Saturday, April 6, 2013

James River: Jamestown Graveyard

James River at Jamestown

The graveyard beside the Jamestown church contains mostly graves from the eighteenth century, with a few from the late seventeenth. Many are from key families in American history, including the Virginia Lees and related families.

The Ambler and Sherwood families were the primary owners of Jamestown Island after the decline of the city.

Benjamin Harrison I was the patriarch of the Harrison family in America. Benjamin Harrison V signed the Declaration of Independence. His son, William Henry Harrison, and William's grandson Benjamin Harrison were US presidents. The Harrisons are related by marriage to many of the other First Families of Virginia, including the Carters and Lees.
The Lees and Ludwells were both powerful Virginia families. William Lee was one of many of the children of Thomas Lee and Hannah Ludwell who were prominent players in the Revolutionary period. Some of his siblings include Thomas Ludwell Lee, who was an editor of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, on which the US Bill of Rights is based, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Arthur Lee, who, like William was an American diplomat during the Revolution. They were cousins of Lighthorse Harry Lee, Revolutionary War hero and father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.


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