Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary

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Genealogical Publishing Com, 2007 - History - 833 pages
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"From the earliest records relating to Virginia, we learn the basics about many of these original colonists: their origins, the names of the ships they sailed on, the names of the "hundreds" and "plantations" they inhabited, the names of their spouses and children, their occupations and their position in the colony, their relationships with fellow colonists and Indian neighbors, their living conditions as far as can be ascertained from documentary sources, their ownership of land, the dates and circumstances of their death, and a host of fascinating, sometimes incidental details about their personal lives, all gathered together in the handy format of a biographical dictionary"--Publisher website (January 2008).
 

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Drawing on primary and secondary sources, historian McCartney (Jamestown Island: An American Legacy ) documents individuals who resided in the James River and Eastern Shore regions of Virginia between ... Read full review

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Overall, this is a very valuable book. However, it contains at least one tremendous error which has been repeated so many times during the past nearly four hundred years that it is hard to get anyone to believe anything else. Susan Unknown, widow of Robert Greeneleafe, ancient planter, did not within one year marry two men with the first name Thomas who had imported the same two servants and gotten the same legally described 300 acres on 4 mile creek, and married the same widow. It is much simpler than that if anyone had just looked. The Thomas Warren grant is a simple clerical error made by the copying clerk much later, about 1683. IN 1636 and 1637 both re-grants are to Susan, widow of Robert Greeneleafe and Thomas MARKHAM, one is even to Susan MARKHAM. In the 1650s and 1660s there are two grants to Jno Greenehough/leaf of land adjacent to Thomas MARKHAM on 4 mile creek, as well as other grants to other people adjacent to Thomas MARKHAM on 4 mile creek in HENRICO. Thomas WARREN got land in the 1640s by Smith's Falls Creek in James City County (as I recall) and arrived too late to have married Susan by 1635. So this is a valuable book but one must always go back and check the original documents and not anyone's word unless one checks images of the originals for oneself. This error has been being published in books and even on maps by reputable authors and compilers since the 1700s, Nugent, this author, even the Jamestown people, because no one went back to look at the ORIGINAL grants to see that all the details except the surname are identical - same land, same servants, same widow. Not two remarriages to two Thomases in a year - just one simple clerical error when a clerk copied the name wrong.. 

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