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Francis Speight[1]
Male 1614 - 1684

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  • Birth  1614  England United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Record ID Number  MH:I18366 
    Died  1684 
    • Winter age 70
    Buried  1684  Remotely possible buried in Pittman, more likely buried beside his wife at Sundbury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will  21 Apr 1684  Probated 21 Apr 1682 by son John Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID  19396A28-8D79-4CB7-BE9D-34BF02FA6563 
    _UPD  21 SEP 2010 22:43:16 GMT-5 
    Person ID  I13229  Shaw Family of North Carolina
    Last Modified  20 Feb 2014 
     
    Family  O'Rourke,   b. 1614,   d. 1681, Sunbury Nansemond County (Now Gates County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Record ID Number  MH:F6902 
    _UID  683F2E66-9EDE-443E-8999-70D8E79FB22E 
    _UPD  24 NOV 2012 11:38:58 GMT-5 
    Children 
     1. John Speight,   b. 1643, Indian Branch (present day Lake Prince) Suffolk County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1703, Sunbury Nansemond County North Carolina (Now Gates County), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Speight,   b. Abt 1653, Speights Run Nansemond County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1719, Speights Bridge Greene County North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F4543  Group Sheet
     
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      NOTES for FRANCIS SPEIGHT:
      A.001 Francis Speight 1614-1684 m.c.1642 wife name unknown 16xx-a.1682
      16 Jun 1635 Arrived at Jamestown aboard the Thomas and John
      Most Speights in the U.S. (except those descending from N.C. Revolutionary Governor Richard Dobbs Speight) descend from this original immigrant Francis Speight who came to America in 1635.
      Alias: Francis Speight the immigrant
      The first Speight in North America was Francis Speight who was born Abt.1614 in England and died April 1684 in Nansemond County, Virginia. It is documented that he took the oath of allegiance to the Crown in the Church before leaving England.
      This Francis Speight came to Va. aboard the ship "Thomas and John" from Gravesend England, June 6, 1635. He was 21 years old at the time. His arrival is shown by his being used as a headright for land grants.
      He served a long indenture with an Irishman named O'Rourke since it appears to have been at least 15 years later before he began to get land grants in his own name. He married O'Rourke's daughter--name unknown.
      [Marriage Source: O'Rourke info, Dr. Charles R. Holloman, Genealogist and renowned Speight family expert of the Cincinnati Society of Raleigh, handwritten note cards and letters]
      These land grants were in Nansemond Co., Va. on the Nansemond River near what is now the North Carolina-Virginia line. Most of the records of Nansemond Co., Va have been burned, but lines of descent through property transfers, wills, and other court actions verify this.
      It is not documented when Francis married the O'Rourke daughter or if he may have remarried.
      [Marriage Source: O'Rourke info, Dr. Charles R. Holloman, Genealogist and renowned Speight family expert of the Cincinnati Society of Raleigh, handwritten note cards and letters]
      It is known that he had two sons, John (1643-1703) also known as John of Speights Run and William (1653-1719) also known as William of Sunbury or Captain William and their descendants are very well documented by various sources.
      He possibly had two other sons, Francis and Thomas, [Dr. Charles R. Holloman, Genealogist and renowned Speight family expert of the Cincinnati Society of Raleigh, handwritten note cards and letters] but there is not enough documentation to prove that and my research finds it unlikely, but possible.
      Almost all the Speights in America (except the family of N.C. Revolutionary Governor Richard Dobbs Speight--that line died out with NC Governor Richard Dobbs Speight, Jr. who never married and had no known children) descend from this original immigrant Francis Speight who came to America in 1635.
      The Speights originally settled in old Nansemand Co., Va., near what is now the North Carolina-Virginia line. From here the earliest Speights moved into Perquimans and Gates Counties, N.C. and then down into the Chowan, Bertie, Dobbs (later renamed Greene County for General Nathaniel Greene), Edgecombe, Craven and Lenoir Counties of North Carolina. A large concentration settled in Greene County, N.C at Speight's Bridge. The family migrated later into TN, Georgia, Alabama and Texas, as well as elsewhere in the South. In the vicinity of the original settlements and in the other places named there are still families of Speights.
      [Note: From multiple sources including Charles R. Holloman, NC Society of Cincinnati handwritten notes and "A Saga of the Speight Families in America" by Dr. Charles F. Speight and Elaine Campbell, Speight notes and research and other private research by myself Debbie Fields Murphy and others.]
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      More About FRANCIS SPEIGHT:
      Property: 17 Mar 1654, Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Richmond: Microfilm at Virginia State Archives, 3, 317
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      Database: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
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      Personal Information
      Name: Francis Speight
      Year: 1642
      Place: Virginia
      Source Publication Code: 6220
      Primary Immigrant: Speight, Francis
      Annotation: Record of 20,000 very early immigrants, with much relevant information. Taken from Patent Books 1 through 5. Title page states, "In 5 volumes," but up to 1979 only three had appeared. See nos. 6221 and 6223 for second and third volumes, published in 1977 and 1979. Issued originally by Nugent in parts between 1929 and 1931; the parts were then largely incorporated in this work, no. 6220. Stewart, item no. 9025, compiled the article, "Ancient Planters [1607]," pages xxviii-xxxiv.
      Source Bibliography: NUGENT, NELL MARION. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666. Vol. 1. Richmond [VA]: Dietz Printing Co., 1934. 767p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1983. Page: 129
      Source Information: Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, edit. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2003.
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      Personal Information
      Name: Francis Speight
      Year: 1642
      Place: Virginia
      Source Publication Code: 6219
      Primary Immigrant: Speight, Francis
      Annotation: Date and place where land was patented and record was created listing those transported/imported. Only the names of those to be transported were indexed. Abstracted from Land Office records located at the Virginia State Library. See also source numbers 6220, 6223 (indexed in PILI 1984); and 6221 (PILI 1995).
      Source Bibliography: NUGENT, NELL M. Cavaliers and Pioneers: A Calendar of Virginia Land Grants, 1623-1800. Vol. 1:1-6. Richmond, VA: Dietz Printing Co., [1929-1931. Although Vol. 6 ends with the year 1695, no other volumes were published.] Page: 186
      Source Information: Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, edit. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2003.
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      Personal Information
      Name: Francis Speight
      Year: 1642
      Place: Virginia
      Source Publication Code: 2772
      Primary Immigrant: Speight, Francis
      Annotation: Includes 25,000 names from records of the Virginia State Land Office. Excerpts of the Irish names from the Greer list were published in no. 6258, O'Brien, Early Immigrants to Virginia....
      Source Bibliography: GREER, GEORGE CABELL. Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666. Richmond [Va.]: W.C. Hill Printing Co., 1912, 376p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1978. Reprint. 1982.
      Page: 308
      Source Information: Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, edit. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2003.
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      Personal Information
      Name: Francis Spight
      Year: 1635
      Age: 21
      Place: Virginia
      Source Publication Code: 1219.4
      Primary Immigrant: Spight, Francis
      Source Bibliography: COLDHAM, PETER WILSON. The Complete Book of Emigrants: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 1607-1660. 1988. 600p.
      Page: 147
      Source Information: Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, edit. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2003.
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      More About FRANCIS A.001 SPEIGHT:
      Arrival: 1642, Virginia
      Event: 1642, Francis Speight arrived in the "Thomas and John" Nansemond Co, VA. Captain Richard Lambard
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      Francis Speight left England aboard the "Thomas and John" with Captain Richard Lambard Captain of the vessel. He had an examination by the Minister De Gravesend concerning his conformity to the orders and discipline of the Church of England, followed by an oath of allegiance to Church and King James I. It was early spring, some time after mid March, in 1635 that Francis at the age of 21 boarded the fully loaded "Thomas and John" and bid England farewell for the English colony in the new world. The "Thomas and John" sailed into the peaceful harbor of Hampton Roads (where the Nansemond, Elizabeth and James Rivers meet the Chesapeake Bay) in June 1635 after some 2 1/2 months at sea. When the ship arrived in Jamestown on June 16, 1635, Francis and the other passengers were ferried to shore in a long boat, then herded together on the beach. Captain Richard Lambard then read off the names one by one of all the surviving immigrants - 104 passengers including Francis Spight (Speight).
      He was indentured to William Eyres in 1635, one of the Puritan leaders in Virginia. (This contradicts Dr. Charles F. Holloman's prior research that Francis was indentured to an Irishman named O'Rourke and married one of his daughters.)
      Francis was an unusual man. He not only succeeded, but enjoyed a full life.
      Francis was the first and only indentured servant of the Speight Family and the first one to have indentured servants laboring under his supervision.
      [Summary adapted from: "A Saga of the Speight Families in America" by Dr. Charles F. Speight, Jr.]
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      FRANCIS1 SPEIGHT was born Abt. 1614 in Probably England, and died Abt. April 1684 in Nansemond County, Va..
      Notes for FRANCIS SPEIGHT:
      Most Speights in the U.S. (except those descending from N.C. Revolutionary Governor Richard Dobbs Speight) descend from this original immigrant Francis Speight who came to America in 1635. The Speights appear to have originally settled in the old Nansemond Co., Va. From here the earliest Speights moved into Perquimans and Gates Co's N.C. and then down into the Dobbs (later renamed Greene for General Nathaniel Green), Chowan, Bertie, Edgecombe, Craven and Lenoir Co's. A large concentration including the immediate family of Johnathon Speight settled in Greene Co., N.C.
      This Francis Speight came to Va. aboard the ship "Thomas and John" from Gravesend England, June 6, 1635. He was 21 years old at the time. His arrival is shown by his being used as a headright for land grants. He evidently served a long indenture since it appears to have been at least 15 years later before he began to get land grants in his own name. These land grants were in Nansemond Co., Va. on the Nansemond River. Most of the records of Nansemond have been burned, however we still get a pretty clear picture of lines of descent through property transfers, wills, and other court actions.
      It is not known for sure who and when Francis the Immigrant married.
      [All Sources: Dr. Charles R. Holloman, NC Society of Cincinnati, renowned Speight family researcher, handwritten notes and "A Saga of the Speight Families in America" by Dr. Charles F. Speight and Elaine Campbell, Speight notes and research and other private research by myself Debbie Fields Murphy and others.]
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  • Sources 
    1. [S671] Murphy Web Site, Debbie F Murphy, Francis A.001 Speight (Reliability: 3), 21 Sep 2010.
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