Researched by Nora Miller Turman 21-Nov-1988
John inherited cattle from the Savage estate in 1655. Since his father died intestate, John's oldest brother, Thomas, inherited the Savage land. No inventory of John's estate is on record. John probably brought in headrights, two or three at a time, and used their labor in his business until he had five. On 21-Apr-1663, he was given a certificate showing that he had five headrights. The certificate was presented to the Virginia Government and a patent for 250 acres of land was issued on 23-Feb-1664. On 12-Sep-1664, John received a new patent for 350 acres, including the original land and 100 new acres.
John's land was located inland near the head of Machipongo Creek in lower Accomack County. It was joined on the east side to a patent that extended to the Atlantic Ocean.
John served on juries but he apparently never sued for a debt nor was he sued for one. His farming activities would have been growing tobacco, selling beef, hides, and possible butter and cheese from his herd of cattle. In time, John had four sons to help him with his business.
John and Dorothy Savage had seven children who were all living when he made his will on 10-Feb-1702. The will was probated seven years later on 1-Feb-1709. His "loving wife Dorothy" was the executrix. She was to have use of the plantation for life. After her death the land was to be equally divided amoung the four sons. Robert, the youngest son, was to get the house, orchards, and pasture land. Each son was to have timber cutting privileges from any part of the plantation property, however, if any land was sold outside the family, the wood cutting privilege did not go with the sale. The date of Dorothy's death and the division of the estate was not found.
Children of John and Dorothy Jordan Savage:
Northampton County Deeds, Wills & c 1654-1655 p. 142
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