Monday, February 15, 2016

Proctor Plantation

Winter in Jamestown
John Proctor of London, Middlesex County, was among those who came to Virginia under a Company Charter in the 1609-15 period. It would appear that he located a plantation well up the James River, on its south side, but below Falling Creek. The land list of 1625 specified that he had a 200 acre grant in this vicinity. Perhaps, he was established here well before the massacre. When the Indians descended on his place, he must have been away, for his wife stood her ground as she did later when the Colony officials sought to force her to vacate the now isolated post. It is reported that Mistress Proctor, a proper, civill, modest gentlewoman [fortified and lived in despite of the enemy] till perforce the English officers forced her and all them with her to goe with them, or they would fire her house themselves, as the salvages did when they were gone. In 1624 Proctor and his wife were living  over the River from Jamestown and a year later he, his wife Alice and three servants were at Paces Paines. It is not known whether he returned to his plantation upriver from which he had been uprooted in 1622. He had, in 1623, received a patent to transport fifty persons to Virginia together with sufficient necessities and provisions for cultivating the land. The latter seemingly included a wherry or small boate. There is evidence, too, that he could punish his servants if the occasion warranted even to the extent of using a line or whip corde.   Note: John Proctor died July 3, 1627 in Surry County, Virginia.

Source:  The First Seventeen Years 1607-1725 by Charles E. Hatch Jr.<br><br>
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