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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beaver Fur Hats

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As the cultivation of tobacco was too convenient a profit to ignore, the English were disappointed who wanted to fill supply raw goods to the English markets looking forward to shipments of iron, timber, potash, hemp, silk and other commodities.  However, the English authorities repressed every effort of the colonists to manufacture their own clothing and other necessary supplies. Every coat worn by the planter, every dram of spirits consumed by him, which had been obtained by means of tobacco from traders of Holland, diminished the value of the Virginia market for English goods. Additionally, to permit the colonists to export their agricultural products to any foreign country was looked upon as destroying all ties to England.  Thus, laws and regulations were enacted against the dutch traders, and others.   For example, head covering was made of fur which had been sent to England from the colony for working up, and then returned in the shape of hats to be sold or bartered. Source: Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century by Philip Alexander Bruce.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

1701 Land Deal with American Chiefs




In 1701 the chiefs of the Iroquois Nation in the American colonies gave a grant of land to King William III measuring 400 x 800 miles and encompassed the present-day State of New York and Albany.  So it was that later on, during the Revolutionary War, the Iroquois Indians fought the American Revolution in behalf of England. This document is protected at the UK National Archives.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Education was a Major Concern for Early Virginians #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Special Bequests are found in old Virginia Wills concerning Schooling

It is extremely important for the genealogist to carefully study the old county wills because so much personal information is revealed in those documents.  In the early days there were no colleges or other schools in Virginia comparable to those in England. But the parents found a way to provide the means to sending their children to England for more education. The Last Wills and Testaments reveal people like John Waltham of Accomac County who died about 1640 leaving directions that as soon as his son should reach the age of six years, his instructions of good learning should begin.  Thus, he ordered his executors to confide him to some "good and godlye schoolmaster", selected with extraordinary care. Also, the child was to remain under this teacher's guidance until he arrived at the age of eleven years.  To pay for the schooling, Waltham authorized the executors to sell the entire annual increase, both male and female, of the cattle which the child had inherited. After his eleventh year passed, only the male cattle were to be sold for this purpose and this selling was to continue until the boy reached his eighteenth year. Source: Accomac County Records, vol. 1640-45, p. 38.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

The General Court

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The General Court in Virginia met once a year, first at Jamestown, but it also met occasionally elsewhere in the Colony.   During 1640, it met several times in Elizabeth City, and from July to the end of the year,  sessions were held in Jamestown.   As early as 1643, the General Court occupied its own special offices in the State-House recently erected, but when this building burned down in 1656, its members found it necessary to rent an apartment for their use in the residence of Thomas Woodhouse.  A new State-House was finished before 1666 and this is where the General Court met until the general insurrection of 1676 when rebels led by Nathaniel Bacon torched that building.

Source: Acts of 1656, Randolph MS., ol. iii., p. 269 consists of the instructions with Governor Berkley received in 1642 requiring him to see to the building of a General Court-house; Minutes of Council, Feb. 18, 1690, B. T. Va., 1690, No. 14.

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