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Colonizing Virginia - Curles of the James River

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  • George Farrar IV (1698 - 1772)
    George Farrar (son of William Farrar and Priscilla Baugh) was born Abt. 1695 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co. Virginia, and died March 16, 1772 in St. James Parish, Mecklenburg Co Virginia. He married J...
  • Sgt. William Farrar, Sr. (1724 - 1787)
    William Farrar (son of George Farrar and Judith Jefferson) was born Abt. 1718 in Farrar's Island, Chesterfield Co. Virginia, and died 1788 in Granville Co. North Carolina. Will: January 03, 1788, Granv...

The James River was the main waterway of Colonial Virginia, used for commerce and transportation. The influential planters built their stately homes near this river and her tributaries. The earliest towns were founded on her shores.

We have a map, at the right, (also found at that shows the path of the James. When you view this map, you will instantly see why the tributaries of the James were called "curles" -- they scrolled and twisted across the landscape.

The legend on the map says 'Map of the Curles of the James in Henrico County, Virginia with Jordans, Cockes and Related Familes.' We will be collecting and researching the profiles belonging to these related famiies:

Families include (but not limited to)

  • Cocke
  • Jordan
  • Farrar
  • Jefferson
  • Harwood

Plantations include (but not limited to)

  • Berkeley Hundred
  • Flowerdew
  • Shirley
  • Westover