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Friday, February 24, 2017

Settlers to Jamestown, Virginia "Purchased Wives" #virginiapioneersnet

Settlers to Jamestown Purchased Wives 

Buying WivesBecause of the hardships endured in the early settlement of James Town, one of the things permitted by the London Company was the purchasing of wives. In tracing these families, I have discovered a number of persons, before and after the 1622 massacre particularly, who returned to London to acquire a wife. First, disease and rat poison from the vessels caused a rank loss of life and the later massacre, of course, killed off a number of families. The London Company investors added this provision to their charter. Nearly 400 persons were lain in the colony on March 22, 1622.  James City County VA Genealogy Resources and Historical Articles

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