Some say that George Pemberton's mother was Francis De Rochelle daughter of George Xavier De
Rochelle and wife of John Pemberton. These same sources claim that Francis was baptized in St. John's
Parish, Virginia on the same date as John Pemberton's brothers (28 Aug 1679), and that after John's death she married Richard Littlepage and had several children by him. Furthur they state that George Pemberton's middle name was Xavier perhaps in an effort to tie him to George Xavier De Rochelle. None of these sources
quote any documents that would go to prove their statements. The use of St. John's parish in Virginia and the date 28 Aug 1679 are
almost certainly incorrect for the reasons discussed in Part One. There
was a St. John's parish in Virginia, in what would become King William
County, but all of it's records were destroyed in the Civil War. George
Pemberton's name appears on a number of documents that we will discuss
below and in none of these was the name Xavier ever used. It is clear though
that he signed his name with an X. Perhaps some well meaning researcher
gave him this middle name to relate him to George De Rochelle but there
are no documents that show he used the name either.
"by way of Low Countries; shipwrecked off Long Island and the
Governor offered them land to settle, but they landed at Princess Anne Co., VA, thence via Nansemond Co., VA to Wake
Co., NC -- from thence the SC Rochelles came.
We are in contact with Ms.
Johnston and others to share information and hopefully to find a link to
this George. In
addition there are quite a few other Rochelle files on the web that may
also provide information concerning Francis and her father.
"I finally found the material I received from Elmer Howard Brown in 1992, which came from his older brother Percy Pemberton Brown in his research in the ‘50s. You may want to consider his version on the ancestors of George. He gives the father of George Pemberton as “John Pemberton, son of Thomas, left Wales in 1700 for Virg. 1st wife: 3 sons: 1. Thomas, 2. John, 3. William, 4. George. 2nd wife: Frances, daughter of George (X) De Rochelle, Hugonot. John sailed with a Hugonot group to Virginia and died 1701. A son was born to Frances ?”
A deed dated 20 Jan 1702/3 from Richard Littlepage to George Pemberton,
(see below), clearly shows John Pemberton in Virginia before 20 Apr
1688. Because this theory dates John
Pemberton's arrival in Virginia in 1700, we doubt that it will ever be
is a John Pemberton found in
the old property records of King William County, Virginia who might be
George's father. This John Pemberton was in Virginia
prior to, 20 Apr 1688 , when he
paid to Richard Littlepage, Sr., as executor for the estate of Samuel
Osteen (also spelled Ostin or Austin), a sum of 2600 pounds of tobacco
and some cash for 184 acres of land located in Pamunkey
Neck. At some point prior to 20th of
January, 1702/3 John passed
away and Richard Littlepage, Jr., deeded
the above land to John's son George Pemberton.
"A question I have is if you have some documentation on whether the George living in King William County and identified on this deed in 1702 is the same George who died in Winchester, Frederick Co. in 1757 ? I was never able to find this link through the usual search of all possible reliable records of baptisms, church records, marriages, abstracts, deeds, wills, military records, and official documents prior to the census. There is the one record in the William and Mary Quarterly of a Geo. X Pemberton, of St. Martins P. in Hanover Co. making some payment to a Jno Garth of St. Martins P. on Nov. 5, 1734. I am aware that Mary Helen Pemberton made the assumption the two Georges were the same. You can probably gather by now that I am a little skeptical of many of her assumptions. Also, there is considerable distance from the Richmond, VA area to Winchester, VA. Another question is on the age of George Pemberton in the deed who was apparently old enough to make a motion it be admitted to record. It would be nice to find some record of when John Pemberton acquired the land and his age. [EMail dated 6 Dec 2000]
So at this point we have identified several Georges who might be one and
the same a our George of Jefferson Co. W.V. But as Ernie states there is
no evidence to tie any of them to him.
Peter's Church of New Kent County, Virginia, Parish Register 1680-1787. Posted to the web at:
"1702/3 or 1702-3 = Dates appearing in this manner signified a dual dating system used in the 16th to 18th centuries in conjunction with the changing from the Julian calendar (Old Style) to Gregorian calendar (New Style), starting in 1522 in Venice and eventually in Great Britain and its colonies in 1752. Under the old style calendar (Julian), the new year began on 25 March."
3. From: Dan Buckley
to all who have responded we have the following:
We wonder if the article referred to in 1. and 3. is the same article.
In any case it sure would be helpful if someone could send us the text
of that article especially if it contained any references to the parents
of Frances Austin/Arnet. I have been doing some extensive web searching
and so far have not found one file that mentions who her parents were.
Could she be the daughter of George Austin/Arnet de Rochelle??
4. King William County, Virginia
"The waters of the Mattaponi and Pamunky rivers-and the fertile soil of the land between them-have always been at the heart of life in King William. Long before the first Englishmen arrived in Virginia, the Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes hunted the lands and fished the waters of what the colonists later called the
Pamunkey Neck. By the middle of the 17th century, a burgeoning economy was fed by a system of tobacco plantations that lined the shores of the two rivers, and barges loaded with the precious crop plied the waterways to and from the markets.
In 1702 King William County was officially created by the Virginia General Assembly and was named for William of Orange, King of England."
PEMBERTON Bap. St. John
Parish b 1679 Lived in
King William County, VA in 1702 Mar Francis DeROCHELLE Dau of George
Xavior DeROCHELLE. (Francis married again to Cap’t Richard
LITTLEPAGE of St. Peters.)
St. Peter's Church
of New Kent County, Virginia - Parish Register 1680 to 1787.
Scanned and transcribed by Christine Jensen and posted to the web at:
New Kent County,
VA - Old Tombstones; Wm. and Mary Quarterly, V. 5, No. 2.
by Paul Schrank for the USGenWeb Archives Special Collections Project
and posted to the web at:
8. RECORDS OF HANOVER COUNTY, VIRGINIA, William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 1. (Jul., 1912), pp. 47-63., File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by: Edward Reynolds and posted to the web at: http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/va/hanover/court/hanover.txt
5 1734. Geo. X Pemberton, St. Martin's P. to Jno Garth St. Martins P"