Roger Delk (in some records also appears as Dilke, Delke, or Dilk) married his first wife Sarah in England and they had a daughter, Elizabeth born April 1622 in Middlesex, London. Roger Delk arrived from England to Virginia aboard the ship Southhampton in 1624. This was one of Sir Walter Raleigh's ships used on his last expedition to South America. It is likely that his wife was to follow him later, but most likely died before. In any case, shortly after his arrival in the colony, he married Alice Davenport who had arrived on the same boat as he did.
Roger was indentured to John Chew and employed in 1624 on his plantation on Hog Island. He worked out his indenture by 1626, and in 1628, Francis West, "Governor and Captaine Generall", granted him 1,000 acres on Lawne's Creek which flows into the James River just below Hog Island. The size of this patent suggests the possiblity of some influence having been exerted in his behalf.
In a court session held at James Citye on May 7th 1627, it was ruled that Roger Dilk (by his own confession) had absented himself from his plantation without the knowledge or leave of his comander contrary to an order of Court for the space of 8 days complete, and he was fined to pay 25 pounds of tobacco for every 24 hours he was absent, totaling the sum of 200 pounds of Tobacco.
Despite this "Roger Dilke" rose rapidly in esteem and was chosen to represent "Stanley Hundred" in 1632-33 in the House of Burgesses, the first legislative assembly in the western world.
He served during the session that began on Feb. 1st, 1632/33 and may have lived too high above his means at Jamestown (then called "James Cittie"), while attending the assembly in 1634 for he was outlawed for debts and a capias was issued against him.
He appears to have died before 1635 as Alice his wife patented land in that year on Lawnes Creek in her own name. He had one son Roger II.
His Wife Alice remarried Nicholas Reynolds and had two more sons. The 1,000 acres on Lawne's Creek, granted to Roger Delk I. by Gov. Francis Westand then became due Nicholas Reynolds on 26 Aug. 1637, he having married Alice, the widow of Roger. Roger II inherited this land when he came of age. On Aug. 23 1661: Roger Delk II (and his wife Rebecca) out of love & affection made a deed to his half-brothers Francis and Robert Rennells, born of his mother Alice Gregory (she was by then married a third time to John Gregory) by her (2nd) husband, Nicholas Reynolds (dec.) of Lawne's Creek," for a tract of land in Surry Co..