George Truitt -Immigrant To The New World
The year was 1640, and George Truitt was standing on a ship en route to his new home.
He appeared to be staring toward the land where his ship was making its destination. He was actually looking into the future, and into his new life.
He was born in England; his people had been persecuted for years because of their religion. He was a member of a group then known as “Friends”. This term later changed to “Quakers”. It seemed that they didn’t belong anywhere because of their religious faith.
This is his second trip to a place he called “Muddy Creek Plantation.” Five years ago, at the age of 18, he made his first trip here to make all the necessary arrangements to move here and start his new life. Hopefully, he could soon give optimism to his family that they could worship with no fear of being punished.
He was almost six feet tall, but he felt very small as the new land seemed to be getting larger. He didn’t feel intimidated by the fate before him; he was ready to get started with his mission. “The Immigrant” is what they called him. He got this name because he was not afraid to stand alone; he was not too weak to lead, and never too proud to thank God for all His blessings.
His skin was rough and tough as leather for his young 23 years, this came from hard work and little rest. He was not a handsome man by most standards, but his large stature demanded respect from all who met him. Trying to impress people was not his intention. It made no difference whether or not anyone liked or respected him. He also never caused harm to anyone intentionally. He could actually be regarded as a gentle giant.
I like to believe that as he reached his new home in Virginia, he gave thanks to God for his safe arrival. It was during this time that George was acquainted with a man named Thomas Graves. He was a captain on a ship, and was the father of several children. One of these children was Frances Graves. Miss Graves had come to the new country to make a new start, but her parents had died, and left her an orphan. George Truitt married Miss Graves. My conjecture is that he married her to allow her to own land in the new country. It was reported that her parents had died in 1636 or 1637. If that were correct, she would not be twenty one years of age, and could not legally own property in her own name according to the law. Therefore, it is my conjecture that George Truitt married the young lady for her best interest, and possibly stayed married to her until she turned 21. They were only married a short time, she died in 1645, and she is buried in Virginia.
George knew a girl from England, who wanted to come to the new country. He arranged for her passage here. Her name was Alice Watson. There were others who accompanied her to this country. She lived with George in his home until the time they married. Their family began in 1650 with the birth of their first child. They named him George II
Four years later, Henry was born. Their first daughter was born when little Henry was only one year old. Little Jane was born in 1655. Alice was so glad to have a little girl. In those days, the men were bonded with the boys, and the moms always bonded with the daughters.
The third son was born in 1657. He was named John. Another son, Job, was recorded to have been born in the same year. John and Job are excellent twin names. It is also possible that the birth year for one or the other could have been an error. Not many records are available for that time period; therefore three sources may be considered a fact.
The second daughter was named Dorothy. The only birth year we have for her is speculation as it reads, “about 1658.” Soon after Dorothy was born, another beautiful girl joined the family. Elizabeth was born in 1662.
Alice was soon expecting their 8th child. He was born when little Elizabeth was only a year old. James was the 5th son of this blessed family.
For the next 4 years, George and Alice enjoyed their children, working on their land, and enjoying life. Then in 1667, Alice became pregnant with their 9th and last child. Susannah was born in 1668.
Sadly, George lost his sweet Alice the same year. Her death announcement only says “death 1668”. It would not be uncommon to learn that the birth of her last child, Susannah, to be the cause of her death.
George did not marry again after his Alice died. The newborn Susannah required a lot of time and attention, but George had very devoted children to help him. Little Alice only lived two years, so again George was gripped with pain.
Life was so hard in the pioneer days; it was not uncommon for a man to marry very soon after his wife’s death. Most of the time it was for the care of the small ones left with no mom. George was happy to be blessed with enough help that he did not have to marry again out of despair.
Records indicate that Susannah was not the only one who died in 1670. Their daughter Jane is recorded to have also died in 1670 at the young age of 15. Whether or not these two deaths were connected, is not known. The loss of two daughters in the same year was catastrophic for this family.
The 1600’s were difficult years. The medical knowledge was limited and difficult to acquire quickly. Transportation was horseback, buggy, walking, or in a boat. It was a rugged and difficult life with no electricity, no running water, no telephone, nor any luxuries of modern day comforts.
Our pioneer ancestors were strong people with strong wills. A weak person really didn’t stand a chance of survival in those early years. George taught his sons to be strong and dependable men of God.
George left his sons more than one thousand acres of land. He specified in the will exactly how the land was to be divided. The will also stipulated that livestock, household goods, and other items (not land) to be divided with his daughters. He specified that George and Henry would be the executors of all material items until the girls reached the age of eighteen.
The will was made in July of 1670. The will specifically mention all the girls’ names. Therefore, we know that Jane and Susannah died after July of 1670.
George Truitt died in his beloved Accomack County VA home. He is buried in Salisbury, Maryland.
His sons began their own homes and families in and around the area of Muddy Creek Plantation in Accomack County VA. All the children were born there,
George Truitt was an exceptionally brave man. He faced his complex journey alone and succeeded admirably. The sons and daughters he raised were also amazing men and women who blazed the trail for their descendants to follow.
It is my belief that the outcome would not have been so triumphant without their faith. We are very fortunate that the pioneers who blazed our trails for us had God guiding their way.
I have discovered in thirty-five years of research, new records are released periodically. For this reason, new information can be uncovered at any time.
George Truitt 1617-1680 was my 9th great grandfather on the maternal side.
Alice Watson 1629-1668 2nd wife Frances Graves 1620-1691
Children: George II 1650-1721 Henry 1654-1676 Jane 1655-1670 John 1657-1730
Job 1657-1722 Dorothy abt 1658-1709 James 1662-1718 Elizabeth 1659-1730