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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Thomas Osborne

Colonial leather trunk
Thomas Osborne of Henrico left a personalty calculated to be worth one hundred and twenty-five pounds sterling not counting all of the clothing and live stock of the estate.  His house furnishings consisted of the best of the era, including feather-beds, pillows, curtains and valance, a blanket and worsted rug.  The apartment known as a lodging-room contained a bedstead, feather bed, bolster, yarn rug and blanket, cupboard and chest, two Dangzic cases and a small trunk.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

William Byrd's Flower Garden of 1684


Modern-day crocus garden, however, the bulb was traditional in colonial gardens
When William Byrd was touring Virginia during May of 1685,  he wrote a letter describing the flowers in his garden as being the seeds and roots from iris, crocus, tulip and anemone.  Source: Records of Henrico County, vol. 1677-92, p. 284.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Benjamin Doggett

Rev. Benjamin Doggett came from Ipswich, England to Virginia.  He was a minister in Lancaster County and died in 1682.   Source: Origins available to members of Virginia Pioneers

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

John Doe and Rodney Dangerfield

St. Christopher's Island in Carribbean
There are a lot of interesting surnames around town!  For instance, Dangerfield and Doe.  Did Hollywood make these up?  In Alexandria City Virginia we find both of these names in the estate records on Virginia Pioneers    So, let us go a little further back in time.

On 6 December in 1658, Thomas Dangerfield was bound to Thomas Salter to serve in Barbados. This means that he had indentured himself to Mr. Salter for having paid his passage.encompassing a specific time period.  This was not uncommon and the means for many families arriving in the colonies.  When the term of the indenture ended it usually meant that the servant was entitled to a small tract of land.  If you are a genealogist tracing the Dangerfield lineage, then you must first read the old records to discover everything that you can on Thomas Salter.  Then, about 1675, when Dangerfield was probably free, start digging the records in Barbados, then go from there.

Yes, there was a John Doe.  On 21 May 1635 John Doe, aged 22, was transported from London to St. Christopher's in the ship Mathew by Mr. Richard Goodladd, by warrant from the Earl of Carlisle. There are also some estate records on Doe surnames in Alexandria City, Virginia.  Discovering more about the family and history is available.  Begin with reading the old Wills and Testaments of your ancestors.

Source: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 by Coldham.

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

English Merchants

17th century buttons
There were a number of merchants in England who transacted business with the Virginia colonists. Mr. Isaac Cullen kept a store and was the agent of John Harris and John Cooper, merchants of England, in 1675.  The goods which he kept were canvas, cottons, hollands, kerseys, Scotch cloth, jeans, broadcloth, blue linen, tape, ribbon, thread, buttons, combs, hose, shoes and other articles for wear.

Likewise, the store kept by Colonel Francis Eppes of Henrico County discloses (in 1678) had a more extensive inventory consisting of 120 ells of dowlas (linen), 51 ells of oznaburg, 60 ells of cnvas, 312 ells of holland and 80 yards of table and napkin diaper.

Source: Records of Henrico County, vol. 1677-1692.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Virginia Wills and Estates

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