ALVIS, George, of New Kent, Henrico and other early counties in Virginia, unabridged

Approved Ancestor for the National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America (the Founder)

George Alves[1] was not born in America, since a headright[2] was claimed for him in 1700, along with his second wife, Alice, who had come to Virginia many years prior to that date. He was married, first, to an unknown wife, the mother of his daughter, Susan or Susannah[3]; second, between 1678 and 1682,[4] to Alice, the widow of Maj. William Harris;[5] and third, to Mary –, the mother of his son David.[6] George Alves was “lately deceased” on 4 Mar 1734/5.[7]

Mistaken Identity

It has been claimed that our Virginia George Alves was the same man listed in the International Genealogical Index as follows: George Alves, male, christened 8 Jan 1660, Alves,[8] Moray, Scotland, son of Alexander Alves.[9] This identification is suspect for at least two reasons: it would require George to have been widowed and remarried by the age of 22 to a woman aged at least 40 (her first known son was born in 1661),[10] with a daughter from his first marriage who was herself married by 1688,[11] and it would also require a conversion to the Church of England.[12]

First Known Appearances in Virginia Records

George Alvis was mentioned twice in the Henrico County Court which met 1 February 1682. First, he was the plaintiff in a suit against Henry Watkins for the balance of an account apparently due to George’s wife; Watkins was ordered to pay. Also, George Alvis complained against Mr. Richard Lygon for failing in his duty to the orphan William Harris, which was postponed until the next court.[13]

The first known reference to George Alves in Virginia is found in John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. The article refers to Alice’s previous husband, Maj. William Harris and includes the statement, “George m. bef. 1682, Alice (–) Harris, wid. of Maj. William.”[14]

Writing in 1910, Philip Alexander Bruce expained the lawsuit in terms of “Sentiment in Favor of Education” in early Virginia, as follows: “in 1683, a suit was entered by Alice Alvis, of Henrico, against Richard Ligon, in which he was charged with failure to ‘educate and maintain’ her son in conformity with the provisions of the indenture.”[15]

A transcript of the record in surviving documents follows: Henrico County Record Book No. 2, 1678-1693: 

At a Court held at Varina for the County of Henrico April 2, 1683; In the suite of George Alvis as marrying Alice the relict of Majr. Will Harris dec’d (concerning William Harris an orphan of the said dec’d) against Mr. Richard Lygon, the said Alvis declaring that he doth not use his endeavor for educating and maintaining the said Orphan according to the Indenture, which Indenture being exhibited, and the orphan present, and the Court thereupon conceiving the allegacons aforesaid not true, it is ordered that the orphan serve his time, and that Mr. Lygon perform his part of the said Indenture.

Another reference from 1682 appears in The Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1659/60-1693, in the section which begins, “Att A Generall Assembly Began att James Citty the 10th day of November 1682 These ffollowing Orders of publique charge and leuy were made…” On page 180 in the listings of amounts paid in pounds of tobacco for New Kent County: “To Jno Epperson 1:100  Geo: Alues 1:200.”[16]

There are three distinct, extant, and published reports of George Alves in Virginia in 1682.

Connection to the Harris Family

Various articles have been published about this Harris family, including references to George Alves:

Malcolm Hart Harris writes in “Three William Harrises in Hanover County,” in The Virginia Genealogist:[17]

      William Harris, the patentee of this land on Cub Creek on 24 March 1725, had been closely associated with George Alves who had married the widow of Major William Harris of Henrico County. In the Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, William Harris and George Alves were closely associated in the processioning of land in the parish. Later, they owned land adjacent to Groundsquirrel on the South Anna River.

“Evidence of the Descent of William Harris,” by William R. Taylor in The Virginia Genealogist,[18] states on pages 262-263: 

The association of George Alves with William Harris, son of Major William Harris, is long standing and more than casual. Alice, the widow of Maj. Harris, married George Alves soon after her husband died. George Alves is found as principal or acting as witness in five Henrico County deeds involving the known sons of Maj. Harris, William and Edward.

This close relationship of George Alves with his stepsons continued in New Kent County where on 4 June 1714 William Harris had a patent ‘over against George Alves on South Anna River.’ This alliance continued as proved by the processioning records of St. Paul’s Parish. In 1708/9, 1711, 1716, 1731, 1735, 1739 and 1743 the lands of William Harris and George Alves were in the same precinct. In 1708/9 the two men were the overseers. Since it is known that George Alves died about 1734, the 1739 and 1743 appearance of his name must indicate that there was still land held in his name or that he had a son named George. From the records the former is more likely. The processioning records for the period 1719 to 1739 are not complete but it seems very likely that the same situation would be found if they were….

One of the surviving Hanover deeds reinforces the evidence that William Harris and George Alves had land close together and also indicates the approximate date of the death of the latter. William Harris is a witness to this deed which refers to the ‘boundary of George Alves, lately deceased.’

Thus George Alves and William Harris were in close association from the time Alves married William’s mother until the former died about 1734.

Page 267 of this Virginia Genealogist article shows that William Harris and George Alves were also associated with the Cawthon family. Note that George’s probable grandson David was married on Aug 20 1768 to Mary Cauthon.[19] This Virginia Genealogist article shows that Mary’s parents were John Cawthon, as the name was more often spelled, and Agnes Harris, the granddaughter of William Harris, George Alves’s stepson.

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, revised and edited by Virginia M. Meyer and John Frederick Dorman, published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1987, on pages 354-361 gives a current view of the entire Harris family back to Jamestown, ca. 1611. 

Maj. William Harris was born in Virginia ca 1629, died before Oct 7 1678, was married twice, his first wife unknown[20] and his second wife Alice –. The first wife had one son Thomas,[21] who died soon after his father. Alice’s known children were William, probably born in the early 1670s, died in Hanover Co VA between 1743 and 1749, and Edward, who was living in 1719.[22]

Headrights and Land Holdings

In early Virginia, land was granted to individuals responsible for transporting immigrants. This was often done years after the actual sea voyage. Cavaliers and Pioneers lists the following:

Virginia Book of Land Grants and Patents, Patent Book No. 9, p. 37. 

     GEORGE ALVES, 1014 acs. New Kent Co. in St. Peters Par: on both sides of Totpotomous Cr. 24 Apr 1700, P. 268. Adj. Roger Thompson, Carles Turner & Thomas Wilkinson, &c. Trans of 21 pers: John Jaquis, Thomas Webb, John Carter, Robert Horsfeild, Nicholas Gentry, John Clarke, George Alves, Alice Alves, Thomas Bankes, Thomas Rice, Benj Fenton, Gabriel Bickerin, John Johnson, Thomas Bradley, James Bowling.[23]

     Among those listed were George Alves and Alice Alvis. This indicates that while Alice’s first husband was American born, she was not, and that no land had ever been claimed for her as an immigrant. George was able to claim that land; therefore, neither Alice nor George was American born.

George Alves acquired considerable land holdings with dates from 1692 to 1731, also detailed in Nugent.[24]

       There are many published references to patents issued to George Alves, including the following from English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, on pages 67, 74, and 101:

A List of Patents Signed in November 1700: New Kent County, Alvos, Geo, 767 acres. 

List of Patents Signed in April 1703: New Kent Co, Geo. Aalves, 1668 acres.

4843 acres, New Kent Co, George Alves, 12-16-1714.[25]

Also, Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia, published by the Virginia State Library in 1925, has these four references, all dating from the early eighteenth century: 

      At a council held at the Capitol the 14th day of July 1719. On the petition of George Alvis, John Lyme and William Clapton; Leave is granted them to take up Three Thousand Acres of Land in one tract and Two Thousand acres of land in another in the county of New Kent; This Board being satisfied of their ability to cultivate the same according to law.[26]

      At a Council held at the Capitol December 9th 1724. To George Alvis and John Syme[27] four thousand Acres in Hanover County joyning the County Line and Deep Creek and Fork Creek.[28]

                15 December 1725. The following petitions for taking up wast land were read and granted Viz: To Isaac Winston, William Morris, George Alves, John Syme and John Mackie 5000 acres in Henrico County to be taken up in one or more Tracts joining the County Line where it crosses Deep Creek and Fork Creek which runs into Pamunkey River and extending upon the head of the said Creeks and branches of the James River.[29]

      July 9th 1730. To George Alvis one thousand five hundred Acres in Hanover County on Maudlins folly Run.[30]

                  The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Jul 1912), contains several references to George Alvis in a transcript entitled, “Records of Hanover County,” pages 47 ff, “copied by me in the winter of 1910-1911—S. O. Southall.”[31]  Page 54 for 1734 states, “Est: of David Alvis in hands of David Crenshaw, his late Guardian.”[32]

Page 58 has a notice that land was sold 5 Mar 1734 by Laurence Ferguson to Jno. Ross, “adj: George Alvis decd.”[33]

A deed cited in page 63 between the three daughters of Susan Ellitt on 15 Jul 1735 is the only known evidence that George had a first marriage and a daughter Susan.[34]

And a reference on page 146 is to the widow of George’s son, David Alvis, from 4 Oct 1787.

Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers also includes references to George Alves. First, from the Winston Family section of the Valentine papers: 

      Isaac Winston, deed from Martin Slaughter and Jane, his wife: Robert King and Susannah, his wife; and Samuel Macgehee and Elizabeth, his wife, 217 acres of land, being the land conveyed by George Alvis to Susannah Ellite, descended to her daughters the said Jane, Susannah and Elizabeth. Witnesses, John White, Jr., William Winston, Jr., Isaac Winston, Jr., and John Talley, July 16, 1735. Ibid. p. 342.[35]

Also in the Winston section of the same book, a reference is made to ordering into one precinct by processioning the lands of 18 people, including George Alvis. The order was given 9 February 1743, obviously after the death of George Alvis, and reported back on 29 March 1744, stating that the lands in questions are now owned by 18 individuals, some the same and others different. George Alvis was not among the current owners.[36]

King County, Virginia, records, burned fragments of record books, were abstracted by Creed T. Davis, located among the Edward P. Valentine papers, and published in the same book. The very first abstract shows that George Alvis and John Duffield were witnesses when Anthony Winston, sold land in King William County to Thomas Bradley, on 4 January 1702/3.[37]

Distinct from the reference to David Crenshaw as the guardian of David Alvis in the statement in the William and Mary Quarterly, is an undated notice published in Valentine, in the Hanover County Records section: “David Crenshaw, Settlement of, as late guardian of David Alvis. Vol. 1, p. 123.”[38]


Numerous references to George Alves from the Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, were extracted along with the editor’s conclusions in No. 5, page 3, of The Alvis Exchange.[39] These references date from 1705/6 when the parish records begin to after his death in 1734.

The published edition of the Register of St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, VA, has the following undated item, possibly from 1703:

      George Alves aploying him Selfe to this ve∫try for help to Cleere the roades in his precinct is ordered John Tyler Richard maidlen nicholas Gentrey Thomas Tin∫ley John Burley and all the Tithables from thence up the north side of Totopotomoys Creeke.[40]

And page 425 has this notation for 1687: “Thom: Cook servant to Geo: Alvise deceased ye : 4th : of Desem:”

Benjamin B. Weisiger III published a series of books relating to Henrico County, Virginia, wills and deeds. His books contain the following occurrences of either George or Alice Alves. One of these from 1700 gives us the last known date when Alice was living.[41]

The first two occurances of George or Alice Alvis relates to Alice’s son: 

   William Harris, son of Maj. William Harris, dec’d., for a tract of 250 acres, now conveyed to me by Hon. William Byrd, Esq., BEING THAT TRACT ON SOUTH SIDE OF JAMES RIVER CALLED “THE WARE,” GIVEN BY MAJ. HARRIS TO HIS SON THOMAS HARRIS, DEC’D, and since escheated to His Majesty, sells to said Byrd a tract also on south side of James River, part of a tract Maj. Harris died seized of on Ware Run, 225 acres, 1 Oct. 1692.
/s/ William Harris
Wit: Wm. Soane, George Alves
Rec: 1 Oct. 1692[42]

   WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, dec’d, now of St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., carpenter, to Sarah Knibb, widow, of County & Parish of Henrico, for £51/10, land on south side of James River, BELOW A RUN CALLED THE WARE; BEING PART OF LAND MAJ. HARRIS DIED SEIZED OF, AND WAS PART GIVEN BY HIS WILL TO HIS SON THOMAS HARRIS, ALSO DEC’D, bounded by the river, land of Joseph Tanner, dec’d, Peter Ashbrook, road from The Falls to the Hundred, 250 acres, which land lately escheated to His Majesty and was conveyed by Hon. William Byrd to above William Harris. 1 Oct. 1692.
/s/ William Harris
Wit: George Alves, All. Clerke
Mary Harris, wife of William Harris, appoints Allanson Clerk her attorney to relinquish her dower right in above land. 28 July 1694
Wit: George Alves, Alice (A) Alves
/s/ Mary (M) Harris
Rec: 1 Aug. 1694
Bond of Wm. Harris witnessed by Wm Soane and Hugh Ligon.[43]

Weisiger also shows that George Alves witnessed the deed when Edward Harris, son of Maj. William Harris, sold land on Aug 20 1696.[44]

By 1700 George Alves was living in New Kent County with his wife Alice when he sold Henrico County holdings:

George Alvis of New Kent Co planter, for £18, to Timothy Allen of Henrico Co planter, tract on south side of James River called ‘The Ware,’ bounded by Hon. Wm Byrd, Mr. Robert Hancocke, Edward Skerm and Ashen Swamp, which I bought of Edward Harris and Mary his wife, 27 Sept. 1698. 1 Apr 1700.

Wit: Stephen Cocke, Matthew Raysons  Signed: George Alvis  Recorded 1 May 1700. Benjamin Hatcher, attorney for Alice Alvis, wife of George, relinquished her dower right.[45]

And later that same year they sold more land apparently in Henrico County. Alice Alves was living 1 May 1700:

George Alves of New Kent Co planter, for £18, to William Hatcher of Neck of Land, Henrico Co planter, 183 acres on south side of James River, being 1/2 the land I purchased of Edward Harris of New Kent Co. and Mary his wife, known as ‘The Ware,’ adjoining Richard Womack and Peter Ashbrook and Timothy Allen. 1 April 1700.

Wit: Stephen Cocke, Mathew Rayson  Signed: George Alves  Recorded 1 May 1700

Alice Alves, wife of George Alves, appoints Benjamin Hatcher her attorney to release dower right in above lands to William Hatcher and Timothy Allen. Wit: Thomas (R) Rise, Nicholas (4) Gentry  Signed: Alce (A) Alves  Recorded 1 May 1700.[46]

Several references to George Alves in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography are as follows:

Council held at the Capitol July 1730 granted petition, “To George Alvis One Thousand five hundred acres in Hanover County on Maudlins folly Run.”[47]

New Kent County Rent Rolls 1704. A rent roll of the lands held by her Majestie in the parish of St. Peters and St. Paul’s–anno 1704… Allvis, George  325 acres.[48]

Some King William County, Va., Records… 1702/3  Anthony Winston to Thos. Bradley  Deed  wit. John Duffield, Geo. Alvis  21 to 23.[49]

1702  Frances Littlepage, wife of Richard relinquishes right of dower in above property. Wm. Aylett, atty., wit. Geo. Alvis, David Clarkson, Geo. Clough.[50]

“13 June 1728   of the said Ambrose Joshua Smith for 5000 acres of land in Goochland formerly Henrico joining on the line which divided that County and the County of Hanover on the head of deep and Fork Creeks and branches of the James River formerly surveyed for John Syme, Isaac Winston, William Morris, George Alvis and John Mathies.”[51]

Reference is made to other property adjoining George Alvis’s land.[52]

The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704 has this on page 8: “ALVIS, George, New Kent County, 325 acres.”

Round Trip to “Great Britain”

The St. Paul’s Parish Vestry Book previously cited shows that George Alves was in Great Britain in 1711. And fortunately, his return to America is also documented.

      An 1877 article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register reads:

             Arrivals in Boston, Mass., June 1712… ye 6th

             Jethro Furbur ye sloop Tyall from Fyall [in the Azores]…

             George Alvis and 3 servants…[53]

            Since George Alvis’s son David was born circa 1713 or 1714, it has been assumed he remarried soon after his arrival back in in America. A wife did not accompany him of the return voyage.

Continued References to George Alves’s Lands

There are various references, for example, one Louisa Co VA deed book entry: 

Deed Book A. pg. 37-39. 1 Feb. 1742/1743. John Michie of Hanover Co. to Benjamin Arnold of Louisa Co. £24 currt money 200 Acres in the forks of the Pamunkey River adj. lands of George Alvis, Thomas Henderson, and Alexander Carr; part of 400 Acres obtained by patent in St. Martins par.[54]


         George Alves was married to Alice, the widow of Maj. William Harris for nearly 20 years or more, but nothing has been found which indicates that they had children together. For many years, it was assumed that his only child was David, born within a few years of George’s return to Virginia to a mother named Mary.[55] See The Alvis Exchange, No. 6, pages 1-2, for documents dated in 1734 relating to David Alvis, the orphan of George and Mary Alvis.

Although the record of land deeded to Susannah Ellitt in 1688 was also known among Alvis researchers, it took a statement made by one of Susannah’s descendants to make us realize that she was his daughter, by an earlier, previously unknown, first wife. The fact of George Alves deeding this land to Susannah instead of selling it to her husband, is the basis for identifying Susannah as George’s daughter.

© 2013, Kathy Alvis Patterson

[1] Most known descendants use the spelling Alvis. The spelling Alves disappears at an early date from Virginia records. Also found are Aalves, Alues, Olvis, and other variants.

[2] Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, Vol. 3, p. 37.

[3] Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, published in 1927 and re-issued by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979, p. 1639.

[4] John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5

Families G-P, fourth edition, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004, p. 267.

[5] There is no indication in any of these records that George and Alice Alves had children. Her Harris children were born in the early 1660s. If she was in her forties when she married George Alves prior to 1682, we can also assume that he was at least age 30 or older, giving him a purely hypothetical birthdate of 1640-50. 

[6] Hanover Co VA Court Records 1733-35, pp. 35-36, pp. 123-126 of the original record book.

[7] Dorman, loc. cit., citing Hanover County Record Book 1733-35, p. 203. 

[8] Although the present writer believes the parish of Alves to be unconnected with the George Alves under discussion here, for background on the parish, see,_Moray,_Scotland#Established_Church.E2.80.94Old_Parochial_Registers.

[9] “Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” index, FamilySearch ( accessed 01 Jul 2013), George Alves, 08 Jan 1660.

[10] Alice possibly had two earlier marriages. See speculation at Genforum, and subsequent thread. If true, Alice was married before 1657. Since George had one child with each of his first and third wives, but none with Alice, who had at least two children with William Harris, this also argues against her being a young woman when she married George Alves.

[11] The date George Alvis deeded land to her, as the wife of John Ellitt.

[12] This was a significant difference in the 1600s. Read, for example, “The Killing Time” at wikipedia:

[13] “Henrico county Record Book No. 2, 1678-1693,” Virginia Genealogical society Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1, p. 28.

[14] Dorman, ibid, citing Henrico Orphans’ Court, 1 Feb 1682.

[15] Institutional History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century: An Inquiry into the Religious, Moral, Educational, Legal, Military, and Political Condition of the People, Vol. 1New York: 1910, page 313. This case might be the best example againstBruce’s thesis since the court decided against Alice Alvis.

[16] Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1659/60-1693, Virginia State Library, 1915.

[17] Vol. 22, pp. 3, 189.

[18] Vol. 22, pp. 261-269.

[19] Douglas, William,. The Douglas register: being a detailed record of births, marriages and deaths together with other interesting notes, as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750-1797: an index of Goochland Wills: notes on the French-Hugeunot [sic] refugees who lived in Manakin-Town. Richmond, VA: J.W. Fergusson & Sons, 1928, p. 9.

[20] Various Internet gedcoms state she was Lucy, possibly Stewart.

[21] Coincidentally, an ancestor of this writer’s husband through the Kee family.

[22] The identity of Love or Luce Harris, mentioned in Thomas Harris’s will as a “sister-in-law,” is puzzling. Who was she?

[23] Nell Marion Nugent, loc. cit.

[24] Patent Book No. 8, p. 377: “GEORGE ALVES, 653 acs., New Kent County., in St. Peter’s Par., 29 Apr. 1692, p. 234. Beg. at land, now or late, of William Bassett & James Astin; to Beaver Dam Sw; to land, now or late, of Charles Turner; & land, now or late, of Littlepage. Imp. of 14 pers.* [Asterisk not explained.]

Page 39 of the same book: “GEORGE ALVIS, 767 acs., New Kent Co in St. Peter’s Par; on N. side of Totopotomoys Cr; adj. Thomas Wilkinson; 7 Nov 1700, p. 284. Imp. of 16 pers…”

Patent Book No. 10, p. 162-163: “GEORGE ALVES, 4843 acs. (N.L.), New Kent Co in St. Paul’s Par; beg. at Col. James Taylor at head of Meadow Br; to Taylor’s Cr; to S. br. of Pamunky Riv., called the South River; 16 Dec. 1714, p. 212; Imp. of 97 pers…”

Patent Book No. 11, p. 247: “GEORGE ALVES, of Hanover Co, 400 acs. (N.L.), at a place called Bear Garden: on Richard Harris’ line; 5 Sept. 1723, p. 216. 40 Shill.” Just below this Nicholas Meriwether received land described as near the “land of George Alves; on Alvis’ Creek.” There are many references to George Alves’s land in these patents.

Patent Book No. 12, p. 277: “GEORGE ALVES, 385 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Elk ford Cr; adj. Nicholas & Richard Johnson’s corner; 22 Feb 1724, p. 144. 40 Shill.” P. 295: “GEORGE ALVES, 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Beech Creek; 24 Mar. 1725, p. 351. 40 Shill. SAME, 400 acs. (N.L.), same Co date, & page. On both sides Maidlin’s Folly Creek. 40 Shill. … GEORGE ALVES, 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Beech Creek; 24 Mar. 1725, p. 352. 40 Shill.”

Patent Book No. 14, p. 400: “GEORGE ALVES, 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Dirty Sw; 25 Aug 1731, p. 216. 40 Shill.”

[25] Louis des Cognets, Jr., compiler, English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, Princeton: 1958, reprinted 1981.

[26] Vol. 3, p. 511. All citations from this book may be seen at journal01virg.

[27] The man was called John Lyme in the previous transcript.

[28] Vol. 4, p. 79.

[29] Vol. 4, p. 95.

[30] Vol. 4, p. 227.

[31] See “Hanover County, Virginia Record Loss” at,_Virginia_Record_Loss.

[32] This guardianship was the origin of speculation that Mary, David Alvis’s mother may have been a Crenshaw.

[33] This was likely the source used by John Frederick Dorman in his Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia when he states the death of George Alvis, “lately deceased” on 4 Mar 1734/5.

[34] See below for transcript.

[35] Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, published in 1927 and re-issued by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979,loc. cit.

[36] Op. cit., p. 1733.

[37] Op. cit., p. 1675.

[38] Op. cit., p. 359. This was likely between 23 Mar 1733 and 4 Dec 1734, the entries cited on pages 35 and 159 of the same volume 1.

[39] Churchill Gibson ChamberlayneThe Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, 1706-1786, Baltimore: Reprinted for Clearfield by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1999, 1940.

[40] ‪National Society of the Colonial Dames of AmericaThe Parish Register of Saint Peter’s, New Kent County, Va. from 1680 to 1787, Heritage Books, 1988, page 89.

[41] Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia, 1677-1737, 1976, 214 pages. Also, Annual Reports of Officers, Boards and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Part 2  (1905), page 97, has several resources. Many citations found on the Internet appear to garble these citations, so I will include them here as they appear in this book.

  1. VIRGINIA, Henrico County. [Record of the Proceedings of Henrico County Court from 1677 to 1699. Copied under the Act of Assembly of March 1, 1892] Manuscript, not paged.
  2. VIRGINIA, Henrico County. [Record of the Proceedings of the County Court of Henrico, probate of wills, deeds, etc., from 1677 to 1699. Copied under the Act of Assembly of March 1, 1892] Manuscript, 443 pages.
  3. VIRGINIA, Henrico County. [Record of the Proceedings of Henrico County Court, probate of wills, etc., from 1682 to 1697. Copied under the Act of Assembly of March 1, 1892] Manuscript, 721 pages.

[42] Op cit., page 84, citing the third manuscript listed above, page 347.

[43] Ibid., citing the third manuscript listed above, page 505.

[44] Op. Cit., page 95 citing the third manuscript listed above, page 648.

[45] Op. Cit., pages 110-111, possibly citing the third manuscript listed above, page 173.

[46] Op. Cit., pages 174.

[47] Vol. 36 (1928), p. 144.

[48] Vol. 31 (1923), p. 215.

[49] Op. cit., p. 342.

[50] Op. cit., p. 343.

[51] Vol. 33 (1925), p. 24.

[52] Op. cit., p. 353.

[53] “PASSENGERS TO AMERICA: Various Communications and Sources” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 31:3 (July 1877), pp. 310.

[54] Note that this document does not say that George Alvis was living, only that neighboring lands were known by his name.

[55] Alice was living in 1700, but may have died before George’s trip to Great Britain in 1711. She does not appear on his entry at Boston Harbor in 1712, although three servants were listed. He probably remarried about 1713 or later, and died in 1734 leaving one minor son, under 16, named David. If David was born in, say, 1714, his father would have been about 60 or older.

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  1. Is it possible that George Alves’ first wife was Alice, the Harrison widow?

    • I assume you mean Harris. Alice (–) Harris could not have been the mother of Susannah (Alvis) Ellett, who was married by 1688. Alice’s younger son by her first husband, Maj. William Harris, was born about 1674. Both George Alves and his wife Alice had living children at the time of their marriage, ca 1680.

  2. Years ago I read an ancient book that a George Alves had left Portugal and was in England.

  3. Wow. I’ve love to see this. Our George Alves traveled in 1712 from England to Boston by way of the port of Fayal in the Azores. He had been in America for many years, but apparently returned to England after his wife’s death in Virginia.

    I have posted this as follows:
    Round Trip to “Great Britain”
    The St. Paul’s Parish Vestry Book previously cited shows that George Alves was in Great Britain in 1711. And fortunately, his return to America is also documented.
    An 1877 article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register reads:
    Arrivals in Boston, Mass., June 1712… ye 6th
    Jethro Furbur ye sloop Tyall from Fyall [in the Azores]…
    George Alvis and 3 servants…

    Since George Alvis’s son David was born circa 1713 or 1714, it has been assumed he remarried soon after his arrival back in America/ A wife did not accompany him of the return voyage.

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