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In Abstracts of Wills, Middlesex County, England,  is the notation Lady Dale, the widow of Sir Thomas Dale of Stepney in Middlesex, deceased,  in parts beyond the seas, to brother, Richard Dale. There followed  a 1619 will  of Richard Dale of St. Swithin (near Stepney) In his will he mentions sister, Isabella Gayer alias Dale. Vaughn Baker provided me this information years ago. I suggest the Gayer/ Isabella marriage was an earlier one which was followed by the marriage to Edmond Bowman, Senior.

What follows now is a notorized copy of a patent issued to Sir Thomas Dale-1610 (King James had ordered the destruction of all patents of this early period. "The Right Worshipful Sir Thomas Dale, Knight, Marshal of Virginia, (being the first man of his rank and degree that hath undertaken that charge and place) hath not only adventured his person in that service in time of greatest difficulty but also being at a great charge both in furthering the action and furnishing himself, the Council of Virginia at their meeting on the 18th of this instant( upon special trust and confidence that as he hath begun so he will proceed and continue in advancing so Christian and noble an action} have with uniform consent thought fit that every Extraordinary consideration be now had of him and such as in future times shall by no means be drawn into president upon any occasion whatsoever they therefor agree that his person  should be rated at the summe of seven hunded pounds and that he the said Sir Thomas Dale his heirs Executors and Administrators or assignees shall have ratably according to the said Summe his and their full part of all such lands tenements and hereditaments as shall from time to time be their recovered planted and inhabited and of such mines and minerals of gould and silver and other metals or treasure pearless precious stones or any kind of wares or merchandize commodities or profits whatsoever which shall be obtained or gotten in the said voyage in an ample manner as any other Adventurer therein shall peaceably receive for like summe. Written this 25th of February Anno Domini 1610/1611, signed Edward Mayer Note "This copy agreeth with the original under the seal of the Virginia Company, examined this 12th day of October 1643, by us under written signed Solo Seabright, Francis Mosse    

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