There were probably other ways as well, but what seems to be the most common way was to "import" people into the VA colony. A certain number of acres was given for each person, called a headright, who was imported.
This seems to have been a very corrupt system, since, apparently, the person imported:
++Could be from another colony
++Could be a resident of VA returning from abroad, or another colony
++Could be making his / her 1st, 2nd or 20th trip to VA ... from anyplace
As I said, those "seem" to have been how the rules were permitted.
Also I think that the person using these patents and the names of headrights found in them keep a few "probables" in mind:
++The headright might not be making his / her first trip
++The headright was very likely an indentured servant, especially in the 1600s
++The headright may or may not have any connection with the grantee
++Land was granted in a specific county to the grantee, but there is no reason to think that the headright also settled or resided in that county
++In my opinion, names might easily have been fabricated ... although I would like to learn more details about the system's measures, if any, to prevent fraud as I probably do not yet know enough to indict the system
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