Pauletts in Jamestown


The Paulette and Johnson Families
Ancestors of Elizabeth Pollet, wife of William Lilly of Virginia
The Pawlett Group in Jamestown
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Edmund Lilly and Ann Flippen of Goochland, Albemarle, and Fluvanna Counties, Virginia
 William Lilly son of Edmund Lilly, and his wife, Elizabeth Pollet. Her name is this way in the consent form for her son, Armiger Lilly, to marry Rebecca Hutchinson.  
Armiger Lilly, son of William Lilly and his wife, Rebbecca Hutchinson moved to Ross County, Ohio.[parents of the Lilly children who married into the Cullumber and Clover families in Franklin and Madison Counties, Ohio.]

Armiger Lilly and Rebecca Hutchinson married 23 Dec 1800, Fluvanna Co, VA Consent: parents William Lilly and Elizabeth Pollet.
----Marriage Bonds of Fluvanna County, Virginia (prior to 1801), Copied from original and compiled by Kate S. Curry and Emma Curry, copy at DAR Li
brary, DC (does not state whether this is bond, license or marriage date)
Bond: Wm Hutchinson
Armiger was under 21 so needed permission to marry.

        Elizabeth Pollet was the daughter of Thomas Pawlett and Semiramis Johnson. Semiramis Johnson was the daughter of Thomas Johnson.  There were several men by that name, but ours may have been the son of Edward Johnson.  This we can prove.  Anything past that is  hopeful speculation.  However, I have gathered here  all the reseach that I have so far on the Pawlet and the Johnson  families.  Perhaps someone has a tidbit which will tie this together.  
        I have come to the sad conclusion that although we might be related to him, we are not descended from the Pawletts in Jamestown.  Howevre, before I decided that, I collected an enourmous quantity of information on this family.  I may turn out to be wrong so am keeping it here for your reading pleasure.  The only person mentioned here who is even possible as an ancestor is
Chideck Pawlett listed as a brol in the will of Thomas Paulett. This would be brother in law.  However, that could have meant what we would call a half brother.  Terminology about these things was different then.  

For information about later, more likely, Paulett/Johnson families see Paulett/Johnson.

Pawlet, Paulet, Pollet, Pawlett, Paulett, Pollet, Polet, Paulette, etc, Problems.  

    The early spelling of the name varied. Please note that correct spelling is a Twentieth Century concept and literacy was in short supply in the early days of the colonies.  
        The Thomas Pawlett who arrived in Jamestown in 1618, was the grandson of 
William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester, lord treasurer. He died 1572 aged 97, with 103 descendants. He was descended from Edward I. For much more on this noble family see Marquess of Winchester.
    However, I have not yet been able to establish any connection between our Elizabeth Pollet and this noble family.  Unfortunately, the early records of James City were burned in 1676. Nathaniel Bacon, leader of a Rebellion in Jamestown, burned the Statehouse including all legal papers such as deeds, marriage records, etc. When the Statehouse was rebuilt, deeds were re-recorded, but other legal papers were not.  Most of the counties in which the Pawletts later appear went through various destruction of documents.  Therefore it may never be possible to show a connection.  Nevertheless, I am putting this research here because I hope it will be of use to someone.  I am not normally a fan of adopting early ancestors on the hope of sometime proving descent.  However, the name is rare enough and the records are so scanty, that I feel justified in at least thinking about this possibility.  Surely all of the Pawletts in early Virginia were connected in some way, even if the exact connection is unprovable.     

    Jamestown and America were popular destinations for younger sons of the aristocracy in the 1600s. They had to make their own way so came to America as a get rich quick scheme.  There are records of three Pawletts in Jamestown, Thomas Pawlett, Robet Pawlett,

Thomas Pawlett-Poulet of James City, Virginia

    I do not think that this Thomas Pawlett left any male descendants because his will would surely have mentioned them.  But it is his will which proves his descent.  It become important because it seems to me that the other Pawletts may have been relatives of some sort.  

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia: 1607-1624/5, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007), 540.   
        Thomas Pawlett(Paulett, Pawlette) came to Virginia with Lord Delaware on the Neptune, which arrived in Jamestown in mid-August 1618. [On 5 May 1622, when Pawlett was queried by English Chancery officials, he said that he did not know who Delaware had authorized to take custody of his goods, but that when the Neptune landed in Jamestown, Edward Brewster took over. Pawlett, who said that he was 34 years old, and from Pawlton in Hampshire, described the Neptune's voyage and said that he had helped Delaware's men get settled in Virginia. [Note this appears to have been a deposition given in England so he had returned by then.]
    By 16 February 1624, Thomas Pawlett had returned to Virginia and was living at West and Shirley Hundred. He was still there on 22 January 1625, at which time he headed a household that included one male servant.  On 7 April 1625, Pawlett, who was identified as a gentleman, testified that he had witnessed Andrew Dudley's death at the hands of the Indians, and on 10 September 1625, he witnessed the will made3 by his Shirley Hundred neighbor, Richard Biggs. Thomas Pawlett continued to rise in prominence. In August 1626, he was made a commissioner of the monthly court that served the "Upper Parts," which included Henrico and Charles City. [ie, the area at the head of the James River] In July 1627, Pawlett ws given the responsibility of leading an expedition against the Indians, and on 7 March 1629, he was named commander of Westover.  In February 1633, he served as burgess for Westover ad Flowerdew.

Pioneers and Cavaliers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, Vol. I, (Richmond, Virginia: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1934), Patent Book No. 1, part II, page 31: Description of a Patent of
page 79: 15 January 1637, 2000 acres Charles City County. One of its boundaries was Berkely Hundred Land and extending by the river side from Herring Creek to gutt of land dividing this from said Berkeley Hundred.  Due for the transportation of himself and his brother Chiddock Paulett and 38 other persons.

Virginia Historical Magazine (vol 23, pp 38-39),
        Thomas Pawlett was born about 1578, immigrated to Virginia on the ship Neptune in 1618, and lived at West and Shirley Hundred. He was a son of Chidiock Pawlett (whose wife was Frances Neville--a descendant of King Edward III of England) and a grandson of William Pawlett, 1st Marquess of Winchester, who was a descendant of King Edward I of England. The Marquis was married to Elizabeth Capell. [Note: In this family the heirs were designated as Baron St. John, a minor title of the Marquess.  This was a common practice of the nobility. The Lord John in the will of Thomas was thus, the direct heir to the title.]

        In his will, dated 12 January, 1643, Thomas Pawlett named his brother, Sir John, executor, mentioned his brother, Chideck Pawlett, and referred to Sir William Berkeley as "my much honoured kinsman." Thomas Pawlett appointed Capt. Francis Epes and Mr. Walter Aston overseers of his will. He left a number of small legacies, but left the main part of his estate to his brother Lord John.   

The will of Thomas Pawlett, together with many other wills and deeds, is given in Byrd's Book of Title Deeds, MS in the Virginia Historical Society.
      To my god-children Wm Harris, John Woodson, Tho. Aston, Thomas Fludd, Henry Richley, John Bishop, Tho. Woodward, Tho. Boyse, Tho. Poythers, and William Bayle, one silver spoon and one sow shote apiece, for eant of shotes the value to be paid out of the estate; to god-children Fra: Epps & Wm ferrar a silver spoon & my silver bowl and wine cup, to be divided between them; to Lieut. Bishop, Sergeant Williams, and Ensign Page, 20 shillings; to the Church of Westover, 10 acres, to lye forty pole square, now leased to Richard Hamlet, which ten acres are to be laid out for the best conveniency of the church; to my loving friends Mr George Menefie and Mr Walter Aston, 20s apiece as poor token of my remembrance; to Mr George Menefie my sword and to Mr Walter Aston my gun; to Capt Fra. Eppes my drum, and to Mr Richard Jones minister my cow called Cherry; to Sir John Pawlett my everloving brother the residue of my estate after satisfaction of legacies and debts; sir John, sole ex'or, Capt. Francis Epps and Mr Walter Aston overseers of his will who are to bury him according to their own discretion; bequeathes to them 5L apiece sterl., but "withall desiring them that this and all other Legacies mentioned in this will may not be paid in money, but in some commodity naturally produced in this country that they may be no greter prejudice to the estate than the value of each legacy."
       In case of his brother's death before his enjoyment of this estte, "then my overseers to surrender it to Sir Wm Berklay, my much honoured kinsman, who is then to be ex'or"; to Mrs. Epps 20s. for a ring and my Bible; to Mrs. Menefie and Mrs. Aston 40s apiece; to Mrs. Reynolds Evans one cow; to Sam Salmon, 20s; "My two servants, John Clapton and John Bennett, if they shall do faithful service to within one years space of the end of their indentures, to have them delivered up, otherwise to be disposed of by the overseers of county court; my ex'ors to pay William Mundy 30s due from my Brol Chideck Pawlett; gives 40 shillings to John South". 
Dated 12 January, 1643.  Witnesses John South, John Flud, Reynold Evans.  Proved by the oath
of Reynolds Evans before me:  Fra: Epps.

Gary Boyd Roberts, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History, (Genealogical Publishing County, 1993), p 219:
    Edward I, King of England = Margaret of France Thomas Brotherton, Earl of Norfolk = Alice de Hales Margaret Plantagenet, Duchess of Norfolk = John de Segrave, 4th Baron Segrave Elizabeth de Segrave = John Mowbray, 4th Baron Mowbray Eleanor Mowbray = John de Welles, 5th Baron Welles Eleanor de Welles = Sir Hugh Poynings Constance Poynings = Sir John Paulet John Paulet = Eleanor Ros Sir John Paulet = Alice paulet (a cousin) William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester, lord treasurer = Elizabeth Capell

William Pawlet/Pamlet of Jamestown

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia: 1607-1624/5, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007), 540.
        William Pawmet (Pawlet?) was killed at Martin's Hundred, during the 22 March 1622 Indian attack.  He probably was the Mr. Paulett who represented Argall's Gift of Argall Town in the July 1619 Assembly meeting, for Deputy Governor Samuel Argall wrongfully seated the Society of Martin's hundred's colonists on part of the Governor's Land in a settlement he named for himself.

There are no records to suggest that he left children so I think it is unlikely that he was the progenitor of the Pawlett Family in Virginia.  

Robert Pawlett of Jamestown

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia: 1607-1624/5,
(Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007), 540.
            On 15 September 1620, the Rev. Robert Pawlett (Paulett, Paulette), a clergyman and surgeon, was among those who set sail from Bristol, England, on the ship, Supply, and accompanied William Tracy, who was bound for Berkeley Hundred. Pawlett asked the Society of Berkeley Hundred to furnish him with items that would be useful in physic and surgery.  He arrived at his destination on 29 January 1621, and on 16 July 1621, was chosen a provisional councilor.  He was named to the Council of State on July 24th.  On 10 June 1622, before word of a major Indian attack had reached England, Virginia Company Officials decided to send the Rev. Robert Pawlett to Martin's Hundred.  He did not go,  unless he did so when the settlement was reoccupied.  
    [Note: that he went first to Berkeley Hundred which bordered the land of Thomas Pawlett. Wm Pawlet was apparently killed in Martin's Hundred where Robert was supposed to go.  There just seem to be some interesting connections here. ]

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