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Dare  Surname  Research File 

Reason for surname research ?any findings about this surname

Dare, Ananias, & Eleanor (nee White) and Virginia-- 1587 Colonist roster

In the year 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh organized another colonial expedition consisting of 150 persons. Its truer colonizing character was evidenced by the significant facts that, unlike the expedition of 1585, this one included women and children, and the men were called "planters." Its government was also less military, since the direction of the enterprise in Virginia was to be in the hands of a syndicate of subpatentees--a governor and 12 assistants whom Raleigh incorporated as the "Governor and Assistants of the Citie of Ralegh in Virginia."

ANNANIAS DARE, Elinor (Whyte), Virginia 

(PICTURE: Virginia, stands hauntingly silenced in the white Carrara marble crafted by the American sculpturer, Maria Louisa Lander in her Italian studio around 1859. Lander was as inventive as a missing children artist surmising how the daughter of Elinor White and Ananias Dare lineage would appear as a young adult.

Today the marble, inspired by Landerís visit to the British Museum, graces the sensual 16th century-style Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island not far from where Queen Elizabeth Iís ill-fated third attempt, organized by Sir Walter Raleigh, at colonization failed. 

Dare Arms

Granted Jan 17, 1587

 "a felde gulles, a crosse engrailde, between fower fuzzels argent"



From Roberta Estes:


Finally, I think my most exciting find was that Virginia Dare had a brother-at least a half-brother. His name was John Dare. He was an illegitimate son of Ananias Dare and the name of his mother appears not to be recorded. He was, nevertheless, acknowledged by his father and bore the name Dare. Under English law, an unaccounted for absence of seven years is necessary for a ruling of presumed death. A relative of young John Dare's, therefore, in 1594 petitioned that John be given his father's property. Ananias, the records show, was a member of St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London, which still exists, near and almost in the shadow of St. Paul's Cathedral. In 1597 young Dare's petition was granted. At that time it is obvious that he was over ten years of age. I attempted to leave no stone unturned to trace him, but the only John Dare I could find was one mentioned in a manuscript of 1622 in the Essex Records Office relating to one John Dare who then was a surveyor. If this was Ananias's son, at that time he would have been around 36 years of age. A nineteenth-century Dare family lived in Essex but the records of it now in the county archives threw no light on my problem.



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