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1. JOHN1 CHANDLER was born Abt. 1599 in England, and died Abt. 1655 in VA. He married ELIZABETH (WIDOW LUPO) Abt. 1627. She was born Abt. 1598.
Notes for JOHN CHANDLER:
BIRTH: Feb 1624/5, the Muster (census) shows John Chandler as a servant to Thomas Willoughby: "Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia" at Elizabeth Cittie. Ensigne Thomas Willoughby, his muster: Thomas Willoughby, aged 23, in the Prosperouse, 1610; Servants: John Chandler, aged 24, in the Hercules, 1609...."
MARRIAGE: Land transactions suggest that John Chandler's "now wife Elizabeth" of 1636 was the widow Elizabeth Lupo. This would account for his rise in fortune, and his acquisition of the Lupo land which was held by his son in 1683 and thereafter. It may be that "now wife Elizabeth" was John Chandler's second wife, a first wife having died between 1626-1636.
DEATH: 12 Feb 1657/8 County Court, Elizabeth City, presiding justices include John Chandler. This is the last surviving record of John Chandler. He may have left a will, now lost, as he was a man of influence and property.
IMMIGRATION: From England to VA in 1609 (age 9) aboard the Hercules. Feb 1624/5, the Muster (census) shows John Chandler as a servant to Thomas Willoughby: "Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia" at Elizabeth Cittie. Ensigne Thomas Willoughby, his muster: Thomas Willoughby, aged 23, in the Prosperouse, 1610; Servants: John Chandler, aged 24, in the Hercules, 1609...." It is possible that John Chandler came over with relatives who did not survive, or as an indentured servant, or as cabin boy. It is possible that his family had some connection with the Virginia Company of London.
LAND: Feb 1623/4, among those on "The List of the Living and the Dead in Virginia," the original in the Public Record Office, London, as published in Peter Coldham's "Complete Book of Immigrants, 1607-1660," p. 44. He was a single man living in Elizabeth City [originally the burrough of Kiccoughton - settled about 1610 by a group of people from Jamestown], VA. [Elizabeth City is today Hampton, VA.]
LAND: John Chandler was an "Ancient Planter," that is one who arrived in Virginia before 1616. A "Charter of Orders" of 1618/19 authorized land grants to those early settlers who had survived. "Cavaliers and Pioneers," Vol. I, by Nell Nugent, p xxviii. Land patent - 6 Jul 1636, to John Chandler, 1000 acres Elizabeth City County, VA, bounded on the west by Harris Creek, extending east toward Point Comfort Creek, etc. John Chandler claimed this acreage on the grounds that he had brought over 19 persons to the colony at his own expense and that his "now wife" [Elizabeth] had come over at her own (or her family's) expense and was therefore entitled to 50 acres of her own for her "personal adventure."
LAND: Before 1640 John Chandler bought another plantation, the name of which survives in VA today: "...216 acres in Elizabeth City County, commonly called 'Newports Newes'." Feb 1639/40 - "This bill bindeth John Chandler of Newports Newes, planter..."
BIOGRAPHY: 17 Feb 1639/40 - Samuel Chandler signed an agreement with John Chandler. Samuel Chandler was a London merchant engaged in the VA trade who came to Virginia twice in the 1630s and 1640s. Richard Chandler of London was witness to some of Samuel Chandler's documents. There is no evidence that Richard ever came to VA, but he was still active in the colonial trade in the 1650s and 1660s. It is not known whether Samuel and Richard Chandler of London were relatives of John Chandler of Virginia, but the association is suggestive. John Chandler was a member of the House of Burgesses from Elizabeth City County in 1645-46 and 1647-48. He was also a Justice of the County Court.
John Chandler of Jamestown, Virginia
The earliest known Chandler to settle in the New World was immigrant JOHN CHANDLER who landed at Jamestown on Sunday, June 10, 1610. He had traveled among about 30 settlers aboard the "Hercules," smallest of three ships in the expedition led by Sir Thomas West of Hampshire, Lord Delaware.
Fragmentary land records in Elizabeth City County (now City of Hampton) make it virtually certain John's older son and heir was JOHN II, but this male line ended with JOHN IV in 1728.
Living descendants of ROBERT, believed on good circumstantial evidence to be a younger son of immigrant John, number in the thousands in the United States, perhaps a majority of them still residing in the South and near Southwest. We hope to identify and connect descendants of ROBERT to each other and to any other related lines in either hemisphere.
Immigrant John may have had a brother named NICHOLAS who remained in England or settled in the West Indies. A search for him and possible descendants is in progress, as is a search for evidence of immigrant John's English home.
More About JOHN CHANDLER:
Arrival: 1609, John Chandler the youngest known immigrant to arrive that early in the colony Jamestown.
Immigration: 10 Jun 1610, "Hercules, " smallest of three ships in the expedition led by Sir Thomas West of Hampshire, Lord Delaware.
Notes for ELIZABETH (WIDOW LUPO):
MARRIAGE: Albiano Lupo was born in 1579 in London, of an Italian family living in England. He was a member of the Virginia Company and came to VA in 1610, settling in Elizabeth City. He died 1626, leaving a young widow, Elizabeth, aged 28. The land of Albiano and Elizabeth Lupo can be traced through the Chandler family for four generations, up to 1749. Land patent of 5 Jun 1645 to Wm Cock, land in Elizabeth City...adjoining land "late in the possession of Lt. Albiano Lupo, and now in the possession of John Chandler."
LAND: Eizabeth Lupo patented 50 acres of land in her own name on 20 Sep 1624
Albiano Lupo, the first husband of 1610 John Chandler's wife Elizabeth, was a member of a famous musical family whose patriarch arrived in England from Venice, Italy, in 1540. They were apparently Sephardic Jews of Spanish or Portuguese lineage. Albiano Lupo, possibly a non-musical member of the family, arrived in Jamestown with the second wave of colonists in 1610. Albiano was a shareholder in the Virginia Company and was among the first settlers of Kecoughton, later known as Elizabeth City County, one of the earliest colonies in Virginia after Jamestown. Following his arrival, Albiano was given the office of Lieutenent. Albiano died in Virginia in 1626. Source:
Children of JOHN CHANDLER and ELIZABETH LUPO) are: