States: Virginia: Isle of Wight
Actually, it is unlikely that William Seller was imported by Christopher Reynolds. Headrights were validated in either the county or General court, and a certificate was issued. The certificate was then used as the warrant for one or more patents, and the names appearing in the patents were copied from the certificate.
Recent research has shown two interesting facts: (1) That most persons whose names are shown as importees in patents were actually imported by someone else. That is, about 70% of the time, the certificate of importation was obtained by a different person than the patentee who used it. This is not surprising, as these certificates could be bought and sold and were the only means of obtaining patents. (2) Certificates were typically obtained several years prior to the patent date, meaning that the importation itself typically occured several years prior to the patent date. My own research in neighboring Surry County showed that an average of five years elapsed between the court record of the certificate and the date on the corresponding patent.
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