Bluett lived in Sussex and late in the 1610s teamed with David Middleton in supplying provisions to people who were sailing for the colony of Virginia. Bluett became well acquainted with members of the Virginia Company of London, such as the Ferrars and Henry Hastings, fifth earl of Huntingdon. On April 5, 1620, Huntingdon empowered Bluett and Nicolas Martiau to manage the Virginia land to which Huntingdon was entitled as a company shareholder. The company also put Bluett in charge of eighty men who had been sent to Virginia the previous year to establish and operate an iron-mining and smelting operation. On June 28, 1620, the company appointed Bluett a member of the Council in Virginia.
April 10, 1581 - Benjamin Bluett is christened in Horley Parish, Surrey County, England.
July 27, 1601 - Benjamin Bluett and Johanne Blaker marry at Cuckfield, Sussex County, England.
April 5, 1620 - Henry Hastings, fifth earl of Huntingdon, empowers Benjamin Bluett and Nicolas Martiau to manage his land and men in Virginia.
June 28, 1620 - The Virginia Company of London appoints Benjamin Bluett to the Council in Virginia.
May 12, 1621 - The Virginia Company of London appoints John Berkeley to take over the ironworks on Falling Creek.
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Gentry, D., & the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Benjamin Bluett (1580–1621). (2018, April 18). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Bluett_Benjamin_1580-1621.
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First published: April 5, 2017 | Last modified: April 18, 2018