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Roger Delke, I

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Surrey, UK
Death: circa 1635 (27-43)
Jamestown, James City, VA, USA
Place of Burial: Jamestown, Surry, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Dilke and Johanna Delk
Husband of Sarah Delk and Alice Delk
Father of Roger Delk, II; Elizabeth Delk; Roger Delke, Jr. and Frances Upchurch

Occupation: Farmer
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About Roger Delk I

Roger Delk (also spelled Dilke, Delke, or Dilk) (died before 1635) was a representative for Stanley's Hundred in the House of Burgesses.

Born in England, Delk married his first wife Sarah there shortly before setting out for the Virginia Colony. Delk's wife bore a daughter, Elizabeth born April 1622 in Middlesex, London. Delk traveled from England to Virginia aboard the ship "South Hampton" in 1624. This ship had been one of Sir Walter Raleigh's ships used on his last expedition to South America. It is likely that his wife was to follow him later, but most likely died before. In any case, shortly after his arrival in the colony, he married Alice Davenport who had arrived on the same boat as he did.

Roger was indentured to John Chew and employed in 1624 on his plantation on Hog Island. He worked out his indenture by 1626, and in 1628 Francis West, "Governor and Captaine Generall", granted him 1,000 acres (4 km²) on Lawne's Creek which flows into the James River just below Hog Island. The size of this patent suggests the possibility of some influence having been exerted in his behalf.

In a court session held at James Citye (Jamestown on May 7, 1627, it was ruled that Roger Dilk (by his own confession) had absented himself from his plantation without the knowledge or leave of his commander contrary to an order of Court for the space of 8 days complete, and he was fined to pay 25 pounds of tobacco for every 24 hours he was absent, totaling the sum of 200 pounds of tobacco.

Despite this he rose rapidly in esteem and was chosen to represent "Stanley Hundred" in the House of Burgesses, the first legislative assembly in North America.

He served during the 1 February 1632-1633 session and may have lived too high above his means in Jamestown, while attending the assembly in 1634 for he was outlawed for debts and a capias was issued against him.

He appears to have died before 1635 as Alice his wife patented land in that year on Lawnes Creek in her own name. He had one son, Roger II.

JOHN BRUTON arrived in Virginia in 1635 as an indentured servant to JOHN SEWARD/ SEAWARD Sr of Warraquioke Co (Isle of Wight Co VA, which part became in 1652 Surry Co VA). In 1652, JOHN BRUTON became a tenant farmer on Surry Co VA land owned by JOHN HOLMWOOD/HOLMESWOOD of Charles City Co VA. JOHN HOLMWOOD sold his land in 1656 to ROGER DELKE Sr of Surry Co VA, who before his death sold the same land, in 1659, to CAPT THOMAS ADAMS of Isle of Wight Co VA.

Jan 1, 1656 "Indenture between Roger Delke Sr , gentleman, and Tobyas Cooke, planter; land upon Lawnes Creek between JOHN BRUTON and John Bancos, 100 acres for 21 years and 1 barrell Indian Corn paid to Roger Delke 1st of January."

Nov 25, 1659 "Indenture between Roger Delke Sr and Capt Thomas Adams for 200 acres of land at Lawnes Creek, now in tenure of JOHN BRUTON"

Feb 20, 1662 "Survey of land of Capt Thomas Adams & Roger Delk Sr, dec'd. Witness: JOHN BRUTON"

1669 will of JOHN BRUTON of Lawnes Creek, Surry Co VA is only a fragment found in a Surry Co tax list; only mentions his wife, no names given. Witnessed by Jno. Charles, Alse (Alice) Gregory (previously wife of Roger Delke Sr), Thomas Clary, Ezra Clary.

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Roger Delk I's Timeline

Surrey, UK
April 1622
Age 22
London, Manchester, England
Age 30
Surry, Virginia, United States
December 1634
Age 34
James City, Virginia, United States
Age 35
Jamestown, James City, VA, USA
Age 35
Jamestown, Surry, Virginia, USA