St.John

The St. John Genealogy
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This Ancestry and DNA project was initiated by the descendants of Thomas St. John (1564-1625) of Uchel-olau, Glamorgan, Wales beginning in 2001. Thomas was the Master on the Popham Colony's ship, The Richard, that was taken captive by the Spanish off the coast of Florida. He bribed a guard for his freedom and returned to London a year later. His brother, Sir William St. John, Knight was a founder of the Jamestown Colony, 1st English Governor of the African Colony, and a Vice Admiral in the English Royal Navy. Two other brothers, Captain Nicholas St. John and Lt. Alexander St. John were killed at St. Lucia Island while trying to colonize it for England. These brothers were direct male descendants of Sir John St. John, Knight and 1st Baron St. John of Lageham, who descended from the first St. John, Raoul (Roger) d'Ivry (alleged). Raoul d'Ivry assumed the St. John surname in 1053 in the presence of William the Conqueror. Raoul became the 'man' of St.John at the end of the sea near Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France. His son, another Thomas of St. John, renamed the village St. Jean-le-Thomas. 

There are several spin-off St. John lineages that assumed the St. John surname after marriage into the St. John family. Examples include de Port-St. John, Mewes-St. John, Mildmay-St. John, Poynings-St. John and probably others.