Travel Tuesday: Thomas Morrell

James City County, Virginia land record from Early "Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches," Vol. III, page 24, via Ancestry.com.
James City County, Virginia land record from “Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches,” Vol. III, page 24, via Ancestry.com.

Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches is a treasure trove of migration information as well as abstracts of land patents. This particular abstract notes that a “THO. MORELL” was transported along with 21 other persons by John Robbins, who received 1100 acres of patent land from the crown for bringing people to Virginia. (He also got 50 acres each for bringing his first and second¬†wives.)

The phrase in the abstract of “50 acs. due for the per. adv. of…” means that 50 acres were due for the ‘personal adventure’ of… Apparently ‘personal adventure’ was what paying passengers had on board ship. (Probably not so much…) Those who did not pay their own way were “trans.” or ‘transported,’ or in later documents “imp.” or ‘imported.’

 

NOTES and RESOURCES:

  1. Citation as in image.