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Welcome to the team page for the Colony of Virginia, US Southern Colonies Project. This page has information about team members, tasks, and additional resources.


The Team

The Colony of Virginia Team covers Virginians born before July 4, 1776. Click here for a page that focuses on the history and development of Virginia before the American Revolution. The United States Project focuses on profiles of people in America post-1776, although many of its sub-projects, such as the Virginia Project, previous to this project's revival covered pre-1776 also.


Team Leader: Vacant. Please contact the project leader, Darlene Athey-Hill, if you are interested (must be a Wikitree Leader) in overseeing this Team as well as with any questions/issues or post on the project Google group.

Team Members:

  • Alex Adkins-Langen -Colony of Virginia and Bio Builders Teams
  • John Albertini My colonial ancestors were Ayers, Brown, Chew, Harris, Randall, Wynne in MD, PA, VA.
  • Thom Anderson: For the Colonial period, most ancestors/cousins were in Virginia starting in Jamestown and later in the Northern Neck with many moving to Loudoun and Culpeper Counties by the start of the Revolution.
  • William Anderson - Colonial Virginia families, particularly in New Kent and Hanover Counties. I am pre-1700 certified and am actively loading up detailed profiles for the seven sons of Robert Anderson I, then moving down their trees.
  • Daniel Ange: Many of my family lines have either travelled through or been in Virginia since the Colonial period. A few surnames include the Kitchen, Adams, West, Minor, and Gunnell families of Northern Virginia on my paternal side and the Dabney, Peele, Fowler, Parsons, Crenshaw, and DePriest families on my maternal lines.
  • Mary Baker - Researching my Tullos/Rodham ancestry believed to have originated in Maryland and Virginia.
  • Anne Baker member of Colony of Virginia Team,impressed with the Wiki Tree structure of combining data under "one tree". It is a bit overwhelming to read
  • Cyndee Bayer- member of Virginia Colony Team
  • Rosemary (Birchett) Newman - about Rosemary
  • Donnie Blackstone: About me...
  • Toni Boone joining Colony of Virginia and Province of Maryland. My father's side are Boones and came over on The Dove and Ark.
  • Chris Brady: Many of my ancestors came to Virginia originally. I have a keen interest in Amherst County and am willing to do lookups in the will/deed books I have for Amherst.
  • Billie Keaffaber: About ...
  • Linda (Brooks) Hoerner = about Linda
  • Dusti (Brown) Ide ` about Dusti
  • Beth Golden: I have early roots in colonial VA, with arrivals in the 1630s'-1640s, and settling primarily in Accomack-Northampton. Surnames include Croshaw, Graves, Holloway, Nuthall, Roper, and Sprigg. Other early VA surnames: Brown (still searching for direct paternal ancestor either in VA or MD pre-1776), Crews, Prather and Walker. Brothers' (surname Brown) peculiar 111 marker ydna match to Swearingen, Bolling, Kirkland and Walton.
  • Loretta Buckner: One half of my ancestry is solidly from the Piedmont are of NC, via primarily PA, but some VA, prior to migrating pre-1776. I'm still fairly focused there (NC) in my research--as there are still some stones to unturn--but I do feel a special affinity for Virginia, having grown up in the region, for the most part. As much as an Army Brat can be from anywhere, Fairfax County was my home for more than half of my primary and secondary school days. 2023 Addendum: Turns out, lots of roots go back to Spotsylvania, Goochland and Caroline County - I'm also quite active now with USBH, helping to trace and document former enslaved and (sadly), lots of exposure through Crutchfield, Stapleton, Duerson, Craven, Buckner, Johnson, Alston... likely more, and this is VERY interesting work, for anyone who loves digging!
  • Gloria Lee Buckles Reid- families are: Middleton, Harris, Barham, Thorpe, Judkins, Clark, Pierce, Mansfield, Raper, Kent, Reid, Lochridge, and others from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. I have been researching these lines since 1983,
  • Allice (Burns) Reynolds: ..
  • Deb McCarter Most of my paternal side were in Virginia and North Carolina pre 1776. I have particular interest in collaborating to document the Burch/Lawrence intermarriage connections.
  • Deborah (Burton) White- ancestral lines that come from the southern colonial period: Burton, Higgenbotham, Hickey, Ensminger, Wale, Stamps and Flinn. My husband's lineage includes the single original Jamestown settler, Capt. Robert Behethland. There are a lot of ancestors from Virginia, but also the Carolinas
  • Debbie Nance ancestors in Maryland, Colony of Virginia, Province of North Carolina and Province of South Carolina
  • Amy Blythe: I have heavy early & mid-colonial VA roots on my both sides. Paternal: Hargis, Duke, House/Howze, Greene, Powell, Layton, Fisher, Cooksey/Kearse, MeriwetheHair-1386r, Lewis, Rucker, White, Tinsley, Parks, Beasley, Yarbrough, Pope, Fort, McKinnee/McKinney, Godby/Godbee, Royall, Davenport, Ransone, Varner & Stephenson. Maternal: Price, Freeman, Hall, Galbraith/Galbreath, Baughman, Penn, Ziegler, Buckwalter, Shook, Waters, Lanier, Burch, Maclin, Sampson, Jordan, Washington, Westmoreland, Nipper, Harwell, Lindsey, Barksdale, Woodruff, Bevis, Barton, Turner, Moseley, Grantham, Ammons, West, Bates, Owens, Pate & Jones. Main counties of interest: are Isle of Wight (IOW), Brunswick, Surry, Prince Georges, Charles City, Spotsylvania, & Augusta. I am the lead researcher for the IOW VA Dukes (or ftDNA group 2) in the GEDmatch Duke/Dukes DNA Study. Across all Duke groups, we have recently begun to request profile protection on the earliest progenitors.
  • Kevin Guy Campbell- I am researching the Campbell Families in all the states covered by the project.
  • Denise Carter: My Carter ancestors arrived in Colonial Virginia in 1650/52 . They began with large plantations in Lancaster County and moved to Prince William, Loudoun, Clarke/Frederick and then to Fairfax County around 1890. Once my 4th GGF died in 1801, his large number of children primarily moved to 3 different counties in KY and to Bloomington, IN. From KY, many of the kids from subsequent generations settled in Texas and as far west as California. One daughter stayed in Loudoun County with her husband and children while my 3rd GGF, James Carter, moved a short distance from his family home in Loudoun County to Frederick/Clarke County, where he married and had a large family of his own. Besides Carter, prominent surnames in my family are Norman (Liberty County, GA, Macon, MO and Seattle, WA), Bosteyon/Boston, Crump, Clark, Estes, Gaines, Richards, Hospital, Pendleton, Mitchell, Rowland, Jacobs, Stacy, Wills, Breeze and Salter.
  • Jim Christian- My Virginia decendents are from Christian's Creek, Aguata, VA. Gilbert Robert Christian (about 1677-1756) buried in Christian's Creek. I am also a member of the Quaker Project and am related to Samuel Smith (158-1839) born in Reidsville, Rockingham, NC.
  • Teresa Clary Willis member of Colony of Virginia and Jamestown Colony Teams
  • Larry Cunningham: Most of my ancestors are from Virginia.
  • C Davis: I am interested in my Davis lineage. John D. Davis-born in Cumberland, VA, 1805; died- Buckingham, VA, 1860. Married Mary Jane Carter (Buckingham, VA 1811-1907 ). I have the Davis/King family Bible with photos that I would like to identify. I cannot find any additional info past John D Davis. Also, I am related to Meador, King, Watkins, Guerrant, DuToi, L'Orange, Ragland, Burks, Womack, Seamster, Ligon, Conner, & Crowder families of VA. Most of my family on both sides has VA roots (Southern Colonies). I am a member of DAR, and my aunt (who traveled many times to UK to do research-it was lost when she passed) was a member of the Huguenot Society and Valley Forge Society. I would like to trace back as far as possible. I would also like to meet relatives.
  • Teresa Davis - about Teresa
  • Laura DeSpain My ancestors arrived in Maryland, Virginia and, the Carolina's between the 1500s and the 1700s. My maternal line arrived or migrated to South Carolina before the 1700s from North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. My paternal family pioneered into Kentucky from North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland when it was still a part of Virginia in the late 1700s.
  • Sjana Bauer- A lot of my family falls within this project and the Jamestown Colony, Province of Maryland, Colony of Virginia and Province of North Carolina (1712-1776) Teams
  • Melissa Dunn Miller - family from North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
  • Mike Eggleston Colony of Virginia and Data Doctors Teams.
  • Laurie McKenna I’m not new to genealogy but I’m relatively new to WikiTree and still learning my way around. I’m hoping to learn a lot from this project and share what I can. This Virginia Team is where I have the most experience.
  • MaryAnn Thomas - Teams Province of Maryland, Colony of Virginia, Province of Carolina, Province of North Carolina, Province of South Carolina, as well as Military and War Project
  • Rick Fryrear -"Fryrear" , seems to have roots in pre-1700 Virginia, just possibly Isle of Wight / Nansemond area circa 1650 (I am tracing some pretty sketchy sources here). Also working with the USBH Virginia Team and am trying to pull together slave owner profiles by linking back to ancestors' records while trying to not create a bunch of orphan profiles. That so far has involved mid-1700s but I think that shortly I may need to include a few pre-1700.
  • Lianne Gregory- have ancestors in Virginia, Kentucky and other southern colonies. Additionally, I have some "brick walls" that I would love to someday verifiably resolve
  • Mary Gossage: Most of my ancestors came through Virginia and spent time in Loudoun County. Some stayed, some moved west. And some in PA, OH, MN with ancestors in Loundon County married people generations later whose ancestors had also been in Loudoun.
  • John Griscom Jr. about John
  • Nancy Hall Anderson- interested in ancestor trees
  • DeSales Harrison III - I'd like join the Jamestown team and the Colony of Virginia Team. Looks like we (might) have an ancestor or two in that area
  • Michael J Hatfield-Several of my ancestors and their siblings lived in Virginia during the colonial era. They either arrived from another colony or came through Jamestown. They are veterans of various pre-Revolution Indian wars and/or The Revolutionary War. Families: Alley, Arthur, Cormany, Hatfield, Murray, Smidt/Smith & Talbot.
  • Steve Hatchett Rejoining Southern Colonies,
  • James F Haynes - Haynes family, first emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. The Lee, Craig, Reid, and Sharp families, who were pre-1776 residents of the Province of Virginia.
  • Darla Henderson - I have been a long time genealogist. I made my family tree on Ancestry public earlier this year and then decided I should contribute in another location. I have added information to Family Search
  • Malcolm Hoare: About me...
  • Lawrence Hodapp: About half of my mother's 3rd–great–grandparents were born in Virginia. One of my more interesting Southern ancestors is Col. Robert "Potato Hole" Woodson, whose mother reportedly hid him in a potato hole during the 1644 attack in which his father was killed.
  • Yolaine Hudson - Paternal side came to America during the colonial period in the 1600's and resided in VA and MD for the most part until NC came available, then many migrated to KY, etc....our early colonists- Archer, Bailey, Ball, Baugh, Bolling, Burris, Butt, Byrd, Chambers, Chewning, Chiles, Colclough, Croshaw, Durham, Farrar, Field, Holloway, Holt, Hudson, Jefferson, Moore, Tandy, and West
  • Lea (Isaacs) Cooley Most all of my paternal ancestors are originally from the Colony of Virginia. Many arrived in the 1500 - 1600s and pioneered areas in both Virginia and later West Virginia in the counties of Wayne and Cabell. Many of my Isaacs line left Winchester, Frederick, Virginia to settle in North Carolina and some later settled between Wayne County, West Virginia and neighboring Kentucky. Some of my paternal family surnames include Isaacs, Watts, McComas, Hale, Osburn, Adkins, Clay, Davis, Peyton, and Ferguson. Many of my maternal ancestors also arrived at the Colony of Virginia and pioneered into the Carolinas, TN, and Kentucky while my maternal Swiss-German Sigler/Zeigler ancestors arrived in South Carolina in the 1600s and settled in Louisiana (Greater New Orleans and Southwest/Coastal Mississippi). I am also on the Jamestown Team.
  • Christine Gephart - teams Colony of Virginia, Carolina team, and Province of North Carolina. I’m willing to help in anyway with these projects
  • Heather Jones- Colony of Virginia, Province of North Carolina Team, Province of South Carolina Team,I will be happy to help with categorization as well, as have done this
  • Leila Keller -
  • Margaret Kerns - Many families in VA, NC and MD during colonial period; several are pre-1700. Plans to add sources to Gedcom, stickers.
  • Curry Kidd Walker - Family line, Perry [bef 1700] and Ragsdale [abt 1644] maternal lines immigrated to Virginia and then to SC. I am now researching my Grafton [abt 1790] line
  • Tammy Kirkpatrick: Several of my ancestors trace back to Colonial Virginia, including some who are confirmed in the Jamestown Society. I have been working to confirm information and source the Townes family of Virginia. Other family names I have from Virginia are Allen, Archer, Boykin, Epperson, Field, Hix, Hudson, Huffman, Jones. I'm sure I left someone out!
  • Honi Kleine: I am an obsessive learner with great interest in Early American History. My own family's history is deeply rooted in Colonial Virginia, more recently in those Stith, Smith, Webster, and Vaughan families, to name a few, who left civilization and organized government to do their part in populating the State of Kentucky. Not me, I'm a Hoosier, born and raised.
  • Steve Lake Returning to Southern Colonies and Maryland, Virginia, Carolinas, Georgia Teams
  • Shaun Lewis - New member
  • James Little - about James
  • Tina Steele ancestors in Colony of Virginia. Also Data Doctor and Sourcerer team members.
  • Michael Mankin has early ancestors from Virginia and Maryland
  • Brett Martin Ancestors in Colony of Virginia and Province of North carolina (1712-1776)
  • David Martin
  • Anne Massey: About me...
  • RL McAdoo Researching Families McAdoo/McAdow, Stewart, Larkin, Glass, Evans, and others located around Buffalo and Alamance (Guilford NC) and Sinking Springs (Abingdon VA) Presbyterian Churches. All established pre-1776. Usually embarked from from Ulster or Scotland and landing at ports of Baltimore, Philadelphia, or Charleston.
  • Scott McClain: My main early Virginia interest is the far southwestern frontier - old Brunswick County from the 1730s on. Spending a lot of time working on the Wallin/Walling, Blevins, and related families in this area during that period.
  • Jennifer Jordan - My family has been in Virginia since the beginning. I enjoy researching my Quaker ancestors and enjoy researching other families to show them that many early families were Quakers before they were disowned.
  • Mike Mitchell - I am a descendant of William Farrar (Farrar-393) and my wife Elaine is a descendant of Henry Fleet (Fleete-1). We both are preparing applications to join the Jamestowne Society. Both of our families are deep in Virginia, and our surname research interests include Mitchell, Massie, Burton, Wingfield, Blackwell, and Bradley. I also have ancestors that arrived through Pennsylvania that migrated to Kentucky including Whitmer, Kittinger, Short, and Shaver.
  • Sherrie Mitchell: I am 100% Bedford County Virginia @ Rev War and have 17 Ancestors connected though I need to check to be sure all have stickers.
  • LaMyra Morton: I have many lines that go back to the Virginia colony. Some of my early Virginia surnames are Arnold, Bell, Garton, Angell, DePriest, Easley, Parker, Coffelt and Ryan. Trying to get profiles as accurate and well sourced as possible. Will need to go back and add the stickers.
  • Renee Newman- Many of my ancestors were in Virginia in the seventeenth century and most went into North Carolin early to mid eighteenth century. A few were at Jamestown and many were in Charles City County, Surry, Brunswich, Sussex, Albemarle, Amherst, Henrico, Nelson, Goochland. My main surname interests in Virginia are Jean, Jane, Davis, Joplin, Farrar, Brantley, and Braswell.
  • Robby Nesbitt - interested in Provinces of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Colony of Virginia as that is where there are the most connections.
  • Liz Shifflett: I'm also on the Jamestown Team and am interested in Dinwiddie County (one of Virginia's burned counties) and Virginia's Ancient Planters.
  • Dola (Nowell) Acree has researched quite a few ancestors that came from Virginia including Mansell, Crunk, Joyce, Jennings, Kirby, and Shackelford, Beasley, Toler, Thomas, Pendleton, Suttle, Doggett, Hargis, Jay, and Voss.
  • Mary Koester - I am working to prove that my Hobbs ancestors came through Washington and Lee Counties during the 1700's from Maryland. As of now, I am at a brick wall for proof in 1801 Tennessee. I am also working on the Oxford family in North Carolina. Other surnames include Herrin, Taylor, and Holloway. I am looking forward to doing some work in this project.
  • Melissa Reed ancestors have been scattered throughout the southern colonies since 1600s. Most ended up settling in South Carolina and Georgia
  • Jeffrey Phillips - Many lines in Virginia pre-1776. Working on Hitt Family primarily. They immigrated to Virginia in 1714
  • A.M. Pendleton
  • Bob Pickering Some of my Colonial Virginia surnames are Patton, Thompson, Horton, Wheeler, Hall, Sandidge and Gaddie.
  • Gary Pinson My first Proven ancestor in Virginia was William Carter, shown by several records between 1623-26. Other surnames in Virginia pre 1700 include: Pinson, Crafford, Swann, Newsom, Pitt, Bridger, Godwin, Kearney, Jeffreys, Spier, Hunt, Anderson, Hilliard, Wade et.al.
  • Kelly (Popp) Kley:
  • John Rudd - I am the descendant of many ancestors who lived in Virginia during the 17th and 18th centuries. My direct paternal ancestor John Rudd immigrated to the Colony of Virginia from England in 1698 as an indentured servant, and later became a tobacco planter and land owner in Henrico County.
  • L Sauls I have traced many of my ancestors to Virginia and North Carolina. Surnames of interest are Sauls, Higginbotham, Callen, and Younger.
  • Michael Scott - I am not a Virginian, and I am not a Moseley or Mosley but I have Mosley relatives in England. The Moseley families were key players in the early development of Virginia up to the American Revolution through at least four well-defined and apparently separate lines. And there were Moseleys at Jamestown by 1624. I would like to make sure that all the key Moseleys prior to the Revolution get built into the project, There may well be a couple of hundred of them. By the time of the Revolution they had already spreading south into the Carolinas and Georgia.
  • Carl Seibert: About me...My wife has deep roots going back to early Jamestown. Mainly in the Barnes family tree.
  • Lynn Sexton
  • Jim Shook II
  • Kenneth Smith - Virginia and Carolina teams to research my ancestors. Thank you for consideration
  • M Smith= interested in the Scotch Irish of central and frontier Virginia and migration to Kentucky and Missouri.
  • Sue Ellen (Smith) Knifley- Many of my ancestors migrated to Kentucky from Virginia not long after the Revolutionary War. At least one line goes back to Jamestown. I look forward to learning more about them through this project.
  • Max Snead, Jr.: Greetings to all! I am very happy to be participating! The surnames of my known paternal Virginia ancestors and thScott-14245e number of generations between the first ancestor by that name and me are: Arrington (2), Barte (4), Clark(e) (3), Coleman (5), Cralle (4), Crowder (3), Estes (4), Golding (6), Hatter (4), Jones (5), Leake (6), Oglesby (6), Opie (6), Rosser (5), Rowsey (5), Smith (5), Sne*d (1), Wood (5) and Woodrum (6). The 6th generation people are my 4X great grandparents who became parents generally in the thirty years beginning in 1760 (for a few, it was earlier and for a few more, it was later). Three Sne*ds- Thomas, William and John - arrived in the colony in 1619. Samuel arrived between 1633 and 1635. DNA testing suggests that Samuel and one of the first three are the progenitors of two Haplo-subgroups that moved west from the Chesapeake, often living in the same vicinity with common given names and leading to confused ancestral assignments. I am hoping to make the connection between my most remote known grandparent -- John b. abt. 1738, d. 1802 in Amherst County, married Sarah Woodrum of Goochland on 6 April 1763, with whom they were parents of Benjamin, Claiborne, Elizabeth, Elisha, Randolph, Alice and Hannah -- and one of the two haplogroup progenitors. I would also like to assemble accurate family trees for the two groups up to the time of the Revolutionary War. The various published Sne*d genealogies do not recognize the presence of two lineages before that time. I am 79 years old and live in Denver, Colorado. I have studied Virginia history but still have a lot to learn. I look forward to helping others with their family searches, certain that I will learn.
  • Ken Spratlin: Currently compiling and properly sourcing all records for Spratlin(g) surname in Virginia pre-1800. Many removed to NC, SC, and GA, and then west.
  • Jerry Medlock- I am truly honored to be a member of the group. My ancestors landed in Plymouth Massassachusetts, Jamestown Virginia, Charletowne South Carolina, and Savannah Georgia. My relatives and connections account for 34,000,000+ profiles of the 38,000,000+ profiles on Wikitree. I am retired and live in South Carolina. I spend 12+ hours a day researching (yes, I'm single). One of my Majors was History. I love History!
  • Andrea Pack: I am working on the beginning of Augusta County Justices and its first court I live in WV and most of our families of Pack and Lilly etc came in early start of our country beginning in the 1600s.
  • Mary Stanley Magnuson - limited South Carolina connections - but have at least 4 Jamestown Ancestors and all of Virginia, North Carolina and some in Maryland.
  • T Stanton: Currently sorting out the first generations of Corker, Jordan and allied families. Many ancestral lines in Virginia from Jamestown onward.
  • Don Stephenson ~ About Don
  • Alice Stephens Thomsen -begin with the Virginia Colony. It is where some of my brick walls use to be. and then the family moved inland as well as north and south.
  • Kern Brogan: About
  • Mark Trevithick - maternal relatives dating back to the Revolutionary War. Early on they lived in the Virginia Colony, but over time migrated to Tennessee, Arkansas, and finally Texas. My family of interest is Gentry who emigrated to Virginia during the Revolutionary War. They were two British soldiers who stayed in Virginia after the war and built farms and families. I have two books on and by Gentrys going back to that time that covers their genealogy.
  • Sonya Trotter - Ancestors in Virginia Colony, Province of South Carolina (1712- 1776)
  • Ada Vieceli Mother's paternal relatives came from Wales to Colonial Virginia to Kentucky. I would like to learn more not only about my family but the history around these migrations
  • Rebecca Tucker Morris - interested in Colony of Virginia Team
  • Glenn Tuley: My branch of the Tuley family only documents back to 1808 in Kentucky. By DNA we match with the Tuley family living in Virginia in the 1680's.
  • Anonymous (Turner) Foster- Many of my ancestors lived in North and South Carolina prior to the Revolutionary War, and some lived in Virginia, including my earliest known ancestor in America, Robert Easley, who settled in Henrico Co VA through William Byrd and the headright system in 1675.
  • Bill Vincent: All of my ancestor families migrated to Kentucky. Most of them came from Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas.
  • Bill Voit my maternal ancestors resided in Virginia and Maryland
  • Suzanne Wagstaff - Many of my ancestors settled in that area. I am especially interested in Virginia, pre-1700, and Southern Colonies.
  • Lea Sullivan- Ancestors in Virginia Colony , Province of North Carolina (1712-1776), Province of South Carolina (1712- 1776), and Province of Georgia
  • Jim Ward
  • Robert Weaver my Y-DNA results should lead back to my Weaver ancestors in colonial Virginia
  • Karen (Weitz) Wood
  • J West - many ancestral lines beginning in Virginia
  • Michael Whitehurst-
  • Todd Whitesides - Member of Province of Maryland and Colony of Virginia
  • Joan Benton Whitsett: I have many ancestors who started in VA, but destroyed records often interfere with me getting info I need. I come from the families of Cate, Harlow, Hall, Jay, Lawrence, Wyatt, Wright. I also follow these families for my in-laws (thus my grandchildren): Presnall, Creech, and even Jane Cheraw Indian.
  • Crystal White - I have a lot of family branches that were in Colonial America, and the majority of those seem to have come through Virginia. Some of the names (both definite and still-unconfirmed) include White, Snodgrass, Taylor, Carr, Lewis, Trotter, Herring, and more.
  • Allen (Woodard) Jensen I was adopted in 1960 and discovered my biological family in 2014. My paternal ancestors came from Virginia through North Carolina to North Georgia. My maternal line I have only traced back to North Carolina. I have done extensive DNA testing as well and have used that to help confirm my research. I retired in 2019 and am looking forward to learning from the team. My main focus at present is my link to Virginia to Peter Woodward II (1736-1781)

Virginia Surnames

Moseley (and variant spellings thereof), in association with the Moseley Name Study group, and specifically including descendants of:


Ongoing List of Things To Do

  1. Help answer questions on G2G that are tagged with Virginia.
  2. Work on fixing profiles we manage in the:
  3. Work on profiles in the Virginia Project Maintenance Categories that need attention.
  4. Need space pages created and developed for Virginia counties and linked to this page. Would you like to lead a county project? Please "Adopt-a-County" here.
  5. If you have any Virginia resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Virginia Resources Page.
  6. If you live in Virginia, please consider adding your name to the Virginia Research Assistance page (see Offering Your Assistance).
  7. Every once in a while, do one of these and update the date it was last reviewed here:
    • Scan Category: Virginia to make sure no people have been added to it. If any are found, move them to a subcategory, such as for being resident of a county. Last checked May 1, 2021
  8. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Virginia state tribes.
  9. Work on profiles for Jamestowne Society Qualifying Ancestors - see more on the Jamestown Team's page.
  10. Here you can search for your own ancestors - including those who are American Immigrants and those that are categorized in WikiTree as Jamestowne Society Qualifying Ancestors. Check to see if any of your ancestors found through the search are "new to you" and if their profiles could use some attention.



This Team uses Standardized Sources that are collected at Colony of Virginia Reliable Sources.

Colonial Teams

Memories: 3
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I would like to post the name of my direct ancestor from Scotland Reverend James Scott from Moray Scotland. He was a kind and devoted man who had land that was in an area now developed into the Marines base now called Quantico in Prince William county, Virginia. He lived 1715 to 1783 Is that early enough for this group? Thank you.
posted 11 Sep 2023 by Anne Langley   [thank Anne]
This really isn’t a memory, it just reflects the journey I have made with Ancestry.com and Wikitree. First, my ancestor Sir William Wade (the good and the bad of him; I am always shocked that he was quite into the various tortures of the times as a director of the Tower of London) was supposed to have 20 children, not all that reached adulthood. He was invested in the Virginia Company and at least a few of his sons made it back and forth to the new colonies and eventually settling in Henrico County. On my mother’s side, Carl Simon Wrede (Frady) enlisted with the Brunswick regiments to fight alongside of the British. He was captured in New York by Washington’s troops and eventually imprisoned in Virginia, where he stayed after the war ended and was a member of Virginia’s first Lutheran church. The Wades seemed to go everywhere after Virginia, including Wadesville, Indiana! The Frady’s went on to North Carolina, and later South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. “Pretty Woman” Claudette Frady Orbison and author/journalist Marshall Frady both are descendants of Carl Wrede. My parents met in Virginia, we lived there during some of the sixties ( does anybody remember the live monkey at the shoe store (Buster Brown’s) in Norfolk? Or Rice’s Nursery School in Virginia Beach? And we lived in Thoroughgood; Pat Priest (before she was a Munster) was our backyard neighbor). I guess some of this is a memory after all. But I digress—back to the colonies. Just what would have happened if Cromwell never existed and Charles the 1st had not lost his head? Many of my other family names also came by way of Virginia, as well as Maryland and Pennsylvania. We are history.
posted 22 Mar 2023 by M Wade   [thank M]
Hi Can you add the Bennett surname to this list they were very Prominent in Virginia and West Virginia founding.




posted 14 Mar 2022 by Billie (Bright) Keaffaber   [thank Billie]
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Welcome MaryAnn Thomas to Colony of Virginia Team!
posted by Mary Richardson
Hi! In case any of y'all were looking for a team to join for the 19-22 July Connect-a-Thon, Team Virginia's registration "answer" is at https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1756104/have-you-registered-for-our-july-2024-connect-a-thon-yet?show=1756141#a1756141 & we'd love to have you join us!

Cheers, Liz (Team Captain)

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Welcome Nancy Anderson to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Mike Mitchell to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Michael Scott to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Darla Henderson to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Heather Jones to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Jerry Medlock to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Shaun Lewis to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
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Welcome Jeffrey Phillips to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Lianne Goosey Gregory to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Rick Fryrear to the Colony of Virginia Team!
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Welcome Michael Whitehurst to the Colony of Virginia Team.
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Welcome Bill Voit to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
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Welcome M Smith to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Hi everyone! Registration for the 2024 Connect-a-Thon is a bit different this year - you sign up under the answer for the Team you want to be on. I had a hard time finding Team Virginia, so I'm sharing this "direct" link:

Hopefully it will still work after more people sign up for other teams A-U and we get pushed to a different page of answers.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Welcome Michael Mankin to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome to Steve Lake, a Southern Colonies returning member to the Colony of Virginia Team!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Jayne Pyle to Southern Colonies and the Colony of Virginia Team,
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome to Steve Hatchett who is rejoining Southern Colonies and the Colony of Virginia!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Per my last message, my article on the birth years and order of the eight known children of Robert Anderson I is now posted on WikiTree under https://www.wikitree.com/photo/pdf/Andersons_of_New_Kent_Hanover_Counties_Virginia and under the profiles (in the bios) of Robert Anderson-1605 and each of the children. It is a bit pedantic, but given the importance of these early Andersons to a lot of descendants, I thought it best to lay out the evidence with some thoroughness. Would appreciate thoughts and comments.
posted by William Anderson
Hi Virginians, I have been working on the line of Robert Anderson I of New Kent County 1642-1712 and have just developed an analysis of the birth order and years of his seven sons and one known daughter. I would like to put this up on WikiTree somewhere so others interested in this line can benefit from it and provide comments. Since the analysis cuts across 8 different profiles, it doesn't seem to make sense to just add it to those profiles. So the question is, where does something like this go? Is there a site or location for macro-analysis of an entire family?
posted by William Anderson
The analysis sounds like a great candidate for a space page. To help it be found, categorize the space page under https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:US_Southern_Colonies_Family_Studies & add a link to it from the profiles of the folks included. And thanks in advance for sharing!

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thank you, Liz, will give that a try
posted by William Anderson
Welcome Robby Nesbitt to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Deb McCarter to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome DeSales Harrison III to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Mary Baker to the Colony of Virginia Team!!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Suzanne (Wilkins) Wagstaff to the Colony of Virginia Team!!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Jim Christian to the Colony of Virginia Team.!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Anonymous (Turner) Foster to the Colony of Virginia!!!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Ada Vieceli to the Colony of Virginia Team!!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Yolaine Hudson to the Colony of Virginia Team.
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Alex Adkins-Langen to the Colony of Virginia Team!
posted by Mary Richardson
Hello Colony of Virginia Team! My Paternal side came to America during the colonial period in the 1600's and resided in VA and MD for the most part until NC came available, then many migrated to KY, etc.... I would love to be part of this project. If I were to list all our early colonists, I'm sure I would bore you or take up too much space, so I'll just add some of the important ones. Archer, Bailey, Ball, Baugh, Bolling, Burris, Butt, Byrd, Chambers, Chewning, Chiles, Colclough, Croshaw, Durham, Farrar, Field, Holloway, Holt, Hudson, Jefferson, Moore, Tandy, and West. I have my father's DNA upload to GED match if anyone is interested.

Thank you very much for your consideration

posted by Yolaine Hudson
Hi Yolaine, you will need to go to the U.S. Southern Colonies Project G2G post here - https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1417082/would-you-like-to-join-the-us-southern-colonies-project and request to join the project and comment that you would like to be a member of the Virginia team.
Welcome Alice Stephens Thomsen to Colony of Virginia Team
posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Brett Martin to the Colony of Virginia Team!!
posted by Mary Richardson
Would one of the Virginia project members be able to do a lookup at the Virginia State Library, please? We are looking for something from the Stafford record book for 1686 relating to Newdigate Owsley - a bill of exchange drafted by Thomas Owsley.
posted by Joe Farler
A member has found the images now, so please ignore this request. Many thanks.
posted by Joe Farler
edited by Joe Farler
I have been searching for the ethnic ancestors of John Stevenson, Isle of Wight, VA 1656-1727 for quite some while. Having both my ancestors arrive in VA around the same time (1630-1640) and showing similar UK ethnicities (English, Scot, Irish, Welsh) and origins (Scotland, Northumberland, Ireland, etc). Hence I find my autosomal matches numerous and linked somehow to almost everyone in colonial VA.

Unfortunately for a patronym like Stevenson and particularly mine, which shows no immigration records back in the UK, I have had to rely on genetic haplogroups to distinguish among all the Stimsons, Steinsons, Stephensons and Stevensons (and all the other misspellings) that came to VA. While I have tested extensively through FTDNA (700 allele), Ancestry and others I often find that many family names have not, which is disappointing, especially in regard to the absence of records on either side of the Atlantic. My paternal haplogroup is I-M253-FT105120.

To this end I ask all who can, please add their genetic fingerprints to their Wikitree Southern Colonies ancestor profile, and if they do not have such, please take or have a relative take the test. I believe it would help immeasurably in finding new connections in the future.

posted by Don Stephenson
Hi Don, this page isn't the place to post this. You should move this question to G2G so that the entire Wikitree community can be aware of your question and perhaps respond. Only a few of the leaders will see this unless someone comes to the page looking for resources. Thanks.
Hello to all, I am a true Virginia girl with deep roots. I wish I had found WikiTree sooner, it overwhelms me but thrills me at the same time. I live in Brunswick County about 8 miles from the Fort Christanna site. My surnames that have early beginnings in the Virginia Colony are:

Poythress Abernathy Clary Morris Lynch Jones Fleshood (Fleischhutt: German) Wright Baird (1615) Wysong Hancock Wynne Harwell Wyche I'm looking forward to learning and working with you all

posted by Teresa (Clary) Willis
Francis Poythress? I remember that name from Brunswick.
posted by Renee Newman
Yes I am he is my 8th GGrandfather
posted by Teresa (Clary) Willis
I had to look back at my tree. Francis who married Rebecca Coggin? My ancestor John Jane was married to her sister Elizabeth. I have never found anything that would show if Elizabeth was the daughter of Richard Tye or of John Coggin. "John Jane sayeth upon oath that he knew Frances and knows the sd. Rebecca and he married with one of the sisters of the sd. Rebecca and that he was told and took the sd. Rebecca and Frances to be sisters, that is to say, the daughters of one mother but of divers fathers".
posted by Renee Newman
Hi Virginians! I'm still relatively new to WikiTree so bear with me if I don't get things quite right. I've done extensive research on New Kent, Hanover, and to some degree Louisa Counties, where my Andersons resided from about 1635 on. I am presently loading up detailed profiles for the 8 children of Robert Anderson Sr. and their near descendants, including Dabneys, Overtons, Pounceys, Waddys, Massies and others. I would appreciate your input on those profiles (see Anderson-1605 for a starting point). I also have created a master "cheat sheet" that has the seven sons of Robert and descendants through the early 1800s to help me keep track of all these folks. If anyone wants to see that, let me know.

After years of using Ancestry, I"m loving WikiTree for its collaboration and single person approach. Looking forward to working with you all.

posted by William Anderson
Welcome William to the Virginia Team!
posted by Dola (Nowell) Acree
Welcome, William! Looking forward to seeing you "out there"...
posted by Loretta Buckner
Hello Virginia Team, Help! Apparently DNA evidence has proven that my ancestor, Charles Stewart (-2717), should have Charles Steward b: 1690 and Mary Proctor b: bef 1709 as parents. Charles was born in VA (not Scotland) and resided in Spotsylvania. Marriage to Johannah Kirk (from Virginia or Wales) is correct.

The DNA evidence is pointing to Charles's grandparents as Charles Steward b: 25 Feb 1657 and Grace b: 1672 and ggrandparents John Steward b:1610 and Elizabeth (born in England) through Y-DNA of descendants. Looking for sources, I have found a few sets of differing parents for Mary Proctor, so I am hoping that sharper minds than mine can come to a conclusion as to who her parents might actually be. I have found her family to lead back to Jamestown. The following may be her family: Father George Proctor b: 1667, his father George Ambrose Proctor, b: bef 1658 (and wife Ann), his father George Proctor, b:1621, and his father John Gray Proctor, Ancient Planter, b:1583 (and wife Allis Graye). Stewart-2717's mother doesn't seem to have actually existed. I can find no record of her anywhere except on WT. I put some of the DNA information in Charles's and Johannah's biography pages. Please help me correct this page! Thank you.

posted by Gayle Stewart
edited by Gayle Stewart
Suggest you check the Kirks in Lancaster County, VA. prior to your Kirks and Stewarts appearance in Spottsylvania. An easy boat ride up the Rappahanouk River to the fall line would have brought you from Lancaster to Spotsylvania.
posted by Gary Pinson
Michael Cayley contacted me recently, sharing the following: "Dianne Farquharson, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Howard-17919, has been getting into a complete muddle on George Keiths and Elizabeth Johnstons. The George Keith profile she has been working on most recently is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Keith-5228, on which I have emailed her this evening. It conflates, as you will see, a number of different people. She has been suggesting wrong relationships for a leading Quaker (and then Quaker separatist) called George Keith (one of those she has muddled together)."

Diane has agreed with Michael to not add any more to this family until more research is done. I am hoping someone from the Virginia or Jamestown teams will offer to look at what has been done with this profile and the descendants to help try and sort out the family (as well as look for reliable sources). If you will help, please let the team know. Thank you!

Darlene - Leader, U.S. Southern Colonies Project

I was looking for a Henrico County source for a Floyd/Tanner marriage and came across one for Peter Randolph's marriage to Lucille Bolling, which led me to his brother Beverley Randolph's profile. Beverley was the 8th governor of Virginia and his profile could use a bit of TLC. Anyone game?


Thanks in advance!

P.S. If you are, post a comment to the profile that you're editing it, in case there's a mad rush of helpers for this profile :D

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
A number of you still have "About me..." behind your names above. Please consider editing this page to add a BRIEF one-liner about your team-related interests. Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith