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Jamestown, Virginia 1607-1699

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  • Robert Alberton, Perfumer (c.1580 - aft.1620)
    List of Jamestown colonists On May 14, 1607, 104 English men and boys established the Jamestown Settlement for the Virginia Company, on a slender peninsula on the bank of the Jamestown River. It became...
  • Sir Edwin Sandys, Kt., MP (1561 - 1629)
    Sir Edwin Sandys (pronounced "Sands") was an English statesman and one of the founders of the proprietary Virginia Company of London, which in 1607 established the first permanent English settlement in...
  • Capt. Alexander Walker (1614 - 1670)
    Biography== Capt. Alexander Walker was born in 1614 in Nottinghamshire, England. His parents were Samuel Thomas Walker and Elizabeth Walker . He was a Captain. Alexander married Frances Walker in 1630 ...
  • Frances Walker (1612 - 1662)
    Biography== Frances Walker was born on September 3, 1612 in Ripple, Kent, England. Her parents were John Warren and Anne Warren . Frances married Capt. Alexander Walker in 1630 in Virginia. Together th...
  • Martha Prosser (1620 - 1670)
    Martha Baxter (1610 Kent Island, Old Rappahannock County, Colony of Virginia - 1659/70 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Colony) married: 1644 Essex Co., VA ===References* GEDCOM Note ===William Goffe ...

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, and was named for King James I of England. The Jamestown Settlement was established on the James River about 40 miles upstream from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on May 24, 1607. Established by the Virginia Company of London, along with making a profit, the goals of the company were to expand English lands abroad, seek a northwest passage to the Orient, and convert the Indians in Virginia to the Anglican religion. Jamestown served as the capital of the colony of Virginia for 83 years, from 1616 until 1699.

'The first 105 settlers set sail for Virginia on the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. One died during the voyage which departed from England in December 1606. The expedition was led by Captain Christopher Newport. The Virginia Company brought Polish and Dutch colonists within the first year of settlement. The first documented Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619.

Jamestown suffered many hardships, including warfare between the colonists and Indians, and the deaths of many English men and women from starvation and disease. Jamestown ceased to be a town by the mid 1700s, but the government, language, customs, beliefs, and aspirations of these early colonists are part of the heritage of the United States today.

Profiles to be added to this project will include:

  • stockholders in the London Company or Virginia Company
  • those who owned land on Jamestown Island or lived on the island prior to 1700
  • those who were residents in Virginia at the time of the 1624 Muster
  • those who served as Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Clerk of the General Court, Member of the Council or House of Burgesses prior to 1700

A good place to look for people to include in this project is the Qualifying Ancestors Index for the Jamestowne Society.

Notable Profiles:

Bartholomew Gosnold (capt. of Godspeed)

John Smith

George Kendall

John Martin

George Percy

John Ratcliffe

Edward Maria Wingfield

  • Additional Council members Matthew Scrivener (from 1st supply mission)

Peter Winne (from 2nd supply mission)

Sources for overview and additional reading include: