I Never expected Casey’s family to be so fascinating, but Early on in the research his great-grandfather caught my fancy. He called himself Joe D. Bollinger.
Now, Joe has his own story, but that’s for later. He stood out to me not only because of the drama he added, but also he didn’t fit into the working-class guy mold with all the others.
It turned out that Joe’s full name was Joseph Dickinson Bollinger, a fine Southern name if I ever heard one. He was born in 1878 in Christian County, Kentucky. Thanks to his mama, Elizabeth Dickinson Bollinger, I have been introduced and welcomed into the Elite families of Colonial Virginia.
I’ve done my research not only on Ancestrydotcom, but in books such as “Coles of Virginia and Allied Families”, “Historical Southern Families” and from the archives of “The William and Mary Quarterly Historical Magazine”. I’ve studied up on Colonial Virginia via the Library of Congress and the Encyclopedia of Virginia.
So let me lay a little bit of history on you before we step into the Time Machine…
Jamestown, Virginia was settled by the Virginia Company per a charter from the King of England beginning in 1606. In 1625, for various and sundry reasons, the charter was revoked. From then on, governors were appointed by the Crown. Members of Virginia’s elite vied to serve on the Governor’s Council, the influential advisory board that doubled as the colony’s General Court. Arguably the most influential governor of the Virginia Colony was Sir William Berkeley.
I’ve become quite fond of Governor Berkeley. Unlike many of the governors, he lived in Virginia. Born in 1605, Sir William was appointed Governor of Virginia in 1642 by King Charles I of whom he was a favourite.
As proprietor of Green Spring Plantation in James City County, he experimented with activities such as growing silkworms as part of his efforts to expand the tobacco-based economy. Berkeley enacted friendly policies toward the Native Americans that led to the revolt by some of the planters in 1676 which became known as Bacon’s Rebellion. In the aftermath, King Charles II was appalled by the extreme retribution Berkeley exacted against the rebels and recalled him to England.
Bacon’s Rebellion was in 1676. We’ll pick up our Ancestor around 1671, hanging out with the Guvnor…