Adventurers of Purse and Person


Adventurers of Purse and Person

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This is the fourth edition of the most celebrated compendium of family histories in the entire field of Virginia genealogy. Prepared under the auspices of the Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5 in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, and edited by John Frederick Dorman, this new edition extends the lines of descent of the founding families of Virginia from four generations to six, bringing most families down to the Revolutionary or early Federal periods.

The purpose of this set is to document the ‘adventurers’ who were approximately 900 stockholders mentioned in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd charters of the Virginia colony. There are 109 of these stockholders who qualified as either ‘adventurers of purse’ or ‘adventurers of person’. The ‘adventurers of purse’ were individuals “who either came to Virginia in the period 1607-1624/5 and had descendants or who did not come to Virginia within that period but whose grandchildren were residents there.” The ‘adventurers of person’ were individuals who were immigrants to Virginia and left descendants there.

NOTE: Adventurers of Purse and Person is a four-book series. Each volume is sold separately.

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2005, 2007, 2009


Volume 1, Part A: A-Ch, Volume 1, Part B: Cl-F, Volume 2: G-P, Volume 3: R-Z