Some Comments on the Origin and Spelling of the name.  I’ve chosen to use “Rountree” except when quoting or abstracting records.

Some early Rountree immigrants to America are listed below.  They probably account for the majority of Rountrees found in early American records.  I’ve somewhat arbitrarily given them labels based on their initial settlement locations.

Nansemond Rountrees

Several Rountrees emigrated to Nansemond County, Virginia in the 1680s.  A Charles Rowntree received a patent for land in Nansemond County in 1685 for transportation of himself, Robert Rountree, and five others.1   The following year Robert and Francis Roundtree patented land nearby in Nansemond for transportation of, among others, Thomas Roundtree and Elizabeth Roundtree.2.  Unfortunately, the early records of Nansemond County, apart from land patents, are nonexistent, denying us the ability to sort out the families of most of these four men.  However, Francis Rountree and Thomas Rountree shortly settled a short distance south in Chowan precinct of Albemaarle County, North Carolina where they each left several records, including their wills.   A significant number of Rountrees of North Carolina in the mid-1700s were apparently children and grandchildren of these immigrants.

Note:   A manuscript entitled “Rowntree and Rountree Family History 1521 – 1953”, by Joseph Gustave Rountree II (Privately published, 1959), mentioned elsewhere in these pages, contains an anecdotal history of a few of the Nansemond immigrants supposedly passed down through the family, which is (to say the least) almost entirely fanciful.   Similarly, the legend of a single group of brothers immigrating separately to Nansemond and New Kent appears to be of modern origin, and is obviously an attempt to connect the two sets of immigrants.

New Kent Rountrees   

On 23 April 1681, Charles Turner received a patent for 2400 acres in New Kent [later Hanover] County, Virginia for the importation of 48 persons, among them a Tho. Roundtree and a Wm. Roundtree.3  Perhaps the same William Roundtree appears on a militia roster in New Kent County on 4 July 17024  and on the 1704 Quit Rent list with 100 acres.5. A generation later a John Rountree appears in the records of one of New Kent’s parishes.  ((C. G. Chamberlayne, ed., The Vestry Book of Blisland Parish, New Kent and James City Counties, Virginia 1721-1786, pages 21, 33, 37)).    As with Nansemond County, the early records of New Kent County were destroyed, denying us With very few exceptions, the early records of New Kent County were destroyed, denying us the knowledge of how (or whether) these men were related.

A William Rountree (c1700-1765) of New Kent County moved into adjacent Hanover County and then Goochland County, whose records are sufficient to identify his family in some detail, many of whom settled in other colonies and states.

Orange County (NC) Rountrees

Thomas Rountree, said to be from Ireland, married Eva Sturgis on a trip back to Ireland, and eventually settled in Orange County, North Carolina sometime in the 1760s or early 1770s.   His children are well documented in the files below.

Some Additional Rountree Immigrants

Bob’s own Rountree line

This line begins with William Rountree of New Kent County


  1. Virginia Patent Book 7, p487. []
  2. Virginia Patent Book 7, p501. []
  3. Virginia Patent Book 7, p80. []
  4. “County Militia records taken from Public Record office, London” Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, Virginia’s Colonia Soldiers (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988), p218. []
  5. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul., 1923), pp. 215-231. []