Appendix 4 Chronology of Events in Virginia, 1607-1756

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The Robert Coleman from Virginia to Texas, 1652-1965

Appendix 4 Chronology of Events in Virginia, 1607-1756

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     May 8, 1607, Captain Christopher Newport, with party, first of the
     white race to see what is now Prince George County, Virginia.  
        May 14, 1607, First permanent English settlement in America at
        January 2, 1608, Captain Newport returns to Jamestown from
     England to find only forty survivors of the one hundred and four
     men left behind when he returned to England in June, 1607. 
        October 4, 1609, Captain John Smith returns to England, never
     again to see Virginia.  
        1610, Spring, only sixty-five of five hundred Colonists survived
     the Winter. 
        1616, John Rolfe, Pocahontas, and their son, Thomas, go to
     England with Sir Thomas Dale, where Pocahontas dies. Thomas Rolfe
     is left in England with Sir Lewis Stukley, by whom he was reared
     and educated.  His father never saw him again. Thomas Rolfe
     returned to Virginia as a young man, married Jane Poythress, whose
     home was in what later became City Point, Prince George County. One
     daughter married Robert Bolling, neighbor and close associate of
     the Seventeenth Century Colemans. Possibly this accounts for the
     tradition in the Coleman family that Elizabeth Roe, wife of Robert
     Coleman, of Fairfield County, South Carolina, was a descendant of
     Pocahontas, but the writer has never found any official
     verification of this tradition. 
        July 30, 1619, the First general assembly ever to meet on
     American soil convened at Jamestown. 
        March 22, 1622, Good Friday, Indians massacre the Colonists. 
     Among those killed, John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas. 
        1624. The London Company provides that every settler for his
     own transportation and for those whose transportation he paid shall
     receive fifty acres of land. This system continued until 1705, when
     the Colonial Government began the granting of lands for cash. 
        1624. Virginia becomes a Royal Colony.
        1634. Charles City County, of which Prince George was later
     formed, is established. 

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                                                 THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY
        April 18, 1644, Good Friday, Indians again massacre from three
     hundred to five hundred Virginia Colonists. 
        1646. Indian agreement not to come below the falls of the James
     and the Appomattox, and to give up all land between the James and
     the York. 
        1642-1649. Civil War in England; the execution of Charles l.
     Virginia remained loyal to the King and was the last of the Colonys
     to submit to Cromwell. 
        November 5, 1652, Lt. Col. Walter Chiles conveys to Robert
     Coalman 813 acres on the South side Of the Appomattox River, in
     Charles City County (Now Prince George). 
        May 20, 1663, Robert Colman, Jr. becomes twenty-one years of
     age, and is given lands by his father, Robert Colman, Sr. 
        February, 1664. Quakers fined five thousand pounds of tobacco
     for holding Church services. 
        1673. First recorded passage of the white man across the
     Appalachian Mountains. 
        1676. Bacon's Rebellion.
        1688. Death of Robert Coleman, Sr.
        1699. Jamestown burned for the second time, and the Capital
     moved to Williamsburg. 
        July 1, 1703. All that part of Charles City County South of the
     James and the Appomattox becomes Prince George County. 
        1721. Robert Coleman, Jr. dies.
        1732. Brunswick County formed of Prince George, and situated
     South of the Roanoke River and North of the North Carolina State
        March 25, 1735. Amelia County formed from Prince George.
        1746. Lunenburg County formed of Brunswick, formerly of Prince
        January 1, 1751. Calendar changed. New Year's moved back from
     March 25th to January 1st. Calendar moved ahead to take care of
     eleven days which had been lost previously by miscalculations in
     time.  This changed Washington's birthday from February 11 to
     February 22. 
        May 1, 1753. Dinwiddie County formed from Prince George. The
     Colemans then lived in this area and were thereafter in Dinwiddle
        November 9, 1756. Robert Coleman receives patent from Lord
     Granville for 157 acres of land in Edgecombe County, North
     Carolina (later Halifax County). 

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     Every book should have an index. Since there are so many Colemans
     of the same given name in every generation, it would be almost
     imperative that the index be compiled by one familiar with the
     various family lines in order to avoid confusion of individuals.
     This would be such a gigantic task, we have decided not to delay
     the publication of the Book on that account. 
        If there is sufficient demand for the Book to cause it to be
     widely circulated, we plan to publish a separate index at a later
        In the meantime, let us say that those looking for any
     particular Coleman will generally find the material concerning him
     at the proper chronological point in the Book. 

     Coleman Genealogy by Mrs. Etta Rosson                 Page 341.
     William Coleman of Prince George and Amelia County
        Genealogy                                          Page 49.
     Colvin Genealogy                                      Page 325.
     Jacob Davis, of Fairfield County, South Carolina, de-
        scendants                                          Page 237.
     Feaster Genealogy                                     Page 305.
     Thomas Mathis Genealogy                               Page 57, 64.
     Mobley Genealogy                                      Page 317.
     Rowe Genealogy                                        Pages 36,92,
                                                             and 97.
     Stevenson Genealogy                                   Page 327.
     Yongue Genealogy                                      Page 332.

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