Re: Capt. John Woodlief
Capt. John Woodlief led a group of settlers to Virginia in 1619 to found the Berkeley Plantation.[He had previously come to Virginia in about 1609 and had family living there when he returned to England in 1619, at the behest of the proprietors of Berkeley, to lead the settlers and establish the plantation.]He was probably living at Berkeley when he applied for a grant of land for himself.In so doing, he broke the terms of his contract with the Berkeley proprietors and was fired.From the sparse records that remain, it is not clear that he had actually begun to clear and plant his grant (one record, at least, shows that the land was unplanted).He appears to have returned to England shortly after getting the grant taking his young son John with him.Although there is no specific evidence for that move, there is a record that son John returned to Virginia by 1637 and re-patented his father's 1620 grant in his own name.