John Livingston I
William Livingston, born about 1650 - Virginia, died about 1687, Princess Ann County, Virginia
John Livingston II, born about 1652 - New Kent County, Virginia - died about 1718, King & Queen County, Virginia
Samuel Livingston, born about 1656 - New Kent County, Virginia, died about 1714 - King & Queen County, Virginia
Abigail Livingston (possible child??)
James Livingston (possible child??)
In 1606 King James granted a joint charter to two companies to settle Virginia. One of the original investors in the London Company, which was authorized to settle southern Virginia, was Sir John Levison (Livingston).

On June 3, 1633, King James granted 1/5 of marsh of Sir Henry Watton and Sir Edward Dymock to Sir John Livingstone (Virginia Settlers and English Adventurers by Noel Currer-Spriggs).

On May 9, 1641, there was a lawsuit involving Sutton Marsh, William Wise, 3,500 acres and Sir James Livingstone.

In December 1650, Wingfield Webb & Richard Pate transported 23 persons into tidewater Virginia. One passenger was John Livingston. They gave him 2 receipts for which they had not collected headrights. A headright consisted of 50 acres. They were given a headright for each person they brought into Virginia. (Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. I, p. 204)

The road which turns off to the left, coming up the county, at Plainview, leads to the plantations which were along Poropotank Creek. This road was close to the line of the Lewis Plantation in 1716. The straight road that continues to the creek bisects a tract which was owned by the Andersons. This land was bought of John Beverly Whiting, from the early Lewis plantation, from the Livingstons and Carys. John Livingston had been in Virginia but a short time when he had possession of this land (See description below), for his name appears as a headright of Richard Pate in 1650. (Old New Kent County, Vol. I, page 271)

In 1650 the population of Virginia was estimated at 20,000.

In 1652-1654 (approximately), John Livingston II was born in New Kent County (later King & Queen County in 1691).

In 1653, John Livingston I was granted 400 acres on west side of Poropotank Creek behind the land of John Thomas. (Old New Kent County, footnote 14, page 271)(Land patent book no. 3, page 277)

Photos - King and Queen County, Virginia - November 2002

John transported 6 persons (Anne Silke, Jno Backster, Barbary Scott, Ralph Bottock, James ______, Joane _____, Rose Allen and William Lamb) and added to the 2 receipts from Webb & Pate, he was able to acquire 400 acres. John found an ideal location - by water. There was access to the Chesapeake Bay and all the great rivers that gave ingress to the inland ports of Virginia. Down the coastline was Jamaica with its lucrative trade in sugar and rum. One had only to sail around the southern tip of Maryland to head for the northern markets and the wide Hudson with its prosperous harbor. (The Livingstons of Virginia, compiled by Lucille Barco Coone)

In 1654, New Kent County was created. The sliver of land on the northwest banks of Poropotank Creek (where the Livingstons settled) was a part of York County. New Kent was created mostly out of York County, but had that sliver of land formerly in Gloucester County (with the Livingston plantation) included in what lands it got. (Gloucester County Deed Records)(Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, 'Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation', copyright 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland)(Originally published in 'The Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, vol. 9, January-April 1916, issues 2 & 3)

In 1660, Charles II comes to power in England with the overthrow of Cromwell. British Parliament promptly passes new Navigation Act requiring all Virginia trade to pass through English ports with payment of high duties. The move devastates the tobacco trade.

In 1664, John transported 2 more pople to add 50 acres adjacent to the 400 he already had. (Nugent, vol. 1, p. 507)

In 1664, John Livingston I added another 452 (or 453) acres to his first tract. This land of Livingston's was stated to be three miles from the York River. (Old New Kent County, page 271, 271) Land patent book no. 5, page 348: John Leviston, 453 acres, New Kent County, 30 August 1664 on the northwest side of Poropotank Creek adjoining Ty Thomas' land running southwest by south & _____ to Timothy Lond Dell's (Lowdell) land and 400 acres granted him 16 December 1653, and 53 acres for transporting two persons: Joane Brown and Henry Prat. (Footnote 15, Old New Kent County, page 272)

In 1669, John's patent: "Mr. John Leviston 780 acres New Kent County 5 November, 1669. Three hundred eight acres on the northeast side and near the road to the mill adjacent Mr. John Lewis to Cattail Branch, a branch of Mattasup Creek Swamp and adjacent land where sd Leviston now liveth, crossing the path to the church, etc. Four hundred acres was granted him 16 December 1653, and three hundred eighty acres for the transporting of eight persons, John Freegrave, George Hunt, Abra. Mayes, Wm. Turner, Jone Wilkins, Peter Arrowes, Mary Wise, Jno Neaves. (Nugent, vol. II, p. 67, patent book 6, p. 263)

In 1670 the population of Virginia was estimated to be 40,000 (about double the amount listed for 1650).

On 21 June 1670, John Leviston (Livingston) was appointed with John Harwell and Captain Wm. Jones to appraise the estate of Richard Roberts. (Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, page 233A - Gloucester Court)

In 1691 King and Queen County was created out of part of New Kent County in order to honor the new Joint Regents of thre throne of England, William of Orange and Mary, who took over after William's army defeated Charles II in Eastern Ireland in 1690. (Joe Slavin)

April 29, 1693: John William of King and Queen County petitioned for 710 acres escheated land on north side of York River near Poropotank Creek, adjoining lands of Roger Shackelford, John Major and John Levistone. (Vir. Col. Abstracts, Vol. 27, p. 6, Beverly Fleet)

In 1699 the College of William and Mary was founded at Middle Plantation (Williamsburg). The seat of government was moved to Middle Plantation.

In 1704, John Livingston was charged with two tracts: one of 600 acres and one of 750 acres, which he had bought of Sowell. The lines of the Lewis land given in his patent for 1664 fixes the Livingston land next to Lewis, on Poropotank Creek. (Old New Kent County, pages 272)

1704: Quit Rent rolls for King & Queen County list Sam'l Livingston (00 acres) and John Livingston. (Quit Rent Rolls of Virginia, Annie Smith, Lawrie Wright, 1704)

The first John Livingston, who came into the Poropotank Creek area in 1650, was the father of John Livingston II, who had become senior in 1713, allowing for the usual life span of a generation at this time. (Old New Kent County, page 272)

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