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"'Ancient planter'" is a term applied to colonists who migrated to the Plantation of Virginia "before the coming away of Sir Thomas Dale"[1] in 1616, and continued there for at least three years. These colonists received the first land grants in Virginia. Those who paid their own passage to Virginia received a "first dividend" of 100 acres, free of quit-rent. Those who were brought at the Company's expense also received 100 acres, subject to an annual rent of one shilling per 50 acres. Planters who arrived later than 1616 were entitled to a lesser grant of 50 acres.

According to a letter from John Rolfe dated January 1619/20 "All the Ancient Planters being sett free have chosen places for their dividends according to the Comyssion. Which giveth all greate content, for now knowing their owne landes, they strive and are prepared to build houses & to clear their groundes ready to plant, which giveth great encouragement and the greatest hope to make the Colony florrish that ever yet happened to them."[2]

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List of ancient planters?

Because the surviving historical records are incomplete, and sometimes demonstrably inaccurate[3], it is not possible to compile a definitive list of Ancient Planters.

The database of Colonial Land Office Patents at the Library of Virginia is the principal source of information as to the identities of those who received grants as Ancient Planters. Though the record does not begin until 1623, when administration of the colony was taken over by the Crown, many of the subsequent patents identify "ancient planters", or provide information which shows that a tract of land must have been originally granted under the terms applying to Ancient Planters.

Additional information comes from the 1624/5 Muster, a census ordered as part of the handover of the colony from the Virginia Company to the Crown. For some of the colonists, the census includes information on the year and ship of arrival. Unfortunately, in many cases this valuable information is missing.

Also as part of the transition to Crown Colony status, a list of grants was compiled in 1625 and sent back to London[4]. This list does not identify the Ancient Planters as such, but in some cases knowledge of the grant combined with information from other sources (e.g., knowledge of the date of arrival) is enough to show that the planter in question must have received the grant as an Ancient Planter.

The list of names below is based on information displayed on the website of the Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters, a lineage society.

  • Giles Allington
  • William Andrews
  • William Askew
  • Henry Bagwell
  • Thomas Bagwell
  • William Baker
  • John Barnum
  • William Bayley
  • Thomas Baywell
  • Mary Beheathland
  • Robert Beheathland
  • Theophilus Beriston
  • Richard Biggs
  • Richard Birchett
  • John Blore (Blower)
  • Reynold Booth
  • Mary Bouldin(g)
  • Thomas Bouldinge
  • William Bouldin
  • Richard Boulton
  • John Boxe
  • Cheney Boyse
  • Richard Brewster
  • John Brewer
  • Rev. Richard Buck
  • William Burditt
  • John Burrows
  • William Capps
  • Nathaniel Cawsey
  • Thomasine Cawsey
  • Isack Chaplaine
  • Frances Chapman
  • William Claiborne
  • John Chandler
  • Edward Clarke
  • Pettiplace Clause
  • Ann Clay(e)
  • John Clay(e)
  • Joseph Cobb
  • Francis Cole
  • Susan Collins
  • Henry Coltman
  • William Coxe
  • Captain Raleigh Croshaw
  • Capt. James Davis
  • Rachel Davis
  • Henry Dawkes
  • Adam Dixon
  • John Dods
  • John Downeman
  • Thomas Dowse
  • Elizabeth Dunthorne
  • Clement Evand
  • Margery Fairfax
  • William Fairefax
  • Thomas Farmer
  • Cecily Jordan Farrar
  • Robert Fisher
  • Mary Beheathland Flinton
  • Joanne Flinton
  • John Flood
  • William Gany
  • Thomas Garnett
  • Sir Thomas Gates
  • Thomas Godby
  • Thomas Graves
  • Thomas Gray
  • Robert Greenleaf
  • Susan Greenleaf
  • Edward Grendon
  • John Gundry
  • Mary Gundry
  • Edward Gurgany
  • Adria Harris
  • Thomas Harris
  • John Hatton
  • Walter Heyley
  • Nicholas Hodgskines
  • Bartholomew Hospkins
  • Oliver Jenkines
  • John Johnson
  • Elizabeth Joones
  • Samuel Jordan
  • William Julian
  • Martha Key(Keie)
  • Thomas Key(Keie)
  • Richard Kingsmill
  • Thomas Lane
  • William Lansden
  • Anne Burras Laydon
  • John Laydon
  • John Lightfoote
  • Albino Lupo
  • Elizabeth Lupo
  • Francis Mason
  • Cornelius Maye
  • William Morgan
  • Susan Old
  • Isabella Pace
  • Richard Pace
  • William Parker
  • Robert Partin
  • Francis Paul
  • William Perry
  • William Pierce
  • Abraham Piersey
  • John Poole
  • Robert Poole, Sr.
  • Robert Poole, Jr.
  • John Powell
  • William Powell
  • John Price
  • Miles Prickett
  • John Proctor
  • John Rolfe
  • Christopher Safford
  • Robert Salford
  • Joane Salford
  • Thomas Savage
  • Sameul Sharpe
  • William Sharpe
  • John Sleight
  • John Smith
  • William Sparkes
  • William Spencer
  • Thomas Spilman
  • Thomas Stepney
  • Thomas Sully
  • Robert Sweet
  • John Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • Thomas Thornbury
  • Henry Tucker
  • William Tucker
  • Henry Turner
  • Thomas Turner
  • John Ward
  • Edward Waters
  • William Waters
  • Ameyle Wayne(Waine)
  • Francis West
  • Temperance Flowerdew Yardley West
  • Henry Williams
  • Thomas Willoughby
  • John Woodliffe
  • Robert Wright
  • Sir George Yeardley
  • Richard Yonge

Bibliography

  • Billings, Warren M. "An Account of George Percey," in The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century, pp. 22-27. UNC Press, 1975.
  • Boddie, John B. Colonial Surry. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1974 .
  • Campbell, Charles. History of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia. Lippincott, 1860.
  • Coldham, Peter W. The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.
  • Dorman, John F., ed. Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5. First Families of Virginia, 1987.
  • Hotten, John Camden. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978.
  • Hume, Ivor Noel. The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

References

  1. ^ "Instructions to Governor Yeardley, 1618" The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography for the Year Ending JUNE, 1895, Volume II, pp. 154-165 (The Virginia Historical Society, 1895)
  2. ^ Records of the Virginia Company of London, ed. Susan Myra Kingsbury, III, 245
  3. ^ See for example "Early Passengers to Virginia: When Did They Really Arrive?", by Avery E. Kolb, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 88, No. 4, pp401-414
  4. ^ "Extracts of all the Titles and Estates of Land, sent home by Sir Francis Wyatt, May, 1625", ibid., 551

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From Familypedia

The term "'Ancient planter'" is applied to anyone who migrated to the Plantation of Virginia, before 1616, paid their passage, survived the Jamestown massacre of 1622 and survived for three years. They received the first land grants in Virginia.

In genealogy, prestige is accorded the descendants of first immigrants. The following is a list of those recognised by the Order of the Descendants of the Ancient Planters, as of 2004.

  • Wilson Gaskins
  • Giles Allington
  • William Andrews
  • William Askew
  • Henry Bagwell
  • Thomas Bagwell
  • William Baker
  • John Barnum
  • William Bayley
  • Thomas Baywell
  • Mary Beheathland
  • Robert Beheathland
  • Theophilus Beriston
  • Richard Biggs
  • Richard Birchett
  • John Blore (Blower)
  • Reynold Booth
  • Mary Bouldin(g)
  • Thomas Bouldinge
  • William Bouldin
  • Richard Boulton
  • John Boxe
  • Cheney Boyse
  • Richard Brewster
  • John Brewer
  • Rev. Richard Buck
  • William Burditt
  • John Burrows
  • William Capps
  • Nathaniel Cawsey
  • Thomasine Cawsey
  • Isack Chaplaine
  • Frances Chapman
  • William Claiborne
  • John Chandler
  • Edward Clarke
  • Pettiplace Clause
  • Ann Clay(e)
  • John Clay(e)
  • Joseph Cobb
  • Francis Cole
  • Susan Collins
  • Henry Coltman
  • William Coxe
  • Captain Raleigh Croshaw
  • Capt. James Davis
  • Rachel Davis
  • Henry Dawkes
  • Adam Dixon
  • John Dods
  • John Downeman
  • Thomas Dowse
  • Elizabeth Dunthorne
  • Clement Evand
  • Margery Fairfax
  • William Fairefax
  • Thomas Farmer
  • Cecily Jordan Farrar
  • Robert Fisher
  • Mary Beheathland Flinton
  • Joanne Flinton
  • John Flood
  • William Gany
  • Thomas Garnett
  • Sir Thomas Gates
  • Thomas Godby
  • Thomas Graves
  • Thomas Gray
  • Robert Greenleaf
  • Susan Greenleaf
  • Edward Grendon
  • John Gundry
  • Mary Gundry
  • Edward Gurgany
  • Adria Gurgany Harris
  • Thomas Harris
  • John Hatton
  • Walter Heyley
  • Nicholas Hodgskines
  • Bartholomew Hospkins
  • Oliver Jenkines
  • John Johnson
  • Elizabeth Joones
  • Samuel Jordan
  • William Julian
  • Martha Key(Keie)
  • Thomas Key(Keie)
  • Richard Kingsmill
  • Thomas Lane
  • William Lansden
  • Anne Burras Laydon
  • John Laydon
  • John Lightfoote
  • Albino Lupo
  • Elizabeth Lupo
  • Francis Mason
  • Cornelius Maye
  • William Morgan
  • Susan Old
  • Isabella Pace
  • Richard Pace
  • William Parker
  • Robert Partin
  • Francis Paul
  • William Perry
  • William Pierce
  • Abrham Piersey
  • John Poole
  • Robert Poole, Sr.
  • Robert Poole, Jr.
  • John Powell
  • William Powell
  • John Price
  • Miles Prickett
  • John Proctor
  • John Rolfe
  • Christopher Safford
  • Robert Salford
  • Joane Salford
  • Thomas Savage
  • Sameul Sharpe
  • William Sharpe
  • John Sleight
  • John Smith
  • William Sparkes
  • William Spencer
  • Thomas Spilman
  • Thomas Stepney
  • Thomas Sully
  • Robert Sweet
  • John Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • Thomas Thornbury
  • Henry Tucker
  • William Tucker
  • Henry Turner
  • Thomas Turner
  • John Ward
  • Edward Waters
  • William Waters
  • Ameyle Wayne(Waine)
  • Francis West
  • Temperance Flowerdew Yardley West
  • Henry Williams
  • Thomas Willoughby
  • John Woodliffe
  • Robert Wright
  • Sir George Yeardley
  • Richard Yonge

Bibliography

  • Billings, Warren M. THE OLD DOMINION IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, "An Account of George Percey." pp. 22-27. 1975 UNC Press.
  • Boddie, John B. COLONIAL SURRY. 1974 Genealogical Publishing Co. Baltimore, MD.
  • Campbell, Charles HISTORY OF THE COLONY AND DOMINION OF VIRGINIA. 1860.J.B. Lippincott.
  • Coldham, Peter W. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF EMIGRANTS 1607-1660. 1987. Genealogical Publishing co., Inc.
  • Dorman, John F. ed. ADVENTURERS OF PURSE AND PERSON 1607-1624/5. 1987. First Families of Virginia. 1987.
  • Hotten, John Camden, THE ORIGINAL LISTS OF PERSONS OF QUALITY. 1978. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD.
  • Hume, Ivor Noel, THE VIRGINIA ADVENTURE ROANOKE TO JAMES TOWNE. 1994. Alfred A. Knopf. New York, NY.

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