York County Virginia
William Smoote, (the Boatwright), York County 1642
On 4 February 1642 (OS) (or 4 February 1643 (NS)), William Smoote was granted
a land patent for 400 acres of land in what was then York County Virginia. It was
located on the north side of the Charles River, on Tymber Neck Creek in what is now
Gloucester County. (Gloucester County was erected in 1651.) He was allowed this land because he
transported eight (unnamed) persons into Virginia. We do not see the
Charles River today in Virginia, name of Charles River was changed to York River,
about the same time the name Charles River County was changed to York County
(1643). Powhatans capital was located . . . on the north bank of the river
that the Indians called the Pamaunk and that colonists named first Prince
Henrys then Charles, and finally the York1
Timberneck Creek in Gloucester County Virginia
The Virginia Adventure, by Ivor Noël Hume, published by Alfred A. Knoff, Inc.,
1994, p 136.
1642....Virginia Patent Book No. 1-Part II, 874
To all &c Whereas &c Now know yee that give and grannt to William Smoote four
hundred acres of Land in the Countie of Yorke neare the head of a Creeke called
Tymber Neck Creeke on the North Side of Charles river beginning at ____ marked
trees that runs from timber Neck Creeke North Northwest three hundred and eightie
pole and divides this Land from the land of Mr Minifee and from thence
East North East two hundred and fifty pole and from thence three hundred and eightie
pole South South East into a branch of timber Necke Creeke then down the branch into
the marked trees where it began which four hundred acres of Land being due for the
transportation of eight persons into this Colony To have and to hold &c to bee held &
Yielding and paying &c which payment is to be made Seven years after this
iiijth of February, 1642
Images from the Patent Books
1642 Patent to William Smoote 153k image.
William Smoot is also mentioned in these three Virginia land patents.
1648 Patent to Lewis Burwell 266k image.
1654 Patent to Lewis Burwell 285k image.
1659 Patent to Edmund Peters,
A Large View of the Virginia Coastal Waters.
1755 Jefferson Map (detail) 314k image.
Map from Tiger Map Server at the U.S. Census Bureau. (Modified by Fred Smoot).
The head of Tymber Necke Creeke, and Smootes tract, should be about where the
X appears near
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