I am descended from two of John Hord's sons: Thomas and William. Thomas's daughter Agnes married William's son William (Jr) and I am descended from this marriage.
John Hord already had at least one relatives in Virginia when he arrived (Edmund or Edward Hord). He was not an indentured servant. But he did "escape" the wrath of James II in 1685 by coming to Virginia at the collapse of the Monmouth rebellion. When William and Mary came to the Throne by way of the "Glorious Revolution" in 1688 they pardoned those who participated in the Monmouth Rebellion who had not already been executed by James II. This allowed John to return to England. I don;t know for sure were he lived prior to the Rebellion, but after his return he was in Ewell, Surrey (not far to the south of London). His marriage info continues to elude me, but his first son, Thomas, was born in Ewell and the family moved permanently to Virginia shortly there after where they already had a parcel of land, presumedly an inheritance from the ancestor he visited in 1685. The rest is fairly well recorded.
John's English ancestry has been tentatively traced to a merchant named Richard Hord who was living in 1275. In the 1500's and early 1600's there were many records with various members of the family on them. They appear to have been quite the prominent family in Shropshire. I saw a mention of the Palmer family on this thread and this is where they come in. It seems one of the Hords married a Palmer heiress and inherited quite a lot from his father-in-law. The Victoria History of Schropshire has a very detailed account of this family and the lands they owned.
Hope this helps some.
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