About Thomas Ashcraft
Imigrated from England before 1689, probably in the early 1680's.
He lived in New Kent County, Virginia near the mouth of Black Creek. Thomas Ascroft is mentioned in Notes On Southside Virginia, p. 127 by Walter A. Watson. Thomas is mentioned along with three other men, Francis Hayes, John Cole, Ralph Denby, as having been transported into the colony by John Watson. In August 1689 John Watson received land in exchange for having paid the passage for these four men. Typically there was a matter of years between the time passage was paid for a person and when the land was actually deeded to the payor. See also Henrico Co. Order Book 1678-1693, pgs. 306-307.
According to the Virginia 1704 Rent Rolls, Thomas Ashcroft paid taxes on 180 acres on Black Creek in the parish of St. Peter's and St. Paul's, New Kent County, Virginia. He lived in New Kent County, Virginia the rest of his life.
Thomas became disabled about 1724. His land on Black Creek in New Kent County was sold by the church and the proceeds were used to care for him. He was cared for by Thomas Martin from 1724 through 1740. James, son of Thomas, and Johannah, took over his care about 1741 and cared for him until his death in October 1747. See St.Peters Vestry Book records below. http://www.rootsweb.com/~vanewken/vestry.html