The series of articles entitled “Virginia Gleanings in England” originally appeared in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. The complete “Virginia Gleanings” series, assembled here in book form, comprises some eighty-five articles, the bulk of them contributed by Lothrop Withington from his post in London. The “gleanings” consist of abstracts of English wills and administrations relating to Virginia and Virginians and bear reference to heirs and issue, family members, administrators, property, bequests, places of residence, and dates of emigration, shedding light on the English origins of Virginia families of the 17th and 18th centuries, and naming some 15,000 persons in passing. These family “gleanings” are furthermore extended backwards and forwards in a remarkable series of textual annotations.
Throughout the course of the series’ publication the editor of the Magazine was the noted genealogist William G. Stanard, and it is Stanard’s hand that is evident in the scholarly annotations that accompany the abstracts of wills and administrations. Stanard’s achievement in developing material supplementary to Withington’s is remarkable in itself, and to him must go a good portion of the credit for the series as a whole, justly acclaimed as a repository of information which the researcher would normally despair of finding.
The articles are reprinted here in the order in which they appeared in the Magazine and are followed by a complete index of names.