Wow, this is new information to a lot of us. It opens up a whole new line of inquiry. I have never heard of the possible Portugal connection. What was the source for this? You are right it can get confusing.
What a great piece of information that he was a vintnor. I have never seen this information either. I do know that the Germans who came to the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge in 1717 established the vinyards that are still in place in Nelson, Albemarle, Madison, Culpeper and Orange counties of Virginia.
In 1715, John Fontaine, another Frenchman, mentions in his journal spending the night at the home of Robert Beverly above Williamsburg. They remained for several days, hunting and looking over Mr. Beverly's vinyards. From this we know that at two years before the Germanna settlers brought thier vines to the Rapidan Valley, Beverly already had mature vinyards. Could these have been planted by our ancestor? You didn't mention which ancestor you are refering to. Is it Elias or later?
I would love to have your sources for the Abigail and winery information. This could open up and answer a lot of questions.
I would think that if the English wanted to compete with the French Wine industry they would have wanted a French Vintnor to reproduce the fine light wines of France rather than the dark heady (read vulgar) wines of Iberia. (This is of course conjecture on my part.) You have opened up a whole new area of research for me. Thank you for the information. Could you share your sources so I will have a place to start.
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