Name: John Vasser , Sr. 1
Birth: ABT 1595 in Gravesend, County Kent, England
Death: ABT 14 JAN 1650 in Ise of Wight County, Virginia 1
JOHN VASSER and ELIZABETH DOWE
(The name Vasser has been spelled as Vasor, Vesser, Vasser, Vassar, Versor, and in other ways.)
John Vasser arrived in Jamestowne, Virginia in the spring of 1635. He arrived with his wife Elizabeth ,
on the ship Alice whose Captain was Richard Blake.
John Vasser married Elizabeth Doyle, Gravesend, County Kent, England,
All the children of John Vasser and Elizabeth Dowe were born in Virginia.
(The Descendants of John Vasser, by Lyndal G. Vessar, 1988, First Word Desktop Publishing Co., Stillwater, Oklahoma.)
He transported himself and his wife Elizabeth and a servant (William Baker). He received a land grant for the same. See the excerpt that follows. Based upon this entry, John Vasser was one of the earliest settlers in the Jamestowne Colony, and he was certainly one of the earliest settlers that remained and became active in the political affairs of the early colony.
Deed to John Vasser 16 November 1635 in Isle of Wight for 150 acres. Being a neck of land lying upon Warsq. Creek next to the land of Warresquioake and Nathaniel Loyd for transporting himself, wife Elizabeth, and one servant.
(Boddie, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, page 658.)
(Certificate # 282 of the London Company)
(The neck of land became known as Vassers Neck, and was on a southern tributary of the origin of Pagan Creek in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.)
Isle of Wight Wills, Deed Book 1, 1688-1704, page 316. 09 October 1700.
Peter Vasser, only son and heir of his father John Vasser, decd. to John Bell
150 acres and now in the possession of John Bell being a neck of land
upon the main creek of Warrisquake Bat adjoining Nathaniel Floyd. Land was granted to said John Vasser on 18 November 1635 and his will named two sons
John Vasser, Jr. and Peter Vasser and descended first to John Vasser, Jr, who died leaving one son William Vasser who also died and the land came to
Witness: Arthur Smith and ____ Chitty. Recorded 09 August 1700.
Deed to Thomas Edgehill, 100 acres 23 October 1637. Upon a creek running S.W.
out of the main creek of Pagan Bay adj. John Walker's dividend west towards VASSERS NECK, for his own per. adv. and 1 servant.
Boddie, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, page 662).
When John Vasser died all his children were minors.
His will was signed by him.
Will of John Vasser
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
January 14, 1650
Leg. Eldest son John Vasser; Mildred Vasser; Peter Vasser; Ann Vasser;
Eldest daughter Elizabeth; wife Elizabeth.
Overseers, Mr. James Pylans, and Thomas Walton.
Witnesses: John Lewis, Richard Ames, Thomas Walton.
(Wills and Administration, Isle of Wight, Book A. Page 29.)
John Vaser will:
James Pyland and Thomas Walker to be overseers,
to eldest son John Vaser and Mildred, Peter, and Ann Vaser 3 cows when of age,
to eldest daughter Elizabeth Vaser gold ring at marriage
to wife plantation and rest of estate.
Test: John Lewis, Richard Amer, Thomas Walker
(Boddie, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, page 518.)
John Vasser had a will dated 14 January 1650 in the Isle of Wight, Virginia.
John Vasser married Elizabeth Dowe.
The children were:
This information is provided by Ms. Ima Mewborn, member of the Jamestowne Society.
Will of John Vasser
The last will and testament of John Vasser.
In the name of God Amen, this 14th day of January in the year of our Lord 1650.
I, John Vasser, the unprofitable servant of God, sick in body but strong in mind do willingly and with firm heart render and give unto the hands of the Lord my Creator my spirit this also my body in the hope of resurection.
I bestow my wordly estate as followeth:
My will and pleasure is to appoint Mr. James Pyland and Thomas Walter my overseers of my last will and testament over all my estate.
My will is to give my eldest son John Vasser, Mildred, Peter, and Ann Vasser three cows called Young Harris, Old Star, and Young Star, with female increase of the said cattle until such time they come of age and then them and their increase to be equally divided amongst them.
I give unto my eldest daughter Elizabeth Vasser two cows named Brown Bess and Naous, also a gold ring to be delivered the day of marriage. Lastly I give unto my wife all the rest of my whole estate which I am possessed of with all plantation, cattle, hogs, immovables, and all within and abroad.
Likewise all debts and dues by bill, bond, or book, making my wife Elizabeth my sole Executrix of all that I am possessed withal.
This my last will and testament.
Witness my hand the day and year above written,
John Vasser, signature
Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of:
John Lewis, Richard Ames, Thomas Walter
(Will Book A, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, page 30.)
Elizabeth Dowe b: in Gravesend, County Kent, England
in St. Stephen's Church, Gravesend, County Kent, England
- Note: The marriage of John Vasser and Elizabeth Dowd is recorded on microfilm of the Vestry Book of St. Stephens Chapel, Church of Engalnd, at Gravesend, County Kent, St. Stephens Parish, England.
- Elizabeth Vasser b: 1636 in Virginia
- John Vasser , Jr. b: 1638 in Virginia
- Peter Vasser , Sr. b: 1640 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
- Mildred Vasser b: 1642 in Virginia
- Ann Vasser b: 1644 in Virginia
- Title: Personal Communication from Ms. Ima Mewborn, Farmville, North Carolina, member of the Jamestowne Society, Richmond, Virginia