Advice or opinion requested.
Having scoured the book, "Bermuda Settlers of the 17th Century Genealogical Notes from Bermuda" 1982By Julia E. Mercer for anything Ford/Foard/Forde related and having exhausted my search for the parentage of my Virginia Ford ancestor, Henry circa 1738;I find reason to believe there is a connection between my ancestor and the Lewis and Henry Foard families in Bermuda.
I am limited in my knowledge of history..am I correct in thinking that these families were both from England and from the American early colonies?Was their purpose for trade? religion?or to own the islands as directed by the King of England?
In addition to Foard family mentionedin Bermuda, I find surnames that are also linked to someFord families in Virginia in the 1700's and 1800's.
One early Henry Foard and brother Hezekiah are named in a collection of letters held by the Library of VA...letters to and from the Lord Bishop Asbury for the Church of England.
The Henry Foard Sr. of Bermuda died there in 1666.He had a son, Henry Foard,Jr who would have been living in the same period of time as the one named in the letter of Bishop Asbury.Could it likely be the same man?
Any way to know if the Henry Foard Jr of Bermuda removed to Virginia?He would be the right age to have been the father of my Henry Foard who lived in Charlotte Co Va in the 1760's, whose place of birth is unknown.
Some notes from the above mentioned book:
Col. Rec. Vol 2 p 186
Lewis Foard being bound off to the West Indies
give a negro to his son-in-law Solomon Middleton and if he should live to come back the negro is to be returned and if he also gives negroes to his grandson Lewis Middleton
Lewis Foard went as Governor of the expedition
to settle St. Lucia in 1637 or 1638.
There is a deed of gift from Lewis Middleton to his mother Mrs. Ann Dunscombe in 1654.
Vol 2 p 267 July 1656
Henry Foard and his wife Jame of Pembroke Tribe had a share of land in Pembroke Tribe on lease for their lives or the longest liver of them.The bounds not to be altered during the said Term, they paying for same annually 200 lbs Tobacco, 2 capon and one turkey cock at usual time of division.
Will of Lewis Ford, Sept 26,1638
Wife Alice.Son Henry and daughter Marie wife of William Johnson.
Proved Sept 4, 1666.
Witnesses: Josiah Forster, John Stamers, Sect.
Note:Lewis Ford went as Governor of the expedition to St. Lucia in 1638 and is thus the Foard of the previous item.
1650 March 6Mary dau of Henry and Jane Ford
1651 Oct 26 Elizabeth dau of henry and Jane Forde
1662 March 29 Ann dau of Edward and Alice Ford
1680 Aug 1 Mary dau of Henry and Mary Ford
1674 Feb 2 Mary Ford mar. Samuel Ingham
1677 Henry Ford mar Mary Watkins
1683 June 12 Elizabeth Ford mar John Johnson
1659 July 27 Alice Ford
1666 June 24 Henry Ford senior
Deposition by Richard Hayes (?) and Elizabeth Stovell, widow, that they have for years been acquainted with Mary Richardson, widow, and that she is the reputed eldest daughter of Mary Hall, widow which Mary Hall was the reputed first born eldest daughter and child of Mary Johnstone, the reputed wife of William Johnstone and reputed only daughter of Lewis Ford, Decd."
Col. Rec Vol 2 p 17
John Johnston of London, merchant, appoints Lewis Forde, Gentleman and William Johnston, merchant, both of Somers Islands, attorneys.
Col Rec. Vol 2 p 86
A division of negro children between William Johnson, Henry Foard and Mrs. Foard, the mother.
Francis Saltus and Henry Moore, witnesses. Nov 7 1648, John Vaughn, Sect.
p 172 Henry Foard, planter, speaks of his brother in law William Johnson, counsellor of Pembroke, 1649.
Will of William Johnson of Pembroke, march 15, 1649. Wife Mary daughter of Lewis Foard two share in Pembroke for life and then the westernmost share to eldest son Edward and easternmost share to 2nd son John
Thomas Cooper, Christopher Pitt, Francis Watlington and James Witter, Witnesses. Proved April 16, 1650
Will of Frances Sayle, relict of Col. Wm Sayle, decd.Personal estate between my eight well beloved children......Elizabeth Foard.....1684"