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Jamestown, Virginia - 1624 Census

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  • Sarah Biggs (c.1589 - 1626)
    Richard Bigg arrived in Virginia in August, 1610, on the Swann, while Sarah immigrated in May, 1618 on the "Marygold" (sic). The 1624 Jamestown Muster (Census)[1] taken on January 22, 1624, shows Ric...
  • Richard Biggs, Ancient Planter (c.1583 - 1625)
    The 1624 Jamestown Muster (Census)[1] taken on January 22, 1624/5, shows Richard Biggs, 41, and his wife Sarah, 35, as residents of West & Sherley hundred (sic)in the corporation Charles Cittie (sic). ...
  • Sarah West (1622 - 1660)
  • John Lightfoot (c.1580 - 1628)
    JOHN LIGHTFOOT, b. abt. 1580, Eng; d. 1628/19; marr. UNKown; ISSUE: 1. Alice Notes for John & Alice Lightfoot: 1) 21 Jan 1628/29, General Court, probate of nuncupative Will of John Lightfoote (who owne...
  • Sara Spence, of Archer's Hope (c.1620 - 1627)
    William SPENCE arrived 1607, on the "Susan Constant." He lived at Archer's Hope, and was a member of the first assembly of the House of Burgesses for James City in 1619. By 1619 he bore the rank of Ens...

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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