25 January 2008


the adam thoroughgood house is a national historic landmark in virginia beach---dating to the mid-17th century, but heavily restored in the 1950s, it is one of the oldest houses in the country----when thoroughgood died in 1641, my 9th-g-grandpa henry sewell (c. 1610-1644) apparently appraised the estate:

Upon the death of Adam Thorowgood in 1641, Thomas Willoughby sent two agents to the widow's plantation in the Lynnhaven area to make necessary appraisals of the estate. Captain Willoughby and Henry Sewell were overseers of the Thorowgood estate, and it was years before the feisty widow allowed the estate to be settled.

henry sewell (born about 1610 in england) came to virginia sometime before 1632, settling and giving his name to sewell's point, four thousand+ acres at hampton roads, now the site of the norfolk navy base, the largest such base in the world---his son, also named henry, was one of the early settlers of anne arundel county, maryland----in the late 1730s, henry the first's great-grandson samuel (1715-1791) migrated to rowan county, north carolina---he was the common ancestor that makes me and jody and ms. kidd cousins---another generation moved to franklin county, georgia, in the 1780s, and after a couple more generations on to meriwether county---my grandma's grandma was one of those sewells---

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