Nansemond County, Virginia


Tree: Benbow Family and Allied Lines
Notes: From an 1840 description:

NANSEMOND county was in existence as early as 1639-40; at which time an act was passed defining its boundaries. It bore at first the name of Upper Norfolk. In 1645-6 its name was changed to Nansimum, which word is spelt by
Capt. John Smith, Nandsamund. It is 35 miles long, with an average breadth of 15 miles. The railroad from Portsmouth to Weldon, N. C., passes through the county. The Dismal swamp extends along the eastern edge of the county, and a small part of Lake Drummond is within its limits. A good portion of the land belonging to the Dismal Swamp Company, is situated within the county. Chuckatuck, on the stage-road from Suffolk to Smithfield, and Somerton, near the northern line, contain each a few dwellings. Suffolk, the county-seat, is on the Nansemond River, on the line of the Portsmouth and Roanoke rail-road, 18 miles SW. of Norfolk, and 85 from Richmond. This town was established by law in 1742, and has generally been thriving, and a place of considerable business. Vessels of 100 tons come up the river to this town. It contains 1 Episcopal, 1 Baptist, and 2 Methodist churches.

The history of the earliest churches in the present county of Nansemond, Virginia, is shrouded in obscurity, as a result of the destruction of the county records by three successive fires, in the years 1734, 1779 and 1866. Vestry books for both of its eighteenth century parishes have been preserved and furnish an authentic account of its two surviving colonial churches.

An unsuccessful attempt at settlement of the Nansemond river region was made in 1609 by Captain John Martin with 120 men, but the earliest permanent settlements were not established until about 1630. The present county's area was included in the ancient corporation of Elizabeth City, which became the
original shire of the same name in 1634, when the colony was first organized in county form. About 1636, New Norfolk county was formed but of Elizabeth City east of Hampton Roads and then subdivided, a year later, into the counties of Lower and Upper Norfolk. In March, 1645/6, Upper Norfolk county was renamed Nansimum, which alias since passed through many different spellings to its present form of Nansemond. This is an Indian word, meaning "fishing point or angle" and was the name of the Indian town in the angle between Nansemond river and its western branch. The tribe was named for their town and the river was named for the tribe.

An act of January, 1639/40, defining the boundaries of Upper and Lower Norfolk counties, also set up coterminous parishes of the same names. In March, 1642/3, the parish of Upper Norfolk was divided into three parishes,
named East, West and South. The East parish extended up the cast side of Nansemond river for ten miles above its mouth, while the West parish had a corresponding extent on the west side of the river and included both shores of Chuckatuck creek. By far the largest of the three parishes was the South parish, which included the headwaters of Nansemond river and the entire
southern section of the county.


Nansemond is now an extinct county. The county became the independent city of Nansemond in July 1972 and on 1 January 1974, merged with the city of Suffolk. Suffolk was incorporated as a town in 1808, and as a city in 1910.

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Matches 1 to 10 of 10

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID   Tree 
1 Jordan, Benjamin  18th day, 7th month, 1674Nansemond County, Virginia I4368 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
2 Jordan, James  23rd day, 11th month, 1665Nansemond County, Virginia I4364 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
3 Jordan, John  17th day, 6th month, 1663Nansemond County, Virginia I4363 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
4 Jordan, Joseph  8th day, 7th month, 1672Nansemond County, Virginia I4367 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
5 Jordan, Joshua  30th day, 6th month, 1681Nansemond County, Virginia I4370 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
6 Jordan, Matthew  1st day, 11th month, 1676Nansemond County, Virginia I4369 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
7 Jordan, Richard  6th day, 6th month, 1670Nansemond County, Virginia I4366 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
8 Jordan, Robert  11th day, 7th month, 1668Nansemond County, Virginia I4365 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
9 Jordan, Samuel  15th day, 2nd month, 1679Nansemond County, Virginia I2830 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
10 Jordan, Thomas  6th day, 1st month, 1660Nansemond County, Virginia I4362 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID   Tree 
1 Brashere, Margaret  7th day, 10th month, 1708Nansemond County, Virginia I2834 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
2 Jordan, Thomas  8th day, 10th month, 1699Nansemond County, Virginia I2833 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 


Matches 1 to 6 of 6

   Family    Married    Family ID   Tree 
1 Jordan /   06 Jul 1699Nansemond County, Virginia F1517 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
2 Jordan / Belson  10 May 1690Nansemond County, Virginia F1513 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
3 Jordan / Burgh  9th day, 12th month, 1688Nansemond County, Virginia F1509 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
4 Jordan / Ratcliff  29 Mar 1688Nansemond County, Virginia F1510 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
5 Jordan / Taberer  9th day, 12th month, 1687Nansemond County, Virginia F1511 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
6 Scott / Jordan  28th day, 6th month, 1707Nansemond County, Virginia F1512 Benbow Family and Allied Lines 
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