surname research ?any findings about this surname
Richard -- 1587 Colonist roster
In the year
1587, Sir Walter Raleigh organized another colonial expedition
consisting of 150 persons. (writeup deleted read at link below) Exactly
what inducements Raleigh offered to the planters are not known. His
terms were probably liberal, however, because Hariot, writing in
February 1587, paid tribute to Raleigh's generosity, saying that the
least that he had granted had been 500 acres of land to each man willing
to go to America. Those contributing money or supplies, as well as their
person, probably stood to receive more. From the list of names that has
come down to us, it would appear that at least 10 of the planters took
their wives with them. Richard Darige was listed on the Lost
Frey nee DAVIDGE
Richard – Listed on Hakluyt’s Roster of the Voyage of 1587
have conducted a fairly thorough search of UK records for the surname DARIGE
as it appears in Hakluyt's Roster of the Lost Colonists.
Except for two patron submissions on the IGI this surname does
not appear in the UK between 1538 and 1600.
Nor does the variant DARAGE.
Roster of the Lost Colonists only appears in printed versions of his
books. I have been unable
to find a manuscript and I suspect that it has long since disappeared.
Therefore, we have only the printer’s transcription of what
Hakluyt actually wrote.
would think that Hakluyt wrote his original manuscript in Latin in the
‘hand’ used at the time. A
“v” in several old hands can easily be mistaken for an “r”.
I propose that the man whose ancestors we are searching for is a Richard
DAVIDGE who was born in the British Isles somewhere between 1550 &
maiden name is DAVIDGE and over the past 20 years I have done a very
thorough search in the UK and some searches in the US and Canada on
DAVIDGE and all its variations. I am also in touch with many other people researching this
surname. Some of the common
variants are DAVAGE, DAVIG, and DAVIGE with one area adopting DAVERIDGE.
The earliest spelling of the surname is DAUAGE which is the way
it would have been written in Latin as the Romans often used U and V
interchangeably for the 'v' sound. You will see this on many old Roman inscriptions.
far back as the 1300s DAVIDGE was recorded in Dorset, principally in the
parish of Buckhorn Weston which is near the border with Somerset &
Wiltshire. The DAVIDGE
family were the owners of Manor Court, which still exists today on the
outskirts of the village of Buckhorn Weston.
They also appear to have owned property in several other places
in Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire.
At least two of the DAVIDGE men from Buckhorn Weston became
members Clergymen of the Church of England.
From Will, Deeds and extant parish registers I have attempted to
reconstruct this family, although I still have many gaps.
their earliest records in Dorset, I have traced branches of this family
to Somerset, Wiltshire, Kent, Bristol, Canada, the US, Newfoundland
Yahoo! Group DAVIDGEConnections (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAVIDGEConnections/)
has been established and most of the prominent DAVIDGE researchers are
members. We are all working
together to attempt to link together the various DAVIDGE lines.
If you have an interest in the surname, we'd love to have you as
have set up a DAVIDGE DNA Group with Family Tree DNA and am attempting
to get testing done on some of the males whose genealogy is known.
Two of the Newfoundland descendants have been tested, and I am
hoping to have direct descendants of the DAVIDGE family of Dorset as
well as the DAVIDGE family of Anne Arundel Maryland tested.
At the moment, funds are not available for this research.
DAVIDGE of the Lost Colony would have been over 18 years of age or he
would have been referred to as a ‘boy’.
He was likely baptised 1569 or before.
Not many parish records are available that early on, and those
that I was able to find do not have a suitable baptism.
have several Richard DAVIDGEs in my genealogy file.
A Richard DAVIDGE married Mary HOLMAN 29 Feb
1595/96 Swyre, Dorset (Ancestry - image on file) but it is doubtful he
was the Lost Colonist. A
Richard DAVIDGE was the father of Thomas DAVIDGE baptised 6 Oct 1556
Church Knowle, Dorset (Ancestry - image on file).
Richard the father would probably have been born c. 1531 before
the Reformation, and may have been too old to be the Lost Colonist.
The given name Richard was used in several DAVIDGE branches and
still appears today.
has recently come to my attention that there were two possible DAVIDGE
brothers, Robert & John who arrived in Jamestown in 1608 on the
First Supply Ship. The
transcription show the surname as SALVAGE.
these two men turn out to be the ancestors of the DAVIDGEs of Maryland,
then possibly they emigrated to Jamestown in hopes of finding their
relative Richard DAVIDGE who was a member of the Lost Colony of 1587.
is, of necessity, an interim report as more and more information is
being uploaded to the internet daily.
I continue to pursue all leads, and will report further when I
have more information.
Frey nee DAVIDGE
(see bottom of
- Marriage - Death
Land /Tax records
Demography by surname
To obtain copies of either a BMD record or an IGI record follow these directions:
There's an explanation in the Wiki which also tells you how to use form 31768 to obtain copies of
BMD and census entries.
2. You use this form: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/RG/images/FReqIGI.pdf
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