"See if you can find in Court Orders for Charles City County, VA a court order dated 12 May 1658 ordering Robert Abernathy to pay to Cap't Thos Staggs on behalf of the Estate of George Armstrong deceased 340 lbs of tobacco sue by bill. Which implys George Armstrong was the one who purchased his bond of servantage. Robert did not receive grant for the purchase his own 100 acres of land until 7 Mar 1665 (Patent Book 5, p. 567), part of some land previously granted to Patrick Jackson."
I have Captain Thomas Stegge
I am not sure what the above that you wrote means. Apparently Robert Abernathy owed George Armstrong a debt of some kind before George died. George died and then the executor wants Robert Abernathy to pay what he owed the estate. If Robert Abernathy had a bond servitude of 5 years which he likely did being a prisoner of war, then that would have been over in 1657 before 1658. Of course he could have neglected to pay the bill. I have another abstract below about the same debt which is apparently after the 12 May 1658 date above. I don't have a clear date for the abstract below so I will have to go to the library and see if I can find one.
"page 53. Whereas Robert Abernathy hath produced and proved an account of disbursements and also charges for George Armstrong deceased amounting to 2186 lbs of tobacco which he has paid and engaged for; It is therefore ordered that Andrew Armstrong administrator of said George Armstrong shall pay or secure the said sum to said Abernathy before removal of said deceased's estate, als executor."
There were several people ordered by the court to pay Captain Thomas Stegge in pounds of tobacco and included in this was Robert Abernathy as referenced in your message. Captain Thomas Stegge was going to make a trip to London and these people had ordered merchandise and goods, whatever they needed or wanted: shoes, clothes, tools, frying pans, rifle guns and etc and apparently had not paid so they probably were supposed to take the tobacco to Captain Thomas Stegge's ship no doubt waiting in the harbor or in this case by the bank of the James River. I have no idea of how they accomplished moving the tobacco to the ship. Probably they all got together and loaded the tobacco into wagons for transport and this had to be a big deal for them or the court would not have been involved. Captain Thomas Stegge likely transported people back from London along with the Virginian's merchandise.
London wanted the American colonists tobacco pretty badly so the colonists had a hard time getting any money into their hands and had to trade tobacco for supplies that they needed. Tobacco was the colonists money for a long time so when you see lbs of tobacco in those old records - it was their money. They did not want the Virginians to manufacture anything either. I'm sure that you knew all that but maybe someone did not.