Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Major Francis Dade

Male 1621 - 1663  (42 years)


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  • Name Francis Dade  [1
    Title Major 
    Born 1621  Tannington, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1663  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried at sea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I26051  Tree1
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2022 

    Father William Dade,   b. 1580, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1660, Tannington, Suffok, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Wingfield,   b. Bef 1600,   d. 3 Feb 1625, Crofield, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 25 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F17425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Beheathland Bernard,   b. Bef 1631, Warwick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1721, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 90 years) 
    Married Bef 1647  Warwick, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Dade,   b. Bef 1647, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Anne Dade,   b. 1654, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1692, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 39 years)  [natural]
     3. Francis Dade,   b. 7 Nov 1661, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1694, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
     4. Francis {Addl Records} Dade,   b. 7 Nov 1661, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Mary Dade,   b. Abt 1662, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1694, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F11530  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1654-1800 Westmoreland County, Virginia Wills [Augusta B. Fothergill]; Page 3
      DADE, FRANCIS, 29 December 1663.
      William Storke aged 39 swears that 1 May 1663 that Mr. Francis Dade coming out of England in the last shipping in the "Maryland," merchant whereof Capt. Miles Cook is Master, and falling sick at sea did make his verbal will in these words, that he gave his whole estate to his wife and she to have the tuition of their children until of age. Assignment from Edward Griffith of Mulberry Island, James River, to Francis Dade son of Major Francis Dade, deceased, "mentions other brothers and sisters of said Francis the heir and in case of their mortality the said land to revert to Mrs. Bethland Dade late wife of Major Francis Dade.
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      1661-1662 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds-Wills No. 1; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 27-27a [25-25a] (D&W 1, pp. 131-32].
      20 Jan. 1659 [1660] John Smith of Patomak in Westmoreland County, Gent., appoynt Edward Griffith of Mulberry Island, Warwick County, Gent., my attorny.
      John Smyth
      Wit: Thomas (X) Catline, Thomas Caray.
      13 Feb. 1660 [1661]. Recorded.
      13 Feb. 1660 [1661]. Beethland Smyth doe relinquish all my right to a tract of land lying at Patomak which was sold by my husband Major John Smyth and doe authorize Edward Griffith my attorney to acknowledge my consent to the sale.
      Beethland Smyth
      13 Feb. 1660 [1661]. Acknowledged.
      19 March 1659 [1660]. There hath passed an order of Court
      by the Governor and Councell unto Mr. Thomas Manning to enjoy a seate of land according to a pattent granted to Wm. Whitby deceased conteining 1800 acres in Potomack River 13 July 1653
      which Manning did assigne to John Smyth. All my right to Henry Meese during the minority of William Whitby Junior
      John Smyth
      Wit: Hugh Douding, John Buckner.
      13 Feb. 1660 [1661]. Acknowledged.
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      Major John Smith and Behethland, his wife, "of Potomack," made a power of attorney to Major Edward Griffith, of Mulberry Island, in the county of Warwick. Then, on December 29, 1663, Edward Griffith and Elizabeth, his wife, of Mulberry Island in James River, assign to Francis Dade, son of Major Francis Dade, deceased, all their right in a patent of land in Westmoreland Co., and in case of his death they gave their interest to his brothers and sisters, and in case of their decease, the land was devised to Mrs. Behethland Dade, relict of said Major Francis Dade.
      Major Smith, alias Dade, died on a return voyage from England in 1662. He was then known by the name of Francis Dade; and as, up to the restoration of Charles II., he called himself Smith and immediately after was known as Dade, the sudden change is very suggestive. He was doubtless a cavalier who had been implicated in one or more of the royalist plots previous to his coming to Virginia---a fact which had rendered it prudent for him to assume an alias.
      After Major Dade's death, his widow married Major Andrew Gilson and had a daughter, Behethland (born in 1666, died October, 1693), who married Nehemiah Stork and had a daughter, Elizabeth, born 1687, who married Captain Thomas Newton in 1702. Behethland Stork married, secondly, Capt. Samuel Oldham.
      Though the two John Smiths married two Misses Bernard, it is not known that either couple was directly related.
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      (See QUARTERLY IV., 46; V., 62-64; XIII., 146, 147, 289, 290; Virginia Magazine, XX., 326; Hayden, Genealogies, 731-734 Barradall's Reports, Armistead vs. Newton.)
      === aka john smith
      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      pp.148-149 TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come I FRANCIS DADE of Stafford County Gent this 9th day of xber 1689 for ye sume of Three Thousand Nine hundred pounds of good sound Merchantable Tobacco in Caste paid forever sell unto said PHILLIP BUCKNER his heires & assignes a tract of land fifty or Sixty acres in Stafford County beginnin ge upon a point of ye Mouth of a Creek called GREAT MATTAPANY & on ye Eastermost side of ye said Creeke & soe running Northerly into ye Woods upon ye lands of JOHN WILLIAMS formerly ye land of PALMER HENSTON from thence bounding upon ye lande of HUGH DOWDEINGE formerly bought of Major JOHN SMITH & runninge from thence Westerly to ye aforesaid Creeke & finally runninge down Southerly the aforesaid Creeke to a place of the first begininge the said tract of land belon ginge to a Patten' of land formerly granted to XPHER BOYCE dated ye 28th of November 1653 & granted to ROBERT PYLAND for a debt due from ye said BOYCE att ye General! Court dated ye 9th day of October 1655 and by ye said ROBERT PYLAND sold to Major JOHN SMITH & afterwards confirmed to ye above said FRANCIS DADE by venue of an Escheat Pattent granted to ye said Dade for Six hundred acres of land from SR. WILLIAM BERKELEY Knight Governor, on May ye 29th 1665 as pr ye Deeds conveyances
      In presence of us WM. BUCKNER, FRAN DADE SAMUELL HAYWARD, HENRY COLDSTREAME
      The before menconed Deed was acknowledged in ye County Court of Stafford by ye aforesaid FRANCIS DADE & FRANCES his Wife on ye 12th day of March 16S9/90 And was then recorded
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      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page. 429-430
      To all Christian People .. I ROBERT DADE of county Stafford this 6th day Octr 1708 in consideration of the sum 20 L sterl. &. 1200 pounds o £Tobo
      already reced of HENRY FITZHUGH of county Stafford .. have sold all my right title property claim & demand whatsoever wch I now have or ought to have by descent from my deced father FRANCIS DADE or my Grandfather JOHN SMITH alias DADE or by gift ordered or devised by Will all that parcel of land lying in St. Pauls Parish in Stafford County conta 600 acres & 250 acres contained within, the antient known & deputed bounds of the said hundred acres Cokelys 100 acres being not hereby granted it being the moiety of a pattent of thirteen hundred acres of land taken up & pattented by GERVASE DODSON the 13th day of October 1658 and by the said Dodson sold to my grandfather John Smith the 5th day Septr 1660 and by the said Smith sold and assigned to HUGH DOWDY by deed the 25th July 1654 (sic) & acknowledged and recorded the 12th day June 1667 by virtue of wch sale the said Smith and Hugh Dowdy was passed thereof & parts wch 100 acres part thereof to JOHN BLAGROVE by deed dated 8th April 1667 now in possession of Cokely the moiety of the remainder disposed to Mr. JOHN BUCKNER & the said 600 acres the remainder hereby sold with the surplus land within the said bounds keeps & lived upon the same and by his Will disposes of the same to his son HUGH DOWDY which said son dyes before the age of 21 years after whose death RICHD. DOWDY brother of HUGH DOWDY the Father and Uncle of Hugh Dowdy the son possessed himself of the 600 acres and died with-out heirs or Will in any way disposing of the same by means whereof the land did Escheat whereunto Collo. Fitzhugh late deced Father of HENRY FITZHUGH obtained an Escheat Pattent for the 600 acres of land dated 12th Augt 1638 which by the said Fitzhugh was renewed the 12th day December 1694 & Henry Fitzhugh finding 351 acres of land contained within the bounds of the said 600 acres obtained a grant for the same the 26th March 1707 which said 600 acres of land and the said 351 acres by these presents by me ROBERT DADE sold to Henry Fitzhugh is bounded .. beginning at a marked Spanish oak standing on the side of Wms. Creek being a corner tree of the land of Major WILLIAM BUCKNER & extends by Buckners land W & by S=250 poles to a markt gum then S=60 W=90 po: to a markt white oak standing at the mouth of a branch called the CABBIN BRANCH then up the branch W by S=60 po: then still by the branch S=57 W=90 poles to a markt oak saplin standing by the main road then S=6 E=40 po: to a markt red oak standing at the head of a branch of Machodick dam then down the said branch S=86 W=I56 po: to a marked white oak standing in the said branch then N=5 W=290 po: to a markt Hickory standing on the brow of a Lila where formerly stood a markt white oak corner tree of this land then 10,60 ET156 poles to a markt white oak and old marked Spanish oak at the upper corner tree of the land called Townshend land then SFd=1O0 po: to a markt hickory of said Townshend land then by Townshends line N=70 E=376 po: to a markt white oak corner tree of this land & the land of Collo. RICE HOOE then S=20 i E=245 po: to first mentioned beginning the 100 acres belonging by bargain is Excepted out of this present sale all the residue sold to Henry Fitzhugh ..
      Presence Rice Hooe, Robt. Dade
      Susanna x England's mark
      This deed was acknowledged in Stafford County Court the 8th day of 7ber 1708 by Robt. Dade in person unto Henry Fitzhugh Genel. together with the livery & seizin thereon and the same is ordered to be recorded and is recorded.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth Edition. Volume One, Families A-F.
      Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth Edition. Volume One, Families A-F; John Frederick Dorman. Pages: 1,278 pp.; 2004/2005

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