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The Poingdestre family arrived in Jersey as early as 1204 or as late as 1307. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is about 14 miles from the west coast of Normandy, France. It is an island, 45 square miles in size, that is self governed and responsible only to the Duke of Normandy (Queen Elizabeth II). Because it is an island and the family owned land and were active in politics, we find many records, both civil and religious, available in archives in Jersey, France and England.
Jersey had been under the rule of the Dukes of Normandy when Duke William became the Conqueror and claimed the thrown of England in 1066. In 1204, King John lost his duchy in a battle to the king of France, Phillip Augustus. The Channel Islands could be loyal to only one king, they choose John in England. Since that date, Jersey has been ruled by the monarchs under their own ancient Viking/Norman laws, and still are to this day. Learn more.
The earliest records our researchers have found for the Poingdestre family is in the Bayeux district of Normandy as early as the 1130's. Ricardus Poingdestre is recorded in the 1185 Pipe Rolls of King John and is listed as a free man. The 1350's is the earlist we have found Poingdestre records on the Isle of Jersey.
The family held a fief on the island since the 1300's until the 1800s. Immigrant George Poindexter was a member of the fief branch of the family in Jersey. Over the past few hundred years, many Poingdestre's have emigrated to other lands, including England, Scottland, Canada, New Zealand, France, Australia, and South Africa, not mention the United States. There are still Poingdestre descendants living in Jersey today.
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George Poingdestre (born Jersey 1627), arrived in the Colony of Virginia in 1657. He first settled in Middle Plantation (Williamsburg) and received a land grant in Gloster County in Virginia. Later, with his wife Susannah, he built his plantation home, Criss Cross (or Christ's Cross), which still stands, located midway between Williamsburg and Richmond in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia. Read more about events in his life in our timeline.
John C. Poindexter is another immigrant who we believe arrived from France in the mid-1700's and has living descendants in the U.S. He and his wife resided in Hawkins County, Tennessee.
Henri Puddester, born between 1730 and 1750 was a seaman or fisherman that settled in the maritime islands of Newfoundland. The pronounciation and spelling of his surname had changed, possibly due to his occupation or the heavy Scottish accents of the Newfoundland peoples.
Henry and Issac Pendexter, may have been brothers. They or their parents settled in New England with records in Maine and New Hampshire.