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Thomas Farley / Archer's Hope (land)
Posted by: Ria Hendrix Date: July 06, 2001 at 10:29:09
In Reply to: Re: Plantations of James City Co VA by A. Kelley of 288

Book: James City County by McCartney:

On May 12, 1607 Captain Christopher Newport's fleet arrived at a point of land they called Archer's Hope, which extended from the west side of College Creek's mouth. The colonists briefly considered building their settlement there, but because the water was too shallow to moor their ships near the shore, they pressed on upstream to a marsh-rimmed peninsula which at high tide resembled an island. There where the colonists could tie their ships' lines to the trees, they built an outpost they called James Cittie or Jamestown. Archer's Hope is the shore line land just ENE of Jamestown Island.

Several residents of Archers Hope and Pasbehay (Thomas Farley, Thomas Jones, Robert Hutchinson, and John Osborne) were censured for being drunk and disorderly late at nite. Churchwarden Richard Kingsmill was zealous in reporting fellow parishioners who got drunk, swore, hunted on the Sabbath, offenses against ecclesiastical law. During the 1620's Archers Hope was an especially raucous community.

Richard Kingsmill, who patented 500 acres in Archers Hope sometime prior to May 1625, seated his property by 1626. In time it became known as Kingsmill Neck. Nearby in Archers Hope was Jockey's Neck, which name is derived form Joachim (Joakin, Jockey) Andrews of Jamestown Island, who acquired his patent in 1619 but failed to seat it. John Johnson, another island resident, patented some Jockey's Neck land that stayed in his family for several generations. Close by was Ensign Wm. Spence's homestead, which was attacked during the 1622 massacre with the loss of several lives. The guardian of the Spence couple's four-year-old orphan, Sara, leased their land to Thomas Farley. Later, it came into the hands of Rober Webster, a cowkeeper. Thomas Farley, a gentleman, patented land on the east side of College Creek in Farleys or Farlow's Neck. Nearby was the acreage of John Davis, Richard Brewster, Edward Goldbourne, and Thomas Pettus. Humphrey Higgenson acquired the Farley and Kingsmill Necks during the 1640's combining them with his Harrop plantation.

Family Tree Maker CD 186 VA Genealogies #2:

Thomas Fairlay of Worcester in Worcestershire, gent, came to VA in 1623 and was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1629-30 and 1631-32. An examination of records at Worcester would doubtless show whether he was the son or brother of testator, Roger Farley whose will is dated 29 March 1622; proved 25 Sept 1622 as Roger mentions both a son Thomas and a brother Thomas.


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