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Re: 1745 List of Importations

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  • jfraser@krollworldwide.com
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2000
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      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.
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