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  • Name  CHANDLER John 
    Born  7 Sep 1600  St. Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  5246C513178F1344B56ED2EB26F862FFCCC2 
    Died  Aft 12 Feb 1657/1658  Elizabeth City, ( Hampton ) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I742  Ancestors of Catherine Yvonne King | The Ancestors and Descendants of Johan Jakob Brown/Braun the "Waggonmaker".
    Last Modified  21 Jul 2004 

    Family 1  Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1627, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1627  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. CHANDLER John,   b. Abt 1628, Elizabeth City Co., ( Hampton ) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 23 March 1656/7
    >2. CHANDLER *Robert I,   b. 1626 or 1628, Elizabeth City Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 12 Apr 1669, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F258  Group Sheet

    Family 2  LUPO Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1603, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1630  Elizabeth City Co., ( Hampton ) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F262  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • SOURCES:
      Chandler Family Association
      Date: 25 June 2001
      Page: The Arrival of John Chandler in 1610

      The McLaurin-McMahon Family Research Page
      Author: Rex McLaurin

      At the age of 9, John Chandler arrived in Virginia on the 6 June 1610, landing at Jamestown on Sunday,
      June 10. John came to Virginia in the 1610 ( not 1609 as widely published and accepted ) expedition
      led by Sir Thomas West, Lord Delaware.

      John lived adjacent to Albaino Lupo in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. John was single in 1623 when the list of the living was taken after the massacre. In 1620, 1200 had been counted, but only 60 remained alive after the Indian raids. John was still single in 1624 when listed in a military unit run by Thomas Willoughby, but must have married not long after, for his son, Robert, was born about 1625-1630.

      He married, possibly his second wife, Elizabeth Lupo about 1627, the widow of Albaino Lupo.

      By 1646-48 he had risen to be a Burgess from Elizabeth City County. John owned at one time or another,1000 acres in Elizabeth City County and he was a Justice from 1646-1658.

      John through his marriage to the widow Elizabeth_?_Lupo prior to the summer of 1636. This marriage brought ownership of 400 acres of harbor front land in the present city of Hampton into Johns
      ownership where that land remained intact until the 5th generation when Hannah ( Chandler ) began selling off parcels in 1718.

      From the Chandler Family Association's Newsletter, Volume III, Number III ( P.O. Box # 8132 Lakeland,
      FL 33802-8132 ).* He arrived in Jamestown in 1609 on the ship Hercules. * He is listed in the Muster
      of 1624/1625 as a single man, age 24. * From the Chandler Family Association Newlsetter, February 1994. * He acquired land in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia and lived until his death on a large tract of land that bordered on Warwick Co.. * His marriage to Elizabeth Lupo, widow, by 1636 was apparently his second marriage.

      " John Chandler born 1599/1600 in England came to Virginia on the Hercules in 1609 at the age nine,
      the circumstances of his voyage unknown. He survied the epidemics of the early years at Jamestown,
      and the Indian Massacre of 1622 and in 1624 was living at Kiccoughtan, later Elizabeth City County, as a servent indentured to Ensign Thomas Willoughby. By 1632 he was farming land that he owned or leased, and in 1636 he patented 1000 acres for himself and his " now wife, Elizabeth " on Harris Creek
      in Elizabeth City, today within the city limits of Hampton, VA. He lived to be a prosperous planter, respresenting Elizabeth City in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1645-48. He was Justice of the County Court in 1648-49, and may have died soon after.

      John Chandler's reference to his " now wife Elizabeth, : would indicate a first wife who had died before
      1636 and who was the mother of Robert Chandler of York County. There are a few surviving records of
      Chandlers later in Elizabeth City who are also probably his descendants. "
      John Chandler was a member of the House of Burgesses from Elizabeth City in November 1645 and
      1647 and a Justice of that county in 1652. In 1636 he obtained a grant for 1,000 acres in Elizabeth
      City County for importing his wife and nineteen other persons. About 1639 he purchased Newport
      News from the Gookins. In 1639 there is a joint bond from him and Samuel Chandler, merchant of
      London. Susequently he sold Newport News to Captain Benedict Stafford, from whom it came to William Digges.

      Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I IV-Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons.
      ( Reference: The McLaurin-McMahon Family Research Page (http://www.my-ged.com/mclaurin).

      10 June 1610. Jamestown, Henrico County, Virginia
      John Chandler was the first Chandler descendant to arrive to the New World in 1610. He was believed to have been ten years of age when he set foot on Jamestowne, Virginia after many sea battles on the Hercules. The Hercules along with two other ships were commanded by Lord De La Warr and Govenor Thomas West. (( Seen above is a picture of the three ships which arrived in Virginia, on June 10, 1610.)) At this time Jamestowne was not established for the purpose of religious freedom. ( Among
      the majority of the crew members, John Chandler and three other individuals who survived and were
      teenagers, marking their date of arrival on what is to be called " The Day of Providence ". ).

      On June 7,1610, the settlers...boarded the ship, left Jamestown and started down the James. Next morning, while still on the river, advance word reached Gates that Lord De La Warr had arrived...an
      act of Providence. On June 10,1610, De La Warr reached " Jamestowne" and made his landing. He entered the fort through the south gate and, with his colors flying, went on to the church where Reverend Richard Buck delivered an impressive sermon. Then his ensign, Anthony Scott, read his commission and Gates formally delivered to him his own authority as govenor. De La Warr's arrival
      had given the settlement new life and new hope.

      Feb 1624-1625 ( Elizabeth City Co., ) Virginia
      * Note: Muster of the inhabitants of Virginia settlements, January 20-February 4,1624/5 shows Chaundler, John....24 ( Servant ) Arrived on the Hercules in 1609.
      * Census: 1624 Virginia
      Note: Appears on " A list of Names of the Living in Virginia, February the 16,1623.
      * Event: Land Grant 6 July 1636 Elizabeth City County, Virginia.
      Note: A " Charter of Orders " of 1618/19 authorized land grants to those early settlers who had survived.
      " Cavaliers and Pioneers, " Volume I, by Nell Nugent, p xxviii. Land patent-6 July 1636, to John Chandler, 1000 acres y 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".
      * Event: Court Records February 1639-1640 Elizabeth City County, Virginia
      Note: 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" February 1639/40- This bill
      bindeth John Chandler of Newports Newes, planter..."
      *Event: Land Patent 5 June 1645 Elizabeth City County, Virginia
      Note: Land patent of 5 June 1645 to Wm Cokc, land in Elizabeth City...adjoining land " late in the possession of Lt. Albiano Lupo, and now in the possession of John Chandler.
      * Event: Administrator of Estate 1646 Elizabeth City Co., Virginia
      Note: Richard Morryson's will names " my well beloved friends Major John Chandler and Richard
      Hull to be my Overseers of this my Last Will and Testament ".
      * Event: Court Records 12 February 1657-1758 Elizabeth City County, Virginia
      Note: 12 February 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.

      John Chandler's First 100 Years by the Chandler Family Association Newsletter: Volume XV, Number II, June 2004:
      John Chandler, bz 7 September 1600, St. Margaret, Westminster, London, England 1 ( We still don't know for sure who his parents were, but we are hoping to change that with a DNA project ).

      2 He emigrated with Lord De La Warr, arriving at Point Comfort, VA on the 6 June 1910, and at Jamestown for Lord De Lar Warr's official Thanksgiving service, 10 June 1610 (3 ). He did not live at Jamestown--he lived at Point Comfort, First Landing, and Kecoughtan/Elizabeth City.

      He was about 59 when he died, 1659+, Elizabeth City County, VA. He was alive to 12 February, that year as a County
      Judge, attending meetings, holding the gavel, and signing records-then the rest of those records are gone.

      We can believe that he was a brave, sturdy little fellow with a good attitude. Imagine his first sight of Jamestown, VA: only 60 weak, starving men greeted them out of the 450 Captain John Smith left there and the 600 who had come with Sir Thomas Gates a few months before. Those 60 were already aboard ship waiting for a high tide to take them home to England-an ominous entry for the new immigrants. Imagine John's feelings when he saw the big ditch where the bodies of previous settlers were dumped because of starvation, the London plague and yellow fever.
      ( New: Excavations show they were so weak they could only throw the bodies in and cover them. This was not a
      mistake; 14 years later at the first massacre most of those at Jamestown were killed by the Indians and
      again were buried, but in a different common grave ).

      Lord De La Warr's reaction was to immediatley order his men and those still alive to start planting corn. " If we don't plant, we don't eat. " Since corn loves warm growing weather, it wasn't too late to plant. John Chandler ( 9 ), Reynold Booth ( 19 ), and William Julian ( 29 ), his friends on the ship, HERCULES, set to work with enthusiasm. But when
      Sir Thomas Dale came in 1611, only 150 were alive (4 )-- half of even Lord De La Warr's settlers had died. Ensign
      Thomas Willoughby quickly became John's buddy; he was 10 in 1611 when he came on the PROSPEROUS. He had suits of armor, a pistol, 4 swords and formed a militia to watch for Indians. Three more their age came later; Nicholas
      Davies, 13/1618 on the MARIEGOULD; Thomas Chandler, 20 in 1623, on the GREAT HOPEWELL; and Robert Bennett,
      24/1624 on the JACOB. They were still together in the militia of Captain Thomas Willoughby in 1624.

      Looking around the site, what would they eat? There is not much beside tarry swamps. I noticed a pair of mallard ducks, and a family of Canadian Geese, but it is quiet--no deer, no rabbits, no bear, no elk, no blackberries or currants or crab apples in the woods. Chesapeake Bay has no oysters, blue soft shell and big hard shell crabs, clams, but they are not in the James River. Gates brought another 280 men, 20 women, 200 head of cattle and 200 pigs in 1620.

      Lord De La Warr, put everyone to work building houses, sturdy palisade fences and repairing the church at Jamestown.
      The first church burned in January 1608; the second was in bad shape, but he had skilled carpenters with him. It lasted until 1622. The third was built in 1623 on the same foundation bricks, the fourth in 1662 of brick on the same foundation. The one you see today is a replica of that church in the same place, with the old foundations showing under glass.

      The church is rightly famous: Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married here, in April 1613. She was very helpful to the settlers in the first years and Rolfe showed them how to grow tobacco-their first cash crop. More importantly, the very first democratic, legislative governmental body in the US, the House of Burgesses, met in that small , drafty, wood church in 1619. They changed the name of Kecoughtan to Elizabeth City. They made a law that ordinary men could own land, not just the rich. They required church attendance at worship services.

      But John did not live in Jamestown--Lord De La Warr brought his settlers back down the James River to Captain John
      Smith's First Landing site on the east side of the Hampton River in 1610 were Govenor Argall had chased the Indians out of their villages; then, they moved across the Hampton River to the other cleaned out Indian Village of Kecoughtan were Reverend William Meese was the first minister ( 1610-1620 ).

      Lt. Albiano Lupo, Gent. (1 ) came in 1610 aboard the SWAN. He was babtized (2 ) 22 August 1679, at St. Botolph, without Aldgate ( outside the old wall and gates ), London, England (3 ). ( I question this date ).
      His father, uncles and grandfather were official violinists for the King. Like the Jewish boy, David, who soothed the nerves of King Saul by playing his harp, six Jewish violin players, Alexander, Ambrose and Romano of Milan, Albert and
      Vincenzo of Venice and Juan Maria of Cremona, soothed the frayed nerves of King Henry VIII of England. They were a family of Jewish musicians of the Mmusicians Guild of Antwerp, Belgium. In November 1540, King Henry hired them as court musicians to upgrade the quality of music at the palace ( since he was bringing home a new queen ). Ambrose
      Lupo played for English royalty for 54 years. Albiano's two brothers, William and Phillip came to Virginia in 1621 aboard, GEORGE.

      Albiano may have had a prior marriage; he ( 37 ) married, Elizabeth (? ) after she arrived from England (19 ) in 1616, in the First Church of Kicoughtan, built a half a mile east of their property. She was born in 1597, paid her own passage and carried a court order for 50 acres of land in her own name. At first everyone worked for the Virginia Company; in 1619 the Burgesses changed the law to allow personal ownership of land; Albiano was given Ancient Planter land. He and Elizabeth recorded their patents ( 1 September and 20 September ) 1624 for 350 and 50 acres in Kickoughtan near John Bush who came in 1619. They had a daughter, Temperance, born 1620, baptized in First Church, and built a house on their property along the James River waterfront
      (1) Means he was one step lower than nobility-King's Musician. He had shares in the Virginia Company
      (2) NEW: This copy of St. Botolph Babtismal Register, in LDS files, Salt Lake City, UT, show his parents were Peter and
      Katherine Wickes; they were Sephardic Jews, possibly converted Christians.
      (3) Descendant, Mathew Lupo, has an excellent website.

      Meanwhile, John Chandler was earning his keep working with Willoughby's Militia when disaster struck; Secretly, the Indians blamed their troubles on the " big white sails that brought so many white faces." They scouted the settlements in the guise of being friendly, had supper with them and breakfast, on the 20th March 1621/2; then they rose up and killed 347 people- 1/4 of the colony of 1,232. The militia was sent after Opechancanough and his band.

      A list of the Living and a List of the Dead was made; burial places found. Almost all living in Jamestown were killed; almost all in Kicoughtan were not killed. William Lupo and Richard Chandler were killed; Albiano, Elizabeth, Philip and Tempy were not. Willoughby's Militia had real work to do. They were still a unit, practicing guarding areas, watching for
      Indians, quick loading guns which they were now old enough to handle when a Muster ( Census ) was taken in 1624. These three documents are proof records for historians and John is listed.

      After 9 years of marriage, Albiano Lupo, died, 20 October 1626, and was buried by the First Church of Kicoughtan. ( He willed his property to Elizabeth in fee simple which means his brothers could not claim it, she owned it outright in her own name ). She was a 29- year old widow with 400 acres-she wasn't single long. (1) She reports the same birth year in 1624(28) with husband Albiano and in 1636(40) with John Chandler.

      John and Elizabeth were married in 1626, probably, in the Second Church, east of the Hampton River. NEW!(2) We have no document for (3) this marriage but it was 1626 for the next five months. It is unlikely she remained a widow that long. John celebrated his 27th birthday, collected his Ancient Planter land in kicoughtan, dropped out of the Willoughby Militia, and was ready to settle down. He was a step-father to Temperance Lupo and soon had two sons of his own:
      John, Jr. in 1627 and Robert in 1629/0. They would row across the river to have them babtized in the 2nd Church of Elizabeth City at First Landing.

      John began collecting real estate. In 1630 he imported Thomas Herrick and recieved 50 acres. In 1632 he was working by Richard Stephens at Back Creek ( north of the Hampton River ? ). By 20 March 1634, he bought 1,430 acres of Marie's Mountain; ( 1200 acres in Warwick, 226 in Newport News), from Daniel and John Gookin, plus some cattle.

      His wife, Elizabeth Lupo, made a trip to London to settle in the courts that she was the sole owner of Albiano's land, subject to John Chandler, and returned. On 6th July 1636 he patented 1,000 acres at Harris Creek, having transported
      20 people including his wife, Elizabeth, the brothers, Ralph and John Hunt, John Fisher, Joan Bailey, Elizabeth Garett, Robert Davis, in the same area as Stephen's land.

      (2) There is no question that this was John's first and only wife. The " now wife " is a legal term John used to show 400 of his 2,930 acres was actually his wife's-not that there were other wives.
      (3) The CFA has 26 documents about John, but do Not have one of his marriage, death, or birth dates, a will or birth dates of his sons. CFAN ( John Chandler, Elizabeth City County, VA 1610 ( February 1998 ).
      (4) NEW: John, Jr. was born in 1627. Counting 5 months from Albiano's death until the 1627 began in April means even if he married her in November. there wasn't a 9-month period left in 1626. Also if he didn't marry her until April ( new year of 0 1627, there was a full 12 months for the birth in that year.
      (5) Harris Creek is actually a Bay off the Chesapeake Bay which extends miles or so back toward (current ) Hampton through some salt flats. In 1636 John patented 1,000 acres along the north end of the Hampton River, and the west end of Harris Creek near the Stephens land. In fact a large area there which has been divided into 5 subdivisions is big enough to be his 1000 acres.
      (6) Joseph Baron Chandler, Jr. TVF, Volume #9, #2, page #75.

      by 1640 John was a prosperous tobacco rancher with 2,880 acres of land in Elizabeth City and Warwick. When Samuel Chandler of London came to Virginia settlng the Lady Dale estate, he met with John, who needed a pinnace ( small sailboat ). On 17 February 1639/40. John, of Newport News (39), but on Accomac, VA, met with , Samuel Chandler, of London (21). They made a deal to build a pinnace for John, backed by John's promissory note and 300 #pounds sterling which he sent to Sam's brother, Richard Chandler of Aldermanbury Street, London.

      John deferred his judgement to Samuel's that his servant Robert Warder, would be free after 3 years of service to William Burdett, Lady Dale's cattleman.

      In 1644 the Indians massacred 347 more settlers! November 1644, John Chandler, landowner, and man of respect, was elected a Burgess from Elizabeth County, and again in 1646. In 1657/8. He had to help decide what to do about the Indians, 10 May 1647. He served as judge & Commissioner for 11 years +.

      In 1645, John transported 5 more people, gaining 300 acres in York County, which son, Robert checked out by 1652. In 1646 John was the Justice who recieved Thomas Todd's confession in court that he failed to pay for 6 pairs of buckskin

      In 1647 John was appointed overseer of Henry Thurmer's estate and underage son, Thomas, in Deep Creek, Warwick County. (1) John Chandler asked the court to turn 5,231# pounds tobacco Thomas was owed into cattle, per Henry's will. Miles Cary was the attorney. It may be that John's son Robert, ( now 18 ), was helping him on this property, because later Thomas Thurmer sold Robert land in New Kent. Was Robert's wife Elizabeth Thurmer? NEW!!

      From 1649-51, 1658, John Chandler, Leonard Yeo and Thomas Ceeley (2 ) landowners, were authorized to preside as Justices in Elizabeth City. In 1655 before he died, John sold Marie's Mountain to Captain Benedict Stafford, but it
      escheated ( went back to Sheriff for sale at auction ) in 1684. Colonel William Cole purchased it.

      Neighbor, John Trussell, Deputy Sheriff of Elizabeth City, patented 200 acres at Back/Harris Creek, he later went with son Daniel to Northumberland County.

      John and Elizabeth celebrated their 31st anniversary before he died sometime after 1658. She had 9 years with Albiano who was buried at the Second Church site east of the Hampton River; John, his son John Jr. and Elizabeth were buried
      at the Third Church of Elizabeth City on West Pembroke and Parkdale Avenue. Children:

      1. Temperance Lupo, Born, 1620 ( 4 ) 1624, Elizabeth City, VA
      2. John Chandler II, Born, 1627, Elizabeth City, VA
      3. Robert Chandler, Born, circa, 1629 Elizabeth City, VA
      4. ? Mary Chandler, Born circa, 1631, Elizabeth City, VA. She married, Edward Wylder of Lower Norfolk, circa
      1650. Her father gave her daughter Anne Wylder, and son, Francis, a cow, 15 May 1655 (3 ).

      (1) Virginia Genealogist, Vol #1-3, page # 57. Warwick, VA Order Book, Deep Creek Ct. 10 May 1647
      (2) Ibid
      (3) Lower Norfolk County Record Book C, 1651-1656, page # 155.


      2. John, Jr. ( John Chandler ) was born in 1627, on the Lupo land-it would already have a house built; he was 30 when
      he died, 23 March 1656/7

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] Burkes, London Parish Records: 1539-1660, St. Margaret, Westminster.