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Jamestown, Virginia 1607-1699

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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...
  • 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. Nathaniel Powell, of Jamestown (c.1577 - 1622)
    Captain Nathaniel Powell, who came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, wrote much of John Smith's "History of Virginia", and it was he who made the first Map of Virginia, and sent it back to England, where...
  • William Browne (1671 - 1746)
    Son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Browne, of "Four Mile Tree," Surry county, and his wife Mary Browne; was born in 1671. He married Jane Meriwether, daughter of Nicholas Meriwether; justice in 1693 and...
  • Gov. William Harwood (1642 - c.1692)
    1. William Harwood (Capt. Thomas Harwood3, William Harwood2, Richard Harwood1) was born ABT 1635 in Richmond County, Virginia. He married Elinor. She was born ABT 1640 in Charles City, Virginia. ...

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:

  • Those named for the initial Council

Christopher Newport (capt. of Susan Constant and Sea Venture)

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)

  • Chaplain

Robert Hunt

Sources for overview and additional reading include: