Posted By:Howard Blair
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Subject:Do you connect to John or Arnold Elzey?
Post Date:January 25, 2006 at 03:27:18
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Please contact me if you think you connect to these folks below. Thanks..
Howard Blair
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Came to live in Northampton County, Virginia by 1661. He migrated to Somerset County, Maryland 1661.
The rights for land, February 28, 1655/56, given in Northampton (Virginia) Court, Volume V, p.142. For references to Elzey's in Southampton, England, see XXXIX Virginia Mag. Hist. and Biog., pp. 345-6.
For deeds John Elzey and Sarah, His wife, see Appendix X.....2Liber IKL (Somerset County), which records the death of John Elzey, gives the date as May, 1663. There is every evidence that Elzey was still alive as late as February, 1663/64 (see ante, p. 58). The entry in Liber IKL as 1663 is obviously a clerical error. Also Nancy Crockett Tabb, knewthat@aol.com, says John Elzey from Southampton, England, was in Northampton County, Virginia by 1661. He migrated to Somerset County, Maryland; Gen forum; Elzey Family Forum, July 05, 1998, message 15 of 143.

This data below was supplied by E. Guy Elzey, III, in an letter dated November 16, 2000.............
"The History of Oriole and its Satellites" written by the late Marion Hall in 1964, transcription is by John H. Herold in March 24, 1998. Says in the early 1650's, John and his brother Peter Elzey sailed
to America. They settled on the Eastern Shore and were the first Commissioners of land in that area.
John built a home on the Manokin River (near Oriole) which he named "Almodington." Almodington consisting of 1000 acres, was surveyed November 10, 1663 for John Elzey's son Harold, who figured so highly in the Revolution.
In 1695, John Elzey is recorded as a Deputy in Calvert County Court.
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This data is from: "Southampton in 1620 and the Mayflower" booklet, July-September 1970, Southampton Archives Servives, Southampton,
Hampshire, England...This town was Walled with gates in 1620. Elzey was the way his name was spelled in this booklet from England, and not Ellzey or any other form.

Also who lived within these walls at this time, and listed in this booklet was William Shakspeare. And the Mayflower ship departed this town in 1620 to Plymouth, Mass.

Page 43. Lot Number 96 HOUSE OF JOHN ELZEY.........
He was a wealthy and prominent citizen, being Town Steward (Treasurer) in 1619, and in 1616 able to lend the Town 100 Sterling, (about 500 Sterling today(1970)0. In 1608 he complained that John Parker (also my ancestor), a fellow Burgess (Town Mayor), had many times "abused him and reviled
(cursed) him in words severall (this is the way it's spelled) time in callinge(this is the way it's spelled)him knave", for which Parker was fined 20 pounds, 10 of which was returned, under the Gild rules. Elzey's house was a timber one.

The Rights for Land, February 28, 1655/6, given in Northampton (Virginia) Court, Volume V, page 142. For references to Elzey's in Southampton, England, see XXXIX Virginia Mag. Hist. and Biog., pp. 345-6. For deeds John Elzey and wife Sarah, see Apendix X....2Liber IKL (Somerset Court), which records the death of John Elzey, gives the date as May 1663. There is every evidence that Elzey was still alive as late as February 1663/4 (see ante, p. 58). The entry in Liber IKL as 1663 is obviously a clerical error. This data was submitted by my friend, Elizabeth Mock, ElizMock@aol.com.

Also from, Elizabeth Mock, ElizMock@aol.com, she sent me the following information, posted on the Genealogy Chat room, August 17, 1999. John Elzey died at Manokin and was buried at his plantation in May Ao Do one thousand six hundred sixty and four. John Elzey married (prior to 1658) Sarah (whose surname is unknown) and by her had at least two sons; (1) Arnold Elzey (died 1716) married Major , (2) John Elzey, Jr., who died 1667.
Mrs. Sarah Elzey, married, second, to Thomas Jordan; third to Charles Ballard; fourth to Stephen Luffe.

Sent to me by my friend, Elizabeth Mock, Gainesville, Florida.
Old Somerset of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A Study in Foundations and Founders by Clayton Torrence, Richmond, Virginia, 1935.

JOHN ELZEY
We find reference to John Elzey in Northampton County, Virginia, as early as 1655/6. On February 28, 1655/6, the Northampton Court granted "John Elzye" certificate for 200 acres of land "per rights vizt John Elsye, Arnold Elsye, Ann Shaw, Danl Mickley." The variation in the spelling of the name in no wise
affects the matter of identification. From certain items of record that remain to us it is evident that John Elzey derived descent from the Elzeys of Southampton, England, and that he was drawn to Northampton County, Virginia, through relationship to Ralph Barlowe, who had settled there at an early date and had become prominent in the affairs of that county. Records prove that John Elzey was a nephew of Ralph Barlowe; Barlowe and Elzey's father having been half-brothers.

Ralph Barlowe died in 1652 naming John Elzey, "my kinsman," a residuary legatee and executor. Thus it was that Elzey came to Northampton County, where his name several times appears in the records with the designation of "merchant." John Elzey and Sarah, his wife, conveyed lands in Northampton County, October, 1658, and in Accomack County in October, 1663.1 Lord Baltimore did not enlist a more faithful and upright officer in the "Eastern Shore" adventure than John Elzey. The very fact of Elzey's having been named a member of the original "commission" of November, 1661, to effect the settlement of the Manokin-Annemessex area is evidence of his ability. Surpassing this quality of ability, however, was the man's spirit of loyalty to his charge in guarding the best interests of both the settlers and the Lord Proprietor. The remaining records of the transaction of affairs in the Manokin-Annemessex settlement during the period of its establishment give every evidence of Elzey's able conduct in office. Under the proclamation of November 6, 1661, directing the establishment of "the Eastern Shore below Choptank" settlement, John Elzey was named as the third among the three "commissioners" (Edmund Scarburgh and Randall Revell being the other two) to grant the Manokin-Annemessex area from the rapacious clutches of Colonel Edmund Scarburgh.

Elzey's staunchness throughout this whole affair must indeed have been an inspiration to the valiant Annemessex men who openly defied Scarburgh and all of his pretentions.(*) "John Elzey died at Manoakin & was buried at his plantation in May Ao Do one thousand six hundred sixty and [four]."2 John Elzey, married (prior to 1658) Sarah (whose surname is unknown) and by her had at least two sons. (1) Arnold Elzey (died 1716), married Major Waller; and (2) John Elzey, Junior, who died 1667. Mrs. Sarah Elzey, married, second, Thomas Jordan; third, Charles Ballard; fourth, Stephen Luffe.
Sent to me by a friend, Elizabeth Mock, ElizMock@aol.com, email dated 28 Sept. 2001.