Among the last were skilled artisans, and one of that race—one Doodas or Doodes Minor
, or Minor Doodes
, for the name is thus variably recorded—was the ancestor of a family of eminent educators.1
blood has been among the motive powers of many eminent sons of Virginia
, and of their descendants in the South
Various biographers claim that Jefferson Davis
was of this descent, and the immigrant ancestor of Thomas Jefferson
, it is known, was a native of Wales
Although it has been claimed that he was of Scotch Irish blood, yet not a single ancestor of his was of either strain.
There were refugee Huguenots who found asylum desultorily in Virginia
before 1700, but the chief influx was in that year, when more than 500 came and settled, chiefly at Manakintown.
The virtue of this infusion is manifest in the names of Dupuy
, and others, quite concluding the alphabet with Venable
and Youille, many of them being numerously represented among us.
Of the Scotch, but few immigrants before the union of Scotland
, in 1707, may be identified.
, who had been Governor
of North Carolina
, and who was hung by Berkeley
in 1676 as a rebel, is said to have been a Scotchman.
The founder of the distinguished Nelson
family was called, it may be significantly, ‘Scotch Tom,’ but he was born in Cumberland county
. Dr. James Blair
was a Scotchman, but he came to Virginia
through the alembic of England
as the famous race of the Valley of Virginia
, whose brains and brawn have so impressed them upon the history of our country, did through that of Ireland
, following, in 1734, from Pennsylvania
, the Dutch
leader, Joist Hite
, who came in 1732.
After the union, ‘Scotch Parsons
,’ so potent as educators, and merchants, who quite monopolized the trade of the country, pervaded Eastern Virginia
Some writers seem to delight in the assertion that Virginians
are largely the descendants of felons-vile criminals.
The chief authority for the charge—‘Hotten's List of Emigrants to America, 1600
– 1700’—comprehends, according to the title page, ‘Persons of Quality, Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Exiles, Serving-Men sold for a period of years, Apprentices, Children stolen, Maidens pressed, and Others.’
These lists include shipments to the West India Islands
and to New England
, as well as Virginia
Although the latter destination