Resource Review: Some Ancient Landowners in Saint Martin’s parish Hanover County Virginia
Genealogical Resource Review: Some Ancient Landowners in Saint Martin’s parish
In the world of genealogy, especially when Colonial Virginia is concerned, there are numerous types of research material. From wills, deeds, tax records, and other primary documentation, there are several ways to investigate your ancestry, however, the value of secondary resources is still unknown to many. While it is crucial to examine primary documentation, it can be equally important to study published genealogical books. The book “Some Ancient Landowners in Saint Martin’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia” written by Norine Campbell Gregory is such an example. Although it contains information from primary sources, it has an advantage that original documentation cannot offer. Providing researchers with the chance to begin their genealogical journey by looking for leads and clues, the histories contained in this book are of importance.
Beginning with chapter 2, “The Patent of 7 April 1674 and some of its Ancient Proprietors, “1 it explains the history of the 3000 acres of land in New Kent County, Virginia (later Hanover County}, where the planters Charles Edmonds, Thomas Hancock, and Richard Taylor lived. In addition to educating others on the history of this plot of land, it continues to enlighten readers on all its landowners. From Capt. Thomas Bray who lived “on the Carolina Side, then called King and Queen” to Mongo Ingles who was granted “three thousand acres lying and being part in New Kent County and part in King William County” on September 23, 1713,2 this publication is also a study of all the land within Saint Martin’s Parish.
For all practical purposes, if you are a researcher with an interest in Colonial Hanover, New Kent, King and Queen, or King William County, Virginia, this book can be extremely helpful. Whether you are just exploring your Virginia ancestors or already have experience in this subject, this publication has plenty of new information to investigate.
1. Norine Campbell Gregory, Some Ancient Landowners in Saint Martin’s Parish Hanover County Virginia (Hanover, Virginia : New Papyrus Co., inc), 2001), 8
2. Norine Campbell Gregory, Some Ancient Landowners in Saint Martin’s Parish Hanover County Virginia (Hanover, Virginia : New Papyrus Co., inc) 2001), 10-11.