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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • Richmond Terrell (1624 - 1680)
    Came to Virginia from Reading, Berkshire, England about 1656, bought lands, also had a grant of 640 acres in New Kent on the west side of the York River, November 28, 1658 and too another grant of land...
  • Thomas Harris, Jr. (1636 - 1688)
    Links Thomas Harris, d. 1688 was a small landowner in the East Sussex iron ore region. Thomas Harris was a haberdasher of East Cheap, London, as his father. For reference, please see: From ab...
  • Lt. Col. Nathaniel West (c.1592 - 1623)
    Individual Record FamilySearch™ Ancestral File v4.19 Search Results | Print -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nathaniel WEST (AFN: LSF2-S...
  • Edward Gurgaynie, Ancient Planter (c.1582 - 1620)
    Two ships John & Francis and Phoenix, collectively known as "the First Supply," left London for the newly established settlement in Virginia.—"Edward Gurgana" was one of those on board the Phoen...
  • 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...

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