Some of the passengers on the "Winter Galley" -- the Harmans, Shell, Price -- were in the New River Valley with the Lortons. Could Israel, Sr., have had a son other than Jacob?
Dr. Thompson found the following, published in an old Richmond newspaper in 1908, which gives yet another story of the family's origin:
Source: Family Records Collection of Thomas T. Thompson. "Genealogical Column," THE TIMES DISPATCH, Richmond, VA., March 8, 1908.
"Lorton family, of England, descended from the Earl of Kingston, . . . [some]had come to Virginia long before for we find some of the family in Charles City county, 1781. . . .
"Israel Lorton seems to have been the first: he was a major in the Colonial army, and lived somewhere in the "Meadow Creek section," Montgomery county, Va., but where he came from, when born, or any dates concerning him, it is difficult to find. His daughter, Rebecca Lorton, married Colonel Hugh Crockett, of the Revolution, a family noted in its day. His descendants married among the Howards, Gunters, Godbreys, Graysons and Searles. Family tradition say they first came from Massachusetts, but the name does not appear there, to any extent."
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