James Day of Isle of Wight

Article Covers
Day, Ridley, le Hunte, Jones, Bennett, Thompson
Nansemond, Virginia
London, England
Year range
1500 - 1750





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The Daye surname may have been of French origin as John Day’s son signed his name Richard D'Aije on occasion. In his 1627 will, John Daye the younger, gave “to my brother, Mr. Lyonell Daye, my gold ringe with my father's arms.” This shows the arms presented to John Daye, Senior, the printer, occurred prior to 1627. James Day II the younger of Isle of Wight was willed his fathers ‘coate of armes’ which allows us to trace this family back to John Daye, printer of London who had a close relationship with John Foxe, writer of the Book of Martyrs.

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John Foxe lived with his friend and printer Sir John Daye of London, both Protestant Reformers. The information below shows that there was only one other Sir John Daye living in the London area during this time period, this was Edward Day of London, son of Edward Day, son of William Day of Derbyshire who showed no involvement in the Protestant Reformation. Also, Richard Bennett, a former Catholic Priest, was heavily involved in the Protestant Reformation, and the Bennett family was closely associated with James Day of Isle of Wight according to several documents.

In an affidavit Richard Bennett said, "I, Richard Bennett, an inhabitant of Virginia but at present living in London" His father Robert Bennett, tanner of Wivelscombe, was the father of three Bennett brothers who established "Bennett's Plantation" in Isle of Wight. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County, By John Bennett boddie. Edward BENNETT's plantation extended from “The Rocks” along the shore of the same river for two miles including all of the land now known as Day’s Neck. In this Neck, made by the waters of the James river on one side and Pagan creek on the other, and on that portion of Pagan creek called now Tormentor’s Bay, was “Basse’s Choice,” then and the choice portion of that Neck of some twenty-five hundred acres. Population increased in the county so rapidly between May, 1619, and March the 22d, 1622, that it extended from “Lawne’s Point” to and inclusive of “Day’s Neck,” a distance of twelve miles.

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John Day (c1515 St. Peters Parish, Dunwich, Suffolk-23 Jul 1584 Saffron Walden, Essex) Day describes himself as 'dwelling over Aldersgate', which stood where the Great North Road entered the city of London. John Day was buried with a rhyming brass at Bradley Parva, Suffolk, 2 August 1584. About the year 1564 John Foxe left the duke's house and went to lodge over Aldersgate with his printer John Daye as two or three letters of the years 1565 and 1566 are addressed to him at John Daye's, and one (from John Field on January 26, 1566) distinctly speaks of him as "abiding at Mr. Daye's”. Bradley Little (All Saints)-The church, though small, is of very considerable antiquity, with a round tower; in it lies buried John Day, the celebrated printer, and it contains also some ancient and curious monuments.

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According to Burke’s Armory, [see above] there were only two Day coat of arms in the London area during this time. The first belonged to John Daye, Printer of London, and the other belonged to Edward Day, son of Edward Day, son of William Day of Derbyshire, gent, granted on 20 March 1582. In addition, there was mention of Sir John Daye, Rector of St. Ethelburga, Bishopsgate, London. “St Ethelburga Bishopsgate Chantry Certificate, 1548: City of London - Sir John Day, rector, receives £11 12s p.a. and serves the cure himself.” This may have been in error as none of the other documents about his ears being pilloried [nailed to a pillor] several times for his unfavorable interactions with Bloody Mary, ever referred to him as Sir John Daye. He likely did not marry or have children as King Henry VIII 1509-1547 was against the marriage of clergy, and his son Edward 1547-1553 allowed those who were already married to enter into the clergy. Upon Edward’s death, Queen Mary 1553-1558 caused the married clergy to put their wives aside or leave the clergy.

On 13 Aug 1553, John Day, rector of St. Ethelburga in Bishopsgate St, led the riot at Paul’s Cross when Queen Mary sent Bourne, her chaplain, to preach there and denounce Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London (Ridley replaced the deposed conservative Edmund Bonner). Under Ridley the see of London was made into a showpiece of Reformed England. But in December every London church was ordered to obtain a staff-cross and a cope to go on procession, and a few days later the English service and communion were abolished and Latin was reintroduced with holy bread and water. On 9 July 1553, Nicholas Ridley, in a sermon preached at St Paul's cross, affirmed that the princesses Mary and Elizabeth were illegitimate and that the succession of the former would be disastrous to the religious interests of England. When Lady Jane's cause was lost, however, he went to Framlingham to ask Queen Mary's pardon, but at once he was arrested and sent to the Tower of London. On 16 Oct 1555, Nicholas Ridley was burned at the stake in Oxford along with Bishop Hugh Latimer. As the fire took hold, Latimer was stifled by the smoke and died without pain, but Ridley was not so lucky. The wood was piled up above his head to quicken his death, but he writhed in agony and repeatedly cried out, ‘Lord, have mercy upon me’ and ‘I cannot burn’. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was made to watch, would go to his own death the following year.

The Edward Day, son of Edward Day, son of William Day of Derbyshire Coat of Arms in London was: “Day (London; granted 20 March 1582). Gu. two flaunches erm. on a chief az. three suns or; Crest, greyhound's hand (erased), a collared, ringed, and lined, gu., the end nowed. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales .. .By Bernard Burke, p. 270 and The Genealogist, Vol. 14, p. 125. By Walford Dakin Selby, 1898.

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The John Daye, printer of London, was: Day of London Coat of Arms, Ermine, on a chief indented two spread eagles; the crest, a spread eagle issuing from a ducal coronet. Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, Volume 8 By Samuel Bentley, p. 673.

On the accession of Queen Mary in 1553, John Daye and John Rogers, one of the translators of the Bible - Matthews' Bible—were imprisoned for ‘promulgating false doctrines. Owing probably to the influence of some great man, Daye was soon released , and immediately sought refuge abroad, where it is said fourteen hundred other English men had fled for safety. Among them was John Fox, a Fellow of Magdalen, who supported his family for a time as reader for the press to Johan Oporinus, a well. known printer at Basel. Rogers was not so fortunate, he was burnt at Smithfield, the first of Queen Mary's martyrs, on 2/4/1555, ‘on account of printing the Bible.' In the next year Philip and Mary granted a Charter to the Stationers' Company, and John Daye, who had been allowed to return to England, was the first to be admitted to the livery.

His son Lional Daye, provost of Eton, erected the monumentis. himself being almost a sexagenarian and sole survivor of 26 brothers and sisters. He was a Fellow of Balliol, and sometime of Oriel College, Oxon; B.D. June 1608. He was curate at Chinnor, in Oxfordshire, about 1610-12, and in 1614 was rector of Whichford, county Warwick, until his death. He was the author of several learned books. He died in 1640, and buried in the chancel of the church of Whichford, I May, aged 70. Lionel Day mentions a book called ‘History of the World, 1614,’ now in the possession of Sir Walter Raleigh, which contains a note at the end stating "ye bookes which my Brother John Day [the Printer] gave unto my Sonn John Day. Sir Walter Raleigh was granted the right to explore the new world and colonize it by Elizabeth I. In return for one fifth of gold and silver obtained in a seven year period, he could seize any lands not already occupied by a Christian nation. These skills and his wealth were to be used to attempt to colonize the Americas, first at Roanoke and then the Virginia colony. Sir Walter Raleigh, Roanoke and the Virginia Colony Sir Walter Raleigh and the Virginia Colony, On-Line SchoolsHistory.org.uk/.

"I, John Daye, Bachelour of Divinity and Parson of Little Thurlow, make my last will and testament this 28th day of September in the third year of Kinge Charles, 1627. I know not how soone myselfe may be summoned hence, whoe according to my vocation have soe many tymes given warning to others. A most wretched sinner I yet commend myselfe vnto God and to his infinite greate mercies. I have waited for tine salvacon, 0 Lord. My desire is that my bodie be buried in Little Thurlowe, my owne parish church, at evening prayer, vpon some Sunday or holy daie—as vpon a Wednesday or ffrydaie—shortly after my death (if not ymediately): and at that tyme to bee read the fourteene chapter of the booke of Job for the first lesson and the fifteenth chapter of the first Epistle of St. Paule to the Corinthians—and soe ymediately to the funerall, as is prescribed in the booke of comon prayer. I give to euy householder of St. Marie's parish in Oxford, as alsoe to euy householder of Littlemore one of my bookes vnbound, called Dayes Descant on David's Pasalmes: which also I give to euy howeholder of my pariah of Little Thurlowe. To my sister, Mrs. Mary daye, my gold Binge with fiue diamonds, which was my mother's. I bequeath to the vse of the Parsonage howse. my long table wth leaves in the Parlor, my long table and little table in the hall, my Jacke in the Kitchen, and my copper and Brewing vessels in the bruing house. Whereas I haue begune with a Commentary on David's Psalmes, and have allready printed the first daye of the worke: and since that tyme haue written vpon the ix.—xviii. psalmes; and haue preached vpon the rest to the 54 Ps.:—namely an hundred and unity lectures: I give those bookes and lectures to my approved good friend Mr. D* Clewett, desireing him to goe forward where it pleaseth God that I shall leave and to publish in a fayre folio. To my brother, Mr. Lyonell Daye, my gold ring with my father's arm’s. To the overseers of this my will fortie shillings apecce to buy them Bings \v'all, haueinge these words in those Bings 'While it is daie.' Item. I giue to the Clarke of Little Thurlowe my rug gowne." (P.O.C. 27 Barrington).

Sir John Daye, the printer, gifted to the town of Dunwich, where he was born, to be set up in St. Peter’s Church. Martin’s Coll. It appears, from hence, that his gift was not in money, but was some ornament or other, from its having been directed to be set up in the church. Day’s second wife was Alice, only daughter of Richard Le Hunte of Little Bradley, esq. a family of note, for many generations established at Springfield in Essex, from whence they removed to Ashen in the same county; and, upon the marriage of Richard Le Hunte to the heiress of Knighton, to Little Bradley. The arms quartered by Alice Le Hunte are the following: 1. Le Hunte. Vert, a saltire Or. 2. Upwell. Gules, a lion rampant in a bordure engrailed Ermine. 3. Hunte. Per pale Argent and Sarhie, a saltire Counter changed. 4. Fotheringhay. Quarterly Or and Gules, a cross lozengy Sable ; in the second quarter, an eagle displayed of the First. 5. Knighton. Barry of eight Argent and Azure, on a canton of the First a tun Gules. 6. Underhill. Gules, six annulets Or, 3, 2, and 1. But these are not all the quarterings which she was entitled to bear; for the family of Le Hunte besides those above, married the heiresses of Wingham, Rushbrook, and Toppesfield, and through her mother, she could claim to bear the arms of Peche.

John Day (c1515 St. Peters Parish, Dunwich, Suffolk-23 Jul 1584 Saffron Walden, Essex) master printer of the English Reformation. his motto was “Arise, for it is Day,” he married first HANNA LNU, by whom he had 13 children. Per England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, the children of John and Hannah Day are as follows:

Children born to John Day and Hannah:

1. Hannah Day (ca 1537 St. Sepulchres Parish, above Holborn Conduit-) named for mother.

2. Daughter Day (ca 1539 St. Sepulchres Parish, above Holborn Conduit-)

3. Daughter Day (ca 1541 St. Sepulchres Parish, above Holborn Conduit-)

4. Daughter Day (ca 1543 St. Sepulchres Parish, above Holborn Conduit-)

5. Daughter Day (ca 1543 St. Sepulchres Parish, above Holborn Conduit-)

6. Daughter Day (ca 1545 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-)

7. Daughter Day (ca 1547 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-)

8. Daughter Day (ca.1549 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-)

9. Richard Day (12/21/1552 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-1627 London) "Day, Richard. Adm. at King's, 1571, a scholar from Eton. S. of John, the celebrated printer. B. in London, Dec. 21, 1552. Matric. 1571; B. A. 1575-6. Fellow, 1574-6. For some years worked as printer in his father's shop. Ord. deacon (London) Dec. 1, 1580, age 30. V. of Mundon Essex, 1580, V. of Reigate, Surrey, 1583-5. Probably R. of Chipstead, 1586-1611, Died 1611. (Cooper, II. 476; D.N.B.)" Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Vol. 1 edited by John Venn, p. 23. "In 1577 Queen Elizabeth I granted a license John Day and Richard Day his son during their lives, and that of the longest liver, to print the Psalms of David, in metre, &c. Of the twenty-six children, we have record of only four of the sons: Richard, John, Lyonel and Bartholomew. For some years he attended his father's business, and was the first who adopted the proper use of the letters i and j, and v and u. Later in life he became Vicar of Reigate. He died in 1627." The Publishers' Circular and Booksellers' Record of British and... Vol. 58, p. 593. "By 1578 Richard Day appeared to be on his way to making it as a printer in his own right, but his father was still clearly allowing his eldest son little freedom". Patents, Pictures and Patronage: John Day and the Tudor Book TradeBy El, izabeth Evenden, p. 161.

10. John Day (ca 1555 near St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-) named for father

11. Daughter Day (ca 1557 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-) no other sons have been found

12. Daughter Day (ca 1557 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-) no other sons have been found

13. Daughter Day (ca 1559 St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-) no other sons have been found

With second wife ALICE LE HUNTE, he had 6 sons and 5 daughters (2 children died young, one unnamed and Bartholomew) The names of five of their children are known, the remaining children’s names are surmised from names of parents and grandparents:

Children born to John Daye and Alice le Hunte:

1. Richard Day (1561 London-) Named after Alice's father. Another reason John decided to name a second son Richard may have been due to his 1577 grant by Queen Elizabeth I which allowed him and his son Richard during their lives, and that of the longest liver, to print the Psalms of David in metre.

2. Infant Day (ca 1563 near Aldersgate, London-) death is recorded in father’s memorial.

3. John Day (Chr. 4 Nov 1565 St Margaret Pattens, London-1628 London (date of will) Day, John. M.A. 1597 (1566-) (Incorp. from Oxford). S. of John of London, printer. Matric from St. Albans Hall, Oct. 11, 1583, age 17; B.A. 1586-7; M.A. 1591; B. D. 1611. Fellow of Oriel College, 1588-1628. V. of St Mary, Oxford, 1609-22. R. of Little Thurlow, Cambs., 1622-8. Died Jan. 10, 1627-8. Will, P. C. C. (Al. Oxon.; D.N.B.) Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Volume 1 edited by John Venn, p. 23.

4. Alice Day (Chr. 7 Nov 1567 St. Bartholomew Exchange, London, London-) Father: John Day, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

5. Lionel Day (1569/70 near Aldersgate, London-1640 Whichford, Stratford-on-Avon District, Warwickshire, England-) His brother John placed an epitaph at his church for Lionel. Day, Lionel, of London, gent. ST. ALBAN HALL, matric. 8 Dec., 1587, aged 17; B.A. from ORlEL COLL. 5 Feb., 1590-1, fellow BALLIOL COLL., M.A. 6 Feb., 1593-4, B. D. 1 June. 1608,1icenccd to preach 26 Oct., 1609, rector of Whichford, co. Warwick, 1608, died 1640, buried in chancel, brother of John 1583, and, father of the next named. Sec Fasli, i. 326. Day, Lionel, s. Lionel, of Whichford. co. Warwick, gent. CHRIST CHURCH, matric. 28 March, 1642, aged 16.

6. Joyce Day (Chr. 4 May 1572 St. Clement Danes, Westminster, London-) Father: John Day, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

7. Margaret Day (Chr. 15 Nov 1573 St. Clement Danes, Westminster, London-) Father: John Day, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

8. Elizabeth Day (Chr. 27 Nov 1575 St. Clement Danes, Westminster, London-) Father: John Day, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

9. Stephen Day, (ca 1577) “son of John Daye, an eminent printer of London, came hither [to MA Bay Colony] to run the press, and finally, in 1639, set up the machinery at Cambridge and began work.” The Peterson Magazine, New Series, Vol. 8, p. 752. July 1897. He was the printer engaged by Mr. Glover to come to this country [MA Bay Colony] with him to conduct the press.

10. James (?) Day (ca 1579 London-) In the will of James Day, he directed certain property lying in Broad street in the parish of St. Peter's-the-Poor, in London, be sold, and to his son James Day he leaves his watch, silver cane, seal & coate of armes & my Rapier. James Day also requested money held by Micajah Pery and Co., Merchants in London. The Inventory of Mr. James Day of Isle of Wight contained 1 parcell of old Books, valued at 02, 00, 00.

11. Bartholomew Day (5/1581 London-5/6/1581), death is recorded in father’s memorial.

12. Christian Day (Chr. 28 Dec 1582 London-) Father John Day, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.

13. Mary Day (ca 1584 London-) named as sister in Lionel Day’s will.

ALICE was, daughter and heir of Richard LE HUNTE of Bradley Parva, by Anne, daughter, and heir, of Francis KNIGHTON of the same parish. The mother, Anne, married 2dly Thomas SOAME of Bradley, and they were the parents of, amongst others (fourteen in all), Sir Stephen SOAME, Knt., of Little Thurlow, Suffolk, Lord Mayor of London in 1598, who married Anne, daughter of William STONE of Segenhoe in Ridgemont, Bedfordshire. By Alice LE HUNTE, so the DAY brass at Bradley Parva informs us, John DAY had another family of 13 children, making twenty-six in all; and Alice, his second wife, also married a second time, her second husband being William STONE of Segenhoe in Bedfordshire (aforesaid). She, as the rhyming brass at Little Parva humorously expresses it, "was the last encreaser of his (John DAY'S) Stoore, Who mourning long for being left alone, Set upp this toombe her self turnd to a STONE." Of these thirteen children only three are known, viz.: John, Lionel and Bartholomew. For further particulars of John DAY, the printer, we must refer to the Dictionary of National Biography, AMES'S Typographical Antiquities, and particularly The Gentleman's Magazine for 1832 (Part II., pp. 417-21 and 597-99), where are a valuable " Memoir of John DAYE the Printer " and " Further Notices of DAYE the Printer." These include a full-page engraved plate of the Bradley Parva brass, autographs of DAY, etc., and an account of his family, with a full transcript of the M.I. to John DAY the younger. The DAY brass shews three armorial shields, one of the Stationers' Company, one of DAY with the motto Mihi vita Christus, and the other of DAY impaling LE HUNTE, UPWELL, HUNTE, FOTHERINGAY, KNIGHTON, and UNDERBILL. The brass represents John and Alice DAY in the attitude of prayer kneeling at a table, at the end of which are represented two chrysom children. On the table are two open devotional books. Behind John DAY are six sons, and behind Alice DAY, five daughters, all kneeling in prayer. The legend is as follows : " heere lies the DAYE that darknes could not blynd When popish fogges had ouer cast the sunne This DAYE the cruell night did leaue behynd To view and shew what bloudi Actes weare donne he set a Fox to wright how Martyrs runne By death to lyfe Fox ventur'd paynes & health To give them light DAYE spent in print his wealth But God with gayn retorn'd his wealth agayne And gaue to him as he gaue to the poore Tow wyues he had pertakers of his payne Each wyfe twelve babes and each of them one more Als was the last encreaser of his Stoore Who mourning long for being left alone Set upp this toombe her self turnd to a STONE. obiit July 1584." It may be interesting to add John DAY'S administration runs as follows: " 1583-4. Tertio die emanavit commissio Alice DAY relicle Johis DAYE nuper dum vixit parochie Sancli Anne sive Agnetis prope Aldergate civiti London defunct h'entis, etc." So far as we know this has not before been printed. Godwyn Lodge, Joseph J. GREEN, Clive Vale, Hastings.

GENERATION TWO JOHN DAY (c1579 near St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London-Isle of Wight, Virginia) [see children of Sir John Day, English Protestant printer, and Alice le Hunte]

A LIST OF THE LIVINGE, At the College Land, Thomas Marlett, Christopher Branch, Francis Boot, William Browning, Walter Cooper, William Welder, Leonard More, Daniel Shirley, Peter Jorden, Nicholas Perse, William Dalbie, Isaias Rawton, Theoder Moises, Robert Champer, THOMAS JONES, David Williams, William Walker, Edward Hobson, Thomas Hobson, JOHN DAY, William Cooksey, Robert Famell, Nicholas Chapman, Matthew Edlow, William Price, Gabriell Holland, John Watson, Ebedmeleck Gastrell, Thomas Osborne. LISTS OF THE LIVINGE & DEAD IN VIRGINIA - February 16th, 1623. In March 1620 there were 103 people in the communities collectively known at Henrico: 77 men, 9 women, and 17 children or young people. In Mary 1622, when the Indians attacked the settlers living near the head of the James River, many people were slain. Although the area was reoccupied, in January 1625 only 22 people were living there, occupying the College land, which included Arrohattock. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical DictionaryBy Martha W. McCartney, p. 67.

"Historians all agree that the Days living in Isle 0f Wight Co., Virginia during those early years were descendants of John Day who came to Va. in l620 in the London Merchant". Our Day family, 1597-1990, p. 24. "On December 14, 1619, Giles Jones received a patent for 150 acres of Land in Warresqueak near the acreage of John Day, for whom Day's Point is named. Giles Jones' property was at the eastern edge of Warresqueak (Burwell's) Bay, was at the head of what became known as Polentine Swamp." Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, By Martha W. McCartney, p. 51. On 1 Jun 1636 - Warrasquinoke Co [Isle of Wight] Capt. John West Esq. granted Peter Johnson 600 acres in Warrasquinoke Co. on Warrasquinoke Creek upon the Nanzemond river comprising 100 acres by surrender from JOHN DAY due to him for his owne personall aadventure and the transportation of one servant and one hundred and fifty acres by Surrender from Ambrose Meader due to him for his owne pesonall Adventure and his wife and one servant and one hundred and fiftie acres due to him the said Peter Johnson for the transportation at his owne proper costs and charges of three servants and two hundred acres by surrender from Gabriell (Wilsoun due to him for the transportation of fouer persons into this Colony the names of his and all the aforesaid persons being in the records enrolled under this patent this first day of June 1636 Signed Peter Johnson, JOHN DAY, Jon: Powell, Ambrose Mader, Gabriel Wilsoun, John Buler, Ann Sharp his wife. Day's Point. A stockade was built at Day's Point in 123 to defend against the Indians. "In the case of John Day some uncertainty arises. Apparently there were two men of this name in the colony, one transported by John Slaughter, and the other not only paying for his own passage, but for that of a servant as well. A John Day later secured 400 acres in Gloucester county." The Planters of Colonial Virginia, Thomas J. Wertenbaker. Day's Point, on James river in Virginia. There is a plantation here of about 1000 acres, which at a distance appears as if covered with snow; occasioned by a bed of clam shells, which by repeated ploughing have become fine, and mixed with the earth. The American Gazetteer, exhibiting A Full Account of the Civil Divisions, Rivers, Harbors, Indian Tribes, &c. of the American Continent, By Jedidiah Morse, 1810.

GENERATION THREE JOHN DAY (c1618 Isle of Wight, VA-Isle of Wight, VA) married MARY BENNETT, Major-General RICHARD BENNETT in his will directed a payment to JAMES DAY. In the same year James Day of London leased land in Isle of Wight County, VA, to WILLIAM WEBB. ROGER WEBB was SIR JOHN DAY'S warehouse and accounts manager in London. Patents, Pictures and Patronage: John Day and the Tudor Book Trade By Elizabeth Evenden, p. 161. This book is available on Google Book and provides a great deal of information about the life of Sir John Day and his son Richard Day. RICHARD WEBB was the headright of EPHARPHRODITUS LAWSON who received land in Upper Norfolk Co. to pay for his transportation, 9 Jan. 1643. MR. PHILLIP BENNETT, received 515 acres Upper Norfolk Co. Lying on the east side of Bennett’s Creek, near land of RICHARD BENNETT and EPHARPHRODITUS LAWSON. Trans. of 11 persons. Virginia Patent Book 1, Part II, p. 932, 20 Dec. 1643. The Plantation of Edward Bennett extended from "The Rocks" along the shore of the same river for two miles including all of the land now known as Day's Neck [also referred to as Day's Point]. Colonial Churches: In the Original Colony of Virginia, p. 82.

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Richard Bennett (8/6/1609-c1675) a nephew of Edward Bennett, was one of the great London and Amsterdam merchants and was auditor of the Virginia Company of London. Bennett's Welcome was near the former Indian village of Warraskoyack in Isle of Wight County. In 1628 Richard came to Virginia to manage Bennett's Welcome after two uncles and a younger brother had perished in the colony. Richard thrived and used the transatlantic influence and affluence of his family to achieve prominence as a prosperous planter and political leader. He lived on Bennett's Choice, on the Nansemond River, and patented 2,000 acres of land at Bennett Point and Parraketo Point. He amassed more than 7,000 acres in VA and MD, much obtained by way of the headright system, which awarded him 50 acres per colonist transported to VA.

In his will James Day called Mrs. Mary Cropley mother and Mrs. Silvestra Hill aunt. He named brother and sister Chapman, and brother and sister Swann. He made Luke Haveild executor. The will of Major-General Richard Bennett, dated March 15, 1674/5 and available only in abstract, names cousin Silvestra Hill, wife of Major Nicholas Hill, and cousin Mary, wife of Luke Cropley of London, and directs a payment to James Day. Genealogies of Virginia Families: From Tyler's Quarterly ... Vol. 1. "Clearly the only way this lady [Mary Silvestra] could be the aunt of James Day was if her sister Mary married John Day, James Day's father." Boone Family Immigrants To Virginia 1650, By Jim White.

GENERATION FOUR JAMES DAY, SR. (1645 Isle of Wight, Virginia-1/9/1700/1 Isle of Wight, Virginia) married MARY THOMPSON. Will of James Day: Children, Elizabeth, James, Thomas, William Day to each of them 300L sterl.; to be paid to dau. Elizabeth at 18 or marriage and his sons at 21; for raising of money for several legacies and "for the better and more orderly bringing up and educating my said children, that my two freehold messuage and tenemts with their apptences, now in ye sevall occupa- cons of Jno. Toft and ye widdow Michell and scituate lying and being in Broadstreet within or near ye precinct and circuit of ye late dissolved House, Priory or Monastery, commonly called ye Augustine fryars in ye parish of St. Peters, ye poor, in London, be immediately put to sale and disposed of to ye best advantage, and I doe hereby enable authorize and empower my good and worthy friends Mr. Micajah Perry, Mr. Thomas Lane, Mr. Richard Perry, &c., to dispose of &c. I give and bequeath to my sonne James Day my watch, my silver headed cane, my seal and coat of armes and my Rapier; Aunt Mrs. Silvestra Hill, Brother and Sister Chapman, Brother and Sister Swan; to Mrs. Isabella Haveild, Mr. Jno. Haveild, Major Henry Baker, Major Henry Tooker, major Arthur Allen 20s. apeice to buy each of them a Ring. Wife Mary Diay. Dated 10 Aug., 1700; proved 9 Jan., 1700-1. By codicil he mentions "his ever honored mother Mrs. Mary Cropley," (1) and bequeaths to her 10 pds. sterling.

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The following gives a different perspective to Mary Bennett:


   In the notes to the Abstract of Isle of Wight County records as published in The William and Mary Quarterly appeared the statement that James Day (died 1700) married Mary, the daughter of Mary, who was herself the daughter of Edward Bennett of London and who married first Thomas Bland and then Luke Cropley.  The statement seemed a logical inference from the fact that the Day family possessed land patented by Thomas and Mary Bland in 1664.  (Patent dated 1664 but not recorded until 1668).  The statement has been accepted as fact and used as a basis for genealogical trees.  Some data, however, indicate that Mary Day may not have been the daughter of Mary Bennett Bland Cropley.
   The will of James Day, dated August 10, 1700, and proved the following January, contains some important points.  He left 300 pounds sterling each to his children, Elizabeth (when 18 or married), James (when 21), Thomas (when 21), William (when 21), and directed that property in Broad Street, Augustine Friars, parish of St. Peter the Poor in London, be sold by his friends, Mr. Micajah Perry, Mr. Thomas Lane, and Mr. Richard Perry of London, to pay these Legacies.  He left his son James a negro boy George, a negro girl Sarah, his watch, a silver-headed cane, a seal, his coat of arms, and all his land in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, except the plantation on which he then lived, and in case James’ issue should fail, provided an entail first to Thomas and his issue, and in case of failure of this line, then to William and issue.  To his wife Mary, after the payment of debts and legacies he left all the remainder of his property whatsoever in Virginia, England, or elsewhere.  He left 20 shillings each for mourning rings to his aunt Mrs. Silvestra Hill, brother and sister Swann, brother and sister Chapman, Mrs. Isabella Havilid, Mr. john Haveild, Major Henry Baker, Major Henry Tooker and Major Arthur Allen.  In a codicil of the same date he directed that 10 pounds sterling be paid his “most dear and ever honored mother” Mrs. Mary Cropley as a token of “natural affection as well as respect and duty.”  As executors he appointed his wife Mary and his “worthy friend Mr. Luke Haveild.”
   In his will James Day called Mrs. Mary Cropley mother and Mrs. Silvestra Hill Aunt.  He named brother and sister Chapman, and brother and sister Swann.  He made Luke Haveild executor.  The will of Major-General Richard Bennett, dated March 15, 1674/5 and available only in abstract, names cousin Silvestra Hill, wife of Major Nicholas Hill, and cousin Mary, wife of Luke Cropley of London, and directs a payment to James Day.  In the Marriage Allegations in the Registry of the Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Harleian Society Publications, vol. 23, p. 155) there is recorded under the date of September 12, 1668, an allegation of Luke Cropley of the parish of St. Peter the Poor, London, Gent., about 35, and Mary Bland of the same, widow, about 36, at Deptford, or Charlton co. Kent, or Newington, Surrey, or St. James Clerkenwell.  This date of the marriage eliminates the Blands mentioned in the Notes to the Abstracts, and along with the address of Mary Bland in the parish of St. Peter the Poor, indicates that the Bland husband of Mary Cropley was possibly the Thomas Bland, scrivener, whose will was dated October 2, 1666, and proved December 14, 1667.  (Carlisle, Nicholas, Collections for a History of the Ancient Family of Bland, London, 1826, pp. 99, fol)  This Thomas Bland left to his wife Mary and to her heirs forever all his houses, etc., situated in Broad Street, in the parish of St. Peter the Poor in London, which houses he had purchased of his wife before marriage, all his leased of warehouses in Broad Street, his copyhold property at Bowbridge, his shop in The Royal Exchange, and his house in Bell Alley in Coleman Street.  He referred emphatically to a great loss received during the Great Fire by the unfaithfulness of his brother-in-law Thomas Lee, and cut off his sister Ann Lee, wife of the said Thomas, and her son Thomas Lee with 20 shillings apiece, leaving all the rest and residue of his estate to his wife Mary Bland, whom he ordained sold executrix.  He made no mention of having any children himself, or expecting to have any, but left everything to his wife Mary and her heirs.
   The patent of land to Thomas Bland and Mary his wife (Virginia Land Grants, vol. 6, p. 140) caries the additional phrase “and to the heirs of the said Mary,” and refers to the deed of partition between the Blands and Major Nicholas Hill and wife Silvestra.  The patent to the Hills (Virginia Land Grants, vol. 5, p. 27) in 1663 states that Silvestra Hill and Mary Blands were daughters and coheirs of Mr. Edward Bennett, deceased.  The registers of St. Olave’s Church, Hart Street, London) Harleian Society Publications, vol. 46, passim) show the following Bennett baptisms:
   May 31, 1629, Elizabeth, dr. of Edward and Mary Bennett
   Oct. 15, 1630, Silvester dr. of Edward and Mary Bennett
   Feb. 17, 1631/2, John, son of Edward and Mary Bennett
   Mar. 13, 1633/4, Anne, dr. of Edward and Mary Bennett
   Jul. 3, 1635, Jasper, son of Edward and Mary Bennett
   (Anne was buried, Mary 10, 1634)  At the time of the marriage allegation, September 12, 1668, Mary Bland’s age was given as about 36.  There is no record of her baptism among the Bennett children, but she may have been born and baptized elsewhere.  She was born somewhere in the two year interval between John and Anne.  The presence of the daughter Silvestra indicates that this is Mary Bennett Bland’s family.  Of course, two men named Edward Bennett may each have had a daughter named Silvestra.
   This mention of “her heirs” in both the land grant and the will of Thomas Bland indicates, but not necessarily proves that Mary already had children by a previous husband.  She was 34 years of age when Thomas Bland made his will in 1666.  Major-General Richard Bennett in his will directed a payment to James Day.  In the same James Day.  In the same year James Day of London leased land in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, to William Webb.  William Webb was son-in-law of Thomas Taberer, Day’s attorney for refistering the deed.  In 1681 Taberer himself patented land next to land then in the possession of James Day and apparently the same as that granted the Blands in 1664.  The various items, taken together, raise the question as to whether, James Day might not have been the son of Mary Benneett Bland Cropley by and earlier Day marriage.
   John Day of Fulham co. Middlesex, Gent. (Calendar of Wills, court of Hustings, London, p. 771), by will dated September 15, 1657 and proved the following January, left pecuniary bequests to children, John, James, Elizabeth, Anne, and to his wife Mary all lands and tenements held of the lord of the manor of Stepney, Middlesex, and elsewhere, for her to sell and dispose of as she should please for the better maintenance of herself and her children.  Mary, the wife of Thomas Bland, scrivener, had sold him land before she married him.  This Day will offers a James Day with a mother Mary entitled to sell property, and sisters Anne and Elizabeth.  James Day of Isle of Wight County referred to mother named Mary, brother and sister Chapman were apparently Charles Chapman and wife Anne, who went to Isle of Wight county with a family.  Silvestra Hill in her will of 1706 left 4 shillings apiece to Anne Chapman, wife of Charles Chapman, and her three sons.  The possibility is fascinating, for it explains so much, but it yet remains to be proved – or disproved.  English wills and deeds are needed for proof or disproof.
   Such explanation making James Day the son of Mary Bennett by John Day of Fulham, or some other Day, would leave Mary, the wife of James Day to be identified.  James Day’s deed of 1675 contained no mention of a wife, and was not accompanied by any surrender of dower. Apparently he was not then married.  He was in Isle of Wight County by August 4, 1678, when he witnessed a document between Rowland Place and Thomas Pitt.  There is no mention of his wife earlier than his will in 1700.  At that time, his children were all minors.  
   Elizabeth, apparently the elder, since she is named first, was under 18.  The extant records afford little evidence for estimating the age of the children.  Elizabeth was the wife of Nathaniel Ridley by October 17, 1706, for on that date Silvester Hill by will named her and left her two negroes, Flora and Dick.  Women sometimes married at 14.  So Elizabeth, not 18 in 1700, was born sometime between 1683 and 1692.  A deed of James Day and wife Juliana of Isle of Wight County for land in Norfolk County in 1714 shows him of legal age in 1714, and perhaps of legal age in 1712 when his mother named him joint executor in her will.  He was born not later than 1693 or perhaps 1691.  But such date give little or no help.
   Who was Mary, the wife of James Day?  By January 7, 1703/4 she had married John Johnson, who made his will on that date and made her sole executor.  In her own will she referred to being sole executor of her husband John Johnson.  His will was proved August 9, 1707.  On November 30, 1712, as Mary Gledhill, she made her will.
   These data still do not identify Mary Day.  Her son Thomas, in his will dated January 19, 1723/4 and proved the following month, left to his aunt Elizabeth Lear a horse called Major, and the accounting of his estate showed a cash payment to Mrs. Elizabeth Lear.  There were two women of this name.  One was the daughter of Colonel Joseph Bridger who by 1686 was the wife of Thomas Lear.  She had a sister Mary who was the wife of Capt. Richard Tibbotts. 
   There are references to Tibbotts as still alive after Mary Day must have been the wife of James Day.  The other Elizabeth was the wife of John Lear mentioned in the will of Mary Gledhill in 1711 shows that this Elizabeth Lear was the widow of Thomas Swann.  She therefore fits the brother and sister Swann of James Day’s will and provides an explanation for Thomas Day’s calling her aunt.  John Day’s will of 1657 names a daughter Elizabeth.  But Silvester Hill, while naming Anne Chapman and the Day children made no mention of either Elizabeth Lear or Swann, or Mary Day, who was the Mary Johnson.  
   Apparently there was no blood relationship between Silvester Hill and either woman.  So the next solution is that Mary Day Johnson Gledhill and Elizabeth Swann Lear were sisters.  The Swann genealogists put this Elizabeth down as Elizabeth Thompson, and some call her Elizabeth, the daughter of William Thompson, and some call her Elizabeth, the daughter of William Thompson of Nansemond County.  Whether a Thompson or not, she had some connection with the Haveilds, and a connection between Mary Day and Luke Haveild would explain James Day’s naming Haveild joint executor of his will.

Genealogies of Virginia Families: From Tyler’s Quarterly …, Volume 1, By Tylers Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 543-545.