Randy Jones’ extensive and detailed family history data posted on RootsWeb World Connect Project may have provided very useful clues to opening new doors to resolving the long standing puzzling connection between Joel Halbert & Elizabeth Frances Jones through the Bolling and Randolph families to Pocahontas.This connection traceable to the early 1800s is at best family lore at this time as it is very fuzzy when it comes to facts, especially with birth dates of Elizabeth Frances Jones (or perhaps Frances Elizabeth Jones) and her mother Frances Randolph who married John Jones.
The Randy Jones World Connect listing for multiple colonial Virginia families provides clues that might provide more insight into this connection.It goes back on one side to Mordecai Cooke (ca. 1649-1718) who married Frances Ironmonger.Their son John Cooke (who died about 1726)is the key connection to the Halbert family history, as his daughter Mary Cooke (1677-1723) was a wife of William Halbert(ca. 1678/1681 – 1733/34).The key documentation for this connection is in the Virginia Colonial Abstracts – King & Queen County (Essex County Extracts) published in March 1985 in the Holbert Herald, Vol. 5 – No. 1.
The first background of note from this source is for Mordecai Cooke (born ca. 1623-1634) who was the father of Mordecai who married Frances Ironmonger. The introduction narrative for the Cooke family in colonial Virginia provides this insight:
“One of the earliest settlers of Gloucester County, Virginia, was Mordecai Cooke, of "Mordecai's Mount."He patented land in Gloucester County in 1652.He and his descendants have always been large land holders in Gloucester County - "Warham,""Beechy," "Woodlawn,""Cedars,""Chalk Level" and "Mordecai's Mount" (later known as "Church Hill") were some of their possessions."Cedars" and "Woodlawn" are still owned by the family.It is not positively known if Mordecai Cooke was the immigrant, or the son of the immigrant.There are many interesting and romantic traditions as to the early history of the family.Among the original patents taken from land books at Richmond, we find the following:1174 acres on Mock-Jack Bay, patented October 02, 1650, called "Mordecai's Mount," and became his family seat.On September 07, 1654, he patented 300 acres lying on Ware River, for the transportation of six persons into the Colony.In 1680 he received a grant of 1,600 acres for the transportation of 20 persons; at this time Sir Henry Chicheley was Governor; April 24, 1703, he patented 1,200 acres in Gloucester County, late belonging to Alexander Murray, deceased and escheated to her Majesty, Francis Nicholson, Governor; in 1713 Thomas Cooke patented 300 acres on the Island of New Point Comfort escheated lands; in 1714, 156 acres on Cappahosick Creek; and in September 1728, 1,000 acres on the north fork of the North Anna; and in 1728, John Cooke of King and Queen County, patented 1,000 acres at the same place”.
Additional data on John Cooke provides detailed insight into the Cooke/Halbert connection based on deeds and a full listing of his descendants in the same source:
Page 71, Deed 11 October 1754 -John Mottley And Tabitha, His Wife, Of Essex County, See to Theophilus Favor Of The Same County, For L 39, 30 Acres, Part Of The Land That John Cooke, Grandfather of Said John Mottley, Lived On And Fell By Co heirship, After Said Cooke's Death And Of His Male Heirs, To Said John Mottley And The Two Daughters of Joel Halbert, Surviving Mother Hannah (Cooke) Motley Of John Mottley And Mary (Biswell) The Mother Of The Daughters Of Said Joel Halbert, That of Caleb Lindsay, Etc.
Page 106 - Bond - 28 October 1754 - L 500, Joel Halbert And James Charles Of Caroline County And William Halbert And John Mottley Of Essex County To Theophilus Favor To Guarantee Deed Date 11 October 1754 (See Above) Refers To The Daughters of Said Joel Halbert Namely Sarah, Now Wife of Said James Charles, and Mary Holbert.
P. 253 - Deed - 18 January 1857 - James Charles And Sarah, His Wife, Of Caroline County, Sell Theophilus Favor Land In Essex County.Deed Says That John Cooke, Great Grandfather Of The Said Sarah Charles, Formerly Lived On - After Death of John Cooke And His Male Heirs - 81 Acres Descended to John Mottley, Grandson Of Said Cooke, And 81 Acres Decended to Sarah Charles And Her Sister Mary, Great Grandchildren of John Cooke, Etc.
Witness:Joel Halbert, William Halbert and William Kidd
Signed By:James Charles & Sarah Charles
Also listed is a detailed listing for descendants of John Cooke which gives credence that the name of the wife of William Halbert (the immigrant) was Mary Cooke and not Mary Cook used by many researchers.That listing reads:
DaughterHANNAH COOKE, m. ? Mottley
Daughter MARY COOKE, m. 1st Thomas Wood
Granddaughter ELIZABETH WOOD
MARY COOKE WOOD, m. 2nd William Halbert
Grandson JOEL HALBERT, m.1st Mary Biswell
Great-Granddaughter SARAH HALBERT, m. James Charles
Great-Granddaughter MARY HALBERT
JOEL HALBERT, m. 2nd Frances Jones
Great-Grandson WILLIAM (A.)HALBERT, m. 1st Hannah Nile
WILLIAM (A.) HALBERT, m. 2nd Elizabeth Hill
Grandson WILLIAM HALBERT, m. Mary ?
MARY COOKE WOOD HALBERT, m. 3rd William Taylor
In Randy Jones records, the possible Jones connection goes back to Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Richard Jones (ca. 1580-1681) & Ann Jeffries.(Randy cautions that while he has Richard Jones in his data base – one must be careful about the construction of Richard Jones and his children, as the data is not proven)In his World Connection collection, he lists Elizabeth who married William Iremonger (1629-1695), as the parents of Frances Ironmonger who married Mordecai Cooke noted above.A brother (or possibly brother-in-law) of Frances Ironmonger was Abram (Frederick) Jones (1614-1689) who had a son Peter Jones (1637-1676/1697) who married Margaret Wood.This is where the possible connection to the John Jones in the Halbert family history who married Frances Randolph and are listed as the parents of Elizabeth Frances Jones – where the source data is unverified and fuzzy at best.
This Peter Jones and Mary Batte were parents of several children – including the John Jones in your listings (born after 1700, with death in 1795).There is nothing more listed for this John Jones in your data.According to Randy Jones the University of Virginia Library has a collection of card files in a Robert Bolling Batte collection which includes a John Jones family grouping.A quick check of this listing indicates that this John Jones family does not go back far enough to reach the John Jones who married Frances Randolph.
Now comes the gut feeling sensing that the John Jones(son of Peter Jones) may be one in the same with the John Jones in the Halbert family history.Rational:In colonial Virginia the odds are fairly high that couples married those in the broad family circle, including many times cousins.The Mary Cooke connection to William Halbert, (the emigrant to colonial Virginia in the late 1600s) detailed in the records for John Cooke – and the Mordecai Cooke ties to the Jones family make this quite plausible.I also note that the names Frances and Elizabeth are relatively common in both the Cooke & Jones families in your data; that the John Jones born after 1700 is the first John in Randy Jones listing, although it becomes more common in generations following this John Jones.But there is nothing yet to nail down what is only a gut feeling.What we have now, as I see it, is a possible target for focused research which has potential to shedding more light into the Frances Randolph, Elizabeth Frances Jones facts, and thus my sharing of this background with all Halbert researchers.