus Hone, the elder, when he died intestate, (also, Katherine and Robert named a son Theophilus). Clearly, she was the daughter of Theophilus Hone, and not the daughter or sister of John Armistead.
This record from England puts to rest any question. In 1712, John Robinson, Bishop of Bristol, England, submitted testimony to the College of Heralds that his brother, Christopher Robinson, had married, as his second wife, "Katherine, daur: of Theophilus Hone of Jamestown in Virginia, Relict of Major Robert Beverley."
Knowing this, the connections of Robert Beverley and Christopher Robinson to Col. John Armistead is clear. They were "brothers" through their respective marriages to Katherine (Hone) (Beverley) Robinson, and Judith (Hone) Armistead. Katherine (Hone) and Judith (Hone) were sisters. They were both daughters of Theophilus Hone (his mother was named Judith). Katherine married to 1) Maj Robert Beverley, 2) Christopher Robinson, and her sister Judith married to Col John Armistead.
Above are the only known children of John and Judith. Some include these additional children (without evidence or citation):
Judith probably died in 1700 at her home at Gloucester County, Colony of Virginia. Her death date and place may not be known. Judith's tombstone at Christ Church, Lancaster Co,
John Armistead and his wife Judith were ancestors of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States.
Note: the original work of Virginia Garber is confusing and contains errors. Please see the work of Douglas Zimmerman, who spent over a year deciphering, correcting, and verifying with sources.
Judith is sometimes reported as Judith Bowles Robinson or Judith (Bowles) Robinson (without evidence or sources). A Mary Bowles is reported to have married in 1739 to a William Armistead (p 49). This is the only Bowles/Armistead connection found.
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