George Billups Sr
Although it is generally accepted that George emigrated from Wales, there is precious little hard evidence of his life before immigrating to Virginia Colony. In addition, the Gloucester County Clerk's office had multiple fires over the years, so that what little remains was saved in the family and is not public record.
Immigrated to Virginia
George Billups came from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales to the Virginia Colony with his two brothers, William and Thomas. There is still a village in Wales known as Milford Haven. Today, it is assumed that the town of Milford Haven, Virginia was named by the Billups descendants in honor of their home in Wales.
November 25, 1653, the brothers had arrived. This is the date that George was awarded about 750 acres, a Local Grant of Land from the King which reads:
- OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH
TO ALL to Whom these presents shall come Greeting Now Know yee, that I the said Richard Bennett, Esqr. Knight Governor &c. Do give and grant unto George Billups seven Hundred and Fifty acres of land, lying upon the branch of Milford Haven, Beginning at a Dividing point and running up a Creek which divides this land from the land of John Lillies, Southerly three hundred and seventy five pole, west by north eighty pole, North by west a little Northerly one hundred and sixty pole to dividing point first specified. The said land being due unto the said George Billups by and for the Transportation of fifteen persons into the colony&c. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land &c. To be help etc. Yielding and Paying &c. Which payment is made on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Provided &c. Dated the 25th of November 1653. (Patent Book 3, p 2)
The property was in Kingston Parish of Gloucester (Now Mathews) County, Virginia. His home was situated on the southwest side of Milford Haven Creek, on a branch that was known as Billups Creek. Some of George Billups' descendants have inhabited the 750 acre estate since its beginnings.
January 27, 1663, George added another added 250 acres on Garden Creek.
George married "a lady named Sarah" in 1655 in Virginia.
- George Billups B. 1657.
- John Billups B. C 1660.
- Richard Billups B. 1661
- Judith Billups (or "possibly a daughter")
A record fragment shows George's occupation between 1653 -1673 (beginning at age 23) is Shipbuilder at Milford Haven, Gloucester, Virginia.
Death and Legacy
Only a fragment of George's will exists. Some of the family remained in the Gloucester area, and others removed to Lunenburg County or to South Carolina and Georgia around the time of the Revolutionary War.
1658, June 11 Now due for transportation of 2 persons Ellis Mackeneckenhogah and Sander Mackonack. Assigned to George Billips & renewed in his name 18 March, 1662.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 RootsWeb "Janet Ariciu family Bush" accessed online 1/4/2014
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Coldham, Peter W. Book Reviews, The Virginia Genealogist New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (Vol 28, Pg 230) 1984, accessed online January,4, 2014
- ↑ Billups, Brenda, Billups-Dodson Family Tree: George Billups accessed online 3/6/2014
- ↑ Nugent, Nell M., Cavaliers and pioneers: abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800. (Vol I, Pg 368) [1st ed.] Richmond: Dietz Print Co., 1934, accessed online 04/15/14
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No known carriers of George's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests.
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