Pauletts in Jamestown
The Paulette and Johnson Families
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Ancestors of Elizabeth Pollet, wife of William Lilly of Virginia
The Pawlett Group in Jamestown
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Lilly and Ann Flippen of Goochland, Albemarle, and Fluvanna
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.
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 Library, 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
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
Paulet, Pollet, Pawlett, Paulett, Pollet, Polet, Paulette, etc,
The early spelling of the name varied. Please note
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
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
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,
Pawlett-Poulet of James City, Virginia
I do not think that this Thomas Pawlett left any
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:
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
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.
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.]
his will, dated 12 January,
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
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".
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:
Dated 12 January, 1643.
Witnesses John South, John Flud, Reynold Evans. Proved by the oath
of Reynolds Evans before me:
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 =
Pawlet/Pamlet of Jamestown
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
Pawlett of Jamestown
of Purse and Person, Virginia: 1607-1624/5, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical
Publishing Company, 2007), 540.
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
[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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