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Master Thomas St. John, Gentleman

Male Abt 1564 - 1625  (~ 61 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Born abt. 1564  Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Tho St John  [1, 2
    Also Known As Thos St John  [3
    Education 8 May 1577  Gray's Inn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Folio 657: Thomas St. John (May 8, 1577); (Note: The son of Henry St. John and Jane Neale, Thomas St. John, was likely born at this time, so not likely the one mentioned in this record.) 
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    Name 5 Apr 1584  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tho Sinison; see baptism of daughter Katheren 
    Name 13 Apr 1590  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Shonson; see baptism of son Mathew 
    Name 16 Jan 1596  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Sinson; see baptism of son Raphe 
    Name 19 Mar 1596  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Sainson; see burial of son Raphe 
    Fact 1 4 Feb 1597 
    Living: Entered into indenture contract with his father regarding his son, Christopher. Thomas is not mentioned to inherit in his father's 1616 will which is bypassed for his son, Christopher. In 1616, Thomas was involved in legal issues regarding accusations of theft. It isn't clear if he was found guilty but he was not dead in 1616. Based on the marriage contract between Robert Mathew and Christopher St. John 1 the grandson, Christopher was the heir of Thomas St. John and Jane Mathew. This will was doing two things for the grandson, Christopher. Ending the indenture bond placed on him and identifying him as the next legal heir - especially important if his father's assets were seized. 
    Name 28 Oct 1599  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Sainson; see baptism of daughter, Anne 
    Name 23 Jan 1604  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tho: Sanon; see baptism of son, Edward 
    Also Known As 29 Dec 1605  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Thomas Sayntiones; see baptism of son, Stephen St. John 
    Fact 1 4 Feb 1606 
    Nevill Davis to Sir John Popham. Lord Chief Justice.
    1606–7, Jan. 25/Feb. 4. Occasion being offered I am emboldened to send these few lines to signify the misery of divers poor men here prisoners that were taken in a small ship of Plymouth called the Richard, whereof was captain Henry Challines, and as it appears [they] were set forth by Sir Ferdinando Gorges and other gentlemen. They report your Honour to be one of the chiefest adventurers in this their pretended voyage, being for a new discovery in the norwest parts, under the latitude of 41 and 42 degrees. They were surprised by seven merchant ships which came from St. Domingo, meeting them some 150 leagues to the norward of Porto Rico in the height of 27 degrees or thereabouts. Here are 18 of them and two "salvages" [savages] of the country they went into. The captain and one Mr. Thomas St. John we have released under sureties. The relation of their proceedings from the time they departed from Plymouth I refer to their writings and report of some that have escaped. All their examinations are taken and sent to the Court last week; by their confessions it appears they have committed no offence against any of this King's subjects, only to do good to a Spanish friar and preserving his life was cause they fell into these troubles. I will assist them in what I may, being sorry their pretence should so unfortunately be overthrown. I have advertised my Lord Ambassador hereof, who I hope will seek their enlargement. The Spaniards here seem nothing pleased with this attempt and I think they will endeavour to prevent us from going into those parts, if by any means they can: wherefore in the attempting it again those which are to manage it must deal very circumspectly for being intercepted. I hope God will open those remote and unknown places to us, whereby in time our country may find a more profitabler trade than we have done here since the peace; for I assure your lordship what through the sundry molestations by divers officers here and the excessive impositions which we pay inward and outward upon our goods, we are and shall be consumed by this trade, as I refer me to the general report of those which do adventure hither and feel the loss. I am sure if a true calculation were taken it would be found his Majesty's subjects have lost near 80,000l. by the trade of Spain. Our woollen commodities for the most part are in no estimation here, as before the wars, and daily will be less and less by reason of the great store of cloth made here, and for this hot country far better than ours. Wherefore it is requisite we seek other places for the venting of our cloth.—Sivel [Seville], 4 Feb., 1607, stilo novo.
    Holograph. Endorsed: "Nevil Davis to my Lord Chief Justice. Concerning the men that went to Virginia." 1 p. (120. 53.)

    https:/​/​www​.british-history​.ac​.uk/​cal-cecil-papers/​vol19/​pp11-33 
    Immigration 12 Aug 1606  Popham Colony, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Plymouth Company set sail on the Richard for the Popham Colony, Maine, USA. Thomas St. John was captured by the Spanish off the coast of Florida and after his release he returned to England. 
    Fact 1 10 Nov 1606  Popham Colony Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John taken prisoner aboard the Richard and sailed to Spain. 
    Fact 2 1 Jan 1607  Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John cast into a Spanish Prison. 
    Also Known As 14 Feb 1607  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Thomas Sen Jones; see baptism of son, John St. John 
    Fact 3 23 Oct 1607  Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John escapes a Spanish Prison and flees to England 
    Fact 4 24 Nov 1607  Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John arrives back in England 
    Fact 1 May 1608 
    Nevill Davis to the Earl of Salisbury
    1608, May 21/31. In my last of February 20th I certified of preparations here making, being the Terra Ferma fleet; and the 10 galleons which is to bring home the treasure, the one departed from Cadiz the 7th March, the other about Easter. Since then they have been preparing their Nova Spania fleet, which will be ready to set sail about the 15th of the next. It will be as great a fleet as ever went to the Indias, being at the least 60 sail small and great that go for the "meanie" and the islands. After this fleet are gone here will be very few ships.
    By a letter from his Lordship [Cornwallis] I heard of the Consulta taken against Captain Challines and his poor company after so long imprisonment, they being sentenced to the galleys, notwithstanding his Lordship laboured to have the same revoked, or at least to know the cause of their proceeding so severely against them, being taken upon the ocean seas, and having neither traded in their Indias nor committed piracy, but through extremity of weather were forced to some of the islands "unhabited" by the Spaniards. They were the 15th hereof sent to the galleys, saving 4 boys and the "salvaia" [?savage or slave] whom I procured to send home. The captain and others that went upon sureties got away, otherwise they had been sent to the galleys. None that were sureties have been so hardly dealt withal as myself. They have not only kept me almost three months in prison, but have forced me to pay above 600 ducats, and yet I cannot be cleared. My Lord has promised to do his endeavour for remedying thereof. I proffered to buy two slaves to serve in the galleys for Thomas St John, for whom I was surety, but they would not accept thereof, notwithstanding themselves were the cause that urged him to go away. I hope Captain Challines has been a suitor to you for the relief of his poor company, who pass great misery in the galleys. There was sent with them two Hollanders taken at St Domingo.
    This last week there came into St Lucar a ship from Amsterdam laden with clapboards. He brought Marquis Spindola's pass. They are well received. The Duke of Medina told them if they had come without pass they should have been welcome. This causes the Spaniard to hope of a speedy peace, which they so greatly desire. The peacemaking Friar is still at the Court to work the same. Some Spaniards have written from thence to others their friends here, that the peace before this had been concluded if the Council of England had not sought to disturb the same, and nominating your Lordship. They say you to be the principalest hinderer thereof.
    The King has lately caused an edict to be made, which is put in execution, forbidding all strangers, though they be here married and settled in the country, to keep any lodging or entertain strangers, although they be of their own nation; but such as be goers and comers shall lodge at Spaniards' houses. What security this will be both for our lives and goods I refer to your consideration. It cannot [be] but that a Jesuit had a hand in this.
    I hope before this you have heard how one Thomas Ferrys is put into the Inquisition House, and all his goods seized on. It is supposed an English friar to be his accuser, more for malice than upon any just cause.
    It is said that one Don Pedro de Toledo goes Ambassador into France to treat of a marriage betwixt the Dolfine and the Infanta of Spain.
    By these last ships we understand of the sudden death of our last Lord Treasurer, for which we are sorry; and that his Majesty has besstowed that honourable charge upon you.
    Sir John Feirn and others have here to sell near upon 60 pieces of great iron ordnance from 30 to 36 cwt apiece. I think they came out of Wales. They offer for them but 28 reals the quintal, which price will not benefit them so much as the hurt they do to our country. They might take warning by a late loss they received in the bay of Cadez.—Sivel, 31 May 1608, stillo novo.
    Holograph. 2 pp. (195 10.)

    https:/​/​www​.british-history​.ac​.uk/​cal-cecil-papers/​vol20/​pp151-177 
    Also Known As 31 Dec 1609  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Thomas Senson; see baptism of son, Thomas St. John 
    Also Known As 6 Jan 1615  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Thomas Sayntiohn; see baptism of daughter, Jane St. John 
    Also Known As 2 Feb 1621  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St John, Esq.; see marriage of daughter, Anne St. John 
    Generation 18 
    Residence Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Title 3 Feb 1621  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Distinction: Esquire - Admitted to Gray's Inn 8 May 1577. 
    Died 24 May 1625  St. Margaret's, Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
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    Age ~ 61 years 
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    Last Modified 17 Dec 2018 

    DNA Tests  43 people have linked a DNA test to Master Thomas St. John, Gentleman 

    Father Ancestors Christopher St. John, Esquire
              b. 23 Sep 1547, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Apr 1616, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
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    Mother Ancestors Elizabeth Bawdrep
              b. abt. 1550, of, Odyn's Fee, Pen-marc, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. aft. 1617  (Age ~ 68 years) 
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    Married abt. 1564  Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 8 children 
    Family ID F4329    |  Family Chart

    Partner 1 Ancestors Master Thomas St. John, Gentleman
              b. abt. 1564, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 May 1625, St. Margaret's, Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married abt. 1580 
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    Theory Welsh Theory by Suzanne St. John places Christopher as son of Thomas St. John, Esq. and Jane Mathew of Uchel-olau, Wales 
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    Children 9 children  [10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
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    Last Modified 3 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F4328    |  Family Chart

    Partner 2 Ancestors Master Thomas St. John, Gentleman
              b. abt. 1564, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 May 1625, St. Margaret's, Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1610  St. Olave, Silver Street Parish, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Children 3 children 
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    Last Modified 3 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F351    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - abt. 1564 - Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Tho Sinison; see baptism of daughter Katheren - 5 Apr 1584 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Shonson; see baptism of son Mathew - 13 Apr 1590 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Sinson; see baptism of son Raphe - 16 Jan 1596 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Sainson; see burial of son Raphe - 19 Mar 1596 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Sainson; see baptism of daughter, Anne - 28 Oct 1599 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Tho: Sanon; see baptism of son, Edward - 23 Jan 1604 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Sayntiones; see baptism of son, Stephen St. John - 29 Dec 1605 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 2 - Thomas St. John cast into a Spanish Prison. - 1 Jan 1607 - Spain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Sen Jones; see baptism of son, John St. John - 14 Feb 1607 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 3 - Thomas St. John escapes a Spanish Prison and flees to England - 23 Oct 1607 - Spain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 4 - Thomas St. John arrives back in England - 24 Nov 1607 - Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Senson; see baptism of son, Thomas St. John - 31 Dec 1609 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Sep 1610 - St. Olave, Silver Street Parish, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Sayntiohn; see baptism of daughter, Jane St. John - 6 Jan 1615 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas St John, Esq.; see marriage of daughter, Anne St. John - 2 Feb 1621 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTitle - Distinction: Esquire - Admitted to Gray's Inn 8 May 1577. - 3 Feb 1621 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 May 1625 - St. Margaret's, Westminster, London Link to Google Earth
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