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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • Col. John Flood (1591 - 1658)
    "COLONEL JOHN FLUDD GENT.\ FLOOD was baptized on 18 Mar 1592 in Canterbury, Saint Paul, England. He died in 1658 in Surry Co.Virginia. Col. John Flood of James City and Surry Counties, Virginia, arrive...
  • Allen Warren, Sr. (1662 - 1738)
  • Captain Thomas Warren, I (1624 - 1670)
    Thomas Warren, Gentleman, is thought to have been born at Ripple Court, Kent, England and is thought to have been the same that died in Surry County, Virginia. He came to Virginia in 1640, served as a ...
  • John Lightfoot, Hon. (1596 - 1648)
    XXX. CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS: ANCIENT PLANTERS: INTRODUCTION The following list includes those who are known to have come to Virginia before the close of the year 1616, survived the massacre, appear i...
  • Capt. Thomas Harris, Sr. (1585 - 1658)
    (see #29) Thomas Capt.6 Harris (William Sr.5, Arthur4, William3, Arthur2, William1) was born 1586 in Crixse,Essex, England, and died 1658 in Henrico, Virginia. He married (1) Adria Gurganey 1611 in H...

The term "Ancient Planter" is applied to those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of three years, and paid their passage. They received the first patents of land in the new world as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure.


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Supplemental Reading

  • Colonial Surry By John Bennett Boddie: those Ancient Planters who settled in what became Surry County.
  • Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers: A Biographical Dictionary, 1607-1635 by Martha W. McCartney: short biographies in alphabetical order of early Virginia settlers.
  • Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, by Nell M. Nugent: abstracts of Virginia's early land grants.
  • The APVA's report on the excavation of Neck-O-Land, the land grant belonging to Rev. Richard Buck.
  • An essay about the role of women in the founding of Jamestown.

Scope of Project

The scope of this project will be to link the Geni profiles to the Ancient Planters of Colonial America. If anyone is interested in researching and helping find or create the profiles of the listed ancient planters, please contact a project manager.

List of Ancient Planters