Thursday, October 6, 2016

Alford Land Grants in New Kent, Virginia

Using the online database from the Library of Virginia I have been able to find land grants associated with some of my Virginia ancestors. Because these ancestors lived in the 1600s & 1700s it can be difficult to find records of their lives. Land grants help to give a time and location to their lives.

Using the Library of Virginia/Online Catalog/Land Office Grant search box I put in the Alford surname without a first name, clicked the search button and several Alfords showed up.  I wish I could connect them all to my family. I am confident in this finding.

John Alford
c 1645 VA – 1710 New Kent, VA
My 7th great grandfather

I found two land grants for John.

1. On 20 April 1682 in New Kent Co., VA

“410 acres on the south side of York River beg. g&c, a corner tree of a dividend of land formerly surveyed and patented by Colo. Hammon, standing in the Slashes of Coshockahick.”

Land Office patents No. 7, 1679 – 1689 (vol. 1 & 2, p. 1 – 719) p. 131 (reel 7); Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony.

2. On 22 October 1682 in New Kent Co., VA

“150 acres on the south side of York River and is reputed Colo. Hammonds land called by the name Nantacooke Neck.”

Land Office patents No. 7, 1679 – 1689 (vol. 1 & 2, p. 1 – 719) p. 179 (reel 7); Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony.


I love the sounds of the places the Alfords lived like ‘the Slashes of Coshockahick’ and the ‘Nantaccooke Neck”.

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2 comments:

  1. New Kent is a little over an hour from where I live. Now I wonder what these places are called today as I have never heard these names.

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    1. On ancestry there are county maps of Virginia. The borders and counties have changed several times over the years. You would enjoy those maps.

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