The Natives Were the Real First Families of Virginia

Sidney King painting of Algonquians in Virginia when English colonists arrived at Jamestown

05 - Watching the Colonists Construct James Fort

Sidney King painting, “Outside the James Fort,” of Algonquians in Virginia when English colonists arrived at Jamestown
Source: National Park Service – Sidney King paintings

07 - John Smith Trading With the Indians

John Smith, Trading with the Indians

13 - Jamestown About 1614 - Aerial View

Jamestown 1614 Sidney King paintings

04 - Construction of James Fort

I have been tooting my horn because my family is related to some of the earliest white people to settle in Virginia; and I do not want to leave that topic without affirming that none of us white people were here first. It goes without saying that the true FFV’s were the natives.

From what I can tell now, my immediate ancestors did not arrive in Virginia until a few years after the original Jamestown settlers arrived. My ancestor William Claiborne arrived in 1621, and the Jamestown settlers arrived in 1607.

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