John Pleasants


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John Pleasants

  • Born: 27 Feb 1644, Norwich, Norfolk, England
  • Marriage: Jane Larcome on 29 Nov 1670 in Curles, Henrico County, Virginia
  • Died: Jun 1698, Henrico County, Virginia at age 54

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General History: Henrico County, Virginia. From: "The History of Henrico County" by Louis H. Manarin and Clifford Dowdey:

"The most prominent Quaker in the county was John Pleasants, a planter of means and a respected member of the community. He allowed his house to be used as a meeting place for Quakers and was warned repeatedly. The enforcement of the anti-Quaker acts came when he and his wife were indicted for living together unlawfully according to the rules of the established church, which did not recognize their marriage under the Quaker doctrine.

He and his wife were fined 240 pounds each for illicit cohabitation and 20 pounds each for every month they failed to attend services of the parish church. Additional fines were imposed of two thousand pounds of tobacco for not having their children baptized and five hundred pounds of tobacco for allowing Quaker meetings in their house. The adoption in England of the Declaration for Liberty of Conscience and Indulgence in Religious Matters of 1687 and the Toleration Act of 1688 allowed dissenting religious groups to hold religious services openly without having to conform to the doctrines of the established church. The governor was directed to proclaim the declarations in every county, and it was to be done with the beating of drums, the firing of cannons and expresions of popular enthusiasm. The proclamation was spread on the Henrico County Minute Book in 1690. The passage of the act relieved Pleasants and his wife of the charges and nullified the fines. That same year, Pleasants set aside a parcel of land for a meetinghouse and graveyard. This meetinghouse was registered with the county court in 1692."


John married Jane Larcome on 29 Nov 1670 in Curles, Henrico County, Virginia. (Jane Larcome was born on 29 Nov 1638 in Curles, Henrico County, Virginia, died in 1708 in Curles, Henrico County, Virginia and was buried in Curles Neck Meeting House Burying Ground, Henrico County, Virginia.)

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