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1631 Va. Acts 174, Acts Of February 24th, 1631, Act LVI, available at https://archive.org/details/statutesatlargeb01virg



It is ordered and appointed, that the commanders of all the several plantations, do upon holy days exercise the men under his command, and that the commanders yearly do likewise upon the first day of December, take a muster of their men, together with the women and children, and their ages, countries, and towns, where they were born, with the ships they came in, and year of the Lord, as also of arms and munition . . .