where did the poole first settle in America?

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People named Poole were among the early settlers of several places in America. I am aware of a few of them.

My ancestry includes Edward Poole, who immigrated to America from England in 1635 (part of the Puritan Great Migration) and settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

William Poole was another Puritan Great Migration immigrant. He arrived in America in 1637 and settled in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Another Poole family settled in Elizabeth City County, Virginia, in the 1600s. See http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Poole-1787

answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (911k points)
The Virginia Poole's were among the first POOLE's in America.

{{Huguenot migration}}

Two (related) families of Poole immigrated to Virginia in the 1620's.   David Poole (Poole-1787)  immigrated in approximately 1621 and leased land in Buck Roe in Elizabeth City County Virginia.  Daniel  Poole (Poole-178/8;  likely a brother or close cousin)  is seen working on George Sandys Plantation in 1624 ( George Sandys was a famous English poet and was the Treasurer of Virginia Colony)

Both of these Poole families were French Huguenots.  They had fled Languedoc Region of France and initially went to England (we believe the London area, where there was a big French Huguenot settlement and church) and ultimately immigrated to Virginia.   Both men were master wine makers, and were brought to the colonies in an effort to establish a wine industry in America.    This effort failed, and by 1632 the Poole were busy growing a highly profitable crop of tobacco.

The original "French" name is a matter of speculation.  "A History of Wine in America" uses the "Poule" spelling as in the French wine pique poule.   Other guess spellings include Pool, Pole, Pell.  However, all official documents in Virginia use the "Poole" spelling, as does the Virginia Huguenot Society.  Col. Roy Poole, knowing that the original name is Occitian (and not French) has speculated that "Pujol" may have been the original surname.

Evidence from several Poole / Pool lines indicate this line to be characterized as Y DNA Haplogroup G1a3  or G(F2885) using the terminal SNP terminology.  

Please note that there is a Poole / Pool Surname Project at Wikitree on this line.  Volunteers are needed.

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