Updated: June 16, 2014:
1. Thomas CAMMOCK
Married to Miss Riche, probably in County Essex, England, before 1600.
Children of Thomas CAMMOCK and Miss RICHE:
Thomas Cammock, later Captain
Sussex CAMMOCK, bapt. 1600 in Maldon, Essex, England.
2. Sussex CAMMOCK, (Thomas 1)
“Sussex Cammock, Gentleman, and Captain, was baptized 1600, at All Saints Church, Maldon, County Essex, England, to Thomas Cammock and Miss Riche. Married (1) unknown woman; (2) Mary Warde. Sussex Cammock was appointed as an Ensign in 1625, under the command of Sir. Charles Riche, one of his mother’s relatives, taking part in the unsuccessful expedition of Robert Devereux against the Spaniards at Cadiz in 1625. That same year Sussex Cammock discovered the Islands of Providence (a) and San Andreas when he sailed together with Captian Daniel Elfrith in 1625 on a privateering commission. During that voyage, Cammock cammanded the bark “Warwicke & Somer Islands” and Elfrith the ship Robert.
He then took command of Lord Warwick’s ship the Little Neptune, which was in the Lord’s private fleet in 1627, with some 20 guns. That year he was badly wounded during a battle while commanding the Little Neptune as part of a fleet that attacked the Portuguese part of Spain in the West Indies.
In 1628, Sussex Cammock was appointed captian of the Warwick by John Dilke. This was a profitless raid and Captain Cammock had been left with 30 men on the island of San Andreas. They were rescued by a Dutch ship.
Captain Sussex Cammock was ordered April 10, 1633 to purchase Lord Paulet’s pinnace (light boat without sails) for the Company. He purchased it for 405 pounds. This boat was outfitted and named the Golden Falcon. It was ordered May 22nd, 1633 that Sussex was to be commander of the passengers in the Golden Falcon and to serve as director of trade of Cape Garatia de Dios and was granted an allowance. The Company of Providence Island ordered on July 1, 1633 in London tht when the pinnace the Golden Falcon was unladen she was to be at the complete disposal of Capt. Cammock. The company further gave a connission to Captain Cammock which appointed him “commander of all persons on board the Golden Falcon, bound to Providence or Cape Gratia de Dios, and Director General of Trade discovered in the Cape or elsewhere”.
The specific instructions dated July 1, 1633 which were given to Captain Cammock were that he was to land his company upon Cape Gratia de Dios to “discover and maintain a trade with the natives.” he was to install the worship of God within the natives and to repress sin. He had authority to employ the ship Elizabeth at the Cape. Sussex was further instructed to inquire about merchantable commodities and discuss with two advisors sent along regarding matters of trade. He was given permission to purchase slaves from the Dutch. No sailors on his ship were allowed to trade privately with the natives and Sussex had the responsibility of searching their chests before embarking on the Cape. Finally, Sussex Cammock needed to find a suitable place to establish a colony for trade.
Captain Sussex Cammock sailed the ship Golden Falcon to the pirate colony at Providence Island, arriving June 3, 1633, after a voyage of 23 days, at the instruction of the Council and set up a trading post at Cape Gracias a Dio, on the Nicaragua-Honduras border. Captain Cammock operated from this base for the Providence Island Copany (b) His little band built a stronghold as a shelter from the natives who lived in the West Indies and the Spanish main. In their storehouse they collected a quantity of the native produce, among the most valuable was a silken flax found growing there. They filled their ship with this cargo and Captain Cammock was encouraged to call the flax “Camock’s Grass.”
A shallop (small sailing vessel) was built for Capt. Cammock in 1634. The following message was sent to Captain Cammock on July 30, 1634 from London:
The Company of Providence Island to Capt. Sussex Camock: Are glad to hear of his safe arrival at the Cape, and good entertainment amonst the Natives. Approve his having erected a place of defence. Commend to his care the good usage of the Indians, and by all means to restrain offensive or wanton carriage towards the women. Commodities received are all of value, especially the silk grass, which they will have called Cammock’s, (I didn’t copy any more jmpc)
Combs &c. Families of
Old Rappahannock Co, VA
Sussex CAMMOCK, Gent. and Capt. (Thomas2, Robert1), baptized All Saints’ Church, Maldon, Essex, EN, 1600, d testate 1659, Boreham, Essex, En (Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) book of wills 1657-1660 Vol VIII, Will, 1659, Folio 369); m (1) Unknown; m (2) Mary UNKNOWN, widow of WARDE (No Issue 2nd Marriage).
Researcher Louise Davis wrote in 1973 (abstracted): “When still a young man, Capt. Sussex CAMOCK (I), served as ensign under the command of his mother’s kinsman, Sir Charles RICHE, taking part in Robert DEVEREUX’S unsuccessful expedition against the Spaniards at Cadiz in 1625. He then assumed command of Lord Warwick’s ship, the Little Neptune, which formed one of that nobleman’s private fleet (1627). Next year, John DILKE appointed him captain of the Warwick, and some time after, upon the formation of the Company of Providence Island, that worthy merchant became deputy governor, taking a considerable interest therein. When, in 1633, the Council determined to dispatch another trading venture to those parts, they instructed Captain CAMOCK to assume supreme command, and about mid-summer, all being ready, the good ship Golden Falcon weighed anchor and put to sea. Captain Sussex CAMOCK I was sent by Lord RICHE, the High Admiral, to Providence Island in Bahamas and Cape Gracios a Dios. He was also in Central America.”
(Boreham, Essex, item 3) Sale. Henry WARD, grocer, cousin and h (heir) of Wm WARD late of Boreham, brother & h of Andrew WARD eldest brother of said William sells to Sussex CAMOCKE esq a cottage called ‘Beadles’ & 2 ac. near ‘Red deer Park’ belonging to New Hall for 100 pds. on 16th December 1657. (Abstracted by English Researcher Brian Higgins for Mary Gregg)
Issue of Capt. Sussex CAMMOCK I by Unknown 1st wife:
20. i. Warwick CAMMOCK, b 1636-1639, d 1666 per Memoirs; but believed to be the same found in the records of Old Rappa. Co VA as early as 1663
21. ii. Susan CAMMOCK m James DENCHER (a.k.a. DENSHER)
22. iii. Mary CAMMOCK.
23. iv. Sussex CAMMOCK II, b c1645, d 1705, m (1) Alice HILL, widow of Edward SAMES.
Note: Another Edward SAMMES m ca 1617, Essex, England, Bennett WRIGHT, d/o Lord John WRIGHT (b abt 1544, Wrightsbridge, Essex) & Bennett GREENE, d/o Lawrence GREEN (Undocumented Anon. Gedcom)
Note: Seeking Transcript/Abstract of Sussex CAMMOCK I’s will.
2. Warrick CAMMACK 2, (Symon 1)
3. Mary CAMMACK 3, (Warrick 2, Sussex 1)
According to others’ research, Mary Cammack was an unmarried woman and gave her name to her son William Cammack. I have yet to verify this. If this is so, then, the men do not carry the Cammack Y-DNA.
4. William CAMMACK 4, (Mary 3, Warrick 2, Sussex 1)
Born 1697 in Virginia
Died after 3 Feb 1783 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
Married to Susanna LOMAX in 1720 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Fathered TEN Children with Susanna.
This land record was originally published in “Virginia County Records – Spotsylvania County, 1721-1800, Volume I edited by William Armstrong Crozier:
“Achilles Bowker of Cumberland Co., Gent., and Martha, his wife, to William Cammack of Spts. Co. 200 curr. 400 a. in St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co. 6 May 1760.”
I don’t know if this is William, senior or junior.
5. Francis CAMMACK 5 (William 4, Mary 3, Warrick 2, Sussex 1)
Born about 1720 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Died before 6 May 1778 in Berkeley, Spotsylvania, Virginia
Married Ann around 1740 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
Fathered SEVEN Children with Ann.
6. John CAMMACK 6 (Francis 5, William 4, Mary 3, Warrick 2, Sussex 1)
Born 1740 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Died 10 Mar 1834 in Washington County, Kentucky
Married Nancy Ann MILLER in Virginia on 25 Dec 1757.
1820 US Census – Resided in Mercer County, Kentucky
SOURCES AND NOTES:
Sussex Camock at Wikipedia
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