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Michael Tyler
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« on: August 20, 2016, 09:06:11 AM »

A number of years ago Rebecca Tyler Allen published a genealogy of the Tyler family in which she made some assertions regarding John Tyler, second son of Henry Tyler the immigrant to the current Williamsburg area in the Virginia Colony. Her work indicates John Tyler left Hanover County for Chowan, North Carolina. My research indicates John Tyler of Hanover County, Virginia did not leave the Virginia colony and in fact a separate John Tyler family was residing in the Chowan area simultaneously.

Subsequent yDNA test results reveal the North Carolina Tyler clan is not related to the Tyler line from Henry Tyler. The question remains regarding to origin of John Tyler of Chowan.

Another researcher postulated the "Chowan" John Tyler may have emigrated from the eastern shore of Maryland, due to closeness of yDNA tests and that both the "Chowan" John Tyler and some of the "Maryland" Tyler men are identified as “builders.”

While looking for land patent information for some colonial Virginia families, I came across an entry in Cavaliers and Pioneers; an Abstract of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, Patent Book No. 5, page 501. On that page is the patent of Geo. Catchmaid, dated April 1, 1663, containing 3333 acres, for the importing 67 persons. The patent is located in modern Perquimans County, North Carolina, and one of the persons imported was Jno. Tyler.

According to an article online at, George Catchmaid established a plantation on his land grant. (

Perquimans County, North Carolina is adjacent Chowan County, North Carolina.

While there is no direct proof that John Tyler was indentured to George Catchmaid and subsequently worked to establish the plantation, the proximity to the area that became Chowan makes one wonder if this is the origin of the “Chowan” Tyler family.

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