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Surry County records

Surry County records, 1654-1712
Surry County records
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Transcripts of papers, 1654-1712, concerning Smith's Fort, property owned by the Rolfe family in Surry County, Virginia, containing of deeds, depositions, judgments, and photographs consisting of an abstract of a deed, 10 June 1654, for 150 acres in Surry County, from Thomas Rolfe (b. 1615) to William Corker, who assigned it to William Barber, 22 August 1654, who assigned it to Roger Gilbert and Christopher Mitchell, 1 December 1654, Mitchell assigned his interest to Gilbert, 10 June 1657; depositions, 5 March 1677/8, of Richard Tyas (b. ca. 1629) and Thomas Pittman, Sr. (b. ca. 1615) concerning the sale of Smith's Fort by Thomas Rolfe to Thomas Warren (or Waring) and Warren's construction of the house on the property, the depositions were recorded 19 March 1677/8; judgment, 17 December 1712, in suit of ejectment brought by Solomon Saveall against Samuel Thompson in the Surry County Court, which notes the land formerly belonged to Chief Powhatan (ca. 1550-1618) who gave it to John Rolfe (1585-1622) who had married Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas (1595-1617); photograph, n.d., of Smith's Fort, noted as the oldest brick house in Virginia and dated 1653. The deed and assignments are recorded in Surry County Deeds, Wills, etc. 1671-1684, 2, pp. 54-55. The depositions are recorded in Surry County Deeds, Wills, etc., 2, 1671-1684, pp. 166-167. The judgment is recorded in Surry County Orders, 1691-1713, p. 409
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John Rolfe was born in England in 1585. He emigrated to Virginia aboard the "Sea Venture," which was wrecked in Bermuda, before completing its journey. Upon his arrival in Virginia, Rolfe began experimenting with various tobaccoes until developing one which became economically viable. For doing this, Rolfe has been credited with saving the colony of Virginia by providing it with a cash crop. He was appointed secretary in the colonial government in 1614 and recorder general in 1617. Rolfe served on the council from 1619 to 1622. Rolfe's first wife, Sarah Hacker Rolfe, travelled with him to Virginia and there or in Bermuda. Their only daughter died in Bermuda. Rolfe married Pocahontas (1595-1617), daughter of the Indian chief Powhatan (ca. 1550-1618) in April 1614 and they had one son. The Rolfes returned to England where Pocahontas died. At some date after 1617, he married Jane Pierce and they had one daughter. Thomas Rolfe, son of John Rolfe and Pocahontas was born about 1615. He was raised and educated in England, then returned to Virginia to claim his inheritance. Thomas Rolfe married and had at least one child.
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Surry County records
  • The Library of Virginia
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Fothergill, Augusta B.
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Photostats (negative).
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