The Wealth of Jamestown

Publisher: Barbara McLennan

The Wealth of Jamestown follows the development of a new people and the birth of a nation. William Roscoe, a young Virginia planter and sheriff of Yorktown and Gloucester, and Sarah Harrison, seventeen-year-old daughter of one of Virginia’s wealthiest planters, are in love and engaged to be married. But Sarah’s father, Benjamin Harrison II, forces Sarah to break the engagement and marry James Blair, lobbyist, church bureaucrat and Commissary of the Church of England, with connections to the Board of Trade in England. Sarah retains her dowry and wealth, and while Blair goes to England to lobby for a college of which he’d be President, she continues her relationship with William. Sarah and William buy two sailing ships, and William begins trade with pirates in the new city of Charles Towne. With King William’s War with France finished, commerce and trade open up and Virginia planters become very wealthy---William becomes a member of the House of Burgesses. But Blair returns, reclaiming his status and seeking power over all of Virginia.

 

About Barbara N. McLennan of Williamsburg, VA

Barbara McLennan has published eight books and numerous magazine and journal articles on various political, economic, and historical subjects. For two years she contributed columns and articles on local customs and local history to NorthernNeck.com, a local online newspaper serving the Rappahannock region of Virginia.


Holding both Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and J.D. (Georgetown) degrees, Barbara McLennan is a former professor, association executive and high level official in the United States Departments of Commerce and Treasury. Over the last several years, she has served as docent at Jamestown Settlement, the living history museum that commemorates the founding of the first English speaking settlement in North America, and at Historic Jamestown, the site of the original fort and an archaeological dig. She also has assisted the historian in preparation for exhibits at the new museum of the American Revolution at Yorktown.


Since moving to Williamsburg, Dr. McLennan has taught courses on the U. S. budget in the Thomas Jefferson School of Public Policy, The College of William and Mary. She also has been a Visiting Scholar at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, where she serves as a writing consultant to students in the MBA program. She has held a commission as member of the Governor of Virginia’s Asian Advisory Board on trade and investment and is a Board Member of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Organization.

Blackbeard's Legacy

Blackbeard's Legacy

by McLennan, Barbara N.

Blackbeard and his fleet sail the Atlantic coast and Caribbean capturing many ships and enriching themselves.  Andrew Morgan from Virginia, Blackbeard’s gunner, invests his shares with a banker in Philadelphia. Andrew visits friends in Virginia and agrees to bring along young Benjamin Harrison on one of his spring voyages...

read more
The Wealth of Virginia

The Wealth of Virginia

by McLennan, Barbara N.

The Wealth of Virginia takes the characters from The Wealth of Jamestown into the following decade, 1700-1710. It tells about the development of Virginia, a new and powerful colony, rich on the basis of its own resources and activities. Colonial Jamestown was where streets were actually (not proverbially) paved with gold (tobacco)...

read more
The Wealth of Jamestown

The Wealth of Jamestown

by McLennan, Barbara N.

The Wealth of Jamestown follows the development of a new people and the birth of a nation. William Roscoe, a young Virginia planter and sheriff of Yorktown and Gloucester, and Sarah Harrison, seventeen-year-old daughter of one of Virginia’s wealthiest planters, are in love and engaged to be married...

read more

Similar Titles

  • The Wealth of Virginia
  • The Wealth of Jamestown
  • Blackbeard's Legacy