Thomas BENNETT  (1580 - bef.1641)

He arrived at the Virginia Colony aboard the ship "Neptune" in August 1618.

By 1625 he resided at Basse's Choice on the south side of the James River near Lawne's Creek in Isle of Wight County. He was a member of the the House of Burgesses in 1632 representing Mulberry Island which is in Warwick County. The records of the latter county were destroyed during the Civil War so there is very little information about him. He may have had a first wife who was the actual mother of his son, Richard.
*Source: "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia", Vol. I, pp.31, 88, 289-304, John Bennett Boddie, 1938. -------

 

The second wife of our Thomas Bennett was Alice Pierce, widow of Thomas Pierce.

Thomas Pierce was the Sergeant at Arms of the first legislative assembly of Virginia which met on 07/30/1619. He had arrived on the "William and Thomas" which sailed for Virginia in August of 1618. This ship was a "magazine ship", containing supplies for the colony. He apparently traveled with his wife Alice and daughter Elizabeth. Thomas appears to have been a relative of Lt. William Pierce, of the Seaventure (1609), who served under Yeardly, Captain of the Governor's Company of soldiers. Later William Pierce was Lt. Governor in 1629 and a member of the Virginia Council in 1631. His daughter Jane Pierce was the third wife of John Rolfe.

Thomas Pierce established the next plantation south of Martin's Hundred along the upper side of the James River.

On 03/22/1621/2 the Indians attacked throughout the colony. Thomas Pierce , his wife, child, two other men and a French boy were officially reported as killed at this plantation. Edward Pierce, "Merchantaylor of London" and Ann, his sister, petitioned for administration of his estate on 10/02/1622. However, Alice and her daughter apparently survived the attack, and it is thought they were two of the twenty captives that were ransomed from the Indians. The only other of these twenty who have been identified are Mrs. Boyce and Jane Dickenson, both widows of men slain at Martin's Hundred. These captives were held for 10 months. The colonists, unable to recapture these women by pursuit, destroyed all of the Indian cornfields in retaliation, reducing the Indians and their captives to starvation. Chanco, the Indian convert, who had given the alarm to Jamestown in advance of the Indian attack, negotiated the release of the captives, in return for promises that the Indian fields would not be destroyed and for beads given in trade.

By 10/10/1624 Alice had married Thomas Bennett. She was a witness against John Proctor for cruelty to a serving maid named Elizabeth Abbott, on 10/04/1624. Alice's daughter Elizabeth Pierce names her father-in-law Thomas Bennett in a power of attorney filed in 1624.
*Source:  Seventeenth Century, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; by John Bennett Boddie, Chicago Law Printing Company, Chicago.

Thomas BENNETT, and his wife Alice (Widow Pierce) were living near Lawne's Creek in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia in 1624, for on October 10, of that year she testified before the General Court in a trial of John Proctor, her neighbor charged with cruelty to his servants. At the same trial her second husband is identified as Thomas Bennett, etc. Thomas Bennett was born in Wivelscombe, Co. Somerset, England, having come on the Neptune in 1618, a member of the House of Burgesses from Mulberry Island in 1632. *Source:  Family Lines and Kindred Line by Adelle Harper

 

Muster of the Inhabitants at Basses Choyse Virginia, Taken in 1625.

Transcribed by AwesomeGenealogy.com August 2002
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Source:
New World Immigrants Volume 1 pages 1 and 2
By Tepper
1980

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Capt. Nathaniell Basse his Muster

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

Nathaniell Basse 35 Furtherance 1622
William Barnard 21 Furtherance 1622
Edward Wigge 22 Abigall 1621


The Muster of Thomas Phillipes

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

Thomas Phillipes 26 William and Thomas 1618
Elizabeth Phillipes 23 Sea Flower 1621


The Muster of Thomas Bennett

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

Thomas Bennett 38 Neptune 1618
Mary Bennett 18 Southampton 1622
Roger Heford 22 Returne 1623
Benjamine Simes 33 ----- ----


Richard Longe His Muster

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

Richard Longe 33 ----- ----
Alice Longe 23 London Marchant 1620
Robert Longe a child borne in Virginia


Richard Evand's His Muster

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

Richard Evand's 35 Neptune 1618


William Newman His Muster

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

William Newman 35 Furtherance 1622
John Army 35 Furtherance 1622


Henrie Woodward His Muster

NAME AGE SHIP YEAR

Henrie Woodward 30 ----- ----
John Browninge 22 Abigall 1621

Servants:

Ambrose 25 Marmiducke 1621
Peeter 19 Margett and John 1620
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Transcribed by AwesomeGenealogy.com August 2002
http://www.awesomegenealogy.com

Source:
New World Immigrants Volume 1 pages 1 and 2
By Tepper
1980