John Cullan AXTON b abt 1630 England? Ireland? was imported as a head right to VA colonies in 1648 by Lewis Burwell, a very wealthy landowner in Charles City County, VA. In early colonial VA, individuals imported as head rights had their passage paid for to the colonies, while the person paying the passage received 50 acres of land for each head right individual. Upon arriving in VA, John Axton probably became an indentured servant to Lewis Burwell for 5 to 7 years; after that point John could have purchased or owned land, but not before. It has been noted by several other researchers that John Axton married Mary Mansell/Mansfield, daughter of David Mansell/Mansfield who was in the House of Burgesses in VA colony, but that has proven to be ENTIRELY FALSE. Mary Mansell married 1st to Henry Blagrave I; in the 1660s, John Axton & a partner, Edward Cary, purchased 600 acres of land in Stafford Co VA from Henry Blagrave (land which was originally owned by David Mansell/Mansfield, and passed to his daughter Mary Mansell upon her marriage to Henry Blagrave) . After both Henry Blagrave's & Edward Cary's death, John Axton sought to legally claim this 600 acre parcel, and Mary Mansell Blagrave, who in widowhood remarried, to a Mr. Heard or Hoard, FOUGHT JOHN AXTON IN COURT for possession of the 600 acres. After John Axton's death sometime before 1687, John's daughter ANN AXTON and her 1st husband JOHN SMITH filed suit to reclaim the 600 acre parcel. They must have been successful, for it is noted in the register of Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co VA that the 600 acres of land were passed to Ann (Axton) (Smith) Whitecotton's son & heir, Mealey Whitecotton b aft 1688 (She married 2nd time to ISHAM WHITECOTTON around 1688??). Transcriptions of the depositions in the court case are available on Michelle Taunton's website "Decendents of Henry Blagrave I". The transcriptions are from the book "Deeds & Wills of Stafford Co VA 1683-96" p 406. Very interesting reading!