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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STORDEUR 23. Stephany LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Araminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Therese GILBERT 44. Joseph STORDEUR 45. Marie Therese HUENS 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 80. Claude HENNEQUIN 81. Marie JUILLARD 82. Jean BELOT 83. Jeanne HUOT 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 88. Mathieu STORDEUR 89. Marie SNAPS 90. John Joseph HUENS 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Elizabeth MYERS 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 204. Matthew Richardson Sr 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 228. Dr Robert CURRY 229. Ann CURRY 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 244. Peter BISHOP 245. Margaret 246. Christopher MYERS 247. Euphemia LINGO? 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252. Michael Hoover Sr 253. Mary Jones 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr 103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 268. William MCCLINTICK 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 456. William CURRY 457. Sarah YOUNG 458. John YOUNG 459. Elizabeth KINGDOM 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504. Sebastian HOOVER 505. Catherine MEULLER 514. James MATTHEWS Sr ? 520. Philbert WRIGHT 521. Esther BECRAFT 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 830. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 914. John YOUNG 920. See 914 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 992. John SOUTHERN 993. Catherine BARRON 940->1035. unknown 1042. Peter BECRAFT
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann STRAINERIDGE 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1656. Matthias HATFIELD 1657. Mariken MELYN 1660. Richard CLARK 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 1984. Capt John SOUTHERN 1986. Andrew BARRON 1988. Thomas KIDD 1989. Jane WILLIS 1990. Robert CHOWNING Jr 1991. Ann POOLE 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3320. Richard CLARK 3321. Elizabeth MOORE 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3721. Susan BUSH 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann 113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 3972. Robert BARRON 3980. Robert CHOWNING Sr 3981. Joanne HITCHCOCK 3982. Thomas POOLE 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Capt Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 6640. Richard CLARK 6642. Thomas MOORE 6643. Martha YOUNGS 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD 115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13284. Thomas MOORE 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240202. Hugh FENNE 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480404. Thomas FENNE 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
516808. Hugh FENNE 530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Isabella MORTIMER 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. John FITZALAN 7686759. Maude DE VERDON 7686760. Roger MORTIMER 7686761. Maud DE BRAOSE 7686864->7686866. Royal Lineage 107 7386867->8486910. unknown


 
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Name: Mary Ann Born: after 1600 Place: England Died: by 1674 Place: probably Virginia Buried:

Mary Ann Utie Bennett's memory is a thin shadow in American history; just another immigrant raising a small family during the early years of Virginia Colony. She's first mentioned in the census of the living and the dead in 1623 and again in the muster the following year. A 1642 court order refers to her as "Mrs Marian Utie, now the wife of Richard Bennett," which confirms her two marriages. Thirty-two years later, her husband's will quietly attests to her death by the mere absence of her name. That's about all we know. However, she married two remarkable men, both of whom made important contributions to Virginia's earliest history. Captain John Utie was a key player in the arrest of Governor John Harvey in 1635, and Richard Bennett effected the removal of Governor William Berkeley in 1652, becoming the colony's next governor.

Nothing is found in contemporaneous record about the origins of Mary Ann or her first husband. Still, it has lately circulated, without credible source, that her maiden name was Longworth. From this unsubstantiated data point, an anonymous researcher concluded she was the daughter of George Longworth and Margaret Trafford of County Lancaster, the latter said to have been of aristocratic descent. However, if we accept that Mary Ann could not have been beyond her forties at the births of the three children she and Richard Bennett had during the 1640s, she was likely born after 1600. It's genealogically relevant, then, that The Visitation of Lancaster of 1567 states that the Longworth couple, Mary Ann's supposed parents, were already grandparents, nearly forty years before Mary Ann's birth.1 Whoever her parents were (and she certainly had parents), they could not have been George and Margaret Longworth.

Furthermore, a scan of the July 1616 parish record in Heptonstall, Yorkshire, purportedly proves the marriage between Mary Ann Longworth and John Utie, puts a nail in Longworth-Utie coffin. Susan Lord of the Calderdale Family History Society (Yorkshire) provided an image of page 20 of the Bishop's Register for Heptonstall. The suspect and oft-cited entry is squeezed between the first and third recorded marriages for July. Intentional or not, it appears to have been stricken through. But the strikethough is so precise that the record can be followed from one illegible word to the next. Only the "30" at the end of the line, which probably signifies the day of month for the marriage, and "ann" are reasonably unambiguous.


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Be this as it may, the only conclusive thing about the record is that it's inconclusive. And even if the transcription one day proves authentic, there are still no contemporaneous records placing John and Mary Ann Utie of Virginia in Yorkshire, or anywhere else, before their arrival in Jamestown, and no independent, corroborating record of Mary Ann's birth name.

But a couple of clues to her possible origins remain. The 1667 will of her son, Richard Bennett Jr, leaves 400 acres on the Sassafras River (Maryland) to his "cousin" John Langley.15 Although the term "cousin," particularly during that era, is open to interpretation, the name Langley is not found on the Bennett side of the family, which is largly understood. In fact, Langleys did immigrate to Jamestown about the same time as the Uties. John Langley was an investor in the Virginia Company and master (navigator) of the 1622 voyage of the Margaret and John. It's entirely possible that a researcher of some recent decade conflated the names Langley and Longworth and created this whole mess.

The Utie Family

Much of what is known about the early Virginia immigrants comes to us from John C Hotten's transcription of Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia 1624/1625. The Uties are found at Hogg island. It's our good fortune that arrivals and dates are sometimes noted among the roughly twelve hundred people enumerated. It tells us that Mary Ann and her young son, John Utie, Jr, crossed the Atlantic on the Seaflower. No year is mentioned in their entry, but three other colonists testify they arrived on the same ship in 1621.2 Mary Ann's first husband, John Utie (Uty), arrived earlier on the Francis Bonaventure. The earlier 1623 census lists the family as "John Utie, Mrs Utie, John Utie, infant."3

Some researchers have theorized that the couple was already aligned with the Bennetts (Mary Ann's future in-laws), that they were Puritans and a part of the community in Leyden. Edward Bennett, the owner of the 1621-1622 voyage of the Seaflower, was a Puritan, as were many of the ship's passengers. However, the Leyden community largely immigrated to Massachusetts, not Virginia.

Two weeks after he was enumerated on the 1624 muster, Utie, one of thirty men, complained to the king that six thousand "persons have been transported to Virginia who, for the most part, were wasted by the cruelty of Sir Thomas Smyth's government."4 He sat in the Virginia General Assembly for the years 1629 and 1630 and was elevated to a member of the Virginia Council from 1631, a position he held until at least 1635.

In 1630, by now a successful merchant and politician, Utie moved his family to the mouth of King Creek on the York River and named his home Utimaria, undoubtedly for his wife.5 In time, the couple had at least three sons: John, Nathaniel, and George. It's commonly cited that John Jr was christened on 28 June 1619 at Holy Trinity The Less parish church on Knightrider Street in London, but that's easily proved to be incorrect. The record provides no surname, neither for the baptized John nor for his parents, John and Ann. There's another theory that he was the John Utie christened as son of John and Joane Utie on 11 Feb 1618 at St Andrew's Parish, Holbein, London. Because the mother is not Mary Ann, corroborating data is required. In any case, the infant's prior birth is established by the 1623 census.

Nearly thirty years after the founding of Jamestown, the colonists, even the landowners and elected officials who'd been present from the earliest years, found it difficult to stay afloat. It clearly seemed to many of the colony's leaders that their masters, first the directors of the Virginia Company and now the royally-appointed governors, rarely had their best interests in mind. Once again, Utie was embroiled in controversy. In an incident now known as "The Thrusting Out of Governor Harvey," Utie and the Virginia Council, in a move that is described as America's first rebellious act toward the Crown, removed Virginia Governor John Harvey. About this, the Encyclopedia Virginia says, "On April 28 [1635] both Harvey and the Council attempted to arrest each other on charges of treason. The councilors, backed by musketeers, prevailed."6 In fact, the incident was even more colorful. Captain Matthews described the events in a letter written the following month to Sir John Wolstenholme,

25 May 1635
The next meeting in a most sterne manner [Harvey] demanded the reason that wee conceived of the Cuntreye's Petition against him. Mr. Menefie made Answere the chiefest cause was the detayning of the Letters to his Majestie and the Lords. Then [Harvey] rising in a great rage sayd to Mr Menefie and do you say so? He replied yes; presently the Governor in a fury went and striking him on the shoulder as hard as I can imagine he could said I arrest you of suspicion of Treason to the Majestie. Then Captain Utie being neare said and wee the like to you Sir. Whereupon I seeing him in a rage, tooke him in my Armes and said. Sir there is no harme intended against you save only to acquaint you with the grievances of the Inhabitants and to that end I desire you to sitt downe in your Chayre.7

Several weeks later, John Martyn, the mayor of Plymouth, England, sent testimony to the Privy Council that Governor Harvey arrived at port from Virginia that morning. Harvey immediately charged two of his fellow passengers, Thomas Harwood, who carried with him a trunk of letters, including that from West, and Francis Pott with taking part in his removal from office. Harvey wasted no time petitioning the government regarding "the mutinous proceedings,"

14 July 1635
Hearing of secret and unlawful meetings, held by Mathews about December last, he ordered William English, Capt. Martin, and Francis Pott, to be apprehended, [Harvey] demanded the assistance of the Council to suppress those mutinous meetings; but on 28th April, Mathews and others of the Council armed, and with about 50 musketeers, beset him in his own house ... John Utie struck him violently upon the shoulder, and said, "I arrest you for treason" ... 8

Harvey further accused John Pott, the brother of Francis, the exiled governor's travel "companion," as being the leader of the musketeers. He blamed (and detailed) various "jealousies" held by the men involved, and requested "that the offenders may be reduced to obedience, and receive condign punishment, and that the reputation of him who has suffered so much may be repaired."

Whatever the truth was — that Utie struck Harvey or that Harvey struck Menefie — it's clear that Utie himself affected the arrest and that he was now in serious trouble.

Three days before Christmas, Lord Baltimore, an ally of Governor Harvey's, requested , that "orders be given for Captain John West, Samuel Matthews, John Utie, William Peirce (and George Menefie), the chief mutineers in Virginia, to be sent to England for trial."9 (It's interesting to note here that Utie was the first of Mary Ann's two husbands to overthrow a governor of Virginia.) In 1639, Robert Booth, clerk of York County, bought land from John Utie Jr, "son and heir of Capt. John Utie, dec'd," thereby establishing the captain had died by then.10

Captain West, the seventh son of the 2nd Baron De La Warr, served as governor after the discharge of Harvey until 1637 when the king returned Harvey to his post and affected the arrests of Utie, Matthews, West and the others. Harvey, rather than deferring to instructions from the king, took matters into his own hands and attempted to exact revenge on his former accusers by seizing their servants and property.

Utie was in England on 25 May 1637 when he and his embattled friends petitioned the Privy Council: "[They] have been lately sent prisoners to England, Peirce excepted, who came over a year ago, and are now on bail. Pray that their distressed state may be taken into consideration and a letter written to Governor Harvey by a ship now ready to sail, to restore their goods, servants, and cattle, seized by his orders."11

The Privy Council followed through the same day,

Require [the governor and the council] to take effectual orders that the servants, goods, and cattle belonging to John West, Sam. Matthews, John Utie, and Will. Peirce, whose petition they inclose, should be quietly left in the hands of those to whom they were entrusted, and any that have been seized, restored, until the charges against the petitioners are heard and determined by the King or Privy Council.12

Frederick Dorman wraps up Utie's fate by writing, "Utie was presumably dead by July 1637 when goods were loaded on the Elizabeth of London in trust for Mistress Uley [sic] and certainly by 12 May 1638 when his son repatented his land."13 In other words, we can reasonably assume that Utie not only completed the voyage to England, but that he was there on 25 May to file his petition.

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Utie's sons, Nathaniel and George, are noted regularly in the colonial records. All we know about the eldest, John Utie Jr, is what is gleaned in the small number of deeds, at least one of which mentions his wife, Mary. It's the only detail we have about his personal life. John Bennett Boddie wrote in Colonial Surry that he "died before 15th of December, 1642, for on that date the County Court of Lower Norfolk commanded on, Richard Foster, to carry out the previous order dated October 4, 1641 and 'pay unto Mrs. Marian Utie, now the wife of Richard Bennett, Esq., 114 lbs. tobacco'" (Norfolk Bk. 1637-46, Item 17).14 From the few facts we have, we can surmise that the young man wasn't much older than twenty at his death, which likely occurred not much more than two years after his father's death.

The Bennett Family

As noted by Boddie, Mary Ann and Richard Bennett were married before October 1641. They had three children, all born by 1645: Anne Bennett (c1642-1687) married first Theodorick Bland of Westover and secondly to Col St Leger Codd; Richard Bennett Jr (c1644-1676) married Henrietta Maria Neale, daughter of James Neale of Maryland; and Elizabeth Bennett (1645-1719) married Col Charles Scarborough of Accomac County, the son of Edmund Scarborough.

Two dates and places for Mary Ann's death are often provided in uncited trees — a death in Virginia, which makes sense because that's where she made her home with both Utie and Bennett, and one in Maryland, which is where her children relocated. However, the commonly-cited Maryland death in 1687 belongs to her daughter, Anna Bennett Codd. Mary Ann appears to be last mentioned in a 1658 deed of land to Thomas Carter. She's not mentioned as an heir in the 1674 will of her second husband, Richard Bennett. With his wife and only son dead and with his two daughters well-cared for by their successful and prominent husbands, we can understand the generosity displayed in his will toward his friends, cousins, community, and church.

Mary Ann married two extraordinary men and was doubtless of extraordinary character herself. Her descendants include Richard Bland (1710-1776), a delegate to the Continental Congress and cousin of Thomas Jefferson; Major-General Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee (1756-1818), a Virginian Congressman and Governor; Judge Theodorick Bland (1776-1846), an attorney, statesman, and Chancellor of Maryland; John Randolph (1773-1833), a minister to Russia, a Virginian Congressman and Senator; General Robert E Lee (1807-1870); and Roger Atkinson Pryor (1828-1919), a Virginian newspaper editor and politician. As the wife of a historic figure — a Cromwellian governor of Virginia — and ancestor of several well-known politicians and military figures, we owe it to her legacy to get her story right, even if that story amounts to little more than "unknown."



1. William Flower, Norroy King of Arms, The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Made in the Year 1567, edited by the Rev, F R Raines, MA, FSA, the Vicar of Milnrow, and Hon. Canon of Manchester, printed for the Chetham Society, 1870, 25.

2. It's worth noting that in 1621, Edward Bennett, the uncle of the future Virginia governor and Mary Ann's second husband (Richard Bennett) owned the Seaflower. In November 1621, it sailed out of Bristol with 120 passengers and arrived in February the following year. A substantial number of them settled at Bennett's plantation, then known as Bennett's Welcome. A quarter of the Virginia population was to lose their lives only weeks later in the Indian massacre of 1622, including 52 of the residents on Bennett's lands. Might the Uties have been present at Bennett's Welcome that day? The family had a home only a short distance away on Hogg Island the following year.

3. John Camden Hotten, "List of the Living and the Dead in Virginia," The Original Lists of Person of Quality (London: n.p., 1874), 181.

4. Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1987), 46. It was Smythe who was granted the royal charter for the Virginia Company and the man from whom subsequent colonial policy derived, although he was never a Virginia resident.

5. The property passed between 16 private owners until it was assumed by the government in 1914. It became Navy property in 1917 and is now the Cheatham Annex Naval Base. (Source is howlingpixel.com.)

6. Brent Tarter, "Sir John Harvey (ca. 1581 or 1582-by 1650)," Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Humanities, accessed 1 August 2019.

7. "Captain Matthews to Sir John Wolstenholme, 25 May 1635," Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1636-1667, Colonial Papers. Vol. VIII, No. 65, p33.

8. "Declaration of Sir John Harvey, Governor of Virginia, to the Lords Commissioners for Foreign Plantations, concerning the mutinous proceedings of the Council there and their confederates," America and West Indies: July 1635, in Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 1, 1574-1660, ed. W Noel Sainsbury (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1860), 214. British History Online, accessed August 2, 2019, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/colonial/america-west-indies/vol1/pp210-214.

9. Coldham, 173.

10. "Captain John Utie, of Utimaria, Esq.," The William and Mary Quarterly 4 (July 1, 1895), 21-58.

11. "Petition of West, Mathews, Utie, and Peirce to the Privy Council." America and West Indies: May 1637, ibid, 251-253.

12. "The Privy Council to the Governor and Council of Virginia," America and West Indies: May 1637, ibid.

13. John Frederick Dorman, F.A.S.G., editor, "Utie," Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, Vol 3 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1956), 432.

14. John Bennett Boddie, Colonial Surry (PA: Clearfield Printing, 1948), reprinted by Genealogical Printing Company, 1989, 41.

15. "Will of Richard Bennett, Jr.," Maryland Historical Magazine I (Baltimore: 1906), 73-74.


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