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Patrick was born in 1683/84, most likely in England.


Patrick’s year of birth is calculated based on the fact that he was 16 years old in February 1699/1700. REF: February 28, 1699/1700 a Although it is not certain, he was most likely born in England, because Virginia was an English colony and, due to that fact, the vast majority of Virginia immigrants at that time were English citizens. This likelihood is increased based on circumstances that indicate Patrick arrived in America on a ship that set sail from Bristol, England. REF: February 28, 1699/1700 b Bristol was, in fact, a major port of embarkation for servants leaving Great Britain. Most that set out from the port had come from the Severn Valley, the South Wales coastal plain, or the low-lying districts of Somerset. (Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman. The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1979. p. 77.)

Moreover, "Hambrook" was a common name in the county of Gloucestershire, where the Severn Valley is located. (C. L’Estrange Ewen. History of Surnames of the British Isles. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968. pp. 238-239.) One distinct possibility is that Patrick was born in or around Hambrook, England, located about 6 miles northeast of Bristol in southern Gloucestershire.

For further information, please read the FAMILY ORIGIN page.

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