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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • William Askew (1589 - c.1645)
  • William Richardson, Sr. (c.1640 - 1697)
    William RICHARDSON , Sr.(son of Robert RICHARDSON and Susannah SMITH) was born on 3 Apr 1640 in Nunwick Hall, Cumberland, England. He was a Quaker - Minister of the West River Meeting in Anne Arundel, ...
  • Mary Bouldin (aft.1585 - c.1670)
    Mary BOWLING [Parents unknown].was born about 1590. She married Thomas BOULDING III before 1610. They had the following children: M i Thomas BOULDIN was born 1618 in Virginia. M ii Wi...
  • John Brewer, of London & Virginia (c.1594 - c.1635)
    John Brewer was born 1594 in Chard, Somerset, England, and died 1635 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. He was the son of Thomas BREWER and 3. Ann DRAKE. family Married Mary Drake on 12 Feb 1614 i...
  • William Bouldin, Sr. (1624 - 1671)
    DNA researchers have linked the Bowling surname to the descendants of Thomas "of the Swan" Bouldinge. The Bouldin Saga by Katherine Harbury states that the first provable was William l born about 162...

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