Little is known about Samuel's life before he emigrated to Virginia except for the fact that he married Frances Baker in 1595. She was born in 1580 in England, and with Samuel had four children, Anne Maria (1596), Robert (1598), Thomas (1600), and Samuel (1608). Frances died in 1608 in England, and in 1609 Samuel emigrated to America, leaving his children behind.
Life in the Virginia Colony Edit
Samuel arrived in Virginia with the fourth supply mission lead by Lord De La Warr. Upon the arrival of the ships he was confronted with the 100 malnourished survivors of the colony attempting to return to England. Lord De La Warr forced the survivors to return and took control of the colony.
During his time as indentured servant to the Virginia Company, Samuel befriended one of the original Jamestown survivors Samuel Sharpe, who would later become a councilor and leader of Bermuda Cittie. Learning the ropes from Sharpe, Jordan successfully completed his contract in 1614 and was rewarded with 388 acres of land on the south bank of the James River. These lands, first known as Jordan's Point and Beggar's Bush would later be called Jordan's Journey. Over the years Samuel would rapidly expand his lands, first by virtue of influence as an ancient planter and as an ally of Samuel Sharpe, gaining him an additional 62 acres of land. Sometime later he started organizing pit fights on his property, causing him to become a quite popular figure among the bored plantation owners in the surrounding area.
In 1618 Jordan married the 18 year old widow Cicely Jordan, who had arrived in Virginia as a child of 10 the year he did. He also took in her infant child, Temperance, whom he would place in the care of his servant, the physician William Ferrar. The marriage allowed him to expand his lands further by 250 acres, along with an additional 100 acres he received from the company that year, again by his virtue as ancient planter. That same year he allowed his two oldest sons, Robert and Thomas, to join him Virginia.
Behind the Scenes Edit
Samuel Jordan was an actual early settler of Jamestown with several notable descendants (e.g. the Bush family). As with most characters in the roleplay campaign, his character and appearance is heavily fictionalized.