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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

English Estates Bequeathed to Virginians

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The fact that a number of English residents bequeathed certain properties to Virginians, suggests some sort of kinship, and, the very least, provides the genealogist with another source to research. Mrs. Margaret Cheeseman of Bermondsey left in her will ten pounds sterling to the children of Lemuel Mason of Lower Norfolk County.  John Pargiter of London beueathed in 1687 ten pounds sterling to Sarah Lovell of Virginia. John Walker of Westminster bequeathed property to a kinsman of his own name in Virginia. Jane Maplesdin, also of Westminster, left a considerable legacy to John Lee, a citizen of the colony. Source: Social Life of Virginia in the 17th Century by Philip Alexander Bruce.

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