James Toone, Sr

James Toone, Sr

Death 6 Jun 1677 (aged 51–52)
Richmond County, Virginia, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Buried on the Toone family plantation near Farnham Creek
Memorial ID 176481021 · View Source
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Our immigrant ancestor James Toone, Sr. was a Virginia planter & patriarch of many Toone, Tune, Toon descendant families of America. His date of birth is estimated. The names of his parents have yet to be proved with prime source documents. Original records from Leicester, England show he was not a son of Henry Toone & Mary Ward of Preswold, as some have written.

The Y-DNA of James Toone, as confirmed by tests of many of his direct male decendants, is Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1b5a, aka R-M269 & previously R-SRY2627 or M167.

Y-DNA testing done in June 2017 has now shown a match with a descendant of the Toone family from Belton, Leicestershire County, England & an 8th g. grandson of James Toone Sr. & his second wife Anne, widow of Andrew Dew.

The earliest record we have is in the Virginia Colony with a patent dated 1651 for John King as "James Town" one of the headrights he transported. Given those patent dates were usually several years after the actual transport, we can be certain our ancestor was here by 1651.

Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book
Deed and Will # 8 1655-1658; p. 143 dated 06 January 1657 shows he named Edward Williams as his attorney. The Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Land Records Records, 1656 - 1664 [Deeds, Wills, Invs., Etc.] dated 10 May 1659 show Giles Webb has appointed James Toone as his attorney.

We know James was married twice & his first wife is thought to have been a daughter of James Yeomans who left a bequest dated 01 November 1662 to "James Toone, son & heir unto James Toone of the said county, planter, one pied heiffer black and white with a crop on the left and nick on crop on the right ear". This refers to his son James Toone, Jr.

By 18 November 1663 James Toone, Sr. & Luke Billington have patented 656 acres in the Northern Neck of the Virginia Colony at the head of Farnham Creek adjacent to land owned by John Williams, Robert Bedwell & Robert Bailey.

By 29 November 1665 we know that James has married Ann Dew, widow of Andrew Dew. [Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 3 1663-1668; pg. 222-228]

James Toone, Sr. and Ann had five known children: William, John, Kester, Mark & Anne, all mentioned in James' will, along with first son James Jr., dated 29 August 1676. On 30 April 1667 "Anne Toone the wife of James Toone" appointed her friend Robert Bedwell as her attorney, likely in anticipation of the approaching death of her husband. His will was probated 06 June 1677 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Colony. [Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Will Book 2, 1677-1682, pages 8-9]

From "A Historical Biography of James Toone and the Origins of Our Tune Family" by TuneFamily:

"Although many facets of James Toone’s life in England will remain a mystery, we do know that he was most likely not from the gentry class. According to Nell Nugent in Cavaliers and Pioneers (1934: 221) James Toone in 1651 is listed among passengers whose transportation was paid for by a John King. Our James is listed on that registry as James Town. As established families usually travelled together, James’ name alongside three other people who do not appear to be related, stands in sharp contrast to someone of ready financial means and the ability to pay for their own transportation costs.

James also had great timing on his side as he entered the Virginia Colony in 1651, right at the beginning of a very prosperous age that began in the late 1640s and lasted through to the late 1660s. Lorena Walsh (2010: 131) describes this time as “the Golden Age of the small planter in the colonial Chesapeake”.

During the first four to five years of his life in the Chesapeake James must have worked for a family that would sustain his connections later on in life. James managed to encircle himself with a network of friends and families that would be the lifeblood of his existence. The Billingtons, the Fauntleroys, the Williams, the Lawsons, the Powells, the Lewis, to name a few. One or any or all of these interrelated families must have been James’ benefactor during his formative years in the Northern Neck region while he was in his 20s, single, and eager to establish his own line of descendants in this new land."

Our immigrant ancestor James Toone, Sr. is thought to be buried on his plantation in the freshes of Old Rappahannock County in the Northern Neck of Virginia located in the area of the Farnham Creek in what is now Richmond County.

We honor his life and memory as his descendants.

Rest in peace.
Gloria J. Tune
8th great granddaughter

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 176481021
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Toone, Sr (1625–6 Jun 1677), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176481021, ; Maintained by Gloria Tune (contributor 46777289) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Buried on the Toone family plantation near Farnham Creek.