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John Colson
(Abt 1630-Abt 1687)


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Susannah Hicks

John Colson

  • Born: Abt 1630, Scotland
  • Marriage: Susannah Hicks in Virginia
  • Died: Abt 1687, Henrico County, Virginia about age 57

bullet  General Notes:

Most info for the Colson line down is taken from the internet, unless a source is cited.

Colson/Coulson, Collson: English Patronymic Name. . . Coulson originates from a very popular Middle Ages given name - Nicholas. Cole was a pet form of Nicholas used in England (Primarily) and Coulson is a Scottish/Irish variation on a pet form of Nicholas.

John COLSON is believed to be the immigrant ancestor who came from Scotland.
[MY NOTE - This has not been proven. It may mean that he was from Scotland, Virginia which is on the James River. I have not been able to find anything that confirms he was from Scotland]
The COLSON family according to researcher Maxine Jarrell was a sept, or allied family of the Clan MacDonald. John arrived in Virginia in 1653. Family legend is that John had one or more brothers that also settled in Virginia. One supposedly an Isaac COLSON. One or more brothers might have returned to Scotland. Isaac was deceased in Charles City County, VA in 1688. In 1680, this Isaac COLSON had taken in two apprentices as a carpenter. Jacob COLSON, son of John was listed in several d eeds as a carpenter.


Apparently, William HARRIS was holding the cow and calf that John COLSON had willed to his daughter Martha. George ARCHER was married to William HARRIS's only sister. George ARCHER told his daughter Judith to burn the will of William HARRIS. This will is missing today. (This info from Bec ky Bartley)


Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666, found on

Jno COLSTON, 1653 by Capt. Francis Patt, Northampton Co

Susan COLSON, 1635, by Capt. Adam Thoroughgood Jane COLSON , 1654, by John Watson and John Bognall, Westmoreland Co

Another John COLLSON perhaps. This was found by Becky Bartley:

"The Conquest of Virginia, The Second Attempt", page 810:

John COLLSON (or Colston) - mariner (One who navigates or assists in navigating a ship; sailor; seaman)
He was with the first group that settled Jamestown.
This same John COLLSON went up river (the James) with Capt . Christopher Newport, Geo. Percy, Esq., Captl Gariel ARCHER, Capt John Smith and about 20 others. They set out on 21 May 1607.


Book on John Colson, by Robert Ellis Colson has supplied much of the information that we know of the descendants of John Colson. Much work has been added by various Colson researchers. Robert says this about John:

Immigrant ancestor of this family appears to be John Colson of Scotland.
Arrived in Virginia, 1653. Passage sponsored by Capt. Francis Patt of Northumberland Co, VA. Believes he was at second settlement of Jamestown. Owned property in Isle of Wight County, VA Family legend that one or more brothers also settled in Virginia. One might be Isaac Colson of Charles City County, VA. One may have returned to Scotland.
1680 - Isaac Colson had two apprentices as a carpenter. Jacob, son of John, listed in several deeds as a carpenter.
An Abraham Colson also found in Charles City Co, Va in 1675.
1697 - Land owned by John Pleasants and known as "Colsons " was sold. Possibly the legacy of John Colson - located on north side of the James River.
William Colson family in Isle of Wight Co at same time not believed to be related - originally from Bristol, England.
John Colson's family had long relationships with several families from Huntingdonshire, England: Beville, Saunders, Crewe. Also ties with families of Archer, Harris, Ford and Lundy.
Wife of John Colson might be Susannah Hicks - not proven


John married Susannah Hicks in Virginia. (Susannah Hicks died after 1672.)

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