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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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Saturday, January 28, 2017

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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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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Newgate Prisoners to Virginia #history #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, September 10, 2016

Lest We Forget the Age of the Statesman!

Lest We Forget the Age of the Statesman!
By Jeannette Holland Austin (Profile)

American politicans were not always liars and corrupt. If there exists a consolation to this generation, we must not forget that our country was first led by admirable men. From the time that the Virginians appeared at the First Continental Congress in Philadephia on September 2, 1763 and John Adams recorded in his diary, "The gentlemen from Virginia appear to be the most spirited and consistent of any." and before the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835, American had the greatest leaders of all time. Brilliant men who were revolutionaries paid dearly for freedom. It was not just because of such intellectually stimulating and brilliant figure as Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Marshall, or the great state leaders like Peyton Randolph, Richard Bland, George Wythe and Edmund Pendleton who astounded seeded the country for greatness, but they were true statesmen: the genuises of the age.

Virginians

This inspired group of gentlemen dressed in colonial clothes sitting around a table expressing creative ideas of freedom and the means of acquiring it, even if it meant a war. Virginians were the elite planters willing to serve government and serve it well! It was the enlightened attitude of these leaders who unselfishly bore their offices and responsibilities to the people. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "eternal viligance" was required of them. Thus, the republican values of freedom were born, the common bond being land and tobacco crops which provided planters and small farmers alike the same economic interests, especially east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. So it was then that the less-affluent farmer found it to their best interest to elect prosperous neighbors to the House of Burgesses because the farmers neither had the time nor money to serve in public office. You see, the Virginian regarded public service as an honorable profession and felt deeply compelled to take care his neighbors. They served because they believed in noblesse oblige, that power and privilege accompanied responsibility. It is gravely misleading and disconcerting when writers of this modern age question the integrity of the founders. Bad writing, I would say, authorized by persons several generations removed from the truth. It was a splendid era of gentle integrity when a man's word was his "bond" and cheaters were shunned as quot;blacksheeps" Source: The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783. more history

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