|Birth: ||1601, England|
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This info may or not be correct. I've had several "corrections" but no source was given for a correction. I will be more than glad to add or correct information, if a source is given.
Cecely Reynolds Baley Jordan, an ancestor of Gabriella Barnett, sailed to Virginia on the "Swan" at age 9 or 10 from Dorsetshire, England. The attractive young girl may have been part of a group of orphans gathered from the streets of London and sent to the American wilderness about 1611. Settling in Charles City, VA, Cecely was widowed at least three times. Her teenaged marriage to Thomas Baley in 1616 produced a daughter, Temperance, before his death not long afterwards. During those years, she had become very good friends with Temperance West Lady Yardley, wife of Sir George Yardley who was then Governor and Captain General of Virginia. Cecely's second husband, Samuel Jordan, was 26 years older than her when they were married in 1620. Samuel died March 1623, leaving her with two more small daughters.
Cecely became engaged to William Farrar, some time later. When she did so, Pastor Grivell Pooley brought a formal complaint against her. Pooley claimed that, three days after he had conducted her husband's funeral, he had betrothed her to himself instead. Witnesses retorted it seemed to be his idea, not hers. She had told them only that "she would as willingly have him as any other," but that she wasn't ready to marry anybody right then. But Pooley proceeded to recite her vows for her, kiss her, and share a glass of wine with her. The witnesses to this unusual ceremony later testified they hadn't heard her say "I do," and that Cecely begged Poole not to tell anybody. But he did, and she later remarked, "If Mr. Pooley had not revealed it he might have fared the better."
The Virginia House of Burgesses could not decide such a delicate case, and referred it to the home office of the Virginia Company. The London headquarters declared they were puzzled too. The dispute was eventually decided in Cecely's favor. But just in case, the House of Burgesses passed a law forbidding any woman in the future from promising to marry more than one person.
Shortly after Cecely's wedding to William Farrar, she told local pastors of a strange vision one night at Jordan's Journey. She said she saw two hands, one pointing at her and one pointing at her youngest daughter, while she heard a voice repeat the word "judgement" several times. The church leaders tried to tell her that she must have been dreaming, but she insisted that she had been wide awake. William and Cecely had three more children, one named after him and one named after her. She died in 1677.
William Farrar (1583 - 1637)
William Farrar (1627 - 1678)*
Created by: brenda joyce
Record added: Dec 17, 2008
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