Wednesday, June 18, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #24 Isabella Hurt

Isabella Hurt was my paternal 7th great grandmother. She was married to Philip Pendleton, who I've heard referred to as "Philip the immigrant" and his descendants as "the Virginia Pendletons." So, I think of Isabella Hurt as the mother of all of us Virginia Pendletons. (These Pendletons are not related to Brian Pendleton of Massachusetts.)

Not much is known about Isabella. I have that she was born April 26, 1654 in New Kent County, Virginia. I don't have parents listed for her, but they were likely William and Margaret Hurt. Isabella married Philip Pendleton in 1682. She was his second wife. After Philip's five-year indenture was over in America, he had returned to England and married. He soon came back to America after his first wife died not too long after they were married.[1]

Isabella gave birth to seven children: Henry (b. 1683; my 6th great grandfather), Elizabeth (b. 1685), Isabella (b. ABT 1688), John (b. 1691), Rachel (b. ABT 1693), Philip (b. 1695), and Catherine (b. 1699). Philip was a teacher when he first came to America, but I don't know if he continued in that profession after he returned from England. The Pendletons owned a 300-acre farm in King and Queen County, Virginia, and possibly grew tobacco. They were probably among the class of yeoman farmers who held a few hundred acres of land and lived in "modest clapboard houses." These farmers usually worked the land themselves or with the help of a few indentured servants or a few slaves. The larger land owners began to import more and more slaves (reducing the cost of labor and of getting their goods to market) and buying up more land. The livelihood of the yeoman farmers declined as they were unable to compete. Like many others, some of Isabella and Philip's descendants migrated west of Virginia where land was available.[2]

King and Queen County, Virginia, as of 1691 (map from

Philip died in 1721, the same year their son Henry died, and Isabella died three years later in 1724.


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.

[1] David Ellis Pendleton, The Descendants of Philip Pendleton A Virginia Colonist. Heritage Books, Westminster, Maryland, 2007, 12, 15, 17.

[2] See Footnote 1 above.


  1. Thanks for posting!! Isabella Hurt is my 8x grgrandmother. I appreciate the info. Do you mind if I put a copy with your link in my file? I lose info all the time if I don't keep it in one place. :)

  2. Well, hello cousin! By all means, add the link to your ancestry file :) I know what you mean about trying to keep things all in one place.