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Jamestown Colony (1606–1625)

Brief Index

1. US Southern Colonies Jamestown Team (Project) – members, goals, tasks

The Jamestown Team is (and should be) under Topical Teams, as Jamestown Colony pre-dated the royal colony of Virginia (1624). Jamestown Colony also is (and should be) treated the same as the other colonies in many regards, as it was a colony sponsored by the Virginia Company of London with settlers arriving (by ship and later by birth) from April 1607 through 1624. It includes settlers enumerated in the last muster, January 1624/5.

2. Jamestown Colony Index

3. Jamestown Colony (companion Space page for Jamestown Colony and Jamestown Colonists categories) – contains details on the timeframe for Jamestown Colony; what pages and categories should be categorized under Category: Jamestown Colony and Category: Jamestown Colonists.

Using |Jamestown with the project sticker - {{US Southern Colonist Sticker|Jamestown}} will automatically add the Jamestown Colonists category. Also manually add the location category [[Category: Jamestown, Virginia Colony]] if the person lived in Jamestown.

Timeframe Details

The timeframe for Jamestown Colony and Jamestown Colonists categories is 1606–1625 – from the Virginia Company's charter to the last Jamestown muster (January 1624/25), taken after Virginia became a royal colony in 1624. (See the Timeline, below.) Note that the Jamestown, Virginia Colony location category is broader in scope (1607–1776).
Jamestown and Virginia both existed prior to 1625. Jamestown settlers from 1607 to 1624 are categorized under Jamestown Colonists and, as appropriate, to Jamestown, Virginia Colony. In 1624, Virginia became a royal colony.[1] You can categorize people included in the January 1624/25 Jamestown muster[2] to either or both Jamestown Colonists and Virginia. Non-Jamestown and post-1624 Jamestown settlers and residents are categorized to the Colony of Virginia (to 1776).[3][4]
Jamestown Colony's historic significance makes it prudent to give its categories wider visibility than guidelines would normally dictate, and Jamestown Colony categories and pages, and sometimes people, are under both Jamestown and Virginia categories. This is, in part, to help ensure that the Project's categories serve the purpose of helping people – both WikiTree members and visitors to WikiTree – find profiles of their ancestors.


Jamestown Colony was "England's first permanent colony in North America", with settlers arriving in April 1607 in three ships sponsored by investors in the Virginia Company of London.[5] The Virginia Company received its charter in 1606; the three ships were Godspeed, Discovery, and Susan Constant (sometimes called Sarah Constant).

"1606, April: James I of England granted a charter to the Virginia Company to establish colonies in Virginia. The charter named two branches of the Company, the Virginia Company of London and the Virginia Company of Plymouth."[6]
1607–1624: "Only 38 of the original 104 colonists survived the first year (1607) at Jamestown and of the 6000 people that came to the settlement between the years of 1608–1624, only 3400 survived."[7]
1624: "Virginia became a royal colony. The Virginia Company was forced to yield its control to royal authority. King James I retained Governor Wyatt as the first royal governor."[1]
1625, January: "A muster or census ordered by the Crown was taken, showing a total population of 1232 settlers and including numbers of weapons, livestock, grain, etc."[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Virginia Company, Encyclopaedia Britannica (accssed 27 August 2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Virtual Jamestown includes a searchable database of the January 1624/25 muster.
  3. For the purposes of WikiTree, the colonies ended 4 July 1776.
  4. Note that while all Jamestown Colonists are categorized under the category of that name, Virginia Colonists should also be categorized by location, but not the top-level Category: Virginia Colony (see that category for a list of existing county categories; see also the County table posted on Virginia Counties and Parishes.)
  5. Encyclopedia of Virginia's article on Jamestown.
  6. Jamestown Timeline, History Is Fun (accessed 27 August 2020)
  7. "The lost colony and Jamestown droughts" (accessed 27 August 2020). Cited in Wikipedia's article, Jamestown, Virginia:
    • "The lost colony and Jamestown droughts." Archived September 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Stahle, D. W., M. K. Cleaveland, D. B. Blanton, M. D. Therrell, and D. A. Gay. 1998. Science 280:564–567.


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