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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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