Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Claiborne

Male 1600 - Bef 1689  (< 88 years)


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  • Name William Claiborne  [1, 2, 3
    Born 10 Aug 1600  Crayford Parish, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1689  'Romancoke' King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I041004  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 

    Family Elizabeth Butler,   b. Abt 1610, Roxwell, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1 Mar 1668/69, 'Romancoke' King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married Bef 1635  Kent Island, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Claiborne,   b. 1636, Kent Island, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 21 Mar 1677/78, 'Romancoke' King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 42 years)
     2. Jane Claiborne,   b. Abt 1638, Kent Island, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 May 1671, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     3. John Claiborne,   b. Abt 1641, Kent Island, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1687, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     4. Leonard Claiborne,   b. Abt 1643, Kent Island, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1694, St. Elizabeth's Parish, Carlisle Bay, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     5. Thomas Claiborne,   b. 17 Aug 1647, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1683, 'Romancoke' King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F23107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • s/o Thomas Claiborne and Sarah Smith
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      Contributed by: James Hughes
      Note:
      No. 23

      WilliamClaiborne c. Edmund Dawber
      Depositions on behalf of Claiborne:

      2p William Peirce, August 15, 1638,
      On the death of Captain Roger Smith at Mulberry Island in Virginia, his cattle were taken into the lands of Claiborne and Richard James as his executors. Smith owed Claiborne money. After his death he took an inventory of his goods and the estate was sold to Captain Richard Stephens.

      1p Interrogatories

      No. 32 Edmund Dawber c. William Claiborne

      Depositions on behalf of Dawber:

      2p Samuel Mathews, June 14, 1638,
      When Sir Thomas Gates died, his goods were put into the hands of Captain Roger Smith, except for the cattle which were sent elsewhere. Smith had some cattle owned by himself.

      1p John Woodall, June 21, 1638,
      Cannot say for sure how the goods of Sir Thomas Gates were divided up.

      2p William Peirce, June 15, 1638,
      Smith purchased some of the cattle belonging to Gates. After Smith's death the cattle came into the hands of Richard James and William Claiborne, More of the cattle were given to William Tracy and Thomas More.

      2p Sir Francis Wyatt, December 10, 1638,
      In 1622 some of the cattle of Gates were consigned to Roger Smith. Unsure whether George Yeardley ordered that other livestock should be given to William Tracy and Thomas More or to the people of Martin Hundred. After Smith's death, his goods came into the hands of Claiborne.

      2p George Sandys,
      Describes the transactions after Gate's death

      1p Questions for deponents


      Source:
      http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/VTLS/CR/09980/index.html Survey Report Image
      Survey Report No. SR 09980
      Author Public Record Office Class C 24/629 Part II.
      Title Chancery Records. Town Depositions
      Publication 1638
      Gen. note Court of Chancery Records C24-C243 p. 5
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL:
      URL title: WILLIAM CLAIBORNE
      Note:
      has been several times stated in print that William Claiborne married in London (in 1638 some are even particular enough to state) Jane Buller, but this may also be considered doubtful. In November 1647, a grant of 700 acres in the corporation of Elizabeth City, was made to "Elizabeth Claiborne, the wife of Captain William Claiborne, Esqr., his Majesties Treasurer of this Colony of Virginia," for the transportation of fourteen persons, whose rights had been assigned to her by her husband in nature of a dower, according to an order of court June 11, 1644.

      It is, of course, possible that Col. William Claiborne married twice. If he married Elizabeth about the time that the dower was given, in 1644, she could hardly have been the mother of the eldest son, who as "Captain William Claiborne" received a grant in 1657. Contrary to what has been frequently stated, infants could, and frequently did receive grants, but they were not captains of militia in boyhood.

      The tradition that Col. Claiborne married a Buller can perhaps be accounted for by a statement in a letter from Governor Leonard Calvert to his brother, Lord Baltimore, written in 1638 (to W.H. Browne's "George and Cecilius Calvert," p. 68, &c.) in which he says that on Kent Island John Boteler, or Butler (he writes the name in each way), William Claiborne's brother-in-law, was at first disposed to resist the Maryland authorities, but afterwards submitted. Mr. Browne says that Boteler was appointed by Calvert commander of the militia of Kent Island, and held various offices of trust in the colony until his death in 1642.

      WILLIAM CLAIBORNE
      http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~tmetrvlr/bio14.html
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes
      Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families , Page 189
      Note:
      Col. William Claiborne, born in Westmoreland, England, 1587, came as surveyor for the Virginia Company of London with Gov. Wyatt in 1621; member of the Governor's Council from 1625 to 1660; secretary 1625 and treasurer of the Virginia colony; had one grant of 24,000 acres of land in King William County; established a trading post at Kent Island in 1631 which was later claimed by Gov. Leonard Calvert as belonging to Maryland Claiborne was appointed one of the three commissioners to rule Virginia under Cromwell. They arrived at the head of an English expedition in March 1652, overthrew the Cavalier Government and established a Roundhead Governor and Claiborne as Secretary of State. In 1658 the Province of Maryland was restored to Lord Baltimore. William Claiborne was colonel of a command against the Indians and in 1653 deputy governor. Seated at "Romancoke," King William County, he died 1676, having married in London about 1638 Jane Buller
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      Northumberland County Record Book 1652 -1658: ©Peter's Row - 2002
      [Page 55 L]
      Know all men by these presents that I Geruase
      Dodson of Northumberland County Surveyor do by these
      presents grant and assign unto Col. Wm. Claiborne his heirs
      and assignees forever that my divident and plantation of
      land of one thousand acres lying on the Southside of Great
      Wicocomoco River at the head of Fishing Creek called,
      "Turkey Cock Hill" with all my crops and cattle and estate
      being or which shall be thereon provided, that if I Geruase
      Dodson do [--] pay unto the said Wm. Claiborne or his
      assignees the sum of five thousand five hundred and ten
      pounds of tobacco and cask lately paid by him for me unto
      Mr. Richard Hubbard and others and shall also pay and
      satisfy any other tobacco or debt which I shall receive or
      become debtor .for unto the said Claiborne. Then this
      present deed to be void and of nonefIect otherwise to be in
      full force and vertue. In witness whereof I have hereunto set
      my hand and seal March 6th day 1654.
      Ger. Dodson
      Sealed and delivered in the presence of us, Samuell Smyth,
      James Nepper, Symon Richardson. .
      20th August 1655, this writing was recorded.
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      Northumberland County Record Book 1652 -1658: ©Peter's Row - 2002
      Thomas Hopkins his deed of gift unto Thomas Claiborne,
      Know all men by these presents that I Thomas
      Hopkins of Northumberland do by these presents for diverse
      good causes and considerations [---] there unto moving
      and out of the love and affection I bear unto Thomas
      Claiborne the son of Col. Wm. Claiborne Esq. give grant
      and assign unto the said Thomas Claiborne two heifers, one
      of two years old and the other of one year old marked (vizt)
      the right ear slit and the upper part taken away and the left
      ear a nick underneath it, to have and to hold the said two
      heifers with their increase to him the said Thomas Claiborne
      his heirs and extrs or assignees forever. Witness hereunto
      my hand this 15th day of March 1654.
      Thomas Hopkins Signed and delivered in the presence of
      Ger. Dodson, Thomas Winn, David Reilid.
      20th August 1655, this deed was recorded.
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      1662-1666 Deed & Will Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 102
      KNOWE ALL MEN by these pr:sents that I Coll, WM: CLAIBORNE Esqr., for & in consideracon of two steeres killed for my use belonginge to my Sonne, THOMAS CLAIBORNE, have given & granted unto the sd: THOMAS CLAIBORNE one cowe called Princess with a cowe Calfe by her side now at WICOCOMOCO; To have & to hold the sd, cowe & Calfe with all their increase to him the sd. THOMAS CLAIBORNE his heires & assignes for ever; Witnesse my hand this 18th May 1663
      Signed & delivered in the presence of
      THO: BRERETON, W: CLAIBORNE
      THOMAS LONG
      20th June 1663. This Writeing was recorded
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      1662-1666 Deed & Will Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 102
      KNOWE ALL MEN by these pr:sents that I Coll. WILLIAM CLAIBORNE of the County of NEW KENT in Virginia, Esqr., out of the naturall affection I beare unto my well beloved Sonne, LEONARD CLAIBORNE, & for diverse & very good causes have granted unto the sd. LEONARD CLAIBORNE one cowe about three yeares of age of a darke browse colter marked with a slitt in the left care & a nick under ye right eare together with a cowe Calfe by her side; the sd, cowe & Calfe being now at WICOCOMOCO in the possession of JAMES DASHEILL; To have &enjoy the sd: cowe and Calfe to him the sd: LEONARD CLAIBORNE his heires and assignes for ever, together with all their increase both male & female from the sd. Coll. WILLIAM CLAIBORNE his heires or assignes from any p:sons that may lay any claime to the ad: cowe and Calfe; In Witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seale( )
      Signed sealed & delivered in the pr:sence of
      THO: BRERETON, WILLIAM CLAIBORNE
      THOMAS LONG, THO: CLAIBORNE
      20th June 1663. This Deed of Gift was recorded
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      1670-1672 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 4, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 155
      BEE ITT KNOWNE UNTO ALL MEN by these presents that I JOHN FORTH of the County of Rappa. doe constitute & appoynt and make my Loving friend JOHN MEDFORD to be my true & lawfull Atturney to plead for mee and in my name in a suite depending in Law betweene me and Capt. WILLM. CLAYBORNE of the County of NEWE KENT and I doe authorize my abovesaid atturney to act & doe with the abovesaid Capt. CLAYBOURNE as if that I my selfe were then psent there. Witness my hand & seale dated in Rappahannock County the nine Twenty day of January in the yeare of or: Lord God one thousand six hundred Sixty and nine or 29th Jan 1669
      in psents of us TIMOTHY DUES JOHN FORTH
      WILLM RICHARDS
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 1, Part I; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 6
      WILLIAM CLAYBORNE, Gent., of James City, 150 acs. in the Corp. of Eliz. City, 3 June 1624, p. 41. Divided into 2 parcels: 50 acs. N. on land of John Gunnery, S. to a Cr. parting this & land of William Lansden, E. upon Southampton Riv. & W. upon the maine land; 100 acs. adj. on the other side of sd. Lansden, extending Swd. to a Cr. which devideth it from land of William Capps, E. upon sd. Riv. & W. upon the maine land. Due for trans. out of Enoland at his own costs of 3 servts: William Harris in the Georg 1621, William Morris & John Pipps in the Tyger 1621.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 1, Part II; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 70
      JOHN GUNDRY, of Eliz. Citty, Labourer, an old planter who hath remayned 9 yeares compleate in this country & performed to the Co. upon the comon land the full time of his service agreed on &c. for his first generall devdt., to be augmented &c., 150 acs. in the Territorie of Elia. Citty, 6 Dec. 1620, p. 476. (By Sir George Yeardlye.) (Note: The ground belonging to this pattent was measured by mee William Clayborne, Surveyor & bounded from the within named great Cr. along the banck of the river 75 po. & we endeth at a great white peeled tree & running into the woods with a right angle. William Clayborne.) Sd. land bordering E. upon Southampton Riv., W. upon the maine land, S. upon land in the occupation of William Capp & N. upon or towards the great Cr. of the same river. 100 acs. for his per. adv. & 50 acs. for the per adv. of Mary his wife, a new planter. Fee Rent: 1 shiling for every 50 acs., etc.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 1, Part II; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 70
      JOHN GUNDRY (Gunnery-Gunery) of Kiquotan, Planter, to CAPT. ADAM THOROGOOD, Gent., of Kiquotan,
      bill of sale of the abovementioned tract of land, 30 Dec. 1626, p. 477. Part of which land sd. Gundry hath lett & farmed out as followeth: To Thomas Thornborough 220 po. for 5 years yett to come, yeilding for rent every yeare a hen or a Capon, leaveing the sd. howseing rentable. at the expiration of sd. terme; to Thomas Flint 22 po. for 4 yrs., 2 Capons for rent yearely, leaving &c., to Lancelott Barnes 25 po. for 5 yrs., 2 Capons &c., as above, which poles are by the river side. Sd. Thorougood with 2 other sufficient sureties entered into bond to pay sd. Gundy 100 lbs. of lawful mony of England. Provided that the tenants above named shall quietly enjoy, hold & keepe either the severall shares of land & their howses builded thereon the full terme as above expressed, etc. Signed: John Gundry. Witnesses: Tho. Crampe, Edward Cage, Esmer Phillipps.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 2; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 165
      ELIZABETH CLAIBORNE, wife of Capt. Wm. Claiborne, his Majesty's Treasurer of this Colony of Va., 700 acs. in the Corporation of Eliz. City, Nov. 26, 1647, Page 82. On the E. side of land commonly called the Strawberry Land, partly on the land of Buck Roe, adj. William Wilkinson, Clarke, Point Comfort Cr., & land in the possession of heirs of Thomas Oldis, & the Gleab Land. Due for trans. of 14 pers.,• made over and granted to her by her husband in nature and lieu of a jointure, according to a former order of Ct., 11 June 1644.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 3; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 244
      COL. WILLIAM CLAYBORNE, Esqr., Secretary of State of this Colony, 5,000 acs. lying on the N. side of Pamunkey Riv. in the Narrowes, abutting on the mouth of a creek called Tanckes Maddaqume (or Maddaquine), parting same from land of Capt. John West, & thence running Westerly to a poynt of land where the sd. Col. Clay- borne landed the Army under his command in 1644, & so running along up the Banke of the sd. River to a small run at the mouth of Crany Island Reach there being a marked black walnuts tree & soe extending all along into the woods one myle from the sd. River side. Due unto sd. Claybome for trans. of 100 pers.• 1st Sept. 1653, p. 34. Note: "This Pattent by reason of an Error is renewed and recorded underneath this."
      SAME. 5,000 acs. of land at Pamunkey on the N. side of the freshes of Yorke River, bounded on the E. side with Tanx (?) Mattadaquin Cr. on the S. side of the Yorke Riv. & the marshes of the same, on the W. side with Cohoake Cr. & on the N. side with the maine woods running one mile into the same as appeares by the marked trees. Same date & page. Trans. of 100 pers: Arthur Figes, Thomas Bagwell, John Belson, John Poare, Henery East, Thomas Kendall, William Cooke, John Russell, Joane Younge, John Tompson, Phillipp Hamlin, John Donne, Christopher Fleminge, John Butler, Thomas Tripland, Robert Halsey, Henery Eubunke, Edward Breckler, William Collup, James Tenricke, Martin Male, Thomas Lester, Robert Lake, Mary Anthony, Joane Qually, Robert Coop (?), Thomas Youall, John Pumwell, Edward Tompson, Francis Hantrinpp (?), Richard Powell, William Lauc ('), George Perkins, Michaell Polentine, Edward Blunt, Edward Hale, Edmond Perry, Thomas Orly, Edmond Deering, Samuel Scifeild, Thomas Streete, Henery Hunt, Roger Backster, Originall Browne, John Morgan, Vincent Mansfeild, John Ackew (or Askew), Howell Morgan, John Neswid (?), Robert Tureton, Ann Waneman, Samuel] Boict (?), William Edwards, Thomas White, Anne Linny, John English, Thomas Symds, John Bennett, Thomas Woodhouse, Richard Hill, Richard Hobeane, William Ellyus, John Reading, William Freeman, Richard Raiman, Joane Vizard, Edward Guilfeth (?), John Glantmn, Robert Turke, John Walker, Ann Baker, Thomas Steerman John Dendy, William Williamson, Ann Williamson, John Hobson, Phillipp West, Thomas Keene, William Porter, John Stare.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 3; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 290
      COLL. WILLIAM CLAYBOURNE, Secty. of State, 750 acs. Northumberland Co., 14 June 1653, p. 272. Abutting Sly. upon the severall plantations of Martine Cole, Geo. Neale, Tho. Saffron & John Larrett, &c., Nly. upon branches of Wicocomoco Cr. &c. Trans. 15 pers.*
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 339
      THOMAS BIRAM, 300 acs., S. Ely. upon the mouth of great Wicomoco Riv., N. Ely. upon a creek dividing this from land of John Essex & Henry Huft & S. W. upon a creek dividing this from land of Mr. Richard Bud (or Bird.) 11 Oct. 1656, p. 66, (96). Said land formerly belonged to Col. Wm. Claiborne, Secretary.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 359
      MRS. JANE CLAIBORNE, Spinster, 1450 acs. Northumberland Co., I0 Feb. 1657, p. I47, (215). On N. side of great Wiccocomocoe Riv., Sly. upon land of Mr. John Bardon, Mr. Radford, dec'd., & William Downeinge (bought of Martin Cole, Jno. Edwards & others) & Ely. upon land of Roger Walters & John Motley. 750 acs. granted to Col. William Claiborne, Secretary, her father, 14 June 1653, & 750 acs. for trans. of 14 pers: Tho. Mow, Rich. Dobbins, Wm. Bingly, John Edgcome, Wm. Angell, Abra. Paternoster, Henry Bellamy, Walter Rich, Robert Norton, Kath. Silverton, Andrew Trelton, Edward Barnett, Rich. Albert, Tho. Minstrell.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 408
      CAPTAIN JOHN WHITTY, 1450 acs. N'umberland Co., 15 May 1661, p. (474). On N. side of great Wiccocomoco River, bounding Sly. on land of Mr. John Bardon, Mr. Radford, decd., & William Downing (2), bought of Martin Cole, John Edwards & others, & Ely. on lands of Roger Walters & John Motley &c. Granted unto Jane, the daughter of Col. William Claiborne, 10 Feb. 1657 & now assigned unto sd. Whitty by Col. Wm. Claiborne, Capt. William Claiborne & Thomas Brereton, who married said Jane, & likewise confirmed by order &c. Due said Whiny for trans. of 29 pers.*
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 531
      WM. WILDY (Weldy), 1450 acs. N'umberland Co., 14 Oct. 1665, p. 422, (495). On N. side of Gr. Wiccocomico Riv., Sly. upon land of Mr. Jno. Bar- don, Mr. Radford (or Rapford) dec'd. & Wm. Downing bought of Martin Cole, John Edwards & others & Ely. upon land of Roger Walters & Jno. Motly. Granted unto Jane the daughter of Col. Wm. Clayborne 10 Feb. 1657 & assigned to Capt. Jno. Whitty by Col. Wm. Clayborne, Capt. Wm. Clayborne & Tho. Brereton who marryed the sd. Jane & then likewise confirmed by order of the Govr. &c. dated with these presents to sd. Whitty & due for trans. of 29 pers., the sd. land being granted to sd. Whitty 15 May 1661 & assigned by him to sd. Weldy.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 7; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 236
      WILLIAM CLAIBORNE (Claibourne), sonn of Col. William Clayborne, Junr., dec'd., & THOMAS CLAIBORNE, sonn & heir apparent of Mr. Thomas Claiborne, 545 acs., New Kent Co. 20 Apr 1682, p. 154. Beg. in the forke of Chichahominy Riv. where the Sw. ends, &c. Trans. of 11 pers: Tho. Bell, Robert Bowles, John Ireland, Richd. Pearson, Corn. Bushy (or Busby), Margaret Bright, Richd. Ely, Micha. Wardrope, Mary Poll, Ann Hicks, And. Hall.
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      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=474&last=&g_p=P4&co llection=LO Patent
      Title Whitty, John, Capt.
      Publication 15 May 1661.
      Gen. note "The said land being fomerly gtd. to Jane the daughter of Colo. Wm. Claiborne, the 10th of Feby. 1657".
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Note Location: Northumberland County.
      Description: 1450 acres on the north side of great Wicocomoco River, bounding southerly on the land of John Bardon, Mr. Radford, decd. and Wm. Downing bought of Martin Cole, John Edward and others.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 4, 1655-1664, p. 474 (Reel 4).
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      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=272&last=&g_p=P2&co llection=LO Patent
      Title Claybourne, William, Col.
      Publication 14 June 1653.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Note Location: Northumberland County.
      Description: 750 acres southerly on the several plantations of Martin Cole, Geo: Heale, Tho: Saffron and John Larrett.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 2, 1643-1651, p. 272 (Reel 2).

  • Sources 
    1. [S044739] Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth Edition. Volume One, Families A-F.

    2. [S763254] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. II, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.
      page 30-31

    3. [S814050] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. I, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 361.

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