Edwin Conway was born circa 1610 in Worcestershire, England and died circa 1674 in Lancaster County, in Virginia, at the age of 63 years of unspecified causes. Edwin Conway, Sr. was born ca 1610 in Worcestershire, England; he married Martha Eltonhead, a daughter of Richard Eltonhead (1582-aft1670) and Ann Sutton (c1582-c1686) of Lancashire, England; and he died in Lancaster County, Virginia before 26 September 1678.
Edwin first appeared in Northampton County, Virginia June 1642 and was the third clerk of the county. In his first land grant in October 1644 in Northampton county, Virginia his name is spelled Edwyn Connaway.
In 1652, Edwin Conway, Sr. brought Martha Eltonhead from England to Virginia as well as a John Sutton. Edwin made a total of four trips from Virginia to England bringing others to the colony. He received vast amounts of land in Virginia, including some in Northampton, Middlesex, Lancaster, and Richmond counties. On one of the trips, which was dated 6 December 1652, Edwin was given grant for 1000 acres in Lancaster county SE side of Cortoman River in which he and Martha are named as headrights.
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