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Re: Hog Island, Surry County, VA.
Posted by: Jean Rigney Date: January 28, 2002 at 19:52:23
In Reply to: Hog Island, Surry County, VA. by C. Mathews of 699

I know I have read some info on Hog Island. Colonial Surry by Boddie has some info on Hog Island. Also Old Surry, Thumb-Nail Sketches of Places of historic Interest in Surry county, Va. by A. W. Bohannan has info. Have you seen these books?

Here is a little of what Old Surry book says.

Hog Island
This island was so named because the colonists kept their hogs here. They were keeping them here as early as 1608, the year after the landing at Jamestown.
There colonist had made their settlement well up the river . Powhatan in order to be out of danger from wandering vessels of the Spanish Main. As a still further precatuion they estableshed a garrison at Hog Island to warn them of the approach of any hostile ships. The following is from a record of happenings in the colony, Feb. to April 1609, as found in "Smith's History of Virginia".: "The Hogs were transported to Hog. Ile: where also we built a block-house with a garison to give us notice of any shipping and for their exercise they made clapboard and waynscot, and cut down trees.

During the "Starving Time" of 1610 , when the colonists had abandoned jamestorn, and were on their way down the river , they stopped at Hog island. We learn from Smith's History that " At noon they fell to the Ile of Hogs and the next morning to Mulberry point at what time they descried the Longboat of the Lord La Warre, for God would not have it so abandoned.

By proclamation of Gov. Argall in 1619, Hog Island was included in the corporation of Jamestown.

Hog Island was represented in the General Assembly of 1629-30 by Capt. john Utie. As Ensign Utie he had patented lands here in 1624.

In 1702 there was a ferry from "Hog Island maine to Archer's Hope on the other side of the river and in 1705 a ferry was established from Princess Anne Port at Williamsburg to Hog Island. The fare for a man was two shillings and six pence and for a man and horse, four shillings. In 1720 , John Holt was licensed by Court to keep the ferry from archer's Hope to Hog Island, and also in the same year was granted a license to keep an ordinary at his dwelling house on the island.

During the War between the states there was Confederate signal station here. A Lieut. Woodley was in command of the station.

This is what Colonial Surry by Boddie says:

The colonists probably for better security, kept their hogs on a island on the south side of the james which they called the "Isle of Hogges." It was on january 7, 1609 (O. S) that the small colony suffered a grievous loss. Amos todkill, one of the early chroniclers, says that on that day " master Scrivener would need visit the Isle of hogges and took with him Captain Waldo, master Anthony Gosnold and eight others, but so violent was the wind ( that extreme frozen time ) that the boat sank; but where , or how, none doth know, for they were all drowned*** The savages were the first that found their bodies which so much the more encouraged them to their projects.

The hogs were transported to Hog isle where also we built a block house with a garrison to give us notice of any shipping.

That is what some of what is in that book. Hope this helps you. Good hunting Jean Rigney

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