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John Utie

    John Utie traveled to Virginia in the Francis Bonaventure in 1620 and was followed by his wife, Ann, and his son , John, in the Seaflower. By the time of the 1624 census and the 1625 muster the family and three servants were shown living at Hog Island across the James and just downstream from Jamestown. In these early years he appears to have had two land patents of 100 acres each, one near Jamestown, and one across the river near the mouth of "Chippooks Creek". By 1628 he had petitioned to take up land which had been patented but abandoned near Archer's Hope. The records show him in the House of Burgesses in 1624 for Southampton Hundred, 1628-9 for the area including Archer's Hope and Martin's Hundred, and in 1630 for Hog Island. He was a military officer for Southampton Hundred and in 1628 was commander of all plantations between Martin's Hundred and Archer's Hope.


    In 1630 John Utie was elevated to seat on the Council. In March of 1630 he was one of a group named to view and assess the adequacy of plans to build a fort at Point Comfort. At about this same time settlement on the York River was opened and John Utie was among the first to do so, receiving 600 acres near Chiskiacke, the future

Yorktown. Records of General Assembly meetings in February 1632 and 1633 show hm as a member of the council. He was a justice of York County and the earliest meetings recorded were held at his home in 1633 and continued most often there through 1636.


    His most visible activity in the records is as a key participant in the "Thrusting out" of Governor John Harvey. In Harvey's "Declaration" to the king, he writes that the "mutinous proceedings of the councell" include John Utye. On April 28, 1635, six councillors came to Harvey's house and "John Utye in the presence of the rest gave me a very greate and violent stroake upon the shoulder and sayd with a loud voice 'I arrest you for treason'; and thereupon Mathews and the rest of said company came all about me , and layd hoald on me and there held me so as 1 was not able to stir from the place and all of them said to me ; you must prepare yourself to go for England, for you must and shall goe, to answer the complaints that are against you." Harvey went to England and the outraged king sent for the four key mutineers (including Utie) to stand trial for their share in Harvey's departure. Meanwhile Harvey was returned in 1636 to resume his office, and a subsequent plea in May 1637 to the privy council from the four "mutineers" requests that Harvey be ordered to return their goods, cattle, and estates which he has been seizing while they were in England even though they were never found guilty of anything.


    His date of death is unknown but would have been before 12 May 1638 when his son, John, repatented his land and home. He left a widow, Ann, who married Richard Bennett, governor of Virginia during the rule of Cromwell, and three sons, John, Nathaniel and George.

    John, born in England, came to Virginia with his mother, married Mary (surname unknown) and patented 100 acres in York County. In 1640 he sold the plantation he inherited from his father and after 1647 does not appear in the records. He had no children.


    Nathaniel attended Harvard College, 1651-1655, then lived in Maryland, receiving 350 acres near Annapolis. He represented Baltimore County in the Upper and Lower House of the Assembly, and then served on the Maryland Council. He married Mary, widow of Lawrence Ward, and after her death in 1665, His only son, John, died without children by 1685.    

    George received a land patent for 300 acres near Annapolis, held a number of positions in Baltimore County including high sheriff, coroner, and justice. He married Suzanna Gouldsmith and they had three children: George, Mary Ann, and Bethea.



1.    'Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5"; 3" Edition, by Virginia M. Mayer and John Frederick Dorman, Dietz Press Inc, Richmond, VA, 1987

2.  "Declaration of Sir John Harvey", Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol 1, 18931894, pp 425-430

3.  "Letter to Privy Council", Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol 9, 1901-1902, pp 179-180 


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