Henry Fleete, Capt.
|Birthplace:||Chartham, Kent, UK|
|Death:||Died in Lancaster County, VA, USA|
|Place of Burial:||White Stone, VA, USA|
|Managed by:||Charles W Lewis, II|
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About Henry Fleete, Capt.
Was burgess of Lancaster Co. VA in 1652
Henry Fleete was born about 1602 in Kent, England, and moved to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1621. Fleete was seized by the Anacostan Indians during a trading expedition and held for five years. He learned their language and after his release in 1627 became a negotiator for the Virginia and Maryland colonies. Fleete helped establish Maryland in 1634 and served in its General Assembly from 1635 to 1638, and in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1652 to 1661. He established the boundaries of Lancaster County when it was created in 1651. In May 1661. Fleete died and was buried at his home here on Fleet's Island.
This is Captain Henry Fleete. Emigrated to Virginia in (October?) 1621 with his brothers John, Reginold and Edward and their uncle Sir Francis Wyatt, who later became governor of the colony. While the other three brothers settled eventually in Maryland, Henry settled in Virginia where he was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1652.
"One of the early explorers. On one adventure, the ship "Tiger" with Henry Fleete and 21 men was attacked on the Potomac River and Henry was taken prisoner by the Yawaccomoo-o Indians in 1623. He remained a captive until 1627 during which time he learned their language. He was ransomed and returned to England. Becoming a partner and agent for several London merchants he was engaged for years in the Indian Trade. He was an interpreter, trader and legislator in Maryland and finally settled at Fleet's Bay, Lancaster County, Virginia. He owned land in Virginia as early as 1629."
Rev.Bagby cites Campbell's "History of Virginia" as showing entries for Captain Henry Fleet dated 1634. The implication is that he was a K&Q settler in that year.
"Adventurers of Purse and Person, Vol. 1," (pp.971-2) says: Henry Fleete served as Burgess from Lancaster, 1652, as justice of the county, 1653 to his death, and as lieutenant colonel of the militia, Feb 1656/7/ Along with these services he continues to act as interpreter and mediator between the English and the Indians when trouble occurred. He died between 12 April 1660 when he was present at Lancaster court, and 8 May 1661 when his widow Mrs. Sarah Fleete was mentioned in the Lancaster Order Book. The will of his grandson, Henry Fleet, directed that a brick wall be built around the family burying ground.