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I thought it would be fun to do this history in timeline format. Our ancestors are in bold. Note that this is just a working draft, help if you have something to share.

Chief Powhatan

Chief Powhatan

1585
The first English expeditions to Virginia (featuring Sir Walter Raleigh) occur in 1585 and 1589. Neither attempt ends well. In fact, colonists of the second attempt disappear without a trace.

1607
Arrival of the first colonial settlement with staying power
Near-instant problems with Powhatan, his people and their allies.
John Smith (one of a nine person governing panel) is captured by Powhatan’s people. I am aghast to learn that Pocahontas is just more Disney fiction. She would have been pre-pubescent at this time. Also Powhatan had no reason to kill Smith, he was just meandering up a waterway trading for corn.

1610
Timing is everything; the colonists’ was bad. The area was enduring a multi-year drought.  That winter – out of more than 400 people – only 60 survived. Some colonists attacked the natives for food. Some stole food from the fort and carried it off to eat while taking up residence with the natives. A few were so desperate, they dug up at least one fresh grave and resorted to cannibalism.

1611
John Rolfe discovers Virginia is a great place to raise tobacco; smokes were already extremely popular in Europe and the Spanish own the market. Well, not after John Rolfe. Eureka, the Jamestown Colony finally found a way to make a few bucks.
Unfortunately, they will need more land.
Uber-unfortunate – the land is owned by Powhatan’s people and their allies. Things get really bad; again.

1613
The colonists abduct Pocahontas – one of Powhatan’s favorite children – in an attempt to squeeze him for more land. What a bunch of schmucks.

1614
John Rolfe writes a letter to the governor begging for her release. Apparently they have “a thing.” I dunno, need to do more research. This is making me feel really dumb.
John and Pocahontas marry and relationships between the colonists and natives improve; for a while.

1619
A Dutch privateer brings the first African slaves. Hopefully he’s somewhere in Dante’s seventh circle of hell.

1619
In England I assume – “Sir Francis Wyatt organized the General Assembly which had been called in 1619. This was the first legislative body in America. Sir Francis caused its privileges to be embodied in a written constitution, the first of its kind in the New World.
See http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/francis-wyatt/

1621
Our people arrive in Jamestown –  Hawte, Barbara and their infant son Edward (born in 1619) accompany Hawte’s older brother, Sir Francis Wyatt, to Virginia
They sail from England on August 1, 1621 on the “George.” Sir Francis Wyatt brings the first written constitution for an English colony because he is destined to become the first English colonial governor of Virginia.
In October Sir Francis Wyatt becomes the first colonial governor loyal to the king.
Hawte serves as Rector of the church at Jamestown (1621-1625).  

1622
The first American-born Wyatt is delivered. Hawte’s second son, George, was “born in Jamestown shortly after the Indian massacre of Good Friday in March, 1622.” http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dotsfamilypage/dots_page/Rev_%20Haute%20Wyatt%20page.html
Sir Francis Wyatt “rallied the defense of Jamestown which was attacked by Native Americans, during which the lives of some 400 settlers were lost and he then oversaw the contraction of the colony from scattered outposts into a defensive core.”
http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/francis-wyatt/

1624 & 5
“Virginia became a royal colony in 1624, but Sir Francis, at the request of the crown, remained on as governor until September 18, 1625, when Sir George Yeardley, whom he had succeeded, resumed the office. In 1624, Wyatt resided in Jamestown with his wife, his brother Haute, and seventeen servants. In 1625, he received a black servant girl after a court settlement from her previous employer.” Ugh.
A Study of the Africans and African Americans on Jamestown Island and at Green Spring, 1619-1803…”
http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/francis-wyatt/

1625
Thomas Wyatt is born to Reverend Hawte and Barbara. (Where? In Jamestown or England?)  Thomas only lives to age 7.
The Wyatts return to England. “In 1625 he (Hawte) returned to England with Sir Francis and helped settle their father’s  estate, and served as vicar of Boxley, Kent until his death July 31, 1638.” 
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dotsfamilypage/dots_page/Rev_%20Haute%20Wyatt%20page.html

1626
Reverend Hawte Wyatt’s wife – Barbara Elizabeth Mitford Wyatt – dies 10/1/1626. She is buried in Boxley, Maidstone, England.

1630
Reverend Hawte and second wife Ann Cocke or Cox have son John Wyatt, born in Boxley.

1631 or 2
Reverend Hawte and Anne Cocke or Cox have a daughter, Anne, who never went to America.

1639
When Sir Francis returns to Jamestown to become Governor a second time, he brings Rev. Haute’s three sons and a daughter back to America with him; they become ancestors of most of the Wyatts in America.  As far as can be learned, none of Sir Francis’s children settled in America.  (I think I got this from Wikipedia.)

I’m still fleshing this out, will probably edit this page extensively.

Really cool links for you to check out:
http://www.preservationvirginia.org/rediscovery/page.php?page_id=6
http://www.history.com/interactives/jamestown-exhibit

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