The Booker Family Genealogy.
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THE BOOKER FAMILY The Booker family is one of the oldest in the State of Virginia. In the year 1648, Richard Booker, no doubt the son of the one who received the first grant of land in this country, was settled in York County. He also received a grant in 1658 and 1694 in Gloucester County, and one in Lancaster County in 1704. It will be noticed by the reader, that the Bookers had a way of naming one son Edward and another Edmund. Why, we do not know. It will also be seen that the Prince Edward and Halifax Bookers all came from Amelia where Edmund Booker, who was dissatisfied with the land in Essex which his father had willed him because it was not good tobacco land, moved to Amelia County. From the records, it can be seen that the Booker family has been established in this country for over two hundred and fifty years, since Richard sailed from England. That this family belonged to nobility, is proven from the fact that it was granted a coat of arms and crest by the King of England before coming hither. A picture of the coat of arms can be seen in Burke's Peerage in our State Library, and is described as follows: BOOKER-(London, from Woodhouse, co. Nottingham) or, an eagle displ. vert. ducally crowned of the first, beaked and membered gu. within a bordure az. charged with three fleur de lis gold. CREST-A swan collared and lined. 1.