Posted By:Jethro Lilley
Subject:Re: Location of the Colledge Lands
Post Date:October 30, 2008 at 18:09:40
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Forum:Surry County, VA Genealogy Forum
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I am a life-long resident of Sussex Co., Va. and have been a student of Sussex History since I was very young and obtained a copy of "Sussex County, A Tale of Three Centuries" by T.D.Foster, former Superintendent of schools here in the 1940's.
What is now Sussex County (west of the Blackwater River) was ALL "Colledge Lands" according to law in the 1690's by charter of The College of William and Mary and settlement was prohibited. Settlement was opened in 1700 as people defied the order and began settling the area illegally in the late 1690's. The first few land grants for "College Land" that were issued were for the northern portion of soon-to-be-Sussex. All of that designation that I have seen were for land around Jones Hole Swamp, Joseph Swamp and Assamoosic Swamp, which flow into the Nottoway River, and the Coppahaunk Swamp, which flows into the west bank of the Blackwater River. This portion of Surry (now Sussex) was nearer the populated areas of Prince George Co., so were more desirable than other areas of the College Lands, proper. That designation of "College Lands" was soon dropped, and now, any grants seen for land in present-day Sussex as 'College Lands", came from this area. Remember that ALL land East of Blackwater Swamp was settled in the 1600's and not included in "Colledge Lands."

Areas to the south of this were more associated with the settled areas of Isle Of Wight Co.,and the "Colledge Lands" designation was not seen in these grants.

Chippokes Creek is in Present-day Surry County, and flows to the James River, settled in early to mid 1600's. Coppahaunk Swamp is south of Waverly and flows into the west bank of the Blackwater River at the Sussex and Surry Co.line.