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John Person (son of Richard Person) was born Abt. 1630 in Somerset, England, and died Aft. October 02, 1707 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. He married Frances Cooke on Abt. 1658 in Isle of Wight Co., VA, daughter of William Cooke and Mary Miles.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Person:
Or John Parson or John Parsons.

"John is listed as coming to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1648 on the Transport at age 18. There is an entry tying John to Richard: "John Perce, sonne of Richard Perce of Somersetshire, England. Said to own land in Virginia Colony near to land owned by Captain John Ratliff, the first Governor." John was the neighbor of William Cooke (1615-1679)."

A number of Parson, Parsons and Person folks were immigrants to Virginia between 1637 and 1653. Others went to Maryland. This John Person may be the one that landed at Nansemond County, which adjoins Isle of Wight Co., VA. Had he arrived prior to 1642, it would have been upper Norfolk County.

"He settled on Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County, which was near the plantation of his future father-in-law, William Cooke. Cook(e) was a well known name and there are many references to them. Sir William Cooke is listed in " several journals.

Thanks to Mr. George Fields Whatley of Pensacola, FL for the book "Whatley, Person ..." (where's that title page!) published by Genealogy Publishing Service.

His name is often reported as John Parson or John Parsons. He was designated as overseer of the execution of the will of Captain Francis England of Blackwater in Isle of Wight on 13 May 1677.

His will: "I give and bequeath my while Estate Real and personall to be Equally Divided between my Loving wife Frances and my only Son John to you and their heirs forever." John Parson. Note : all names spelled Parson in the will.

George Fuller Walker, "Person(s) Lineage", c 1951 indicates that John Person may have come to Virginia as a headright for Nicholas Dixson. Patent Book 2, p. 166 tells of Dixson receiving land for 6 people, including John Person, on 20 Nov 1648. (Cavaliers and Pioneers, 1623-1666, Geneological Publishing Company, Inc., 1963)

In March of 1667, following Bacon's Rebellion, John Person joined with m any neighbors in Isle of Wight County to sign a petition supporting the King but also calling attention to their grievances. In 1704 his name appears on the Rent Roll of Isle of Wight Co.

More About John Person:
Immigration: 1648, to America.

More About John Person and Frances Cooke:
Marriage: Abt. 1658, Isle of Wight Co., VA.

Children of John Person and Frances Cooke are:
  1. +John Person II, b. Abt. 1660, Isle of Wight Co., VA, d. Bef. March 21, 1737/38, "The Blackwater", Surry or Sussex Co., VA.
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