d. ?King and Queen Co. VA
Gloucester Co. VA
d. May 17, 1720
Essex Co. VA
John was often referred to as Abel.
It has been said that John, with his younger brother Arthur, sailed from Colchester
near the Thomas River, in 1640 at about age 18, to escape the persecutions of
their stepmother. Arthur stayed just off the Capes of Virginia in Accomac on the
eastern shore of Virginia, while John (sometimes called Jeremiah or Abel) went to
Gloucester on the western shore. Arthur's Tombstone is in Accomack Co. VA.
John's wife Cordelia probably remarried since the will dated Dec 16, 1716 of her
son William refers to his mother as Cordelia Martin.
Dorman, John Frederick, comp., Essex County, Virginia, Wills, Inventories and Settlements of Estates No. 3, 1717–1721, pages 143–144.
Sweeny, Lenora Higginbotham, "The Upshaw Family of Essex," Genealogies of Virginia Families from Wm. & Mary Coll. Quarterly, 5:249, Baltimore, 1982.
Upshaw, Sophie W., comp., Captain William Upshaw, Gent., Planter of Virginia, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, 1975, part I.
Wood, D.J., "William Major Upshur", in Makers of America: Biographies of Leading Men of Thought and Action, v. 1, B.F.Johnson, Washington DC, 1915.