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Roger Delk I (abt. 1600 - abt. 1635)

Roger Delk I aka Delke, Dilke
Born about in Surrey, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1625 [location unknown]
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Died about at about age 35 in Jamestown, James City, Colony of Virginiamap [uncertain]
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Roger Delk I was a Jamestown colonist.

Roger Delk [1]

Roger Delk I was born about 1600 in Surrey, England. His father was John Delk (~1570 - ~1650).[citation needed]
Roger married Sarah UNKNOWN ( - 1623).[citation needed]
Their daughter was Elizabeth Delk (~1622 - ).[citation needed]
Roger married Alice Davenport (1610 - 1663) in 1625.[citation needed]
Their son was Roger Delk II (1634 - 1693).[citation needed]
Roger died in 1635 in Jamestown, James City County (became Surry in 1652), Colony of Virginia aged ~35.[citation needed]

Research Notes

From Journey To the Cumberlands [2]

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.[3] 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.[4]
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..


  1. Delk, Roger - A2203; died ca. 1635; (Muster of 1624/5); Stanley Hundred: 1633 (Burgess). accessed 28 July 2021
  2. Patton, C. D. Journey To the Cumberlands: By the Ancestors of George and Pearl (Green) Patton. Published by C.D. Patton, 1988
  3. Hotten, John Camden, Editor. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants' Religious Exiles; … and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. John Camden Hotten: London, 1874. Reprinted Empire State Book Co., New York. Page 237
  4. Stanard, William G. and Mary Newton Stanard. The Colonial Virginia Register. Albany, N. Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers. 1902. Page 58.


  • This person was created through the import of mcdougle 2010-06-30.ged on 01 July 2010.

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This profile is being reviewed on behalf of US Southern Colonies Project for sourcing and accuracy.

Based on approximate marriage to first wife about 1620/21 and birth of daughter in 1622, Roger's birth date is being adjusted to about 1600.

I would question the 1610 birth date for Roger (Rodger) Delk in light of a second marriage in 1625.
posted by Tom Stickler

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