Gov. Edward Digges

Gov. Edward Digges[1]

Male 1621 - 1675  (53 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 98 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Edward Digges 
    Prefix Gov. 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 29 Mar 1621  Chilham Castle, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Mar 1675  Bellfield, York Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I344297  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2008 

    Father Dudley Digges,   b. 1583, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1639, Chilham Castle, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Mary Kempe,   b. Abt 1583, Chilham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1621  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F136141  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Page,   b. Abt 1621,   d. 24 Sep 1691  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Digges,   b. 1656, Hampton, Elizabeth City Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1729, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Mary Diggs
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2008 
    Family ID F136142  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 19.5.1637 Went t school at Gray's Inn
      1654 President of the colony, member of his Majesty's Council
      1656 Governor of Virginia

      entered Gray's Inn, May 1637; emigrated to Virginia in 1650. His Plantation, "Bellefield", near Yorktown was where "E.D." tobacco was arised, which never failed to bring in England one shilling when other tobacco would not bring three pence. He was the first promoter of silk culture in America. The ancient mulberry of Williamsburg were planted at his order for silk culture. He was elected Governor by the Assembly of Virginia in March 1655 and was sent to England in 1659 as the Colony's Agent to secure the rights of the Colony. He helped in settling a long-standing controversy between the Colony of Virginia and Lord Baltimore in Maryland, and was Auditor General of Virginia from 1670 to 1675. 2

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  • Sources 
    1. [S6269] Genealogies of Virginia Families, (Genealogical Publishing Co.,Inc., 1982), Vol II, p. 169 (Reliability: 3).


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