Fludd Shield
Shield not authenticated.


ohn FLUDD was 15 years old when he arrived in Jamestowne aboard the "Swan" in 1610 from England. He was one of the settlers with Thomas West, Lord De La Warr, newly appointed Governor of Virginia. West departed London in a flotilla of three ships carrying 250 settlers and provisions: The Starr, The Swan, and the Tyrall. "On June 7, 1610, the (surviving Jamestowne) settlers ...boarded the ship, left Jamestown, and started down the James. Next morning, while still in the river, advance word reached (Governor) Gates that Lord De La Warr had arrived ... an act of Providence. On June 10, 1610, De La Warr reached "James Citty" and made his landing. He entered the fort through the South Gate, and, with his colors flying, went on to the church where Reverend Richard Buck delivered an impressive sermon. Then his ensign, Anthony Scott, read his commission, and Gates formally delivered to him his own authority as governor. De La Warr's arrival had given the settlement new life and new hope."

John Fludd's wife, Mrs. Margaret FINCH and her daughter, Frances FINCH, arrived on the "Supply" in 1620. At the muster of Jan 1624/5 he and his family were living at Jordan's Journey and in his household were Margaret, his wife, her daughter, Frances Finch and his three week old son, William. He was one of the fortunate ones to survive the terrible hardships of the early days of the first permanent English Colony in the New World. He escaped death during the Indian uprising in 1622. Between the years 1607 and 1625 six-sevenths of those who came from England died or were massacred. Born in 1591/92 in Kent County, England he died in Surry County, VA in 1658. He proved to be an important man in Virginia. His first recorded land patent, 12 May 1638, for 2100 acres in James City County later to become part of Surry County. Surry County was formed from James City County about 1652. He claimed as headrights 42 people, including himself, his wife, her daughter Frances and his son John, Jr. After Margaret died he married Fortune Jordan about 1655. Other children of John and Margaret were Thomas; Jane; and Walter. The surname FLUDD changed over time to FLOOD.

Colonel John FLOOD became so proficient in the language of the Indians and so tactful in his dealings with them that he was made official interpreter at a Grand Assembly held at James City on October 5, 1646, whereby the Indians were commanded to go to no other but to his home or Fort Henry on the south side of the river when they had a message for the Governor and was paid for his services with four thousand pounds of Virginia tobacco yearley . He became a wealthy planter. John FLOOD was a member of House of Burgesses from Westover, Flowerdieu Hundred and Weyanoke, 1621/22, from Westover and Flowerdieu, 1632 and probably later, and from James City, 1643,1645-46, 1652 and 1656. He was also Speaker of the House of Burgesses in 1652.

Annie Elizabeth SMITH PENNEBAKER descent from Col. John Flood,  

1  John (Col.) FLOOD  1591/92 - 1658
    +(Mrs.) Margaret FINCH  abt. 1600 - ?
2  John FLOOD, Jr.  abt. 1627 - 1672
3  Elizabeth FLOOD 
    +Nicholas SMITH  1655 - 1718
4  William SMITH
    +Ann ISHAM
5  Josiah (Joseph) SMITH  1728 - 1817
    +Elizabeth COLLIER  1728 - ?
6  Roda SMITH  abt. 1775 - 1857
    +Margaret PLAXICO  1777 - 1854
7  Josiah Greene SMITH  1806 - 1895
   +Rachel JAMIESON  1814 - 1895
8  John A. SMITH  1838 - 1918
    +Frances "Fannie" MOODY  1837 - 1899
9  Annie Elizabeth SMITH  1866 - 1924
    +Wyand P. PENNEBAKER, Jr.  1854 - 1929

Note: Lineage not totally proved.


 John Flood's Descendants
 Nicholas Smith, Surry County, VA b before 1656 m Elizabeth Flood. Children: William m Ann Isham
 William Smith's and Anne Isham's Descendants
 Lord De La Warr's arrival in Jamestowne from the Jamestowne Society.
 Advenuturers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, Order of First Families of Virginia, third edition, 1987, pages 18, 289-293 - a recognized source of early Colonial Virginia genealogy.
 John Flood History.
 Colonial Records of Virginia, Lists of the Livinge and the Dead in Virginia, Feb. 16th, 1623, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, MD, 1964.
 APVA - Jamestowne Rediscovery, <>
 Flowerdew Hundred Foundation, <>
 James Deetz, Flowerdew Hundred, The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation, 1619-1864, University Press of Virginia, Chartlottesville, VA, 1993.

Arrow Up Prepared by Paul E. Pennebaker