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The Original Stokes of Virginia

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The Original Stokes of Virginia

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 1:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stokes
I recently ran across this book in my local library:

McCartney, Martha W., Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, Genealogy Publishing Company, Copyright 2007.

It provided some interesting information on four of the original Stokes’of the early 1600’s. There is some new and a little different information on Christopher and John than I had previously read.

From the above referenced book:

[No Last Name] Stokes
“On May 12, 1619, Lieutenant Stokes requested some Virginia land in compensation for his lengthy service to the Colony.”

Citing: Kingsley, Susan M. ed. Records of the Virginia Company of London, 4 vol. Washington: Gov. Printing Office, 1906 - 1935. Vol. 1, page 217.

[No Last Name] Stokes
“On February 4, 1624, Virginia Company officials learned that someone named Stokes was a crew member on the ship that belonged to Edward Stallings and Sir Fernando Gorges, a vessel that ran aground at Newport News. Afterward Stokes decided to stay in Virginia as a servant of the Colony. He may have been one of Stalling’s men who remained behind with Captain John Martin.”

Citing: Kingsley, Susan M. ed. Records of the Virginia Company of London, 4 vol. Washington: Gov. Printing Office, 1906 - 1935. Vol. 4, page 513.

Christopher Stokes
“On July 31, 1622, Christopher Stokes and his wife, Mary, set sail for Virginia on the James at the expense of merchant Edward Bennett. Their son, William, who was then age 3, probably accompanied them. The Virginia Company sent Christopher Stokes some bedding, a saw, and several containers of goods on behalf of the Society of Southampton Hundred, which suggests he was to go to their plantation. Although the Stokes family was not included in the February 16, 1624 census, they appear to have been residents of Jamestown Island where the family’s presence is well documented. In late December, 1624, Christopher Stokes served on a jury that conducted an inquest following a Jamestown Island child’s drowning death and 5 year old William Stokes was a witness. By 1630, Christopher Stokes had moved to what later became Warwick County and represented the Denbigh area as a burgess. In 1635, he patented some land in Elizabeth City.”

Citing:
1. Ferrar Papers, 1590 – 1790, Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. Microfilms, Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Williamsburg, Virginia. Pages 321, 322, 400.

2. McIlwaine, H.R., ed. Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, Richmond: The Library Board, 1924; repr. Richmond: Virginia State Library 1979. Page 38.

3. Hening, William W., ed. The Statutes At Large: Being a Collection of All The Laws of Virginia. 13 Vols. Richmond: Samuel Pleasants, 1809 – 1823; repr. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1969. Database and digital images: http://vagenweb.rootsweb.com/hening/2006 Vol. 1, page 139.

4.Stanard, William G. and Mary Stanard, comps, Colonial Virginia Register: Privately Published, 1902; repr. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965. Page 55.

5. Virginia Land Office Patent Books 1619 – 1660. Microfilm on file at Library of Virginia, Richmond and Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia. Database and digital images Library of Virginia, http://ajax.1va.lib.va.us/ 1 PT. Vol. 1, Pages 223, 264-265.

John Stokes
“John Stokes and his wife, Ann, came to America on the Warwick. On February 16, 1624, they were living in the rural part of Jamestown Island with their infant. On January 24, 1625, the Stokes couple was still there and had a modest supply of stored food. Their baby apparently died during the year.”

Citing:
1. Coldham, Peter W. The Complete Book of Emmigrants, 1607 – 1660. Baltimore: Genealogy Publishing Company, 1987. Pages 40, 56.

2. Dorman, John F., ed. Adventures of Purse and Person Virginia 1607 – 1624/1625. Fourth ed. 3 Vols. Baltimore: Genealogy Publishing Company 2004-2007. Vol. 1, page 34.

Robert Stokes
“On December 24, 1619, the Bridewell Court decided that Robert Stokes would be sent to Virginia.”

Citing: Coldham, Peter W. The Complete Book of Emmigrants, 1607 – 1660. Baltimore: Genealogy Publishing Company, 1987. Page 14.

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