Chronological Study of the Woodwards In 17th Century Virginia
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of "Bremo", Henrico County, Va.

Grandfather of

Elizabeth Cocke, who married

Lancelot Woodward

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VIRGINIA (1635-1653 )

        CHRISTOPHER WOODWARD, 300 acs. upon "Appamutuck River, 9 Nov. 1635, p. 301 (Patent Book No. 1 - Part 1). N. upon the river, S. into the maine woods, E. upon Mr. Farrar & W. upon the winding river. 100 acs. for the per. adv. of himself & wife & 200 acs. for trans. of 4 pers: Wm. Thomas, Thomas Williams, Rich. Burpott, Tho. Jones. [Nell Marion Nugent. Cavaliers and Pioneers - Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. 1623-1666, Volume One. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1974, p. 33].

        VINCENT WOODYARD (first written WOODWARD) was one of three headrights named in the patent of William Ravenett for 150 acres of land in "Denbigh" Co., 21 Nov. 1635, p. 318 (Patent Book No. 1). [Nugent I, op. cit., p. 35].

        RICHARD COCKE, 3,000 acs., Henrico Co., March 6, 1636/7, Page 413. Easterly upon land granted to John Price, now in the tenure of ROBERT HALLUM, Westerly upon land of Thomas Harris & Southerly upon the main river. Due for the trans. of 3 score pers: (All named). [Ibid., p. 54] & [Meyer & Dorman. Adventures of Purse and Person, p. 89]. {NOTE: A repatent of 2,000 acres of this tract, issued 1 March 1639/40, named the three plantations identified with the Cocke family: "Bremo," "Malvern Hill," and Curles." Richard Cocke was the grandfather of Elizabeth Cocke, who married Lancelot Woodward, ca. 1705. Robert Hallom was the father of Sarah Hallom, who married Samuel Woodward, son of Christopher Woodward (1594-1650). There was an Alice Harris, widow of Thomas Harris, who sued the estate of the late George Woodward, during the 1670's, in James City County.}.

        CHRISTOPHER WOODWARD, 350 acs., upon Appamattock Riv., bounded N. upon the river, S. into the maine woods, E. upon Mr. William Farrar & W. upon the winding river, 8 Mar. 1636, p. 414 (Patent Book No. 1 - Part 1). 50 acs. due for his owne per. adv., 50 acs. for the per. adv. of his late wife MARGARETT WOODWARD & 50 acs. for the per. adv. of his now wife DOROTHY WOODWARD, & 200 acs. for trans. of 4 pers.* [Ibid., p. 54]. {NOTE: This appears to be a renewal of his first patent with the addition of 50 more acres for his second wife- Dorothy.}.

        ROBERT HOLLOM, 1000 acs. Henrico Co., 2 June 1636. p. 358 (Patent Book No. 1, Part 1). Sly. upon land of Edward Osborne, Wly. upon the maine river, Nly. towards the falls & Ely. into the maine woods; said land lying right opposite against the fallen Cr. Trans. of 20 pers: . . .[Ibid., p. 41]. Click on the following link: http://members.aol.com/vafdking/hallom.htm

        Thomas Stegg, Sr. sailed a trading ship back and forth between England and the James River, as early as 1637. He was a maternal grandfather of William Byrd. More frequently in those days than later, a ship's captain was also owner, or part-owner, of the vessel and its cargo, which he took up the rivers to trade at the private landings. Getting to know the people, who welcomed him as an emissary from home, Stegg developed a position as an influential agent. In time, he acquired land on the James River, where he set one of the stores and was appointed  to the Council. As he continued his Atlantic crossings, his son came over to look after his Virginia affairs. After his father's death, Thomas Stegg, Jr. shifted the store to the south side of the river at the Falls. shifted from shipping to the Indian trade, and succeeded to the Council. Having no children of his own, Stegg brought over his sister's 18 year old son, William Byrd, and shortly after Byrd's arrival, his uncle died. [Clifford Dowdey. The Virginia Dynasties. p. 139]. Clixk on the following link: http://members.tripod.com/beejay1/pafn144.htm#4411


       THOMAS PAWLETT (PAULETT), born 1578, came to Virginia in 1618; was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1619; appointed member of the Council in 1641; and died in 1644. He acquired the Westover Plantation, in Charles City Co., Virginia, 2,000 acres, by patent, dated January 15, 1637. [Withington. Virginia Gleanings in England. p. 54] & [4WMQ(1)151-152].

        WILLIAM FARRAR was born 25 April 1583(1593 ?), in Lincolnshire, England, son of John and Cicely (Kelke) Farrar, and died 11 June 1637, on Farrar's Island, in Henrico Co., Virginia. He arrived in Virginia with Lord De La Warr, in August 1618, aboard the ship- "Neptune". Once established in Virginia, he became very prominent in colonial leadership. From 1625-1637, he sat on the prestigous governing council, which is why records often refer to him as "Councillor William Farrar". He served as a burgess at theVirginia General Assembly in 1629 and the Grand Assembly, in James City, in 1631/32. His older brother, HENRY FARRAR, married MARTHA WOODWARD, daughter of Sir JOHN WOODWARD. Much of the FARRAR ancestry has been traced back to Yorkshire, England, where his father, John, was born in 1548, but HENRY FARRAR (born ca. 1575) died in Great Amwell, Co. Hertford, in 1645. In 1631, WILLIAM FARRAR inherited his father's lands in Hertfordshire, England and conveyed all of it to his brother- JOHN FARRAR. He also had another younger brother named HUMPHREY FARRAR. [Family Tree Maker. CD 162. Family History Genealogies #1, page 771. "The English Ancestry of William Farrar (1594-c. 1637, Henrico Co., Virginia"]. Click on the following link: http://www.gencircles.com/users/mdmcginn/1/data/3082

        RICHARD COCKE, "the Elder", was born 10 Dec. 1639, in Henrico Co., Virginia, son of Lt. Col. RICHARD COCKE, of "Brem", by his first wife- TEMPERANCE BAILEY.

        WM. WOODWARD was one of 26 headrights named in the patent of Justinian Cooper, Gent., for 2,400 acres in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, March 16, 1642. [Nugent I, op. cit., pp. 142-143].

        DANIEL LLEWELLIN, of Chelmsford, Essex, England, came to Virginia, in or before 1642, and settled near Shirley, in Charles City Co. On August 7, 1642, he patented 856 acres, bounded by the land of Mrs. Heyman, the upper branches of Turkey Island Creek, the lands of Mr. ASTON and Joseph Royall, and the river. ROBERT HALLOM was a headright. Later, he received several other grants in the same neighborhood. DANIEL LLEWELLIN was a justice of the peace for Charles City Co., a captain of the militia, and a member of the House of Burgesses for Henrico Co. at the sessions of March 1642/3 and October 1644, and for Charles City Co. at the sessions of October 1646, November 1652, March 1654/5, March 1655/6, and December 1656. He married ANNE HALLAM, the widow of ROBERT HALLAM. SARAH HALLAM, daughter of ROBERT and ANNE HALLAM, married SAMUEL WOODWARD, eldest son of CHRISTOPHER WOODWARD (1594-1650), of Charles City Co., Virginia. [13V54-55].

        John Pratt, 298 acs. Henrico Co., Nov. 10, 1642, Page 862 (Patent Book No. 1 - PartII). Adj. N. E. upon Edward Hill's land & S. W. upon CHRISTOPHER WOODWARD. Trans. of 6 pers: . . . (All named). [Nugent I, op. cit., p. 140]. {NOTE: Edward Hill was also named a Tobacco Viewer in Charles City Co., in 1639, along with John Woodward.}.

THOMAS PAWLETT died, without issue, at his Westover plantation, in Charles City County. His will, dated 12 January 1643/4, named his god-children: William Harris, John Woodson, Thomas Aston, Thomas Flood, Henry Richley, John Bishop, THOMAS WOODWARD, Thomas Boyce, Thomas Poythers, William Bayle, Francis Epps, and William Farrar; and mentioned the Church of Westover and friends- Walter Aston and Captain Francis Epps. [Hotten, op. cit., pp. 170 & 207]; (Meyer & Dorman, op. cit. pp. 14, 129, 257-258, 290, & 631]; Nugent I, op. cit., p. 79]; [4WMQ(1)151-152]; & [Withington, op. cit., p. 54].
{NOTE: Thomas Pawlett (Paulett) came to Virginia on the ship- "Neptune", in August 1618; was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1619; was head of a muster at West & Shirley hundred in 1624; was one of two witnesses to the will of Richard Biggs in 1625 (mentioned earlier); and was appointed member of the Council in 1641. He acquired the Westover Plantation, in Charles City Co., Virginia, 2,000 acres by patent, dated January15, 1637.}

        ABRAHAM WOOD was placed in command of a new frontier fort at the present site of Petersburg, on the Appomattox River. He was born in 1610 and came to Virginia, in 1620, as an indentured servant of Capt. Samuel Mathews, one of the largest planters of the early days. At an unknown age, young WOOD, as a freed man, moved westward into Henrico Co., then the westermost frontier. At the age of 34, he emerged from obscurity as a Burgess from Henrico Co. Two years later, in 1646, he was placed in command of the fort mentioned above. He was America's first outstanding frontiersman in opening up communications with Indians, and his successful trading enterprises seemed always secondary to his interest in Indian relations. [Clifford Dowdey. The Virginia Dynasties. pp. 55-56]. {NOTE: Perhaps, William Woodward, the Indian interpreter. got his title from working with Abraham Wood.}. Click on the following link:


        Richard Wilkinson, 236 acs., Isle of Wight Co., Aug. 13, 1646, Page 107 (Patent Book No. 2). Opposite Pagan Point, N. W. upon a swamp dividing same from land of Mr. John Moone. "100 acs. being granted unto DOROTHY WOODWARD the Daughter WOODWARD, by order of Court at James City 29th Aug.1633 & purchased by sd. Wilkinson of Richard Death." 136 acs. for trans. of 5 pers. [Nugent I, op. cit., p. 169].
{NOTE: Dorothy Wilkinson was the second wife of Christopher Woodward (1594-1650), as mentioned earlier.}. 

        Charles I, King of England, was decapitated in 1649, marking the final victory of the Cromwell forces, after several years of civil war. Consequently, many Royalists/Cavaliers fled from England and some of them came to Virginia, where they had friends and/or relatives already in residence. At that time, THOMAS WOODWARD (1600-1677), a Royalist, was Assay-Master of the Mint in London. On October 23, 1649, he was dismissed from office by John Bradshaw, so-called President of the Council of State, in England, for refusing obedience to the unusurped powers, and he was replaced by Samuel Bartlett. Subsequently, THOMAS WOODWARD came to Virginia, publicly declaring that he would not see England again, until his majesty's return. [18V297]; [John Bennett Boddie. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia. pp. 106-109]; & [Tyler. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. IV, pp. 299-301]. {NOTE: Was Thomas Woodward (1600-1677) a younger brother of Christopher Woodward (1594-1650)?}.

SIR PHILIP HONEYWOOD had served as a Colonel in the Royal Army, during the Civil Wars. In 1649, he obtained a pass to go beyond the seas and came to Virginia, where he obtained a large land grant in New Kent Co.; and probably remained in the Colony until the Restoration. {NOTE: According to Boddie, in "17th Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia," pp. 107-109, "Sir Philip Honeywood had some relatives, then living in Isle of Wight County. They were Thomas Woodward, formerly Assay-Master of the Mint to Charles I, and Col. Nathaniel Bacon.}. 

        Col. Henry Norwood served as an officer in the Royal Army, during the Civil Wars, and being a refugee in
Holland in 1649, determined with two friends, Major Francis Madison and Major Richard Fox, also cavalier officers, to come to Virginia. On September 23, 1649, they embarked in the "Virginia Merchant" and arrived in the Colony in November. After various adventures on the eastern shore, Norwood and his friends crossed the bay and, at Capt. Ralph Wormeley's house, found several of his friends being most hospitably entertained. They were Sir Thomas Lunsford, Sir Henry Chichley, Col. afterwards SIR PHILIP HONEYWOOD, and Col. MAINWARING HAMMOND, all cavalier officers, recently arrived from England. [1V453].

        SAMUEL WOODWARD was one of eleven headrights named in the patent of Samuel Smith for 529 acres in Northumberland County, Virginia, 18 March 1650. [Nugent I, op. cit., p. 206].

        ROBERT SORRELL - 800 acs., James City Co.,, 10 Apr. 1651, p. 310 (Patent Book No. 2). "Being an island within Warrany Cr., (alias "Tyascunn" or "Diascund"), bounded S. by E. towards land of Edward Cole, N. towards Joyners Neck, S. towards the mouth of sd. creek, and E. towards the land of Bennett Freeman. Trans. of 2 pers." "Vid County Court Books." [Nugent I, ibid., p. 212].
{NOTE: Robert Sorrell married REBECCA WOODWARD, 22 Nov. 1643, in Great Dunmow Parish, Co. Essex, England. See further mention.}. 

        RICHARD COCKE, of "Bremo",
married, ca. 1652, (2nd) MARY ASTON, daughter of Lt. Col. WALTER ASTON and his second wife- HANNAH POST, and had issue: 
         1. ELIZABETH COCKE - born ca. 1653.
         2. WILLIAM COCKE - born ca. May 1654/5.
         3. RICHARD COCKE, "the Younger".
         4. JOHN COCKE - born ca. 1656-1658.
         5. EDWARD COCKE - born ca. 1665. 
{NOTE: MARY (ASTON) COCKE, later, after she was widowed, married her second husband- Lt. Col. DANIEL CLARKE, of Charles City Co.}.

        Charles City County, Court Order, 1658-1661: "Know all men by these presents that I SAMUEL WOODWARD heire to CHRISTOPHER WOODWARD dec'd. do assigne over to Mr. Anthony Wyatt his heires and ass's. for ever four hundred and fiftie acres of Land lying in the South side of Appomattock bounded as is expressed in my patent of six hundred acres the sd. four hundred and fiftie acres to be next adjoyning to my hundred and fifty." Witness my hand this 8th of October 1650.
Simeon Trenser     SAMUELL "X" WOODARD, his mark
Robert Burgis.                                                                      Rec. Aug. 8, 1659
[Beverley Fleet. Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. III. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1988, p. 220].

        Lower Norfolk Co., 1641-1654. A Court held 1st June 1652: p. 11. "Attachmt. to Jno. Williams agst. the estate of THO. WOODWARD, surveyor, in hands of Col. Francis Yardley for 1000 lb. tobo. 'the said WOODWARD beinge out of this country'" [Ibid., p. 428].

        In Nov. of 1652, After the Virginia government had submitted to Parliament, John Pyland, a member of Isle of Wight, was expelled and committed to prison to answer charges against him as "abettor of Mr. THOS. WOODWARD in his mutinous and rebellious declaration." [18V297] & [Boddie, op. cit., p. 109].

        Lower Norfolk Co., 1641-1654. A Court held 10 Dec. 1652: p. 26. "Rowland Morgan to pay debt of 300 lb. tobo. due Jno. Holmes, assignee of THOS. WOODWARD." [Fleet III, op. cit., p. 436].

        Lower Norfolk Co., 1641-1654. A Court held 15 Apr. 1653: p. 42. "Dif. betw. Jno. Holmes as assignee of THO. WOODWERE, pltf. vs. Henery Snayle, deft., ordered to next Court." [Ibid., p. 446].

        JOHN WOODWAR was one of 16 headrights claimed by James Turner in a patent for 800 acres on S. side of York Riv., in the Narrows, adj. lands of Mr. Joseph Croshaw, John Butler & Mackadequin Cr., 17 July 1653, p. 370 (Patent Book No. 3). [Nugent I, op. cit., p. 314].

        Lower Norfolk Co., 1641-1654. A Court held 15 Oct. 1653: p. 58. "Dif. betw. John Holmes, assignee of THOS. WOODWARD, pltf., and Henery Snayle, deft., referred to next Court." [Fleet III, op. cit., p. 453].

        Lower Norfolk Co., 16411654. A Court held 1st Nov. 1653: p. 61. "The following cases referred to next Court: Tho. Edmonds vs. Robt. Grimes, deft.. Jno. Holmes, assignee of THO. WOODWARD, vs. Savill Gaskin. John Holmes vs. James Thelaball, deft. Coll. Yardley vs. George Glane, deft. Lemuel Mason, gent., Atty. of Henery Sewell vs. Col. Fr. Yardley. [Ibid., p. 455].

        ROBERT SORRELL - 700 acs., lying on the Southermost branch of Warrany Cr. (Alias "Tyascunn," Tyascan," or "Diascund"), beg. at the S/ W. tree of Mr. Soanes, running S. by E. &c. along land of Mr. Hen. Soanes &c. 20 Nov. 1653, p. 26 (Patent Book No. 3). Trans. of 14 pers. [Nugent 1, op. cit., p. 240]. {NOTE: Robert Sorrell was the husband of Rebecca (Woodward) Sorrell. Of further mention.}.

        Lancaster County, Court Orders, 1652-1655: . . . JOHN WOODWARD. Receipt. 4 Dec. 1653. For 1919 lb. tobo., from Jas. Williamson of Redpoynt, Isle of Wight Co., for use of Col. Richard Lee. Due upon 2 bills assigned to Lee by Mr. Richd. Webster of Jamestowne. Wit: Benjamin Beale, Tho. Meador, Jenkin Hall. p. 87. [Beverley Fleet I. Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume One. pp. 207, 230, & 232].

        Lower Norfolk Co., 1641-1654. A Court held 15 Feb. 1653/4. . . . p. 74. That Christopher Burrowes, gent., decd., owed in his lifetime, 400 lb. tobo. to THO. WOODWARD, now assigned to Jno. Holmes. Order that William Smith, who married Mary Burrowes the relict and extrx., settle the a/c. [Fleet III, op. cit., p. 463].

        CHRISTOPHER WOODWARD, 600 acs. Chas. Citty Co., 24 Aug. 1637, p. 469 (Patent Book No. 1 - Part II). Bounded N. upon Appamatttuck Riv., S. into the woods, E. upon land lately belonging to William Farrar, Gent. & W. upon the winding river. 150 acs. for per. adv. of himself, his late wife MARGARETT, his now wife DOROTHY WOODWARD & 450 acs. for trans. of 9 pers: Georg Bassett, John Francklin, Phillip Thomas, Henry Stevens, Ann Myner. [Ibid., p. 69].{NOTE: Other names not given, but assumed to be the four headrights named in his first and second patents, as this appears to be a second renewal of his first patent.}.

        ROBERT HOLLOM (HALLAM) patented 1,000 acres in Henrico Co., Virginia, 1 Nov. 1637. "Butting southerly upon land of Hannah Boyce, westerly upon the maine river, northerly up towards the falls and easterly up into the maine woods, being right opposite against fallen creek." Transportation of 20 persons. [Nugent. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Volume 1. p. 73]. 
        ANN HALLOM
, Widdow, & the heires of ROBERT HALLOM, dec'd., 1,000 acs. Henrico Co., 6 May 1638, p. 547. Lying N. by E. into the woods, S. by W. upon the river, W. by N. toward Bremo, joyning land of Mr. RICHARD COCKE, E. by S. toward Turkey Island Cr., joyning land of John Price, etc. Due by bargain & sale from Arthur Bayly, Merchant. [Ibid., p. 86].
{NOTE: Ann Hallom was the widow of John Price; she married (2nd) Robert Hallom and their daughter- Sarah Hallom was the wife of Samuel Woodward, son of Christopher Woodward (1594-1650)}.

        "MATHEW PRICE, sonn and heire to JOHN PRICE, late of Virginia, Labourer, 150 acs., Henrico Co., upon Turkey Island Cr., E. by S. upon sd. Cr., W. by N. toward Bremo, S. by W. upon land granted to his late father, now in possession of his mother, ANN HALLOM, widowe, towards the gr. river & N. by E. into the woods. Due in right of his father who had a patent of 150 acres graunted 20 Feb. 1619, by Sir Georg Yeardly." [Nugent I, ibid., p. 88].

        Act of Assembly (1639): "It is thought fitt and Established that, in and for the several Circuits and Precincts, hereunder mentioned, there be yearly chosen and appointed Men of Experience and in dignity for the Careful Viewing of each Man's crop of Tobacco. The Viewers of this year being Nominated and appointed by the Assembly are as followeth (Viz): . . . The Viewers for this present year are hereunder named (viz.) commissioners, being joined to see the said execution: . . .

                                                                    For Henrico County

     From Curles, Bremo, and Turkey Island: Mr. RICHARD COCKE, Bryan Smith, Ambrose Cobb. 
                                                                   Charles City County

     From the City to Bisker's Creek: Mr. Edward Hill, James Warrendine, and JOHN WOODWARD
     From the North Side of Appomattox River: Mr. Chancy Boice, Anthony Wyatt, Nathaniel Tatem. 
     For Merchant's Hope: Mr. Rice Hooe, Richard Tisdell, Richard Craven.
     For Westover, Buckland and up to Turkey Island: Mr. WALTER ASTON, Edward Sparshott, Roger Davis.
     For Wianoke to David Jones: Mr. Henry Canten, John Gibbs, Wm. Lawren. 

        RICHARD COCKE, Gent., 2000 acres, Henrico Co., "To be augmented, etc. 300 acres lying at Bremo, E. by S. upon Turkey Island, S. by W. upon the river, W. by N. upon Curles, etc. 1700 acres upon the head of Turkey Island Creek, called by the name of Malvern hills, etc. W. by N. upon land of MRS. HALLOM, etc. Formerly granted said COCKE by patent dated March 8, 1636, 1000 of which 3000 acres was surrendered unto ANN HALLOM, widow of ROBERT HALLOM. The said 2000 acres due by order of Court, 1 Dec. 1639, and also due in right of transportation of 40 persons. [Nugent 1, op. cit., pp. 120-121].

        LT. COL. WALTER ASTON died 13 August 1639 and was buried at Westover, in Charles City Co., Virginia. He was born 9 July 1584, in England, and came to Virginia in 1626; was Burgess for Shirley hundred, 1629-1630, and Causey's Care, 1632-33; married (1st) Warboe ______ and (2nd) HANNAH POST; and, by his second wife, HANNAH, had a daughter, MARY ASTON, who became the second wife of Lt. Col. RICHARD COCKE, of "Bremo," and was the mother of WILLIAM COCKE, of the "Lowground," who married JANE FLOWER and had a daughter, ELIZABETH COCKE, who married LANCELOT WOODWARD, ca. 1705. HANNAH (POST) ASTON married (2nd) Col. Edward Hill. Click on the following link: http://www.genealogyshoppe.com//Potter/potter.html#Aston