Among the principal shipwrights in Virginia during the 17th century were John Meredith, John and Robert Pritchard of Lancaster, Abraham Elliott, Richard Yates and John Ealfridge of Lower Norfolk. Meredith was in possession of large tracts of land which he had acquired by purchase or from the original land grant. The estate of John Pritchard was appraised at four hundred and eighty-two pounds sterling. Ealfridge left a plantation to each of this two sons. The estate of Richard Yates was valuable in personal and real estate alike. Elliott was the owner of both lands in Virginia and England. Source: Records of Lowers Norfolk County, original vol. 1666-1675, pp. 16, 50.
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