||Samuel Jordan resided in the Southern Colonies in North America before 1776.|
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Disambiguation: Samuel Jordan is not the Silvester Jourdain who survived the wreck of the Seaventure at Bermuda. Several historians including Boddie and many online genealogies conflate the two individuals.
Uncertainty surrounds the early life of Samuel Jordan. Archaeologists who excavated Jordan's Journey, Samuel's home, have speculated that one of the more elaborate graves adjacent to the main residence containing the remains of a man between 35 and 39 may be Samuel Jordan's. If this is the case, Jordan was most likely born c. 1584-1588.
It has been suggested by Alexander Brown that he was married more than once and other historians believe he had three sons born in England by a first wife: Robert, Samuel and Thomas. Genealogist John Dorman mentions neither Robert or Samuel but leaves the possibility that Thomas Jordan who arrived on the Diana in 1619 at age 18 is his son, though this lacks conclusive primary source documentation.
The maiden name of Cecily, the wife he married in Virginia before 1620, remains unknown. She arrived Virginia August 1611 and the Jamestown muster of 1625 when she was 24 places her age at marriage as about 18.
In 1620, Samuel Jordan received his patent for 450 acres which included 100 acres each for he and Cecily as ancient planters and 250 acres headright for the transport of five indentured servants (John Davis, Thomas Matterly, Alice Wade, Robert Marshall and Thomas Studd) to Virginia. His patent, today known as Jordan Point, Virginia, was then known as Jordan's Journey and his residence as Beggars Bush.
The Powhatan Confederacy launched a surprise attack in 1622 killing nearly a third of the colonists and triggering the Second Anglo-Powhatan War. Jordan's Journey then became a fortified stronghold which grew to a population of 42 in 1624 and 56 a year later.
Samuel Jordan passed away before mid-February 1623 since he does not appear among those at Jordan's Journey in the list of inhabitants sent to the Virginia Company that month. Following his death Cecily became involved in a legal dispute. Three days following Samuel's death, Rev Greville Pooley proposed marriage. By June 1623 she had promised herself to William Farrar who lived at Jordan's Journey and was bonded to execute Samuel's will. Pooley brought suit claiming his proposal had been accepted. In 1625, Pooley dropped his claim against Cecily and she married William Farrar. Samuel's daughters inherited Jordan's Journey.
Suggested by various historians/genealogists via an unknown first wife in England
With Cecily _______________
The Jamestown Muster of 1625 also includes a child named Temperance Baley (born c. 1618) in the household. Temperance, who was less than two years old at the time of Samuel and Cecily's marriage, had inherited her father's land, as the young girl is mentioned as an adjoining landholder in Samuel Jordan's 1620 patent. While she lived at the Jordan household, Temperance Baley's relationship to Jordan family is not certain.
Possible (unconfirmed) 1st husband for Cecily Jordan: Thomas Bailey was born in 1596 in Dorsetshire, England. He died on 20 Sep 1620 in Jamestown, Va. He (unconfirmed)married Cecily in 1616 in Charles City, Henrico Co., Va. [Notes]
There is an article about Samuel on Wikipedia.
See this g2g thread for a discussion of the detachment of the former father attached to this profile. [6 Nov 2019]
It is unknown what the original source of the estimated birth of about 1586 is, but perhaps it comes from birth of first child in about 1598.
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