Friday, January 26, 2018

Worn out Virginia Land Pushed Settlers Westward #virginiagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Worn out Virginia Land Pushed Settlers Westward

settlers moving WestThe way in which the testator bequeathed lands usually determined the eldest son to the youngest. Old English Law dictated that the eldest son was the heir of all the titles and estates. The traditioned continued on the American soil, but this time bequeathing the eldest son the homeplace and best lands. This is noticeable by the amount of acreage given. It is reasonable to assume that the person who received the least amount, was the youngest son. This thought is helpful when trying to ascertain why some of the sons moved on, so to speak. The name of the game was rich soil upon which to establish fertile crops. During the early 1700s in Virginia people were moving away from the family estates, and the reason is that they were receiving land grants to go West and settle untamed mountainous regions. Thus, the genealogist should do some historical research into that era, particularly military records, to learn what was happening concerning Indian relations and wars. Should you be researching during an early time and locate the wills and estates of all the children except one or two, then the next question should be "where were they?" This thought also applies to marriage records. If they did not marry in the home county, then where were did they go? Naturally, it is important to read all of the old wills and estates of everyone in the family (in that county) because the answer might be found in one of those documents. In other words, one should become as familiar with the ancestral families as he is his own in modern times. 

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