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Thomas Leister, I

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Birth  15 May 1586  Linton Carven, Yorkshire, England 
Sex  Male 
Died  Bef 1686  Nasemond Co., VA 
Person ID  I2242  Default Tree 
Last Modified  18 Aug 2006 
Father  George Leister, b. Abt 1560, England 
Mother  Female (Leister), b. Abt 1560 
Group Sheet  F783  Default Tree 
Family 1  Female (Leister) 
 1. Robert Lasseter\Lassiter, I, b. bet 1635-1642, Nansemond, VA
 2. John Lasseter\Lassiter, b. Abt 1642, Nasemond Co., VA
 3. George Lasseter\Lassiter, b. Abt 1629, Nasemond Co., VA
 4. Thomas Lasseter\Lassiter, II, b. bet 1635-1655, Nasemond Co., VA
 5. William Lasseter\Lassiter, b. bet 1635-1655, Nasemond Co., VA
Group Sheet  F782  Default Tree 
  • Alternate Birth: Between 1587-1590 Ireland
    Rersidence: Between 1620-1623 Jamestown Colony, Va
    Emigrated: Between 1620-1623 aboard ship ABIGAILE, and lived in Jamestown, VA; 1635 living in Fort Virginia.
    Name was spelled Leister, but due to the Sussex (England) twang, prounced Laster.
    1635: Thomas Leister was at Fort Virginia
    Bet 1620-1623 in Jamestown, VA
    Probably immigrated 1620 on ship ABIGAIL/ABIGAILE to Jamestown, VA.
    "Notes: Thomas Leister, arrived , James City Co., VA, 1623, arrived in ship ABIGAIL/ABIGAILE 1620. Indentured servant to Dr. John Potts of Middle Plantation, (the community that preceded Williamsburg).
    The information provided on the birth date and place of Thomas was obtained @RootsWebb's World Connect Project as was provied by Jesse Macon Lawrence II (
    In our Lassiter research we have attempted to take our lineage back to Robert Lassiter of Nansemond County, Va. backward to Thomas Leister of Virginia. I have been on this trail also and without a lot of documented proof. I have however put some time toward this effort in the last few weeks and have come up with the following information of
    which I list and cite and put forth as "specualtion"; Thomas Leister is enumerated in the "uster of inhabitants of Virginia settelments" Febuary 16, 1623/1624 as provided by John Langford ( his website "American Plantations and
    Colonies" and again in the "muster of of the inhabitants of Virginia settlements of Virginia" January 20-30 1624/1625, both enumerations he cites as his source "Hotten's Lists". In the enumeration of 1624/1625 he enumerates Thomas Leister as being of age 33 and as one of "Docto' Pott's Men in the Maine". Doctor John Pott is cited in "Encylopedia of
    Virginia Biograpy, Volume 1, II-Colonial Presidents and Governors"; ..."came to Virginia with Governor Wyatt in 1621 to fill the position of physician general, vacant by the death of Lawrence Bohum slain in a naval battle between the Spanish and the English...""...Dr. Pott was the first to locate land at the present site of Williamsburg, and he called his place Harrop, after the place of his family in Chesire...".
    I have seen postings and hard copies suggesting that Thomas was a bond servant and maybe and indentured servant; upon review of the "inhabitants list" I specualte that Thomas was not an indentured servant. Servant's were enumerated as such..several of the inhabitants were enumerated as the "governors men" and then upon reviewing I found
    that "those who died in Virginia 1624" again by John Langford I find that Lieutenant James Rolfe (what kin to John Rolfe, I have not determined) is listed as .."Gibb's man" who was slain by the Indians ..suggests to me that Thomas was part of some type of militia force, provided for and to and by Dr. John Pott..
    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography" - Vol XXII January, 1914 No. 1 - Minutes of the Council and General Court 1624 &c - From the Originals In the Library of Congress
    A courte held in the eight daye of februarye 1624 present Sr Francis Wyatt Gou?nor &c Sr George Yardely Knight M? George Sandys Threar - (ink folio 83) (pencil 110)
    Tho: Leyster sworne and exam?d sayeth that Captain Corshow did owe to Captain Tucker fower hundred and twentie pound waight tobacco and Captain" Tucker demandinge the said Tobacco of Capt" Croshow, y(e) said Captain Cros. Desired Capt Tucke to forebare him Awhile longer to W(ch-which) Captain Tucker answered y(t-yes) yf he would forebare the other three hundred till the next Cropp, whervppon Capt Croshow did send the one hundred and twenty pownd of tobacco by this Examinant (note: Thomas
    Leyster was the Examinant) to CaptTucker. Note: Captian Raleigh Carshaw, long prominent Colonist
    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol XXIV January, 1916 No. 4 - Minutes of the Council and General Court 1622 - 1629 - From the Originals In the Library of Congress
    Anthony Burrows, gent, sworne and examined Sayeth that when Captain Tucker came aboarde the Fleeinge harte he found John Geney aboarde the shipp Contrary to the Governor?s express comands And Captain Tucker Chided him for his soe doinge, And Tucker sentenced (?) servant (?) to by neck and heels for this offence, And when Captain Tucker was gone the said Geney said that Captain Tucker would be the death of him as he was Robert Leyster.
    George Thompson sworne and examined sayeth, that he heard John Geney say that Captain Tucker by some woordes he used was the death of Robert Leyester and that the said Glyney said he would certife it before the Governor and Council
    Note: At the census of 1624-25 Anthony Burrows, aged 44 who came in the George in 1617, lived in Elizabeth City. He owned land near Blun Point in 1628. The ship referred to, the Flying Hart, of Flushing made frequent voyages to Virginia
    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography - Vol XXV December 31, 1917 - Minutes of the Council and General Court 1624 &c From the Originals In the Library of Congress
    At a Courte held ffebruary 1625 - Thomas Pricharde sworne and Examined sayeth y(t) on Sondye nyght the xix(th) February 1625, Tho. Leicester cominge in about one hower w?thin night, fallinge in question aboute Tobacco that Mr Docter Pott should owe to Roger Stanley. Lyster said Y(t) Mr Docter did Not owe the said Stanley so much Tobacco as he said he did, Stanley said he lyed and thereupon Stanley drew owt his hanger,
    and then Lyster took Another swoorde, but neither of them did strike, after y(t) Leyster laid down his swoorde, And then Stanley struck at him w?th his hanger at his head, and Leyster defended it w?th a Jugg he has in his hande, And after die sett down ye Jugg and close with Stanley to wrench his hanger owt his hand, And in striving w?th him, Leyster tooke hold of his hanger and broke it off w?th a handfull of the hilte, Ande w?th ye blade of ye hanger w?ch he kept in his hand, cutt the said Stanley on the arme, w?ch hanger was a back swoorde.
    Elias Gale aged 25 years or thereabouts beinge examined affermith as much in effect as Tho. Pritchard hath formerly said.** - Thomas Pritchard, aged 28, Thomas Lester (Leister) aged 33 and Roger Stanley, aged 27, all fo whom came in the ABIGAIL in 1620, were among Dr. Pott?s men at the Main in Jamestown 1624/1625.
    "The Virinia Magazine of History and Biography", Vol V, June 1898, No. 1, on page 9 there is a reference to a "wido, Lascitter"
    BOUNDARY LINE PROCEEDINGS - 1710 - A meeting of a Virgnia group and a Carolina Commissioners group was to take place at Waynock Creek to take the Latitude at Waynock Creek and Curratuck. The Virginia group departed on Tuesday morning on the 15th of May 1711 at Green Spring.
    The following excerpt is from the daily jounal they kept. - (compiler note - the following information was found on a Virginia Travel Guide website - "Greensprings Plantation is built on land that was part of a colonial plantation, Green Spring. The plantation was home of Sir William Berkeley, Royal Governor of the Virginia colony. During the Civil War, the house was torched by union troops.") "24th. We sett out from Spikes and travelled 20 mile to bakers mill, soon after we mist our way being wrong directed, and rid 11 mile
    almost to a myery swamp, almost impassible, called Curripeak where we mett a man that Directed us soe we came strait back the same road (there being no passage through the Dismall) 5 mile in very heavy rain to the wido. Lascitters where we stayed all night, being very wett this days riding in the rain and being very hott we hurt most of our
    horses backs, this old woman is above 80 yeares old and verry nimble and hearty.
    25th. Being all dryed again we parted from the widos and travelld 6 mile to peros mill at the head of Nansimond river and from thence to Collo James Wilsons at the head of the Southern Branch of Elizabeth river 40 miles, where we lodged all night------"
    Source: The above information was contributed to this compiler by Marvin Kjelstrom at
    the Genforum Website Msg# 1074 08/31/2002) - (Compiler Note: If one could rely on the accuracy of the statement that the "wdo. Lascitter" is above 80 years of age, this could be the wife of Thomas Leister and mother of Robert, George, Thomas and ?William.
    Then there is Edward Leister, born 1595-1602-England, Died befor March 6, 1651, Virginia, never married.
    Edward Liester Came on the Mayflower as a servant to Stephen Hopkins. He was involved in Plymouth's first duel, with fellow servant to Stephen Hopkins, Edward Doty. When Leister's term of service was up, he left for Virginia, where Bradford tells us he died, apparently without marryin or having children. Charles Banks mention Edward Leister, widower, of Ixworth, Suffolk, England marrying 1590, and suggests this might be the father of Edward. He also gives us a marriage on May 2, 1614 of an Edward Lyster
    of St. Mary Aldermanbury, with Ann Walthall, widow, of St. Peter, Cornhill, England. Lastly, he mentions a Lister family living in St. Mary, Kensington (suburb of London), who were living there from 1587 to 1607, and having the name Edward among their children.
    William Bradfords 2nd wife Alice Carpenter married first Edward Southworth. Edward Southworth's mother is beleived to be Rosamond Leister. Perhaps this Leister family has a connection to Edward Leister of the MAYFLOWER. As for why Edward Leister left for Virginia, perhaps something can be read into the fact that there was a Thomas Leister
    who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia on the ship "Abigail" in 1620, aged 33, and he was still living in in the colony in 1623. - (The above is from Caleb Johnson's web site on the Mayflower and Her People)(
    Lastly their is a Thomas Leister who resided and died in Somerset County, MD married to Abagail died before 1689...
    Another possible link to the Leisters is found in "Cavaliers and Pioneers" Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants - 1623 - 166 - Abstracted by Nell Marion Nugent - published in 1963 - Humph. (Humphry) Lyster, Merchant, 1000 acs within two miles of the falls of the James Riv. on E. side thereof, bounded S. upon a gutt dividing this from land of James Place, dec'd and opposite to the lower end of Princes Folly. 31 Aug 1650, p; 239. Trans. of 20 persons: Thomas
    Sharpe, And. Steevenson, Ralph Nicholson, Humph. Lyster, John Gardner, Francis Brown, Daniell Stepping, Thomas Forville, Winckfield Bill, Ri. Upperence, Lewis Price, Robert. Richards, Daniell Thomas, Jura Clarke, John Mathews, Francis Williamson, Edward Baldwin, Mary Farington, Thomas Arnee, Jane Dawson, Mary Barker, land due for.
    This individual was found on GenCircles at:
    Thomas Lassiter (Leicester) is the first known ancestor that settled in the New World. He arrived at Jamestown, VA in 1620 (just 12 years after the Jamestown settlement) on the ship ABIGAIL.
    Marion L. Laster, 709 Holt Lane, Tullahoma, TN. (
    This is probably the same person as Thomas Leister, living in James City County in 1623, arrived on the ship ABIGAILE in 1620. (Reference: The Complete Book of Emigrants by Peter Coldham)
    From Jordan's Banks, a Lasater Family History, by Barbara Jo Preas, 610 7th Ave. N, Lewisburg, TN. 37091. Finished July 2002, printed by Marco Printing
    Thomas was 33 years old when he came to America. He first went to work in a grist mill removing corn from the cobs. Thomas worked for Dr. John Pott who owned the mill and who had furnished his passage to America. He, also, served in some kind of military capacity to Dr. Pott while the doctor was governor of the colony. The history of the Pott's family tells of Thomas Leister who was one of the doctor's men. Dr. Pott's plantation was called Harrop, after his home in England.
    After Thomas completed his service to the doctor he became a farmer
    (reference) The ORIGINAL LISTS OF PERSONS OF QUILITY, lists of the Living and Dead in Virginia February 16, 1623
    Origin of the Lassiter name. The Oxford Dictionary of Surnames offers the following: Leicester English: habitation name from the county town of Leicester, so called from the Old English tribal name Ligore (itself adapted from a British river name) + OE caester Roman fort (L castra legionary camp). Variations: Leycester; Lessiter; Lissiter, Lassiter, Lasseter. This person also read that Lassiter was a particular variation of Leicester that derived from the Sussex region of England. Another says that the legend was that a man from Leciester became known as "Lassiter" because of the pronouciation particular to Sussex.
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