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Col. Francis Eppes, Sr.

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  • Name Col. Francis Eppes, Sr. 
    Prefix Col. 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 14 May 1597  Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 15 May 1597  St. Mary's the Virgin, Ashford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    •      Francis Epes came to Virginia on "the good ship Hopewell," the name he later gave to his plantation on the south bank of the James River. He is listed among the Jamestown Colony individuals.
           Francis apparently arrived in Virginia in 1617 according to a book "Virginia Plantations" in which he was referred to as a wealthy English businessman.

           A 1993 letter from the Director of the British Society of Genealogists to my Aunt Adelia Stewart SAllee, indiates Francis Epps did not marry in England. Since Francis was only in England and Jamestown, he must have married Maria Paulett in Jamestown. 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.  Records of the marriage of Francis Epps and Maria Paulet would have been destroyed and never re-recorded.

           In April 1625, he was elected from Shirley Hundred to sit in the assembly at James City on May 10, 1625.  He was appointed Commissioner for the Upper Parts of the Colony 8 Aug. 1626, and commander of forces with his father-in-law Captain Thomas Pawlett to attack the Weyanoke and Appomattox Indians, 4 July 1627,  He was also a member of the Assembly of March 1627/28, by which time he was a Captain. In 1625, Francis Epes signed the "Petition of the Governor, Council, and Colony of Virginia, assembled toghther -- to the King."
           On 26 August, 1635 James I, King of England, granted him 1700 acres in Charles City County (Prince Charles) on Appomottox River. He built a manor known as Eppington and his estate was called Hopewell. A descendant later razed Eppington Manor and replaced it with Appomattox Manor. A portion of this tract owned by the Epes family of "Appomattox Manor" remained in the family until 1978 and was acquired by the National Park Service in 1979.
      (Appomattox Manor was reputed to be the oldest plantation still in the hands of descendants of the original owner. Appomottox Manor is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a Virginia Historic Landmark, and is included in the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield and is open for visitors. Appomattox Manor was the place where General Lee surrendered to General Grant to end the Civil War.)
           Francis Epes was a member, 1631/2, of the House of Burgesses for Shirley Hundred. Francis Epes again served in the House of Burgesses for Charles City 1639/40 and 1645/46.  As early as June 1637 he was recommended for appointment as a member of the Council of Virginia, although it was some time before he was actually appointed to that position.  In April 1652 Captain Francis Epes was named to the Council of State and soon advanced to Colonel.
           No records prove conclusivley that Francis ever returned to England, but the large number of immigrants and headrights transported by him to Virginia were probably sent under his personal supervision. The death of his father in 1627 necessitated that he return to England temporarily.  He probably returned to England with his wife and two sons, for on 8 Sept 1630 "Thomas, son of Francis Eps amd Marie was born in London."
           He consolidated his land 4 Oct. 1668 in a patent for 1980 acres.  He also held land on Shirley Hundred Island, now Eppes Island, in 1644 according to two patents to others.

           In January 1843/44, Captain Thomas Pawlett wrote his will naming Francis Eppes as one of the overseers of the will and leaving him his drum, and gave Marie Epps his Bible and 20 shillings to buy a mourning ring in his memory. Family Bibles were giiven to the next of kin, thus further proof that Maria Epps was a daughter of Thomas Paulet.

           For more intersting details of his life, see "Ancestors and Descendants of Francis Epes I of Virginia, Vol I."
      Epps was a dorect descemdant of William de Huntingfield, Baron and Magna Charta Surety, Governor or Sauvey Castle.
      Was also a direct ancestor of Martha Eppes Wayles Skelton, wife of President Thomas Jefferson.


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    Died 30 Sep 1674  Charles City, Charles City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I135375  Full Tree | Larson
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2013 

    Father John Eppes Click to preview: John Eppes,   b. 1566, Lydd, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1627, Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Thomazine Fisher Click to preview: Thomazine Fisher,   b. Abt 1573, , Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 Jun 1579  , Detling, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Status Contract 
    Family ID F53115  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Paulet Click to preview: Mary Paulet,   b. 1597, of Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1642  (Age 45 years) 
    Married Abt 1621  Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Eppes Click to preview: John Eppes,   b. 1626, Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1679, , Charles City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +2. Col. Francis Eppes, Jr. Click to preview: Col. Francis Eppes, Jr.,   b. 19 Nov 1627, Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1678, Chesterfield, Henrico, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     3. Thomas Eppes Click to preview: Thomas Eppes,   b. 8 Sep 1630, St. Olave Hart Street, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1679  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F53114  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 May 1597 - Ashford, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 15 May 1597 - St. Mary's the Virgin, Ashford, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1621 - Ashford, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Eppes - 1626 - Ashford, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Col. Francis Eppes, Jr. - 19 Nov 1627 - Ashford, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas Eppes - 8 Sep 1630 - St. Olave Hart Street, London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Sep 1674 - Charles City, Charles City, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1402] Genealogical Research of Kirk Larson (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S1410] Ancestral File™, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), ). (Reliability: 1).


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