Once thought to be related to the Reynolds family, the woman who chose William Farrar over the Reverend Mr. Greville Pooley in a courtship gone awry was most likely born Cecily Fludd. Her parents were William Fludd and Alice Manning who lived in Chichester, Sussex, England. They christened Cecily there in one of the town's many churches, called St. Andrews, on the 29th July, 1596. William and Alice had only recently married in Saint Pancras’ Church also in Chichester on 12th October 1595. After Cecily, the couple had 5 more children: Edward , William, John, Thomas, and Richard. All of their children’s christening records are shown in the IGI records.
Besides having a parish record with her name on it in Chichester, Cecily Jordan Farrar of Virginia is considered to be a Fludd because she has so many connections to Lt Col. John Fludd of Virginia. Earlier genealogies show John as the son of Nicholas Fludd and the grandson of Sir Thomas Fludd. William could presumably be another son of Sir Thomas, a William who was christened 18 JUN 1570 in Bearsted, Kent Co. England. Besides Nicholas and William, many of the Fludd children and grandchildren had ties to Virginia and it’s settlers.
According to the Virginia Muster of 1624, in 1610 Cecily Fludd and John Fludd set sail for Jamestown together aboard a ship named the Swan along with a fleet of ships carrying Thomas West, Lord de la Warr, and his wife Cecily Shirley. (The Shirley estate called Wiston was where Cecily Shirley was born. It is just outside of Chichester.) While the muster suggests Cecily Fludd was just 9 or 10 years old when she came to America, the parish records suggest she was actually 14. Her cousin John would have been only slightly older. While the muster's age for Cecily has always been a little suspect, this is the first time a record shows a connection between Cecily and John.
Taken in 1624 just after the Indian massacre decimated the early settlements along the James River, the muster further reveals just who had died and who had survived, and it then shows where the survivors were living. Cecily and John Fludd were both located together at Jordan's Journey. Here also were Cecily's new husband William Farrar was and where John's new wife, Mrs. Margaret Finch was. Here also was where the children belonging to both Cecily and John were. There at Jordan's Journey in 1624, Cecil and John were still found together even though it was some 14 years after arriving in America together aboard the Swann. This is another confirmation of the connection between the two.
There is one more record that clinches the connection for Cecily and John to the Fludd family in Chichester. In a patent for land issued by John later on he includes his wife Margaret and her family, as well as, a man called John Fludd "Jr." Who was this John? He was Cecily’s younger brother. His existence has been one of the Flood family puzzles that's been unsolved for a long time. Both of these Johns, along with Cecily, were all the same Fludd family, and the records of St. Andrews prove it.
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