258. Thomas, Sr. Batte
was born in 1634 in England. He died in 1698 in Henrico Co., VA. "The
Reverend William Clayton Torrence thought that Thomas Batts left descendants
through the Joneses and Evanses." (William Clayton Torrence, "Henrico
County: Virginia: Beginnings of its Families," William and Mary Quarterly,
1st ser., XXIV (1915-1916), 268-269, also 207)
"...of Henrico and Charles City Counties, VA."
"Thomas Battes, Sr., has been conclusively established as codiscoveref of
New River along with Robert Fallam in 1671."
"Thomas Batts was in Virginia as early as 1667. He was son of John Batts
and grandson of Robert Batts, fellow and vicar-master of University College,
Oxford. With his brother Henry, to whom Beverley ascribes the leadership in this
present expedition, he patented five thousand, eight hundred, seventy eight acres
of land in the Appomattox Valley, August 29, 1668. Henry Batts was burgess for
Charles City County in 1691. Thomas Batts died in 1698, and his will ison record
in Henrico County" From: Expedition of Batts and Fallam, p 184, from "The
First Explorations of the Trans-Allegheny Region by the Virginians, 1650-1674,
by Clarence Walworth Alvord and Lee Bidgood
(This fascinating journal of their expedition is on file I012 (John Evans).
259. Mary Randolph was born about 1634 in Henrico
Co., VA. Children were:
Thomas, Jr. Batte was born in 1660. He died in 1691.
Martha Batte was born in 1667. Martha Batte [3524.9.5] married Lt. Abraham
Wood Jones, the son of Maj. Peter Jones I and his wife, Margaret . Middle
names in Colonial Virginia were very rare and his appeared in a patent to John
Ellis. Marthas sister, Mary, married Abrahams brother, Peter Jones
Abraham was a militia lieutenant in 1683. On 20 November 1683, he obtained a
patent for 1,217 acres in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, for the transportation
of twenty-five persons. His property was south of the Appomattox River and next
to land of Maj. Gen. Abraham Wood. Martha and Abraham had at least two children
for in 1704 Stephen Cocke, then Marthas husband, paid quit rents on 2,405
acres of land for Jones Orphans.
We know the name of only one child. Another may have been Abraham Jones because
fragmentary records of Prince George County suggest more Abrahams than otherwise
Martha marries John Banister
Abraham died before 3 December 1689 when the Charles City County court granted
Thomas Wynne a judgement against the estate of Abraham Jones, deceased. Martha
was by then the wife of Rev. John Banister. They had married before April 1687
when William Byrd I in a letter to English horticulturist, Jacob Bobart, told
him Banister had married a young widow.
Banister had entered Saint Mary Magdalen College of Oxford University on 21
June 1667 at age seventeen. He received his B.A. degree in 1671 and a masters
degree in 1674. He was a clerk [cleric] two years and chaplain from
1676 to 1678. On 9 October 1690, Charles City County confirmed John Banister
was due 300 acres for six importations: four slaves and himself twice
once from England and once from New York. He was probably in the Colony by mid-1678
to serve as rector of Bristol Parish and was later an original trustee of the
College of William and Mary. Upon his arrival, Banister began immediately to
inspect the wildlife. A letter he wrote 6 April 1679 to Dr. Robert Morrison,
Professor of Botany at Oxford, described his early observations.
North Americas first resident naturalist, John Banister spent
fourteen years collecting specimens of insects, spiders, plants, and molluscs
to send back to England. John Banister and his Natural History of Virginia 1678-1692
by Joseph Ewan and Nesta Ewan (University of Illinois Press, 1970) presents a
collection of Banisters works and document his place in the growth of knowledge
of natural history of the Atlantic seaboard. They show that had his works been
published, even as incomplete as they were at his death, they would have altered
the course of American botany, entomology, and malacology. In addition, anthropologists
would have rightfully credited Banister with much of the Virginian Indian lore
attributed to Robert Beverly.
The Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography devotes two pages to the life and family
of John Banister.
During May 1692 Banister traveled southwestward to the Roanoke River to collect
specimens. With him was a woodsman Jacob Colson. These two were undoubtedly
part of a larger party of explorers perhaps accompanying William Byrd
I who inspected land he owned on the lower Roanoke River about this time. Banister
strayed from the group to collect plants along the river and Colson, perhaps
thinking he was a wild animal, shot him dead.
Henrico County investigated the death of Mr. John Banister, decd,
per misadventure and acquitted Colson for his death. During December 1692
Charles City County court ordered Mrs. Banister, relict of Abraham Jones
& John Banister to report on her late husbands estate. Some of
her Banister children were still underage on 15 May 1713 when she and two others
made a £173 orphans bond in Prince George County.
Charles City County granted his widow administration of his estate on 3 June
1692. She was due in court 3 October 1692 to swear to the inventory of her husbands
estate but was too sick to get there. The court empowered Richard Bland to see
her and administer the oath. Acknowledging Martha now administered two estates,
Charles City County ordered her to bring sureties for both estates to the October
Court 1692. She evidently did not reply and they ordered her to appear at the
February Court 1692/3.
Martha marries Stephen Cocke
In Henrico County on 26 May (license) 1694, Martha became the second wife of
Stephen Cocke, the son of Capt. Thomas Cocke. Stephen had previously been married
to Sarah () Marston. Stephens father had married second Margaret
() Jones, Marthas widowed mother-in-law. In December 1694 Stephen
and Martha Cocke sued John Evans.
A wealthy land owner, Capt. Cocke paid quit rents on 2,976½ acres in 1704.
He refused to pay the quit rents on 1,970 acres belonging to the orphans of
John Banister. Martha and Stephen were the parents of four children.
During 1687 Stephens father had conveyed to him 200 acres of land one
part of which was part of the tract or dividend of land at Malvern Hills,
including a mill. Stephen patented 1,040 acres in Henrico and Charles City counties
in 1695. In 1701 Stephen and Martha conveyed 56 acres, including an old
mill, to John Pleasants. They sold his brother Thomas Cocke their 200
acres at Malvern Hills 2 March 1703/4.
Stephen Cocke was living 24 February 1710/1 when William Byrd mentioned John
Banisters father-in-law [stepfather] in his diary. He was dead
by 14 August 1711 when Martha Cocke, his widow, returned to Prince George County
court a list of things not inventoried in his estate.
Marthas father, Thomas Batte, owed £45 to his son-in-law Rev. John
Banister and had given him a mortgage on four slaves in June 1689. Fifteen years
later, on 13 January 1713/4, Banisters widow, Martha (Batte) Jones Banister
Cocke, quit claimed her right to two surviving slaves to Richard Jones of Prince
George County for 40 pounds.
Martha still had Banister children less than twenty-one on 12 May 1713 when
she, Richard Jones, and John Woodlief made a £173-bond to the benefit of
the orphans of John Banister. Martha was still living 9 July 1717 when she delivered
an accounting of the debts of Stephen Cocke to court.
The only known child of Abraham and Martha (Batte) Jones
4 Peter Jones [3518.104.22.168] was remembered in the 1718-will of his grandmother
Margaret () Jones Cocke. He married his cousin Mary Jones. (From Virginians.com)
Mary Batte was born in 1669.
Amy Batte was born in 1671.