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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • Robert Sweat (c.1623 - c.1709)
    [ ] Came into America with Lieutanant Robert Sheppard on the 'Guiding Star, ' 1638. Did public penance at the James City Church, James City Parish, Virginia. On October 17, 1640, because he "hath b...
  • William Moss Capps (1575 - 1634)
    William Capps (occasionally spelled Capp or Cappes) was born in Norfolk County, England in or around 1575.[1] William married Catherine Jernagin (also spelt Katheryn Jermingham) in Norwich, Norfolk Cou...
  • Capt. James Davis, of the "Virginia" (c.1574 - bef.1625)
    from: Capt. James Davis/Davies, Birth: Gloucester, England, Death: 1624 in Jamestown, Virginia - Original settler of Jamestown. Captain James Davis was born between 1575 and 1580 in England. He was t...
  • 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 (1586 - 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...

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