Nicholas Hayward, Jr.
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In the 1650s Nicholas Hayward was a merchant and a notary public in London who had dealings with Nathaniel Pope, for which Samuel was agent or representative in some capacities. According to the book "Landmarks of Old Prince William" by Fairfax Harrison (1924) and an article by Dollye M. Elliott in the Colonial Genealogist 9(2):58-62, many of the Huguenots who came to the Northern Neck of Virginia did so under a business venture by Nicholas Hayward, who made speculative investments in the English colonies from Virginia to Hudson Bay. Nicholas' brother Samuel Hayward was the Clerk of Stafford County, Virginia, and Hayward, George Brent, Robert Bristow and Richard Foot, four English businessmen, had secured a 30,000 acre proprietorship between Cedar Run and Broad Run in the northern Neck of Virginia from Lord Culpeper that was originally intended as a colony for Huguenot and catholic refugees from England. French expatriates in London were sought out by businessmen with land holdings in the colonies of Virginia and Carolina who offered promises and provisions to entice the Huguenots to settle there (including Letters of Denization, and bounty payments to the settlers). Thus, Nicholas Hayward essentially recruited Louis and Benjamin Reynaud and their families to settle on these proprietary lands in the northern neck of Virginia. (1)