Edward Travers1

M, #494, b. 1592
Last Edited=8 Feb 2014
     Edward Travers, son of William Travers and Agnes Lathom, was born in 1592 at Tulketh, England. Edward Travers was the son of William Travers and Agnes Lathom.

Edward Travers was a member of the Preston Guild until 1622 and was living at Nateby Hall until 2 May 1626, and soon after moved to Virginia and settled on Jamestown Island.2

From the Forward of Edna Earle (Travis) Graham's book, The Travis Family, 1066-1976:

Since the Travis Family beginning in America was at Jamestown, Virginia, I have compiled a few facts about that village.
The first permanent English settlement was established in May of 1607, 32 miles up from the mouth of the James River in Virginia, America, on low swampy land of a peninsula. The original township consisted of a triangular blockhouse and several huts (made of brush and mud.) These were destroyed by fire in 1608, but the town was rebuilt. By 1609, there were 50 wooden structures, a chapel and a storehouse. They were surrounded by a palisade. During the winter of 1609-10, famine nearly wiped out the settlement. The survivors abandoned the site, June 7, 1610, and embarked on ships for the return to England. They only got to the mouth of the James River, where they met supply ships, brought by Thomas West (Baron De La Warr or Lord Delaware) who also brought additional colonists, so the settlers turned back and reoccupied the village. By 1619, the colony had gained some stability...with tobacco plantations to the east and west, along the river. They had established the House of Burgesses, the first Legislative assembly in America. Also, in 1618, the first slave was introduced into the colonies. Jamestown faired better than most villages in 1622, during the Great Indian Massacre, since it had been forewarned. The village was burned during the Bacon's Rebellion in 1676, and was rebuilt, only to be swept by fire again in the last decade of the century. This final disaster, coupled with the removal of the Capital to Middle Plantation (now Capital of Va. from 1607 to 1699.)
The first Edward Travis to appear in the records of the English colonies, came to America more than 300 years ago. He was a man of some wealth and first patented 900 acres of land in James City County in 1637. Between the years 1637 and 1653 Edward Travis sponsored some 57 immigrants and brought them to the Virginia colony. The Travis family bought land in York County, Va., Brunswick co., Va. and would finally own 838 acres of Jamestown Peninsula, which they did not sell until 1831, at which time they owned the whole East end of Jamestown Island. The peninsula became an island by the middle of the 19th cnetury, and is referred to as Jamestown Island now. Some tombstones of the Travis family still may be seen on the east end of the island.3

Moved to Jamestown Colony, VA, fron Nateby in 1626

From "The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies" it says about Edward: "Edward sr. died at Williamsburg, VA. Their home has been restored as part of Old Williamsburg, and at one time was a public restaurant, but is now a private residence. While Edward was the family member who changed his name to Travis, at least one or more of his sons retained the name Travers, and those descendents still bear the name Travers.", p. 182.1

Edward Travers married Ann Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Anne (?), before 1637 at Jamestown Island, Virginia Colony.4

In 1644 Edward was Burgess for James City Co. Va. Car. In 1653, he patented 326 acres at the east end of Jamestown Island which were confirmed in 1663 to his son and heir, Edward...By other deeds, his holdings on the east end of the island were increased to 838 acres which remained in the family until 1831.2

Children of Edward Travers and Ann Johnson


  1. [S23] Mary Collins Landin, The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies (Route 3 Box 290, Tom Collins Road, Utica, Mississippi 39175: Self Published, 1982). Hereinafter cited as Collins and Travis Families.
  2. [S91] Robert Jesse Travis, The Travis (Travers) Family and its Allies: Darracott, Lewis, Livingston, Nicholson, McLaughlin, Pharr, Smith and Terrell, including royal lines of descent (Decatur, Georgia: Bowen Press, 1954). Hereinafter cited as Travis (Travers) Family.
  3. [S92] Edna Earle (Travis) Graham, The Travis Family, 1066 Thru 1976 (Abilene, Texas: E. E. Graham, 1976). Hereinafter cited as Travis Family, 1066-1976.
  4. [S349] Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, compiler, Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607 - 1800 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1986), p. 93.. Hereinafter cited as Marriages of Some Virginia Residents.
  5. [S351] Edmune Lorraine Ruffin, Descendants of Edmund Ruffin, born 1794-died 1865, and Susan Hutchings Travis (1932: E. L. Ruffin, unknown publish date), page 12.. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of Edmund Ruffin.