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Ancient Planters of the Colony of Virginia

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  • Seth Botts (1713 - 1776)
    Seth lived in Virginia at least as far back as 1735Member, Aquia Episcopal ChurchA wealthy, prominent and influential planter Seth Botts [1] Born 1713 Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Ge...
  • James Tate, III, Planter (1662 - 1727)
    James Tate born about 1662 in New Kent Co. VA and married Anne Upham. Child of JAMES II TATE and ANNE UPHAM(UFAN) is:. . 4. i. JAMES4 TAm. h. Abt. 1662, New~t County, VA; d. 1727, Sl Peters Parish,Ne...
  • John Powell, Ancient Planter (c.1580 - 1638)
    Evidence needed to support John Powell, Ancient Planter as son of Stephen Powell and Jane Powell Biography
  • 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 arrived ...

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.


Additional useful sites

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