Is anyone familiar with the following Laurence Rutt information? Thank you.
Thomas and his wife Rachel received 150 acres Headrights grant for three people in 1619, located near Kingsland Creek three miles south of Falling Creek in Henrico Co. (presently Chesterfield Co.) Va. On Good Friday, March
22, 1623, Thomas and Rachel were massacred along with 11 other people living on their plantation. William Sheffield reported later to the Virginia Co. of London that "at least one of Thomas's children had survived, a boy of about two years of age". No other Sheffield’s were listed in 1623 among the census of the living and the dead. The child, Samuel Sheffield is later found and placed with Laurence Rutt his mother’s brother.
Survey Report No. 11329
Virginia Colonial Records Project
Depository Public Record Office Class HCA 13/242 Part I
References List of High Court of Admiralty Records HCA 1-32 p. 60
Depositions taken in Virginia:
2p Daniel Ingby of Accomacke
February 10 1639/40
Has no interest in the business of Captain Mathewes nor is he his servant.
Account of his experiences at the time of the massacre. Sent his servants
to inform Lady Dale of the danger and tells of the death of the family of
Thomas Sheffield. Does not know what happened to that part of Sheffield's
estate which was not destroyed by the Indians but does not think it was
seized by Mathewes.
2p John Layden of Nansemond
March 10, 1639/40
Describes how one child of Sheffield's was saved and how Mathewes is
wrongfully accused. Does not know the extent of Sheffield's estate except
that the Indians burnt some of his goods and carried away others.
2p Randall Smallwood of Martin's Hundred
Repeats the evidence.
***More testimony was given, but I have chosen to include only the part that gives one the idea that there indeed was a Sheffield child that survived the massacre. Kathy Torkelson
In the next paragraph we find the child Samuel (born about 1620) named and mentioned to go to one Lawrence Rutt who is named the brother of Thomas Sheffield’s wife in the Probate Registry. (It would be interesting to find Lawrence Rutt and the child Samuel again.)
Survey Report No. 4328
Principal Probate Registry 1619-1622
Administration of Thomas Sheffield
1622 Aug. 16. Commission to Lawrence Rutt, sister's son of Thomas Sheffield, recently deceased in Virginia, during the minority of Samuel Sheffield, son of the deceased, with consent of William Sheffield, father of the deceased. A marginal note records sum of L14.
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