3,880. Jane Rokeby (Married 1st: David Wickliffe circa 1635. David was a mariner and trader with the Indians. Later, he was active in political life of the Wickliffe's Creek settlers and served as a representative in the Assembly. . He died in late 1642 or early 1643. Married 2nd: Henry Brookes #3,879). (Henry and Jane married in late 1644 or early 1645) (Source of information in blue on this page is The Wroe and Chancellor Families Compiled by William Clarke Wroe, 1992, pages 11,13, 15, 18).
Born:? of Unknown Father (#7,759) and Unknown Mother (#7,760)
[Her siblings, if any, are unknown]
"Very shortly after his arrival in Maryland , David Wickliffe married Jane Rokeby in St. Mary's City." They lived on a 50 acre parcel of land north of St. Mary's City, The creek which bordered David's property and that of his neighbors became known as Wickliff's Creek, and it appears as such on early maps of the area.
Between 1634 and 1654, residents of St. Mary's County, Maryland included Richard Browne (#3,877), David and Jane Wickliffe (who would later marry Henry), Henry Brookes and his wife Joane, and others. "There is little doubt that all these individuals were acquainted and quite possibly may have been close friends..." [Note: Jane's daughter with Henry, Jane #1,940), would later marry Richard Browne's son, Originall Browne #1,939).
It was the policy of Virgina to award gifts of 50 acres to each new settler as well as a similar gift for the person who brought him. The title to public land granted to a person by the government is called a patent.
"The initial move to Virginia [by Jane and her second husband] was to Northumberland County and, on October 14, 1657, Henry Brookes patented land on Pope's Creek in Westmoreland County." Henry's family along with others arrived in Virginia to start a new life away from religious intolerance they had experienced in Maryland.
"The availability of land did not extend to men only. A patent for 450 acres of land was granted to Mrs. Jane Brookes for having transported eight others to live in Virginia. Together, Henry and Jane built a substantial landed estate in a very desirable part of the Pope's Creek area with prestigious neighbors on all sides; neighbors who would leave their marks on the history of our country."
"Henry Brookes lived in the Pope's Creek area until his death in 1663, at which time he left a will in which he bequeathed property to his wife, Jane, and to other members of his family."
Jane and her first husband had three children, David, Alice, and Robert.
Jane and Henry had one daughter, Jane #1,940), who was born prior to 1650 and possibly as early as 1645.
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