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Theophilus Hone (abt. 1621 - bef. 1682)

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Major Theophilus Hone aka Hoane
Born about in Honington, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in York County, Colony of Virginiamap
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Theophilus Hone, Hoane

Excerpt from Virginia Heraldica: Being a Registry of Virginia Genry Entitled to Coats of Arms. edited by William Armstrong Crozier:

Major Theophilus Hone, Justice of Warwick County in 1652, removed to Jamestown, where he was Burgess in 1666, and sherrif in 1676. He married prior to 1672, the widow of William RIchardson. The Virginia family claim descent from the Hones of Essex. Major Theophilus being the third son of Thomas Home of Farnham, who married Judith, daughter of Theophilus Aylmer, Archdeacon of London.


Theophilus was born say 1621,[1] He was a son of Thomas Hone and Judith Ailmer/Aylmer.[1] Birth place is reported as Honington, Warwickshire, England. (without evidence).[citation needed] Two of his siblings were baptized at Bishops Stortford.[1]


Theophilus married twice.

  • He married by say 1643 (first child born c. 1644) to an 1) Unknown wife.[1]
  • He married between 21 June 1670 and 26 May 1671, as his 2nd, and as her 3rd, to Sarah (Unknown) Edwards Richardson, widow of William Edwards and William Richardson.[1] There were no known children of this marriage.

Children of Theophilus and his first, Unknown wife:[1]

  1. Child Hone b say 1644 d in infancy
  2. Judith Hone b say 1646; mar Col. John Armistead
  3. Thomas Hone b say 1650
  4. Theophilus Hone b say 1650, d 3 Feb 1686/7
  5. Katharine Hone b say 1659; mar 1) Robert Beverley, 2) Christopher Robinson

Immigrated to Virginia

Theophilus was in Virginia on 15 November 1648, when he is named in a list of debts due from the estate of John Yates.[1] He settled at Jamestown in Elizabeth City County, Virginia.[1]


"Theo. Hoane" on February 22, 1652, "Theo Hoane" received a grant of land on the Rappahannock in return for the passage of the four younger children of John Gorsuch and Anne (Lovelace) Gorsuch.[2] J. Hall Pleasants, the author of the Gorsuch and Lovelace articles in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, surmised there was a relationship between the Hone and the Gorsuch families

Property and Offices - House of Burgesses

Theophilus was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from Elizabeth City County on 25 November 1652.[1] On 6 June 1664, he was one of the justices from James City, Charles City County.[1]

He patented 130 acres in Lancester County on the north side of the Rapphannock River on 22 February 1652/3.[2] On this same date, Patricia Hatcher reports his patenting 720 acres on the north side of the Rapphannock River.[1] On 21 September 1663, he patented 1000 acres and an additional separate 50 acres at Elizabeth City County.[1] There were additional land holdings.

In 1667, John Hayman patented land in James City County, and his headrights included Theophilus Hone.[1]

Death and Legacy

Theophilus died between the last week of August, 1678 and January 5, 1681/22, when Maj. Robert Beverley was appointed administrator of the estate.[1] He died in York county, Virginia.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Hatcher, Patricia, L. "Identifying Judith Hone, Wife of John 2 Armistead of Virginia, with Hone and Aylmer Ancestry of Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison." (NEHGS, 2012) American Ancestors Journal. Boston, MA: NEHGS (2012, Pages 352-64).
  2. 2.0 2.1 J. H. P., "The Gorsuch and Lovelace Families (Continued)" The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jun., 1916), pp. 317-327, Virginia Historical Society, accessed April 19, 2015

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On 7 Jul 2017 at 16:44 GMT Fontaine Wiatt wrote:

Hone-104 and Hone-14 do not represent the same person because: Theophilus Hone (Hone-104) is the son of Theophilus Hone (Hone-14); not the same person.

On 7 Jul 2017 at 16:10 GMT Dorothy (Cook) Coakley wrote:

Hone-104 and Hone-14 appear to represent the same person because: Appears to be the same person who has the same children, please research and merge if it is. Thanks!

On 10 Jul 2014 at 22:49 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Removed Catherine Armistead (Armistead-14) as wife of Theophilus Hone. See the 2011 article by Hatcher, Patricia, L., "Identifying Judith Hone, Wife of John Armistead of Virginia, with Hone and Aylmer Ancestry of Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison,"(2012, Pages 360-62 )American Ancestors Journal. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 -.)

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