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Robert Spring and Robert Capps Norfolk Virginia
Posted by: Nancy Foster Wheeler (ID *****1058) Date: November 08, 2003 at 11:22:23
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I found Robert Spring listed as being brought to America in 1634 by Adam Thouroughgood aboard the ship William and Dorothy.
Adam recieved nand for this service, I do not know if Robert Spring was indentured to him, but the earliest land records begin in 1652 and 1653 in Norfolk Virginia,when he appears to have some association to Robert Capps as they had brought some people over to America too and recieved land together in doing so. They also bought some land together from a Peter Rigilsworth, before the transaction(dated 1651) was complete he died in 1852, but left instructions in his will assuring the transaction would be completed, Peters widow Jane md 2nd Thomas Horne and in 1653 Robert Spring and Robert Capps bought the land from Thomas Horne. Robert Capps was an overseer to Peter Riggilsworth estate.
In 1663 this land was deeded to Mary Capps as daughter of Robert Capps, she in turn died bef 1682 and the land was left to her daughter Mary Hollowell daughter of Thomas Hollowell.
It appears that Robert Caps first journey to America was in 1638 by Cobb Howell who was also brought to America by Adam Thoroughgood in 1634. Since we do not usually have records of people leaving America to England I do not know if Robert Capps may have been here and was returning to America or not, but his earliest land transactions are the ones involvong Robert Spring and may be because both men were indentured for a period of time and not allowed to own land until their debt was paid. I do however have a record of Robert Caps coming to Virigina again in 1645 this time by William Jacobs. So if he was indentured he must have gotten his freedom by 1645.
I would love to know what relationship the Roberts' Caps and Spring had, were they brother in laws maybe? Or just business associates?
Some Capps are found in Beaufort and Hyde in the early years when the Springs are also there.
Looking forward to hearing from you Springs to see if we can figure this one out.

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