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Re: William Owen Tutor
Posted by: Mike Tutor (ID *****0106) Date: June 03, 2005 at 10:51:19
In Reply to: William Owen Tutor by Mike Tutor of 298

John Hartwell Cocke, a very wealthy man, owned Swann's Plantation across the James River from Jamestown Island, Virginia, until 1791. William Owen Tutor was supposedly sold for forty dollars to a wealthy plantation owner, in 1790, on the James River "between Williamsburg and Harrison Landing" according to Lucy Jane Tutor Hobby, Owen’s daughter. It seems that "Swann's Point" was a center of heavy shipping trade during its existence. Swann and Drummond, brothers-in-law, owned a ship or two that plied the Atlantic Ocean, from Swann's Point, during their lifetimes, carrying tobacco and other products. Drummond was hanged by Sir William Berkeley in the dying days of "Bacon's Rebellion." Anyway, John “Hartwell” Cocke, named for his grandfather John Hartwell, owned this property until his death in 1791, a year after Owen Tutor arrived in this country. It would have been in the aftermath of John Hartwell Cocke's death that Owen Tutor ran away from the plantation in which he was bound by his indentureship. John Hartwell Cocke's son of the same name was not of age to run the plantation so it would have been run by the executor until the son was of age. A cousin of John Hartwell Cocke was named Edmund "Ruffin." Owen Tutor had grandsons named “Hartwell” Tutor and “Ruffin” Tutor. These are very interesting coincidences. John Hartwell Cocke's Will and a listing of "his property" does not list any indentured servants, only slaves...Years later, Owen Tutor returned to Virginia to reimburse the plantation, that he had escaped from, for the loss of his services as an indentured servant. Owen also made one trip back to Wales to see his family. As of this date, the parents of Owen Tutor (c. 1774-c. 1850), husband of Lucinda Senter, have not been identified.

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