Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Menefie imported Servants

A wealthy planter of Jamestown, George Menefie, described himself as a merchant of the corporation of James City, interested in planting in 1637. He apparently found distinction trading with Fitzhugh and Byrd.  Menefie acquired very large tracts of land in consideration of importing many servants and slaves.  In 1638 he patented 3000 acres on the basis of 60 head rights, and the following year acquired a patent of 3000 acres additionally.  Source: Instructions to Culpeper, British State Papers,, Colonial 1681-82; Petition of George Menefie, Dom. Chas I, vol. 323, pp. 136, 138.

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