Father: Francis Addie b: 24 Jul 1569 in Darton, Yorkshire, England, d. 01 Jun 1639 in Silkstone, Yorkshire, England.
Mother: Margaret Lee b: Bef 5 Sep 1579 in Darton, Yorkshire, England.
Mary Addie, daughter of Francis Addie a husbandman of Darton, Yorkshire, England was married at St. Peter's, Westcheap, London, in the city of London by virtue of a marriage license from the Bishop of London on 02 Sept 1619, to Christopher Branch. (See attached copy of their marriage document). Christopher’s notice of his intent to marry Mary Addie, was posted at St. Peter’s Westcheap, London in 1619.
In March 1620, Christopher and Mary (Addie) Branch embarked on the "London Merchant" of 300 tons burden dispatched from the Port of London for Virginia. This ship was commissioned by the Virginia Company and carried 200 passengers, mostly single men, and arrived with only the loss of one soul. Christopher and Mary first settled in present Henrico Co., in an area called "ye Colledg Land" (the College Land) circa 1623/24 and in the muster, 1624/25, he, his wife and their 9 months old son, Thomas, were listed there (Ref: See page 7 source #1 below which is also attached to this memorial). The Virginia Company offered inducements for new colonists to settle on the College Lands at this time to replenish the population decimated by the recent (1622) Indian massacre. The precise location of the Branch home during this period is indeterminate as the College Land was a very extensive tract set aside by the Virginia Company whereon "to erect and build a college in Virginia, for the training and bringing up of infidel's children to the true knowledge of God and the understanding of righteousness".
Shortly afterward, Christopher patented land and lived at or near Arrowhattocks on the North side of the James River and finally settled at "Kingsland", their plantation on the South side of the James River almost opposite Arrowhattocks near Proctor's Creek (see map for location of "Kingsland"; NOTE: The dates on the map associated with Christopher Branch are land patent dates). Their son, Thomas, born May 1624 was listed as the only Virginia born child in the county (Henrico) at the time. "Kingsland", just west of "Farrar's Island", was also near "Osborne", home of the Jeffersons (see accompanying historical marker).
The children of Christopher and Mary (Addie) Branch were:
1) Thomas Branch b. May 1624 Henrico Co., VA, d. 1694, m. Elizabeth (Gough?)
2) William Branch (see below)
3) Christopher Branch (see below)
Mary died in 1630 and was buried at "Kingsland", her husband's plantation, in a now unidentifiable grave site.
Mary (Addie) Branch and her husband, Christopher Branch, Sr., were the earliest American ancestors of record (3rd great paternal grandparents) of POTUS Thomas Jefferson through their son, Christopher Branch, Jr..
As of 2015, Mary Addy [A9662; (Muster of 1624/5), wife of Christopher Branch] has been added as a qualifying ancestor for membership in the "Jamestowne Society".
1. "Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5", by John Frederick Dorman, 4th Ed., 2004, pp7, 367.
2. "Acts of the General Assembly Jan 6 1639/40", William & Mary Quarterly(series 2) Vol. 4, pp 16-35
3. Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705, Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, Richmond, VA, 1986
4) "Branchiana" by James Branch Cabell, 1907, pp107-110.
5) "Branch of Abingdon" by James Branch Cabell, 1911, pp75-84.
4) "Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635" by Martha W. McCartney, 2007, p154.
5) "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography", Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Vol. 5, 1915, p1055.
Bio by Gresham Farrar.