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Edward Blaney (abt. 1597 - bef. 1626)

Edward Blaney aka Blayney, Blany, Blayny, Blenie, Blaine [uncertain]
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Brother of
Husband of — married 1623 (to 1626) in Jamestown Colony, British Americamap
[children unknown]
Died before before about age 29 in Jamestown, Colony of Virginiamap
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Edward Blaney was a Jamestown colonist.
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This profile is part of the Blaney Name Study.

Edward Blayney's name was spelled variously, Blany, Blaney, Blayny, Blenie, Blaine. On 7 September 1621, Edward wrote a letter to Sir Edwin Sandys in which he spelled his own name as "Blayney."[1]

Edward was born about 1597 in England. He immigrated to Jamestown Colony, British America, in April 1620 on the ship Francis Bonadventure.[2]

On 16 Jul 1621, he was named by the Virginia Company as factor, or agent, in Virginia, to trade with the Indians with furs; he was responsible for the magazine, or store of goods.[3]

He was a Gentleman, Member of Governor's Council. In 1623/4 and 1625 he served as a burgess for Jamestown in the Incorporation of James City, he was appointed a Member of the Virginia Council in 1626.[4] Because of these accomplishments, he qualifies as an ancestor of the Jamestown Society.[5]

Soon after 12 Apr 1623, it was reported that Blaney was "now married in Virginia" and intended to settle.[6] He had married Margaret, widow of William Powell.[7]

On January 7th 1623/4 he gave his age as about 28 when giving evidence in court.[8]

Early in 1624, he was counted among the survivors of the 1622 Indian Massacre; he was living at James City.[9] The Muster of 1624/25, an official census taken about a year later, shows that Blaney headed groups of men located in James City on both sides of the river.[10][11] One or both of these locations are thought to have been previously owned by William Powell.[7]

He was living in January 1626, when he was named to the Council,[12] but was dead by 6 Feb 1626, when his widow Margaret (already remarried) was granted administration of his estate.[5]


  1. Kingsbury, Susan Myra. The Records of the Virginia Company of London ... 4 Vols. (Washington: Gov't Prtg. Off., 1906) (Vol 3, Page 508).
  2. Passenger List of the Francis Bonadventure Research and compilation by Anne Stevens, (accessed 29 Jan 2021)
  3. Kingsbury, Susan Myra. The records of the Virginia Company of London Government Printing Office, 1906-1935, Vol. 1, p. 515.
  4. McIlwaine, Henry Read, and Virginia. House of Burgesses, Journals of the House of Burgesses of VA, 1659/60-1963, Vol 1, 1619-1658/9. (Richmond, VA: [Library Board, Virginia State Library], 1619) Vol 1, Pages viii, ix, 22, 26, 27, 39.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jamestowne Society: Blaney, Edward - A907; died by 6 February 1626; Plantations Over Water: 1625 (Burgess); 1626 (Councillor); Jamestowne Island: 1627 (Landowner). (accessed 17 Sep 2021)
  6. Kingsbury, Susan Myra. The records of the Virginia Company of London Government Printing Office, 1906-1935, Vol. 4, p. 111.
  7. 7.0 7.1 McCartney, Martha W. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary; Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 2007, pp. 139, 140.
  8. Minutes of the Council and General Court, ed. McIlwaine, p. 9.
  9. Coldham, Peter Wilson. The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, p. 38.
  10. Coldham, pages 55, 59.
  11. Jester, Annie Lash., Hiden, Martha Woodruff. 1883. Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia 1624/1625, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1625: FamilySearch International, Title No. 2058494., pp. 29, 38.
  12. Neill, Edward D., and Nath. Butler. "Virginia Carolorum: The Colony during the Days of Charles the First and Second." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 9, no. 2 (1885): 134-66., Page 158 (Accessed January 29, 2021.)
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  • McCartney, Martha W: Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 2007, p. 139.

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