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52 Ancestors, Week 41: Ann Marwood Durant

Joseph Marwood (17) is listed on the passenger list for the Globe of London ship that sailed from England to Virginia in 1635.  (1)

So that tells us how the Marwoods came to America.  But little else is known about Joseph, except that he had a daughter named Ann, born in 1636.

"Ann Marwood Durant's marriage to George Durant in Northumberland Co., VA, on Jan. 4, 1658/9 was performed by Rev. David Lindsey. Nothing is known of her life before her marriage, although family legend has her born in Virginia, the daughter of John Marwood.

They Durant Family Bible, preserved in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was printed in London, England in 1599, and is reported to be one of the oldest English Bibles in America. It records that Ann was mother to eight children born over a period of sixteen years:

George born Dec. 24, 1659; Elizabeth Feby., 15, 1661; John born Dec. 26, 1662; Mary born Feby., 11, 1665; Thomas born Augt. 28, 1668;…

52 Ancestors, Week 40: George Durant (part 3)

“George Durant's home was now the unofficial seat of government.

After learning that Thomas Miller was still imprisoned, several men who were loyal to the British government, helped him to escape. Miller headed immediately back to England.

At this news, the rebel government dispatched John Culpeper to London, in order to counter the charges that were sure to be levied. John Culpeper sailed first to Boston with Benjamin Gilliam and from there to London with Benjamin's father Zachariah.

Thomas Miller arrived in London, penniless, sick and bitter. Miller quickly gave additional evidence to the Commissioners of Customs. He charged that, besides the tobacco confiscated by the rebels, that they had also stolen some of His Majesty's customs receipts and fines amounting to 1,242 Pounds Sterling.

Both Culpeper and Gilliam were charged as "being two of the Principal Contrivers and Promoters of the said Rebellion." On 31 Jan 1680, depositions were taken and Culpeper was fo…

52 Ancestors, Week 39: George Durant (part 2)

"New rules, part of a set of British laws called the Navigation Acts, dictated that all colonial trade was required to be carried in English ships, while all European goods destined for the colonies had to be first landed in England. 

Certain items, such as tobacco shipped from Carolina, could land only in England. In addition, heavy customs duties had to be paid on the tobacco once it entered British ports. This effectively cut off the New England market, one of Carolina’s prime trading partners. 

 Carolina planters did not wish to be forced into paying expensive customs duties and were unhappy with the fact that they were no longer allowed to trade with other foreign countries. To circumvent the Navigation Acts, Carolina merchants began smuggling. 

The New England coastal traders opened a profitable illegal trade with the Carolina planters. Tobacco was carried by sloop to Boston. From there it was transported to heavy ships bound for Scotland, Ireland, Holland, France, and Spain.…

52 Ancestors, Week 38: George Durant

“George Durant was born 1 Oct 1632 in England.  He (age 18) was in Virginia by 1650 or before.

By trade, Durant was a "marriner" - as attested in his will dated 9 Oct 1688.

The earliest sailing voyage that is documented for George Durant was in 1658, when he sailed aboard the Patomack Mecht, commanded by Robert Clarke. Young George Durant was about twenty-five years old at the time. The Patomack Mecht was possibly of Dutch construction and sailed from Virginia to Holland with a cargo of tobacco and other goods.

We know of this voyage because there is a court case associated with the thirty hogsheads of tobacco stowed on board. This tobacco was owned by the Lee family, who were represented in court by Ms. Hannah Lee. Upon arrival in Zeeland, the tobacco was found to be rotten and unfit for sale. The Dutch refused to buy and the Lees sued for damages. On 20 Jul 1658, George Durant testified on behalf of his commander, saying that the hold remained dry during the entire voyage…

52 Ancestors, Week 37: Joseph Sutton

Joseph Sutton was born 6 Aug 1673 in Sutton's Creek, Perquimans, NC.  He (20) married Parthenia Durant (18) on 18 Jan 1694 and they had 4 children.

Joseph's grandparents came to North Carolina, fleeing Quaker persecution by the Puritans in Massachusetts.  Joseph's parents: Nathaniel and Deborah are found in the NC Quaker Records.  However, I don't believe that the family remained Quaker.  They are not found in the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. I (North Carolina Yearly Meetings).

In addition, I don't think that Quakers' owned slaves, and Joseph Sutton did have slaves, as documented in his will.

Parthenia (37) died in 1713, and Joseph (49) died ten years later in 1723.

Below is the Will left by Joseph Sutton.  It greatly troubles me to see human beings named in a will.  But I want to share everything that I find, both the good and the bad, so here it is.

(I added the spacing and the numbering, just to make it easier to read)

"Know all men B…

52 Ancestors, Week 36: George Sutton

“George Sutton (age 21) sailed on the ship, Hercules, in 1634 from Sandwich, Kent, England. He was a servant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden of Tenterden, Kent, England.” (1)

“An indentured servant would sign a contract agreeing to serve for a specific number of years, typically five or seven. Many immigrants to the colonies came as indentured servants, with someone else paying their passage to the Colonies in return for a promise of service. 

At the end of his service, according to the contract, the indentured servant (male or female) usually would be granted a sum of money, a new suit of clothes, land, or perhaps passage back to England.  

Once a man was made a freeman, and was no longer considered a common, he could, and usually would, become a member of the church, and he could own land.” (2)

Within two years of settling at Scituate, Massachusetts he married Sarah, the daughter of Nathaniel Tilden.” (1) “Sutton lived on Greenfield Lane where he built the forty-third house by 1636.”…