Bond, Jonas

The House of Stewart ruled England beginning with King James I in 1603. He was to rule the country until 1625 and was followed by King Charles I who would rule from 1625 to 1649.

Prior to the House of Stewart’s rule over the land, the House of Tudor ruled for over one hundred and fifty years. During the reign of Queen Mary I (1553 – 1558), and after her death, the reign of Elizabeth I, the following history of this Bond Family will begin. One must remember that while I am starting this history about the year 1550, there remains information to uncover perhaps to the year 840 A.D.

The Bond name may have come from the Old Norse “Buan”, the Old Germanic “Bhondh”, or the Old English “Bondi”. All have about the same meaning “to band or to tie together” and may have been used as a family name since the year 1250.

To the north and east of London is the land of East Anglia which includes several counties that supplied most of the wool for England. Between Essex and Norfolk, is Suffolk County. Suffolk’s major towns were Ipswich and Bury St. Edmunds today’s capitol of West Suffolk. This writing of the Bond Family begins at Bury St. Edmunds, county of Suffolk, England about the year 1550.

onas and Rose Bond, from the vicinity of Bury St. Edmunds, had eight children. They were: Oliver, John “The Elder”, John “The Younger”, Bartholomew, William, Elizabeth, Margery, and Thomas who was baptized on the 8th of September in the year 1597.

Thirteen years before the birth of Thomas, in 1584, Queen Elizabeth I had granted the Virginia Territory to Walter Raleigh. Today, this would cover the area from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. The first permanent English settlement in America was made by the London Company in 1607.