Re: 1745 List of Importations
- A question was asked about a list of people
"imported" to Orange County, Virginia in 1745.
In all likelihood, they were not Jacobites, as
the substantial Jacobite transportations from the
1745 Rebellion did not begin until 1746.
If the records do not indicate that the subject
was transported for a felony, then it is
probably a record of voluntary emigration.
Records were kept of the importations of
souls from Britain for the purpose of granting
"headrights" to the Virginians who paid the
transportation fees and thereby "imported"
a new resident. Headrights were converted
into colonial grants of land. If the emigrant
paid his own transportation fees, he would be
entitled to a grant of land from the colonial
government at greatly reduced prices.
The importation record for 1745 will probably
have some indication of who claimed the headright
for each person.