Virginia Emigration and Immigration

The original European settlers came in the early 17th century from the midland and southern counties of England.[1] They first settled in Virginia‘s tidewater (coastal plain). Many colonists had connections to Barbados.[2] The earliest Africans to Barbados was in 1619. Starting in 1680, large numbers of Africans were captured and brought as slaves to Barbados. It has been estimated that 75% of white colonists arrived in bondage as indentured servants or transported convicts.[3] Small landholders moved westward to the Piedmont, where they were joined by a new wave of English and Scottish immigrants.

In the early 1700s, French Huguenots arrived, followed by German workers imported between 1714 and 1717 to work iron furnaces in the Piedmont area. During the 1730s and 1740s, a large number of settlers of Ulster Scot and German descent moved southward from Pennsylvania down the Allegheny Ridges into the Shenandoah Valley.

Beginning in the late 18th century, Virginia lost many residents as families moved westward to new states and territories. There was very little foreign immigration to Virginia after 1800.

Ships commonly docked along riverside plantations on the Elizabeth River, James River, Potomac River, Rappahannock River, and York River.

Colonial Records[edit | edit source]

Very few passenger lists exist for immigrants entering colonial Virginia. There are quite a few sources, however, that include immigration information. Most records have been published. The place to start is P. William Filby, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (available online at Ancestry ($)). Available library copies can be located through WorldCat. See also Passenger and immigration lists index. Supplement.

The major port in Virginia from the late eighteenth century forward was Norfolk, but many settlers arrived at Baltimore, Philadelphia, or other ports and then migrated to Virginia. In the eighteenth century, ships selling indentured servants and transported convicts often docked at ports along the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers.

It is often quite a challenge to determine whether or not a Colonial Virginian was an immigrant. Headright grants identify a certain percentage (particularly before 1720; at least three-fourths of the names of new settlers in the 1600s are found in these land contracts[7]), but require special attention to correctly interpret.[8] Colonial sources describing individuals as indentured or convict servants further develop a list. Military records kept about soldiers in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War (particularly pensions) identify additional immigrants.

McCartney completed a 20-year scholarly study of all persons known to have resided in Colonial Virginia between 1607 and 1634. She published the results in 2007 to celebrate Virginia’s 400th anniversary:

  • McCartney, Martha W. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007. FHL Book 975.5 D36m.

The families of early settlers who left descendants are charted in:

  • Dorman, John Frederick. Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5. 3 vols. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004-2007. FHL Books 975.5 H2j v. 1 – v. 3.

Other studies establishing the identities of early Virginia immigrants include:

  • The Biographical Dictionary of Early Virginia, 1607- 1660 lists many immigrants. See Virginia Biography.
  • Greer, George Cabell. Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666. Richmond, Va.: W.C. Hill Printing Co., 1912. Digital version at Google Books, evmedia website.
  • Standard, W.G. Some Emigrants to Virginia: Memoranda in Regard to Several Hundred Emigrants to Virginia During the Colonial Period Whose Parentage is Shown or Former Residence Indicated by Authentic Records. Richmond, Va.: The Bell Book & Stationery Company, 1911. Digital versions at Ancestry ($), FamilySearch Digital Library, Google Books, Internet Archive. Free online surname index and purchase details for 2005 reprint at Mountain Press website.

Headright grants document the importation of settlers into the colony. “Although it was possible to secure land on the headright system throughout the whole of the colonial period in Virginia, after about 1720 few of the land patents were issued on this basis.”[9] They are kept at the Library of Virginia. They have been abstracted and digitized:

  • Nugent, Nell M. et al. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants (1623-1782). 8 vols. Richmond, Va.: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1934-200. FHL Books 975.5 R2n v. 1-v. 8. Volume 1 (1623-1666) is available on Ancestry ($) and Internet Archive – free.

Once the patentee’s name is known it is possible to retrieve digital images of the original land office patents on the website of the Library of Virginia, see: Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants.

Main article: Virginia Land and Property

The Virginia Colonial Records Project at the Library of Virginia can help Americans trace their European immigrant origins. Scholars visited United Kingdom and other European archives searching for references to colonial-era Virginians. Their 14,704 records survey reports contain half a million names of persons and ships which are searchable at the Library’s web site. They also microfilmed about two-thirds of the records they located. The 963 reels of microfilm are held at the Library of Virginia and are available for interlibrary loan. The Library’s About the Virginia Colonial Records Project provides more information. See also: *Riley, Edward M. “The Virginia Colonial Records Project,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 2 (June 1963):81-89. FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 51.

Virginians in English archives[edit | edit source]

Waters and Withington, like the Virginia Colonial Records Project scholars, sought out references to Virginians in English archives:

  • Withington, Lothrop. Virginia Gleanings in England: Abstracts of 17th and 18th-Century English Wills and Administrations Relating to Virginia and Virginians. FHL 975.5 P28w

Withington’s work, along with his successors Leo Culleton and Reginald M. Glencross, was originally published as a serial article in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography between 1902 and 1948. Nearly the entire set (through 1922) is available online for free at JSTOR:

Virginia Gleanings in England by Withington
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Jan. 1902) Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jul. 1908) Vol. 22, No. 1 (Jan. 1914) Vol. 28, No. 1 (Jan. 1920)
Vol. 10, No. 4 (Apr. 1903) Vol. 16, No. 2 (Oct. 1908) Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr. 1914) Vol. 28, No. 2 (Apr. 1920)
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jul. 1903) Vol. 17, No. 1 (Jan. 1909) Vol. 22, No. 3 (Jul. 1914) Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jul. 1920)
Vol. 11, No. 2 (Oct. 1903) Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr. 1909) Vol. 22, No. 4 (Oct. 1914) Vol. 28, No. 4 (Oct. 1920)
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Jan. 1904) Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr. 1909) Addenda Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jan. 1915) Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan. 1921)
Vol. 11, No. 4 (Apr. 1904) Vol. 17, No. 3 (Jul. 1909) Vol. 23, No. 2 (Apr. 1915) Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul. 1921)
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jul. 1904) Vol. 17, No. 4 (Oct. 1909) Vol. 23, No. 3 (Jul. 1915) Vol. 29, No. 4 (Oct. 1921)
Vol. 12, No. 2 (Oct. 1904) Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan. 1910) Vol. 23, No. 4 (Oct. 1915) Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jan. 1922)
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jan. 1905) Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr. 1910) Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan. 1916) Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul. 1922)
Vol. 12, No. 4 (Apr. 1905) Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr. 1910) Errata Vol. 24, No. 2 (Apr. 1916) Vol. 30, No. 4 (Oct. 1922)
Vol. 13, No. 1 (Jul. 1905) Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jul. 1910) Vol. 24, No. 4 (Oct. 1916) Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr. 1923) ($)
Vol. 13, No. 2 (Oct. 1905) Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct. 1910) Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan. 1917) Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul. 1923) ($)
Vol. 13, No. 3 (Jan. 1906) Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr. 1911) Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr. 1917) Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct. 1923) ($)
Vol. 13, No. 4 (Apr. 1906) Vol. 19, No. 3 (Jul. 1911) Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul. 1917) Vol. 32, No. 2 (Apr. 1924) ($)
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jul. 1906) Vol. 19, No. 4 (Oct. 1911) Vol. 25, No. 4 (Oct. 1917) Vol. 32, No. 3 (Jul. 1924) ($)
Vol. 14, No. 2 (Oct. 1906) Vol. 20, No. 1 (Jan. 1912) Vol. 26, No. 1 (Jan. 1918) Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct. 1924) ($)
Vol. 14, No. 3 (Jan. 1907) Vol. 20, No. 2 (Apr. 1912) Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr. 1918) Vol. 34, No. 4 (Oct. 1926) ($)
Vol. 14, No. 4 (Apr. 1907) Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul. 1912) Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul. 1918) Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan. 1929) ($)
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Jul. 1907) Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct. 1912) Vol. 26, No. 4 (Oct. 1918) Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr. 1929) ($)
Vol. 15, No. 2 (Oct. 1907) Vol. 21, No. 2 (Apr. 1913) Vol. 27, No. 1 (Jan. 1919) Vol. 37, No. 3 (Jul. 1929) ($)
Vol. 15, No. 3 (Jan. 1908) Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul. 1913) Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr. 1919) Vol. 56, No. 1 (Jan. 1948) ($)
Vol. 15, No. 4 (Apr. 1908) Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct. 1913) Vol. 27, No. 3/4 (Jul.-Oct. 1919) Vol. 56, No. 3 (Jul. 1948) ($)

Withington also located a list of people arriving in England who had been in Virginia in the years 1655 and 1656.[10]

Records of ethnic groups, including Huguenots, Mennonites, Scots, Germans, and blacks, are listed in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under the subject heading VIRGINIA – MINORITIES.

Nugent identifies about 5,000 of the earliest immigrants to Virginia:

  • Nugent, Nell M. Early Settlers of Virginia. Baltimore:  Genealogical Publishing Company 1969 (lists pre-1616 settlers)

English Immigrants[edit | edit source]

In lieu of colonial passenger lists regarding early settlers of Virginia, genealogists must rely on evidence gleaned from a variety of sources to successfully trace immigrant origins.

Scholarly articles published in The American Genealogist, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and The Virginia Genealogist illustrate strategies that will help Americans trace their colonial Virginia immigrant origins.

The Prerogative Court of Canterbury in London proved the wills of many residents of Virginia. For access, see Virginia Probate Records. Heraldic visitations list some members of prominent English families who crossed the Atlantic. Expert Links: English Family History and Genealogy includes a concise list of visitations available online. Online archive catalogs, such as Access to Archives, can be keyword searched for place names, such as “Virginia” to retrieve manuscripts stored in hundreds of English archives relating to persons and landholdings in this former English colony. These types of records establish links between Virginia residents and England, which can lead researchers back to their specific ancestral English towns, villages, and hamlets.

The multi-volume Calendar of Colonial State Papers Colonial, America, and West Indies (1574-1739), which is available for free online (see discussion in Virginia Public Records), highlights many connections between England and Virginia.

A standard work on early Virginia immigrants, which includes some passenger lists, is now also widely available on the Internet:

  • Hotten, John Camden. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700, with Their Ages, the Localities Where They Formerly Lived in the Mother Country, the Names of the Ships in which They Embarked, and Other Interesting Particulars; from MSS. Preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty’s Public Record Office, England. London: the author, 1874. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books and Internet Archive; 1983 reprint: FHL Book 973 W2hot 1983.

Sherwood published additional references not found in Hotten’s work:

  • Sherwood, George. American Colonists in English Records. 1932.

Brandow also published an addendum to Hotten’s work:

  • Brandow, James C. Omitted Chapters from Hotten’s Original Lists of Persons of Quality … and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Peter Wilson Coldham has published several volumes of English records that identify hundreds of thousands, among other American immigrants, those destined for Virginia. Many English indentured servants completed labor terms in Virginia. Coldham’s works are indexed in Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s (digital version at Ancestry ($)).

For English passenger lists, 1773 to 1776, which include emigrants destined for Virginia, see:

For London children apprenticed to Virginia colonists, see:

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. Christ’s Hospital.
  • Hume, Robert. Early child immigrants to Virginia, 1618-1642 : copied from the records of Bridewell Royal Hospital. Baltimore, Md.: Magna Carta Book Company, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 W2h

Main article: Virginia Church Records#Clergy

English officials kept records of payments made for the transportation of Anglican ministers to America, see:

Runaway advertisements for colonial indentured servants often yield immigration data. The Geography of Slavery in Virginia: Virginia Runaways, Slave Advertisements, Runaway Advertisements indexes these records (for both white indentured servants and black slaves). These records can also be found in the digitized Virginia Gazette 1736-1780, available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website.

Murphy’s research guide to tracing the English origins of Colonial Virginia indentured servants is available online: “Origins of Colonial Chesapeake Indentured Servants: American and English Sources,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 93, No. 1 (Mar. 2005):5-24.

Two excellent websites, containing tens of thousands of indentured servants are:

  1. Immigrant Servants Database 20,000+ colonial immigrants, primary focus: Chesapeake Bay colonies (Virginia and Maryland)
  2. Virtual Jamestown Indentured servant registers from colonial period, which identify English indentured servants shipped to America

The English port of Whitehaven, in northwest England, had extensive trade dealings with Virginia and Maryland during the colonial period. For an excellent study of this trade and the families involved, see:

  • Lawrence-Dow, Elizabeth and Daniel Hay. Whitehaven to Washington. Copeland, England, 1974. FHL Book 975 H2d.

African Immigrants[edit | edit source]

Main article: African American Resources for Virginia

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Internet site contains references to 35,000 slave voyages, including over 67,000 Africans aboard slave ships, using name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation. The database documents the slave trade between Africa, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Scottish and Irish Immigrants[edit | edit source]

Many Scottish merchants established stores where British goods were imported in eighteenth-century Virginia.

Scots-Irish settlement was particularly concentrated in the Shenandoah Valley during the eighteenth-century in places such as Augusta County, Virginia Genealogy.

David Dobson has dedicated many years to establishing links between Scots and their dispersed Scottish cousins who settled throughout the world. For Virginia connections, see publications by David Dobson.

A helpful book about Scottish Highlanders in America is:

  • MacLean, J.A.P. An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America Prior to the Peace of 1783 Together with Notices of Highland Regiments and Biographical Sketches. Cleveland, Ohio: The Helman-Taylor Company, 1900. Digital version at Internet Archive.

French Immigrants[edit | edit source]

Huguenots came in 1700. Their settlement, in King William Parish, near Richmond on the James River, was known as Manakin Town.[11] They and many of their descendants lived in Henrico, Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan counties.

German Immigrants[edit | edit source]

A group of Germans created a settlement called Germanna in early eighteenth-century Virginia. Several books have been published about the history and genealogy of these families, such as:

Herrmann Schuricht wrote a chapter titled “The first Germans in Virginia” in:

  • Lohr, Otto et al. The First Germans in America: With a Biographical Directory of New York Germans. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1992. FHL Book 973 W2Lo.

Additional histories:

  • Schuright, Herrmann. History of the German Element in Virginia. 2 vols. Baltimore, Md.: T. Kroh, 1898, 1900. Digital versions at Google Books: Vol. 1; Vol. 2; 1977 reprint: FHL Book 975.5 F2gs v. 1-2.
  • Wust, Klaus. The Virginia Germans. Charlottesville, Va.: The University Press of Virginia, 1969.

The Palatine Project, sponsored by AncestryProGenealogists, includes annotated passenger lists for Germans entering Colonial Virginia.

Germanna Foundation Library maintains a visitor’s center with genealogical library. They work to promote historic preservation as well as family history information and research.

Colonial Ships[edit | edit source]

Though they do not include names of passengers, records kept by the Board of Trade and stored at The National Archives (Kew, England), document ships’ arrivals and departures from Virginia ports between 1698 and 1774. FamilySearch microfilmed these records. They are useful for learning about the history of ships entering the colony:

For maritime court proceedings, see:

  • Reese, George, ed. Proceedings of the Court of Vice-Admiralty of Virginia, 1698-1775. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1983. FHL Book 975.5 P2p.

Ports and eastern seaboard towns were divided into customs districts. In 1770, there were six:

Accomack District  · James River Lower District  · James River Upper District  · South Potomac District  · Rappahannock District  · York River District[12]

Ships mentioned in the Virginia Gazette between 1736 and 1780 have been identified in the free online index produced by Colonial Williamsburg. The index links to scanned newspaper images.

Information about ships can also be gleaned from colonial county court order books and English State Papers Colonial, American and West Indies.

If you believe your ancestor served on the crew of an English vessel that docked in Virginia, Rediker’s book Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 (FHL Book 942 U3re)[13] provides an excellent description of what your ancestor’s life at sea would have been like. Records about these people are stored in England at facilities such as the British National Archives. Their website offers research guides, such as Merchant seamen serving up to 1857: further research.

If you believe your ancestor’s ship was shipwrecked, Shomette compiled a “Chronological Index to Documented Vessel Losses in the Chesapeake Tidewater (1608-1978)” as an appendix to Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake (FHL Book 975 U3s) that can lead you to further information.[14] Shomette also wrote a book titled Pirates on the Chesapeake: Being a True History of Pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on Chesapeake Bay, 1610-1807 (1988) for those who believe they may have pirates in their family tree.

English Voyages[edit | edit source]

British Naval Office Shipping Lists, 1678-1825, have been digitized by British Online Archives (site requires subscription).

Lloyd’s Register of Shipping identifies ships leaving England, their masters, ports of departure, and destinations. They survive as early as 1764 and are being put online at Lloyd’s Register of Ships Online – free.

Peter Wilson Coldham compiled a list of convict ships travelling between English and Virginia ports during the eighteenth century. See appendix to:

Many English ships that voyaged to Colonial Virginia are also mentioned in:

Many ships that sailed from Bristol, England to Virginia are described in: Bristol, Africa and the Eighteenth-Century Slave Trade to America 1698-1807 (4 vols.) FHL British Books 942.41/B2 B4b v. 38-39, 42, 47. All four volumes are available for free online at the Bristol Record Society website.

Historic Jamestowne – National Park Service

German Voyages[edit | edit source]

Dr. Marianne S. Wokeck created a detailed list of “German Immigrant Voyages, 1683-1775” to Colonial America. Destinations include Virginia (1730s-1750s). She published the list in an Appendix to:

  • Wokeck, Marianne S. Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999. FHL Book 970 W2w.

Irish Voyages[edit | edit source]

A list of Irish ships that made voyages to the English colonies in America is included in:

  • Griffin, Patrick. The People With No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Scottish Voyages[edit | edit source]

Dr. David Dobson has compiled a detailed list of ships voyaging between Scotland and America. Volume 4 includes information gleaned from the Virginia Gazette:

1783 to Present[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library and the National Archives have many of the post-1820 passenger lists and indexes for Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other major ports. These are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog Locality Search under [STATE], [COUNTY], [CITY] – EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION.

The Family History Library and the National Archives also have incomplete passenger lists for the following ports.

The above lists are included in Copies of Lists of Passengers Arriving at Miscellaneous Ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts . . . (in the FamilySearch Catalog Locality Search under UNITED STATES – EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION; FHL 830231FHL 830246. These lists are indexed in Supplemental Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports . . . (in the FamilySearch Catalog Locality Search under UNITED STATES – EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION – INDEXES; FHL 418161FHL 418348

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 333 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Virginia. Most British immigrants were settling in the capital, and in towns, and ports at that time. The numbers show that immigration from Great Britain to Virginia had decreased considerably from the high levels reached during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries:[15]

Place Aliens Place Aliens
Richmond 105 Fairfax, Alexandria 1
Petersburg 50 Baltimore 1
Norfolk, Boro 36 Bedford 1
Rockbridge 16 Charles City 1
No place 13 Charlotte 1
Campbell, Lynchburg 11 Cumberland 1
Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg 7 Dinwiddie 1
Wythe 7 Elizabeth City 1
Culpeper 6 Fluvanna 1
Fauquier 6 Grayson 1
Henrico 6 Greenbrier 1
Powhatan 5 Hanover 1
Chesterfield, Manchester 4 Jefferson, Charles Town 1
Stafford, Falmouth 4 Loudoun, Leesburg 1
Botetourt 3 Louisa 1
Chesterfield 3 Madison 1
Norfolk County 3 Middlesex 1
Botetourt, Fincastle 2 Norfolk, Portsmouth 1
Cumberland, Cartersville 2 Northumberland 1
Elizabeth City, Hampton 2 Philadelphia [sic] 1
Goochland 2 Pittsylvania 1
Harrison 2 Prince George 1
Kentucky, Lexington 2 Prince William, Dumfries 1
Lunenburg 2 Southampton 1
Princess Anne 2 Spotsylvania 1
Washington, Abingdon 2 Washington 1
Accomack 1 Westmoreland 1
Albemarle, Charlottesville 1 Wood 1

Many settlers from Maryland and Pennsylvania migrated down into Virginia during the colonial period. The Great Valley Road, which passed through the Shenandoah Valley was a popular route.

Free native-born Virginians, alive in 1850, who had left the state, resettled as follows:[16]

State Persons Born in Virginia Percentage
Ohio 85,762 22%
Kentucky 54,694 14%
Tennessee 46,631 12%
Indiana 41,819 11%
Missouri 40,777 11%
Illinois 24,697 6%
Alabama 10,387 3%
Mississippi 8,357 2%
Georgia 7,331 2%
Texas 3,580 1%
Louisiana 3,216 1%
Other 60,808 16%
Total 388,059 101%

Many Virginians moved to Georgia immediately after the American Revolution.[17] Barlow published records identifying some of them:

  • Barlow, Lundie W. “Some Virginia Settlers of Georgia, 1773-1798,” The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1958):19-27. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).

What was it like to move from Virginia to Kentucky in the early 1800s? Daniel Trabue’s journal makes a fascinating read:

  • Young, Chester Raymond. Westward into Kentucky, The Narrative of Daniel Trabue. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1981. FHL Book 976.9 H2td.

What was it like to move from Virginia to Alabama in the early 1800s? Owen’s journal of his trip is available online at Internet Archive – free.[18]

Dorothy Williams Potter in Passports of Southeastern Pioneers 1770-1823 (FHL Book 975 W4p) identifies some migrants from Virginia into territories that are now Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri.

Robertson compiled a list of Virginians in Kansas in 1860:

  • Robertson, Clara Hamlett. Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 Who were Born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina: A Compilation with Historical Annotations and Editorial Comment. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. FHL 978.1 H2ro; digital version at World Vital Records ($).

British Mercantile Claims identify migrations made by many Virginians during the period 1775 to 1803. The folks listed owed debts to overseas British merchants at the opening of the Revolutionary War and after the War was over, the merchants came to collect their debts, only to find that many of these people had moved. Dorman published these records in The Virginia Genealogist, beginning with Volume 6. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 6 (1962).

Dr. Koontz wrote a helpful article about life on “The Virginia Frontier, 1754-1763,” Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1925). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.

  • Immigrant Servants Database 20,000+ colonial immigrants, primary focus: Chesapeake Bay colonies (Virginia and Maryland)
  • Virtual Jamestown Indentured servant registers from colonial period, which identify English indentured servants shipped to America
  1. David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989). FHL Book 973 H2fis.
  2. David L. Kent, Barbados and America (Arlington, Va.: C.M. Kent, 1980). FHL Book 972.981 X2b.
  3. Wesley Frank Craven, White, Red, and Black: The Seventeenth-Century Virginian (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1971).
  4. Donald G. Shomette, Maritime Alexandria: The Rise and Fall of an American Entrepôt (2003).
  5. John Crump Parker, “Old South Quay in Southampton County: Its Location, Early Ownership, and History,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 83, No. 2 (Apr. 1975):160-172. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  6. Urbanna: A Port Town in Virginia 1680-1980 (1980).
  7. Thomas, Robert E. The Thomas Family in 300 Years of American History. Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. Print.
  8. Edmund S. Morgan, “Headrights and Head Counts: A Review Article,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 80, No. 3 (Jul. 1972):361-371. Digital version at JSTOR ($); Richard Slatten, “Interpreting Headrights in Colonial-Virginia Patents: Uses and Abuses,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 75 (1987):169-179. Digital version at National Genealogical Society website ($); FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 75 (1987); James W. Petty, “Seventeenth Century Virginia County Court Headright Certificates,” The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2001):3-22; Vol. 45, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2001):112-122. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg; Noel Currer-Briggs, “Headrights and Pitfalls,” The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 23 (Jan. 1979):45-46. Digital version at American Ancestors ($); Charles E. Drake, “Virginia Headrights: Genealogical Content and Usage,” Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1982):50-52. Digital version at Ancestry ($); FHL Book 975.5 B2vs.
  9. John Frederick Dorman, “Review of Cavaliers and Pioneers,” in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):221. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980)
  10. Lothrop Withington, “Arrivals from Virginia in 1655,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jan. 1912):186-187; Lothrop Withington, “Arrivals from Virginia in 1656,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Apr. 1913):258-262. Digitized by JSTOR – free.
  11. “Manakin Town: The French Huguenot Settlement in Virginia 1700-ca. 1750,” National Humanities Center Resource Toolbox. Becoming American: The British Atlantic Colonies, 1690-1763,, accessed 23 June 2012.
  12. Lester J. Cappon, Barbara Bartz Petchenik, and John H. Long, Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1976), Plate 40. FHL Book 973 E7ae.
  13. Marcus Rediker, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987). FHL Book 942 U3re.
  14. Donald G. Shomette, Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake: Maritime Disasters on Chesapeake Bay and Its Tributaries, 1608-1978 (Centreville, Md.: Tidewater Publishers, 1982), 242-287. FHL Book 975 U3s.
  15. Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. FHL Book 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  16. These statistics do not account for the large number of Virginians who had resettled and died before the year 1850. See: William O. Lynch, “The Westward Flow of Southern Colonists before 1861,” The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Aug. 1943):303-327. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  17. John Frederick Dorman, “Review of Research in Georgia,” in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1981):147. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 25 (1981)
  18. “John Owen’s Journal of His Removal from Virginia to Alabama in 1818,” Publications of the Southern History Association, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr. 1897):89-97. Digitized by Internet Archive.
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