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Jamestown, Virginia - 1624 Census

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  • John Sparks (bef.1621 - d.)
    Not the same as John Sparks, of Boston & Ipswich Jamestown City, VA Census - 1624 Name First Age Status - Head of Household - Location Spark's John ?__ Servant - Georg Sandis, Esq. - Treasurors Pl...
  • Anne Emerson (1585 - d.)
  • Thomas Emerson (1612 - 1676)
  • Ellis Emerson (1588 - 1626)
    -Ellis Emerson arrived in Virginia crossing over from England on the George with his wife Anne and son Thomas in 1623. He is listed as a resident of Martin’s Hundred on the muster roll of February 4, 1...
  • Sarah Johnson (c.1590 - aft.1661)
    Sarah was born abt 1590 in England and died at Henrico, Virginia Colony as Sarah Johnson, widow, after 17 January 1660/1. She’s listed as Sarah (unknown) Woodson as a Qualifying Ancestor of the Jamesto...

In June 1624, King James I assumed responsibilty for the colony of Virginia after he dissolved the Virginia Company of London. He ordered Virginia's leaders to make a record of the colony's inhabitants and their provisions. This census-known as the 1624/5 Muster-is the first comprehensive account of households in British North America. In addition, it is the only extant census for seventeenth-century Virginia. A 1623/4 list of the colony's habitants noted who survived the 1622 Indian attack and where they lived. This list did not include details about the relations among the settlers or their ages.

The 1624/5 Muster is a house-to-house survey that contains information about the location of households in Virginia, the individuals in each household and the ties that connected the colony's early residents to one another. The census-takers also made note of each household's provisions, buildings, boats, arms and ammunition, and livestock. The names of individuals who died during 1624 is part of the muster.