JORDAN FAMILY

Robert JORDAN (Sir)

Born: 1455, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 1500, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Notes: The Jordan portion of the family name originated, it is said, in the fact that Jordan De Courcey went as standard bearer with the English Crusades to the Holy Land, and in a great battle which took place between Christians and the Saracens on the banks of the river Jordan, was so vigorously attacked by the Saracen host, that on three or four occasions his standard, which was the Banner of the Cross, almost disappeared from view of the Christians, who therefore, greatly  feared for his safety; but from his extraordinary strength, the help he received from his followers, De Courcey re-appeared with the standard, as if miraculously, and on each occasion dealt destruction to the enemy.  Hence the adoption by his descendants, the De Exeters, of the name Jordan, in memory of their ancestor's remarkable prowess on that occasion.

Father: Thomas JORDAN

Mother: Christie JORDAN

Married: Christian De CHANTARMARLE (b. 1459, Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France) (dau. of John Chantmarle and Christie ?)

Children:

1. Robert JORDAN

2. Edward JORDAN


Edward JORDAN

Born: BET 10 Mar 1479 / 9 Jan 1480, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England

Died: 10 Jan 1514/5, Farringdon, London, Middlesex, England

Buried: St. Peter, West Chepe, England

Notes: owned Gerberville Manor, Rainham, Essex, England. He left a will dated 26 Oct 1514 in which he describes himself as "Edwarde Jordeyne Citezin and Goldesmith of London". He asked to be buried "wtin the parisshe churche of saint Petur n West chepe of London". His will refers to "Alice my wif" and "Elizabeth and Katheryn my childern". His daughters were apparently not yet of "Lauffull age" or married. His will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury by his widow Alice on 5 Dec 1514.

Father: Robert JORDAN (Sir)

Mother: Christian De CHANTARMARLE

Married: Alice HAWORTH

Children:

1. Elizabeth JORDAN

2. Catherine JORDAN


Catherine JORDAN

Born: ABT 1501, Wye, Kent, England

Died: 1565, Wye, Kent, England

Father: Edward JORDAN

Mother: Alice HAWORTH

Married: Thomas MOYLE of Eastwell (Sir) (son of Sir John Moyle and Anne Darcy)

Children:

1. Catherine MOYLE  (b. ABT 1529 - 9 Feb 1586/7) (m.1 Sir Thomas Finch - m.2 Nicholas St. Leger of Beamstone)

2. Anne MOYLE (b. 1521 - d. 17 Aug 1557) (m. Sir Thomas Kempe)


Robert JORDAN

Born: 1470, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 1540, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Father: Robert JORDAN (Sir)

Mother: Christian De CHANTARMARLE

Married: Jane ?

Children:

1. Robert JORDAN


Robert JORDAN

Born: 1500, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 12 Oct 1569, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Jane ?

Married 1: Anne PHIPPEN

Children:

1. Thomas JORDAN of Dorset

Married 2: Jane COKER (dau. of John Coker of Bicester and Eleanor De La Bere) 1530, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Children:

2. William JORDAN of Lyme Regis

3. Richard JORDAN

4. Cokers JORDAN (b. 1536)

5. Henry JORDAN

6. John Ignatius JORDAN (Sir)

7. Edward JORDAN (b. 1540)

8. Robert JORDAN

9. Jane JORDAN


Jane JORDAN

Born: ABT 1551, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 1603

Notes: taking a new surname was common practice among the gentry. This could be accomplished by Act of Parliament; warrant under the King's Sign-Manual (writing therein the substituted name), or by ecclesiastical concent. By 1650 the name Fitzpen had disappeared from English records, descendants adopting other spellings, although they appeared to adhere to the sound. Arms were granted, in addition to Fitzpen, to families of: Thickpenny, Tipping, Tippen, Tipper, & Tippet, probably more. Some of the well known Antiquarians stated that in many ancient families there were as many as a hundred different spellings. Phippen came from Thickpenny.

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Jane COKER

Married: William "FITZPEN" PHIPPEN (son of John Fitz Pen Phippen and Anne Holton)

Children:

1. John PHIPPEN (b. 1572 - d. 1600)

2. Thomas PHIPPEN (b. 1573 - d. 1596)

3. Joan PHIPPEN (b. 1580 - d. 1630) (m.1 Thomas Reynolds - m.2 William Pierce of Mulberry Island)

4. Robert PHIPPEN (b. 1582 - d. 1610) (m. Elizabeth Gifford)


Henry JORDAN

Born: 1534, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 19 Jul 1603, Suffolk, England

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Jane COKER

Married: Margaret WOOLNOUGH 5 Oct 1568, Brundish, Suffolk, England

Children:

1. Christian JORDAN

2. Margery JORDAN

3. Henry JORDAN

4. James JORDAN

5. John JORDAN


Margery JORDAN

Born: 24 Apr 1572

Died: 24 Jan 1629, Ilketshall St. Margaret, Suffolk, England

Father: Henry JORDAN

Mother: Margaret WOOLNOUGH 

Married: Richard GUILD

Children:

1. James GUILD

2. Samuel GUILD

3. Anne GUILD

4. John GUILD

5. Grace GUILD

6. Mary GUILD


Henry JORDAN

Born: BEF 13 Feb 1575, Brundish, Suffolk, England

Father: Henry JORDAN

Mother: Margaret WOOLNOUGH 

Married: Dorothy PAGE (d. 6 Jul 1623) 1602, Dennington, Suffolk, England


William JORDAN of Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Jane COKER

Married: Elizabeth RYDER (dau. of William Ryder and Margaret Hill)

Children:

1. Ignatius JORDAN

2. Joseph JORDAN

3. Elizabeth JORDAN

4. John JORDAN

5. Silvester JORDAN

6. Christian JORDAN

7. Joan JORDAN


Elizabeth JORDAN

Father: William JORDAN of Lyme Regis

Mother: Elizabeth RYDER

Married: Son CROWE


Joan JORDAN

Father: William JORDAN of Lyme Regis

Mother: Elizabeth RYDER

Married: Son SINCKLER


Ignatius JORDAN

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 15 Jun 1640, Exeter, Devon, England

Father: William JORDAN of Lyme Regis

Mother: Elizabeth RYDER

Married 1: Elizabeth BASKERVILLE 5 Aug 1593

Children:

1. Elizabeth JORDAN

2. Joseph JORDAN

3. Josuah JORDAN

4. Hester JORDAN

5. Sarah JORDAN

6. Easthor JORDAN

7. Samuel JORDAN  (b. 30 Jun 1607 d. 14 May 1624)

8. Jozias JORDAN

9. Nathaniel JORDAN

10. Hanna JORDAN

11. Ruth JORDAN

12. Elyas JORDAN

13. John JORDAN

14. Ignatius JORDAN

15. Mary JORDAN

16. Elizabeth JORDAN (b. 1 Jun 1591 - d. 27 Sep 1633)

Married 2: Catherine BODLEY (b. 1570 - d. 4 May 1593) (dau. of John Bodley and Pauline West)

Children:

17. Susan JORDAN

18. Robert JORDAN


Elizabeth JORDAN

Born: 10 Jun 1591, Exeter, Devon, England

Died: 27 Sep 1676, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Father: Ignatius JORDAN

Mother: Elizabeth BASKERVILLE

Married: Nathaniel DUNCAN

Children:

1. Nathaniel DUNCAN

2. Samuel DUNCAN

3. Peter DUNCAN

4. Anne DUNCAN


Sarah JORDAN

Born: 28 Jul 1602, Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 19 Apr 1671, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Father: Ignatius JORDAN

Mother: Elizabeth BASKERVILLE

Married 1: William HILL of Fairfield (son of James Hill and Judith Jordan)

Children:

1. Sarah HILL

2. Luke HILL

3. William HILL

4. Joseph HILL

5. Ignatius HILL

6. Elizabeth HILL

7. James HILL

Married 2: Nathaniel SOUTHER

Married 3: Edmund GREENLEAF (Capt.)


Mary JORDAN

Born: 5 Abr 1595, Exeter, Devon, England

Died: 14 Jan 1652, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Father: Ignatius JORDAN

Mother: Elizabeth BASKERVILLE

Married: John COGGAN


John JORDAN

Died: 15 May 1628

Father: William JORDAN of Lyme Regis

Mother: Elizabeth RYDER

Married 1: Mary ?

Children:

1. Elizabeth JORDAN

2. Catherine JORDAN

3. Samuel JORDAN

4. Zachary JORDAN

5. Mary JORDAN

6. Joseph JORDAN

7. Sarah JORDAN

8. Grace JORDAN (b. 11 Aug 1614 d.  14 Dec 1620)

Married 2: Joan ?


Catherine JORDAN

Born: 15 Apr 1601

Father: John JORDAN

Mother: Mary ?

Married: Francis MAPOWDER

Children:

1. Mary MAPOWDER

2. Catherine MAPOWDER


Mary JORDAN

Born: 12 Nov 1609

Died: 11 Sep 1652

Father: John JORDAN

Mother: Mary ?

Married: Christopher LETHBRIDGE

Children:

1. Christopher LETHBRIDGE

2. Joan LETHBRIDGE


Sarah JORDAN

Born: 15 Mar 1612

Father: John JORDAN

Mother: Mary ?

Married: Samuel CLARKE (MP)


John Ignatius JORDAN (Sir)

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 12 Nov 1588, Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Buried: Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Jane COKER

Married: Thomasine FRY (dau. of Gregory Fry and Mary Deannes)

Children:

1. Susan JORDAN

2. Nicholas JORDAN

3. Judith JORDAN

4. Robert JORDAN

5. John JORDAN

6. Silvester JORDAN

7. Charles JORDAN

8. Mary JORDAN


Susan JORDAN

Born: ABT 1547

Died: 13 Nov 1622

Father: John Ignatius JORDAN (Sir)

Mother: Thomasine FRY

Married 1: John WOODRUFF

Children:

1. Anthony WOODROOF

2. John WOODROOF

3. Henry WOODROOF

Married 2: John VINEY

Children:

4. Hester VINEY (m. John Jordan)

5. Robert VINEY

6. Jonas VINEY


Judith JORDAN

Born: 1550

Died: 1620

Father: John Ignatius JORDAN (Sir)

Mother: Thomasine FRY

Married: James HILL (d. 5 May 1621) (son of William Hill and Judith Averson)

Children:

1. Sarah HILL

2. James HILL

3. Benjamin John HILL

4. Mary HILL

5. Judith HILL

6. Elizabeth HILL (m. William Kerridge)

7. William HILL of Fairfield (m. Sarah Jordan)

8. Martyn HILL

John JORDAN

Born: 1564, Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England

Died: 27 Sep 1620

Father: John Ignatius JORDAN (Sir)

Mother: Thomasine FRY

Married: Susan ?

Children:

1. John JORDAN (m. Hester Viney)


Nicholas JORDAN

Born: 1550

Died: 1595

Father: John Ignatius JORDAN (Sir)

Mother: Thomasine FRY

Married: Joan CROFT (b. 1554 - d. 1593) (dau. of Sir James Croft and Alice Warnecombe)

Children:

1. Martin JORDAN

2. Joan JORDAN

3. Mary JORDAN

4. Nicholas JORDAN

5. Elizabeth JORDAN

6. Thomas JORDAN


Joan JORDAN

Born: 1575

Died: 1 Aug 1659

Father: Nicholas JORDAN

Mother: Joan CROFT

Married 1: John KITCHELL 

Children:

1. Frances KITCHELL

2. Joan KITCHELL

3. Elizabeth KITCHELL

4. Robert KITCHELL of Guilford & Newark

Married 2: Richard LAKE 

Children:

5. Robert LAKE

6. Joane LAKE

7. Margaret LAKE

8. Thomas LAKE

Married 3: Edmund SHEAFE (Rev.)

Children:

9. Elizabeth SHEAFE

10. Margaret SHEAFE

11. Harmon SHEAFE

12. Joan SHEAFE

13. Dorothy SHEAFE

14. William SHEAFE

15. Jacob SHEAFE

16. Mary SHEAFE

17. John SHEAFE

18. Thomas SHEAFE

19. Edmund SHEAFE

20. John SHEAFE


Thomas JORDAN of Dorset

Born: ABT 1529, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 12 Oct 1589, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Buried: West Sudedge, Gloucester, England

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Anne PHIPPEN

Married: Agnes BURTE (dau. of Sir Thomas Burte and Eleanor De La Bere) (w. of William Tipping)

Children:

1. Cecily JORDAN

2. Samuel JORDAN (b. ABT 1559)

3. Thomas JORDAN

4. Robert JORDAN

5. Richard JORDAN


Cecily JORDAN

Born: 1554, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 1603, Dorset, Dorsetshire, England

Father: Thomas JORDAN of Dorset

Mother: Agnes BURTE

Married: Robert PHIPPEN (son of Joseph Phippen and Alice Pierce) 18 Sep 1580

Children:

1. Cecily PHIPPEN (b. 1580) (m. Thomas Reynolds)

2. Owen PHIPPEN (b. 1582 - d. 17 Mar 1634/35)

3. Robert PHIPPEN (b. 1583 - d. 1610)

4. David PHIPPEN (b. 1585 - d. 31 Oct 1650) (m. Sarah Pinckney)


Thomas JORDAN

Born: 1560, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: 6 Nov 1599, Dorset, Dorsetshire, England

Father: Thomas JORDAN of Dorset

Mother: Agnes BURTE

Married 1: Barbara ?

Married 1: Elizabeth ?

Married 1: Mary WILKINSON


Robert JORDAN

Born: 1562, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

Died: Apr 1632, Jordan's Journey, Charles City, Henrico Co., VA.

Father: Thomas JORDAN of Dorset

Mother: Agnes BURTE

Married: Sarah WINTERS

Children:

1. Samuel Silas JORDAN

2. Mary JORDAN

3. Margaret JORDAN


Samuel Silas JORDAN

Born: Apr 1578, Wiltshire, England

Died: Apr 1623, Jordan's Journey, Charles City, Virginia

Notes: was aboard the Sea Venture, as were Sir Thomas Gates, the Governor, and Sir George Somers, when it encountered a severe storm off the coast of Bermuda in the latter part of 1609. The Sea Venture was wrecked beyond repair. The other ships outrode the storm and  proceeded to Jamestown with the Sea Venture's cargo but not her Passengers. The officers and crew of the Sea Venture remained on the coast of Bermuda for nine months building two ships, aptly named Patience and Deliverer. These ships arrived at Jamestown in May 1610. Samuel Jordan, an educated man, was assigned the task of keeping a record of events which are found in Hakluytls "Voyages, Travels and Discoveries". The transcription of the adventures of people stranded in1609 on Bermuda from the ship Sea Venture was Sylvestor Jordan, Samuel Jordan's cousin. This transcription is the basis of "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare.

He was Burgess for Charles City at the session of 30 Jul 1619 (Col. Va Regpage 52), which convened in 1619 by George Yeardley, Governor and captain General of Virginia. This was t he first legislative body to convene in America.

A land grant of four hundred and fifty acres was made at St. James City in 1620 to Samuel and Cecily. He patented the land which lay on the south side of the James River just below the confluence of the Appomattox with the James. He called his plantation "Jordan's Journey "or "Jordan's Point." Both Samuel and Cecily were accorded the title of Ancient Planters.

When the Indian Massacre occurred in Mar 1622, Samuel gathered his family and neighbors into his home, Beggars Bush, and fortified it "and lived in despight of the enemy". His son, Robert, was killed by the Indians "at Berkley-Hundred som e five miles from Charles City."

Jordan himself died in 1623 and his widow was so on seeking marraige again. It was this Cecily Reynolds who came to America with her aunt Joan and Capt. Pierce. Cecily, a widow with a young daughter, arrived in America in 1610. When she became betrothed to two men at the same time, Capt. William Ferrer and Rev. Greville Pooley, and became embroiled in controversy, the Council took note of it. A  proclamation followed which prohibited any woman from contracting herself to "two several men at the same time".

She next married Peter Montague, who was brought to America in 1621 as a headright of William Pierce. They had seven children during their twenty three years of matrimony . When Peter Montague died in 1659, Cecily married, finally, Thomas Parker by whom there were no heirs.

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Sarah WINTERS

Married 1: Frances ?

Children:

1. Joan JORDAN (b. ABT 1597 - d. BEF 1633) (m. Thomas Palmer)

2. Anne JORDAN

3. Robert JORDAN (b. ABT 1598 - d. Mar 1621/22, in an Indian Massacre At Berekley's Hundred, Jamestown, Virginia)

4. Daniel JORDAN

5. Thomas JORDAN

6. Samuel JORDAN

Married 2: Cecily REYNOLDS (dau. of Thomas Reynolds and Cecily Phippen) (w.1 of William Thompson - w.2 of Thomas Bailey - m.4 William Farrar - m.5 Peter Montague - m.6 Thomas Parker) 1620, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England

Children:

7. Mary JORDAN (b. 1621)


Richard JORDAN

Born: ABT 1529, Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England

Died: 5 Jun 1597

Father: Robert JORDAN

Mother: Jane COKER

Married 1: Elizabeth ?

Children:

1. Elizabeth JORDAN

2. Tamsin JORDAN

3. Richard JORDAN

4. Elizabeth JORDAN

5. Anne JORDAN

Married 1: Agnes ?

Children:

6. George JORDAN

Married 1: Susan ?

Children:

7. Joan JORDAN


George JORDAN

Born: ABT

Died: ABT 30 Dec 1633

Father: Richard JORDAN

Mother: Agnes ?

Married: Elizabeth COKER (dau. of Walter Croker)

Childre:

1. Sarah JORDAN

2. Susanna JORDAN (m. Christopher Parr)

3. Elizabeth JORDAN (m. Richard Sweet)

4. Lydia JORDAN (m. John Painter)

5. John JORDAN

6. Ruth JORDAN

7. George JORDAN



Joan JORDAN

Born: ABT 1280

Married: John FIENNES (Sir Knight)

Children:

1. John FIENNES (Sir Knight)

Joan JORDAN

Married: Edward MUTTLEBERRIE

Children:

1. Robert MUTTLEBERIE (b. ABT 1415) (m. Agnes Perrot)



John "Blancombe" JORDAN of Weymouth (MP)

Born: BEF 1521

Died: 1560/61, Weymouth, Dorset, England

Notes: begun trading through the port of Weymouth by 1542 but as he was returned for the borough before he had achieved the office of bailiff he may have been advantaged by an earlier connexion between his family and the Stourtons, a leading family in Dorset. Jordan was himself one of the bailiffs at the elections to the Parliaments of Nov 1554 and 1558. His trading activities included the import of Normandy canvas and glass in the 1550s and the export of horses, but he generally acted in association with others and was to style himself yeoman not merchant in his will. In 1560 he was indicted, apparently as the ringleader, for a riotous attack by Weymouth men on Melcombe Regis, doubtless an incident in the perennial dispute between the two towns over their shared haven. In a will proved on 1 Dec 1561 Jordan left a house each to his two sons and one now a building to an unborn child. His wife and executrix was to see to their schooling and upbringing until they were 24 years old. He named his brother Thomas Jordan an overseer.

Married: Agnes ?

Children:

1. Son JORDAN

2. Son JORDAN

Married 2: ?

Children:

3. Son JORDAN

4. Son JORDAN



Isabel JORDAN (Abbess of Wilton)

Died: AFT 1534

Notes: was a nun at Wilton Abbey, a large Benedictine nunnery located some seventy miles from London. When the abbess, Cecily Willoughby, died on 24 Apr 1528, the prioress, Isabel Jordan or Jordayn, whose sister Agnes was the abbess at Syon, was the natural successor. She was "ancient, wise, and discreet". But Eleanor Carey's name was also proposed, and Eleanor had the backing of Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey, supporting Isabel Jordan, ordered that Eleanor’s background be thoroughly investigated. It soon came out that Eleanor had borne two children out of wedlock to two different priests and had more recently been involved with a servant in Lord Willoughby de Broke's household. Eleanor's eldest sister, Anne, also a nun at Wilton, was then proposed as a compromise candidate. In Jul, the King decided that none of them should have the post, but Wolsey went ahead with Dame Isabel’s appointment anyway, precipitating the first violent disagreement between King and Cardinal.

Although Isabel won the appointment, she was deprived of control of the abbey's finances until Nov 1528, and the abbey's reputation was damaged by the scandal surrounding its potential leaders. The abbey was then visited by the plague, there was a fire in one of the dormitories, and Jordan struggled to bring the nuns into line with discipline. 

In 1534 the Isabel was replaced by Cecily Bodenham whose appointment was made not by the choice of the nuns of the community as had always been the custom in the past, but by the nomination of the Court. This appointment was strange because the previous Abbess was not yet dead and, because Cecily Bodenham was not of the Abbey but from a small Priory in Kingston St Michael. She was, however known to both King Henry and Anne Boleyn.

Father: Edward JORDAN

Mother: ?


Agnes JORDAN (Abbess of Syon)

Died: 29 Jan 1546

Buried: 9 Feb 1546, Denham, Buckinghamshire, England

Notes: of Denham. Elected the abbess of the great Syon Abbey in 1520. It is possible that Agnes Jordans family lived at Jordans, a village five miles to the north-west of Denham. See her will.

Father: Edward JORDAN

Mother: ?

Abbess Jordan

Brass plate at Denham parish Church.



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