John Jordan of Upton

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Summary

Yet to be summarised.

Parents and family

Birth

The age at marriage suggests a birth date around 1694 as marriage at 21 was common..

Childhood and education

Employment

Marriage

On 28 Mar 1715, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the marriage of John JORDAN of Upton & Eliz GALLAWAY

John JORDAN of Upton almost certainly represents one of the JORDANs for whom a will is available. However, the difficulty is in identifyingwhich. As John was a weaver by profession, that suggests a link with the branch of the family that were connected with Witney, Oxon., thatbeing the only branch currently known to contain weavers.

On 29 Feb. 1715, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the Christening of  Tho. (Thomas JORDAN), son of John JORDAN of Upton

On 20 Nov 1717, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the Christening of Jn. (John JORDAN), son of John JORDAN of Upton

On 26 Jul 1719, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the Christening of Wm. (William JORDAN), son of John JORDAN of Upton

On 1 Dec 1721, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the Christening of Eliz. (Elizabeth JORDAN) daughter of John JORDAN of Upton

On 22 Nov 1722, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the Christening of Mary JORDAN daughter of John JORDAN of Upton

On 1 Nov 1725, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the Christening of Edw. (Edward JORDAN), son of John JORDAN of Upton

On 3 May 1756, the parish registers of Burford, Oxon., record the burial of Eliz JORDAN wife of Jn of Upton

Last Will and Testament

Death

See note on Last Will above.

Burial

Unknown

Descendants and notable relations

In the 17th and 18th C, a relatively large number of individuals with the surname JORDAN held influential positions in Burford, Oxon., and spread out to Witney, Oxon., Kencot, Oxon. and Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucs. The family relationships are gradually resolving  and many of their wills are available on my Probate Records Index. For a time  it was believed that this John JORDAN was the 'gentleman of Burford', who signed his will in 1735 and mentions daughters Elizabeth and Mary. However it is now reasonably clear that this was another individual.as such he was an influential resident of  Burford and a property owner. That Will, which may be summarised as follows:
John Jordan the Elder of Burford
Provides up to 5 for burial in Burford church
Fourty shillings to buy bread for the poor
Wife Mary Jordan to receive his share of personal estate of her late brother John Eve, also 20 and a long list of household items.
Property in Burford and Witney to go to his daughter Elizabeth Jordan (Thomas Clare, John Smith, William Heydon, Joseph **llman, and Thomas Wainwright are mentioned as occupants/tenants)
Property in Burford to go to Daughter Elizabeth (occupied by Richard Cottfield)
Cousin Sarah Wyatt to get a ring worth half a Guinea
The maid to get 10 shillings
Residue to go to his Daughter Elizabeth
A codicil gives his Wife Mary 20 more to be paid by the George Inn in Burford.
Signed – 3 Jul 1735
Proved – 30 Dec 
A full transcription has been produced for the probate record for this will.

He appears to have had at least two daughters Mary Jordan and Elizabeth Jordan. The latter is the main recipient of his Will, in which he admonishes her 'to have a special care in bestowing herself in marriage'.
Mary appears to have married John Kempster and her daughter Mary then married William Monk a Wheelwright and Blacksmith of 
Burford. A full transcription has been produced for the probate record for the Will of William Monk. When/if copyright issues are sorted out then a copy will be available to download from this Probate records folder.

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