First I'd like to wish my Spring cousins a Happy New Year!
Now for some tidbits found on the internet.
1."Robert Capps & Robert Spring, patented 300 acres of land on the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River, 30 May 1653, for the transportation of 17 persons( Patent BK 3, p.17 Cavaliers & Pioneers, Vol. 1 p.236 Nell Nugent)"
2." A List of the names & some of the residences of the rebel participants in Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 in Colonial Virginia. * Robert Spring
Bacon's Rebellion: " Sir William Berkeley was the most bigoted ruler Virginia ever had. In one of his messages, he thanked God that there were no free schools or printing in his province. He was very tyrannous, and, having friends in the assembly, they prevented the election of any new members from 1666 to 1676. The taxes became intolerable, and trade fell into the hands of a few individuals. Not only that, but the governor disbanded the troops which had gathered for protection against the Indians, who renewed their attacks on the exposed plantations. This was more than the people could stand, and they rose in rebellion under the leadership of Nathaniel Bacon, a popular young planter, who had lost several members of his family through the attacks of the Indians. Berkeley was cowed for a time, but the arrival of some ships from England enabled him to take the field against Bacon. During the civil war, Jamestown was burned to the ground and never rebuilt."
3. "1704 Rent Roll- Norfolk Co. Va. * Spring,Robert"
4. " In Quakers records we find some familiar names, perhaps some families from Suffolk,England who were Quakers in Norfolk,Virginia. Robert Spring and Thomas Holloway were names found in Suffolk,England."
**Early Quaker History: The Friends Church was begun a little over three hundred years ago )1647 to be exact).George Fox, the founder, went to church with his devout Anglican parents until he was nineteen. Then he began to feel that there's got to be more to religion than this. George fox spent the next four years trekking all over England going from church to church and preacher to priest looking for an answer to his questions. George realized this basic truth:"there is One,even Jesus Christ,who can speak to thy condition." He realized that Christ is a present reality, not just a good man who lived a long time ago and said some good things, In addition to being risen and "seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven," Christ lives here in the present moment and can communicate with and give guidance and power to those who open their heart to Him."
5. Robert Spring who was in Norfolk,Va. in 1704 was probably a descendant of Robert Spring, born c1594 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England (LDS web site). A Robert Spring is mentioned in the book entitled,"English Goodwin Family Papers".
Cousins I explained Bacon's Rebellion and Early Quaker History because one can quickly read these facts and not relate to their deeper historical meanings.I would love to hear from Spring cousins and those who relate.
I'm thinking about having a Springs reunion in 2010 in Southern Illinois please let me know if anyone is interested. Sincerely, Gloria
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