Monthly Archives: March 2012

Winchcombe and the Benefactors of Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries

Clues exist that suggest Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries came to be of importance to the Gloucestershire families of whom I believe I am descended. I am interested in several family surnames, such as Carter, Tracy, Stratford, Laurence, Saunders, … Continue reading

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Winchcombe, Bristol, and 17th Century Virginia and Gloucestershire Tobacco Policy

In 1619, a London merchant with Gloucestershire ties, John Stratford, bought land around Winchcombe in Gloucestershire to plant tobacco. In the same year, Parliament passed a law prohibiting the cultivation of tobacco in England. An illicit tobacco growing trade evolved … Continue reading

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“Albion’s Seed”, Y-Chromosome “MRCAs”, and Clues Found in Gloucestershire

In David Hackett Fischer’s seminal work, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Oxford University Press, 1989, p.236. he makes the following observations: “Virginia’s Great Migration: Regional Origins: “[A] majority of Virginia’s indentured servants hailed from sixteen counties in the … Continue reading

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The Carters, Goodloes and Ammons in Middlesex and Spotsylvania Counties, VA 1710-1750

In my post dedicated to JOSEPH CARTER, born 1704 in Christ Church Parish in Middlesex County, VA, son of WILLIAM CARTER and MARY GOODLOE, I noted a dispute as to whether he was the same JOSEPH CARTER who appears in … Continue reading

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Joseph Carter (1704-1751), Middlesex and Spotsylvania Counties, VA

    WILLIAM CARTER [William Carter (1660-1711) Middlesex County, Virginia] and MARY GOODLOE had six children: 3-1 George Carter (born 1692) – listed as a grandson in the will of Mary’s father [George Goodloe (1637-1710), Middlesex County, Virginia] 3-2 Philip … Continue reading

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