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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • Capt. Thomas Graves, Gent. (c.1584 - 1635)
    From the Graves Family Association page covering ongoing research into the Graves family history: CAPT. THOMAS GRAVES OF VA, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS WHAT IS KNOWN: Not only is Capt. Thomas Gr...
  • Temperance West, Lady Yeardley (c.1587 - 1628)
    Temperance (Flowerdew) Yeardley West died intestate in December 1628 (per Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, by Martha W. McCartney). The three children of Geo...
  • Governor Sir George Yeardley (1588 - 1627)
    Temperance Flowerdew is documented as a wife of Governor Sir George Yeardley. Alice Bradley and Sarah NN are not. Sir George Yeardley (1587 - 1627) was a plantation owner and three time colonial Go...
  • Thomas Boulding, III (1579 - 1655)
    Thomas BOULDIN b. 13 Aug 1579, Warwickshire, England, (son of Thomas BOULDING and Elinor ASTON) m. BEFORE 1610, in England, Mary UNKNOWN, US Immigration: 1610, Near or in Jamestown Colony. Thomas d...
  • William Coxe, Ancient Planter (c.1598 - 1656)
    William Coxe was born in 1598 in England, and was 12 years old when he came to Virginia in 1610. He arrived in the Godspeed on June 10, 1610, in the party of Thomas West, Third Lord De La Warr. He may ...

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