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Jamestown, Virginia - 1624 Census

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  • Richard Townshend (c.1606 - 1651)
    Listed in the 1624 Jamestown census as a servant of Dr. John Pott, age 19, arrived in 1620 on the Abigaile. TOWNSEND – Richard Townshend/Townsend was born in Northampton England and arrived in ...
  • Capt. Thomas Graves, Gent. (c.1584 - 1635)
    From the Graves Family Association page covering ongoing research into the Graves family history: CAPT. THOMAS GRAVES OF VA, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS WHAT IS KNOWN: Not only is Capt. Thomas Gr...
  • Alexander Spence (b. - c.1716)
    ID: I3960 Name: Alexander Spence Sex: M Birth: 1656 in Westmoreland, VA Death: ABT. 1705 in Westmoreland, VA Father: Patrick Spence b: 1633 Mother: Dorcas Youell b: 1635 Marriage 1 Unknow...
  • Edmond Colby (1599 - aft.1624)
    Parents not confirmed In a 1624 census for Virginia there was a Edmond Colby. With only 2000 English living in Virginia at about that time there's almost certainty that they are related and most like...
  • John Gater (1603 - 1665)
    Examination of the original Lamberhurst parish register showed the following:2 1. John GATER had a daughter Elizabeth bap. Dec. 1632 [exact date not viewable on the microfilm 2. John GATER and wife M...

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.

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