Chicohominy Living on Mr. Ben Arnold’s Land

Abstracts: Acts of Assembly for James City County:

April 24, 1691 court session:  The Chicohominy Indians’ petition to continue living on the land “of Mr. Ben. Arnold” is read in court and also given to the Committee of Propositions.

This tells us that they are currently living there, and begs the question of where the land of Mr. Ben Arnold was located.  Why were they living on his land and not their own?  Was permisstion granted?  What happened to those Indians?

Source:

A Study of Virginia Indians and Jamestown: The First Century http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/jame1/moretti-langholtz/chap10a.htm (chapter 10 table link)

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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