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Thomas Lane, Sr. (son of Richard Lane and Elizabeth Burwell) was born 1634 in Surry Co., VA, and died January 05, 1708/09 in Surry Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Jones Shepherd on June 11, 1661 in Surry Co., VA, daughter of Robert Shepherd and Elizabeth Spencer.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Lane, Sr.:
"Thomas Lane born in 1634 is the first of the Lanes in Surry from which this family is traced." (Southside Virginia Families, "Lane of Surry and Sussex Virginia," Vol. 2, John Bennett Boddie, pp. 290-307). Thomas Lane of Surry County had sons: Thomas, Jr. and Joseph, Sr.. Joseph Lane Sr. was father of Mary Lane and Joseph Lane (md. Patience McKennie).
Surry County Records, Book 1, page 380: Thomas Lane on 3 Jan 1670 made a deposition, etc, giving his age as 36 (so he must have been born in 1634/5).
"Surry County Records, Book 2, page 60: A deposition by Thomas Lane on 1 Feb 1674 in which he gives his age as 39 and wherein he agrees to act with John Pricce (age 24) to appraise the estate of Thomas Taylor; sworn before Captain Charles Barham. They were "to meet at Mr. Arthur Long's house" but when they got there, the deputy sheriff, John Sellway, had gone to Austin Honecutt's house, etc., (it establishes the fact that Thomas was 26 years of age when he married "Widow Elizabeth Jones.") Heather W. Bowers 6-29-2002 P.O. Box 805 43 Poplar St. Porterdale, GA 30070 770-385-0468 or
Thomas LANE Sr.1,2,3 signed a will on 5 Jan 1708 in Surry Co., Va.4
Will- In the name of God Amen I Thomas Lane of the County of Surry being in good health of body and perfect mind and memory thanks betherefore given to Almighty God. Do make and Ordaine this my ____ Last Will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first ______ I commend my Soul of hand of almighty God hoping through the meritts Death and (Passion?) of my Savior Jesus (I wish?) tto have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to Inheritt Everlasting Life afer my body I committ __ Earth to be _____ buried as of _____of my Excutors hereafter named and as for my temporal Estate which it hath pleased Almighty God to ____ upon me I give and Di___ thereof as followeth: First I will that my debts & funeral charges be paid and discharged.
Item I will that my Land be divided between my two sons Thomas and Joseph according to a line of mark "T" trees made between me and my son Thomas and p_____ by the neighbors to them and their Hiers forever.
Item I will that my personal Estate be equally divided between my two sons aforesaid and I appoint that my two sons Exuctors of this my Last Will and Testament. I do hereby revoke Disanull and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me theretofore made in. Wittness whereof I hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the 5th Day of January 1708.
Thomas (T) Lane Sealed (The T is his mark)
List of Emigrants to Virginia" by Hottens; Under date 16 Feb 1623 appears a Thomas Lane of Elizabeth Cittye County.
"Adventures of Purse & Person" by Hiden, page 58: The Muster of Mr. Edward Waters, Elizabeth City County, 1624 shows Thomas Lane, age 30, who came to Virginia in the Bona Nova" in 1620. (This Thomas Lane could be the father of the Thomas Lane aforesaid, who married the widow, Elizabeth Jones.)
"Surry County, Virginia Grant Book 7, page 184: Thomas Lane, in the year 1682, was granted 400 acres on Lawne's Creek.
"Virginia" by Writers Project, page 584: "The ruins of Lawne's Creek Church are roofless, with vine-covered walls pierced by arched windows. within, trees are growing above a carpet of ivy periwinkle. Lawne's Creek Parish, created in 1639, became extinct in 1738. During reconstruction days the church was set on fire by negroes, who had used its cemetery and were loathe to relinguish their occupancy when the whites attempted to regain possession. Near State highway #10."
"Surry County Virgina Tithables (white) lists the following: 1668, Thomas Lane, Robert Lane, Gopher Lewis; 1674, Thomas Lane; 1678, Thomas Lane Sr (indicating there must have been a younger Thomas); 1683, Thomas Lane Sr and Richard Lane (Richard's Will of 18 Nov 1687 in Will Book 3, page 83, mentions his widow, Elizabeth, and two sons, 1694, Thomas Lane Sr, Thomas Lane Jr and Joseph Lane (these last two were sons of the Thomas Sr as proved in will of Thomas Lane Sr. in which Joseph Lane was given land on Lawne's Creek, Southwark Park), (he moved to Isle of Wight before 1696- his wife was Jellion ____); 1696 Thomas Lane Sr, Thomas Lane Jr, William Lane, Jus Lane; 1702, Thomas Lane Sr, Thomas Lane Jr, Richard Lane, Robert Lane, Joseph Lane, Abraham Lane.
" "Virginia Colonial Militia", by Crozier, page 103 lists: Surry County Militai 1687, William and Mary's Magazine, 1687, Thomas Lane Sr and Thomas Lane Jr.
English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records by Cognets, page 270: Lt Thos Lane, Surry Co., in Field Office of Henry Tooker, became a Major on 17 June 1703.
"Surry County, Virginia Records by Elizabeth T. Davis, page 125: 1674 deed lease dated 22 Mar 1674 from Geo Corp and his wife, Gartrid, of Surry County, to planter, Thomas Lane, for 100 acres of land adjoining George Foster for 99 years", witnessed by Thomas Lane and Wm Edwards
"English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records by Cogents, Quit Rent Rolls of 1704: Page 147, Benjamin Lane of Goucester Co., Abington Parish, 500 acres; page 147, Valentine Lane of Gloucester Co, 80 acres; page 191; Daniel Lane of Princess Ann Co, 350 acres; page 194, Robert Lane of Norfolk Co, patent April 1702, 460 acres; page 167, Thomas Lane of New Kent Co, 100 acres; page 212, Thomas Lane Sr of Surry Co, 200 acres; page 268, Thomas Lane Jr of Surry Co, 200 acres.
"Surry County, Virginia, WILLS- State Library, Virginia, Book 5, page 440: 1708, the Will of Thomas Lane of the County of Surry, dated 5 Jan 1708, probated 2 Jan 1709, a very short will- "Being in good health, etc., my land to be divided equally between my two sons Thomas and Joseph Lane and my said sons to be my executors, etc." _witness: William Holt, William Benson, Edward Petteway.
"Surry County Deed Book 5, page 37: Joseph Lane of the Isle of wight county sells to Thomas Lane of Surry County, 200 acres on 3 Sept 1710; Deed signed by Joseph Lane and Jelion Lane, his wife; witnessed by Thomas Hart and Mary Hart. (The land came from his father by last will and testament.)
"Surry County Deed Book 5, page 235: Thomas Lane Jr and wife, Jane, sold his father's place on 7 Mar 1709, and sold other land in 1715.
"Records of Surry County, Virginia, Book 3: 22 Mar 1701 Thomas Lane Jr and Jane Lane witnessed the will of Anne Foster, with his father Thomas Lane Sr. (Anne Foster was the wife of George Foster, whose land adjoined theirs.)
Bejamin Floyd Layne suggests that The Thomas Lane who came to VA in 1623 could be the father of Thomas Lane, however there is no documentation confirming that fact. However in the "General History of the Lanes of N.C. and Ga." Item found on Micro Film at the Family History Library in SLC., Utah, it states that a John Lane was the father of Thomas. See John Lane's notes.
More About THOMAS T LANE,SR.: Source: June 28, 2002, some of it.
"This old family," says Col. J. B. Hathaway of the Historical and Genealogical Register of Edenton, N. C., "is one of the most distinguished and influential of the early settlers of Virginia and North Carolina," It is said to be collaterally descended from Sir Raleigh (Ralph) Lane, who sailed from Plymouth, England, in a vessel fitted up by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585, and who founded the colony of Roanoke, then a part of Virginia. . . . Captain Lane was a brace and daring young cavalier, the son of Sir Ralph Lane, of Orlinbury, whose wife, nee Parr, was a first cousin of Catherine Parr, the favored queen of Henry VIII. Lane was the first English governor in America and although the colony was broken up by the Croatan Indians, it is generally believed that some of them drifted into North Carolina and assisted greatly in building up the commonwealth of that state.
(General History of the Lanes, of North Carolina and Georgia. Page 619. Historical Collections of the Joseph Habersham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol 11. 1902.)
The Columbia Encyclopedia gives this account of Sir Ralph Lane in America: "Sir Ralph Lane, c. 1530-1603, leader of the colony of Sir Walter Raleigh, numbering 107 persons, which remained on Roanoke Island, from the summer of 1585 to the summer of 1586, when Sir Frances Drake appeared with his fleet and transported them back to England. Lane was favorable impressed with the country, but he wished to move to Chesapeake Bay, which he believed was a better site. Circumstances prevented this. He wrote an account published in Hakluyt, "The Principal Navigations of the English Nation."
What the 'circumstances' were, we do not know. That there was a definite connection between this Sir Ralph lane and the Thomas Lane of Surry County, Virginia, has not been proven to the complete satisfaction of all who have made a genealogical study of the line. Some, however, do believe our Lanes are lineal descendents of Sir Ralph Lane of Orlinbury, England. Thomas Lane was born in Surry County, Virginia, in 1634, and is the first proven ancestor of our Lane family of staunch American patriots whose descendents are now scattered throughout the entire United States. (General History of the Lanes of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, 1961-1965, unpublished. Merle Kingsbery Woodward) Page 619. Historical Collections of the Joseph Habersham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol 11. 1902.) (file sent by Bob Lilley on 9/21/01--see LaneThosDesc)
Thomas signed a marriage contract which provided that he should pay her out of her father's estate 1000 lbs of tobacco for the plantation called "Sheepsheads" (Surry Bk. 1, pg 184). Baptized 1659 by Church Warden Thomas Lane. 1687 on Surry Co., VA militia list.
Will: 5 JAN 1707/08 Surry County, Virginia
Probate: 3 JAN 1708/09 Surry County, Virginia
In a land deed signed by his son Joseph Lane Sr., it states that "Deed from Joseph Lane and Julian, his wife of Isle of Wright County, Virginia,September 4, 1710, to Thomas Lane of Surrey County, 200 acres given me by my father in his last will and testament. Signed, Joseph Lane, Julian Lane, (sealed in red wax). Witnesses Thomas Hart, Mary Hart. Reference Surrey County Deed Book 5, page 37. Can be found on Microfilm at the Family History Center called "General History of the Lanes of North Carolina and Georgia".
see some descendants file at

More About Thomas Lane, Sr.:
Burial: Unknown, Surry Co., VA.

More About Thomas Lane, Sr. and Elizabeth Jones Shepherd:
Marriage: June 11, 1661, Surry Co., VA.

Children of Thomas Lane, Sr. and Elizabeth Jones Shepherd are:
  1. +Joseph Lane, Sr., b. 1665, Jamestown, Surry Co., VA, d. 1758, Halifax, Edgecombe Co., NC.
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