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Campion's article/JAYCOCKS FAMILY
Posted by: Thomas A. Murray Date: December 30, 2000 at 20:43:37
In Reply to: Re: Benjamin Jacocks,1722-1742, NY by Carolyn Fix Blount of 207

The following was sent to me by one of my cousins in Maine. Unfortunately, she did not provide the full listing for date and issue number, but did note that it was part of Volume 21 of, “The American Genealogist”, the periodical of which Donald Lines Jacobus’ was the editor. For those of you who have not heard of Jacobus, you have missed something. His work was massive, and he probably laid much of the foundation for modern, American genealogy.

The following article appeared on pages 215-216 of Volume 21, probably about 1944. I don’t agree with some of its conclusions, but it isn’t my place to comment at this time. I think it will be of some use as a guide, and I am sure that Mr. Campion (himself the author of at least several quite interesting works) would not mind my offering you:


By H. Clifford Campion, Jr., of Swarthmore, Pa.

In the American Genealogist, Vol. XX, No, 1, July, 1943, on Thomas Champion of Hempstead, in footnote on page 44 relative to Jacocks, the Jacocks burial records from the Stratford-on-Avon Parish Register seem to have been omitted, and are as follows:

              June 27, 1618, buried, Simon fili
                                   ffrancisci Jecockes
              July 27, 1632, buried, infans
                                   ffrancisci Jeacockes
              May 6, 1634, buried, Hugo filius
                                   ffrancisci Jiccokes

This seems to indicate that he may have had other children who were not baptised in this parish.
When the town of Hempstead granted Thomas Champion on January 16, 1672/3 additional lands adjacent to his father, it undoubtedly meant his father-in-law, Francis Jacocks. His wife was called Goody Champion at an early period in these town records. There is no mention of Thomas Champion, Jr. in these records; there was but one Thomas and he was dead before February 15, 1682/3 when his widow Frances sold land at Rockaway to Jonathan Smith, Jr. (Under the then English Law of Inheritance, the eldest son inherited all his father’s lands if the father died without a will, but if the father died with a will and leaving property not specifically devised in the will, the land automatically went to the eldest son.) Consequently, John Champion as heir-at-law of Thomas gave his release confirming same on January 2, 1687/8, proving that Frances, the widow, was his mother and Thomas his father. This confirmation does not prove the widow was dead, although she may have been. Hence, we must conclude that Thomas Champion’s wife was Frances daughter of Francis Jacocks, Sr.
Francis Jacocks disposed of his land to his son-in-law Thomas Champion on February 20, 1672/3 (Hempstead Town Records, Vol. I, Page 212), and probably made his home with his daughter until he died¾of which date we have no record.
Therefore, we might reconstruct the family as follows:
Francis Jacocks1 Sr., married -----; died after January 16 1672; had the following children:

       1.       Thomas Jacocks2, baptised 20 March 1619; died at Passayunk (later Philiadelphia County, Penna.) before September 11, 1677. leaving a widow Ruth to survive him. (Printed Records Upland Court, Page 54.) Called brother-in-law of Robert Ashman. (Hempstead Town Records, Vol. I.)
       2.       William Jacocks2, baptised August 12, 1627; settled in Hempstead 1657 and died there before December 14, 1694, when David makes a deed and calls homself, “son of William deceased.”
       3.       Frances Jacocks2, married Thomas Champion, Sr. about 1640, died in Hempstead, L. I., after her husband.

THOMAS JACOCKS2 (Francis1), had the following issue:
       1.       Thomas Jacocks, Jr.3, married Mary ( ), (Phila. Deeds, Exemp. Book 8, Page 438): was co-patentee with his father in 1000 acre grant, 1667 at Passayunk (afterwards Philadelphia County. Penna.) sold out his land there September 11, 1677 and removed. He is probably the Thomas Jacocks who died at New River, North Carolina, 1692 (Grimes Early North Carolina Wills), being survived by a second wife, Ann. (N. C. Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. I.)
       2.       Joshua Jacocks3, was co-patentee with his father and brother but returned to Hempstead before July 27, 1678, when he, as of Hempstead, through his attorney William Osborne of Long Island, sold his lands in Philadelphia. (Phila. Deeds, Exemp. Book 8, Page 449.) He also with his brothers, Francis and William and his sister Ruth, joined in a deed selling some of his father’s lands October 20, 1687. He married a daughter of Richard Ellison of Hempstead (Queens County Wills). Had at least one son Thomas Jacocks4, then of Cape May County who on January 7, 1700 sold lands in Hempstead. He was in Hempstead for a time after 1707. He is probably the same Thomas who married Abigail Hall of Stratfield and lived there for a time after 1707. Had five children baptised in Stratfield between 1706 and 1716.
       3.       Francis Jacocks3, of whom nothing further has been learned. May have been an ancestor of those of the name who lived in Virginia at a later date.
       4.       William Jacocks3, born 1656 (Cape May County Records--by his own deposition says he was 42 years of age October 11, 1698): was living a single person at Oppoquenemen (East Shore) November 9, 1677 (New Castle Court Records, Tithable persons); was back in the jurisdiction of the Upland Court, Pennsylvania, 8 March, 1681 when he was granted 200 acres of land. He had a grant surveyed to him in Cape May County, New Jersey, the 16th day of July 1689 by John Worlidge by order of Mr. James Budd, agent to Daniel Coxe, for 340 acres on the seaside between Randel Hewitt and a point athwart Cape Island. (Secretary of State’s Office, Trenton, N. J., Revell’s Surveys, Page 16); got a confirming deed by agent of the West Jersey Society for the same 22 April 1695 (Liber B, Part 2, Page 458, Sec. of State, Trenton, N. J.); sold same 13 May 1699 to Thomas Hand, Sr.; he was still living 12 month 1708 when he appeared in person before Edward Shippen, Griffith Owen and James Logan, Penn’s Commissioners for granting property, and claimed the right to the grant that the Upland Court made many years before,—a note follows the records of these Commissioners that this land “has never yet been seated by Jacocks, he having almost ever since lived near the Morris River in Jersey at (——) Island; there are no quit rents paid.” (Penna Archives, 2nd Series, Vol. XIX, Page 496.) Aaron Leaming in his Journal says, “that William Jacocks lived on Stimpson’s Island” (which is at or near the mouth of the Morris River). “Jonathan and Ebenezer Swain married his two daughters.” He was a “wheelwright; by trade as shown in Philadelphia Deeds, Exempl. Book 8, Page 156. He died shortly after his appearance in 1708 because his widow Sara (maiden name unknown) married, as his third wife, William Mason of Cape May County and dated her will, 16th day of February 1714/15, from which we learn the names of his children which were as follows:
                     1.       Ruth Jacocks4, married Jonathan Swain, who was born December 23, 1685; moved to Cape Fear, North Carolina, where he died; was a son of Richard Swain.
                     2.       Mary Jacocks4, married Ebenezer Swain, son of Richard Swain, born 1689; died in Cape May County, N. J., May 1756, leaving a will.
                     3.       Joshua Jacocks4, of whom we know nothing further.
                     4.       James Jacocks4, died a bachelor, in Cape May County, N. J., between the 18th and 21st of July 1732, the dates of his will and inventory.
       5.       Ruth Jacocks3, of whom nothing further is known.

The article to which Campion refers is, “Thomas Champion of Hempstead, New York”, by Herbert F. Seversmith, M.A., of New York City; The American Genealogist, Vol. 20, No.1, July, 1943, pp. 43-5. One feature of this article is that Seversmith states the opinion that the Francis Jaycocks who appears in Stratford, Connecticut by 1646 is Francis, Jr. His argument is well-founded and may be correct but I have taken the reverse point of view for two basic reasons: first, that Francis, Jr. was about 27 years old and the Jacocks family expands too quickly for someone so young (especially if we take the Frances Jaycocks who is supposed to have married Thomas Champion as his daughter); secondly, after 1634, there is no mention of Francis Jaycocks family in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, where, recently, it has been drawn to my attention that a Francis Jaycocks may have been in Massachusetts as soon as 1636. The implication is that the whole family moved ca. 1635 across the Atlantic; just at the peak of the migrant flood to New England.
Below is a summary of my finding to date. It is in some ways speculative and meant as a framework upon which to build and to conduct further research. Much of it is based on secondary information and subject to verification. I hope that this is of use to you and that if you find anything to add that you will keep us apprised.

Thomas A. Murray


FRANCIS JAYCOCKS living in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England.
d.. 1672 Hempstead, Long Island?.
1.       RICHARD JAYCOCKS bpt. 18MAR1604, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, ENG.
2.       JOHN JAYCOCKS bpt. 14NOV1605 Bishopton, Warwickshire, ENG.
3.       SIMON JAYCOCKS bpt. 12OCT1608 Bishopton, bur. Stratford-on-Avon 27JUN1618.
4.       FRANCES JAYCOCKS (possibly child bpt. 5MAR1610 Bishopton, Warwickshire, ENG) b. ca. 1620?# m. 1686/7?# (or 1672?) THOMAS CHAMPION (b. ca. 1615 Ashford, Kent, ENG, came ca. 12MAY1634 on the ‘Hercules’ out of Sandwich, ENG, d. Hempstead 1680/1.) (Referred to as ‘d/o Francis Jaycocks of Stamford, Conn.’) (Also suggests Francis d. 1672 at Passayunk.)#
5.       KATHERINE (CATERN) JAYCOCKS bpt. 1613 Bishopton, Warwickshire, ENG, m. ROBERT ASHMAN.
6.       ELIZABETH JAYCOCKS bpt. NOV1615 Bishopton.#
7.       FRANCIS JAYCOCKS bpt. 4JAN1618 Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, ENG., whose children may be.
71.       THOMAS JAYCOCKS m. Connecticut ABIGAIL HALL (b. 1APR1683 Fairfield, CT) daughter of Isaac and Lydia (Knapp) Hall of Sratford, CT.
72.       JOSHUA JAYCOCKS b. ca. 1648, m. ca. 1673? Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA SARAH ELLISON (b. [or bpt.] 4OCT1652 Braintree), daughter of Richard and Thomasina Ellison.
8.       THOMAS JAYCOCKS bpt. 20MAR1620 Stratford-on-Avon, d. ca. 1677, m. RUTH. Their children, according to Campion#, were:
81.       THOMAS JAYCOCKS (perhaps he who d. 1692 New River, North Carolina), m. 1st MARY#; m. 2nd ANN.
82.       JOSHUA JAYCOCKS m. ____ ELLISON, daughter of Richard Ellison of Hempstead# Campion suggests that their son was:
821.       THOMAS JAYCOCKS “. . . then of Cape May County [New Jersey] who on January 7, 1700 sold lands in Hempstead. He was in Hempstead for a time after 1707. He is probably the same Thomas who married Abigail Hall of Stratfield and lived there for a time. Had five children baptised in Stratfield between 1706 and 1716.”#
83.       FRANCIS JAYCOCKS (Campion suggests that he may have been the ancestor of Jaycocks/Jacocks, etc., in Virginia.)
84.       WILLIAM JAYCOCKS b. 1656, d. post 1708 and prior 1714, m. SARA (d. ca. 1714) who m. 2nd William Mason of Cape May Co., NJ. By Sara’s will of 16FEB1714, their children were:
841. RUTH JAYCOCKS, m. JONATHAN SWAIN (b. 23DEC1685), son of Richard Swain. Ruth and Jonathan moved to Cape Fear, North Carolina.#
842.       MARY JAYCOCKS m. EBENEZER SWAIN b. 1689, d. in Cape May County, New Jersey MAY 1756 “leaving a will”#, son of Richard Swain.
844.       JAMES JAYCOCKS, unm., d. Cape May Co., NJ, will made 18JUL1732, probated 21JUL1732.
85.       RUTH JAYCOCKS.
9.       HUGH JAYCOCKS bpt. 22AUG1624 Bishopton, bur. Stratford-on-Avon 6MAY1634.
J.       WILLIAM JAYCOCKS bpt. 12AUG1627, living on Long Island, 6OCT1670#
K.       child bur. Stratford-on-Avon 27JUL1632.


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