Or, Subtitled: Glimpsing Tidewater Virginia Immigrants in the 17th Century and Their English Roots
As the previous posting states, we first catch sight of the immigrant James Whitlock (1651-1716) in Virginia records in a 12 July 1680 power of attorney filed in an (Old) Rappahannock County will book, a power of attorney given by James’s cousin in England, Anthony Whitlock (born 1657), to empower James to act on behalf of the estate of Anthony’s uncle Thomas Whitlock (1615-1659), who had died in (Old) Rappahannock County in 1659. Anthony Whitlock’s power of attorney, given in London with affidavits supporting it from James’s uncle John Whitlock (1625-1708) and Anthony’s aunt Johanna Whitlock Harris (1617-1684), states (as do the supporting affidavits) that James Whitlock was Anthony’s kinsman and was a Virginia planter.
Or, Subtitled: In Which We Connect James Whitlock, Virginia Immigrant, to His English Roots
My American ancestral roots run largely back to colonial Virginia and are largely English. I have a sprinkling of colonial immigrant ancestors who came to Maryland, the middle colonies, and the Carolinas. But the bulk of my colonial ancestors were English folks who came to Virginia in the 1600s. And the Whitlock line is one of my rare ancestral lines in which I can pinpoint this family’s place of origin in England — and trace it back with confidence into the 1400s (and, in the case of families married into the Whitlock line such as the de la Beches, to the 1100s).
Or, Subtitled: “Mr. James Whitlock was Sworn a Vestry man for this parish and took the Oaths appointed by law, before Peter Garland Gent.”
Researchers have conventionally estimated the birth of the James Whitlock (bef. 1690 – 1736) who was father of James Whitlock younger, who died between 7 March and 28 November 1749 in St. Paul’s parish, Louisia County, Virginia, between 1680 and 1690. For the sake of convenience, in this posting, I’m going to refer to the three James Whitlocks of Gloucester, New Kent, Hanover, and Louisa County, Virginia, who form a chain of fathers and sons, as follows: