Acree/Sachse/Hoover/Ogden/Skipworth/Nelson/TenEyck/Williamson
& Associated Families

ENGLISH RESIDENCE IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA
IN THE 17TH CENTURY

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Colonial Virginia and Maryland were first settled by the English along the shores of Chesapeake Bay and its river estuaries. It was to this area that most of our Acree-branch immigrants came.

A few of our ancestors were among the settlers at Jamestown, the initial colony, in the late 1630's and 1640's, following disasters that decimated that village's earlier inhabitants. Many others forged into the Tidewater area of Virginia - participating in the formation of communities along its four principal rivers: the Potomac, Rappahannock, York and James. Some came to Kent Island, Maryland, accompanying William Claiborne's trading group in the 1630s, but left with him when that group lost its territorial claims to Lord Baltimore in the Maryland/Virginia boundary dispute.

Ancestors in the Ogden branch who came early to the Chesapeake Bay area settled in Maryland, the Accomack peninsula, and neighboring Delaware.

Our ancestors lived in the following counties during the 17th and early 18th centuries, as shown on the enlarged map below, with approximate years of residence - dating from a couple's arrival at a location or marriage there. Some moves are detailed, but complexity has been minimized by focusing on primary residences - usually where most of their children were born.

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