Location: Present day Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky
Surnames/tags: SOUTHERN_COLONIES Colledge-35 Colledge
Categories: US Southern Colonist | US Southern Colonies British | Virginia Colony | Virginia | Virginia Colonists | Virginia Genealogy Resources | Virginia Colony Genealogy Resources | Jamestown, Virginia Colony.
For more information on the project please see:
Project Home Page The main project page with members, general information, links.
Main Image Page This is the main page for images related to the project, but images can also be uploaded to the individual colony page.
Project Resource Home Page This is the main resource page with links to resources that encompass all of the colonies, links to the sub projects, and other main resource pages.
Southern British Colonies Resource Page which provides links to the other four English/British colonies.
- For information about the Jamestowne Colony, visit the following page:
Virginia Colony Origin/History and Information on Counties
- Huguenot Ships Lists to the colony of Virginia 1700-1702 information
- 1606-1624 - Virginia Company :*Wikipedia article
- 1607 - Jamestown founded - first settlement in Virginia
- 1617 - By this date, the Virginia colony had been divided by the Virginia Company into the Incorporations of Henricus, Charles City, James City, and Kecoughtan. Virginia Places
- 1619 - Virginia Company's Great Charter
- 1634 - Eight original "Shires" formed, and immediately called "Counties" Virginia Formation Maps
- Charles City
- Charles River
- Elizabeth City (originally Kecoughtan Incorporation)
- Henrico (originally Henricus Incorporation)
- James City
- Warwick River
- Virginia Places, How Counties Got Started in Virginia
- Creation of Virginia Counties, Virginia County Creation Dates, Parent Counties, with Links to Boundary Changes
- Virginia Atlas Virginia Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, with interactive map detailing historical county borders within a timeline; other great links.
- The Growth of Virginia in Maps, 1634-1895 Virginia County boundary changes with links to 24 maps within timelines 1634-1895.
- June 25, 1788 - Virginia was the 10th state ratify the Constitution of the United States WikiTree Virginia category
- History of Virginia Counties which has a great timeline for which counties were formed from existing, defunct or renamed counties, etc. Great resource.
- Hebron Lutheran Church Birth Register Culpeper County, Virginia. Starts at 1717, two volumes, Germana descendents.
- Huff Name Study Nansemond County, Virginia Colony
Evolution of Government Structure
History: 400 years Local government in Virginia has one of the longer histories of the English-speaking settlements of North America. It all began with the settlement at Jamestown in 1607 (a poorly-sited location later abandoned) and Kecoughtan a better-sited location essentially stolen from Native Americans in 1610 which in the 21st century lays claim to status as the oldest continually-occupied settlement in the British Colonies in what is now the United States.
For almost 400 years, hundreds of counties, cities, and towns were formed in the Colony of Virginia and later the Commonwealth (State) of Virginia (the Old Dominion). It was generally the tradition of the English during the colonial period to establish large geographic units, and then to subsequently sub-divide them into smaller more manageable units. This two-phase process was conducted in order to establish legal claims to maximum territory. As areas were settled the large territories were subdivided for a variety of reasons. Counties The local governmental unit of a "county" came to Virginia following the form of shires (or counties) in England in 1634. The concept as it was brought to North America, was to have an area of size such that legal matter such as recordation of land and property transfers, resolutions of disputes, and other matters could be handled at a "court" within a day's journey of travel from all of its parts. As the population of counties grew, especially into more distant geographic extremities, many counties were subdivided to form additional counties. Having counties comprised of areas of common interests to the citizens became a more important factor as the distance one could travel in a single day increased. Throughout the United States, counties are generally the setting for local courts, and local courts are still the designated places for recording land transactions and resolving civil disputes and criminal matters.
Early Colonial Virginia Settlers
The following persons were among the prominent first families that immigrated to Colonial Virginia in the 1600's through the early 1700's:
- Lewises, Meriwethers and their kin : Lewises and Meriwethers with their tracings through the families whose records are herein contained, digital book which can be borrowed from the Internet Archive
- Virginia Names Spelt One Way and Called Another The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 3, No. 4 (Apr., 1895), pp. 271-273
- Virginia Militia in the RevolutionThe Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jul., 1899), pp. 24-29 Published by: Virginia Historical Society Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4242220
Migrating From the Northern Colonies
- The Story of Virginia Digital Timeline from the Virginia Historical Society
- Wilderness Road, Migration Patterns from Virginia
Kentucky, Originally Part of Virginia Colony
Separation from Virginia
Several factors contributed to the desire of the residents of Kentucky to separate from Virginia. First, traveling to the state capital was long and dangerous. Second, offensive use of local militia against Indian raids required authorization from the governor of Virginia. Last, Virginia refused to recognize the importance of trade along the Mississippi River to Kentucky's economy. Trade with the Spanish colony of New Orleans, which controlled the mouth of the Mississippi, was forbidden.
The magnitude of these problems increased with the population of Kentucky, leading Colonel Benjamin Logan to call a constitutional convention in Danville in 1784. Over the next six years, nine more conventions were held. During one, General James Wilkinson proposed secession from both Virginia and the United States to become a ward of Spain, but the idea was defeated. Finally, on June 1, 1792, with Virginia consenting to the separation, the United States Congress accepted the Kentucky Constitution and admitted it as the 15th state, without creating a territory first
Kentucky was a battleground during the Revolutionary War; the Battle of Blue Licks, one of the last major battles of the Revolution, was fought in Kentucky.
Fort Boonesborough located in Madison County, established in 1775, by Daniel Boone and others, was the first fort in Kentucky. Fort Boonesborough became the first town in Kentucky chartered by the Virginia Assembly. Present-day spelling of the town is "Boonesboro", although the fort and state park retain the old way.
- Kentucky People - Pioneers and Explorers Kentucky Crosswords.
First Settlers of the Northern Neck of Virginia Migrated from Maryland
In the late 1640s many leaders of Maryland's Civil War fled south across the Potomac River to settle on the Northern Neck of the Colony of Virginia. As Ingle's Rebellion demonstrated, these men had an overwhelming desire for individual freedom, ownership of the land they worked and self-government. Their experiences in Maryland would influence the future of Northumberland and Westmoreland Counties of Virginia and indeed of our nation since three of America's first five presidents were great-grandsons of immigrants to this spirited environment.
Migrating Ancestor Template
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- Copy the file name of the flag you want to use, and paste it to the right of the = sign under origin and destination flags.
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- For ancestors who did NOT migrate, use the directions above to copy one of the variations of the Nonmigrating Ancestor template below:
- Olive Tree: lists ships arriving in Virginia before 1820
- Ship Lists by Date from Pack Rat Productions
- WikiTree category: Chesapeake Colony Ships (includes arrivals at Virginia)
- Description: How to use the Dawes Rolls
- The Dawes Rolls, (Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory) 1898-1914
- Unknown No Longer A Database of Virginia Slave Names
- The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves The Slaves That Time Forgot
Economic Resources and Information
Conflicts Within The Colony
- Best Sources for Virginia Research by Time Period Library of Virginia
- House of Burgess, Virginia Colony category To add a profile to the Virginia Colony category, use: [[Category:House of Burgess, Virginia Colony]]
- Virginia Colony category To add a profile to the Virginia Colony category, use: [[Category:Virginia Colony]]
- Virginia category Look under the Virginia category for Virginia cities and counties
Related Free Space Pages
- 1650 Northumberland Land Grant from Sir William Berkely includes names of the 32 persons transported by Gervace Dodson
- Researching Early Virginia Settlers from London includes useful resources
- Warren includes Virginia, Maryland and other areas.
- Robert Berry, born 1729 in Princess Anne County, Virginia
For guidance in setting up categories for cemeteries:
On individual Cemetery pages, resources should be listed along with a description.
- Wikipedia Virginia Colony article
- Interactive map of Virginia showing county formations (Virginia Counties)
- Library of Virginia
- Encyclopedia of Virginia Biographies
- Encyclopedia Virginia
- Essex County Museum and Historical Society Archives
- Family Record and Biography by Leander James McCormick. Chicago:1906. This book of McCormick and related families is available in digitized form and as a .pdf at Archives.org.
- Virginia genealogies : a genealogy of the Glassell family of Scotland and Virginia : also of the families of Ball, Brown, Bryan, Conway, Daniel, Ewell, Holladay, Lewis, Littlepage, Moncure, Peyton, Robinson, Scott, Taylor, Wallace, and others, of Virginia and Maryland by Horace Edwin Hayden, Wilkes-Barre, Penn'a: E.B. Yordy, printer, 1891. This is one of the standard references on early Virginia families and is available in digitized form at HathiTrust
- House of Moncure Genealogy, by Marion Moncure Duncan , Adrian Cather Miller, Peyton Sagendorf Moncure, 1967. Library of Congress Catalog #67-28800
- Prince William Public Library System Digital Library e Digital Library consists of historic records, vital records, photos, images, and maps.
Paid Resource Sites
Photos and Images
Main Image Page for the Southern Colonies project. See also the other colonies' pages.
Sources for this Page
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Contributors "Wikimedia Commons" Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License, Web accessed September 18, 2014
- ↑ John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles ... Page 18a, London: Printed by I.D. and I.H. for Michael Sparkes, 1624, Documenting the American South. October 12, 2014, University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, http://docsouth.unc.edu. accessed October 12, 2014
- ↑ Albert Bushnell Hart, LL.D., The American Nation Vol 4 (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1906) 98, from Educational Technology Clearinghouse "Maps ETC" Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida, July 14, 2009, accessed September 19, 2014
- Virginia horse racing in the Colonial era Jul 30, 2016.
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On 28 May 2018 at 08:39 GMT Mark Hankins wrote:
On 26 Apr 2017 at 17:03 GMT Paula J wrote:
If you click on the Virginia Sub-project page, it says "Virginia was the 10th state to enter the Union" on 25 June 1788. Incorrect, it was the 10th state to ratify the US Constitution.
Could you please check this out and make any necessary corrections depending on what it is that you are posting.
Thanks so much!!
On 21 Jan 2017 at 16:49 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:
I obtained this message; Forbidden You don't have permission to access /learn/pioneers.html on this server.
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On 3 Jan 2016 at 19:54 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:
Another fine on Maps and "The Lost Colony"; Lots of information, maps, and sources, Very interesting read. The Lost Colony
On 3 Jan 2016 at 19:39 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:
Here is something I came across online that I did not know and thought I would share. I knew the British shipped Convict's to Australia, but didn't know they shipped them to the American Colonies.
Scottish Prisoners shipped to the colonies British Convicts Shipped to The Colonies
On 1 Mar 2015 at 14:51 GMT Nae (Lockhart) X wrote:
Can this be added to a resource under Northumberland County? Not sure where you want to put it, but it does have a list of names associated with the land grants. THANKS!
On 10 Dec 2014 at 13:57 GMT Paula J wrote:
On 10 Dec 2014 at 13:55 GMT Paula J wrote:
On 9 Dec 2014 at 21:14 GMT Paula J wrote:
Ps. Sorry I didn't see this until after I sent email
On 9 Dec 2014 at 03:26 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:
Eric suggested the changes I made to the scroll boxes as being in compliance. Hope they pass muster! Mags