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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • Judge William Swift, Jr (1723 - 1808)
    William Swift, 1723-1808, was an ancient planter, Revolutionary War patriot, Justice of the Court, and High Sheriff of Caswell County, North Carolina, was the eldest son of the Reverend William Swift f...
  • Robert Fisher, Ancient Planter (b. - aft.1625)
    References Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. By Martha W. McCartney. Page 500. GoogleBooks The term “Ancient Planter” is applied to those persons who arri...
  • John Johnson, Ancient Planter (c.1590 - c.1636)
    Buried in Travis Cemetery, Jamestown, Virginia. The following was contributed by Gladys Johnson and Stacey Penman: Occupation: Yeoman (small farmer or freeholder) Property: Abt 1620, Received a grant...
  • William Presley, III, "Immigrant" (1608 - 1657)
    When William Presley wrote his will, his son William was of age and his son Peter was not. However, by 1652 when they signed the Oath of Allegiance Peter has reached the age of 21. William Presley’s w...
  • Stephen Horsey, Burgess and Quaker (1620 - 1671)
    Biographyof the Jamestowne SocietyStephen Horsey is a Qualifying Ancestor of the Jamestowne Society U.S. Southern Colonies Project logo Stephen Horsey was a Maryland colonist.Stephen was a Friend (Quak...

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. link
  • 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