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Jamestown, Virginia - 1624 Census

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  • Francis Chapman, of Paces Paines (c.1585 - 1624)
    Thomas Chapman was born in London England and baptized on 3 May 1590 at St. Mary’s of Woolchurch in London. His father is listed as Thomas Chapman of St. Mary’s. In August of 1611, Thom...
  • Thomas Chapman, of Jordan's Journey (1590 - 1635)
    Thomas Chapman I was Christened at St. Mary's Woolchurch, London, Middlesex, England. From Thomas Chapman of Jordan's Journey, by William Allan Chapman In August of 1611, Thomas arrived in Jamestow...
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  • Margery Jordan (1617 - d.)
    MARGARET JORDAN. She was born 1623 in Jordans Journey, Prince George, Virginia, USA. Parents: SAMUEL JORDAN & CECILY REYNOLDS Sources Virginia immigrants and adventurers, 1607-1635: a biograp...
  • Alexander Spence (c.1656 - c.1705)
    ID: I3960 Name: Alexander Spence Sex: M Birth: 1656 in Westmoreland, VA Death: ABT. 1705 in Westmoreland, VA Father: Patrick Spence b: 1633 Mother: Dorcas Youell b: 1635 Marriage 1 Unknow...

In June 1624, King James I assumed responsibilty for the colony of Virginia after he dissolved the Virginia Company of London. He ordered Virginia's leaders to make a record of the colony's inhabitants and their provisions. This census-known as the 1624/5 Muster-is the first comprehensive account of households in British North America. In addition, it is the only extant census for seventeenth-century Virginia. A 1623/4 list of the colony's habitants noted who survived the 1622 Indian attack and where they lived. This list did not include details about the relations among the settlers or their ages.

The 1624/5 Muster is a house-to-house survey that contains information about the location of households in Virginia, the individuals in each household and the ties that connected the colony's early residents to one another. The census-takers also made note of each household's provisions, buildings, boats, arms and ammunition, and livestock. The names of individuals who died during 1624 is part of the muster.

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