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William Burdett Land Grant and Thomas Burdett Transfer to John Custis

Identifier: SC 01281

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Sir William Berkeley land grant to William Burdett of three hundred acres of land in Accomac County for the transportation of six persons into the colony, 3 Oct. 1641.  

On verso, Thomas Burdett to whom land is granted by Berkeley assigns his land to John Custis of Northampton.  January 15, 1657.    William Burdett's wife, widow Alicia Traveller, later married John Custis as her fourth husband.  D.S.  2 pp.

Note: John Custis built his Arlington plantation on this land.


  • Creation: 1641 October 3, 1657 January 15

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Biographical Information:

William Burdett was born in England in 1590 according to one account, and born in 1596 according to another account. He was one of the "ancient planters," having arrived on the Eastern Shore aboard the Susan in 1615. He started life in the colonies as an indentured servant in the household of Captain Epes (the "Accowmacke Commander"). He married Alice Traveller. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:

Purchase. Accession number 1986.10.

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Processed by Special Collections Staff.

Guide to the William Burdett Land Grant and Thomas Burdett Transfer to John Custis
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson.
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