The three volumes of Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches, compiled by Louise Pledge Heath Foley, have a wealth of information in them. Just doing an online search can allow some treasures to go unread, as pointed out in some previous posts on these books. While browsing through the books, lists of the “Rent Rolls of Virginia” came up, and they offer an interesting mentions of a George Murrell. Of course, we need to research to learn how he is related, if indeed he is a “Murrell.”
Rent Rolls of all the Lands held of her Majtie in Surry County
Anno Domini 1704
MORRIELL, Geo ……….. 250
No Murrells or any name similar were listed in the 1704 James City County Rent Roll.
The Rent Rolls were taken in order to gather names of land owners and all their pieces of property. (The Northern Neck of Virginia was excluded.) Taxes, of course, were then assessed, with a tax rate of 1 shilling per 50 acres. As there was little real money in the colonies, and since it was a preferred trade item, tobacco was to be used for payment. Tobacco was valued at one (British) penny per pound for this tax, and payment was due for all land when it was first acquired. The 1704 Rent Roll is the only one that I have been able to find.
NOTES and RESOURCES:
- “Virginia Quit Rent Rolls, 1704,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 29, January, 1921, page 23. Via GoogleBooks.
- Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches, compiled by Louise Pledge Heath Foley, Vol. 3, Surry County, pages vi, 156.