The name of Symon Ogbourne first appears in 1652 in a list of 28 individuals brought to Virginia by a Thomas Steevens...cited in Pioneers and Cavaliers by Neil Nugent, page 120, cites Virginia Patent Book No 3 page 262 Thomas Steevens, 1400 acres at Lancaster Co. 2 September 1652, pg120. Upon S.E. side of Farnom Creek., extending N.N.E. from land of Leroy Griffin to the head of Creek, to land of Thomas Griffin & Company. Transfer of 28 persons as follows: Robert Savidge, Richard Eules, Edward Gibbs, Ra. Waddington, Tho. Quinee, Elizabeth Sutton, Sarah Powell, Thomas Sanders, Provost Nelson, Frank Monkes, Henry Purchase, Alice Travabin(?), Symon Ogbourne, Thomas Browne, Richard Dibbins, Jane Fenton, John miles, Thomas Hewes, Jane Willis, Grace Legg, Mr Wm Whitby. September 1652 is the date Steevens was awarded land for bringing the 28 persons to VA. The actual date of arrival of Symon Ogbourne is unknown, but he is probably the same Ogbourne incidentally mentioned in a deposition dated 4/10/1652
It was in 1652 that Symon Ogbourne, the first of the Virginia Ogbourne s, came to the new English Colony. Within a year after his arrival in Lancaster Co VA, Lieutenant Ogbourne had married and very soon afterwards he went south to the Isle of Wight County, not far from Jamestown where he made his home, lived and died. It has been said that Simon settled on the James River just outside of Jamestown, Virginia. One evidence of his living in the southern county at that early date is in a court record which says "Lt. Symon Ogbourne was security for Lt. Baker".
That Lt. Ogbourne was a "gentleman" there is no doubt since all officers were of that class, and we know that he possessed a rapier, the arms of the gentry. Symon seemed to have a certain wistful respect for this weapon. In his will he left it to his eldest son, no doubt, as a token of his past days as a young officer. A more practical item, his indentured servant, he left to his wife.
More About Lieutenant Simon Ogburn: Age Lived: 44 years Burial: Isle of Wight County, Virginia Cause of Death: "Virginia Sickness" Emigration: Bef. 10 April 1652, Arrived in Lancaster County, Virginia Military service: Lieutenant, Gentry, Royal Army, England Occupation: Tobacco Planter. Residence: England, Virginia
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