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Emily Cary
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« on: January 23, 2008, 04:45:59 PM »

Thomas Pritchard arrived in Jamestown in 1620 with the London Company on the "Abigaile" commanded by Captain Each. He is also identified in various records as arriving in the same ship in 1624, also under the command of Captain Each. It is possible that he returned to Wales/England for supplies, to marry, etc.
In 1656, he petitioned for Nutmeg Quarter (located below Blunt Parish in Warwick County) to be united with Denbeigh Parish. On 21 August 1665, the Old Rappahannock County Patent No. 5 gives him land on the north side of Dragon Swamp, about three miles from Captain William Clayborne/Clapham. He purchased 300 acres in Washington Parish, Westmoreland County 28 December 1668. He died before 09 November 1670 when his inventory was listed in Westmoreland County Deeds, p. 77 and his widow married John Brooks.

Christopher Pritchard was born before 1670 in Westmoreland County, Virginia and died before 07 July 1730 in King George County. He married Jane Muse before 1696 in Westmoreland County, daughter of John Muse/Mewes, Sr. Christopher's court records are found in deed, will and order books of Old Rappahannock, Westmoreland, Richmond, and King George Counties, although he never moved. Scattered records can be attributed to county name changes and overlapping borders.

Thomas Pritchard, son of Christopher, first appears in Richmond County Court records 03 August 1709, on later 04 October 1716. He died 1722. His sons, Christopher (b. between 1704 and 1711) and John (b. 01 July 1719) were indentured to their grandfather, Christopher, to learn reading and trades.

Christopher Pritchard II, born between 1704 and 1711 in King George County, VA, probably died before 1762 in Prince William County. He married Sarah Gollathan, daughter of Martin, and had at least one son, Thomas Pritchard, b. 1720-1740 (probably) in Prince William County. Christopher received a Lord Fairfax grant of 216 acres 17 August 1741, recorded in the book of Northern Neck Grants E, 1736-1742, p. 311. His Prince William County land adjacent to Bull Run straddled Fairfax County for several years (the Aldie location is where Dulles Airport land is located today). The Fairfax County Will Book A, #1, Part I, lists him as a voter in the election of Burgess for the County in 1744. His signature is found under the names of John Sturman (p. 238) and Lawrence Washington (p. 240).

Thomas Pritchard, son of Christopher II, was born in King George, Stafford, or Prince William County, Virginia, and died before 1812 in Allegany County, Maryland. He married Rachel Davis about 1759 in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia and had eight known children all born in Leesburg, where he had considerable property: (1) John Prichard (dropped the 't'), b. 29 July 1760, d. 28 March 1847, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana, bur. Sand Creek Cemetery - served in Rev. War; (2) Sarah Pritchard, b. 1762, m. (1) John Smarr before 1789 and had two children, m. (2) Cornelius Skinner Jr. 17 August 1799 and is only one of Thomas Pritchard's children to remain in Virginia; (3) Eleanor Pritchard, b. 1764, m. Richard Price, d. before 1825 Marion County (West) VA; (4) Thomas Pritchard, Jr., b. 09 Jan. 1768, m. (1) Nancy Titchenell/Tichenel/Tichnor 02 Jan 1796 in Allegany County, Maryland, - 7 children - she d. 1811, he m. (2) Mary Moody 25 Oct. 1812, - 9 children, he d. 24 Dec. 1826, Ritchie County, (West) Virginia; (5) Elizabeth Pritchard, b. 1777, m. (1) Robert Smith - 3 children, m. (2) George Furbay - 2 children, d. Marion County, (West) Virginia; (6) William Prichard (dropped the 't'), b. 17 Dec, 1777, m. Hannah Meredith 18 Feb. 1805 in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, d. April 1866, Marion County, (West) Virginia; (7) Anne "Nancy" Pritchard b. 1773, m. Davis Meredith (father of Hannah, wife of William) 8 Nov. 1800, Allegany County, Maryland, 7 children) she d. after 1850, Monongalia County, (West) Virginia (8) Mary Pritchard, b. 1782, m. John Parker 22 Dec, 1804, Westernport, Allegany County, Maryland.

We are searching the origin of Thomas Pritchard, Jamestown immigrant, and have narrowed possibilities down to two Thomas Pritchards of Monmouthshire, Wales. One came from Lancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly, the other from Llanover, a few miles south of Abergavanny. Both Thomas Pritchards were cousins born 1591-92 and both disappear from Welsh family records about 1620. However, much more research is warranted. Because families had many children, it is likely that all of the early settlers had many more children than those recorded in my book, but none have as yet been confirmed by court or church records. Two Pritchard brothers, shipwrights, living in Lancaster County, Northern Neck of Virginia in the 1600s may also have been related. The surname is alternately spelled Prichard, Pritchard, Pritchett, Pritchardt in Virginia court records, depending upon the whims of the court clerks, but Pritchard is most commonly used by descendants of Thomas of Jamestown.
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 01:16:02 PM »

Thanks for all your interesting information Emily.

I have recently taken over as Administrator of the Pritchard DNA Project and I hope to increase our members and stir up some interest in Pritchard and Pritchett Genealogy.

Tom Hutchison

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