With the delayed arrival of the 3rd Supply Armada, the Jamestowne settlement was judged to be unviable by the Admiral of the Company, Sir George Somers. The new arrivals had calculated that the salted pork and fruit, meal cakes, etc. they brought with them would feed everyone for no longer than thirty days. It was apparent that abandonment of the settlement was their only hope. The plan was for all to board the Patience and Deliverance and sail up the coast to Newfoundland where, at this time of year, they could find fishing vessels to take them home to England. With everyone loaded up on the 2 boats they anchored that night off an island near the mouth of the James River.
The next morning they were surprised by an approaching longboat which brought the news that Lord De La Warr (Delaware) was following with three shiploads of settlers and provisions to feed 400 for a year. The settlers from Jamestown returned to the abandoned colony and were at the gate of the fort to welcome the new governor when he dropped anchor on June 10th. One of the three ships was the "Swan" carrying a ten year old girl named Cecily who in ten years time would become Samuel Jordan's 2nd wife. All the settlers worked to repair the colony, but there was still a critical shortage of food. Admiral Somers decided to return to Bermuda with the Patience to secure more provisions, but he died there in the summer of 1610. The Patince would not be returning to Jamestowne with fresh supplies, Somers’ nephew, Matthew, the captain of the Patience, decided to sailed back to England to claim his inheritance, rather than return to Jamestown.
After a rough start, the Third Supply would begin the first truly successful wave of colonization in the Americas. It had consisted of five to six hundred people, in a fleet of eight ships. Admiral George Somers, Samuel Jordan, Sir Thomas Gates and John Rolfe, all of whom were on the Sea Venture, were stranded on Bermuda, while the rest of the fleet continued to Jamestown. Within the three-sided fort erected on the banks of the James, the settlers quickly discovered that they were, first and foremost, employees of the Virginia Company of London, following instructions of the men appointed by the Company to rule them. In exchange, the laborers were armed and received clothes and food from the common store. After seven years, they were to receive land of their own. The gentlemen class, men like Samuel Jordan who provided their own armor and weapons, were to be paid in land, dividends or additional shares of stock.
The third charter had provided only a short-term solution to the Virginia Company's problems. The Company was permitted to run a lottery as a fundraising venture. Other attractive features of the charter allowed Virginia's assembly to act as the colony's legislature and also added 300 leagues of ocean to the colony's holdings, which would include Bermuda as part of Virginia. But, the colony remained on shaky ground until John Rolfe's successful experiment. Tobacco become the cash crop that provided a way to recoup financially. The Spaniards found the natives in the West Indies using the tobacco plant. They took seed to Europe where its use soon spread to other countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Sir Walter Raleigh is often credited with the introduction of tobacco to England. While in reality he may not have been responsible for its introduction, he did play an important role in the spread of tobacco use among the English. Spain and Portugal monopolized the European tobacco trade; England imported tobacco from Spain. The English colonists did not like the type of tobacco the Virginia Indians grew. They preferred the fragrant sort that Spanish colonists were producing in the Caribbean, which they were selling in large quantities and at high prices to London merchants. John Rolfe is credited with the experiment of planting the first tobacco seeds that he obtained from somewhere in the Caribbean, possibly from Trinidad. Two years later, Captain Samuel Argall captured Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas in the spring of 1613 and turned his prisoner into the leverage necessary to make peace. Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, was kidnapped and brought to Jamestown to be traded for English prisoners and weapons that Powhatan held. The exchange never took place and Pocahontas was taken to the settlement at Henrico, where she learned English, converted to Christianity, was baptized, and was christened Rebecca. It was about this time that she presumably came to the attention of John Rolfe. Rolfe was a pious man who agonized for many weeks over the decision to marry a heathen. He composed a long, laborious letter to Governor Dale asking for permission to marry Pocahontas. The letter reflected Rolfe's dilemma. The tone suggests it was intended mainly for official records, but at some points Rolfe bared his true feelings. "It is Pocahontas, to whom my hearty and best thoughts are, and have been a long time so entangled, and enthralled in so intricate a labyrinth that I can not unwind myself thereout." The wedding took place in the spring of 1614. It resulted in peace with the Indians long enough for the settlers to develop and expand their colony and plant themselves permanently in the new land. Unfortunately by 1616, the Virginia Company suffered further adversity. The original settlers (like Samuel Jordan) were due their land and stock shares, and the initial investors back home were owed their dividends. The Company was cash poor, and was forced to renege on its cash promises, and instead it began distributing 50-acre lots in lieu of cash payments. Samuel Jordan was initially given 400 hundred acres for his services to the company. He would eventually acquire over a 1000 acres growing tobacco in 3 different locations along the James River. In 1618, Samuel was also one of 8 men appointed to review the four new books of laws sent to Virginia by the Virginia Company.
One of Sir George Yeardley's first acts was granting the patent of land at James City, on Dec. 10, 1620, to Samuel Jourdan of Charles City in Virginia, as an ancient planter "who hath abode ten years Compleat in the Colony" and to "Cecily his wife an ancient planter also of nine years continuance." Samuel Jordan, was given the title "An Ancient Planter" of Virginia due to his early arrival to the New World. He established himself in Charles City County with a plantation known as Jordan's Journey on the southern banks of the James River at the at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers known today as Jordan’s Point. His called his home Beggar's Bush. Beggar's Bush may have been named for the play by Beaumont & Fletcher, but more likely is from common Elizabethan English use of the term, meaning "poverty, often caused by the person's own folly." Abstract of the patent reads: "Give and grant to Samuel Jordan of Charles City in Virga. Gent. an ancient planter who hath abode ten yeares compleat in the Colony . . . for part of his first general divident to be augmented, etc. 450 acres in his own personall right and in the personall claim of Cecily his wife, an ancient planter also of nine years continuance, 100 acres more, and the other 250 acs in recompense for transporting out of England at his own charge five servants . . . and maketh choice in severall places; one house and 50 acs called _____ilies (believed to be "Bailies") Point in Charles Hundred, bordering E upon the great river, W upon the main land, S upon John Rolfe & N upon Capt. John Wardeefe (Woodliffe). Secondly in ye hundred land mentioned an tenement containing 12 acs, which abuts north upon the great river, east upon a swamp and west is encompassed by Martin's Hope now in the tenure of Capt. John Martin, Master of ye Ordinance; and thirdly, 388 acs, bordering ye remainder of ye said 450 acs, in or near upon Sandy's hundred, bordering towards ye east upon ye land of Temperance Baley, west upon ye main lands. Dated Sept. 10, 1620.
In 1624, Virginia became a royal colony. Ten years later, in 1634, the area of Jordan's Journey (later know as Jordan’s Point) became part of Charles City Shire, still later Charles City County. The area of Charles City County south of the James River eventually became Prince George County in 1703.
Samuel Jordan's property wasn't known by the name Jordan's Journey until near the time of or shortly after his death.