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JOHN LANIER SR. was born ca October 1631 in Lewisham, England, and died after 1683 in Charles City County, Virginia. He married before 1655 in England to Lucreece ----. They lived on the south side of the James River. In one of the fragments of Charles City Records, it shows that John and Lucreece Lanier were transported by Howell Pryce, who received his patent in April 1657 for 2350 acres of land for transporting 47 persons. Sometimes it was several years before these patents were recorded, in some cases as much as eighteen years, so the Laniers could have been in Virginia by 1656. We know by Clement Lanier's will, dated February 1658-59, that John and Robert had already left England. John's brother, Robert, had gone to Barbados before 1678 and at least two of his sons, Robert and Clement and possibly a third, Lemuel, emigrated to Virginia. Clement lived with his uncle John in Surry County, Virginia. In 1676, John and John Woodlief were sent by the men of Charles City to see Governor Berkeley about the defense against the Indians but were refused aid and were called "fools and loggerheads". He is said to have encamped at Jordans Point.

References: "Lanier - A genealogy of the family who came to Virginia and their French ancestors in London" by Louise Ingersoll, a manuscript in the Library of Congress, written by Thomas Matthews.

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John Thomas Lanier
June 10, 1631
391 Lewisham, England
1 about 1683
340 51 Charles City Co., Virginia, USA
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