I've found that my FOSTER line is well documented as far back as William, b. 1686, m. Hannah PAYNE. I'm seeking to establish whether a George, who received 1200 acres as headrights for 24 persons could be his grandfather. I'm not so good with old handwriting, but here's what I got from the Library of Virginia....
From modern maps this looks close to a community called Fairview Beach, just upriver. Of course, what now is in King George was once Stafford, once Westmoreland, originally Northumberland. No internet search has given evidence that this George took possession of the land, or had progeny there. Where might you suggest that I look?
And as far as general knowledge -- were headright patents dissolved later when Fairfax asserted his rights? Could my George have been displaced? Does the timing of the immigration or the names of passengers place my George somewhere in the context of the Civil War in England? Roundhead tranporting the condemned of Charles' army? Cavalier officer transporting loyal men of arms from a failed conflict?
And -- Indian activity still strong at the time. Could this have disposessed, even killed, people in the party? The given name Redmond is common in the next few generations. Possible Indian brides?
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