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  • By Margaret Woodrough
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A wonderful story to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown!" About 1623, after apparently coming to America from Northern Ireland and possibly having a link to southwestern Scotland, Thomas Floyd lived at West and Sherlow Hundred near Jamestown. Living at West and Sherlow suggests that he was an indentured servant working on the plantation. After examining the records of all Floyds of the 17th century in Virginia and surrounding areas between 1618 and 1700, we conclude that this Thomas Floyd , most likely was our first ancestor in Virginia, but we have no proof. Our Floyds became centered in Isle of Wight County, Va. Family oral history says we are Irish, but it is possible that we are Scots-Irish, who lived in Northern Ireland and originally were from Scotland. One of the more exciting features of the Floyd story is its link with two men of kinship who put America on a course toward permanency and eventually toward national sovereignty. Nathaniel Basse was one.... More > Another was Basse’s father-in-law Samuel Jordan, who was among a handful of Englishmen involved in saving Jamestown from collapse during its darkest hour about 1610. Three months before The Mayflower, Samuel Jordan in June 1609 boarded The Sea Venture in Plymouth and set sail for the New World. The recently built state-of-the-art vessel was one of eight ships to set sail that day on a mission called The Third Supply, providing new settlers and provisions for a corporation called Virginia. Six to eight weeks out, the flotilla ran into a powerful storm – assumed to be a hurricane – and was pummeled for almost 48 hours. The Sea Venture could not hold up during the storm because it had a major flaw. Its caulking had not been allowed to thoroughly dry before the ship’s departure at Plymouth. The other seven ships survived and proceeded to Jamestown. The Sea Venture, meanwhile, was foundering somewhere in the unseen distance. Directly, the ship’s master spotted land – the Bermudas – and ordered the ship in that direction. The ship became snared between two coral reefs – which may have been a saving factor for the passengers and crew. The ship never sank and all passengers and crew were believed to have survived. However, there were some deaths on land weeks to months after the passengers and crew went ashore. A star in the making in the Bermudas was a possible kinsman of Samuel Jordan. He was Sea Venture passenger Sylvester Jourdain, who wrote an account of the storm that bore much similarity to William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” but Jourdain wrote his account a good year before Shakespeare staged his play in 1611. If Shakespeare used Jourdain’s material, which was published and widely available in London as early as 1610, he did not plagiarize but simply used a journalistic account as a basis for his story. He also could have drawn from at least one other account. Both Jordan and Jourdain originally were from Dorsetshire.< Less
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Margaret Woodrough
December 3, 2008
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.33 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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