John Mark Anthony, Jr. (b. Bet. 1667 - 1683, d. Bet. March 1754 - 1769)
John Mark Anthony, Jr. (son of Mark Anthony) was born Bet. 1667 - 1683 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy or Holland, and died Bet. March 1754 - 1769 in Hanover Co., VA.He married Isabella Hart on Abt. 1703 in Virginia, daughter of John Hart and Susanna Rush. Notes for John Mark Anthony, Jr.: John Mark Anthony Jr. married Isabella Hart of Scottish descent.He came to New Kent Co., Va in 1700. They had three children:Joseph, John, James, Luke and Thomas. Mark Anthony (Marcus Antonio, Marco Antonio or Marcus Antonies) was born before 1675 in Genoa, the republic of Italy, and died after 1731 in Mayberry, Hanover Co., Virginia.He married Isabella Hart by 1703 in ?, daughter of Thomas Hart.Mark's father, Marcus Antony,(Anthony) was a wealthy merchant and banker, but at a time when trade in the Italian imports was declining, commerce in America in the new world was strengthening.It was of this reason Marco, the father, moved with his family to the thriving port of Amsterdam, the United Netherlands.There was a tolerant atmosphere in this port, and many Catholics were already there.It is reasonable to believe that Marco was a Catholic.Mark Anthony, the son, was sent back to Genoa, Italy to complete his education when he was about 17.The ship on which he was a passenger was captured by the Algerian pirates; and Mark, a Christian Infidel, was sold by the Algerians into slavery.Driven to desperation by cruelty and merciless taskmaster, he and a fellow slave escaped by killing his guard with an axe, concealing themselves in a forest until night and made their way in the cover of darkness to the beach, where they found a boat, and road to a British vessel lying in anchor in the bay.The Captain concealed them in a large cask til out to sea.This vessel was sailing for Virginia. They landed in a Port in Virginia, and the Captain sold him to a farmer, (thought to be Charles Fleming) to pay for passage.After serving three years with the new master to pay for passage, Mark settled on the upper James River near the present city of Lynchburg, Virginia and established a mill and trading post of considerable importance.It is believed that Mark adopted the religion of Charles Fleming, (the man to whom he was bound for passage) after coming to America. Mark's marriage to Isabella Hart in about 1703 produced 12 sons and 1 daughter.It is believed that Mark died in Hanover Co. Virginia after 1731. The Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish records him there as late as 1721. -Other sources which also have this story although more briefly:"Malachiah Reeves and His Progeny" by Lelia Eads, p. 3; "Magazine of American Genealogy" Feb. 1930, No. 7; "Col Wm. Candler of GA., His Ancestry and Progeny" by Gov. A.D.Candler, p 64. -"Since Mark Anthony, Jun., is not mentioned after 1739, it is presumed that Mark Anthony, Sr., died about that time.Records exist until 1769 for Mark Anthony.Isabella Hart is accepted as wife of Mark Anthony by most descendants.Joseph Anthony, Sr., and John Anthony of what became Campbell Co. are accepted as sons with certainty, others are listed with some evidence. Re: Joseph Clark Anthony Author: Scott AnthonyDate: 12 Nov 2003 7:35 AM GMTsanth@pacbell.net PDF files of "Anthony Roots & Branches" can be downloaded from www.santhony.com/AnthonyR&B. The PDF files were created by Brad Anthony, and Larry Anthony has assured us that the posting of the files is legal, having been given written permission to do so by the author's estate. More About John Mark Anthony, Jr.: Emigration: 1700, New Kent Co., VA. More About John Mark Anthony, Jr. and Isabella Hart: Marriage: Abt. 1703, Virginia. Children of John Mark Anthony, Jr. and Isabella Hart are:
+Joseph Anthony, Sr., b. May 02, 1713, New Kent Co., VA, d. November 23, 1785, Henry (now Franklin) Co., VA.