Dateline: 1765, Virginia: Primary source in this post: the complete text. First read the entire act, and then read what Patrick Henry had to say about it. Thomas Jefferson, then only a student, stood in the lobby and heard Patrick Henry debate with the Party of Submission. Read his account from memroy.
William Farrar (and his brother John) is a gateway ancestor; he and his descendants left behind excellent records to sort out family relationships. Counties: Henrico (original one), Goochland, and Chesterfield. These records go from 1610 to 1815 and include marriages.
Now Updated. Thomas’s mother, Jane Randolph, descends from one of the most prominent families in Virginia. Records show her family line is part of the royal gateway ancestors (royal descendants who moved to America). His paternal ancestry goes way back in Virginia history.
Yes, he really does descend from Charlemagne to the French Capetians, William the Conqueror, and the Plantagenets.
Dateline: Mt. Vernon, Virginia, 5 October 1770: He wants to protect the interest of the soldiers that served in the Seven Years War or French and Indian War (1754-1763). The colonel knew how to write well and present his case. Bonus: his 1754 memorandum on the need for a fort and expansion. Primary sources here!
Dateline: 1662, Virginia. Would you get on your knees to beg for forgiveness in the Council chamber? Primary sources here. Great for students and teachers of history.
Dateline, Virginia, 1663 to 1666. The colony is growing, and they had to improve things to make money. Improve? Too much nakedness or inadequate clothing. Wolves had to be killed to protect livestock. Primary sources here. Great for teachers and students.
Dateline: Virginia, September 24, 1672: In conformity to King Charles II’s declaration of war against the United Provinces (Holland), the Virginia colonists also declare war.
Dateline: Virginia, 1663. What happens when someone hangs out with Quakers? This brief post explains, in part, why the constitutional Founders adopted the First and Sixth Amendments 120 years later: Freedom of religion and no religious test.
Dateline Virginia, 1676/7: This post shows the Grand Assembly’s perspective about the revolt. Primary source offered here.