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Friday, April 28, 2017

Batte, Vice-Master of Oxford University #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Batte. A brother of John and Henry Batte, sons of a Vice-Master of Oxford University in England and the first of the Batte name to remove to Virginia, was a member of the Grocers' guild in London. Source: William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol. I, p. 79. 

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Sir Robert Anderson of the Manor Pendley #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

Pembroke College, Oxfordshire
Sir Robert Anderson, the lord of the manor Pendley, partly within the Parish of Tring,  left his last will and testament in Herefordshire, England (probated 8/27/1632) and bequeathed 40 shillings to "my cousin Lawrence Washington of Brasenose." Lawrence Washington was progenitor of George Washington whose forebearers migrated to Westmoreland County, Virginia. In 1625 two of her sons, Henry and Robert, attended Pembroke College. His wife was a daughter of Robert, lord Spencer, Baron of Wormleighton and owner of the manor of Althop.  Source: Immigrants, Virginia Pioneers.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Colonel William Ball #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Ball, William, Colonel of Lancaster County died about 1693 and inserted in his will a request that his wife should teach each of their youngest children until he or she should arrive at their sixth year, after which age the youngest children were to receive instruction from their two eldest brothers. Source: Lancaster County Records, vol. 1690-1709, p. 45.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

William Baldwin in the "Plaine Joan" #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

Baldwin. William Baldwin, who came in the "Plaine Joan" when he was twenty-four years of age, received three grants of land, one for 600 acres in York county, one for 67 acres in Isle of Wight, and one, in conjunction with Richard Lawrence, for 300 in Rappahannock. Source: W. A. Crozier, Virginia County Records, Vol. VI, pp. 77, 191, 281. 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Ships Lost at Sea #virginiapioneersnet


Ships Lost at Sea

sunken shipFor 169 years vessels crossed the Atlantic into the American colonies. The adventure cost numerous lives and property and vessels went down in storms and were caught on sand bars. Some vessels bound for Virginia, for example, found it necessary to unload their cargo in the ports of New England. When General Oglethorpe engaged the first vessel to the Colony of Georgia, the captain refused to go any further south than Port Royal. Hence, its passengers had to travel by foot into Georgia. Only today through the use of sonar equipment are we realizing that thousands of vessels sank in the shipping lanes traveling their routes from Europe and the West Indies to the American ports. An examination of the deed records of Sunbury, Georgia in Liberty County reveals contracts between ship captains and colonists. The content usually specifies that if the goods do not arrive by a date certain, or if the cargo is spoilt, that the captain will not be paid. There is good reason, because the seas were frought with storms, hurricanes and sandbars. As one studies these deeds, it is quite obvious that deliveries were not always made in a timely fashion which prompted the captain to bring an offical complaint. Ultimately, the resort town of Sunbury was destroyed by a hurricane about 1800. A visit to the site is laughable. It is privately owned today and one cannot help but wonder how this remotely situated site between Charleston and Savannah housed more than 400 homes and a thriving economy. Yet the records reflect that it did. The loss of thousands of vessels during the colonial years means that the ships manifest and passenger lists also sank. This means that the collection of Immigration records at the National Archives is but a small percentage of a truer picture and it serves to emphasize the need to examine more closely "all surviving" county records from the earliest times. All of Charleston, South Carolina records are in tact, including affidavits and deeds pertaining to the affairs of the colonists. Although it is difficult to read 17th and 18th century documents, it is quite necessary, if ever we are to get to comprehend the whole picture and trace further back on the ancestors. The growing collection of Pioneer Families affords the genealogist images of actual documents, such as wills, estates, marriages, deeds, etc. A subscription is offered under 8 Genealogy Websites and includes:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

About Newgate Prison in London #history #genealogy #virginiapioneers.net

Newgate Prisoners Indentured Themselves as Servants to Settle in Virginia

Newgate PrisonEnglish residents who were unable to pay their debts usually ended up in prison, with no hope of release. It was the ultimate condemnation for poor people and generally accepted by society. James Edward Oglethorpe (before he colonized Georgia) was an avid supporter of prison reform, especially after an artist friend died in Newgate. The friend was a popular artist who lived large. Oglethorpe struggled to get him released, but the artist was put into a cell with a person having a contageous disease and the artist soon died. However, Oglethorpe made his views known by pushing pamphlets and articles in various London newspapers. Ultimately, prisoners were given the choice of indenturing themselves to American colonists. Peter Coffey was born in Ireland and was apparently one of the prisoners of debt in Newgate Prison given the choice of the prison cell or the opportunity to indenture himself in the colonies. He put himself in bondage to come to America in the shipForward Galley. The voyage was made in October of 1730 and 18 years later after being released from service, he was granted 220 acres of land on Vaughans Creek.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Typical Jamestown Home #virginiapioneers.net

Hall and Parlor House

The "Warburton House" or "Pinewoods" of about 1680 has segmental-arched openings, T-chimneys, and chimney caps with mouse-tooth brickwork, a decoration which was fashionable during the 17th century. An earlier structure also had a rear wing. The parlor and hall was probably added after the planter or tradesman had been in the colony for awhile and was more prosperous. It was a simple matter to add a "parlor" to one end of the homestead, thus making the second stage of development, the "hall-and-parlor" dwelling. In some instances, the parlor was smaller than the hall or Great Room.

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