Stated in a book called "Old Kent County" by Malcolm Hart Harris, MD, 1977 are wonderful narrative descriptions of early colonial homesteads by the plantation owners from the pre revolutionary war times.
On pages 730-731 are paragrahs defining a homestead known as Elsing Green Plantation where a dividend of land was developed, a gift from the Pamunkey Indians to Col. John West, and conveyed to him by deed. At his death in 1692, it passed to his three sons: John West, Thomas West and Nathaniel West, and in 1719 a part of this tract of land was conveyed by the Wests to Capt. William Dandridge, who had married Unity, daughter of Capt Nathaniel West and Martha Macon of New Kent County.
....Capt Nathaniel West Dandridge (1729-1786) followed his father in the Navy and established his home at "Gold Mine" in Hanover County and served in the various offices there.
It was the little daughter Dorothea, who sat upon Patrick Henry's knee when he, with Thomas Jefferson, visited at Gold Mine in 1759, and it was she who married Patrick Henry many years later.
William Dandridge, son of Capt William and Unity West....inherited from his mother a large tract of land between Bull Swamp and the Mattopony River a short distance above where Bull Swamp Creek falls into the Mattapony River. On this property he erected the mansion called Huntington which stood overlooking the Mattapony River.
It was called a 'new house' in 1771.
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