The meaning of "headright" was that any person who paid his own way to Virginia would receive 50 acres of land.
Governors under the company issued patents based on the headright until dissolution by the crown in 1624.
This headright system was later adopted in other colonies and continued in use for generations.
Therefore, all persons so listed under the headright claim cannot be considered indentured servants.
One of these grants by Governor Wyatt is the earliest extant form of the headright franchise.
It is not conclusively proved, then, that a certain person came as a servant merely because he is listed as a headright.
a system of obtaining land in colonial times in which one received fifty acres of land for every emigrant to America one sponsored
right to land for bringing over a head 'person'