Gov. George Yeardley

Gov. George Yeardley

Male Abt 1588 - 1627  (~ 39 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors and more than 250 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name George Yeardley  [1
    Prefix Gov. 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born Abt 28 Jul 1588  Weston, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Nov 1627  Jamestown, James City, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 13 Nov 1627  Bruton Parish, James City Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I585731  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2008 

    Father Ralph Yardley,   b. 1549, St. Saviour's, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1603, St. Saviour's, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Rhoda Marston,   b. 1568, St. Saviour's, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1603, St. Savior's, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1575  St. Saviour's, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F244423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Temperance Flowerdew,   b. Abt 1576, Norfolk Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1628, Jamestown, James City, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 1618  Jamestown, James City, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Yeardley,   b. 1619, Bruton Parish, York Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1665-1675  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F44405  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • nov 1618 Confirmed as Governor and Captain-General of Virginia

      He was knighted at Newmarket, 24 Nov 1618, during the birthday celebration of the Prince of Wales, and was one of sixty "gentlemen" subscribers and share-holders under the Second Charter of the Virginia Company, 23 May 1609.
      He was designated Deputy-Governor, 1616, when Sir Thomas Dale, appointed Governor, 1614, returned to England. He was appointed to replace Samuel Argall and officially confirmed Governor and Captain-General of Virginia, 18 Nov 1618. He was knighted six days later. He was the leader at the first representative legislative Assembly to meet on American soil, which met at the church in Jamestown, 30 Jul 1619.
      By 1619, the Virginia Company of London had granted Sir George Yeardley a 1,000 acre tract 25 miles upriver from Jamestown. At that point of land, previously cleared by American Indians, Yeardley established a plantation and named it Flowerdew Hundred in honor of his wife's family. The settlement at Flowerdew Hundred was organized for the production and exportation of tobacco.
      An Indian uprising in March 1622 devastated most of the English settlements in the tidewater area; however, Flowerdew Hundred was well defended and only six people were recorded killed. By 1624, this thriving plantation supported a population of sixty people who raised livestock and produced corn and a yearly tobacco crop of about 10,000 pounds. As the threat of Indian attack lessened, people moved away from the river and settled inland.
      Increased political and economic stability encouraged a greater diversity in housing. No longer was the single-room wattle and daub dwelling dominant. Following the sale of the plantation in 1624 to Abraham Peirsey, ranked the second wealthiest man in Virginia, the merchant-planter constructed a hall and parlor house, the earliest example of permanent architecture in the English colonies. By 1673, the original Flowerdew Hundred tract was divided into two separate properties.

      Source: http://www.flowerdew.org/vFrontier.html

  • Sources 
    1. [S191] Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, David Faris, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1996), 1st ed, pp 141-145 "Humphrey" (Reliability: 0).


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