Name: Peter Montague II
Birth: 21 JAN 1602/03 in Boveny, Burnham Parish, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: 25 MAY 1659 in Lancaster County, Virginia
From: Peter Montague and His Descendants, http://www.montaguemillennium.com/PeterM-Lineage/1-pm1603.html
"Peter Montague, was the son of Peter and Eleanor Montague of Boveney, in parish of Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England. His mother, Eleanor, was the daughter of William N. Allen of Burnham in the same parish. Peter was born in 1603. He was an elder brother of Richard Montague, the ancestor of the New England Montagues....Boveney, the place where Peter was born, is a small hamlet, picturesquely situated on the river Thames, twenty-three miles above London, three miles from Eton college, that was founded in 1440 by Henry VI., while on the opposite side of the river in Berkshire is Windsor Castle, the residence of the Kings and Queens of England for the past 900 years. In this vicinity the ancestors of Peter had resided, probably for 200 years before his birth. Here his childhood and youth were passed, and here he probably obtained a fair education, though there is no record that he was ever a member of Eton college. His uncle William Montague was a fellow of Kings college, Cambridge, and also of Eton. Richard Montague, the celebrated divine, and bishop of Norwich, was his father's cousin. Peter's family consisted of his parents, an elder brother William, two, younger than himself -- Richard and Robert -- and three sisters, Elizabeth, Anne and Margaret. His father was an agriculturist, or was engaged in raising sheep, cattle, hogs, &c. This County was celebrated at that time for its beech trees, the nuts of which were said to be very nutritious for the feeding of swine, that roamed through the woods at will. At the age of 18 years Peter emigrated to Virginia, in America. What motive led him to this step is not known. The oppressions of royalty, which at a later date sent so many to America, had not then begun. The Kingdom was at peace with all the world, and the King was loved by his people. There is a tradition in one branch of Peter's descendants which can be traced back as far as 1730, to the effect that "Peter was 'rather wild,' that he ran away from home, went to America, and not being 'in funds' had not the cash to pay for his passage and was sold for his passage money. The first half-day's work he did ruined his hands so that he had to rest."
Also from Peter Montague and His Descendants, a copy of his will:
"In the name of God amen, I Peter Montague being weak in body and perfect memory do make this my last will and testament, this the 27th of March 1659 in name and form following
First I bequeath my soul into the hands of my redeemer Jesus Christ, and my body to be buried.
Item, my debts being first paid I give to my loving wife Cicely one third part of all my real and personal estate according to law.
Item, I give to my two sons Peter and Will. Mountague all my land lying on Rappahannock river to them and their heirs forever, and the land being divided it is my will, that the elder is to have the first choice, and in case of want of heirs of either, the survivor to enjoy all the land, and in case both of them shall depart this life without heirs, lawfully begotten, then my will is that the said land be sold by the commissioners of this county after public notice given either at an outcry, or by an inch of candle7 and the produce thereof to be equally divided between my three daughters, Ellen, Margaret and Elizabeth, and the child of Ann late wife of John Jadwin, and in case of any of these shall die without issue, then the produce of the said land to be divided between the survivors.
7 Sale by inch of candle, is an auction in which persons are allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns out. -- Webster's Dictionary.
Item, I give the other two thirds of my personal estate to my four children Peter, Will, Margaret, and Elizabeth to be equally divided among them.
Item, I give to my daughter Ellen, the wife of Will Thompson, one thousand pounds of tobacco, and cask to be deducted, of a bill of thirteen hundred pounds of tobacco now due to me by the said Will Thompson. Lastly I ordain my loving wife Cicely and my son Peter jointly Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness of the previous I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day end year above written 1659 interlined before the signing and sealing hereof.
(Signed) PETER MOUNTAGUE.
In presence of
Father: Peter Montague b: ABT 1573 in Boveny Parish, Berkshire, England
Mother: Eleanor Hellen Allen b: 07 FEB 1579/80 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England
Cicely b: 1605 in England
in Nansemond County, Virginia
- Ann Montague b: ABT 1630 in Virginia
- Ellen Montague b: ABT 1632
- Peter Montague III b: ABT 1634 in Nansemond County, Virginia [Nansemond County (1637) - Became City of Nansemond (1972), merged with the City of Suffolk (1974)]
- Elizabeth Montague b: ABT 1636 in Nansemond County, Virginia [Nansemond County (1637) - Became City of Nansemond (1972), merged with the City of Suffolk (1974)]
- William Montague b: ABT 1638 in Nansemond County, Virginia [Nansemond County (1637) - Became City of Nansemond (1972), merged with the City of Suffolk (1974)]
- Margaret Montague b: ABT 1640 in Nansemond County, Virginia [Nansemond County (1637) - Became City of Nansemond (1972), merged with the City of Suffolk (1974)]